Monday, February 28, 2005

Demonize your political opponent: "This is a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good." -Howard Dean, via Kausfiles, at a rally in Lawrence, Kansas. Further evidence of politics as religion?

Sunday, February 27, 2005

World War I color photos . Some don't look real, not that I'm challenging. Hat tip So Random via VodkaPundit.
The NYT's leads with Israel--

Sharon Says Diplomatic Progress Hinges on Palestinian Action

By ALAN COWELL

Published: February 27, 2005

JERUSALEM, Feb. 27 - As Israelis buried their dead from a suicide bombing, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned Palestinian leaders today that there would be no further moves toward peace unless they destroyed militant groups behind such attacks.

Mr. Sharon also accused Syria of hosting militant Palestinians from the Islamic Jihad group that took responsibility for the Friday bombing of the Stage club on Tel Aviv's palm-lined beachfront. Four Israelis - one of them a 28-year-old woman celebrating her forthcoming wedding - died in the blast and 49 more were injured.

Second story:

Saddam Hussein's Half-Brother Captured

By EDWARD WONG

Published: February 27, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 27 - The Iraqi government said today that it had captured a half-brother of Saddam Hussein, a man who for several years headed the country's domestic intelligence and security service, once the most feared agency in Iraq.

The half-brother, Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan al-Tikriti, was No. 36 on the list of 55 most-wanted Iraqis that the American government compiled after the fall of Baghdad in April 2003. On the deck of cards portraying the 55 men, Mr. Tikriti appears as the six of diamonds, and a black-and-white portrait on the card shows him as a young, smiling man with a thin moustache. Two other half-brothers of Mr. Hussein who were on the list, Barzan al-Tikriti and Watban al-Tikriti, were seized right after the Hussein government crumbled.

WaPo leads with politics:

GOP May Seek a Deal on Accounts

Anxious Lawmakers Negotiate With Democrats on Social Security Changes

By John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, February 27, 2005; Page A01

President Bush is still in the opening phase of a campaign to sell the public and Congress on his ambitious plans for Social Security, but some Republicans on Capitol Hill have decided it is not too early to begin pondering an exit strategy.

With polls showing widespread skepticism of Bush's proposed individual investment accounts and Democratic lawmakers expressing nearly uniform opposition, some allies of the president are focused on possible split-the-difference deals.

Second story:

Iran Was Offered Nuclear Parts

Secret Meeting in 1987 May Have Begun Program

By Dafna Linzer
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 27, 2005; Page A01

International investigators have uncovered evidence of a secret meeting 18 years ago between Iranian officials and associates of Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan that resulted in a written offer to supply Tehran with the makings of a nuclear weapons program, foreign diplomats and U.S. officials familiar with the new findings said.

The meeting, believed to have taken place in a dusty Dubai office in 1987, kick-started Tehran's nuclear efforts and Khan's black market. Iran, which was at war with Iraq then, bought centrifuge designs and a starter kit for uranium enrichment. But Tehran recently told the International Atomic Energy Agency that it turned down the chance to buy the more sensitive equipment required for building the core of a bomb.


The LA Times leads with Israel:
From Associated Press

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said today that peace efforts with the Palestinians would be frozen if they do not crack down on militant groups in the wake of a weekend suicide bombing that killed four Israelis outside a Tel Aviv nightclub.

Friday's attack and its aftermath broke two weeks of relative calm and strained recently warming relations between the Israelis and Palestinians following the election of moderate Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas last month. Dozens of people were wounded in the bombing.

Second story:
From Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqi officials said today that Syrian authorities had captured Saddam Hussein's half brother and 29 other officials of the deposed dictator's Baath Party in Syria and handed them over to Iraq in an apparent goodwill gesture.

The arrests dealt a blow to an insurgency that some Iraqi officials claim Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan was helping organize and fund from Syria. The U.S. military said two American soldiers were killed today in an ambush in the capital.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Rice Diminishment Watch: Is this Robin Givhan piece in WaPo diminishing to Rice?

Rice's coat and boots speak of sex and power -- such a volatile combination, and one that in political circles rarely leads to anything but scandal. When looking at the image of Rice in Wiesbaden, the mind searches for ways to put it all into context. It turns to fiction, to caricature. To shadowy daydreams. Dominatrix! It is as though sex and power can only co-exist in a fantasy. When a woman combines them in the real world, stubborn stereotypes have her power devolving into a form that is purely sexual.

