May 15th, 2008

TWiC

Ezra Klein on political change

John Edwards' endorsement of Barack Obama prompts Ezra Klein to write about how we, as a nation, disapprove of the current president without taking responsibility for him. (And here's a followup post.)

It's a terrific post. It also makes me tremendously uncomfortable. I never voted for Bush, but there was a time when I supported some of his policies. Like a lot of Americans, I drank the Kool Aid and supported the invasion of Iraq. I argued for the rightness of it, and by doing so, betrayed all of my core beliefs.

I'm not proud of that but I don't want to hide it, either. I screwed up. This nation screwed up. We have to accept that if we're going to do better in the future.
Ink Drinker, books

Story questions

I have a couple research questions related to my story, and I'm not sure who to ask except you guys.

1) How common is it for the white mark on a horse's face (I'm sure there's a name for it but I have no idea what it is) to be extremely irregular? I don't just mean asymmetrical, but genuinely crooked. Maybe starting on the far left side of the face near the mouth and continuing up over the right eye.

2) If a horse is in a stable in cold weather (say high 30's low 40's and drizzling rain) is the animal likely to go outside? The doors are all open, so it can go where it wants. Would it prefer to be out of the rain or out of an enclosed space? Or would it depend on the personality of the horse?

Thanks.