meme orandum
A newfangled news tangle
Archive Edition for   Tuesday, October 12, 2004Go to Current Page
Web News

memeorandum presents an automated hourly synopsis of the latest online news and opinion, combining weblog commentary with traditional news reports.   (More)

Site Notices

Subscribe:   XML   (Help)
  •Add to My Yahoo!
  •Add to Bloglines

Recent archives:

Quoted in this edition:

Ace of Spades HQ
Agence France Presse
  Ann Althouse
American Spectator
  William Tucker
  Mark Goldblatt
The American Street
  Kevin Hayden
  Andrew Sullivan
Angry Bear
  Angry Bear
Associated Press
  Gina Holland
  Mark Lavie
  Donna Abu-Nasr
Backcountry Conservative
  Bill Faith
Begging to Differ
  Kriston @BeggingToDiffer
  Venkat @BeggingToDiffer
Betsy's Page
  Betsy Newmark
Body and Soul
  Jeanne D'Arc
Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal
BrothersJudd Blog
  Orrin Judd
CBS News
  Todd Pearson
Chicago Boyz
  Lexington Green
Chicago Sun Times
  Arthur Chrenkoff
Chris Nolan
  Chris Nolan
CJR Campaign Desk Home
  Thomas Lang
  Brian Montopoli
The Claremont Institute
  Richard Reeb
Clayton Cramer's BLOG
  Clayton Cramer
  David Thibault
The Corner
  Peter Robinson
  John J. Miller
  Andrew Stuttaford
  Rich Lowry
  Jonathan H. Adler
  Lambert @Corrente
  Xan @Corrente
Counterspin Central
Crimson and Cream Report
  Byron L
Daily Kos
  Damian Penny
Dallas Morning News
  Dave Levinthal
Dean's World -
  Dean Esmay
  Armies of Liberation
  Michael Froomkin
Editor and Publisher
  David Allan Pell
  Noam Scheiber
the evangelical outpost
  Joe Carter
Financial Times
  Rob Turner
Front Page Magazine
  Carol Gould
  Mark Moulitsas
Gut Rumbles
Harry's Place
  David T
Hit and Run
  Jesse Walker
  Nick Gillespie
  Julian Sanchez
  Jeff A. Taylor
  Charles Paul Freund
  Bill Hobbs
  Hugh Hewitt
INDC Journal
  Bill @INDCJournal
  Glenn Reynolds
Ipse Dixit
  C. D. Harris
Israel news and commentary from IsraPundit
  Bunuel Cela
  Joanne Jacobs
  Tom Maguire
Lean Left
  Kevin Raybould
  Kevin T. Keith
The Left Coaster
  Steve Soto
Little Green Footballs
  Charles Johnson
Los Angeles Times
  Kathleen Hennessey
  Mark Mazzetti
Marginal Revolution
  Tyler Cowen
Mark A. R. Kleiman
  Mark Kleiman
Mathew Gross
  Mathew Gross
Matthew Yglesias
  Matthew Yglesias
MaxSpeak, You Listen!
  Max B. Sawicky
Media Notes Extra
  Howard Kurtz
Michelle Malkin
  Michelle Malkin
The Moderate Voice
  Joe Gandelman
Mudville Gazette
  Chris Bowers
National Review
The New Republic
  Jonathan Chait
New York Post
New York Times
  David Brooks
  David D. Kirkpatrick
  Paul Krugman
  Sheryl Gay Stolberg
  Elana Berkowitz
  Jim Rutenberg
  Terence Neilan
New Yorker
  Nicholas Lemann
No More Mister Nice Blog
  Steve M.
Off the Kuff
  Charles Kuffner
Opinion Journal
  Arthur Chrenkoff
Opinions You Should Have
  Tom Burka
Outside The Beltway
  James Joyner
  David Adesnik
  Jesse Taylor
  Ezra Klein
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
The Peking Duck
  Richard TPD
  Lorie Byrd
Power Line
  The Big Trunk
  Greg Ransom
  Steve Bainbridge
protein wisdom
  Jeff Goldstein
Questions and Observations Blog
  Jon Henke
  Cori Dauber
  Irwin Arieff
The Right Coast
  Mike Rappaport
  Tom Smith
Roger Ailes
  Roger Ailes
Roger L. Simon
  Roger L. Simon
Rolling Stone
  Paul Alexander
Seattle Times
  David Postman
Secular Blasphemy
  Jan Haugland
Seeing The Forest
  Camille Roy
Shot In The Dark
  Mitch Berg
  Christopher @ShrillBlog
  Aleecia @ShrillBlog
  Brad @ShrillBlog
The Sideshow
  Avedon Carol
skippy the bush kangaroo
  Timothy Noah
  Dan Chaon
Southern Appeal
  Joel Foreman
  JoelL @SouthernAppeal
  Rice Grad
  Michael DeBow
  Paul @SouthernAppeal
  Brent Andrewsen
Steve Clemons
  Steve Clemons
Steve Gilliard's News Blog
  Steve Gilliard
Steyn Online
Suburban Guerrilla
  Susan Madrak
t a c i t u s
  Bird Dog
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
  Taegan Goddard
Talking Points Memo
  Josh Marshall
  Jeralyn Merritt
  Sam Rosenfeld
  Matthew Yglesias
  Sarah Wildman
Tech Central Station
  Scott Norvell
  Richard Spencer
Travelling Shoes
  H.D. Miller
U.S. Newswire
  Ogged @Unfogged
Unqualified Offerings
  Jim Henley
USA Today
  David Lieberman
  Susan Page
The Volokh Conspiracy -
  Orin Kerr
  Eugene Volokh
  Dwight Meredith
War and Piece
  Laura Rozen
The Washington Monthly
  Kevin Drum
Washington Post
  Peter D. Feaver
  Dana Milbank
  Fred Barbash
  Paul Farhi
Washington Times
  Zell Miller
  Stephanie Mansfield
Winds of Change.NET
  Joe Katzman

