The second half of the thing on suicide bombing tactics will have to wait until tomorrow, because in the last 48 hours, I think I've slept less than five, and fitfully at that. It's not primarily the heat that's keeping me awake, I've slept just fine with it somewhat warmer than this. It's the noise. To keep the temperature down in here, I'm running both window air conditioners full blast, plus a couple of fans. That's in a tiny little 3 room apartment. The net effect is that it is substantially louder in here than it's been in any computer room I've ever worked in. As in, I've been wearing 28db earplugs to bed ... and the noise that makes it through is still louder than most normal conversation. We're supposed to get a break in the weather this afternoon, so presumably tomorrow morning I'll be somewhat less scatter-brained. Until then, my apologies.
Just so that this isn't a totally content-free post, how many of you were waiting for me to comment on Judge John Roberts? Well, you can probably stop waiting. I don't see any reason to bother. The time to worry about who Bush would nominate for the Supreme Court was last November, not now. The whole country knew, going into the last election, that at least one and probably two Supreme Court justices were going to retire between 2004 and 2008. They also knew that Bush's party was going to have a majority in the Senate. That means that whether they agreed with who Bush was going to pick or they didn't agree, a solid majority chose to accept whoever Bush wanted to name to the Supreme Court in order to not have to be governed by John Kerry during the War on Terror. If you don't like that fact, the time to have done something about it was last October and November. If you did and it wasn't enough, you'll just have to live with it. If you didn't, you're not entitled to complain now. If you voted for or campaigned for Bush last time, then no matter what your reason, you either did it knowing what kind of Supreme Court justices his administration was going to nominate in which case you're not entitled to complain because you chose this, or you're an imbecile, in which case who cares what you think?
If I cared, I'd be more concerned about his membership in the Federalist Society than about any of the few court opinions he wrote as an appeals court judge or any of the mind numbingly evil legal opinions he authored for the Bush administration. But, it's water under the bridge now. He's not scary enough to successfully Bork, so he's probably in. Moot point. Go back to beating on the Plame Affair, like everybody else. That Bush, who promised never to flip-flop, rather blatantly has flip-flopped is current news. The lengths to which Rove was willing to endanger this country in order to silence critics of the Iraq War are current news. It's not too late to care about those, and something may actually be able to be done about it.