Archive for October, 2004


Thursday, October 28th, 2004

This election is for them (picture of a white soldier, a white mother and child). DON'T LET THEM DOWN! Strong defense and security, a commitment to protecting America, to protecting or families--Our President, our Commander in Chief George W. Bush is the strong and steady leader we need. Without your ...

Struck and White

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

Geoff Pullum has a great anti-Struck and White rant, which he says is: a horrid little compendium of unmotivated prejudices (don't use ongoing), arbitrary stipulations (don't begin a sentence with however), and fatuous advice ("Be clear"), ridiculously out of date in its positions on appropriate choices among grammatical variants, deeply ...

Snarky Bush joke

Wednesday, October 20th, 2004

Snarky Bush joke.

The post-modern presidency

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

[The senior Whitehouse aide] told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people ...

Bush or Kerry? One Canadian’s view

Friday, October 15th, 2004

Tim Bray recommends:If you’re running a company and there’s a general perception that your CEO is [an expletive for fool], eventually it won’t matter that much whether he really is or isn’t; the perception will become an obstacle. And right now, the United States of America is facing that obstacle.

Bush-Kerry Debate (III)

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

People always want "knock-out blows" in a debate, but there weren't any, of course. Bush usually sounded less desparate than he did in the first two debates; he always seems more intelligent when he's calm. Kerry's performance was exactly the same as in the first two debates: "presidential," in a ...

Kennedy’s inaugural address 1961

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

Fill in the blank, Mr. Bush:Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of ________. ______________ [is] our last best ...

What’s cool about working for the Federal government

Sunday, October 10th, 2004

Having Columbus Day off. Grazie, Cristoforo!

Bush-Kerry Debate (II)

Friday, October 8th, 2004

Watching this debate, I found myself much more interested in the horserace--who was winning? who was losing? It seemed clear to me that the President was on the defensive; he even sounded desparate to me (although he seemed to calm down during the last 20 minutes or so). Kerry seemed, ...

Followup on the search for ‘vice presidential debate’

Friday, October 8th, 2004

A followup on post about searching for 'vice presidential debate', which Tim commented on.First of all, I really wasn't complaining about (say) Yahoo Search's lack of results from the 2004 debates--it was just odd and a bit disorienting to be thrown back to 2000. I even clicked on an audio ...

Names for believers

Friday, October 8th, 2004

Names for believers.

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

I didn't know about before the debate, and before Cheney mentioned it (and erroneously called it, which, apparently overnight, is now a link to a George Soros site). It's a very useful, non-partisan site set up to check the claims made by politicians. They have a great ...

A heartbeat away

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

Gwen Ifill asked Edwards, "What qualifies you to be a heartbeat away?" Cheney's follow-up was interesting:FILL: Mr. Vice President, you have 90 seconds.CHENEY: You want me to answer a question about his qualifications?IFILL: That was the question.CHENEY: I see. Well, I think the important thing in picking a vice president ...

Searching for ‘vice presidential debate’

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

It's interesting that as I've searched for sources for the vice presidential debates tonight, I'm getting a lot of hits from the debates (both presidential and vice presidential) from 2000. I guess this has to do with "page rank," but it seems odd. This CNN link, for example, was the ...

Cheney-Edwards Debate

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

Initial reactions: Today, I'm optimistic about America. Our local paper reports that about 96% of Michigan residents who could register to vote, have registered to vote. It's clear that this election has stirred interests in and emotions about the political life of our country in ways that haven't happened in ...

At home with the Munsters

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

A little piece of my childhood. (via boingboing.)

Passports with RFID tags

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

According to Bruce Schneier, the Bush adminstration wants to put RFID tags in our passports. Unfortunately, there is only one possible reason: The administration wants surreptitious access [to the broadcast information on the passports] themselves. It wants to be able to identify people in crowds. It wants to surreptitiously pick ...

Bush-Kerry Debate (1)

Friday, October 1st, 2004

Bush was well-briefed, articulate and scowling. Kerry was well-briefed, articulate and, well, presidential. The debate centered, justifiably, on the war in Iraq, although Bush kept wanting to make it a debate on who is more steadfast. Kerry didn't quite make the point he should be: that, when you make a ...