However, I want to take a moment to send a very sincere "Thank you" to our president, George W. Bush, for doing something that made me say "WTF?" on not one, but several occasions today: creating the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Monument.
The monument -- larger than the combined area of 46 of our 50 states -- is home to many endangered marine animals, including the very rare Hawaiian Monk Seal (pictured), the green sea turtle, the Laysan albatross; and is regularly home to 14,000,000 nesting Pacific sea birds.
This is one of the biggest positive events in the history of environmental protection.
More on this momentous event will be found here.