Bald Eagle Picture


7:10 PM
Horlick High School in Racine, WI is remembering its former student, Laurel Clark.

"Her legacy is one of an outstanding graduate of Horlick. She had a goal set for her life, and she wanted to achieve it. It was a sad ending, but we can say she did reach her goal," said Horlick teacher Bill Frayer, who taught clark anthropology and international relations.

"Sadness Shrouds Racine Horlick"

Sean Hackbarth |

6:11 PM
I'm back. Here's the latest:

  • Shuttle manager Ron Dittemore said the crew wouldn't have been able to repair tile damage.

    There's nothing that we can do about tile damage once we get to orbit. We can't minimize the heating to the point that it would somehow not require a tile. So once you get to orbit, you're there and you have your tile insulation and that's all you have for protection on the way home from the extreme thermal heating during re-entry.

  • The shuttle didn't have their robot arm and couldn't use its camera to examine the damage.
  • NASA didn't ask for telescopes to look at the shuttle, but they might not have helped anyway.
  • In October, pieces of insulation from the main fuel tank fell off during an Atlantis lift off.

"Columbia's Problems Began on Left Wing"

Sean Hackbarth |

3:30 PM
I've been at this for almost seven hours, and I'm suffering with a cold. I need a few hours of R n' R.

Sean Hackbarth |

2:57 PM
The second NASA briefing does point to a damaged wing. There was a loss of temperature sensors on the left wing just before NASA lost contact with the shuttle. The left wing was the one damaged at lift-off.

Sean Hackbarth |

2:43 PM
Iraqis (presumably pressured by Saddam's government) praised God for the Columbia explosion. "God is avenging us," said a government employee.

Arafat was smart. No anti-American demonstrations like after Sep. 11. Instead, Arafat offered his condolences.

"Iraqis Call Shuttle Disaster God's Vengeance"

Sean Hackbarth |

1:50 PM
President Bush speaks:

The same Creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn today. The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth; yet we can pray that all are safely home.

President Addresses Nation on Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy

Sean Hackbarth |

1:43 PM
Dale Amon is still theorizing on what happened:

The contrail goes spiral after the first bit comes off. That almost clinches it in my mind. The first bit to break off had to be large from what the image shows: I would think it more likely a wing than the vertical stabilizer; the subsequent spiral looks like a violent roll to me, which is what a would expect after losing a wing.

Since, like Rand, I do not feel fatigue failure of the spar as highly likely, I'd say it is a burnthrough on the wing, possibly abetted by the insulation loss from the ET damaging the thermal protection system (TPS) on takeoff as reported earlier.

"Columbia Breakup Over Texas"

Sean Hackbarth |

12:45 PM
Welcome, Scripting News readers. Too bad it's an awful moment to get a link.

Sean Hackbarth |

12:40 PM
David Janes is doing play-by-play of the television coverage including tv screen shots.

Sean Hackbarth |

12:06 PM
Here's a story on fallen shuttle debris in Nacogdoches, TX. There are pictures too [here and here]

"Shuttle Debris Falls in Nacogdoches" [via Poynter Online]

Sean Hackbarth |

11:55 AM
Laurel Clark was a local woman who couldn't wait to get into space. Here are some pictures of Laurel floating around the shuttle.

"Racine's Clark Among 7 Astronauts Killed"

"Racine Astronaut Takes off with Family Close"

UPDATE: Here's's bio of Clark

Sean Hackbarth |

11:29 AM
Dale Amon hypothesizes on what happened:

I suggest there was damage to the TPS on one wing, causing a burn through and structural damage leading to failure of the wing structure when aerodynamic forces built. The shuttle has very high wing loading, so any loss of margin would be disastrous. If one wing fails, the shuttle will immediately roll violently into the direction of the failed wing followed by god only knows what sort of tumble. It would break up into major components almost immediately. That is what we saw on the clip.

If this is what happened, the damage may have taken place during launch.

"Columbia Feared Lost"


Rand Simberg also speculates and mentions that building another shuttle is impossible because all the tooling is gone.