I can't decide. Althouse says no
. (One day after I started this post, I continue). Althouse has more here on her own blog, including a speech from Elizabeth I, and Galadriel from The Fellowship of the Ring, a personal favorite of mine, that I've been saving to use during a good game of slapjack or the next cocktail party I attend:

"In place of a Dark Lord you would set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair!".

(A blogger can dream, can't she?) I should take up chess just to use that line correctly. I'm inclined to say the article, because it's in the fashion section and written by a fashion writer, as opposed to a political reporter, is not diminishment, although, I suppose you could make a good argument. [You're waffling -ed. I know!] But also because a thing of beauty is to be remarked upon, and the tall, fit, healthy Rice is attractive. People will want to remark on that.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

I'm going to try to start a new series on this blog by quoting how the NYT's, WaPo and the LAT's cover the same story each Sunday and some days in between--though I make no promises as to regularity of this feature--or indeed, if they cover the same story at all. I'm going to copy the headline and first few graphs of each story. I may or may not comment. I was going to choose the DMN or the Houston Chronicle over the LAT's, but they appear to lead with regional or local stories, and as in real estate, when it comes to the news, location is everything. I actually haven't yet decided if this series is how different newspapers cover the same story, or which news items they treat as their top story. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time, and the different treatment of the Iraqi election by the NYT's and WaPo is serving as an impetus. Let me give this a try and see where it leads. (Note: I'm basically cutting and pasting, but if a headline is very big, I size it down.)

WaPo lede story:

Talk With Putin Will Test Bush's Inaugural Pledges

By Peter Baker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 20, 2005; Page A01

The last time they sat down, President Bush politely asked President Vladimir Putin about Russia's retreat from democracy. Putin, according to U.S. officials, responded with a testy tirade on Russian history, filibustering for so long that Bush, left with an extended list of other issues to cover in a short private lunch, let the matter go without challenging the former KGB colonel.

Three months later, Bush will meet Putin again this week, and this time faces pressure not to let it go. The Bush-Putin summit in Slovakia, according to White House aides and outside critics, will be the first test of the grand promise laid out in the president's inauguration address last month to promote democracy abroad and confront "every ruler and every nation" about internal repression with the goal of "ending tyranny in our world."
NYT's lede story:

Continent Is Divided, Though Views Soften

By ELAINE SCIOLINO

Published: February 20, 2005

NAPLES, Italy - In an unadorned classroom at the NATO military base here, 18 European and 3 American officers came together recently for an intense orientation on how to train the Iraqi Army's new officer corps.

Many in the room came from "new" European countries - Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia - and were clearly grateful to take part. "You can't be a NATO member and just sit back and do nothing," said Maj. Rudolf Jeeser of Estonia, who, like his fellow officers, volunteered for duty in Iraq. "For me, it's important to pay back NATO for what it has done for my country."

Notably absent were officers from America's major and longstanding European allies - France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Greece - countries that still contend that the American-led war in Iraq is wrong and refuse to send a single soldier there.

This is the Europe that President Bush will find when he lands in Brussels on Sunday, Feb. 20: a continent still deeply divided over how much to bend to the will of Washington on issues of war and peace, and how warmly to support the Bush crusade to spread its definition of freedom around the world.


LAT's

Bush Heads to Europe With Message of Reconciliation
From Associated Press

BRUSSELS, Belgium — President Bush sought to repair rocky relations with Europe, opening a visit today to soothe allies embittered by the U.S.-led Iraq war and frustrated that their views were often ignored by the White House.

Bush, in a speech Monday, will urge allies to work together to advance freedom and democracy, particularly in the Middle East, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said on Air Force One as Bush flew here. Bush also will urge support for the Iraqi people.

