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2008 June 15 — Why Now?
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On The Move

While The Invisible Library isn’t going anywhere, Keith, Elvira, Lucy, and Rupert are bound across the country from Georgia to to Oregon. For some reason Keith is unhappy living in the Deep South.

It’s not a bad drive, I did Monterey, California to Washington DC a couple of times, but it will depend on the flooding.

Safe driving!

June 15, 2008   5 Comments

It Isn’t Over

Kevin Drum thinks that suddenly no one cares about the rules. He’s probably not aware of the three on-going civil trials, and other fun that is going to weaken the Democrats for years.

McClatchy shows some of the anger boiling over: Obscenity-laden e-mail shows Florida delegate fight lingers

But just two weeks after Democrats thought they mostly had put the debacle over Florida’s delegates behind them, party faithful are bickering over who will get to attend the national convention in Denver in August.

The back-and-forth largely was behind the scenes, until party activist Jon Ausman sent a blast e-mail late Thursday featuring obscenity-laced excerpts of e-mails he’d received from Kirk Wagar, Barack Obama’s finance chairman for Florida. Wagar’s e-mails rip Ausman and the state’s top Democrat, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who had backed Hillary Clinton but supported Obama after he became the presumptive nominee.

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June 15, 2008   4 Comments

Military Justice

Judge Advocate General Corps Insignia

The incomparable Charlie Savage of the Boston Globe noted last December that the White House drops veto bid on promotions

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration is dropping a plan to take control over the promotions of military lawyers, following an outpouring of alarm over the independence of uniformed attorneys who have repeatedly objected to the White House’s policies toward prisoners in the war on terrorism.

Sometimes retired flag officers write open letters [PDF] to the President to show him that he is not doing right.

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Magna Carta

King John

John, by the grace of God, king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count of Anjou in the meadow which is called Runnymede, between Windsor and Staines, on the fifteenth day of June, 1215, signed the Great Charter in the presence of assorted heavily armed peers of the realm, who assured him it was the right thing to do.

The British Library has pictures of the Magna Carta available, and Wikipedia has a nice discussion of the document.

The Magna Carta of 1297 is permanently residing in the US National Archives.

The Avalon Project’s translation of the 1215 version with an index and definitions.

June 15, 2008   8 Comments


… I felt like it.

Not Florida License Plates

Florida Plate Blogging


Standard Florida Plate

A weekend feature of Why Now.

June 15, 2008   5 Comments