Happy Hurricane Season

June 1 kicks off the Atlantic hurricane season, though the NOAA map shows no activity at this time.  I’m sure Ed Mahmoud abu al Kahoul is in fine spirits.  I can’t wait for the colorful maps to start showing up over at GCP.

NOAA says 9-14 storms, yada, yada, yada, and the named storms will be as follows:

Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, and Wanda.

Nothing really remarkable there.  Of course, I’d like to see NOAA start getting a little more inclusive with their name choices.  We have the hispanics covered with Joaquin and Erika.  The French get a nod with Henri.  I reckon that will be pronounced “Ohn Ray,” or some such shite.  But, how about some more diversity for Pete’s sake?

How about a hurricane named for an American Indian?  Hurricane Running Bear, or something like that.  And how about an African American name, say  Hurricane LaKeisha?  Or an Egyptian name, Hurricane Mukhwana.

I can just picture Geraldo Rivera standing on the coastline waiting for the storm, hair blowing in the wind and spray, putting his best Egyptian pronunciation on Mukhwana, with The Flight of the Valkyries playing full blast in the background (helicopter sound effects optional).

So, Happy hurricane season folks. It will be a relief to pay some attention to the hot air coming in from the Gulf for a while, rather than Washington, D.C.

Oh, and, get your emergency plans in order, OK?

Dr. George Tiller Shot To Death

Update:  NP contributor yuls.source links to the identity of the murderer, Scott Roeder.  Here is an internet post by scott roeder


Kansas City
Missouri Comment Scott Roeder
Tue March 13, 2007, 20:26:48

PUT THIS MONSTER TILLER BEHIND BARS WHERE HE CAN’T MURDER ANY MORE OF OUR MOST INNOCENT UNBORN BABIES, WHO HAVE NO VOICE!!! WHERE ARE THE WILBERFORCES WHO WILL SCREAM OUT UNTIL THIS INJUSTICE RESTS ?!!! AS THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID, “I TREMBLE THAT OUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS JUST AND THAT HIS JUSTICE WILL NOT WAIT FOREVER!!! PUT THIS HEINOUS BUTCHER BEHIND PRISON WALLS IN HOPES THAT THIS NATIONS’ JUDGEMENT WILL STAVED OFF. ONE OF THE SEVEN THINGS OUR HEAVENLY FATHER HATES IS THE SHEDDING OF INNOCENT BLOOD !!! HEAVEN HELP US !!! US !!!

Update:  Suspect arrested in NE Kansas:

Sedgwick County 911 dispatchers are confirming that the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a possible suspect in Dr. George Tiller’s murder. A car matching the description of the vehicle wanted in the killing was pulled over near Gardner, KS.

Kansas City television stations report the stop was made along I-35 near Gardner, south of Kansas City.

Update: Police news conference video  from KAKE

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WICHITA, Kan. — Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas man who became one of the most famous figures in the national debate over abortion, was shot and killed at his church Sunday morning.Tiller was walking into Reformation Lutheran Church at 10:03 a.m., when he was shot.Tiller was pronounced dead when emergency crews arrived.Wichita television station KAKE-TV reported that police were looking for a blue Ford Taurus with a K-State vanity plate, license number 225 BAB. Police described him as a white male in his 50s or 60s, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 220 pounds, wearing a white shirt and dark pants.

Tiller was a controversial figure on the national scene for performing late term abortions.  He was also a campaign contributor to former governor, and current Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius.

KMBC also provides these former stories for context.

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sonia sotomayor racist1.)  She is Hispanic

2.)  She is a woman

3.)  She is Puerto Rican

4.)  She is a Latina

5.)  She has a compelling life story.

6.)  She is empathetic.

7.)  She is a Puerto Rican Hispanic woman.

8.)  She has an inspiring life story.

9.)  She is the first Latina to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

10.) Did I mention that she is Hispanic?

*Extra Credit: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

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Don’t Freak If You Get White Powder In The Mail

If you get an envelope in the mail containing white powder, chances are, it’s nothing to freak out about.

According to local officials, the Bayer Aspirin Company will be deploying a nationwide mass mailing ad campaign that seems a little “misguided.”

Between May 20 and May 29, the Aspirin Company will be sending out 178,000 envelopes. Of those envelopes, 33,561 will contain a sample of Bayer Aspirin Crystals, which is a white powder.

Misguided?  Definitely.
Attention-getting?  Certainly.
Effective promotion?  We shall see.

I would mention that if you get an envelope in the mail that you’re unsure of, please call the authorities.

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