Friday, July 29, 2005

Marathon man

When I start to drag during my 21 mile run tomorrow (3 miles longer than I have ever gone), I will try to think about this guy.
Three years after finishing the Boston Marathon in three hours and 19 minutes, Brian Fugere completed another 26-mile race Thursday, but this time, it took seven hours and 48 minutes.

That's because the 47-year-old Danville man was pushing an IV pole dripping chemotherapy drugs into his body . . .

Sausage making

"People who enjoy eating sausage and obey the law should not watch either being made" - Otto von Bismarck
The making of CAFTA into law was particularly messy.

Good Friday

This has truly been a "Good Friday" so far. It started with the news.
Then, I received in the mail a court order that says that my client (i.e., the good guy) is the rightful owner of $1.3 million of cash assets. Oh, and the weather here is perfect.

I'm definitely going to buy a Powerball ticket today.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Books for iPod

Last week I started investigating audiobooks to listen to during my long weekend runs. Today, I downloaded the abridged version of Bill Clinton's My Life and have loaded it up on my iPod Shuffle. Even though the Shuffle is the smallest iPod (about the size of a cigarette lighter), the entire (adbridged) book (about 6 hours) fills only about 25% of its capacity.

Technology advancement is so cool.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Derbyshire is a putz

John Derbyshire:
I greatly enjoyed the Iran-Iraq War.
Ah, yes, who doesn't look back fondly on the chemical weapons attacks, human wave offensives, attacks on oil tankers, and the 100s of thousands of deaths? We also got the added benefit of having two evil governments remain in place after it was over to foment more trouble and continue to oppress their own people. Great enjoyment, indeed.

Good work if you can get it

Note to self: Implement this career model.
If that doesn't work out, here is my backup career model.
In June, Co-President Stephen S. Crawford of the financial giant Morgan Stanley (who was installed in the job in order to ensure management ''stability'' during the company's currently shaky status with investors) signed a two-year contract at $16 million a year which allowed him, if he changed his mind, to resign and promptly collect all $32 million. A few days later, he resigned.

Monday, July 25, 2005

"Self-pleasuring pep rallies"

Marc Cooper, a liberal but not an automaton, offers some constructive criticism for like-minded folks.

I'm honestly trying to figure out what is in the mind of Democrat activists and the more I ponder the question the more baffled I become.

On this past Saturday, 350 meetings and rallies were held across the U.S. in which -- it seems-- Democrats closed themselves off in auditoriums, read from the now sacred Downing Street Memos, chanted "Impeach Bush!" and repeated to themselves, once again, that Bush is a liar and that he certainly lied us into Iraq. . .

I'm not being snide (for heaven knows I have often been quite persnickety on this subject), but I really want someone to enlighten me and tell me just what effect any of this supposed to have? My ongoing problem with this sort of "politics" is that it doesn't seem like politics at all. In my jaundiced view it seems like more therapeutics than anything else. . .

I continue to think that those who most oppose Bush continue to burn up a lot of energy chanting with themselves and not nearly enough trying to forge a new majoritarian political strategy . . .
The grass roots should listen to the man. Locker room rah-rah sessions may feel good, but they don't win games.

(For cross-post at Centerfield and comments posted there, click here.)

They think we are morons

Reacting to a recent state government shut-down because of a budget impasse, the state chair of the Minnesota Republican Party opines:

Fortunately Democrats overplayed their hand and showed Minnesotans the true nature of their extreme agenda and their lack of new ideas.

They want to raise taxes and force Minnesotans to live on less so that government can continue to grow even bigger. They want to kill education reforms that will help guarantee that every Minnesota child can receive a quality education. They are soft on crime. And they are willing to sacrifice the rights of individuals in order to expand the size and scope of government.

If he had more space, he might have noted that Democrats (1) hope to make abortion the rule, not the exception, for all otherwise viable pregnancies, (2) encourage homosexuality, and (3) promote flag burning.

This BS makes for good bumper stickers, but worthless op-ed pieces.

Dumbass politician of the day

Pennsylvania Lt. Governor crashes Marine's funeral to express her anti-war views.

