December 6th, 2002

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Washington Held Hostage, Day 2

There are many things to be irritated about when it shows in the Washington area, but by far the most irritating this is that most of the jurisdictions don't plow the side streets. Or if they do, they do a half-assed job of it. When I left home this morning, the street on which I live had received one light swipe from a plow. That was enough to smooth and pack the snow, but not to actually clear the snow away. The major roads were perfectly clear though.

And as a Northern Virginian, I'm among the lucky ones. My co-workers all live in suburban Maryland, and their side streets have not been touched at all. That's not a surprise; my brother lived in Montgomery County for several years, and in the whole time he lived there, his street was never plowed. Which is ridiculous. Granted, the snow usually melts in a couple of days, but just waiting for it to melt is asinine. Nearly every area school district is closed today, and it's all because the county and state governments are unwilling to plow the snow away. Morons.
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    Electric Company theme
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Randomness

Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has resigned. Time to take him off the succession list! The bad news is that until a new secretary is nominated and confirmed, John Ashcroft is one step closer to the Presidency.

Speaking of which, I made a mistake in the presidential succession list I posted the other day. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security does not appear to be part of the official order of succession as defined by the Presidential Succession Act (title 3, section 19 of the United States Code). When the Department of Veterans Affairs was created in 1988, the law creating the department specifically amended 3 USC 19 to add the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the order of succession, but it would appear that they neglected to do the same for the Secretary of Homeland Security. I guess they were too busy shielding pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits, making it easier for US companies to avoid paying taxes by reincorporating offshore, and funneling money to Tom Delay's alma mater to worry about the little details.

Whee, a new episode of Firefly tonight! I know most of the people who read this already watch Firefly, but if you don't, why not give it a try tonight? Word has it that it's an excellent episode, and more viewers will help convince Fox to bring it back once it goes on hiatus at the end of this month. I promise a full refund to anyone who watches on my recommendation and doesn't like it.

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  • Current Music
    The Baker's Wife soundtrack - "Gifts of Love"