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Tuesday, Aug 24, 2004

war babies

Off To War. tv documentary looks at the lives of soldiers from arkansas as they prepared to go "off to war" in iraq.


oceans away

zogbys battleground states infographic


Monday, Aug 23, 2004

meet the mets

metro v retro


sad alight

"That we are still fighting about the Vietnam War is sad. Watching an old political fight (among veterans, but involving the nation) try to finish itself thirty years later in either the wreckage of the Kerry campaign or its triumph over the attempt to wreck-- that's sad. I'm with Meep , a voice at Jarvis's weblog, Buzzmachine: "Are boomers going to be eating their livers in retirement because of Vietnam? Sounds like it to me." That's a sad thing to say about boomers, and I was born near the crest of that boom.

Now if you like sad as the best mood for consuming Swift Boat stories, if you think it fitting, then pay especially close attention to what the Chicago Tribune published over the weekend: This is what I saw that day by William B. Rood, a brilliantly disciplined and moving work of first-person journalism, which is also a moral statement, for while it defends John Kerry and his military record--and thus makes news--that is not the heart of what Rood meant to say."


so much not to like

its so painfully boring to point this shit out but heres another misleading ny times headline.

"Bush Denounces Outside Groups' Influence on Campaign"

of course the key to that headline is the placement of the apostrophe. someone who is closely monitoring will immediately understand that nothing new will follow as bush will have intoned the talking points repeated ad naseum yesterday on the chat fests. when asked to condemn the ad any apparachnik will quickly move the goalposts to condemn all 527s and call for their rapid termination, but never will they denounce the swiftboat lies and fabrications. and then for good measure to put the dems on the defensive, they will call them out to condemn the nasty 527s. if you can include a dark allusion to moveon.org and george soros than you receive bonus points toward your quest for entre into republican valhalla.


i cant get one bit of spittle out before they go and change the headline. it now reads

"Bush Urges End to Attack Ads by Outside Groups on All Sides.'

id still like to see

"Bush Wont Denounce Dubious Swiftboat Claims"

but thats just me.


numbers game

"1+1=2. Mathematics doesn't get any more basic than this, but even 1+1 would stump the brightest minds among the Piraha tribe of the Amazon. A study appearing today in the journal Science reports that the hunter-gatherers seem to be the only group of humans known to have no concept of numbering and counting."



"Swift Boat Veterans for "Truth" v. The Truth"


diamond mind

"A Better Way to Build a Baseball Team"


Sunday, Aug 22, 2004

blame everyone

"In case you hadn't already noticed, portraying themselves as victims is an important component of the Right's strategy."


Friday, Aug 20, 2004

no fly zone

"WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy [related, bio] thought he'd been called every name in the book during his career - until airline ticket agents mistakenly flagged him as a terrorist suspect at Boston and Washington airports."