The Harriet Miers nomination for Supreme Court Justice has been withdrawn, and I'm for one relieved, because I cannot for the life of me remember how to spell her name without looking it up; my precious time will be saved. Obviously the opposition of this blog was the tipping point. Sources tell me Dubya was muttering "Et tu, Pun Salad?" repeatedly for the past few days.
On to the usual miscellany:
Spurred by the death of Rosa Parks, Thomas Sowell writes
on the secret history of the segregation policies that
dictated Mrs. Parks should have to give up her bus seat
to a white man:
Far from existing from time immemorial, as many have assumed, racially segregated seating in public transportation began in the South in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Those who see government as the solution to social problems may be surprised to learn that it was government which created this problem.
On a related note, say you were an editorial cartoonist, and you wanted to pen a cartoon on the topic of Mrs. Parks' passing. What would you draw? Go ahead, think on it a bit, I'll wait …
OK, got an idea?
I'm sorry, it's been done.
Ooooh, I want an Olive
Symphony; it's reviewed by David Pogue here
and it costs a mere $900!
Well, probably not really. I don't see anything here that I wouldn't be able to do on a more conventional computer, and have a certain amount of fun in setting up. But the Symphony does look very cool and seamless. (And probably quieter than a real computer.)
- And (staying in the consumerism theme), this is just amazing. (Via Lileks. Like him, it doesn't make me want to scurry on down to the Ikea outlet, or even want to hang out with any of the people in the ad, but still … whoa.)
My close personal friend Dave Barry says:
Just because this blog has no electricity or gasoline or hope for the future or Cheez-Its, that does not mean we are just sitting around wallowing in self-pity.
That cheered me somewhat: I have two out of those four things, and I know where I can get Cheez-Its. (Ba-dum!) Plus which, Dave wrote an actual new column.