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Day: September 29, 2005

military as first responders? not yet, says admiral

President Bush suggested that the military be the first responders to all large-scale natural disasters, such as large hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc.

That presumes two things: that the military be ready, and that it is available before a diaster hits. The latter one presumes that we haven’t sent most of our troops (including the National Guard and the reserves), so that leaves the former one: is the military ready?

According to Adm. Timothy Keating, who is in charge of domestic defense forces, the answer is a resounding “no.”

reframing the trailer

A tip ‘o the hat to Running Chick for pointing me to this lovely, reworked version of the trailer for The Shining. It’s a great tongue-in-cheek nod to the increasing tendency for movie studios to misrepresent their products via crafty spin.


ct: will weicker run?

A most interesting tidbit from Connecticut: it seems that Lowell Weicker may challenge Joe Lieberman for his old Senate seat. Weicker would run as an independent.

Given that Lieberman defeated Weicker (then a Republican – a fiscally conservative, socially liberal one) by tacking to the right, it’s definitely an interesting development. Weicker remains quite liberal: he was against the war in Iraq from the beginning, a stark contrast to Lieberman’s unrelenting pro-war stance.

Could be interesting – and fun to watch.

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