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Oh, it was beautiful today -- warm, breezy, sunny. George tires easily since we got him back, but he'll be fine once he readjusts and gets more exercise. (I should say before I forget that Miss Adams also has registered and put up Cats Hate Bush, but she needs cats so go there and send them.)

But what you really want to know about is Eisenhower and the Nordics, right?

I thought so.

From the WP article on the dental evidence that Eisenhower never met aliens:

President Dwight Eisenhower interrupted his vacation in Palm Springs, Calif., to make a secret nocturnal trip to a nearby Air Force base to meet two extraterrestrial aliens.

Or maybe not. Maybe Ike just went to the dentist. There's some dispute about this.

The Ike-met-with-ETs theory is advanced by Michael Salla, a former American University professor who now runs the Peace Ambassador Program at AU's Center for Global Peace.

The Ike-went-to-the-dentist theory is advanced by the folks at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kan. And by James M. Mixson, a dentist, professor of dentistry and historian of presidential dental work.

That's right -- historian of presidential dental work. More?

Pankratz doesn't buy either theory. He believes the dentist story, and he cites James Mixson, the dental historian and professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Mixson's article "A History of Dwight D. Eisenhower's Oral Health" -- published in the November 1995 issue of the Bulletin of the History of Dentistry -- is the definitive work on Ike's teeth.

I really I shouldn't be shocked by this. That the guy who is intimately familiar with the former president's teeth is somehow _more_ sane than the guys who believe that he made some deal with aliens. If you ever feel irrelevant, think of this. I know I will. Presidential dental scholar. The professional organization must be tiny.

And speaking of shocking, Laura Bush finds all this gay people loving each other and getting married extremely so. Really? Why? That's what I want to keep asking after these bizarrely dim soundbytes: why? I doubt either of them could explain though I bet W.'s answer would include the phrase, "I've always said marriage is between one man and one woman." As if anyone is humbly changing their opinion and history is negated and common sense means nothing in the face of what Bush said. Just stay out of it, she said, wishing, wishing, wishing on a star.

And last, mosey over to Salon and read Alex Irvine's story "Retroactive Anti-terror." Go Alex go.

More anon.

earworm: "Lost in Space," Aimee Mann

rec: BANGKOK 8, John Burdett

namecheck: Max "Bunny-in-Charge-of-Bush-Hatred" Adams

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