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Archive for May 18th, 2007

Megs and her mouse

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Megs spots mouse  Megs has mouse

Megs spots a mouse in the first photo, and has it in the second. (It’s a play mouse. Thank God.)

Written by Leisureguy

18 May 2007 at 2:32 pm

Posted in Cats, Megs

Christine Todd Whitman will now testify

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ABC’s The Blotter:

Ex-EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman abruptly reversed herself Friday and agreed to testify before Congress on her agency’s response to the environmental fallout of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Two days ago, Whitman’s lawyer Joel Kobert had denied a request from a House panel chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., for his client to testify, noting she was named in two lawsuits related to the issue.

But today, Whitman herself told Nadler in a hand-delivered letter that she was willing to participate in a hearing “if you insist.”

Nadler had originally invited Whitman to testify at a May 22 hearing. In a press release today announcing Whitman’s decision, Nadler said he would reschedule Whitman’s hearing to a date “in the near future.”

On Sept. 18, 2001, then-EPA head Whitman released a statement declaring the results from air monitoring tests in New York showed “their air is safe to breathe.”

Nearly two years after the attacks, the EPA’s inspector general concluded that assurance and others were based on insufficient information. The report also said that EPA press releases were softened under pressure from the White House.

Multiple studies have documented health problems amongst 9/11 emergency responders and workers. One study released last year by Mount Sinai Hospital in New York showed more than 70 percent of Ground Zero workers suffered health ailments or severe respiratory problems.

More at the link.

Written by Leisureguy

18 May 2007 at 12:32 pm

Changing habits

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Friday is my laundry day, and as I folded my pyjamas I got to thinking that guys wearing pyjamas these days pretty rare. Except in childhood, I never wore pyjamas. I slept for a while in briefs and T-shirt, but then for years slept naked.

But one of my habits (which I have yet to change) is periodically changing my habits. So a few years back I got some very nice pyjamas (Derek Rose) and began to wear pyjamas to bed. I was surprised (somewhat) to find that I really liked wearing pyjamas. Much more pleasant than I thought.

Some time back (not at the same time, but it’s been a few years), I switched from carrying my wallet in the right rear pocket to the left rear pocket. It felt odd for a little while, but now feels normal.

In the kitchen I will periodically change the customary location of something in the shelves (or drawers) to someplace else.

I don’t often rearrange the furniture, but the cleaning ladies found a much better arrangement, so it’s clear that I should have been tinkering with that as well.

Written by Leisureguy

18 May 2007 at 12:06 pm

Posted in Daily life

House Ethics Committe—blind, deaf, and dumb

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Interesting point from TPMmuckraker:

The House ethics committee actually has a lower standard for wrongdoing than our criminal justice system, which is why far more lawmakers have come under federal investigation in the past several years than have been investigated by the ethics committee (Calvert is no exception).

Another point (and a good line):

OK, so let’s just say that I’m a property-rich lawmaker who wants to push the boundaries and play the earmark game for all its worth. What would it take for me to get into trouble? Just how self-serving of a project would actually garner the House ethics committee’s disapproval?

“You’d have to be remodeling your kitchen,” Keith Ashdown of Taxpayers for Common Sense told me.

Read the entire article—and remember, the Democrats are a majority now, and they ran on cleaning up ethics in the House and the Senate. But it looks as though that effort is on the wane. We need to wake up our lawmakers.

Written by Leisureguy

18 May 2007 at 9:46 am

Posted in Congress, Democrats, GOP

The evolving Purge list

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As revelations come out, the Purge broadens. The Washington Post has a fine graphic that shows the on-going discoveries. That graphic shows 26 names, but as McClatchy Washington Bureau reports, the current total is now 30 names:

The Senate moved Thursday to schedule a no-confidence vote on embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as new details surfaced suggesting that at least 30 federal prosecutors were targeted for firing, nearly one-third of the nation’s 93 U.S. attorneys.

The impending censure vote is aimed at pressuring Gonzales to resign and forcing the Bush administration to further explain the motives behind its strategy to replace U.S. attorneys.

The names, nearly four times the number the Justice Department has acknowledged, give congressional investigators new leads in their inquiry into whether politics improperly influenced the firings of at least eight U.S. attorneys.

McClatchy Newspapers has learned that the top prosecutors in Macon, Ga., and Roanoke, Va., landed on a proposed firing list weeks after the White House and Justice Department traded notes about the potential for voter-fraud cases in central Georgia and Appalachia. They were added to a list just days before last November’s midterm election, but ultimately not fired.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Leisureguy

18 May 2007 at 9:28 am

Alberto’s fluctuating memory

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It just flucted Paul McNulty. From ThinkProgress:

Alberto Gonzales, 4/19/07: “Looking back, things that I would have done differently? I think I would have had the Deputy Attorney General more involved, directly involved.”

VERSUS

Gonzales, 5/15/07: “The recommendations reflected the views of the Deputy Attorney General. He signed off on the names and he would know better than anyone else, anyone else in this room.”

So McNulty goes from not involved, just a bit player, to being the guy who did it.

Written by Leisureguy

18 May 2007 at 8:59 am

More soap

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Today, as part of the on-going soap exploration, I used Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap, a quite wonderful soap for those not allergic to lanolin. The lather was not quite so thick and dense as with the Truefitt & Hill yesterday, but quite fine all the same. I used the Rooney Style 3 Small Super Silvertip and was somewhat surprised (again) by what a nice brush it is. Very nice indeed, in fact.

Lathered up, I picked the adjustable Schick Injector (set to 5—midway) and proceeded with the shave. One minor drawback of the single-edge razors (the Schick Injector and the GEM razors) is that, when one edge is covered with lather, you have no other edge to use, so you must rinse. With a double-edge razor, you can (of course) just flip the razor over and use the other edge until it, too, is covered in lather, so you rinse half as often.

I was pondering a book, and after the first pass I absentmindedly rinsed and began to shave against the grain, with no lather, exactly as I had done in high school. A little bit of time travel. I came to my sense immediately because it didn’t feel all that good: no lubrication from the lather.

Three passes, smooth face, alum block, and Thayers Lemon Witch Hazel as the aftershave. Very, very pleasant. Exceptionally smooth once more.

Written by Leisureguy

18 May 2007 at 8:18 am

Posted in Shaving

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