"History Repeats"


Space Flight Now has a small video (animated gif) which appears to show something coming off the main fuel tank during lift-off.

Sean Hackbarth |

11:15 AM
Ilan Ramon gave Israelis something to cheer about after years of fear and saddness. On Israeli television, a commentator said Ramon "is fulfilling everyone's dream, to be the first Israeli in space."

Ramon was one of Israel's best pilots. Interestingly, he took apart in the 1981 attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor.

The attack, in which eight F-16 warplanes obliterated the French-built Osirak reactor near Baghdad, was a milestone for Israeli aviation because the planes flew over enemy Arab territory for hours without detection. The pilots flew in a tight formation to send off a radar signal resembling that of a large commercial airliner.

"First Israeli Astro Brought Joy to His Troubled Nation"

Sean Hackbarth |

11:08 AM
The BBC's Dr. David Whitehouse reports that during re-entry "the crew have no means of escaping from the Space Shuttle."

"Analysis: Nasa Emergency"

Sean Hackbarth |

11:01 AM
NBC reports that a US satellite picked up a 'spike' at the time Columbia exploded. I don't know what that means.

"NASA Confirms Columbia Exploded on Reentry (UPDATE)"

Sean Hackbarth |

10:16 AM
Spaceflight Now's Stephen Clark gives us this account of Columbia over Texas:

We were outside and my Dad said "there it is!" in one piece. Then a tiny, tiny piece came off and I was somewhat perplexed. That wasn't supposed to happen. Then bigger pieces rained away from the main piece. It looked very similar to the video we saw of the Russian space station Mir reentering. Later, there was one loud boom and accompanied by smaller booms. Normally we hear two distinct sonic booms when shuttles pass over during entries.

Sean Hackbarth |

10:13 AM
Here's more on the shuttle's damaged wing:

"We did our normal flight control systems checkout. ... All the systems we use for entry, we had no problems, the vehicle performed flawlessly today as it has the entire mission."

The only issue - and Cain said it was not significant - is a bit of possible tile damage on Columbia's left wing. Video of launch shows what appears to be a piece of foam insulation from the shuttle's external tank falling away during ascent and hitting the left wing near its leading edge.

But Cain said engineers "took a very thorough look at the situation with the tile on the left wing and we have no concerns whatsoever. We haven't changed anything with respect to our trajectory design. It will be a nominal, standard trajectory."

I have a bad feeling they should have took this more seriously.

"Shuttle Columbia to land in Florida on Saturday"

Sean Hackbarth |

10:10 AM
NASA has lowered flags to half staff in Florida and California. The mourning has begun.

Sean Hackbarth |

10:03 AM
American "arrogance" may have led to the Columbia's demise? I think not, but someone should analyze Canadian anti-Americanism. [via InstaPundit]

Sean Hackbarth |

9:55 AM
The AP has a brief profile on all 7 astronauts. Here's Ilan Ramon's

Ilan Ramon, 48, a colonel in Israel's air force and the first Israeli in space. His mother and grandmother survived Auschwitz death camp. Father fought for Israel's statehood alongside grandfather. Ramon fought in Yom Kippur War 1973 and Lebanon War 1982.

He served as a fighter pilot 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, flew F-16s and F-4s. He was chosen as Israel's first astronaut in 1997, then moved to Houston the next year to train for shuttle flight. His wife and four children live in Tel Aviv.

"Profiles of 7 Astronauts Aboard Shuttle"

Sean Hackbarth |

9:46 AM
A CBS Radio reporter is seeing a smoking piece of wreckage in a field.

Body parts may have been found near St. Augustine, TX. Ick!

Sean Hackbarth |

9:21 AM
NASA has sent out search and rescue teams. The Department of Defense Manned Space Flight Support Office is running that operation.

