August 2, 2005


Reaction to Bolton's Appointment to U.N. (Associated Press, 08/01/05)

"The president has the right to make this recess appointment, but it's the wrong decision. It only diminishes John Bolton's validity and leverage to secure America's goals at the U.N. John Bolton has been rejected twice by the Senate to serve as our Ambassador to the United Nations. This is not the way to fill our most important diplomatic jobs." — Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.


"It's sad that even while the president preaches democracy around the world, he bends the rules and circumvents the will of Congress in appointing our representative to the United Nations." — Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (news, bio, voting record), D-N.J.

In other news, scientists have discovered a new planet in our solar system and apparently all the Democrats have moved there. Posted by Matt Murphy at August 2, 2005 2:04 AM


And Bush has stolen the Dems lunch money.

Posted by: Mikey at August 2, 2005 8:33 AM

For a contrarian point of view, one commentator pointed out that Bolton could be even stronger with the recess appointment because Bush appointed him despite being "rejected" by Congress.

Posted by: Rick T. at August 2, 2005 9:16 AM

By the way, news reports indicate that this new planet is a massive, lifeless object large enough to exert a significant gravitational pull. I suggest we name it "Ted Kennedy."

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 2, 2005 11:11 AM

Actually, yesterday on Yahoo's home page the headline was "Bush Circumvents Senate, Appoints Bolton". About and hour later, they changed it to "Bush Appoints Bolton to UN Post".

Posted by: pchuck at August 2, 2005 1:27 PM

Sorry Matt. Astrologers have long predicted a tenth planet would be discovered and already had named picked out for it, Vulcan.

It's a wonder how the ancients knew things unknowable with the means available to them at the time.

Posted by: erp at August 2, 2005 1:27 PM

erp: "Astrologers have long predicted a tenth planet would be discovered and already had named picked out for it, Vulcan."

Astronomers had hypothesized the existence of a planet closer to the Sun, which they called Vulcan.
But "Planet X" was a different planet, out beyond Pluto.

Posted by: Bill Woods at August 2, 2005 7:19 PM

Bolton was confirmed twice by the Senate.

Posted by: Noel at August 2, 2005 8:09 PM

For those interested, there are 12 planets in our solar system - 2 yet to be discovered as of now.

Genesis - Joseph's dream where the sun, the moon and 11 stars bowed down to him. Assuming he was on Earth, the 11 stars are the 11 other planets.

My theory from teenagehood.

Posted by: obc at August 2, 2005 10:03 PM

There already are twelve discovered planets in our solar system, if one accepts Pluto as the standard for a "planet".

The reason that Planet X is attracting attention is that it's larger than Pluto, i.e., a real planet.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 3, 2005 2:01 AM
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