propane, no gain
Mari reports a great star-chomping high-velocity black hole. Last night we stayed up to watch the Leonids, which had their moments, although the moon was a searchlight and it's damned cold outside at 4 in the morning this time of year. Not Iowa-cold, but still.
Most Democrats generally support the homeland security legislation, but they have complained about the inclusion of what they say are last-minute special favors with only the slimmest connection to national security.
For instance, one section of the bill would limit legal liability for manufacturers of thimerosal, a mercury-based additive to vaccines that some people believe is linked to autism in children. A principal beneficiary would be the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, which developed thimerosal and has considerable influence in Washington, having contributed more than $1.5 million to Congressional candidates in the recent elections.