But WaPo did cover the Europe story with two small links under the larger headline and description of the Bush-Putin story:

Cautious Optimism Awaits Bush

Europe Hopes Trip Augurs Closer Ties

By Michael A. Fletcher and Robin Wright
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, February 20, 2005; Page A09

Despite their deep differences over Iraq, French President Jacques Chirac reached out to President Bush last summer to ask for help. Lebanon's parliament had just extended the term of President Emile Lahoud, an ally of Syria, defying the constitutional limit. Chirac was certain the move was orchestrated by Syria, which has dominated Lebanon for decades. He wanted U.S. help to end Syria's influence and military presence.

"Let's work with the French," Bush said, according to a senior administration official. The result was a U.N. resolution last September calling for "strict respect of Lebanon's sovereignty" and for all foreign forces to leave.
and then,

Europeans Ready to 'Turn the Page' on Disputes With U.S.

Leaders Expected to Try to Mend Ties With Bush During Visit, Despite Public Hostility Toward Him

By Keith Richburg
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, February 20, 2005; Page A11

PARIS, Feb. 19 -- When George W. Bush made his first trip to Europe as president, in 2001, his visit touched off widespread protests and derisive press commentary. Thousands of demonstrators marched through Goteborg, Sweden, and dozens bared their backsides for a "mass mooning" at Bush's hotel. He was lampooned as a "Toxic Texan" who threatened the environment, and an intellectual lightweight whose every gaffe was gleefully chronicled -- like his reference to Africa as "a nation."

Then came the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which was deeply unpopular on the continent and seemed to confirm Europeans' worst fears that the American president was a reckless "cowboy," as he was often dubbed in the news media.

Off the bat, I'll say I like the way WaPo tells us which page the story is on their hard-copy version.
Sod off, Swampy!
Sod off, Swampy!

Saturday, February 19, 2005

How does that old saying go? You can send the children to Grandma's house for the weekend, but you still can't sleep in...or something like that. Well, Tech Support can, but Tech Support can also sleep through a hurricane or a baby's crying. I guess motherhood has set my internal alarm clock for 6:00 and won't shut it off. Ever. But while I was up, via Roger Simon, I found some note-taking (blog-taking?) from a lecture of one of the Patriot Act's authors Viet Dinh, who had some interesting things to say:

Prof. Dinh discussed Section 213, where a Judge can delay notice to a recipient of a search warrant, with reasonable cause. He then talked of Section 215 (the one pertaining library records), which attaches to the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA), and by which national security investigators get the same authority as criminal investigators, and it's classified and confidential. To offset potential abuse of this "classified and confidential", Congress put in as protection a review authorized by a court, that it can not target First Amendment activities, and that every six months the Dept. of Justice must tell Congress how many times this provision has been used. Section 215 applies to all businesses. Finally, Prof. Dinh discussed Section 218, where the reasonableness clause applies to FISA even when you don't need a warrant.

The Patriot Act is up for renewal this year, I think.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Old news, but ...pushing the Republicans-as-racists meme:

"You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room?," Dean asked to laughter. "Only if they had the hotel staff in here."

DNC Chair Howard Dean. (Via LaShawn Barber) Democrats can say that and be "funny;" Republicans aren't allowed to try to be funny. I think the argument goes that Repbulicans wanted to cut welfare benefits so they must hate poor people and because African Americans are disproportionately represented in the lower economic levels, Republicans therefore hate African Americans. It's a bit tired, that, especially after a Democratic president signed welfare reform into law and Kaus among other welfare experts are cautiously calling a success. I'll have to look for that Kaus link later--I can't get to my old archives just yet. UPDATE: Here's that Kaus discussion on welfare.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

NOT NEWS TO YOU! At least, if you are my parent. But this does ring familiar for the culture:

Kids born in the '70s and '80s are now coming of age. The colorful ribbons and shiny trophies they earned just for participating made them feel special. But now, in college and the workplace, observers are watching them crumble a bit at the first blush of criticism.

When I was student-teaching high school in the late eighties, you passed English if you showed up. Later, when I lived in New York, I worked with a young woman who was attending City University of NewYork (CUNY). At the time they had no admission standards, and her writing reflected it. She was a sharp girl who didn't know how to write a five-paragraph essay in the third person. I wrote an example for her in between phone calls and she caught on. Got an 'A' in the course. I can't be sure, but I think her 'A' would have been a 'C' from my college freshman English teacher.

