Archive for March, 2004

Marshall: Getting al-Zarqawi (Or Not)

Friday, March 5th, 2004

Interesting talk from Joshua Micah Marshall about how the Bush White House apparently was pressured on three different occasions to go after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in the year before the invasion of Iraq, but each time shot the idea down because eliminating an al Qaeda operation from Iraq (though admittedly, the part of Iraq that Saddam Hussein didn’t control, thanks to our efforts) would have made it harder to push the bogus claim that Hussein and bin Laden were in bed together: What to make of this…

Yet another opportunity for Bush supporters to display their patriotic double-standard, giving Bush a pass for behavior that, if engaged in by a Democrat, would be eliciting words like “outrage,” “treason,” and “impeachment.”

Kos: Just Like the Last Election, Only Worse

Friday, March 5th, 2004

Over at Daily Kos is some discussion of a truly horrific notion: That in the upcoming presidential election, Kerry might hold all the states that went for Gore, with the addition of NH and WV. Which would mean a perfect electoral college split: 269 for Kerry, 269 for Bush: The 269-269 scenario.

Remember when presidential elections were boring?

Why Karl Rove Is Worried

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004

From some random ex-lawyer and arbitrage-gamer named Barry L. Ritholtz who somehow got the idea he should drop links to his latest blog entries in my inbox… (Update: the foregoing was intended as humor. Barry L. Ritholtz is welcome to drop stuff in my inbox anytime.) Anyway, here’s a discussion of an interesting (subscription-required, sadly) article in Barron’s Online, showing that at least for the moment, the electoral map seems to be leaning more Kerry’s way than Bush’s: Projected electoral college vote, 2004.

Apparently the solid-blue states have gotten bluer, the solid-red states have gotten redder, but in the all-important purplish states, blueness is winning out over redness.

Yee ha.

12 Reasons Same-Sex Marriage will Ruin Society

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004

One of the advantages of working at a really large company is finding interesting stuff in the printer bin.

This particular item apparently made the blog rounds allready, but just in case you missed it: 12 Reasons Same-Sex Marriage will Ruin Society. The Gator Gay-Straight Alliance “Flash!” site is fairly intolerable, but I think I might be Straight is easily the best flyer I’ve seen from a college organization, and the Not-A-Cutout project seems pretty cool.

I know how much money you have

Monday, March 1st, 2004

(I generally hate to blatently repost things Ii saw on another blog but this is just too damn fascinating not to spread the word.)
I have a vague memory of an elementary school teacher telling our class that we should all pay close attention to the laws that congress considers, because you never know what they might do. For example, she said, every year congress re-considers a bill to change US Currency so that the FBI can drive down your street in an unmarked van and detect how much money is in your house: “so they can track down drug dealers”.
It seems I should have paid more attention to that teacher. Alex Jones has found that not only can the security features in new bills allow stores to detect your money, but if you try to nuetralize them your money will explode.