Sunday, July 24, 2005


I'm in awe of Lance Armstrong. For the last 7 years, he has truly been a man among boys at the Tour de France. I have a feeling that if someone asks me when I'm old to list the greatest athletes of my lifetime, Lance Armstrong will be very close to (if not at) the top.

Friday, July 22, 2005

O'Reilly is a putz

I really detest Bill O'Reilly because he gleefully contributes to the dumbing-down of his audience. For example, in this exchange, he opined that the current Chief Justice of SCOTUS is a vampire who should have a stake driven through his heart and an Associate Justice of SCOTUS is a zombie who should be tossed overboard. In the same exchange, he also predicted that the next Chief Justice will be "this Edith woman" (he can't remember her name).

You get more useful information and analysis from the back of a cereal box than you do from O'Reilly.

Rall ridiculousness

Sometimes I can't help myself and I check out the blog of Ted Rall, syndicated columnist and political cartoonist. (In other words, he is able to get people to pay him for his opinions.) Rall's most recent post is typical. Here a couple of excerpts.
  • It's not partisan to note that Bush is the first American leader to have seized power by coup d'�tat. Right there, that makes him the most evil man to have ever participated in our political system.
  • Bush has built a network of concentration camps to house thousands of Muslims kidnapped off American streets, where they are routinely tortured and murdered under direct sanction by the White House.
It is a good thing that he has his own column and blog because this man would get laughed out of the Democratic Underground forums.

Castro's friends

Cuban leader Fidel Castro says he has "the privilege" of being a friend to Elian Gonzalez.
In other news, Castro just learned that he won't see ever again 50 other "friends."
Ending an arduous yearlong journey, 50 Cuban performers were granted political asylum this week after what is believed to be the largest group defection of Cubans in American history. . .

"It's historic that 50 artists defected together and made the sacrifice to leave their families at home," said Ms. Durr in an interview before leading a rehearsal in a warehouse east of the Las Vegas airport. "Some of them have wives and children that they haven't seen in a year."

Headline of the day

"Bald German loses fight for toupee funding"

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Second strike

After 9/11, it was 912 days before the next major attack in Madrid on 3/11/2004. Then it was another 14 months before the next attack in London on 7/7/2005. This time, it was 14 days. And it was a second strike in the same location using the same tactics and equipment.

Today, the terrorists (is the BBC calling them "terrorists" yet?) revealed a followup capacity (if not complete competence) that is sobering. Absent some problem with the bomb materials, they would have pulled off a stunning encore.

Today was a near miss, but its lesson is huge. We have to redouble our cooperative efforts among nations to defeat terrorism at its roots but, until then, to defeat it through super-duper cooperative intelligence gathering and military support as needed. These attacks aren't going to stop, and they aren't going to be limited to the geographic boundaries of Britain, Spain, Bali and the United States. And if al-Qaeda gets its way, they won't be limited to conventional weapons.

UPDATE: Read Australian Prime Minister Howard's extemporaneous remarks. They are perfect.

Admitted smearer

They may not be new, but my personal observation is that the terms "smearing" someone or"sliming" someone for political purposes have been used with increasing frequency since about this time last year when the Swift Boat Vets started attacking (a/k/a "smearing" or "sliming" Kerry) and Kerry's people attacked (a/k/a "smeared" or "slimed") back. But one thing has been consistent -- nobody admits to "smearing" or "sliming"; they always claim to be simply pointing out facts.

Billmon, left-wing blogger extraordinaire, has now adopted the title of "smearer" and "slimer" with pride, and in doing so suggests a line of attack on John Roberts.
Blasting Roberts as a corporate lawyer is an excellent smear tactic. People hate lawyers. They dislike and mistrust big corporations. It also conveniently happens to be true -- just as it was literally true that John Kerry is an upper crust Bostonian married to a woman with a fuckload of dough. Sliming Roberts as a corporate lawyer is probably more effective than attacking him for his views on abortion or other social issues, since a.) the paper trail is better and b.) it can be used as a wedge to separate him from some of his socially conservative but downwardly mobile supporters.
Perhaps I should find it refreshing that someone is actually admitting that he is engaging in unfair personal attacks on the "enemy" in order to advance a political agenda. For some reason, I don't.

