• The retrograde war protestors are proclaiming that the heightened level of security at the President's January 20 inauguration will not be because of any increase risk of terrorist attack; rather, they insist, the Bush Administration wants to stifle dissent on the war.

    These folks are in another aspect of reality if they believe that anyone is more frightened of a crowd of scraggly, doped-up protestors is more to-the-bones frightening than a single fanatical Moslem extremist with a death wish packing a rocket launcher and a canister of botulinum. Gads!

  • The rushed intelligence reform bill has died in the House, mainly over concerns that it gutted the Pentagon's intell authority. Speaker Hastert says he'll drag people back in December to pass something, but it is said to be more likely that the new Congress will sit down in January and begin work on something acceptable.

    It was an asinine move, to try to push through the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission merely because they were what the committee recommended. No one voted for the committee, and their work should be a starting point, a launching pad toward a final reform.

  • I'm listening to Eduard Grieg's Violin Sonata no. 3 as I type. Grieg was THE Norwegian composer, a contemporary of Dvor├ík. He's probably best known for his Perer Gynt suites, but a lot of his stuff has made its way into our everyday music. In fact, I used to drive my grandmother a little nuts by trying to hum "Morning" from Peer Gynt, not knowing what it was.


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