Posts from May 1, 2003

(in)Security

(in)Security
: The human Brit bomb who blew himself up in Israel worked at Heathrow for two years, says the Sun.

: Meanwhile, in Jordan, an idiot Japanese reporter’s war souvenir turned out to be a bomb that exploded in the hands of an airport official, killing the man.

Imagine if it had gone off on the plane in flight.

: Update: Witnesses now say the airport official was the one with the grenade that exploded.

Tina the obscure

Tina the obscure
: Drudge says that Tina Brown’s CNBC show got a tiny rating and only 65,000 households in the audience. Compare that with Glenn Reynolds’ stats: an average of well over 100,000 visits a day (almost double that at a peak).

OK, his accent’s not as cool; neither is his haircut; ditto his wardrobe.

But Glenn Reynolds is a bigger media beast than Tina Brown.

Bush

Bush
: I didn’t care for George Bush and it was so obvious my kids could tell. I didn’t vote for him and likely won’t again. I disagree with him about most of his agenda.

I also was not sure about this war some months ago; I fretted about it.

But I have to say that Bush and his team executed this war brilliantly. I have no problem saying that this was a right war to fight for a right cause and they fought it well.

So I was impressed with Bush’s speech tonight on the deck of the Abraham Lincoln (more impressed, by the way, than Glenn Reynolds, who’s not as far right as many think but who’s surely to the right of me).

It was the speech of a leader. He did not gloat but he did show a firm and clear direction.

There will be controversy over some things he said, of course. Yes, he all but linked Iraq to 9.11 but, you know, it’s not a far stretch in the minds of most Americans and for a reason: Looney fanatics from over there who hate us are birds of a feather. And there was a time in my life when I would have found the idea of smarter bombs to be distasteful, but now that I see the necessity of a war like this, even as I mourn the lives that are lost, I’m thankful for those that are not.

I’m still a liberal. I’m still not a Bushy. But give the man his due: He won the war against Iraq; right won the war against wrong. Well done.

I was right

I was right
: Ken Layne does have an Australian accent, but only when he sings.

Fame

Fame
: I had a convivial (been helping my kid with his vocabulary) interview yesterday with Chuck Olsen, who’s working on his Blogumentary. Can’t wait to see the show.