In the current Space Shuttle Program, DDMS has the responsibility for astronaut rescue and recovery, contingency landing site support, payload security, medical support, coordination of airlift/sealift for contingency operations, as well as other support services required in the event of a shuttle emergency. To carry out these responsibilities, DDMS receives and validates NASA requests for DoD support. The support office then selects assets best able to provide the required support, tasks selected units through appropriate command channels, and provides tactical control of those DoD forces supporting a specific Space Shuttle mission.

In the Kennedy Space Center area, U.S. Air Force air-refuelable H-60 helicopters, HC-130 tanker aircraft, pararescue and medical personnel; and U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships are deployed to support launch contingencies and astronaut recovery. Additionally, the Navy provides a KC-130 tanker for helicopter air refueling, E-2C aircraft for enhanced air traffic control and P-3 aircraft for search and rescue operations in the mid-Atlantic region. To support the potential for a Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL), NASA has selected four TAL sites in Spain and Africa. These sites are Moran and Zaragoza Air Bases in Spain; Ben Guerir, Morocco; and Yundum International Airport, Banjul, The Gambia. Three of these four TAL sites are activated for each shuttle launch. DDMS supports these TAL sites with C-12 or C-21 aircraft for on-scene weather reconnaissance and in-flight checks of Space Shuttle unique landing aids; C-130 aircraft with pararescue and medical support personnel; and DoD fire/crash/rescue equipment and personnel.

"When Trouble Comes to Shuttle, DoD Comes to Rescue"

Sean Hackbarth |

9:13 AM
Haaretz's story doesn't add any details about the explosion, but they focus on Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon.

"NASA Declares Emergency After Losing Contact
with Columbia"

Sean Hackbarth |

8:59 AM
Racine, WI's Laurel Clark was one of the crew members of Columbia. She loved being in space:

This has been a great experience for me. The first couple of days you don't always feel too well. I feel wonderful now. The first couple of days you adjust to the fluid shifting, how to fly through space without hitting things or anybody else. But then after a couple of days you get in a groove. It's just an incredibly magical place.

Godspeed, Laurel.

"Racine Astronaut Finds Space to be Magical"

Sean Hackbarth |

8:53 AM
Early speculation should focus on what happened during take-off of the Columbia:

On launch day, a piece of insulating foam on the external fuel tank came off during liftoff and was believed to have struck the left wing of the shuttle. NASA said as late as Friday that the damage to the thermal tiles was believed to be minor and posed no safety concern during the fiery decent through the atmosphere.

"Shuttle Landing in Question"

Sean Hackbarth |

8:47 AM
Glenn Reynolds links to the Spaceflight Now log for the Columbia mission. It's chilling.

1401 GMT (9:01 a.m. EST)

Columbia is out of communications with flight controllers in Houston. Now 15 minutes from landing time.
1404 GMT (9:04 a.m. EST)

We're getting reports from Texas of debris behind the shuttle's plasma trail during reentery.
1405 GMT (9:05 a.m. EST)

THERE HAS BEEN NO COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE SHUTTLE. Mission Controllers waiting for tracking data from the Merritt Island station.
1406 GMT (9:06 a.m. EST)

Mission Control waiting for C-band tracking data and UHF communications with Columbia through MILA. Houston lost communications with the shuttle a few minutes ago over Texas. We have gotten reports of debris in the sky.
1409 GMT (9:09 a.m. EST)

Still no contact with Columbia or crew.

CBS Radio is reporting that sonic booms were heard over Dallas.

Sean Hackbarth |

8:39 AM
The space shuttle Columbia is gone. At about 8 AM, NASA lost contact with it. CNN has shown video of streaks that looked like large meteors flaming through the sky over Dallas. NASA is now telling the public that debris over Texas could be considered dangerous.

Almost 17 years ago, the Challenger exploded soon after take off.

"NASA Loses Touch With Shuttle Columbia"

Sean Hackbarth |


11:25 PM
High school basketball superstar LeBron James was suspended for accepting sports jerseys, a violation of Ohio high school sports rules. Whether the rule is stupid or not, James isn't the victim. He's a person expected to be the NBA's number one draft pick this summer. Both Nike and Adidas are luring him with a huge endorsment deal just to wear their shoes. James better not claim ignorance (he has a 3.5 grade point average) for not knowing high school sports rules. Someone who's playing Nike and Adidas off one another is savy enough to know what to do to keep his athletic eligibility.

