Sunday, January 04, 2009

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Here are some of the articles and blog posts which have caught my eye in the last few days...

At the subject link (click title of this post), the L.A. Times reports that the California Supreme Court will be reviewing the state law granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. It will be interesting to follow this. The law strikes me as completely unfair, especially to American citizens of other states who must pay much higher out-of-state fees.

In fact, the Times also just reported that UC officials are considering accepting more out-of-state students -- perhaps excluding qualified California students -- because out-of-state students pay so much more in tuition, which would help the UC system given our state's floundering economy. The California economy is sinking, we have a law forcing UC schools to accept non-citizens at lower state tuition rates, and we're going to cut off California students so that more out-of-staters can foot more of the bill for the system. How does any of this possibly make sense?

Other recent articles of note:

A Scam, With No Basis in Science: A Power Line column on global warming of a week ago. While you're at it, don't miss this article from the London Daily Telegraph about 2008 being the year man-made global warming was disproved.

Tale of Two Presidential Workout Fanatics: Michelle Malkin compares the wildly varying ways the media has covered the workout regimens of President Bush and President-Elect Obama.

Patterico's Los Angeles Dog Trainer Year in Review 2008: Read it and weep at the state of what was formerly one of the most prestigious newspapers in the nation.

Richardson Out: New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's withdrawal today from the nomination for Commerce Secretary was surprising. Richardson says the investigation into the "pay to play" scandal in his state (shades of Illinois) would delay his confirmation. Given that the Congress is entirely controlled by friendly Democrats, I have to surmise Richardson thinks he's in pretty big trouble. It didn't take long for the Obama transition team to toss Richardson under the proverbial bus.

Who Says Conservative Bloggers Don't Do Reporting?: Michelle Malkin again, with a nice roundup of stories broken and covered by conservative bloggers over the past year.

Bob's Big Boy Returning to O.C.: I have so many memories of eating at Bob's when I was growing up. The things I remember most fondly: the comic books and the Silver Goblet Milkshakes. (Meanwhile in L.A. County, the rumor has been confirmed that the partially demolished Johnie's Broiler site in Downey will become a Bob's. The "Broiler" Googie-style signage will be preserved.)

American Girl Samantha To Be Retired: We're completely perplexed by this. My younger daughter is the owner of a much-loved Samantha doll. What is American Girl thinking? Samantha's friend Nellie, who is also in my daughter's collection, is being retired as well.

Ann Savage Dies at 87: Ann Savage was best-known for the 1945 film DETOUR. I don't believe I've seen any of her work to date.

Have a good week, everyone.


Blogger UGN said...

From Mrs. UNG:

Hope there's a Bob's Big Boy by June as we'll be coming for a Disneyland visit. If not we'll have to hit the fast food drive-thru one we heard about that's in Long Beach.

I was craving hot fudge cake and recently made it for a group of friends - one of whom went to school in So. Ca and knew what I was talking about. Very simple to make - chocolate cake, still warm, split into two layers, vanilla ice cream in between. Hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry on top. Mmm! It was enjoyed by all.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

What great news! Keep me posted, hope we can get together. :)

Hot fudge cake, now there's another memory! Your version sounds perfect.


10:34 AM  
Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

I don't understand the retirement of Samantha either. I posted about it on my blog and a friend remarked that AG/Mattel is starting to follow the Beanie Baby model of business. I wonder if the founder of American Girl has ever regretted selling to Mattel.

11:51 AM  

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