London: deja vu

Four explosions or attempted explosions confirmed at subway stations, bus

Thank goodness there appears to have been a problem with the bomb materials. However, it is deeply concerning that a second terrorist cell was able to avoid detection despite the intensity of the investigation over the last two weeks.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Goodbye DSL?

Looks like I may be switching to a cable modem before long. (Link.)

O'Connor's reaction

Short version: "If he didn't have testicles, he would be perfect."

UPDATE: More O'Connor reaction here.

Uniter, not a divider

Maybe George W. Bush wants to be a uniter, not a divider, after all. During the campaigns, he pointed to Scalia as the type of Associate Justice who he would seek to appoint. Yet, even Scalia's staunchest supporters would admit that he is acerbic, and is not shy about ridiculing publicly other Justices who embrace legal positions with which he disagrees. Roberts seems cut more from the mold of Rehnquist, Robert's mentor and former boss.

A senior White House official stressed yesterday that the choice reflected a personal connection that Bush made with Roberts during the vetting process.

''He really hit it off with Roberts," the official said. ''As you know, the president is a person of intuition and he saw in [Roberts] not only a brilliant legal mind but a terrific judicial temperament. This guy is a thinker. He's not a polarizer."
I also wonder if one of the reasons that Rehnquist opted not to retire is because he thought that there was a decent chance that Roberts would be picked to replace O'Connor and Rehnquist didn't want to pass up the possibility of serving at least one term with Roberts. Which raises a question: Has a former Supreme Court clerk ever been elevated to the high court while his former boss is still on the bench? Sounds like history to me.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Associate Justice-Nominee John Roberts

Yep: It was a bait-and-switch. I sensed it through ESP. (See post below.)

Anyway, Roberts should cruise through the nomination process the way that Ruth Bader Ginsburg cruised. For conservatives, he is a B+ candidate with little (my opinion as opposed to my client's position) baggage that can be attacked. As a centrist, I find him completely acceptable. Elections do have consequences, as Clinton proved by appointing Ginsburg and Reagan proved by appointing Scalia (both of whom received more than 95 votes for confirmation). I predict that this confirmation story will never get as interesting as everyone had expected.

Blog reporters

I can't believe that CNN has "blog reporters." The anchor interviews two people who are sitting in front of computers and they offer a sampling of blog posts of the day. How ridiculous. First, CNN doesn't do news segments reporting on what magazines, newspapers or other cable news networks are saying. Why should blogs be different? Second, it is silly to purport to offer a representative sample of blog commentaries.

Supreme Court pick

We will know who it is in 4 and 1/2 hours. From everything that I have been able to read, I hope it is Edith Clement. She looks like she could be O'Connor reincarnated, which is about the best that social liberals can hope for.

I just get the feeling that this is a setup for a big-time bait-and-switch. Bush would get a kick out of that stunt, and it would make the pick an even bigger story. (Karl who?)

Rollercoaster ride

The last week has been a real rollercoaster ride with regard to our dog’s health. Last Tuesday, Thor started dragging a bit. By Wednesday, he would not come out of his crate for food or water or to relief himself. On Thursday, I took him to the vet. He had a fever of 105 degrees and laid on the floor without moving for most of the time as the vet performed a battery of tests and administered fluid subcutaneously. The fluids perked him up a bit, but the tests revealed no answers. We were advised that the most likely answer was an aggressive form of cancer and it was unlikely that he would live much longer.

By Saturday, he hit rock bottom. He could not keep down the little food that he would eat. Melinda took him back to the vet and they had to take him in on a stretcher. He started bleeding through the nose as they were taking him in. It literally looked like he would die any minute. Being “optimistic,” the vet gave Melinda a week’s worth of pain medication.

By Sunday afternoon, the unexpected happened. Thor started eating again, and stopped barfing after eating. He also started drinking more and more water and moving around the house. By Sunday evening, he looked like he was out of the woods. That night we had Melinda’s sister and brother-in-law -- both vets who are in town for a vet convention -- over to visit and they guessed that maybe he had a bowel obstruction that was starting to resolve itself.