By taking the jerseys and sacrificing his eligibility, James let his teammates down. This season the St. Vincent-St. Mary team has traveled across the country and played before thousands of people. Most were there to see James, but his teammates had some of his lime light shine on them too. Now, who will want to see a LeBron James-less St. Vincent-St. Mary?

Then there's the playoffs. I don't know how good the other players on St. Vincent-St. Mary are, but that team is certainly better with James. If I were one of James' teammates, I'd think it was pretty selfish of him to take those jerseys.

If I were an NBA general manager, James' behavior would make me wary of taking him for my team. Last time I heard basketball was still a team sport. How much of a team player is LeBron James?

"HS Star Ineligible Because of Gifts"
ESPN's Kevin Frazier considers it a "petty matter."

"No pain for LeBron, no gain for Ohio"
---'s Dan Wetzel calls it "the end of the charade," and makes this great point:

If James could hit a forehand instead of a free throw, he would have long ago been rich. But he wasn't. Instead, he had to stay an amateur until his high school class graduated. That's the system. Even if he was bigger than the system.

It made no more sense than if at age 16 Britney Spears was prohibited from signing a record deal and instead was told to spend the next two years singing in the Kentwood (La.) High School choir. For free. According to her label, Jive Records, Spears sold 19 million albums by the time she would have graduated from high school.

"It's just an odd situation," James told me during his junior year as he mulled that scenario over. "I never thought of it that way. Man, that's just odd."

"This Ending Inevitable for Kid Who Was Pro Long Ago"

Sean Hackbarth |

10:30 PM
Kevin Holtsberry is tracking his 2003 book list. I'm tempted to do the same. (Currently reading Bernard Lewis' Islam and the West.) It would be a separate page so I wouldn't bore the hell out of you. No snoozing at my weblog, that could be TAM's motto.

Sean Hackbarth |

10:11 PM
I might be escaping Wisconsin winter (last night was this year's first serious snowfall) and checking out a little baseball in Arizona.

Sean Hackbarth |

8:36 PM
Another Sean has had problems with MT. Don't worry guys, no firearms or bricks in my vicinity. Whether it's real or not, I feel for the guy. Here's my favorite quote:

If they had better instruction manuals I would've got their software working weeks ago. But their manuals are a disaster, and I was just trying to publicise that.

Sean Hackbarth |


11:26 PM
Lance Armstrong stood up to cancer and won. Would anyone expect him to back down from going after a fifth straight Tour de France just because of a war?

"War Won't Stop Me Riding in Tour Says Armstrong" [via Drudge]

Sean Hackbarth |

10:37 PM
HUMOR: ScrappleFace reports that Janet Reno is egging on President Bush to attack Iraq and "Set the place on fire." Obviously a Waco flashback.

"Recalling Waco, Reno Slams Bush for Stalling"

Sean Hackbarth |

10:06 PM
Why I ever bothered with Movable Type, I don't know. Installing it was a little tricky, but I understood that since it was the first time I really played around with perl scripts.

Now, I have this really nice design all ready and waiting (thanks, Joni). You'd love it, and I'd love to show you. All that's left is to import my old posts. Based on the manual, it appears to be a simple thing to do--WRONG! After following the instructions to the letter (including using the MT import template laid out in glorious code), you'd think all the old entries would be installed into MT nicely--WRONG! I had two years of posts, but each of them contained nothing. That took up two days of screaming at MT through my monitor. Thanks to Joni (again), I have an import file I can use. What she did, I have no idea.

The "Power Editing" feature is powerless. There's no way I can find to quickly select 1800+ entries and switch them to "publish" status. Clicking a little check box 1800 times is not something I'm going to do.

And heaven forbid MT provide an error message so I know something went wrong when I tried to import a 1.2 mb file.