She didn't cry about it though. On the other hand, she didn't have to. She had a very high GPA, I recall. Hat tip Wizbang. One of his commenters, an ex-school-teacher, has some painful examples.
The first to utter "blog" on the senate floor?

“The news media is of course the main way people get information about government. The media pushes government entities, and elected officials and bureaucrats and agencies to release information that the people have a right to know, occasionally exposing waste, fraud and abuse. And hopefully, more often than that, letting the American people know what a good job their public officials are doing. But we’ve also seen in recent years the expansion of other outlets for sharing information outside of the mainstream media – to online communities, discussion groups, and blogs. I believe all these outlets can and do contribute to the health of our political democracy.”

Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas). Hat tip KJL.
Via Marc Cooper, I find this comment by Jay Rosen on the Eason Joradan scandal:

I say again: The solution to miscommunication has to be more communication. But that is not the route CNN and Jordan chose. Bad move. Grant some interviews, and make some of them with bloggers. Instead of making no statements, consider making lots of statements. I'll give you an academic word for it: when in trouble, go dialogic."
Cooper adds,
I couldn’t agree more. Bloggers should be relentless in deflating the commonplace arrogance of the MSM and its gatekeepers. The blogosphere should be the guarantor of more dialogue, not less. And playing “gotcha” -- as has been the case with Eason Jordan—is an activity best left to the unraveling world of Old Journalism. Jordan’s departure is but a hollow victory for the blogosphere.

Link! Link! Link! I haven't read anyone feeling all that victorious, but people are assuming the tape was incriminating enough not to ...

[started this post sometime yesterday, but (believe me!) today Kaus is echoing some of my sentiments exactly!]

Fast Times at WSJ High: On February 10 the Wall Street Journal ed page prints an opinion piece by one of its writers, Bret Stephens, that concludes:

Mr. Jordan made a defamatory innuendo. Defamatory innuendo -- rather than outright allegation -- is the vehicle of mainstream media bias. Had Mr. Jordan's innuendo gone unchallenged, it would have served as further proof to the Davos elite of the depths of American perfidy. Mr. Jordan deserves some credit for retracting the substance of his remark, and some forgiveness for trying to weasel his way out of a bad situation of his own making. Whether CNN wants its news division led by a man who can't be trusted to sit on a panel and field softball questions is another matter. [Emph. added]

But when CNN seemingly decides it doesn't want its news dvision led by a man who can't be trusted to sit on a panel, the WSJ ed page denounces the network for allowing itself to be "stampeded" by an "Internet and talk show crew." Why wasn't it stampeded by the WSJ? ... P.S.: At the end of its high-schoolishly self-centered and defensive editorial, the Journal actually boasts that it's the "grown-up" and doesn't engage in the "enthusiasms and vendettas of amateurs." ... P.P.S.: Don't you think that when the editor of a site devoted to lecturing professional journalists about proper journalism denounces the "salivating morons" who brought down Eason Jordan and the "gleeful gloating of the moon howlers at all too many politically-inclined blogs"--and when he shrewdly goes out of his way to make it clear he isn't talking about powerful Jordan critics lke bloggers Buzzmachine or Captain's Quarters--that he should at least come up with one (1) example of who he is talking about?


Monday, February 14, 2005

Hmmm...I haven't gone to the Washington Post in a day or so. Let's see what they have...

Iraq Winners Allied With Iran Are the Opposite of U.S. Vision

[Wait, whose vision?]

When the Bush administration decided to invade Iraq two years ago, it envisioned a quick handover to handpicked allies in a secular government that would be the antithesis of Iran's theocracy -- potentially even a foil to Tehran's regional ambitions.

[Huh. Well, okay, but I don't remember anyone from the Bush administration saying that, but if you say so...]

But, in one of the greatest ironies of the U.S. intervention, Iraqis instead went to the polls and elected a government with a strong religious base -- and very close ties to the Islamic republic next door. It is the last thing the administration expected from its costly Iraq policy -- $300 billion and counting, U.S. and regional analysts say.
...

"This is a government that will have very good relations with Iran. The Kurdish victory reinforces this conclusion. Talabani is very close to Tehran," said Juan Cole, a University of Michigan expert on Iraq. "In terms of regional geopolitics, this is not the outcome that the United States was hoping for."

