May 16th, 2006

Scorpion

odds, ends

#1:
Courtesy Tesla: http://www.metromapr.com/
An overlay of the Metro lines onto a real world map, plus other toys. Very nifty.

#2:
Karaoke sign, in Laurel, Friday, June 9th, to celebrate my lovely girlfriend's birthday. There's an evite floating around, but I'll likely post reminders here.

#3:
Remember my "Magneto was right" shirt? Just found out that there was a t-shirt in Marvel's ill-fated 2099 run that I will also need, for the sake of parallelism.

#4:
A story I told a handful of times, but kept forgetting to post here - driving home after work on a Saturday, I'm stuck behind a shiny brand-new Civic Hybrid with the fresh-from-the-dealer temporary tags. What catches my eye is that this new car owner has already seen fit to put a bumper sticker on their new automobile. I can't quite make the sticker out, so I tailgate enough to make it out, and it reads:
I'm not giving up on you, Severus.
Scorpion

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COVERAGE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS:
* First, the transcript. Alternately, read the BBC condensed versions.
* Post analysis of the speech as a balancing act. The NYTimes analysis sees it as an insight into the president. Time uses the word "peacemaker." The LATimes sees him appealing to the base.
* Worries about militarization along the border.
* Canadians fear backlash.
* CBS finds a mixed reaction.
* Various quotes.
* A review by Tom Shales.
* Finally BAGnewsNotes on Bush and the (Mexican) flag.
Scorpion

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"The urgency that led President Bush to make a rare prime-time Oval Office address last night on the subject of immigration had absolutely nothing to do with the state of the nation's borders, which are objectively no more porous today than, say, a year ago."
-Dan Froomkin

Remember Afghanistan? As the new government weakens, the Taliban makes a comeback.

Eugene Robinson laments a nation of fear.

Milbank on Rove's rare public appearance. E.J. Dionne Jr. wonders what he's thinking.

On the front lines of the rebuilding effort: the story of an ambushed convoy in Iraq.

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Tom Tomorrow on the revised story, and Tom Toles on the economic outlook.

New finds lead to a rethinking of Mayan history.

Sinking fast: the anatomy of a movie flop.