Sunday, October 16, 2005


Just felt a small earthquake, about 1410 PDT. My subjective observation is that it seemed to travel from north to south, i.e., the first movement of our house was toward the south. At this writing it is not posted on the USGS California earthquake map here, but I will update this entry when I can get data as to location and Richter number.

UPDATE, 1433 PDT: The quake was 4.6 intensity, epicenter about 70 miles out in the Pacific Ocean bearing WSW (250 degrees) from Coronado, CA. If the quake caused a tsunami, the wave has already struck San Diego area beaches, since tsunamis travel several hundred miles per hour.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

I Have No Crystal Ball ... 

but according to Drudge, there may be something to my speculation posted in the first update on October 3.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Iraq War Quagmire 

Go read Ma Deuce Gunner's harrowing account of a night patrol in Kirkuk, Iraq. It'll make you feel proud of our guys -- and the Iraqis they encountered. (via Smash)

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Monday, October 03, 2005

Supreme Court: Harriet Miers???? 

I don't know anything about Harriet Miers except what I have heard on the news shows and read on the internet. My immediate gut reaction to her nomination to the Supreme Court: looks like Bush is doing something nice for an old friend.

As David Bernstein notes (via Michelle Malkin), this appointment isn't going to do much to quiet cries of cronyism.

I agree with the vast majority of comments that I've read so far, that Bush could have done a lot better.

UPDATE: It occurs to me that one explanation for appointing Miers might be that all the candidates whose names have been bandied about by the pundits, e.g., Luttig, McConnell, Brown, asked not to be nominated, because they didn't want to be subjected to the kind of dirty politics that the Dems would surely have practiced in opposition to a known conservative. If this is the case, then the Dems won a big one by forfeit.

UPDATE 2: Beldar, a practicing trial lawyer in Houston, isn't upset at all, and thinks Bush made a good choice.

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