Fear of Clowns

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

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Yesterday's Supreme Court decisions 

The Supreme Court cut some rocking meat yesterday! You've never heard that said before. Not that I never agree with the Supreme Court, to the contrary, they generally rock meat for the most part. Running through yesterday's three Supreme Court decisions regarding the rights of persons detained in Bush's war on terror: the executive branch must be held accountable to standards other than it's own and the president's duty to conduct war does not mean his power extends to suspending constitutional law. Neither can the executive branch can't make a nether-land prison to avoid constitutional unpleasantries.

Here are synopses of the decisions.

Other judges may rock meat differently.

These idiots take us for idiots 


OK, so this means either:

Some funny comments over at Slashdot.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Change in plans going just as planned 

On today's Morning Edition, Renee Montagne asked Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage,

A few hours later:

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Bush's teflon tower 

"The bitter differences of the war are over," Bush told a news conference, which was delayed by anti-American protests staged around the lightning U.S.-EU summit in Ireland.

This is how Bush was greeted in Ireland, he must not be paying attention:

They're getting ready for his visit to Turkey:

Here's an indication that the bitter differences are over in South Korea:

Two photos 

Florida, 2000:

Palestine, 2004:

Friday, June 25, 2004

Dick Cheney: more weird claims 




Bush fesses up 

Today, an Irish journalist asked Bush if he thought God was guiding him in his war on terror. Part of his answer was: "Don't try to take a speck out of your eye if I've got a log in my own."
- George Bush

Here is the verse from Matthew Bush was thinking of:

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

Strange that Bush would think of that verse while thinking about what God thinks of his war on terror.

UPDATE: 6/26: The White House is angry that the Irish interviewer, Carole Coleman, asked hard questions and tried to keep Bush on topic when he wandered off. The gist of the short article:

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Big news day 

The Supreme Court upholds Cheney's request to keep energy task force papers private, but keeps the case alive. Solicitor General Ted Olson steps down, Cheney tells Pat Leahy to "fuck off".

Bush, with a personal lawyer at his side, is interviewed regarding the outing of Valerie Plame.

The looming specter of Iraqi sovereignty after June 30 becomes more fantom-like.

Al Gore and John Kerry pile well deserved criticism on Bush; Lee Iacocca Changes Support From Bush to Kerry.

Insurgents launch coordinated attacks across Iraq, blowing stuff up and killing a bunch of people.

Chinese archeologists discover fossilized remains a saber-toothed elephant.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Rumsfeld: Bush's best evidence of Hussein-al-Qaeda link, Zarqawi, not al Qaeda 

Yesterday, a reporter asked Bush for the best evidence of a link between Hussein and al Qaeda:

Today, however, when asked about the alleged Hussein-al-Qaeda link, Donald Rumsfeld directly contradicted Bush's "best evidence":

Rumsfeld placed an asterisk by his statement, noting that he was "not in the intelligence business". Then again neither is Bush.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Bush loosing support in states he won in 2000 

Canada's Centre for Puplic Opinion and Democracy puts out short articles containing the results of presidential preference polls on a state level. Dave Liep maintains amazing records of presidential election results (note that his use of blue for Republican and red for Democratic is the reverse of the norm)

One can compare the percentage of poll respondents that answer that they intend to vote for Bush in November to the percentage of the state popular vote and come up with an idea of where Bush has seemed to loose support the most. Of the states and polls I looked at, which were CPOD's first 33 news items of that type, most of the differences fall within the polls' margins of error. There were no states where Bush support had increased outside of the margin of error, but his support had fallen outside of it it Kentucky, West Virginia, Nevada, Arkansas, Maine, North Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, and Montana - all states which Bush won in 2000 except for Maine.

The state polls were taken by various pollsters at various times in June and May.

State May or June 2004 2000 Popular vote Change
KY 52% 56.50% -4.5
MN 43.6% 45.5% -1.9
IL 39% 45.5% -1.9
PA 46% 46.43% +0.43
WV 43.5% 51.92% -8.42
OR 44.6% 46.52% -1.92
FL 47.9% 48.85% -0.95%
NH 46% 48.07% -2.07%
WA 44.3% 44.56% -0.26%
MA 33% 32.5% +0.5%
MI 45.1% 46.14% -1.04%
NM 48.1% 47.85% +0.25%
IA 47.6% 48.22% -0.62%
MO 48.6% 50.42% -1.82%
OH 49.1% 49.97% -0.87%
NV 43.8% 49.52% -5.88%
AR 51.2% 51.31% -0.11%
AR 49% 56.83% -7.83%
NJ 39% 40.29% -1.29%
ME 39% 43.97% -4.97%
WI 44.5% 47.61% -3.11%
AL 57% 56.47% +0.43%
OK 58% 60.31% -2.31%
NC 48% 56.03% -8.03%
SC 49% 56.83% -7.83%
VA 47% 52.47% -5.47%
LA 48% 52.55% -4.55%
GA 48% 54.67% -6.67%
CA 41% 41.65% -0.65%
NY 34% 35.23% -1.23%
TX 55% 59.3% -4.3%
MT 53% 58.44% -5.44%
TN 49.3% 51.15% -1.85%

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Psilocybin Pstudy 

Psilocybin is the active ingredient of magic mushrooms, and is classified as a Schedule I drug - meaning it is illegal for anyone to posses and has no accepted medical use. But a new study by researchers at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center asks whether the hallucinogen may be effective in "reducing anxiety, depression and physical pain" in terminal cancer patients. An interesting article about the use of psychedelic drugs in therapeutic settings.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Double disagreement makes agreement? 

Reuters has a short article which reads in full:

The article is titled "Putin Takes Bush's Side Against Democrats on Iraq" despite not citing anything that Bush and Putin agree on about Iraq. Indeed, it would be more accurate to title it "Putin Takes Democrat's Side Against Bush on Iraq" as the article mentions Democratic and Russian agreement on opposition to Bush's invasion of Iraq.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Picture is worth a thousand words 

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