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If the shoe fits, …

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you’ve selected the proper last. The Second Daughter found that the New Balance site allows you to narrow your shoe selection not just by type of shoe and width and length, but also by the structure of the last. The Eldest, for example, was finally able to find shoes that fit exactly by finding a last that had a narrow heel, large toe box, and high instep. She says that they were incredibly comfortable right off the bat.

Select a shoe type, and at the top you’ll see the options to narrow the selection. Click on “Shoe Last” and you’ll see an explanation of the various lasts. Very nice indeed.

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30 June 2006 at 9:26 pm

Posted in Daily life, Technology

Interesting thoughts on the Hamdan decision

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Billmon posts some interesting thoughts on the recent Supreme Court decision. Worth reading.

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30 June 2006 at 5:18 pm

Great post on Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift of the US Navy

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Lt. Cmdr. Swift is the attorney who represented the Guantánamo detainees before the US Supreme Court. Read this post about an honorable, principled, and courageous military officer.

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30 June 2006 at 3:23 pm

Sticker shock: gasoline

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I just filled up my normal, 4-door sedan, which has a 16-gallon tank. $48.40! This is not the premium fuel, either, but the middle one, just above regular: 87 octane rating.

Man, if I were still commuting to work, that would be $100 per week cash outlay for gas. $400 a month. That would be one heck of a hit.

The first auto manufacturer to come out with a really high-mileage car is going to make a killing. The next generation of the Prius, due in 2008 (a presidential election year) will get around 100 mpg. (The story says 113 mpg, but that’s in the UK: Imperial gallon. In the US, using our gallon, it will be about 94 mpg.)

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30 June 2006 at 12:33 pm

Special plate arrives!

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I blogged earlier about using a child’s divided plate, which offers two benefits:

The compartments show proportions of vegetables, protein, and carbs (whole wheat pasta, cooked whole grains, etc.): 1/2 the plate for veggies, 1/4 for protein, 1/4 for carbs.

The use of a child’s plate means the portion sizes are about right for an adult.

This is the plate that I got, which unfortunately is now out of stock. But they still have this one. Give it a go.

Oddly, the plates are not the shape pictured. Instead, they are wider than they are tall. But the compartments are still correct: 1/2, 1/4, 1/4.

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30 June 2006 at 12:29 pm

Posted in Daily life, Health

At last: Addington profile online

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Via Dan Froomkin’s column, the profile of David Addington is now online. This is the guy who rammed through all the illegal structures and processes, with Cheney’s backing, either ignoring objections or working around those who would object. He’s the author of the 750 signing statements that are intended to allow Bush to ignore the laws passed by Congress. He’s the one who created the military tribunals that the Supreme Court has clearly denounced as violations of law. Read the profile and marvel that this sort of person was ever given a voice in government. From the profile:

On November 13, 2001, an executive order setting up the military commissions was issued under Bush’s signature. The decision stunned [then-secretary of state Colin] Powell; the national-security adviser, Condoleezza Rice; the highest-ranking lawyer at the C.I.A.; and many judge advocate generals, or JAGs, the top lawyers in the military services. None of them had been consulted. . . . According to multiple sources, Addington secretly usurped the process. He and a few hand-picked associates, including Bradford Berenson and Timothy Flanigan, a lawyer in the White House counsel’s office, wrote the executive order creating the commissions. Moreover, Addington did not show drafts of the order to Powell or Rice, who, the senior Administration lawyer said, was incensed when she learned about her exclusion.

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30 June 2006 at 11:11 am

A better bumper sticker

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Liberals, believing strongly in the virtues of a secular government and the clear separation of church and state, are easily caricatured as hostile to religion—by Conservatives and by false “friends” (e.g., Joe Klein and the like).

This caricature has led to the creation and courting of the Religious Right by the GOP, with regular pandering in preparation for elections: government display of the Ten Commandments, the “war on Christmas,” homophobic positions and amendments, and the like.

It’s difficult to fight attacks of this sort without sounding defensive or even (worse) adopting the frame set by the Right, covertly accepting that Liberals are somehow anti-Christian. Barack Obama, for example, fell into that trap.

The Second Daughter suggested a superb bumper sticker that finesses all that:

Values Voter: Matthew 25: 35-40

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30 June 2006 at 10:01 am

Posted in Election, GOP, Government

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