Archive for May 19th, 2007
With scarcely a mention in the mainstream media, President Bush has ordered up a plan for responding to a catastrophic attack.
Under that plan, he entrusts himself with leading the entire federal government, not just the Executive Branch. And he gives himself the responsibility “for ensuring constitutional government.”
He laid this all out in a document entitled “National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51” and “Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20.”
The White House released it on May 9.
Other than a discussion on Daily Kos led off by a posting by Leo Fender, and a pro-forma notice in a couple of mainstream newspapers, this document has gone unremarked upon.
The subject of the document is entitled “National Continuity Policy.”
It defines a “catastrophic emergency” as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government function.”
This could mean another 9/11, or another Katrina, or a major earthquake in California, I imagine, since it says it would include “localized acts of nature, accidents, and technological or attack-related emergencies.”
The document emphasizes the need to ensure “the continued function of our form of government under the Constitution, including the functioning of the three separate branches of government,” it states.
But it says flat out: “The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government.”
The document waves at the need to work closely with the other two branches, saying there will be “a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government.” But this effort will be “coordinated by the President, as a matter of comity with respect to the legislative and judicial branches and with proper respect for the constitutional separation of powers.”
Among the efforts coordinated by the President would ensuring the capability of the three branches of government to “provide for orderly succession” and “appropriate transition of leadership.”
The document designates a National Continuity Coordinator, who would be the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.
Currently holding that post is Frances Fragos Townsend.
More at the link. Do you feel better yet?
Here’s one sample question from the exam:
According to inerrant Scripture, the Savior prayed alone in the garden while the three disciples who accompanied him had fallen asleep. How did the gospel writer know the words of that prayer?
- Jesus left them written down under a rock
- They were recorded on a primitive taping device
- The gospel writer was psychic
- The three disciples were later hypnotized and asked to recall the prayer
The title is from an excellent post at Obsidian Wings, which includes sensible advice for Wolfowitz’s successor, such as:
(1) If you don’t want to resign under a cloud, don’t create one.
(2) If you think people are out to get you, don’t hand them ammunition.
(3) If you are worried about your reputation, remember that it is not enhanced by clinging so tightly to your job that when you are finally dragged away, you leave claw marks.
And there’s more. Read the whole thing.
For the second time I tried to coax a good lather from my Caswell-Massey soap, and for the second time I failed. Perhaps it’s me and my technique, but I have retired the soap (but kept the bowl). Instead of a thick, dense soap, I got a thin, transparent lather that worsened in the course of the shave. And I used the Rooney Style 2 Finest, so it wasn’t the brush.
Still, a very good shave, smooth and with but a single small nick that the alum block closed. I used the Lady Gillette with a Feather, and the aftershave was Taylor No. 74. Now a day off, and the soap exploration continues.