Snow, snow, snow. The world looks gorgeous out my study window, and if I weren't still getting over the shock of my last gas bill, I'd be completely delighted. Mr. Nils is nothing like so pleased: he wants to go outside, but as soon as I open the door, he gets this appalled look on his face, and begins shaking his paws as if they had snow on them, in anticipation. Then he sadly turns around and walks slowly upstairs and lies down on the couch, looking for all the world as though his heart had broken.
Cats being cats, though, ten minutes later he has forgotten all about it, and is crying to go outside again.
Some random thoughts:
The symbol of the Japanese army is a cuddly anime figure with great big eyes, named Prince Pickles? That's as odd as the football team where I used to work, which was named the Sagehens (think: great big football players in great big shoulder pads etc., and the fans all yelling: Go Hens!!)
(2) Here's an interesting paper for you lawyers (h/t: Warren Report, which has interesting comments.) It argues that State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Campbell, a case about the Constitutional limits on punitive damages, implies that credit card late fees should be legally unenforceable. I have no idea whether or not she's right -- I know nothing about contract law, and while I can think of objections to her position (e.g., that a lot of the due process objections in State Farm have no obvious analog in the case of late fees), I have no idea whether any of them hold water -- but it's an interesting argument. If any of the actual lawyers here feel like opining on it, I'd be interested.
(3) This article by Seymour Hersh is very, very interesting, and not in a good way. There are all sorts of interesting bits, like the claim that one factor in John Negroponte's decision to resign as DNI was that he was uncomfortable with "the echoes of Iran-Contra", and in particular with the reliance on extralegal covert operations. But the smash-head-against-wall-and-scream award has to go to this sentence:
"But, from the Administration’s perspective, the most profound — and unintended — strategic consequence of the Iraq war is the empowerment of Iran."
Anyone who did not anticipate that invading Iraq would lead to the empowerment of Iran should be banned from working on American foreign policy, just as anyone who fails to anticipate that running people over with a Mack truck will cause them serious injury should be banned from driving, and anyone who fails to anticipate that holding someone's head underwater for ten minutes will kill her should be barred from working as a lifeguard.
(4) "Marble Boy". Heh.
(5) One more reason not to support Duncan Hunter: he appoints campaign co-chairs who say things like: “Screw the Buddhists and kill the Muslims. And put that in the minutes.” Not to mention: "I mean you've got to be stupid to believe in evolution".
(6) Finally: a plea to CNN and MSNBC:
NO MORE NEWS ABOUT ANNA NICOLE SMITH!!!
There was too much coverage of her death on the day she died. That it's still going on now is just incomprehensible. Please stop now. Back away from the blonde. Put down your camera until you can find something of some genuine interest.