Then there's this problem I have with my database (mysql) numbering. Since I've imported 1800+ entries a few times, even if I deleted my weblog and stared a new one, the first entry is in the 5000s. Why MT can't reset the number is just plain dumb.

This is starting to interfere with my posting. The last few times I've gone online, I've tried to do some MT work with little success. Then I get ticked off, scream, and find something better to do.

If MT is the wave of the weblogging future, I may return to hand coding. Even with Blogger's periodic problems, so far it's much easier to use than MT. An MT fan right now, I'm not.

Sean Hackbarth |

12:20 AM
Germany has a problem with potato guns. A munitions expert said, "What started out as an extreme form of paintball has become deadly dangerous."


No one tell al-Qaeda about the lethal potential for these Kartoffelkanone.

With a range of 200 metres they could split a man's head at 15 metres and penetrate a wooden wall at 90 metres.

"Safety Chiefs Target German Craze for 'Bazooka' Spud Guns"

Sean Hackbarth |

12:00 AM
This letter by eight European nations tosses any claims of U.S. unilateralism right out the window. Spain, Portugal, Italy, the U.K., Hungary, Poland, Denmark, and the Czech Republic have united with the U.S. in oppostion to Saddam and Islamist terrorism.

The Iraqi regime and its weapons of mass destruction represent a clear threat to world security. This danger has been explicitly recognized by the U.N. All of us are bound by Security Council Resolution 1441, which was adopted unanimously. We Europeans have since reiterated our backing for Resolution 1441, our wish to pursue the U.N. route, and our support for the Security Council at the Prague NATO Summit and the Copenhagen European Council.

In doing so, we sent a clear, firm and unequivocal message that we would rid the world of the danger posed by Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. We must remain united in insisting that his regime be disarmed. The solidarity, cohesion and determination of the international community are our best hope of achieving this peacefully. Our strength lies in unity.

The combination of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism is a threat of incalculable consequences. It is one at which all of us should feel concerned. Resolution 1441 is Saddam Hussein's last chance to disarm using peaceful means. The opportunity to avoid greater confrontation rests with him. Sadly this week the U.N. weapons inspectors have confirmed that his long-established pattern of deception, denial and noncompliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions is continuing.

France, Germany, and Russia are all now isolated. France and Germany risk the political crack up of the E.U. while Russia risks not being further integrated with Europe. Along with Australia, the Allied forces are coming together. "Free people will set the course of history."

"United We Stand"

Sean Hackbarth |


11:43 PM
Who had the bright idea to name a non-porn movie The Banger Sisters?

Sean Hackbarth |

2:26 PM
The line I took away from last night's State of the Union speech was this: "Free people will set the course of history." Last century, the free people of the United States fought against fascism and communism and won. Now, we deal with Islamists hell-bent on terrorizing Western Civilization to compensate for the failures of their own civilization. But if President Bush has any say (and that's a lot) it won't happen. "Whatever the duration of this struggle," Bush told the world, "and whatever the difficulties, we will not permit the triumph of violence in the affairs of men."

Saddam may not have masterminded or significantly aided in the September 11 attacks, but President Bush clearly linked the magnified threat Saddam brought to terrorism:

Before September the 11th, many in the world believed that Saddam Hussein could be contained. But chemical agents, lethal viruses and shadowy terrorist networks are not easily contained. Imagine those 19 hijackers with other weapons and other plans -- this time armed by Saddam Hussein. It would take one vial, one canister, one crate slipped into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever known. We will do everything in our power to make sure that that day never comes.

Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words, and all recriminations would come too late. Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option.

A chilling part of the speech was the listing of Saddam's horrible treatment of Iraqis:

The dictator who is assembling the world's most dangerous weapons has already used them on whole villages -- leaving thousands of his own citizens dead, blind, or disfigured. Iraqi refugees tell us how forced confessions are obtained -- by torturing children while their parents are made to watch. International human rights groups have catalogued other methods used in the torture chambers of Iraq: electric shock, burning with hot irons, dripping acid on the skin, mutilation with electric drills, cutting out tongues, and rape. If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning.

