What do I want with a new king? He’ll bully us from morning till night and make our lives miserable

Public service announcement. Philip K. Dick's head is missing. According to the April issue of Wired. the founder of Hanson Robotics, David Hanson and a team of developers made a robotic head of the late science fiction writer which was left behind in an overhead storage bin when Hanson changed planes. The head is remarkably life-like. Compare the picture at the Wikipedia link and from Hanson's website. All of which reminds me of a phobia I have. I will not pick up strange packages for fear that it may contain either body parts or a bomb. I'm not sure if this fear has a name or if there are others that share it. Generally this fear hasn't had much impact on my life. I have come across an unattended package that for all I know was stuffed with cash or millions in promissory notes. I will never know as I alerted a security guard. So my fear does leave me with the nagging regret that some day, re-mindful of the finders keepers rule, I will have cheated myself out of easy fortune. If you should come across Mr. Dick stuffed in a duffel bag please notify Hanson at his site.

W, short for witless, is to 2006 political propaganda what the 1972 Ford Pinto was to the future of the automotive industry. RNC Memo Warns GOPers Not To Distance Themselves From Bush,

3. The President is seen universally as the face of the Republican Party. We are now brand W. Republicans. The following chart shows the extremely close correlation between the President's image and overall ratings of the party.

A high five for Ken Mehlman's unintended confession that the face of the far right party is one of incompetence and corruption, and cronyism. The memo that American's deserve to see, the right wing party needs to turn in a new direction: to stand up for small competent government, for rationalism and sound science, to stop using compassion as an empty sleeved advertising gimmick and start being compassionate, stop avoiding substantive political debate with weird personal attacks and attack groups like the Swift Liars, stop being pimps for corporate America ( not really necessary if we live in a real free enterprise economy), and get a dictionary, look up the word integrity ( that means you Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas).

U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) has lost another advisor . Now I wish certain Democratic blogs would stop gloating over the fact that Harris is delusional and destined to lose. Harris knows she is going to lose. That's not the point. The point is to make a name for herself so she can go on to make big easy bucks as a martyred right-wing speaker and pundit.

Bush Opposes Iraq's Premier, Shiites Report

The American ambassador has told Shiite officials that President Bush does not want the Iraqi prime minister to remain the country's leader in the next government, senior Shiite politicians said Tuesday.

It is the first time the Americans have directly expressed a preference in the furious debate over the country's top job, the politicians said, and it is inflaming tensions between the Americans and some Shiite leaders.

The ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, told the head of the main Shiite political bloc at a meeting on Saturday to pass on a "personal message from President Bush" to the interim prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, said Redha Jowad Taki, a Shiite member of Parliament who was at the meeting.

Mr. Khalilzad said Mr. Bush "doesn't want, doesn't support, doesn't accept" Mr. Jaafari as the next prime minister, according to Mr. Taki, a senior aide to Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Shiite bloc. It was the first "clear and direct message" from the Americans on a specific candidate for prime minister, Mr. Taki said.

This is actually understandable since al-Jaafari supports the Shiite militias who have been responsible for much of the up-tick in violence and has a close alliance with what some people would call a terrorist, Moktada al-Sadr. The point is that this is the government that the Iraqi people choose. Elections and constitutions do not a democracy make without the underlying stable institutions. Something the wise sages of neoconism didn't see in their crystal ball even though there were plenty of people that warned them.

This Week in the NSA Scandal

As Daniel Webster warned: "Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions."

Nothing stirred on the African plains. The sun glared down and Hare crept inside the cool hollow of a baobab tree for his afternoon nap.
Suddenly he was wide awake. There was a boom, boom, booming in his ears. And it was getting closer. Hare peeped out from the tree nervously.
Across the clearing the bushes snapped and parted, and out loomed a huge gray shape.
"Oh it's you!" said Hare irritably. "How can a fellow sleep with all your racket?"
The rhinoceros squinted down at him short-sightedly.
"Greetings!" he bellowed in his slow way. "Tembo the elephant has sent me to fetch you to the waterhole. He's going to tell us who our new king will be.
All the animals have voted."
"Oh fiddlesticks!" cried Hare rudely. "What do I want with a new king? He'll bully us from morning till night and make our lives miserable."
"Don't you want to see who's been chosen? asked Rhino.
"I know already," snapped Hare. "It will be that sly old lion, Kali. He has bribed all the other animals and promised not to eat their children if only they
will vote for him."
Rhino didn't seem to believe Hare, and in the end Hare said,
"Oh very well, I'll come. But you'll see I'm right."

from the short story The Hare Who Would Not Be King by Tish Farrell