Archive for February 29th, 2008

The Forgotten American

February 29, 2008

Check out Victor Davis Hanson’s essay on the Forgotten American.


Iranian Uprising

February 29, 2008

Pajamas Media has a story about a riot starting when the modesty police tried to arrest a young woman for not being properly dressed. The story is here.

When the police moved in to arrest the young woman, a young man tried to intervene. He was thrown by the police into a garbage can. That’s when the rest of the crowd got involved. When the riot broke out, the police hightailed it, but returned later in full riot gear. They fired warning shots into the air and threatened to shoot into the crowd.

A quote from the story:

In a report on the event that appeared on the Iran Press Service web site, student web sites are quoted as saying that “to disperse the angry mob, heavy police and anti-riot units that arrived fired into the air but were met with a crowd of more than 300 people, now chanting slogans against the regime and its leaders, mostly Ayatollah Ali Khameni and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, chanting ‘We don’t want dictatorship,’ ‘We don’t want emergency and martial law.’”

Iran is ripe for another revolution. Just as the 1979 revolution that lead to the overthrow of the Shah succeeded because of heavy student involvement, the students and other young people are now ready to overthrow the oppressive religious dictatorship. They should be encouraged and supported by the Western democracies. An internal revolution would be the best way to oust the crazies running that country. Something needs to be done before they obtain nuclear weapons.

Take a Flying Leap (Day)!

February 29, 2008


Because our annual trip around the Sun takes 6 hours longer than the 365 days we normally think as a length of a year, we need to make periodic adjustments to keep the calendar straight. Today is that day.

We get a February 29th almost every 4 years. If a year is divisible by 100, no Leap Day, unless it is divisible by 400. With the exception of this rule, we in the United States elect our president in a Leap Year. That is probably so we have an extra day to figure who to vote for.

Adding Leap Day every four years will keep the calendar and the seasons straight for another 8000 years. By then, we will need to add another day. I don’t think I’m going to worry too much about that.