Does anyone know how to find cached copies of old web pages? It seems like a useful skill to have. I thought of it just now because I just realized that John Derbyshire seems to have called (ironically? He was chanelling Betjeman) for the destruction of Washington DC and then thought better of it. Here's a blank box where, apparently, his post used to be, and here are some snippets of it that have survived elsewhere:
"Come, friendly bombs, fall on D.C.!
It's not fit for humanity.
There's nothing there but villainy.
Swarm over, Death!
Come, bombs, and blow to kingdom come
Those pillared halls of tedium—
Hired fools, hired crooks, hired liars, hired scum,
Hired words, hired breath.
Mess up this mess they call a town—
A seat for twenty million down
And rights to the incumbent's crown
For twenty years.
And smash his desk of polished oak
(Paid for by honest working folk
Toiling 'neath taxation's yoke)
And make him yell."
Sure would be interesting to read the whole thing, though.
In much more important news, Andrew is en route. As Charles noted, you can read his blog here; if you misplace the link, it's listed as 'Andrew in Iraq', under Multiples.
Godspeed, Andrew; we'll be thinking of you.