Finally, it should be noted that the Republicans are rather skilled at using lofty, high-sounding rhetoric to conceal what actually is taking place. With regard to the Florida election dispute, they invoke the “rule of law,” the “need for closure,” while on the ground in Florida their tactics are exceedingly shabby — ranging from foot-dragging in the courts, to running out the clock, to near-riotous activity in Miami designed to overawe the elections board into deciding not to count the votes. The fact that, in a conference call to the perpetrators, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were joking about this activity is unsettling indeed. It would be interesting to hear their definition of “rule of law” as it applies to the Miami rampage.
—Donald B. DelanoLos Angeles
MISTER HANKY DOWN UNDER
The low-flow toilets mentioned in D.T. Max’s review [“Dung Ho: New Interest in a Very Old Subject,” November 17–23] of Dominique Laporte’s History of[Merde] (I can’t write the other word, I’m afraid) flush in at 1.5 gallons per. Our Australian toilets use 6 liters for a full flush and 3 liters for the half-flush. Thank you. I found the item quite interesting. Kind regards and have a happy Christmas!