Bush added a whole new moral dimension for going to war. It's in the same vein as when Bush attacked the Taliban for their horrible treatment of women. A liberated Iraq would bring the end to these abuses. They would be a free people with the ability to finally choose their own path. That kind of example would send positive shockwaves through the rest of the Islamic world.

It's interesting that Bush mentioned a bunch of human rights abuses, yet in their new report, the worse crime mentioned by Human Rights Watch was Iraq's "Arabization" policy where non-Arabs are replaced with Arabs in certain areas. The only mention of torture is a brief sentence in the report's introduction to the Iraq section. President Bush wants to publicize Saddam's atrocities more than HRW. Compassionate conservatism on the international front?

On the domestic front, other than the tax cuts there was very little in domestic conservative policy. If not for the war, the Right would be pounding the crap out of Bush for his proposals (subsidized hydrogen car development?). I didn't think compassionate conservatism was a synonym for big government conservatism, but on the domestic front that's what it is.

Under the Bush administration, the attack on Big Government is over. Stephen Goldsmith writes in the Wall Street Journal, "[C]ompassionate conservatism takes us back to the future by acknowledging the huge growth of the state while articulating a better way for government to help those whom prosperity has left behind." No longer should Republicans spout out about how the feds have no role in local education, how property rights are ignored when a government worker declares an area to be a wetland, or how the feds distort agriculture markets with a cacophony of subisides and quotas. The irony is that a Democrat, Bill Clinton declared the era of Big Government to be over, while a Republican accepts the huge growth of the federal government over the past 70 years.

What Goldsmith attempts with his article is to redefine conservatism. I'm sure malice isn't intended, but accepting the massive intrusion of the federal government into private lives changes the very meaning of conservatism. That's not the conservatism of William F. Buckley, Barry Goldwater, or Ronald Reagan. It appears Bush is not only trying to create a long-term Republican political majority, but through Goldsmith, he's trying to make the big government wing the dominant conservative strain. Is that John McCain smiling in the background?

But quarrels over domestic policy have to be put aside while the nation is threatened--at least for now. One day, limited government conservatives will remind President Bush that he was correct that "Free people will set the course of history."

"State of the Union Address by President George W. Bush"

Sean Hackbarth |

1:52 PM
mtpoltics shows that when confronted with humanity, it's hard not to be pro-life.

"The Meaning of Life"

Sean Hackbarth |


1:47 PM
In a report, the Institute of Directors, a British business group, guessed that a short war with Iraq would relieve world uncertainty, lower oil prices, and put the U.S. economy on a healthy 2.9% growth rate this year. I'll bring up Rich Galen's point again. If uncertainty is holding back the world economy, then why are many leaders asking for a go-slow approach with Iraq? That only continues the uncertainty with no sign of its end.

"Short War Would Benefit Economy, Report Says"

Sean Hackbarth |

1:16 PM
Christopher Reeve can say all he wants that stem cell research should continue on all fronts--using both adult and embryonic stem cells. In Australia, he made the case that embryonic stem cell research was showing promise. What Reeve failed to address was the ethical problem with creating human embryoes just to kill them for their stem cells. Superman may say, "I believe very strongly in care today, cure tomorrow." I believe in protecting human life from conception to natural death.

"Christopher Reeve Pushes 'Therapeutic' Cloning"

Sean Hackbarth |


11:35 PM
To the war critics out there, here's Fareed Zakaria's article describing the possible benefits of an Iraqi regime change.

"Looking on the Bright Side" [via Andrew Sullivan]

Sean Hackbarth |

11:17 PM
Sen. Clinton criticized President Bush's homeland security efforts, calling them a "myth." She then had the audacity to tell her audience,

"The truth is we are not prepared, we are not supporting our first responders, and our approach to securing our nation is haphazard at best. Somewhere along the line, we lost our edge. We let our guard down."

