Friday, October 28, 2005
  George Takei

Actor George Takei has come out, as they say.
Thursday, October 27, 2005

Harriet Miers has withdrawn her name from nomination to the Supreme Court, sparing me and many others from having to deal with a tough sell and an unsatisfactory nominee. I hate to say it but I wasn't going to be happy with Ms. Miers as an associate justice.

I'd like to see Janice Rogers Brown or someone like that nominated but I've known since 2000 that President Bush is well to the left of Ronald Reagan, contrary to expectations on the left and the right alike, and not likely to nominate a true libertarian, even if that would be the best kind of constitutional originalist.
  A Day in the Purpose-Driven Life

Coming home late, I first check my email and find a subject line I think is as telling as it is funny: "Get 750 Points at the Left Behind Prophecy Club."

Then I see the Atlanta-Journal Constitution story about Ashley Smith sharing her methamphetamine with Brian Nichols while he held her hostage. What struck me was her admission that this really happened, even as she denied using any herself at the time, even though it was apparently her stash. I'm sure her heart was racing already but it really tempers all that free promotion she gave the book, The Purpose-Driven Life.

Drug users deserve to be protected from homicidal fugitives as much as anyone else but your average crime victim really doesn't play up religion while also purposefully omitting behavior to the contrary.

Such are the times we live in. Meanwhile, my unchanged plans are to see Nine Inch Nails with Queens of the Stone Age at Philips Arena. These items may not tie together well but it's where I am now.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
  UN Hariri Assassination Report

The UN report on the Hariri assassination in Lebanon is out today and it blames Syria for the killing. We may be seeing the beginning of the end of the Assad regime. Gateway Pundit has a roundup (also referred by Instapundit) and of course Debka has something to say about it.
  Burning Bodies

Through Mark Kilmer's post on the subject I found a link to where Jason Coleman explains how the burning Taliban bodies and the psyops initiative were two concurrent but separate things and he goes on to explore the backgrounds of the journalists covering the story. Most of us probably didn't know before that burning bodies that are starting to rot and can't be buried makes sense as a hygiene issue.

Thinking back on it, Muslims were not by and large offended by the treatment of Taliban bodies at Tora Bora, some of which were completely shredded by AC-130 gunfire. I doubt if any particular reverence was given in disposing of those and I don't think it was called for, anyway. The other side doesn't show any such special considerations.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
  John McCain and the Digital TV Transition

The television broadcast industry wants April 2009 to be the transition target date for abandoning analog video, which to me still seems really soon for everyone to adjust. John McCain wants to accelerate the process so that first responders can have that bandwidth available sooner. If he has his way, he will basically alienate 21 million Americans who are limited to only broadcast TV, many of whom might have voted for McCain in the next presidential race. Everyone else seems to agree that the first responders and whoever else uses the new spectrum will need two years to adapt anyway.

On the bright side, I hope everyone will realize that their old TV's are still perfectly good as monitors for video games, old computers, videocassettes and DVD's. I also don't think the satellite providers will necessarily want to discontinue their service for people who would rather not get a digital TV yet.
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