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March 15th, 2004

the only earth?

election surprise

Not quite *speechless,* but I had to rewind the Morning Edition stream to be sure that I didn't mishear the results of the Spanish election:
Spain's opposition Socialists swept to an upset victory in general elections on Sunday, ousting the center-right party of Prime Minister José María Aznar in a groundswell of voter anger and grief over his handling of terrorist bombings in Madrid last week. [nyt story, analysis]

I hope that we don't need to find out how Americans would react to similar terrorist actions only three days before an election.
the only earth?

is ironing still dead?

the Spokesman-Review's investigation into George W. Bush's "missing year" has been picked-up by Salon's "War Room" weblog:
Pointing to stringent U.S. regulations known as the Human Reliability Program -- and in place at the time of Bush's spotty service -- the rules were used to weed out pilots who had access to nuclear weapons. Pilots such as Bush. According to the paper, HRP was instituted "to screen military personnel for their mental, physical and emotional fitness before granting them access to nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Under the rules, pilots could be removed immediately from the cockpit for HRP issues." [salon]

What a twist of fate it would be if someone suspended from the national guard over concerns about allowing him to have access to nuclear weapons grew up to have access to one of the world's largest nuclear weapons stockpiles! America really is the land of opportunity!