Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken
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Friday, February 27, 2004

I guess I do have that tattoo ... 

There's a new Mission of Burma album coming out. Album page. MP3, which seems to be about the US alienating traditional allies.

I imagine that when I took the album cover of vs. to the tattoo artist, I figured I'd still be up on these things 15 years later. New Mission of Burma albums, that is - I don't think anyone figured we'd be having diplomatic rows with Canada during our lifetimes.

As it is, I'm more surprised I missed that last week, Bob Graham, my pick for the VP spot on the Democratic ticket, said he would take it if offered.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Why settle for an imitation when you can have the real thing? 

I can think of an excellent Gulf region country where the Army can really plan, and really work with indigenous populations and really patch together some intelligence work!

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Rep. Dingell: Is special sauce a durable good? 

John Dingell's letter to the Council of Economic Advisers recalls the Reagan era "ketchup as a vegetable" debacle:

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Which sex could a hermaphrodite marry? 

H. J. RES. 56 reads as follows:

  1. SECTION 1. Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution or the constitution of any State, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups

A problem has already manifested itself in Kansas: the proposed constitutional amendment doesn't define "man" or "woman", which means a person is the sex indicated on one's birth certificate - which changes if it's holder undergoes a sex-change operation.

There is no way to define male and female which would please those who are disturbed at the thought of same sexed couples getting married. Is sex fixed at birth - so that if a member of an opposite sexed marriage gets a sex change, the marriage is still valid? Or would a male to female transgendered person only be allowed to marry a female? Regardless of whether one defines sex as being fixed at birth or mutable, one is going to end up with marriages between persons who identify as and appear to be the same sex. And which sex, if any, can a hermaphrodite marry? Leave it to the Reich Wingers to come up with such a conundrum ...

GWB and growth of government 

Many conservatives have been decrying the Bush administration for supposedly abandoning the GOP's long-standing tradition of whittling down an unwieldily federal government. Seems like business as usual for the GOP. Here are the last seven presidents ranked on two indicators of federal government growth:

Least Growth of Non-Defense
Federal Government Employees
(per year average)
     Least Federal Spending Growth
(per year average)
  1. Clinton (D) 13,125 less federal employees
  2. Carter (D) 3500 less federal employees
  3. Reagan (R) 375
  4. Kennedy (D) 18,750
  5. GHW Bush (R) 23,500
  6. Johnson (D) 25,750
  7. Nixon-Ford (R) 26,625
 
  1. Clinton (D) 3.56%
  2. Kennedy (D) 4.94%
  3. GHW Bush (R) 5.40%
  4. Reagan (R) 6.79%
  5. Johnson (D) 9.27%
  6. Nixon-Ford (R) 11.73%
  7. Carter (D) 13.50%

SOURCE: http://w3.access.gpo.gov/usbudget/fy2003/pdf/hist.pdf

It would seem that the solution to the conservatives woes would be to figure out how to bring back Clinton.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

AWOL entertainment 

Honestly, I don't care if Bush ditched out on Air National Guard duty, but I find the drama captivating. My take on it is that there is some information about Bush's substance abuse problems attached to his history with the Guard, and that his story isn't any different than hundreds or thousands of others from that same time period, so no big deal.

Atrios is hot on it, I haven't seen a lot that isn't mentioned there. Of the more interesting tidbits that isn't is a recent article about Bill Campenni who wrote an even more recent letter to the Washington Times claiming to have served with Bush in the 111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the Texas Air National Guard. In the article, Campenni is described as having been in graduate school at the time he claims to have served with Bush in Texas, having served in the Guard afterwards in Pennsylvania's 146th Fighter Squadron. (via Oliver Willis)

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Irony lost? 

I cannot be the only one who cringes every time the leader of the country with the largest stockpile and appetite for WMD talks like this:

Saturday, February 07, 2004

Bush & GOP: Nowhere to go but on offense 

I agree with Rich Bond:

Good thing for Bush as most of his policies, actions and decisions are indefensible. Really, think about how Washington has fared under Republican leadership:

Not the kind of stuff that can score you points trying to defend. The only option Bush and the GOP have is to attack on the offense.

Friday, February 06, 2004

White House commission to assess Iraqi threat 

Personally, I think this should have been done before we invaded:

Too bad the commission is not mandated to determine if the White House knew what to do with the intelligence. In one of the best articles written about the administration's use of intelligence, the Seymour M. Hersh suggests in the New Yorker:

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

State of the Union video spoofs 

From a spoof of the 2003 State of the Union address:

Here's another spoof of the same speech, and George W appearing on Teletubbies.

Can't find a spoof of this year's, but here's plenty of other videos.

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