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Leave it to me to come down with something undefineable. It's not really a cold, or a flu, or a stomach virus. It's a hybrid of all three, complete with cold sweats, constant nausea and the feeling that one would get after being body checked by Tie Domi. Don't know if I'll be up to blogging later or not. I don't know how much I can actually sleep again today, one too many dreams about dancing food (I believe it was Al Sharpton and John Kerry in costumes) makes me wary of closing my eyes again. And there's really no point in blogging when my head is filled with some kind of mental fuzz and I can't form complete thoughts. Meanwhile, Alan, blogging live from Boston, is scheduled to interview both Max Cleland and Joe Lieberman today. He's taking suggestions on (serious only) questions over here. And you could always take a nice walk through my blogroll while I'm gone. I shall return.


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You haven't been hanging around Giambi, have you?

Sympathy parasites?

Question for Max Cleland: So, Max, how dumb do you have to be to pick up a live grenade?

"I shall return."

She's posessed by the ghost of Gen. MacArthur! Well, that might explain some things.

All kidding aside, hope you feel all better soon, Michele.

You post that you're sick and won't be blogging today, only to update everyone that you're sick and won't be blogging today?

You'd better watch what you say about Domi, otherwise he might sue you for defamation of character, like he's doing to one radio station in Canada!

I hope you feel better soon!

It was an update from last night. Check the Date Stamps.

Get well.

Down here in the South, we call what you have "Epizootis". It appears that you have both the upper and lower strains - the pink stuff works if you can stand the taste.

Hope you're better soon

Rockin pneumonia? Boogie-woogie flu?

Sorry. I should be flogged for that, but it was just so, so easy. Feel better.

Hope you feel better soon, Michele.

So Chuck, how does it feel to be a first-class asshole?

I had the same thing a couple of weeks ago. Nasty stuff. Feel better!

Serious questions? What about thinly-veiled insulting ones, like asking Max if he'll stump for Kerry up until the election.

You have what is commonly known as the "ick." Hope you recover soon.

Imperial Keeper

Get well.

A question for the fine Democrat gents: if Kerry and Edwards will, as promised, do "whatever it takes" to defeat terrorism, will that include suspending the constitution? Declaring martial law? Filing a class action lawsuit against Islam?

Well actually, wayne, under the current war powers acts, if any president declares a state of emergency, he CAN pretty much suspend the constitution... legally. Well, supposedly legally... I PERSONALLY don't think its legal... but whatever.

Here are just a few Executive Orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to seize all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks or vehicles of any kind and total control over all highways, seaports, and waterways.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 10999 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001 allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

* EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.

Darleen: in response to your question about anarchy, and someone else who mentioned the motivation to make stuff that works rather than shoddy stuff:

You'd think threat of revocation of a corporate charter for gross incompetance or negligence would be enough reason to make good equipment instead of shoddy equipment. You'd also think threat that if their equipment sucks, America loses the war and as they're an American corporation, they are in trouble. Weapons' sales would drop if America lost a war.

I honestly conjecture that profit motive in corporations that are too big is sketchy at best. It really depends on the internal workings of the corporation itself and if IT has profit motive INSIDE to encourage the engineers and such to perform better. For the most part, the executives benefit from the corporate profits, and the rank-and-file employees see little of the benefit. Again, though, this is my conjecture.

Because the profit motive windfall hits the executives most in overly large corporations, their motive isn't so much to make better equipment, which may increase cost, decrease likelihood of a sale, etc, but instead to bury mistakes, or compensate for them through lobbying to ensure a sale, even for shoddy equipment.

Whether the money stuff Moore mentions in f9/11 is a half-truth or not, the fact that the Bradley unit wasn't what the military was looking for, and that that less-than-desirable equipment was [almost] paid for with our tax dollars through lobbying and connections shows me that the profit motive isn't doing it's job with defense contractors.

Could we get cites to the Federal Register or the CFR for those Executive Orders, rawb? A Westlaw search for the numbers turns up nothing, which I suppose you'll regard as proof of the conspiracy, but if they do exist I'd rather like to actually read them rather than taking someone else's word about what they say.

Go to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/executive_orders/disposition_tables.html

These are all Kennedy orders from 1962 during the height of the cold war. They're emergency preparedness orders.

Almost every one of them was revoked or amended by later presidents.

hope you feel better soon! i'm home sick today, too... went to the e.r. for an infection that made my eyes swell shut and now i'm being tested for lupus...

Get well. (and is it just me or are those not the symptoms for pregnancy? ahem)

Really, get well soon.

Dave J: No I wouldn't call that evidence of the conspiracy... I'm not quite that paranoid. My only point that it is possible for that stuff to be done legally.


Basically it goes into how when the Senate, during the civil war, lacked a quorum and did not set a date to reconvene, it ceased to exist. Then Lincoln declared Executive Order 1, and from then on it was downhill.

For the record, that link's first page is just summary, and the other pages are a 1970s Senate report... so I suppose it has some legitimacy.

Get well soon, Michele.

"...when the Senate, during the civil war, lacked a quorum and did not set a date to reconvene, it ceased to exist."

What, forever? That's completely absurd. If a legislative chamber fails to set a time certain to reconvene (i.e., adjourns sine die, "without a day," which they do all the time), it generally can fall back on a constitutional provision that specifies when it's required to meet. In the case of either or both chambers of Congress, at the time that would have been the second paragraph of Art. I, s. 4, providing that "[t]he Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day." The 20th Amendment, among other things, changed this date to January 3rd.