  CNN   —   Permalink 
BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: Eight-thirty here in New York. Good morning. Welcome back. Nice to have you along with us today.
Steve Soto: Mark Hyman, Sinclair VP, today on CNN There are several things that jump out at you on this.
Ezra Klein: Some Days You Feel Like A Nut — Since Jesse kindly refrained from commenting on this bit of the Sinclair quote, I get...
Chris Bowers: Sinclair: Those Who Seek to Stop Anti-Kerry Film Are Holocaust Deniers — Sinclair thinks both you and most media...
Skippy: on the same subject (rich repubbbs owning the airwaves and thusly forcing their opinions down everyone's throats), the...
Kevin Drum: Not only are they forcing all their stations to run a prime-time smear on John Kerry a week before the election, they're...
Brian Montopoli: Here's a portion of what Hyman said to CNN's Bill Hemmer: "... the accusations coming from Terry McAuliffe and others,...
Also: Tbogg, Jesse Taylor, Josh Marshall, Joe Gandelman

An American in London
  By / Front Page Magazine   —   Permalink 
Something remarkable has been happening to me in the past nineteen days. Wherever I go, no-one launches abuse at me. When I open my mouth to speak, I am received with civility and the occasional ' Have a good one.' I am not attacked or intimidated to the point of abject fear and loathing.
Andrew Sullivan: EUROPE AND THE JEWS: A horrifying first-person account of anti-American and anti-Semitic vitriol in London.
Orrin Judd: NO WORRY, THEY'RE ALL GOING TO HELL ANYWAY: An American in London (Carol Gould, 10/12/04,
Roger L. Simon: You Can't Go Home Again... But You Damn Well Better — I was simultaneously moved and enraged by this brilliant article by Carol Gould.
Damian Penny: Notes from a hotel room in Gander - If you have problems with high blood pressure, don't read this article by an...
Bunuel Cela: "Lost Continent"; view from Albion — Read in this chilling report of personal experience in England (not France) by the good Carol Gould.
Charles Johnson: An American in London — A deeply unsettling tale from Britain by playwright Carol Gould: An American in London.

