Sunday, August 22, 2004

Prescience from the Right

Pat Buchanan has just published a book condemning the invasion of Iraq (In a New Book, Buchanan Chastises Another Bush). In it he quotes himself as saying, during the 2000 campaign, "Have we not suffered enough - from Pan Am 103 to the World Trade Center [bombing of 1993] to the embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam - not to know that interventionism is the incubator of terrorism? Or will it take some cataclysmic atrocity on U.S. soil to awaken our global gamesmen to the going price of empire?"

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Not One Error

Nothing in this morning's New York Times made me mad, but I did laugh: A War in Nine Stanzas by Calvin Trillin.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Current Electoral Vote Predictor 2004

Yesterday I found a great resource, an electoral map updated daily to reflect new polling data: http://www.electoral-vote.com/

Friday, August 13, 2004

Electoral Vote Calculator

Updated to reflect the latest polling results: Bush 211, Kerry 327.

NYTimes Campaign 2004 Interactive Graphic

Torture in Tashkent

To: letters@latimes.com
Subject: Head of Joint Chiefs Reassures Uzbekistan Amid Aid Cutoff

Maybe you should be more specific about Uzbekistan's "systematic torture." According to Craig Murray, the British ambassador to Tashkent, it includes boiling dissidents alive.

Uzbek mother who publicised 'boiling' torture of son gets hard labour

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Addicted to Lies

To: editor@usatoday.com
Subject: Focus on Kerry's 'bounce' overlooks bad signs for Bush

Your coverage of the presidential campaign is so dishonest that I've finally decided to cancel my subscription. For a look at what's really going on, try this map (from the Wall Street Journal, hardly a radical source): http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-battleground04-0802print.html.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Latest Polls

I've just updated my interactive map to show the results of the latest Zogby/WSJ poll: Kerry 307, Bush 231.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Bush and Bin Laden

John just said to me, "Bush and Bin Laden are psychic brothers. Both deal in fear."

Many parallels between the two are obvious. For example "I'm good, you're bad, and I must destroy you. God wills it." But fear? (I'm more rational than intuitive, John is the opposite.) Certainly Bush encourages a climate of fear in the US--and so does Bin Laden. That is, the people both of them are trying to frighten are Americans. This seems strange to me, and I don't understand it.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Fuzzy, fuzzy math

To: editorial@nytimes.com
Subject: The Undecided Among Us

According to your poll, 40% of undecided/unsure voters voted for Bush in 2000, 30% for Gore; 45% of all other voters voted for Bush, 39% for Gore. My math may be a little fuzzy, but according to the Federal Election Commission (2000 Presidential Election Results) Bush got 47.87% of the vote, Gore 48.38%.

Somebody isn't telling the truth.