The Orderly Transfer of Power

An amazing event is taking place: the orderly, peaceful transfer of power. From President George W. Bush to President-elect Barack Obama. From the Republican party to the Democratic party. Without guns or threat of violence. The political process works.

It’s times like this that I’m proud to be an American.

Hat tip: BelderBlog.

Quote of the Day — President George W. Bush

Fiscal conservatism is one of my defining issues for the remaining months.

President George W. Bush

The only rational reaction:

Negotiations, Korean Style

A North Korean Lieutenant General opened negotiations earlier today with his South Korean counterpart as follows:

Bush … goes out jogging one morning and, preoccupied with international affairs, fails to notice that a car is heading straight at him.

A group of schoolchildren pull the president away just in time, saving his life, and a grateful Bush offers them anything they want in the world as a reward.

“We want a place reserved for us at Arlington Memorial Cemetery,” say the children.

“Why is that?” he asks.

“Because our parents will kill us if they find out what we’ve done.” (Source.)

Apparently, the urge to tell jokes about authority figures exists everywhere. In North Korea, however, living to tell another joke means directing the humor elsewhere, instead of the obvious target.

Hat tip: Total WonKerr.

News flash: Pentagon makes plans!

Feb 24, 2007 — NEW YORK (Reuters) – Despite the Bush administration’s insistence it has no plans to go to war with Iran, a Pentagon panel has been created to plan a bombing attack that could be implemented within 24 hours of getting the go-ahead from President George W. Bush, The New Yorker magazine reported in its latest issue. Source

Is this a surprise? Is this even news?

Making a plan does not equate with intending to follow the plan. Sometimes plans are created to see whether an action is feasible. If the plan requires unavailable resources, then the action cannot be successful. That’s useful information to have.

Sometimes plans are created in advance of an threat or opportunity so that when the triggering event occurs, no time is wasted in responding. Again, planning in advance is useful.

I wouldn’t be surprised in we had plans to invade Canada. I would be surprised if we had present intention to implement them.

I think I’ll go plan what to do when I win the lottery.

Physics for Future Presidents

Have an evening to invest learning? Spend some time reading Physics for Future Presidents by Richard A. Muller. Don’t miss the links on the “additional material” on the left and the sample chapters. You’ll learn that chocolate chip cookies (CCC) have more energy than TNT!

Recommended reading, even if you’re not a Bush.