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I knew Abraham Lincoln. You Mr. President, are no Abraham Lincoln.

Get worried when presidents start comparing themselves with Abraham Lincoln.

Dan Froomkin* has a must read column up. He talks about a Tuesday meeting Bush had with a number of conservative journalists. Froomkin attributes quotes to the National Review blog:

[Peter] Baker writes: “President Bush said yesterday that he senses a ‘Third Awakening’ of religious devotion in the United States that has coincided with the nation’s struggle with international terrorists, a war that he depicted as ‘a confrontation between good and evil.’
“Bush told a group of conservative journalists that he notices more open expressions of faith among people he meets during his travels, and he suggested that might signal a broader revival similar to other religious movements in history. Bush noted that some of Abraham Lincoln’s strongest supporters were religious people ‘who saw life in terms of good and evil’ and who believed that slavery was evil. Many of his own supporters, he said, see the current conflict in similar terms. . . .

So, the fact that Bush sees a ‘Third Awakening’ is very, very scary. But then he starts using Lincoln analogies. I may be a born and bred Yankee, but does this mean that Bush is planning on declaring war on the Blue states?

It get’s worse. Go read the section entitled ‘Behind the Smokescreen .’ Go ahead, I’ll wait…

Now the only other president I connect with the suspension of habeas corpus is Lincoln. (Wilson might have done it too, but don’t get me started on Wilson.) Coincidence? I don’t think so. I wonder if Bush has already hired sculptors for the Bush memorial?

To misquote Lloyd Bentsen, „I knew Abraham Lincoln. You Mr. President, are no Abraham Lincoln.“

*I rarely read Froomkin even though he has good stuff, it’s just to much most days.


Just another number

I really wasn’t too concerned about Pluto’s demotion from being a planet. It was a non scientific discussion about a silly serious definition.

Well, at least that was until they decided to TAKE AWAY PLUTO’S NAME. WTF? So, please Mr It’s-Not-A-Planet-Just-A-No-Name-Dwarf Astronomer, what am I supposed to use for my mnemonic now? Huh?

I learned “Mother very thoughtfully made a jelly sandwich under no protest” as a teenager reading Robert Heinlein. And now? “Mother very thoughtfully made a jelly sandwich under no 134340” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. 

[Update: Thanks Dan]
Pluto may have lost it’s planetary status, but it GOT A NEW NUMBER! It went from merely 9 to a rocking 134340! Wow, what a raise. I am however bummed that my favorite memonic, “Mother very thoughtfully made a jelly sandwich under no protest” learned as a teenager reading Robert Heinlein, no longer works.

Perhaps “Mother very thoughtfully made a cherry jelly sandwich under no protest. Excellent!”  (Hmmm, still doesn’t ring well.) Anyway I still stand to-

Sure tell me Pluto it isn’t a planet, but stop MESSING AROUND WITH MY CHILDHOOD!

It’s not the flying I worry about…

Interestingly, in 2004, 9 years after Timothy McVeigh destroyed the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, New York City police officers conducted a test to see if they could assemble and build a build a truck bomb big enough to blow up a skyscraper.

They seem to have succeeded. It cost  about $7000 to purchase enough fertilizer to produce a bomb.

From the WP story on this

Falkenrath, a former national security aide for the Bush administration, criticized Congress and the White House for failing to seek strict regulations on the sale of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, a key ingredient in the bomb used in the attack on a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

“It has become commonplace to ask why, five years after Sept. 11, certain security enhancements have not been implemented,” he said, according to a copy of his prepared remarks provided by the police department. “In this case, the question is, why has nothing been done about ammonium nitrate more than 10 years after the Oklahoma City bombing?”

Still, the plan might not have been a complete success. Apparently one of the NY distributors got suspicious and reported the purchase to the Feds. They looked into it and were told of the NYPD undercover operation. Of course the more openly published successes the Justice Department and the Bush administration keep showing leaves one wondering which direction the federal government investigates. (What happened to the Brain-Dead Club in Florida anyway?)

Hat Tip to Noah Schachtman over at DefenseTech, always an excellent read.

Spiegel-Online international

Did you know there was an English language version of Spiegel-Online.

Now you do.

The Everwatchful Cyberelves at the Washington Post

Defining Moments in Blogging #1:

  1. Finally decide to start blog
  2. Write snarky comment about the color story in Washington Post, linking to same.
  3. They. Link. Back!

Is it just me or do you find that odd?

I mean what criteria are they using? Do those poor cyberelves troll the Net searching for new blogs using the full words “Washington Post” just to raise the new blogs page hits, thereby creating a weird loyalty/enslavement thing with the new blogger? Was I the only person on the planet with a comment on that story? Oh sure, Techocrati and all that, but really – what were they smoking? What do cyberelves eat anyway? (Can I manage to do it again? *evil grin*)

By the way, if you are a female cyberelf – drop me a line, I’d like an interview. (Mallelves need not apply.)