Archive for January 2004


Blogging will be light to none over the next couple days as I’ll be in Columbus for a funeral.

And while I’m linking to RealPolitik

I like the first cartoon displaying “people who were led to believe Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction”.

Some interesting maps

Fundrace has some interesting maps outlining the geographic patterns of presidential fundraising. President Bush seems to by far have the most national pattern of fundraising.
(via RealPolitik)

John Kerry knows how to take a stand

The problem is that back in ’91 at least he hadn’t figured out you should only do it on one side of the issue.

“Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition … to the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to go to war.”
–letter from Senator John Kerry to Wallace Carter of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, dated January 22 [1991]
“Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and unequivocally supported President Bush’s response to the crisis and the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in the Persian Gulf.”
–Senator Kerry to Wallace Carter, January 31 [1991]
The New Republic Online

A real master of the principled stand, isn’t he?

“Don’t you know there’s a war on?”

    Listening to all the aspiring commanders in chief (except for Joe Lieberman), I don’t hear any campaign promises related to winning the war on terrorism. They make a few obligatory references to getting Osama bin Laden rather than wasting our time with Saddam Hussein, and then they get on to their real campaign message, which is the conventional, peacetime Democratic argument to tax the rich and give the proceeds to their likely voters. I am tempted to respond to these candidates with the snappy WWII-era retort to complainers: “Don’t you know there’s a war on?”

    Of course domestic life and politics goes on today as it did during 1941-1945. But it is striking that the challengers for president have virtually nothing to say about the central event of our time. If they think President Bush is fighting the war badly (and they could do a better job), they should be shouting both their criticism and their better plan from the rooftops.

I don’t get the feeling that any of them (again, except for Mr. Lieberman) sit up at night worrying how they will protect America from the terrorist threat if they get elected president.

    Rather, I get the sense that, as [witer Raoul de Roussy de Salles] described too many Americans 60 years ago at the beginning of WWII, today’s candidates for commander in chief still think the war is optional. They still think they can select “how much war they would accept.” They let the confusion of the situation “serve as an excuse for recommending a policy of aloofness.”
Washington Times

It’s been a good week for Blair

He won his vote yesterday and today the Hutton report basically clears Downing Street and criticizes the BBC, who’s Chairman stepped down today.

  • Editorial system at BBC was defective in allowing Mr Gilligan’s report to go to air without editors seeing a script
  • BBC management failed to make an examination of Mr Gilligan’s notes of the interview with Dr Kelly
  • There was a defect in the BBC’s management system relating to the way complaints were investigated
  • BBC governors failed to investigate Mr Gilligan’s actions properly
  • The Prime Minister’s desire to have as compelling a dossier as possible may have subconsciously influenced the JIC to make the language of the dossier stronger than they would otherwise have done
  • The JIC and its chairman, John Scarlett, were concerned to ensure that the contents of the dossier were consistent with the intelligence available to the JIC
  • The dossier could be said to be “sexed up” if this term is taken to mean it was drafted to make the case against Saddam as strong as intelligence permitted
  • But in the context of Mr Gilligan’s report, “sexed up” would be understood to mean the dossier was embellished with items of intelligence known or believed to be false or unreliable. This allegation is unfounded
  • BBC NEWS: Key points: The Hutton report

    Google: crime-fighter

    LaShawn Pettus-Brown had been on the run for over a year. He was to rehabilitate the 90-year old Empire Theater in Cincinnati but that didn’t happen and $93,000 of the money the city paid Pettus Brown is missing.
    The Enquirer reports he was caught last week in New York because he went on a date. The prospective date got curious and decided to google him. That led to the FBI. The woman then contacted the FBI and he was picked up at an Applebee’s on Long Island.
    Score one for Google.
    (via Cincy Blog)

    Republicans for Dean

    From the “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” files…

    Last month, a Republican lawyer in Mississippi… infiltrated a Howard Dean for President “meet-up” in Jackson. He took charge of more than the meeting.
    “I’m basically now head of Central Mississippians for Dean,” J. Kevin Broughton tells Inside the Beltway.

    “I disclosed that I was a Republican, interested in seeing Dean take Mississippi’s delegates and win the nomination. I had to take charge of the meeting,” he explains. “They were all talking about how [President] Bush lied about WMDs [weapons of mass destruction] and how sick it was that Arnold [Schwarzenegger] got elected [governor] in California.
    ” ‘Listen,’ I said, ‘it’ll be a four-man race at most by Super Tuesday. Dean will be one … [but] we’ll have an incredibly low turnout. We need 25 percent of the black vote, and that will get us the 30 [percent] to 32 percent plurality that will take the delegates.’
    “Blank stares,” Mr. Broughton recalls. “I’m trying to walk them through the mechanics of winning a primary. ‘Look, let’s divide up the counties in the middle third of Mississippi. Each of us can contact the Democrat county chairs, and get the voter and donor lists.’
    “The retired colonel said, ‘Kevin, tell us what it is that has disaffected you with the current administration.’
    ” ‘Not a darn thing,’ I said, finally getting through. ‘My motivation may be different than yours, but our goal is the same, at least until next summer. Your guy can’t be president if he doesn’t win the nomination. I want him to get the nomination.’ ”
    Wouldn’t you know, Mr. Broughton was crowned chairman of the Dean club. They meet again next week.
    Inside the Beltway – The Washington Times (via BOTW)

    Just a reminder

    I need a job. If anyone might be needing or knows of a company that may need a Computer Science graduate with co-op experience in quality assurance, intranet portal design/maintenance and web application design/maintenance let me know and I can send my resume.

    Call me whatever you want, just don’t call me Saddam

    Being named after the Iraqi president meant respect and power, but that was before the dictator was overthrown and pulled out of a spider hole.
    Now the nation’s thousands of Saddams are queuing up to change their once illustrious moniker to something more in tune with the times.
    More than 300 are in the process of changing their names, and each day several forlorn-looking Saddams visit Baghdad’s directorate of citizenship, where deed polls are granted. Many more are too scared to own up in public and have quietly adopted a new identity.
    “It’s the most depressing thing in the world to be called Saddam Hussein,” said Saddam Hussein Karim as he completed the final paperwork for his name change.

    Saddam Hadi said: “It is just plain embarrassing. Whenever I think of the name Saddam I see a dirty old man living in a hole.
    “I’m sure that’s what people think when they say my name – that’s why I need a new one.”
    Yassen Taher al-Yassery, the citizenship director, said: “I once knew someone called Zbaal. It means rubbish in Arabic. That’s what the name Saddam means to us now.”
    Telegraph (via Tim Blair)