Archive for March 2004

*grumble*

Is it asking too much for the person that checked The Fountainhead out of the library before me to at least shake out all the cat hairs before it’s returned? They’re all over the place.

Polls

Some more interesting poll results, this time from Rasmussen.

Looking out over the next four years, 55% of American voters think George Bush will be more aggressive leading the War on Terror than John Kerry. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 28% believe Kerry will be more aggressive.
The survey also found that half of America’s voters (50%) believe that Richard Clarke is making his accusations about the President either to sell his book or to help John Kerry’s campaign. Just 39% believe Clarke is merely a concerned citizen telling the truth about what he saw.
As with most issues in this election system, opinions are shaped along partisan lines. Republicans, by a 88% to 6% margin believe Bush will be more aggressive leading the War on Terror. Democrats, by a 53% to 29% margin, believe Kerry will be more aggressive.
Half of those not affiliated with either political party (50%) believe that Bush will be more aggressive while just 21% of unaffiliateds pick Kerry.
The same is true on the question of Clarke’s motives. The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 60% of Democrats believe that Clarke is just telling the truth. Only 13% of Republicans hold that view. Those unaffiliated with either major party are evenly divided on this point.
Election 2004 Clarke Impact

Let’s be clear here

This is not Opening Day. I do not recognize any game played prior to the first game played by the Cincinnati Reds as Opening Day.

“Remarkable turnaround”

A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows a remarkable turnaround in 17 battleground states where polls and historic trends indicate the race will be close, and where the Bush campaign has aired TV ads. Those ads say Bush has provided “steady leadership in times of change” while portraying Kerry as a tax-hiking, flip-flopping liberal.
The ads have been one factor in wiping away an inflated lead Kerry held in those states. Most of them have had primaries or caucuses that allowed Democrats to dominate the news and Kerry to emerge as a victor. In a survey taken in mid-February, Kerry led Bush by 28 percentage points in those states, 63% to 35%. Now Bush leads Kerry in them by six points, 51% to 45%.
In contrast, there has been much less volatility in states where the ads haven’t aired. Kerry held a four-point lead in them in February; Bush holds a two-point lead now.
The Bush campaign also has begun defining Kerry before he has defined himself. In the states where the ads have run, Kerry’s unfavorable rating has risen 16 points since mid-February. In the other states, it’s up just five points. The margin of error for each group of states is +/{ndash}5 percentage points.
USA Today

Gobstoppers

What the hell happened to Gobstoppers?! They’re like half the size they used to be!
This is simply unacceptable. Gobstoppers were the perfect size, these are just an abomination.

Jersey Girl

Saw Jersey Girl on Friday and I have to say, it seems a bunch of reviewers are on crack. To be sure, it has a few problems; it’s rather formulaic at times, but it’s nowhere near the level where many critics put it. In a feeding frenzy of bashing they’re trying to put it up with Gigli for one of the two worst films ever. That’s just not the case.
It’s certainly not like anything Smith has made before. There’s a little bit of sexual dialog, but nowhere near the language and sexuality of his previous films. All in all it’s just a sweet little movie about man and his daughter. It won

Blogs do accomplish something #2

There’s been quite an uproar in the blogosphere over the NY Times’ refusal to correct their columnists. The Times has now decided to make some changes.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who would have made an excellent editorial page editor if he could have put up with the meetings, once said that “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Gail Collins’s determination that corrections will appear on their own at the end of a succeeding column, and not disappear into an unrelated digression, is on its own a significant piece of progress. But it’s her assertion of responsibility that matters most. Critics might say her statement of policy is very gently phrased, but when I asked her if there was wiggle room, she was unequivocal: “It is my obligation to make sure no misstatements of fact on the editorial pages go uncorrected.”
In the coming months I expect columnist corrections to become a little more frequent and a lot more forthright than they’ve been in the past. Yet the final measure of Collins’s success, and of the individual columnists, will be not in the corrections but in the absence of the need for them. Wayne Wren of Houston, a self-described conservative and “avid reader” of National Review Online, expressed it with great equanimity in a recent e-mail message to my office: “If Mr. Krugman is making egregious errors in his Op-Ed column, they will catch up with him.” Same goes for Brooks, Dowd, Friedman, Herbert, Kristof and Safire – and, most important, for The New York Times.
NY Times

Gone

Church retreat Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon, so again not much this weekend. In the meantime, if you’re looking to spend a lot of money on Reds Opening Day tickets and want to sit next to me here’s your chance. :)

Heh, again.

The official Kerry campaign blog has a link to “Republicans for Kerry”. What do you get when you click on that link? “There is no group called republicansforkerry.

*sigh*

I think it’s time to start taking up donations to get the Democratic party a sense of humor transplant, the one they have now certainly isn’t working.
President Bush gave the traditional comedic speech at the Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner. He had what everyone there seemed to think was a very funny joke about President Bush looking under the WH furniture for WMD.
Now the Kerry campaign’s gone and