October 7, 2003

As the networks cover returns from California, you can be sure they'll offer projections, even after only a small percentage of precincts have reported. Imagine, hypothetically, that California had 130 precincts. Imagine if, after returns were in from 10 of these, 100 percent of those returns showed voters in favor of the recall, with 0 percent opposed. There's little doubt, in such a scenario, that the news networks would (appropriately) inform us that: "With 7.6 percent of precincts reporting, 100… Read more

October 7, 2003

Julia at Sisyphus Shrugged takes issue with the conclusion to Dana Milbank's article in today's Washington Post. Milbank writes: No Credit Where Credit Is Due Polls have shown public opinion toward President Bush souring over his handling of the economy and Iraq. But an item tucked away in last week's CBS News/New York Times poll adds insult to injury. Despite three tax cuts in as many years, only 19 percent said Bush's policies made their taxes go down. Forty-seven percent… Read more

October 7, 2003

Teresa Nielsen Hayden shares the stories of real-life, modern-day superheroes "Angle-Grinder Man" and "Super Barrio" and muses on "the urge to put on a costume and hit the streets." A-G Man: has been trawling London for four months dressed in a homemade superhero outfit, complete with gold lamé underpants and cape, removing the security boots from people’s illegally parked cars. Superbarrio, meanwhile, patrols Mexico City on behalf of the poor and downtrodden: "For the past 10 years, he has stood… Read more

October 7, 2003

Imagine this, at a noon press conference: COLEMAN: Thank you for coming. I'll try to be short. (uncomfortable pause) That was a joke. I've called you here today to say this: Don't vote for me. I entered this race as a joke. I'm an actor — what do I know about being governor? What does an actor know about funding our public schools, or balancing the budgets? My campaign has been a joke, but if you vote for me –… Read more

October 7, 2003

Calpundit continues to be vital reading for keeping up with Leak-gate. (It probably helps to keep Kevin's mind off of his state's downward spiral.) The simple fact is that two high-level officials in the White House have betrayed their country and broken the law. Apologists for this treason, inside and outside the Bush administration, have adopted the strategy of the (failed) defenders of Baghdad. They have lit thousands of small oil fires, trying to fill the air with black smoke… Read more

October 6, 2003

Tim Dunlop of Road to Surfdom provides some helpful clarity about the issues of consequence (and of no consequence) in the CIA leak-gate investigation. He frames the issue more clearly in 13 short lines than I have heard done from a whole afternoon of cable news chatter. One odd aspect of today's news coverage was the continual updating of the number of administration staff who have turned over either their documents relevant to the investigation, or an affidavit affirming that… Read more

October 6, 2003

"Some are guilty. All are responsible." Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Didn't post much this weekend, my dad was in town. Here's a story I learned from my dad. Dad used to practice law in New Jersey. Years ago, he was researching a title deed in North Plainfield and found that the buyers back in the 1920s had signed a "restrictive covenant." Such clauses were common in America for much of the 20th century. They were not strictly legally binding, but… Read more

October 4, 2003

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:2) Candidate George W. Bush, 1999, discussing the state of the U.S. military: "Resources are over-stretched. Frustration is up, as families are separated and strained. Morale is down. This administration wants things both ways: To command great forces, without supporting them. To launch today's new causes, with little thought of tomorrow's consequences." You probably didn't… Read more

October 4, 2003

Oct. 4 is the birthday, and feast day, of St. Francis of Assisi, who was born in 1182. I don't know anyone who does not like St. Francis. What's there not to like? He loved everyone and everything and sought to live at peace with all of creation. That all sounds wonderful now, of course, now that Francis has been dead for nearly eight centuries. At the time, of course, it got him in an enormous amount of trouble. During… Read more

October 3, 2003

Right now, MSNBC is broadcasting — LIVE COVERAGE — "Maria Shriver addresses CA Women's Leadership Event." It's a campaign speech. She's going on about 10 thing she wants everyone in California to know about her husband. It's been on for 5-10 minutes so far. Uninterrupted. The election is in four days and a supposed "news" network is giving a candidate free air time for an uncontested, unchallenged (and over-the-top) stump speech. Will they do the same for Gray Davis, Cruz… Read more

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