Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Liberty Project

The is an American comic book series created by writer Kurt Busiek, creator of Astro City and Thunderbolts, and artist James W. Fry. The Liberty Project was published by Eclipse Comics in 1987. It ran for eight issues until 1988 before its cancellation. In July 2003, About Comics reprinted the series. They appeared later in some crossovers. In Total Eclipse The Seraphim Objective, a Total Eclipse one-shot tie-in. In Jack Kirby's TeenAgents #3, in the Secret City Saga as a part of the Kirbyverse.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Aster (genus)

Aster (syn. Diplopappus Cass.) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. The genus once contained nearly 600 species in Eurasia and North America, but after morphologic and molecular research on the genus during the 1990s, it was decided that the North American species are better treated in a series of other related genera. After this split there are roughly 180 species within the genus, all but one being confined to Eurasia. The name Aster comes from the Ancient Greek word ἀστήρ (astér), meaning "star", referring to the shape of the flower head. Many species and a variety of hybrids and varieties are popular as garden plants because of their attractive and colourful flowers. Aster species are used as food plants by the larvae of a number of Lepidoptera species—see list of Lepidoptera that feed on Aster. Asters can grow in all hardiness zones.

The genus Aster is now generally restricted to the Old World species, with Aster amellus being the type species of the genus, as well as of the family Asteraceae. The New World species have now been reclassified in the genera Almutaster, Canadanthus, Doellingeria, Eucephalus, Eurybia, Ionactis, Oligoneuron, Oreostemma, Sericocarpus and Symphyotrichum, though all are treated within the tribe Astereae. Regardless of the taxonomic change, all are still widely referred to as "asters" in the horticultural trades. See the List of Aster synonyms for more information.

In the UK there are only two native members of the genus: Goldilocks, which is very rare, and Aster tripolium, the Sea aster. Aster alpinus spp. vierhapperi is the only species native to North America.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,158 people, 833 households, and 583 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,070 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.21% White, 0.09% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.28% from two or more races. 0.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.0% were of German, 20.0% Norwegian, 7.2% English, 5.8% American and 5.0% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 84.5% spoke English and 15.5% German as their first language.

Liberty County, Montana

Liberty County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of 2010, the population was 2,339. Its county seat is Chester. It was established in 1920. Liberty County is also home to Tiber Dam, which is located in the south western part of the county.

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Fizzing democrats

Don Surber on the Democratic Congress:

Democrats grandly took office in January, installing the first woman House speaker amid much fanfare.

San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi promised the most ethical Congress in history. She promised open debate on the issues. She promised to get six things done in the first 100 hours of taking office.

Her first move was to try to get Jack Murtha elected as the No. 2 Democrat in the House. Murtha was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam scandal.

That failed.

Next, she limited debate and amendments on her legislative pets.

Finally, her first 100 hours turned out to be about a month, as she redefined this not as normal time but as legislative time, which turned out to be about five hours a day.

Oh, and those five-day weeks she promised?

That turned out to be a few days in session a week as Congress took off for federal holidays, snow days (which cancelled two hearings on global warming) and the like.

Then Congress went on spring break.

Under Speaker Pelosi, the House of Representatives has worked like the caricature of a union shop.

Things in the Senate have been even worse under Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Democrats keep challenging the weakest administration since Jimmy Carter, and incredibly, prove to be even weaker.

Reid and Pelosi failed to get a timetable placed on withdrawing troops from Iraq, even after larding up a vital defense appropriation with $20 billion in pork-barrel projects.

Next came the Amnesty bill (or as proponents called it, the Immigration Reform bill), which failed to garner more than 45 votes, even with Republican support.

Finally, on Monday, the Senate tried for the first time ever to have a no-confidence resolution against Alberto Gonzales, the Mike Brown of attorneys general.

And the Senate failed. Even with Republican support.

Public support of the Democratic Congress is a Fizzie, too. The Los Angeles Times released a poll this week that showed only 27 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 65 percent disapprove.

As I've said, a do nothing Congress. However, sometimes doing nothing is preferable to bad policy. Hat tip, Instapundit.