Posts from March 6, 2004

‘Read it. Discuss it.’

‘Read it. Discuss it.’
: The Guardian gives high praise to Tony Blair’s speech on terrorism, telling readers to read the speech and discuss it.

But it is a very serious speech, intellectually demanding and carefully expressed throughout most of its length, about an indisputably big, difficult and complex subject. It is a speech worthy of its subject, and it deserves the respectful attention of all who take politics seriously. At a time when politics is widely felt to be so disreputable, that is no small achievement. It deserves an appropriately respectful and thoughtful response that goes beyond attitudinising.

The Telegraph calls it “an eloquent case for going to war.” Even The Independent praises the speech as “one of the most substantial and genuine of his premiership.”

This is what it feels like to have an eloquent statesman as a leader.

: UPDATE: The Observer chimes in, too:

But his central argument, which we fully support, was that, given the nature of the terrorist threat, it should not have been so hard to find political legitimacy for action. The threat of terrorism, he argued, requires the international community to be able to use pre-emptive force. Again, we support this view.

The US has shown itself woefully unprepared for Iraq’s reconstruction, but that does not undermine the Prime Minister’s crucial point. Terrorism does represent a new threat and it does require new responses. The international laws that served us in the aftermath of the Second World War are overdue for reform. Mr Blair will not silence his critics by describing them as ‘cynics’ – they are not – but his call for a new world compact based on shared international beliefs and interests is a vision that supporters and critics alike should support.

More ballot stuffing

More ballot stuffing
: And here’s another online poll you can go and manipulate. [via LGF]

Pagan Blue

Pagan Blue
: Robert Cox and others see a secular conspiracy on Blue’s Clues: They didn’t call it “Valentine’s Day” but instead “Love Day” they wonder whether that’s because Valentine was a saint and all. I actually find “Love Day” pretty darned sexual. Better call in the FCC!

The fundamentalist threat

The fundamentalist threat
: The Misanthropyst says:

I think that the radical Fundamentalist threat to our American way of life is clearly the compelling issue in 2004.

…morality fines, intrusive and over-bearing governmental searches, religious police, banning free speech, attacking the separation of church and state…

It’s why Howard switched.

The value of Drudge

The value of Drudge
: It just occurred to me that some good chunk of the $343 million Ask Jeeves paid for Excite, IWon, MyWay, etc. can be attributed to Matt Drudge. Everytime he links to a wire story these days, he links to MyWay and considering that he is the No. 1 referrer to the Washington Post and NY Times, among many others, I’ll just bet that he send an s-load of traffic to little MyWay. He should have gotten options.

Maher speaks

Maher speaks
: Bill Maher told Barbara Boxer last night that he won’t vote for George Bush but he won’t bet against him either.

: Biggest laugh of the show: He reported that Ashcroft was in the hospital and doctors were figuring he got sick from “wiping his ass with the Bill of Rights.”

Oh, spare me your indignant and hostile comments, it’s just a joke and it was funny.

: Maher’s show has really found its voice (Dennis Miller should have been so lucky); it’s a good way to end the week (HBO should move it up to prime time).