Melinda’s sister and brother-in-law returned for dinner last night for dinner to find an even perkier dog, but they immediately pointed out that his skin was turning yellow. Thor had developed jaundice for which treatment needed to start immediately. At 9:00 last night, Melinda took Thor to the University of Minnesota vet hospital. She came home at 2:00 a.m. with plethora of medications and this prognosis – by Sunday, Thor will either be dead from the jaundice or he will have beaten the jaundice. It is 50-50. Until then, he needs constant attention.

So the deathwatch has started again. By Sunday, we should have our answer.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Costco vs. Wal-Mart

I despise Wal-Mart. When Costco came into town, we immediately joined there and gave up our Sam's Club membership. Because of these biases yet my general inclination toward fiscal/regulatory conservatism, I find that this analysis provides some food for thought.

Tiger's 10th

Ten years ago, I was fairly confident that the era of a dominant professional golfer was over. Perhaps a Nick Faldo-type would come along every 20 years and win 4 to 5 major championships over a career, but I was convinced that 1 or 2 career majors would be the norm for even the world's best (e.g., Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Tom Lehman, Tom Kite, Corey Pavin, etc.).

Then came Tiger Woods. By the age of 29, he has now won 10 professional major championships and 3 more amateur major championships. Truly, remarkable. I think that the other tour players might collectively agree to give him the next 9 (which would break Nicklaus' record) if Tiger would would agree to immediately retire thereafter.

By the way, this is the best commercial ever.

Friday, July 15, 2005

The battle for Islam

Tom Friedman sees a bad sign for the future of Islam and the War on Terror.

One of the London bombers was married, with a young child and another on the way. I can understand, but never accept, suicide bombing in Iraq or Israel as part of a nationalist struggle. But when a British Muslim citizen, nurtured by that society, just indiscriminately blows up his neighbors and leaves behind a baby and pregnant wife, to me he has to be in the grip of a dangerous cult or preacher - dangerous to his faith community and to the world.

How does that happen? Britain's Independent newspaper described one of the bombers, Hasib Hussain, as having recently undergone a sudden conversion "from a British Asian who dressed in Western clothes to a religious teenager who wore Islamic garb and only stopped to say salaam to fellow Muslims."

The secret of this story is in that conversion - and so is the crisis in Islam. The people and ideas that brought about that sudden conversion of Hasib Hussain and his pals - if not stopped by other Muslims - will end up converting every Muslim into a suspect and one of the world's great religions into a cult of death.

USA Today identifies the same problem, but sees hope in the reaction among Muslims around the world to the London bombings.

• Muslim communities in Britain have helped police with tips and information. British Muslim leaders said they were drafting a fatwa that would strip any bombers of the right to call themselves Muslims. "Nothing in Islam can ever justify the evil actions of the bombers," the leader of the Muslim Council of Britain said. "We are determined to work to prevent such an atrocity ever happening again."

• A new poll Thursday showed support for Osama bin Laden and terrorist bombings against Americans and their allies in Iraq falling in several heavily Muslim countries, particularly those where terrorist attacks have occurred. One example: In Lebanon, those who think violence is justified in defense of Islam fell from 73% three years ago to 39% now. The support is still sizeable, but the trend is in the right direction. The poll, part of the Pew Global Attitudes Project, was conducted before the attacks in London last week. Chances are, the bombings prompted further erosion.

• The Middle East's best known radical groups — Hamas, Hezbollah and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood — denounced the bombings, signaling their opposition to spreading terrorist tactics to Europe. Meanwhile, in the Palestinian territories, cultural figures are speaking out against efforts to impose "Taliban-style" rule and deny cultural "beauty" in people's lives.

• A conference of 180 top Muslim religious leaders issued a statement last week forbidding that any Muslim be declared an apostate. Bin Laden has frequently done this to sanction the death of Muslims he believes are too lax in their faith.

All provide at least some hope that terrorism is hurting the radicals' cause among Muslims.
I am similarly hopeful that the Muslim world is finally starting to understand that the biggest danger to Islam is not Western values, but fanatics who commit mass murder and claim that Islam not only condones such violent actions but demands them.

Thursday, July 14, 2005


Rehnquist's answer to the retirement question: "I am not about to announce my retirement. I will continue to perform my duties as chief justice as long as my health permits."