Ah, yes! Juan Cole--he of the if they're pro-democracy Iraqi bloggers, they must be CIA plants. Funny, reporter Robin Wright, didn't mention his extreme liberal persuasion, but you can read all about it at his blog!

[Three hours later!] I found Cole's original post on the pro-democracy Iraqi bloggers,

The MR posting brings up questions about the Iraqi brothers who run the IraqTheModel site. It points out that the views of the brothers are celebrated in the right-leaning weblogging world of the US, even though opinion polling shows that their views are far out of the mainstream of Iraqi opinion. It notes that their choice of internet service provider, in Abilene, Texas, is rather suspicious, and wonders whether they are getting some extra support from certain quarters.

and was delighted to see he'd clarified himself a few weeks later. It took him that long because he'd been travelling abroad. [Three hours later again.]

In retrospect, of course, I should have been clearer about my lack of active endorsement for Mr. Mailander's specific allegations, even as I made clear that what interested me was the issue of how the blogging world might be affected by political "marketing." I don't doubt Mailander's good faith, but obviously there were elementary errors in his initial entry. And, if I could take it back, I wouldn't have linked at all. This is a matter in some ways of not knowing my own strength. Blogging is deceptively informal, sort of like a conversation rather than like formal writing. So it is natural to cross-link among friends and say, 'Hey, check this out.' But my weblog has come to be so widely read that this degree of informality is now a luxury I obviously cannot afford, and I will try to be more careful.

It's hard not to join in rallying cries, and it's good to back up your assertions always! I wish Wright had done so with a quote because I'm still skeptical. In fact, so is Taranto (whom I don't know how to permalink, sorry!) who writes,

Wright's assertion that the Bush administration never wanted democracy in Iraq is untrue. Here is what President Bush had to say on the subject way back on Sept. 12, 2002, in a speech before the U.N. General Assembly:

The people of Iraq can shake off their captivity. They can one day join a democratic Afghanistan and a democratic Palestine, inspiring reforms throughout the Muslim world. These nations can show by their example that honest government, and respect for women, and the great Islamic tradition of learning can triumph in the Middle East and beyond.

I'm not sure she was asserting Bush "never wanted democracy." I think she's asserting this is the last government he wished were elected, but she hasn't cited any evidence to back that up.

Also Brit Hume noted that The New York Times didn't spin the elections that way at all:

Split Verdict in Iraqi Vote Sets Stage for Weak Government

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 13 - The razor-thin margin apparently captured by the Shiite alliance here in election results announced Sunday seems almost certain to enshrine a weak government that will be unable to push through sweeping changes, like granting Islam a central role in the new Iraqi state.

The verdict handed down by Iraqi voters in the Jan. 30 election appeared to be a divided one, with the Shiite political alliance, backed by the clerical leadership in Najaf, opposed in nearly equal measure by an array of mostly secular minority parties.

Hmmm...which paper are we to believe? Wright also never mentions that her source Cole is a liberal and, judging by his attention from NRO, anti-Iraq war, something I think her readers deserve to know.

In any case, in my continuing quest to form political principles, and keep them over party, restraining myself from partisan pep rallies is no easy task
Here's what Columbia Journalism Review's Steve Lovelady emailed to Jay Rosen, NYU journalism professor, on Eason Jordan's resignation:

Steve Lovelady emails: "The salivating morons who make up the lynch mob prevail. (Where is Jimmy Stewart when we need him ?) This convinces me more than ever that Eason Jordan is guilty of one thing, and one thing only -- caring for the reporters he sent into battle, and haunted by the fact that not all of them came back. Like Gulliver, he was consumed by Lilliputians."

(I'm so proud.) (By the way, I don't doubt he cares for his reporters very much, but why demonize the military without enough evidence to produce a story?)

I read what they call right-wing blogs, though none of them seem to consider themselves right-wing. Most are libertarian, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and pro-Iraq war, and several, I think are Democrats. These bloggers did create a swarm to find out what Jordan said, but to my recollection, didn't call for his resignation. Now, if Lovelady cared to cite which ones who did, then he'd have an argument to make, but without doing that, he just seems at best intemperate and at worst (fill in the blank). I'm sure someone said some nasty things, but are they influential? It wasn't Instapudit. It wasn't Kaus, or Althouse or Simon. I'm disinclined to believe CNN would fire Jordan over misperceptions from the blogophere. My guess is there were other things going on as well. Check out Kausfiles for some of those things.

