Monthly Archives: October 2004

Strutting, not fretting yet.

From a [“New York Times”:http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/magazine/17BUSH.html?oref=login&pagewanted=print&position=] -bore-a-thon- analysis: bq.. In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in _Esquire_ that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hating America

I just found this, from “Tony Judt,”:http://www.nybooks.com/articles/17518 in the NYRB: bq. “With our growing income inequities and child poverty; our underperforming schools and disgracefully inadequate health services; our mendacious politicians and crude, partisan media; our suspect voting machines and our … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hey, we could do the pogrom right here!

Sometimes, to tell a story, an editor just needs to step out of the way. The _Guardian’s_ op-ed page made a great catch with “this rant,”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1328663,00.html originally printed by David Horowitz, and “warmly endorsed”:http://www.melaniephillips.com/diary/archives/000842.html by Melanie Phillips. Among the key … Continue reading Continue reading

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Gibson blogs again

And “remembers”:http://www.williamgibsonbooks.com/blog/2004_10_01_archive.asp a conversation with a smart military man, seven years ago, and how it filled him with hope for the US Army: %(sane)One actually has to be something of a specialist, today, to even begin to grasp quite how … Continue reading Continue reading

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All evil not clever enough

You know you’ve made it when you have to install “MT-blacklist.”:http://www.jayallen.org/projects/mt-blacklist/ I had misconfigured the bloggery here a little so that I wasn’t getting messages when comments were posted to “the Changeling.”:http://www.darwinwars.com/troll/ I thought of this, as I was translating … Continue reading Continue reading

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Not evil not good enough

“Google desktop search”:http://desktop.google.com/about.html is obviously wonderful. “Google for the hard disk” is something one has wanted for years. But it’s not wonderful enough to get me using IE, which is the only browser it works with at present. I’m rather … Continue reading Continue reading

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Torture update

According to the “Washington Post”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16548-2004Oct7.html the proposal has been dropped, and replaced by one which would allow suspects to be detained indefinitely, without trial, at the whim of the immigration authorities. According to the [“official site”:http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HZ00797:] the amendment passed on … Continue reading Continue reading

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Emmanuel Todd on Israel & the USA

This is an argument both sinister and persuasive. In essence, he says that Israel once attracted the Left because of its egalitarian ideals. Now it is attractive to the right precisely because it seems to have become a militarist, aggressive … Continue reading Continue reading

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Torture: they’ll say anything

The torture bill referred to in yesterday’s post is still going to congress. One of the Presiden’t lawyers, Alberto Gonzalez, wrote to the _Washington Post_ denying that Bush wanted torture legaised: bq. The president did not propose and does not … Continue reading Continue reading

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outsourcing torture

I don’t normally do this, and perhaps I should, but “here’s”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/wormseyeview/story/0,,1319592,00.html the week’s wormesye. It matters. Continue reading

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