The reality is that his health does not permit him to continue now, at least in a capacity that the nation is entitled to expect from its top judicial officer. In fact, he recused himself in a substantial number of cases from the last term because of his health and a dramatic turnaround in that regard seems unlikely. It seems clear to me that Rehnquist is addicted to the power and prestige of the office, and he has decided to have his death certificate serve as his resignation notice.

(For cross-post at Centerfield and comments posted there, click here.)

And then there were 49

A year after suggesting possible secession from the United States, a group of Christians fed up with American laws they believe are at odds with the Bible is beginning to move to its target state of South Carolina. . .

Frank Janoski, who moved his wife, Tammy, and their four children from Mohrsville, Pa., to South Carolina in February . . . [said that] "secession may be a very real alternative – and is as I believe our constitutional right if things lead to that."
I doubt the "constitutional right" part, but just in case perhaps we should be ready to fast-track statehood for Puerto Rico so that we don't have to change the flag.

British Open

It is at St. Andrew's. It is Jack's last Open. Tiger won the last Open at St. Andrews by eight shots, and he has charged to an early lead. Jeez, this is going to be a fun four days for golf fans.

UPDATE: Historically, when Jack says goodbye to a major tournament, Tiger wins it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Cable news

Question: Aren't more potential viewers interested in the latest on the investigation of the London bombing than the investigation of a missing person in Aruba (as tragic as the ending of that story is certain to be)?

Answer: Apparently not. I turned to the cable news channels tonight at 9:00 to get an update on the day's news from London. I started with MSNBC and found Joe Scarborough discussing the missing girl in Aruba. I flipped down one channel to Fox News and found Greta Van Sustren discussing the missing girl in Aruba. I flipped down one channel to CNN Headline News and found Nancy Grace discussing the missing girl in Aruba. With only one hope left, I flipped down one channel to CNN and found Aaron Brown talking about a major break in the investigation of the London attacks. (That sounded kind of important to me, particularly compared with the "we don't know anything more than we did 6 weeks ago" coverage of the Aruba story.)

Lesson: On the whole, the cable news channels suck.

Understanding needed

The definition of "terrorist": "One that engages in acts or an act of terrorism."

The definition of "terrorism": "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons."

Story (via Drudge).
The BBC has re-edited some of its coverage of the London Underground and bus bombings to avoid labelling the perpetrators as "terrorists", it was disclosed yesterday. . .

The BBC's guidelines state that its credibility is undermined by the "careless use of words which carry emotional or value judgments".

Consequently, "the word 'terrorist' itself can be a barrier rather than an aid to understanding" and its use should be "avoided", the guidelines say.

We certainly wouldn't want to make a "value judgment" about people who blow up innocent civilians just because they can. Anyway, didn't you know that "Britain had this coming"?

When bad things happen to good people

A good friend of my older brother and the only child of good friends of my parents committed suicide in the early 1970s while a teenager. Obviously, his parents were devastated but within a few years they adopted two children (Fred and Irene) out of foster care. Fred and I were good friends through high school, but we drifted apart thereafter and I would guess that it has been 20 years since I last saw him. I'm told that he got in some trouble with drugs and alcohol over the years, but had stayed clean recently.

I just found out this morning that Fred committed suicide about three weeks ago. For his mom (a widow of 20 years), a 30 year old scab has been ripped off and salt poured into the wound. The self-inflicted deaths of two children -- how awful. My thoughts are definitely with her today, and I'm going to give my kids an extra hug when I get home tonight.

UPDATE: Ramona notes in the comments two other tragedies that this poor woman has endured in her adult life. I hope that she gets special treatment in heaven.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Messages to terrorists

Here is an open letter from the London News Service to the terrorists. It reminds me of this essay from Leonard Pitts that was published on 9/12/01.

Marketing 101

I don't think that the creator of this sign was a marketing major. (Via Political Animal.)

The final act

He was outrageous in life, and he made sure that things would not change after his death.

Thompson’s ashes to be shot from cannon

Objective thinking

Some people are more willing than others to concede that their biases can prevent rational thinking. Consider this exchange.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Mr. Hitchens, is Senator Clinton correct?

CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: I have no idea. My presumption would be that she's just fooling with the numbers. But that's just because I don't like her and can't stand the sight of her.

Wasting time

U.S. workers spend too much time surfing the Internet. Thought you should know. I'm going back to work now.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Executive greed

Corporate executive greed has not abated. The latest example.

Philip J. Purcell's golden parachute has a platinum lining.

The board of Morgan Stanley has awarded Mr. Purcell, who retired as chairman and chief executive after a bitter struggle for control of the firm, an exit package worth an estimated $113.7 million. . .

Mr. Purcell leaves with a long list of parting gifts, including a departure bonus worth $42.7 million based on the company's performance through the second quarter of this year. The one-time cash payment, which was not in his original employment contract, is based on a formula that adjusts the bonus up or down depending on the difference between Morgan Stanley's fiscal 2005 and 2004 pretax profit. So far, Morgan Stanley's pretax profit is down about 6 percent this year and the value of the bonus reflects that amount.

He will also receive $34.7 million of restricted stock and an estimated $20.1 million in stock options, based on yesterday's closing share price of $53.34, which he collected during his years at the firm. And he is to receive retirement benefits with a lump-sum value around $11 million.

Unbelieveable. He gets a bonus to which he is not contractually entitled that gives him $42.7 million for overseeing a reduction in pretax profit over the past 6 months. Oh, and he gets another $70 million on top of that for good measure. I give that a big Bronx cheer.

Battle to the death

Norm Geras gets it right.

Across the globe, the enemies of democracy have shown themselves ready to commit any crime, to use any means, violating every human norm, every civilized code of warfare, one way and another killing people at random: the innocent, the old, the young, people of any class, any faith, any colour, with only the common feature of being in the wrong place when the appointed time comes, and of being human beings - with their lives, with their hopes, with the people they love and who will grieve for them. The murderers strike regardless. Count the ways...

1. They attack Red Cross personnel.

2. They murder people working for the UN.

3. They kidnap and kill care workers.

4. They bomb holiday-makers, in nightclubs.

5. They blow up people travelling on trains - civilians.

6. They target people on buses - civilians.

7. They take civilian hostages.

8. They decapitate them.

9. They murder trade unionists.

10. They kidnap diplomats.

11. They kill people for being... barbers.

12. They fly aircraft full of civilians into skyscrapers where people are at work.

13. They take schoolchildren hostage and murder them.

14. They bomb synagogues.

15. They kill people shopping in a market.

16. They kill people queuing at a medical clinic.

17. They murder children in Baghdad.

18. They murder people on their way to work in London.

(And what have I forgotten?)

They are the enemies of democracy and the enemies of all humankind. They must be fought till they have been defeated.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

We are all Britons today

London bombings

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty --
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.
For the third time in less than four years, a NATO member has seen a spectular terrorist attack on its soil by foreign Islamic fundamentalists. It is long past time for all NATO members to declare war on al-Qaeda.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Checking in

Recent days have seen an unplanned hiatus from blogging. The truth is that the past week has brought the nicest days of the summer, I have been taking advantage of them. Until I start spending more time in front of the computer again, here are a few random stories that I enjoyed reading.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

4th of July

Tomorrow I am running in my first ever 10K race in the morning, and we are hosting our 3rd annual 4th of July party in the afternoon. The 4th is one of my favorite holidays because we spend it with not only family, but also with friends who we don't see any other time of year. Lucky for everyone in the Twin Cities, the forecast is for perfect weather.

Anyway, Happy Birthday America!

Friday, July 01, 2005

Here we go

Buckle your seat belts, a bumpy ride is about to get underway.

Supreme Court Justice O'Connor retiring

(For cross-post at Centerfield and comments posted there, click here.)

UPDATE: I had assumed that Rehnquist would be first, and Bush would elevate Scalia to Chief Justice and appoint the first Hispanic to the Court. However, I wonder whether Bush will feel an inclination to appoint a woman to take the place of the first woman on the Court, much like his father decided to appoint an African-American (Thomas) to take the place of the first African-American on the Court (Marshall).

One thing is guaranteed -- this ain't going to be dull.