Thursday, March 27, 2008

Here's an interesting statistic: According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, three people are still receiving Civil War benefits. Presumably they are the disabled adult children of Civil War veterans.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

On our travels last month, we visited the Ohio statehouse in Columbus. In the basement, there was a display of Etch-A-Sketch art by Tim George, America’s finest (and only?) Etch-A-Sketch artist. Here’s my favorite, a rendition of good ol’ Benjamin Harrison:

Thursday, March 13, 2008

My favorite seasons (in order):

1. Fall
2. Winter
3. Summer
4. Spring

Flying to Timbuktu, January 2008.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

How much "experience" should a president have? Good question. I asked the Constitution, and this is what it told me:

"No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

Sounds like the Founding Fathers weren't too worried about "experience" as a qualifying factor for the presidency.

Also, I would like to point out once again that John McCain was not born in the United States.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Hey, just a quick update: I'm back in D.C. after spending a week back home, keeping my mom company while my dad was in the hospital. (He finally went home on Monday.) I should be hard at work on the book but I'm really having trouble getting started. So instead I do things like updating my blog, even when I don't really have anything to say. The generic term for this is procrastinating.

Above is a picture from our recent travels. It's me standing in front of the country's first crematory in Washington, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1876 by one Francis LeMoyne. From 1876 to 1900 there were 42 cremations there - including that of LeMoyne himself, whose cremains are interred right out front (I'm standing next to his gravestone).

OK, back to the book...