Lauren Weinstein catches Sen. Orin Hatch trying to airbrush his legislative record to make it more Teaparty-compatible:
Hatch wants to keep his job — and the birthers present a serious problem for him. You see, back only eight years ago, when Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger (for all his faults, still a quite moderate, non-wacko guy) was in his ascendancy with the GOP, Hatch proposed a constitutional amendment — the “Equal Opportunity to Govern Amendment” ["Presidential Eligibility Amendment"] — to allow persons born abroad (like Schwarzenegger) to become president!
This bit of history has become rather inconvenient for Hatch, when he needs to appeal to Tea Party and birther zealots.
Apparently until a couple of days ago, the details of Hatch’s proposed amendment were still available in the direct archives of his Web site, listed along with his other legislative efforts over the years. But there’s a gap in that list of pages now, seemingly where mention of the amendment used to be present.
via Lauren Weinstein’s Blog: Google Exposes Senator (Sloppily) Trying to Delete History for Birthers.
Of course, looking like you wanted to do Schwarzenegger a favor isn’t going to win you friends with anyone these days.
Our A/C is busted again, and the nice man from the A/C company showed up today after only 48 hours of phone calls and two broken appointments to do a leak test on the lines, an expensive process that they tell me takes two days (with no A/C) to establish which of several candidate expensive parts will need to be ordered in (while we have no A/C) and then installed at yet more cost. The scenarios vary from expensive to amazing.
I explain all this not to complain, for such is the joy of home ownership in South Florida, but rather to explain why it is I have my study window open and thus have been hearing a loud buzzing engine noise for a couple of hours. I finally went outside to see if I could figure out what it might be — who would be running a generator when the neighborhood power has been steady for almost a week now? — only to see a blimp circling a bit south of here, with a giant airborne lighted news ticker advertising the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which I’ve just learned are indeed happening at the Convocation Center right now.
I made it back safely from Chicago, but somewhere in the journey I caught a tremendous cold and have done little but sleep since my return.
It always seem to me particularly pathetic to have a cold in the (sub)tropics. It’s over 80° out, and I’m in here sniveling.
However, I’m delighted to learn that while I was snoring, both (all three?) wars ended, and we are now in ‘peacetime’. I suppose that explains why there is no war surtax.
Later today (Thursday), I’m flying off to Chicago for a very very brief visit. I intend to be back late on Saturday. I doubt there will be much time for computer access during this visit, so things could be very quiet here.
I understand that the temperature in Chicago is expected to reach as high as 50° F tomorrow — which makes it somewhat colder than here — so I plan to dig out that coat. It doesn’t get much exercise, poor thing.
I’ll be speaking not once but twice at the GIGANet conference being held at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C., May 5 & May 6. The title of the conference is Global Internet Governance: Research and Public Policy Challenges for the Next Decade. The first day is public-policy-oriented, and I’m on a panel at 11am on “IP addressing in the new age of scarcity” — an exciting topic given the warp-speed developments over at ARIN. (That link is a bit obscure, but trust me, this is a big deal.)
The second day is more academic, and I’ll be discussing my recent paper on ICANN’s “Affirmation of Commitments” on the first panel, at 9am, alongside presentations by Jonathan Weinberg and Konstantinos Komaitis, which I consider to be most excellent company.
The whole thing is almost a Who’s Who of governance-of-internet studies including many foreign speakers. There’s a keynote by Assistant Secretary for Commerce Larry Strickling at 12:30 on May 5. Admission to the event is free, but you should register if you plan to go. And they say that if you email email@example.com before May 1, you can get free guest parking — otherwise parking is either difficult or expensive. There’s also going to be remote access, see details at the link above.