Archive for September 2004

Debate scorecard

Hugh Hewitt’s got a debate scorecard going where he grades each question and each response.

Wow

The Sims 2 is sooooo good. It’s 12:30 and I’ve got plenty of other things to do to waste my time but it’s so hard not to click on that shortcut and guide George and Becky Stevens through their last days before their baby is born.
…must…not…click…

Following up

Following up on an earlier entry about how Foster Barton, a Marine on leave from Iraq was attacked in the parking lot of Germain Amphitheater in Columbus after a Toby Keith concert. An arrest has now been made.

A man has been arrested and charged in the alleged attack on a Central Ohio soldier at a local concert venue, NBC 4′s Monique Ming Laven reported.
Brent Cornwell, 28, of Blacklick, was arrested Tuesday night by Columbus police. He was charged with felonious assault Wednesday morning at a Delaware County Municipal Court video arraignment.
A judge set bond at $15,000. Cornwell was ordered to be on house arrest.
Foster Barton, 19, of Grove City, was on leave from the war in Iraq earlier this month when he said he was beaten in the parking lot after a Toby Keith concert at Germain Amphitheater.
Barton said his attacker beat him up because he was wearing an Operation Iraqi Freedom T-shirt. Barton was beaten so badly that he was knocked unconscious.
Police said witnesses at the scene and the suspect’s own family helped police make an arrest, Laven reported. Police said Cornwell, who spent four years in the Army, called a morning radio show last week and said he wanted to give his side of the story, Laven reported.

According to a Columbus police report, six witnesses who didn’t know Barton said the person who beat him up was screaming profanities and making crude remarks about U.S. soldiers, Burton reported.
One witness, a friend of the alleged attacker, said Barton hit first. Police said they do not think that witness is credible since the six other witnesses said Barton was hit from behind.
“The witnesses said that the beating and kicking continued even after Mr. Barton was on the ground,” Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost said. “Anytime you’ve got somebody kicking at somebody who is on the ground, you’ve got a very dangerous situation. One well-placed kick can end up being fatal.”
When asked by the judge if he had anything to say, Cornwell said, “No, I just can’t wait until Mr. Yost hears my side of the story.”
Barton’s mother said she has a message for her son’s attacker, who police said ran into the crowd after the incident and was not immediately arrested.
“He needs our prayers, just like the insurgents, because he’s a coward,” Cindy Barton said.
nbc4i.com

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Pirates-Reds

Went to yesterday’s Pirates-Reds game in Pittsburgh. Boy, those Pittsburgh fans are an excitable bunch. You’d think they’d never seen a halfway decent play at shortstop before.
–Addendum–
Primanti Brothers makes a very good sandwich.
This was my first time at PNC Park. It… how do I say this… has a more cohesive feel to it I think than GABP. There was a lot of local flavor, but tempered with non-local chains like Outback and Quaker Steak & Lube. The view in the outfield is definitely better, but it’s not really something that could’ve been replicated in GABP, doing so would’ve required the stadium to be in a different city and state. I prefer GABP’s scoreboard, PNC’s seemed awfully dark (And GABP’s ribbon scoreboards are a nice feature but it’s not a big plus considering they only devote ~10% of them to scores and the rest to ads.) PNC’s outfield away-game scoreboard though is head-and-shoulders above GABP’s. You can actually see what the situation is, not simply the inning, score, and pitcher. If you’re paying attention you can actually know that Boston just doubled in the runners from 2nd and 3rd with one out rather than just seeing that they tacked two more on the scoreboard. PNC seemed homier. Looking back I’m thinking a lot of it had to do with the blue color the stadium was painted. GABP’s white seems to make it a lot more sterile and I really wonder what the stadium would feel like if only it were repainted.

It’s so nice to have an opponent who can rebut himself

–Correction–
The Times has run a correction of the quote.

“We know we can’t count on the French. We know we can’t count on the Russians,” said Mr. Kerry. “We know that Iraq is a danger to the United States, and we reserve the right to take pre-emptive action whenever we feel it’s in our national interest.”
In reference to a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding access to Iraqi weapons sites, Mr. Kerry actually said: “I think that’s our great concern [-] where’s the backbone of Russia, where’s the backbone of France, where are they in expressing their condemnation of such clearly illegal activity [-] but in a sense, they’re now climbing into a box and they will have enormous difficulty not following up on this if there is not compliance by Iraq.”
Later, referring to French and Russian reservations on the use of force, Mr. Kerry said: “There’s absolutely no statement that they have made or that they will make that will prevent the United States of America and this president or any president from acting in what they believe are the best interests of our country.”
The Washington Times
(via Polipundit and AlphaPatriot)

The dead have risen and they’re trying to vote for Democrats

The state of Ohio is stepping in to investigate possible voter fraud in Summit County. And the Lake County prosecutor is also looking into fraud there.
More than 800 voter registration cards in Summit County are under investigation, NewsChannel5 reported.
The Board of Elections said the voter registration cards in question are for addresses that don’t exist, spelling mistakes or have similar handwriting.
Fifty of those questionable cards apparently came from the AFL-CIO central office in Cleveland, WEWS reported.

Elections officials said the bogus cards were kicked out by the computer and forwarded to state investigators.
In the meantime in Lake County, elections officials said some voter advocacy groups are forging registration cards.
In one example, a man who’s been dead for 20 years is apparently a new registered voter.
And in another case, it looks as if an entire neighborhood will be out of town on Election Day. Everyone there applied for absentee ballots.
NewsNet5.com

That Ivan’s one persistant son of a bleep

It makes landfall in Alabama, goes northeast. Flooding in places like West Virginia. And then all of a sudden it’s back in the Gulf and making landfall at the Texas Louisiana border. How does that happen?! Give it up already Ivan.

Remote Desktop

This Remote Desktop in Windows XP is just great. If I want to synch up my rss feeders I can just call up my upstairs computer on the remote desktop and do it while I’m still looking at Sharpreader on the downstairs computer. If upstairs watching TV in my room and want to check on the 2 gig download I’ve got going on downstairs I can just call it up, no problem. It’s great.

Kerry: Won’t send more troops to Iraq even if they’re needed.

Siegel: What do you do if you ask the Joint Chiefs of Staff what they need to achieve their mission in Iraq and they say, “We need a lot more troops”? Do you escalate the troop levels, or do you plan for a quick or a constant exit instead?
Kerry: You have to support our troops, and you have to do what’s necessary to try to make this mission successful, but they have not asked for that. I have to wait until I’m president and sit down with them and see where we are.
Siegel: But you yourself have pointed out that Gen. Shinseki, the former Army chief of staff, said there should be hundreds of thousands of troops in Iraq, and you say he was fired for saying that. What if you get now the “real story,” as you would say, the Army speaking candidly–
Kerry: I’ll have to make a decision when I get there as to what the probabilities are. I can’t hypothesize as to what I am going to find on Jan. 20–whether I’m going to find a Lebanon or whether I’m going to find a country that’s moving towards an election. That depends on what the president does now.

Siegel:
But–

Kerry:
I think the leadership has been arrogant and disastrous.
Siegel: But should either you or whoever is president next year consider the possibility of an increase in troops? Is that even a consideration, or should it be completely off the table?
Kerry: I do not intend to increase troops. I intend to get the process in place that I described, and I believe as a new president, with new credibility, with a fresh start, that I have the ability to be able to change the dynamics on the ground.
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Where’s that nuance when you need it?