Instead of blasting the Bush administration, Clinton should look at the actions (or lack of) by her husband. Who launched a bunch of cruise missiles at a terrorist camp hoping Osama bin Laden would be there? Who talked tough to Saddam about ABC weapons only to back down? Who had a aspirin factory in the Sudan blown up just to divert the public's attention from his own scandals? Since Sen. Clinton wanted to turn the first lady into a policy position, maybe she should take some of the blame too.

As for her Provide for the Common Defense Act, it amounts to increased federal spending and greater federal control of local law enforcement. There's nothing innovative like encouraging states to pass concealed carry laws to make citizens the first line of homeland security.

Shouldn't President Bush get some credit for there not being a repeat of September 11? He would certainly deserve blame if one happened. Sure, we see the visible war in Afghanistan and soon in Iraq, but we haven't seen the covert operations, the dismantling of terrorist financial networks, and the assassination of terrorists--the Yemeni Predator hit notwithstanding. Much of the Islamist War is fought in the shadows. The only effect we can see is the lack of attacks.

"Hillary Faults Bush On Security"

Sean Hackbarth |

10:48 PM
The U.S. may use nukes in a war with Iraq. It's good no one's taken that option off the table. War critics will look to this as more proof that President Bush is a maniac, but it's good strategy. Chances are slim we would use them, but if the enemy thinks there's a possibility the U.S. would use nukes they're less inclined to use their own nasty weapons. And it comes to my mind that using nuclear weapons actually won a war.

"Administration Won't Bar Use of Nuclear Weapons"

Sean Hackbarth |

9:32 PM
I choose Freidrich over Salma too. It just proves I'm an econ geek, but I know which one I'd rather see in a swimsuit.

"The Salma Hayek versus Friedrich Hayek Scorecard" [via Volokh Conspiracy]

Sean Hackbarth |

5:50 PM
France, Germany, Russia, China, and Kofi Annan want inspectors to continue inspecting when they all know Iraq is hindering their efforts. All sides of the war argument agree that Iraq isn't serious about disarming. So, what should be done? In last year's resolution, the Security Council said there would be serious consequences if Iraq didn't disarm. Are France et al. going to back their resolution with some teeth, or will they allow the U.N. to lose any credibility?

"Chief Inspectors Brief U.N. Council"

Sean Hackbarth |

12:29 AM
For all you Milwaukee-area talk radio listeners, next Friday, Mark Belling will be filling in for Rush Limbaugh.

"Belling Heads to New York to Fill in for Limbaugh for a Day"

Sean Hackbarth |


11:43 PM
Tampa won the Super Bowl. From watching the game (I gave up after Oakland's first series of the second half) and looking at the final score, they certainly were the better team. Their defense completely shut down the vaunted Rich Gannon passing machine. All those three-and-outs forced the Oakland Raiders defense to stay on the field for long stretches. That's not to take anything away from the Bucs' offense. They made few mistakes and took advantage of a veteran (old) and weary defense. It's scary what Tampa could do next year when the players really get comfortable with John Gruden's offensive scheme.

I'm bummed for the Tampa victory. They were the better team, but I didn't want egos like Warren "Heat Seeker" Sapp and Keshawn Johnson to get a Super Bowl ring. Oh, well. Bring TB up to GB in the cold and they'll still play like the sherbert-colored team the rest of the NFL used to beat up on.



Since the game was decided by halftime, you would think something could be said for the Super Bowl commericals. Too bad, they were all totally forgettable. The Gatorade one where Michael Jordan was playing himself was mildly interesting, but one of the Jordans looked like he was straight out of NBA Live. The Budweiser Zebra commercial was alright until the humans talked. The FedEx Castaway commercial did get me to laugh out loud, but I don't need to see it again. I was excited for the trailers for Daredevil, Hulk, Terminator 3, and the Matrix movies. It's not that the commercials were spectacular. Rather, I can't wait to watch some highly action-packed movies. The commercial that really piqued my interest was the promo for the Alias episode following the game, but that was only because I was drooling at Jennifer Garner only in a bra and panties. (I did watch the episode, so the ad worked.) This year's Super Sunday ended up being a dud.

Sean Hackbarth |

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