DAILY BRIEFING
Political Theatre, Theatrical Politics

Mar. 24 - I love theatre and I love politics. I was educated and trained in both, have dedicated years of my life to each, and continue to believe that anyone studying either discipline would do well to study both.

(I also get them mixed up sometimes. Probably everyone does. All our politicians want to be movie stars and all our movie stars think they're politicians. But doesn't everyone you know want to be a movie star? Doesn't everyone you know think they're a political genius? People always wish they were smarter or taller or thinner or sexier, but you never hear anyone say they wish they had a little more political sense.)

I therefore spent most of yesterday within earshot of a television, tuned to the continuous EuroCNN coverage of the Eighth public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. I anticipate more of the same today, although I do have a couple of afternoon meetings. (Dammit.)

Learn more about the commission here. Biographies of the commissioners are here. Any questions? Ask away.

This is good stuff, folks, and it's free.

(I don't know why I just called you "folks." I apologize. It will never happen again.)

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We get our ultrasound of the Bean at 8:15 tomorrow morning, so the bloggish will be updated later than usual. But be sure to check in, because when I do post it'll be with a brand new picture of the bean—and the knowledge of whether he's really a him.

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On March 24, 1401, Tamerlane conquered Damascus. Tamerlane (Timur the Lane) was a descendant of Ghenghis Khan, and one of the greatest Tater leaders ever, expanding the Mongol empire from the Pacific to the Meditterranean. Tamerlane is best remembered for having built pyramids out of human skulls, owing to a faulty understanding of architecture which no one ever had the courage to correct.

Today is the birthday of Steve McQueen (1930), Norman Fell (1924), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919), Joseph Barbera (1911), Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (1887), and Harry Houdini (1874).

Happy Hump Day!

2004, The Moron's Almanac™

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