Plus, aren't we his audience? Why say such nasty things about your readership?

In answer to Lovelady, I think the blogosphere is more like letters-to-the-editor, only better published.

It's past the kids bedtimes and I don't even have them in their pj's! Well-researched and well-cited blogging is a time-consumer--I've got to run!. Thanks for listening to my musings, meandering though they are.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Desperate Housewife II: Registration started at 8:00 in the morning; I was 22nd in line at 6:15 and without a folding chair. No problem--I sat on a short brick wall surrounding a garden. That's why we have numbers, for people like her who aren't sitting in line, Number One later said, making an example out of me. What makes me angry about this line, is that control of the registration process is taken out of the hands of the pre-school and put into the hands of a self-appointed mother, there, I guess, to make sure no one cuts in line. It's certainly convenient for people like me, who show up without chairs, but the system is corruptible in the hands of parents. as I mentioned in an earlier post Charleen was more than willing to share the numbers, but as she wasn't guaranteed the number one, she begged off and sent her husband to do the dreary early morning work.

He chatted up Lanie and me for two hours. They were the only other two without chairs. Nice guy--from Conroe. I think his name is David. Horses cost $200 bucks when we were kids, but these days they're selling nags for $8000, and if his daughter really took a passion for riding, he'd have to shell out 10 or 12 grand to buy her one.

He grumbled that Parker's mom got him signed up without having to wait in line because she was recovering from liposuction, and just why didn't she send her husband? Bah. We're just a bit uncharitable in the chilly morning hours before dawn.

Of course I'd forgotten the paperwork, the immunization records. Once in, I nervously spilled the few drops left in my coffee travel mug, but I got her signed up, and left still feeling dirty about the process.

Tech Support took the kids out for the morning, but I couldn't sleep, not with the stench of all that PTA estrogen clinging to my skin like an oily film, so I picked up a book that I'd put down months ago and tried to re-create the plot as I advanced. I'm almost through. It'll be the first book I've finished in a long while. The combination of motherhood and motherhood keeping me at arms' length from unnecessary drama.

It was a beautiful day today, the kind that could coax even a vampire like me outdoors; I tried to keep my nose in a book while Miss E. bounced on, off and all around me. I kept a worried eye on Snort who for too-long seemed content to sit still in the shade until he finally began to "army crawl" to all manner of God knows what in the yard. Tech Support put the finishing coat of red and pink on Miss E.'s night stand, and I snuck away to buy her a small lamp with a hot pink cylindrical shade. Though she can't read, she tends to look at books at night in the dim glow of her night light across the room. Makes my eyes hurt just thinking about it, and so it was time. Plus, the night stand, a box, open at the front, is a nice place to stack all the books she accumulates in her room and I weekly return to the den's book shelf.

Our shadows lengthened, the breeze cooled and we went in for the day--a little email, a little playing, feed the kids. I'm an official Stepford Wife as of today. Miss E. and I put the finishing touches on our Valentine gifts by tying up some bulk cherry jelly beans in plastic wrap and tying with white ribbon to add to pink plastic valentine cup, along with a red and pink pencil, a heart-shaped eraser and some Pooh Valentine cards. Well, you may wonder, do I have a holiday-appropriate wreath on my door too, Suzie Homemaker? Well, no. But consider what I made for dinner--I guess I'm not a Stepford Wife afterall.

Posted FEB 13 2005, 7:54 PM CDT (link here)

Patterico has some good advice in the LA Times and for the LA Times, indeed for all publications on posting corrections.
Posted FEB 13 2005, 7:13 PM CDT (link here)

Friday, February 11, 2005

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Desperate Housewife: Could you please tell me where the time goes? I have several unfinished and unposted pieces because, alas, time did not allow. Time is pushing and pulling me in other ways--there's the time I spent looking for a plastic, quarter-inch flower broken off Miss E.'s crown and dropped in the back seat of the SUV just as we were leaving for Super Target; there's the time spent returning the standing two-layer basket that didn't fit in my kitchen. There's the time spent going from Super Target to Cathy's Cards & Gifts to Walgreens to Walmart in search of appropriate pre-school Valentine cards. Time's slipping away, but not passing me by, dear Reader, so not to worry if I'm not posting much lately.

