Archive - Jan 18, 2006

Horse population

I asked below about when the horse population peaked, and I received an answer from weblog reader Miles.

Here are the US numbers:

1867 – 8,000,000
1915 – 21,500,000
1949 – 6,000,000
1950’s (early) - 2,000,000
1960 – 3 million

Today, there are an estimated 75,000,000 horses in the world. China leads the pack (herd?) with 10,000,000.

Scenic highlight



This scene in Platt, KS was the highlight of the drive from Dalhart, TX to York, NE.

Link

Here is one conservative's take on the Bush attitude towards laws limiting his power.

Gas

A trip isn't a trip until I nearly run out of gas. I was at an eighth of a tank as I turned north on US 81 off of I-70 in central Kansas today. I assumed that there would soon be a gas station.

There wasn't. Although 81 is a big, sweeping four-lane at that point, I went for miles and miles without so much as seeing a billboard, much less a gas station.

Rule of Law

I am something of a fundamentalist when it comes to the rule of law. I thought it was right that Bill Clinton was impeached for perjuring himself (although he was never convicted) in testimony under oath. The punishment was about right: Although the Senate decided Clinton wasn't guilty of a "high crime and misdemeanor," Clinton's lying under oath and the subsequent circus of hearings permanently sullied his presidency. A person of his intelligence should have known to take seriously his responsibility to respect the rule of law.