Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Thursday, May 06, 2004

May 1, 2004 

I read a lot of news the evening of April 30 / May 1. I read about the photos of Iraqi prisoners being tortured by their US captors and also read that Bush was again making a big deal of his inexplicable talking numbskull point that peoples with skin "a different color than white" can live in free, democratic societies.

I also read more about Bush's War on Science: that hatchery salmon would be counted the same as wild salmon for the purposes of determining in salmon in the wild benefit from the protections of the Endangered Species Act. That Paul Wolfowitz seems unconcerned with the human cost of the invasion of Iraq not to be too interested in what that cost is - not just Iraqi civilians and military, but our own troops as well. And that Donald Rumsfeld is surprised that some people don't take kindly to their country being invaded and occupied. And that George Bush changed his justification for the "Mission Accomplished" message of a year ago from the said "mission" being that of the sailors on the ship to the removal of Hussein from power.

So, anyway, I got an overdose of bathos that evening, and have since been paying more attention to other things than news. I've started some seeds indoors. I'm happy to report that one of the 20 "Sensitive Plant" seeds I started on April 30 broke soil on May 4 - an astounding 11 days ahead of schedule! Earlier today, I noticed a second pushing up through the soil. I placed the seeds in recently boiling water and soaked them for several hours before burying them in their pots.

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