It is entirely possible and indeed too possible that I may have to get up at 4:30 Saturday morning to sign Miss E. up for our preferred time slot of pre-school next year. Charleen, of the improbable tan, mentioned that last year, she had to do the same to secure for her son Christopher a seat in their desired class. Lanie, a friendly snowbird from Minneapolis (accent and all!) and I were aghast. Showing up at 5:00 for a pre-school sign-up which begins at 8:00 is indeed a desperate measure. Charleen, however, has been chosen to help hand out numbers in the lottery, and has hinted that she would be more than generous with them.

Moral crisis time. How strongly do I feel about getting Miss E. into the Monday-Wednesday-Friday morning program? Perhaps I'll decide over my Friday night glass of wine.

I do hope you are following and enjoying the blog swarm over the Eason Jordan affair. Remember him? The CNN News Chief who wrote a piece in the NYT's about being Saddam's mouthpiece so that they could have journalistic access? He shot his mouth off in Davos about American soldiers targeting and killing journalists; this was received warmly by many Arabs and Europeans in the audience, but it left the Americans stunned, including moderator David Gergen, panelist Barney Frank and audience member Senator Chris Dodd. Frank challenged Jordan, and he back pedalled, but was reportedly later congratulated for his bravery by the non-Americans in the audience after the discussion. The short version is here. Mickey Kaus has some other spin on it too, but you don't have to look very hard to hear the ever-loudening buzzing from the blogosphere. Jordan may be very close to getting stung.

Here's an interesting report from UCLA law Professor Bainbridge's Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity. With 25 people on his staff, he is .72 percent short of Native Americans, among other minorities.

I have little else to share except that I have taken back the living room from Tech Support's cables, and gadgets, his boxes and computer stuff. Desperate housewife? I have a new role model!
Posted FEB 9 2005, 4:05 PM CDT (link here)

Monday, February 07, 2005

Answer: they are three of five countries on a UN Human Rights Commission panel to decide which complaints will be heard at the annual spring meeting.

Question: What do Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia and Cuba have in common? (via Roger Simon)
Posted FEB 7 2005, 10:26 AM CDT (link here)

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Dean Barnett on liberal blogger Daily Kos (pronounced Rose):

Although Kos never formally endorsed Dean, he was emphatic that the position should go to an outsider like Dean or Simon Rosenberg, not an "establishment" figure. During the ensuing intra-party skirmish, Kos must have relished taking down the most prominent establishment candidate (and Kos's old Democratic critic) Martin Frost. By exhuming a Frost campaign spot that claimed a tight relationship between the then congressman and President Bush, Kos fatally wounded Frost's bid for the chairmanship.

Frost had criticized Kos and removed an ad from his blog because Kos, on the murder of four American contractors in Iraq, had written, "I feel nothing over the death of the mercenaries [sic]. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them." (He later apologized.) Bartlett argues that Kos's incipient influence will grow: "At first it seemed the entire affair might ruin Kos; in the end it was, as he put it in an interview with the New York Times, nothing more than a 'blip.'"

Kos may, as Bartlett argues, have some pull in the Democratic party, but the question is, is that good for the Democrats? Wizbang linked Kos's 2004 election track record from Redstate a few months ago. Kos had a list of candidates which he "targeted for fundraising by the Daily Kos community." The results? 0 for 15. What does this mean? Not sure, but if the Democratic Party is indeed reaching out to Kos, they may be reaching away from electable candidates.
Posted FEB 2 2005, 4:27 PM CDT (link here)
If you take as an article of faith that Republicans are racist homophobes that care little for poor people and their problems, then you might not be bothered by probable Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean's "I hate the Republicans and all they stand for." I personally know no Republicans that fit the above; and though it echoes Michael Moore's Republican in Name Only (RINO) meme--that is, you're not a Republican if you're not a racist--that is a false argument, unless of course, you take it on faith that you're right!
Posted FEB 2 2005, 9:31 AM CDT (link here)