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Friday, June 06, 2003
God Bless Senator Byrd and the State He Rode In From!

Once again our Senior Senator from the great (and need I mention beautiful) State of West Virginia takes on Dubya and his gang, this time on the WMDs or lack of same:

"What amazes me is that the president himself is not clamoring for an investigation," Byrd said from the floor of the Senate.

"It is his truthfulness that is being questioned. It is his integrity that is on the line," the West Virginia Democrat said.

"Yet he has raised no question, expressed no curiosity, about the strange turn of events in Iraq -- expressed no anger at the possibility that he might have been misled."

(The spacing comes from the news feed, not from me, nor probably from Sen. Byrd.)

And if you missed it, there was a lovely article about him in Time a couple of weeks ago, which I highly recommend.

I admit when I first moved here, I wasn't sure about him, and didn't vote for him at least once. Not that I voted for the R, mind you (and that's assuming there was one. They don't always bother running someone against him); I just skipped that category altogether once or twice. But he's done a lot of good for the state, so I have voted for him the last time or two that he was on the ballot, even when there wasn't an R running against him. (I think last time there was a Libertarian but no Republican candidate. I didn't vote for the L either.)

And I'm glad I did. Lately I'm very glad and very proud that I did!

I also want to note that every time I've called Senator Byrd's office, or e-mailed him, I got a letter -- an actual snail-mail letter -- in reply, just as if I'd bothered to sit down with pen and paper! That courtesy has always impressed me.

FCC actually gets one right! Film at eleven!

An appeals court decision agrees with the FCC that cell-phone users should have the right to keep their phone numbers if they switch carriers. The plaintiff: Verizon.

I like my cell-phone plan right now (AT&T prepaid; I don't use it a lot) and am not planning to switch anytime soon, but this is good to know. The "portability" regulation does not go into effect until Labor Day, for any of you who might decide to take advantage of it.
Tuesday, June 03, 2003
He's not in Ohio?!?!?

More weirdness from Yahoo!News and AP
Reputed Columbus Remains in Spain Exhumed
By CIARAN GILES, Associated Press Writer

MADRID, Spain - A chest containing the supposed remains of Christopher Columbus was exhumed Monday for DNA and other tests to determine whether the bones are really those of the famed explorer.

[There's also an AP Photo of the tomb in Seville with the "medal [sic] box" that may or may not contain Chris' mortal remains.]

The test aims to settle a long debate over where Colombus is buried: in Spain's Seville Cathedral or in a sprawling monument in the Dominican Republic's capital, Santo Domingo.

In the presence of two descendants of Columbus — Jaime and Anunicada Colon de Carvajal — researchers removed two boxes from an ornate tomb at the cathedral in the southern city of Seville. One box is believed to hold the explorer's bones; the other is known to hold those of his son Hernando.

Another box, thought to contain the bones of Colombus' brother Diego, was exhumed close to Seville. All three were taken across southern Spain, with a police escort, to the University of Granada.

"This is possibly the first time the three ever traveled together," joked Marcial Castro, the researcher who launched the project.

In Granada, experts will conduct an array of tests — including DNA analysis — to find out if the two sets of remains in question are related to those of Hernando, whose identity is certain.

Castro says he believes the true bones are in Santo Domingo but adds, "No historian in the world has conclusive proof of where Columbus is buried. That's what we're trying to find out."

{again, I snipped some more of the article}

Maybe, once they figure it out, they can move CC, or at least some of his relatives, to the capital of Ohio, already conveniently named for them.

More strangeness from Somerset County:

From Associated Press via Yahoo!News:

Tons of Booze Dumped on Farm
Mon Jun 2,12:19 AM ET

MEYERSDALE, Pa. - State environmental officials are considering levying fines and other penalties against whoever dumped more than 145,000 cases of stagnant rum at a western Pennsylvania farm.

Thousands of cases of discontinued Captain Morgan Gold was found piled on a farm in Elk Lick Township, about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh near the Maryland border.

"This was a significant mess," Stan Whitsel, a state Department of Environmental Protection supervisor, told The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown in Sunday's editions. "It was a bad situation just waiting to get worse."

(I snipped the rest; they did clean it up!)

I'm wondering what sort of weird karma Somerset County has and how it got it. First there was Flight 93, then the Quecreek miners, now this! (Well, and my parents eloping there, but that's a long time ago.) Somerset County is really a very nice and very beautiful place. You'd just never know it from the news.

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