Posts from February 2004

Nip, tuck, vote

Nip, tuck, vote
: Patti Davis says she doesn’t care about whether John Kerry got botox:

When a woman runs for president and starts gaining momentum, are we going to ask if she has breast implants?

Let’s remember that the color of her father’s hair became an issue, too, but didn’t stop him from entering the political hall of fame.

Laws of nature and blogging

Laws of nature and blogging
: Terry Teachout’s laws of blogging. Among them:

3. Blogs without links aren

Death jets

Death jets
: FoxNews just reported that Continental canceled another flight — this one domestic, between Washington and Houston, because of specific terrorism threats.

And today Sen. Jay Rockefeller hinted that all these threats are biological.

Asked about reports that a biological or chemical agent might be used in an attack on a U.S.-bound airline, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, said the United States would have no way to counter such moves.

“I don’t think so, and that’s partly the problem of not checking cargo, and it’s partly the problem of biological weapons, which nobody has figured out really what to do about yet,” Rockefeller told “Fox News Sunday.” “Nobody has any idea about what to do about them on an airplane or on the ground.”

All this would be just too absurd if we had not witnessed what we witnessed two years ago.

I’m supposed to fly to San Diego next weekend but if we hear much more of this, I’m not so sure.

: News.com.au reports:

Intelligence experts reportedly said threats could include the release of a biological agent on a plane so those aboard would spread the infection without knowing it.

: UPDATE: Washington Post story on the Continental cancelation.

Takes all kinds

Takes all kinds
: Jackie sees the picture of the Instawife and wonders: “This makes it even more bizarre that he spends so much time blogging. I mean, would you?”

Not reported here

Not reported here
: Times public editor Dan Okrent today tackles the not-reported-here syndrome at many news outlets. He explains: When somebody else breaks a big story, The Times wants to add its own reporting. But the result is sometimes that The Times doesn’t get around to printing the story at all, or buries it, and thus Times readers are ill-served.

I have a very simple suggestion for how to fix this. I hate to make weblogs the cure for everything including acne, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if The Times started a weblog with the sole mission of pointing to great reporting and big stories in all its competitors around the world (even including a few online competitors)? The Times edits the world for us. That’s what weblogs do. The Times’ kinda-sorta campaign blog is now unafraid to point to others’ campaign stories, at least in its right rail. Put two and two together and, voila, thanks to this new medium you would have a great new service from The Times.

: Also noted: Okrent breaks his format to give us one more item: a link to Slate’s comprehensive assault on The Times Magazine’s sex-slave story and the magazine editor’s response.

I consider that Okrent’s first blog post.

: Also noted: Okrent got a rave review from the right-wing WorldNet Daily.