Posts from August 11, 2004

In the lions’ den

In the lions’ den

: Atrios brings his link oomph to the site of blogging Democrat Nathan Rudy, who’s running for the county board in my neck of the woods, which is 99 44/100ths pure Republican.

: By the way, near as I can tell, Atrios took his name (Duncan Black) back off his site. As a friend of mine once said to a former lover: You can’t go back in the closet, honey.

The big one

The big one

: Nicholas Kristof has a frightening column in the New York Times today. It presents a scenario of a 10-megaton nuclear device lit at Times Square (why the hell does everyone have to use that as the next ground zero: the very corner where I work?). OK, we’ve heard that before. But then he says:

Could this happen?

Unfortunately, it could – and many experts believe that such an attack, somewhere, is likely. The Aspen Strategy Group, a bipartisan assortment of policy mavens, focused on nuclear risks at its annual meeting here last week, and the consensus was twofold: the danger of nuclear terrorism is much greater than the public believes, and our government hasn’t done nearly enough to reduce it.

In his next column, he’ll tell us how to reduce that risk. If it’s not too late.

Not-so-swift boats

Not-so-swift boats

: Glenn Reynolds once accused me of getting obsessed on the FCC vs. Howard Stern and the First Amendment. I disagree but fine, he saw that as a friendly intervention.

In that same spirit, I’d say that Glenn is going overboard — pun a fringe benefit — on the Kerry swift boat/Cambodia hooha.

I tried to do a search on what Glenn had to say about the Bush National Guard hooha; couldn’t get it right; but I’ll bet Glenn didn’t go so glub-glub deep into the attempted Bush scandal as he is going into the attempted Kerry scandal.

And in any case, I don’t think either is a big issue or should be a big issue in this campaign for either side. I don’t think this is a productive fountain of blather. I think it is symptomatic of picking presidents by gotchas and personality rather than issues and stands, which is the dumb and dangerous way to pick presidents. I fear it feeds an atmosphere of gotchas and presidential hatred (about which I’ve written much; see the links in this graph).

In a post Glenn belittled yesterday, Matt Welch said it well:

What I don’t understand is how anyone professes to truly give a flip about what John Kerry and George Bush did 32 or 36 years ago. On Friday, I was given a talking-to by a right-of-center friend (who told me, helpfully, that “even though you’re a liberal we still like you”) about Why I Should Care About the Swift Boaters, and last night a left-of-the-dial pal wanted to get me excited about Bush’s National Guard service

Saving the industry

Saving the industry

: Fred Wilson is doing God’s work: He — like all civilized souls — hates spyware, but he found that legislation heading into Congress to try to stop it would also stop cookies advertisers need to advertise on and support web sites (and without those cookies, believe me, they won’t advertise). So Fred goes to see his senator and shows him the light. Anything the rest of us should be doing, Fred?

Is this going to be on the final?

Is this going to be on the final?

: The Olympics coverage is taking me back to the hell of sixth grade. Oh, how I hated Greek myths!