Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Mainline Florida 


Anybody know that song?

Anyway, I'll be gone for about two weeks.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

A Stronger America 

Apparently this is John Kerry's way of doing it. It never would have occured to me that alienating our existing allies was the way to ensure that we don't "go it alone" in the world. But then, I'm not nearly as nuanced as John Kerry.

Saturday, September 18, 2004


The Japanese are so weird.

Friday, September 17, 2004

The Gospel 

Moore's film has been praised to high heaven by the likes of Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe, and Tom Daschle. And the praise of Moore's film bears a striking resembles to debates over Scripture. Sure, one could quibble about "facts" and logic. Yes, dates were moved around or ignored. No, this didn't literally happen. Yes, this is wrested from context. But, but . . . it inspires believers. And they digest it whole, as if taking communion.

Monday, September 13, 2004

The Magic typewriter 

Quite funny.

The Sims 

The Sims is a game from EA in which the player can simulate ordinary life for little virtual people- Douglas Kern doesn't like it so much-
Disgusted by the indolence and vacuity of my Sims, I hearkened back to Jonathan Edwards, and turned my game into Simmers in the Hands of an Angry Doug. I smote my Sims with psychotic neighbors, grease fires, and starvation. I was a cruel, tyrannical deity, you say? Not so; my homicides were acts of mercy. Absent the intervention of fire, electricity, or hunger, Sims live forever, locked in an eternity of self-improvement and false materialism and the dubious merits of pastel carpets. Yes, my little Sims shrieked and panicked as the flames from the kitchen drew closer, but secretly, I think, they embraced the soothing oblivion of sweet death.

Sunday, September 12, 2004


Now, of course, any question beginning "what is John Kerry's position. . ." is a tough one.
-Glenn Reynolds

Friday, September 10, 2004


This is hilarious. Full post.

Personally, I can't believe Dan Rather and CBS are trying to brazen this out. This is so blatant. And isn't forgery, like, a felony? Especially with regard to government documents?

Oh well, apparently Dan aspires to have his name spoken in the same sentence as historical figures such as Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass, and he's well on his way.


More funny.

and more, more funny.

and of course, Scrappleface.

and, holy crap, I think Dan Rather just curled up into the fetal position and started sobbing.
HODGES SAID HE WAS MISLED BY CBS: Retired Maj. General Hodges, Killian's supervisor at the Grd, tells ABC News that he feels CBS misled him about the documents they uncovered. According to Hodges, CBS told him the documents were "handwritten" and after CBS read him excerpts he said, "well if he wrote them that's what he felt."
Hodges also said he did not see the documents in the 70's and he cannot authenticate the documents or the contents. His personal belief is that the documents have been "computer generated" and are a "fraud".
This guy was pretty much their only backup. They're dead.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Some Perspective 

Right now there is a lot of fuss about the fact that the number of combat deaths in Iraq has reached 1000. I think it is worthwhile at points like these to reflect on previous wars. In the course of reading Winston Churchill's WWII memoirs, I came across the description of the battle of Alamein. The battle of Alamain was a crucial turning point in the desert campaign in World War 2. It was a substantial victory for the Allies- Winston Churchill had this to say about it-
It marked in fact the turning of "the Hinge of Fate." It may almost be said, "Before Alamain we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat."
-Memoirs of the Second World War, abridged, p653

This was the cost-
We lost more than 13,500 men at Alamein in twelve days
Now, the battle of Alamein was a fairly small one by WWII standards, a fight on the fringe, far from the main battlefields in Europe. And a succesful battle like this still lost more men per day than we have lost in more than a year in Iraq. And I don't think it raised a lot recriminations and anger about the cost of the war, either.

It is often said nowadays that we are in a war. However, we do not have a war mentality in this country. I actually think this is a good thing, mostly, as I wouldn't want things to get so dire that that would be necessary. But it's good to remind yourself every once and a while what a real war means.


Why can't someone say that it's the wrong war at the wrong time in the right place? Or the wrong war at the right time in the wrong place? Just to kill the cliche! The bad consequences would be just the same.
-from The Corner

Monday, September 06, 2004


Charles Johnson finds the real mascot of the Democratic party.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Great minds think alike 

(no, but sometimes mediocre minds get lucky.)
Glenn writes-
Like I said before. Liars and idiots.

Patriotic Opposition 

Mickey Kaus writes-
I like Zell Miller, and even more I like the idea of Zell Miller. But are baby-boomers who lived through Vietnam likely to find this principle appealing--that Presidents can commit our troops to a war and then attack any criticism as unpatriotic national weakening? When do the people get to weigh in? ... I do think Democrats have engaged in gratuitous morale-weakening partisanship--Hillary's smarmy, sneering, talking-pointed visit to Iraq, for one. But surely an election is the time when it's most appropriate to criticize a war.

Up to a point, he's right. If the administration in power is doing something wrong, it is right and proper for the opposition to criticize them. In time of war it can be even more important to do so, as the consequences of bad policies could be catastrophic. There is a caveat, however.

In order for it to count as patriotic opposition, the criticism must be sincere and constructive. The Democrats fail that test. Claiming that having the support of Germany and France would make everything better in Iraq is not honest or constructive. Calling the many nations that have helped us in Iraq 'the coalition of the coerced and the bribed' is not constructive. Bloviating about the supposed damage to our national security from the reduction in forces at obsolete bases is not honest; especially when you had previously suggested such a policy yourself. Endlessly claiming that the current policy in Iraq is a disaster while offering nothing but a 'secret plan' yourself is not constructive. Supporting the Patriot Act and then claiming that you oppose it now because of "abuses" when you can't cite a single instance of such an abuse is not honest. Giving tacit support(and sometimes more than that) to Michael Moore and welcoming him to your convention does not fall within the bounds of patriotic opposition.

The current strategy of the Democratic party is to automatically oppose everything Bush does and see what gains traction. This is not about heartfelt convictions. This is about throwing everything you can think of at the wall and seeing what will stick. To be blunt, it is not patriotic. Zell is right. It's a disgrace and he has a right to be mad. As a matter of fact, we all do.

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