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Republican leaders earlier met with White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta for about an hour in response to the president's call for "the very best ideas" for fighting terrorism.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, emerged from the meeting and said, "These are very controversial provisions that the White House wants. Some they're not going to get."
Hatch called Clinton's proposed study of taggants -- chemical markers in explosives that could help track terrorists -- "a phony issue."
"If they want to, they can study the thing" already, Hatch asserted. He also said he had some problems with the president's proposals to expand wiretapping.
An engineer's photo website, from the Bighorn Subdivision of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Includes discussion of the rule book for engineers. Photo below from Engineer Krug's website.
Pumpkins with warbonnets! On the Bighorn! That's foamer talk. When I worked on the railroad (the very one in question) we used to call rail fans "foamers" - as in "foaming at the mouth". I wonder if they still do?
I should add that the term "warbonnet" was applied to the color schemes of the old Santa Fe GM diesel engines, made to look - sorta, kinda - like an Indian headdress in a distinctive 40s moderne style designed by Leland Knickerbocker of the GM "Art and Color Section". It was much different than the current color scheme. But the old warbonnet shield, also known as a "cigar band", was retained on the nose of the modern BNSF units.