Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Start with this transcript excerpt from PoliPundit:
MR. RUSSERT: Many people who’ve been criticizing you have said: Senator, if you would just do one thing and that is sign Form 180, which would allow historians and journalists complete access to all your military records. Thus far, you have gotten the records, released them through your campaign. They say you should not be the filter. Sign Form 180 and let the historians…

SEN. KERRY: I’d be happy to put the records out. We put all the records out that I had been sent by the military. Then at the last moment, they sent some more stuff, which had some things that weren’t even relevant to the record. So when we get–I’m going to sit down with them and make sure that they are clear and I am clear as to what is in the record and what isn’t in the record and we’ll put it out. I have no problem with that.

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: But everything, Tim…

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: Yes, I will.

Then this from May 10 (yesterday), notes that 100 days have passed without action.

Eric at Classical Values asked the same thing on October 28, 2004, albeit without a response. This leaves Eric counting with a slightly different set of numbers.
But speaking of time, Classical Values is keeping track of the number of days since this blog has asked Kerry to sign Form 180 (a document we were generous enough to provide here on October 28 of last year!)

Let's see, thirty days hath September.....

Well, according to my calculations, Kerry has been stonewalling Classical Values for 193 days so far.

I think we've been more than patient.

Now he has taken it a step further, descending (ascending? side-stepping?) into Numerology in an attempt to make sense of this story:
To put things into an international perspective, 193 happens to be the same number of days as there are countries in the world!

To give the number the classical perspective it requires for this solemn occasion, the year 193 was quite a big one in Roman history. Three emperors ruled:

# Pertinax -- installed the year before after the assassination of the madly tyrannical Commodus, and who was in turn assassinated by the Praetorian Guard, who then auctioned off the throne to -->

# Marcus Severus Didius Julianus -- an incompetent emperor whose purchase of the throne sparked the Roman Civil War of 193-197, and who was ousted and killed by -->

# Septimius Severus -- who managed to usher in the relatively stabler Severan Dynasty.

I think its highly appropriate that 193 denotes international chaos.

My suggestion to Eric is that since this obviously is not being answered in a timely (or would this be 'timeless'?) manner, you might want to make your calculations a little easier with this Numerology Calculator.

Eric even goes so far as to translate it into Latin! Maybe he should try French

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