June 30, 2005
 
Buying Votes in St. Louis
The AP had an eye-catching title today. 5 Democrats guilty of plot to buy votes. I have a friend who is on the city council of one the cities that compose the St. Louis metropolitan area. He said this story is just the tip of the iceberg, that the politicians have been buying votes for years in the poorer parts of St. Louis (especially East St. Louis). While that was discouraging news, I'm glad to see that at least some of these politicians are now being brought to justice.

 
 
 
June 28, 2005
 
Insights into Female Islamic Terrorists
Manuela Dviri provided some unsettling insights into the thought process of female terrorists with her story about 21-year-old Wafa Samir al-Biss. Miss Biss was walking funny as she tried to enter Israel from the Gaza Strip.

 
 
 
June 27, 2005
 
Pet Dairies Uncovered
Paul, a friend of mine in the UK, sent me these diary entries from a dog and a cat.

 
 
Constitutional Amendment
James Taranto, who I would classify as a coastal Republican (e.g., conservative on most issues, but liberal on social issues; similar to the founders of the libertarian party) had a very interesting suggestion yesterday for a new amendment.
Section 1. The President's power to fill vacancies during a recess of the Senate shall apply only in the case of a recess lasting ninety days or longer.

Section 2. The Senate shall vote on all presidential appointments within ninety days of the first day the Senate is in session after the President submits an appointment. The Senate's failure to fulfill this obligation shall be construed as consenting to the appointment.

Section 3. The provisions of this Article shall take effect at the beginning of the next Presidential term after the ratification of this Article.

I think this is a wonderful suggestion, but Taranto does not go far enough. This should be true of all Presidential nominations that require Senate approval. In other words, this should apply to the nomination of all judges as well. The Senate would still be able to block nominees of whom they disapproved, but they would have to vote as a body to do so.

 
 
Long Time No Hear
In the last six months, I've been a bit busy. Since I was last posting, Lady Quixote and I are now expecting our fourth child. We've broken ground on building a house. I've chaired several search committees, including one for my new boss (who starts next month). I'm trying my hand at consulting work and have as much business as I can handle for the summer. So I haven't made fixing Solport a priority, but I've decided that if I don't make the time to do so soon, I probably never will.

At any rate, I look forward to resuming posting once I've got everything ported over to more recent software with better spam protection. When time permits, I'll see if I can copy the look and feel of the old site with the new software.

 

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