When cousins marry are they better than gays who marry?

George W. Bush’s home state, Texas, is one of the states that allow first cousins to marry. Those unions are recognized by other states, despite the known genetic consequences and long-standing kin taboos against marriage of close relatives. So, if Mr. Bush could govern his state without attacking its liberal policies toward first cousins marrying, why can’t he leave well enough alone with the gays? If more than half of U.S. states have laws against cousins marrying, should that be the law of the land? Not in the opinion of Mr. Bush, apparently.

Maybe there are some married cousins in the Walker-Bush dynasty? That would certainly explain Neil Bush.

Total Information Awareness: Alive and living in another budget

The Bush Administration will not let Total Information Awareness, it’s panopticon domestic spying system, die. It will say it is dead, but, in fact, the Bushies have helped it escape to a budgetary Brazil like a Nazi scientist they want to keep as an asset. TIA now lives in the Advanced Research and Development Activity budget.

Ralph Nader would be really bad president

Maybe we need to have the opportunity to vote for someone other than one of the two nominees of the two parties, as Ralph Nader says, but that requires us to ask if Nader would be worth a vote. Here is an accomplished activist, certainly, but has Nader ever demonstrated the ability to build coalitions and to compromise with foes to forge a middle ground on which everyone can live? Pardon me, but Ralph is not good at compromise, as his position on why he should run demonstrates: Simply having another choice doesn’t increase the quality or quantity of democracy in a society. It can lead, through fragmentation of potential coalitions along arbitrary differences, to extremism by a minority government… exactly as it did in 2000 whence last Ralph ran.

It wouldn’t do any good to beg Nader to not to run, as that would only engage his ego even more. But there is no way on Earth or any other inhabitable planet that I would vote for Ralph Nader to be my president, because he’s not prepared to be president. He would be an excellent Secretary of HUD, Interior or HHS, because of his mastery of consumer and environmental policy, but not a good president.

Where I been all these years….

At the beginning of a large conference call today everyone had to introduce themselves. This gets rather tedious, because by the time we get to the end, the voices of and information about those at the beginning are lost. So, why not have a resource to point to, that could be called by a conferencing application to assemble a profile of the group?

I went to World66.com to use my eye-time while listening and talking on the call.

Here’s the map of the states I’ve visited:

and here are the states I’ve lived in:

and the countries I’ve visited:

Make your own map

The season of renewal

I don’t play computer games, but I do waste a tremendous amount of time thinking about baseball, and a few years ago I started playing fantasy baseball. Now that Spring Training is starting, my thoughts turn to baseball and fantasy drafts.

This year, I’m running a fantasy league for readers who want to join in the fun. Send me mail if you’d like to play. I’ll do up to two leagues and the drafts will be held the week of March 22nd, so that there is plenty of information about how players are doing.