Wednesday's notes & links
I don't like the sound of this. It was already enough of a pain to help kids with science projects with just 9 planets.
The solar system has 12 planets. That is the conclusion of an international panel formed to devise a scientific definition of a planet and settle an increasingly intense dispute over whether Pluto qualifies. The panel suggests retaining Pluto and immediately adding three new planets : Ceres, currently considered a large asteroid; Charon, now considered a moon of Pluto; and Xena, a recently discovered object that is larger than Pluto. But the group's proposal also makes clear that many more objects in the solar system -- perhaps dozens of them -- could qualify as planets after further study.
Jeff Jacoby examines Mike Wallace's sycophantic interview of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The opening line puts it in historical perspective.
NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN flew to Munich to see Adolf Hitler, Walter Winchell observed in 1938, ``because you can't lick a man's boots over the phone." Why did Mike Wallace fly to Tehran?
Everytime we get a reminder about the terror threat we are facing from radical Islam we can predictably count on an article touching on a particular theme:
Oh, by the way folks, today was the day that radical Islamists had planned to kill thousands of people by blowing up airplanes.
Politicians have a bad habit of making promises they have no capability of keeping. Here is the latest and most outrageous courtesy of the Maryland senate race.
N.J. Attorney General Quits Amid Scandal. This headline is one that gets recycled in New Jersey every so often. They just change the particulars. Every state has some corruption, but it just seems so much more pervasive in New Jersey.