Since Jan 3, 2011
Projected in the front of the room were three large depictions of nitrate in bold black and white. We were studying resonance, the configuration of electrons in certain molecules. The basic concept of resonance is easy enough to understand, even without a background in chemistry. Essentially, the building block of every physical object is an atom, a positively charged nucleus orbited by tiny, negatively charged electrons. Atoms bond to one another by sharing their electrons, forming a molecule. Different arrangements of the electrons in certain molecules are called "resonance structures." Some molecules, like water, have no resonance while others have three resonance structures or more, like the nitrate on the board...
"Although the concept was easy enough to grasp, the reality proved to be baffling. Mrs. Adams concluded her lesson by commenting, "These drawings are just the best way to represent resonance structures on paper, but it's actually much more complicated. Technically, a molecule with resonance is every one of its structures at every point in time, yet no single one of its structures at any point in time."
You were a remarkable human being, John.
You're an angel,Emma.
Gone, but not forgotten...
Rest in Peace (February 1, 1969-March 1, 2012)
Come and get it!
This'll get your fat asses moving.
The Democrats are the party of dying alone.
I just hope everyone there and all of you out in blogland keep in mind Bryan Caplans Ideological Turing Test: Strive to model your opponents thinking as human and well-intentioned, not demonic. I always do, even though everyone is stupid.
Open borders policies are utopian socialism masquerading as libertarianism.
About the only place in town where business continued as usual was Castle Garden. It was remarked that only a storm on the North Atlantic ever stemmed the tide of immigration.
-The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge, by David McCullough
Understand that America is Gods Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming! Here you stand, good folk, think I, when I see them at Ellis Island, here you stand in your fifty groups, your fifty languages, and histories, and your fifty blood hatreds and rivalries. But you wont be long like that, brothers, for these are the fires of God youve come to these are fires of God. A fig for your feuds and vendettas! Germans and Frenchmen, Irishmen and Englishmen, Jews and Russiansinto the Crucible with you all! God is making the American.
-The Melting Pot (1908)
Me and my long-lost, Kenyan half-brother outside of Fox Studios in Manhattan.
Punk conservatives. Me and Wilkow, occupying sanity.
The chief difficulties that America faces because of current immigration are not triggered by who the immigrants are but by how many they are.
The task before the nation in setting a fair level of immigration is not about race or some vision of a homogeneous white America; it is about protecting and enhancing the United States' unique experiment in democracy for all Americans, including recent immigrants, regardless of their particular ethnicity.
-- Roy Beck, "The Case Against Immigration"
Shorter Left: Opposing illegal immigration=racist. Obama White House gun-running program that kills hundreds of innocent Mexicans=Not so bad.
We miss you, Big Tommy.
What Does The Religion of Peace Teach About Charity?
Devils used to be gods, angels that fell from the top. There's no diversity, because we're burning in the melting pot.
Fly your flags proudly:
And the man in black followed...
Best books of 2010:
The only acceptable hipster:
Best Book in the Universe:
I imagine Lindsey Graham's face on the receiving end of TJ's fist of justice:
Why don't more people grasp this concept?:
John McCain is a disaster, he is a complete idiot.-Tom Tancredo
Sandy, why you gotta be like that?
Me, hovering over my favorite novelist in Park Slope.
You can't "steal" an idea.
Multiculturalism: Awful in theory and practice.
Canadian Honor Roll:
I am changing my name to Fannie Mae.
Don't get it twisted.
What happens when lawyers write our health care laws.
How The West Was Won
Popular economic fallacies:
The Big Apple:
The forgotten borough:
A day in the park.
Sandy the Seagull