Poetry

A TOPICAL HAIKU:

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| Drifting toward the earth

| Like cherry blossom in Spring,

| Bush’s numbers fall.

(With thanks to Mike O’Hare for advice on natural history and scansion.)

Posse Comitatus

MAGNA CARTA, IT AIN’T: The Administration’s effort to repeal the Posse Comitatus Act in order to get the military more fully involved in homeland security seems to have hit a brick wall. Maybe that’s a good outcome. But let’s not get too misty-eyed about the Posse Comitatus Act as some sort of sacred tradition: that was the law that ended Reconstruction and ushered in the era of Jim Crow.