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.
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.
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.