Family's TV Clout in Bush's Corner
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Few Americans have heard of David D. Smith, a low-key Baltimore businessman with a million-dollar salary. Or, for that matter, of his three brothers, Frederick, Robert and J. Duncan.
Roger Ailes: In the Washington Post, Frank Aherns and Howie Kurtz (of all people) recall Sherwood's dicey career: [snipped quote] Now...
Steve Gilliard: Sinclair: Idiocy in action — Sinclair Broadcasting Headquarters:Fortress of Doom Family's TV Clout in Bush's Corner...
Kriston @BeggingToDiffer: MUST-NOT-SEE TV — Probably no election-related outrage yet has so aptly qualified for the apocalyptic "Orwellian" tag...
Steve Bainbridge: Corporate Law in the Headlines: Sinclair to Air Anti-Kerry Program — Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc., which owns...
Sam Rosenfeld: But now that that issue is all but settled, mightn't the FCC find the time to address another, rather more pressing matter?

Third Place: Jadoo Power Systems
  By / Fortune   —   Permalink 
Blackouts. Terrorism. A lingering war in a remote desert landscape. Not key elements of your average business plan—unless, like Jadoo Power Systems, you make fuel cells.
Digby: It turns out that Jadoo has a close connection with another of Bush's close coporate friends --- Enron: "It wasn't long...
Matthew Yglesias: Defense contracts aside, as Fortune has reported, "Jadoo's biggest coup came after President George W. Bush touted...
Kriston @BeggingToDiffer: A MANY-HEADED HYDRA — It's difficult not to be cynical when you read something like what Matt Yglesias reports at...

Not Just a Personality Clash, a Conflict of Visions
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
On Sunday I went for a walk in the country, past some extremely skittish cows, and gazed at a wide-open valley without a single building in sight. Then I drove home to my little patch of Blue America, with the traffic getting progressively worse, and the population densities getting higher.
James Joyner: Bush and Kerry: A Conflict of Visions — David Brooks [RSS] argues that this election is about, "Not Just a Personality Clash, a Conflict of Visions."
Matthew Yglesias: Okay, But... David Brooks is genuinely interesting today but he seems to be missing something.
Jon Henke: If only... (or: why we shoulda just thrown Saddam in International Jail) David Brooks divides up the Bush and Kerry...
Orrin Judd: Not Just a Personality Clash, a Conflict of Visions (DAVID BROOKS, 10/12/04, NY Times) [snipped quote] There's a...

DNC Files FEC Complaint Against Sinclair Broadcasting
  U.S. Newswire   —   Permalink 
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe and DNC Legal Counsel Joe Sandler will host a conference call today at 1:30 PM ET to announce the DNC's decision to file an FEC complaint against Sinclair Broadcasting's illegal in-kind contribution to the Bush-Cheney campaign.
The Big Trunk: Let freedom ring! DEACON adds: The DNC is trying to enlist the government in an effort to shut down "Stolen Honor."
Glenn Reynolds: The DNC is even trying to shut down the broadcast. This leads Fritz Schranck to observe: "I wonder what it's like to live an irony-free life.
Jesse Walker: Censoring Sinclair — The Democrats, still reputed in some quarters to be the party of permissiveness, have asked the...

Nobel laureate calls for steeper tax cuts in US
  AFP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Edward Prescott, who picked up the Nobel Prize for Economics, said President George W. Bush 's tax rate cuts were "pretty small" and should have been bigger.
"What Bush has done has been not very big, it's pretty small," Prescott told CNBC financial news television.
Orrin Judd: Nobel laureate calls for steeper tax cuts in US (AFP, 10/11/04) [snipped quote] Interesting that his work is on the...
Betsy Newmark: Now here's a Nobel laureate I don't mind hearing from.
Greg Ransom: UPDATE II: Edward Prescott, the new Nobel laureate in economics, is calling for bigger tax cuts.
Joel Foreman: Edward Prescott, who has a Nobel Prize in economics under his belt, says further tax cuts are needed to encourage work.
Jonathan H. Adler: THE NOBELS ARE ON TO SOMETHING — Edward Prescott, awarded this year's Nobel Prize in economics, is no fan of President Bush's tax cuts — he thinks they were too small.

Why Bush Opposes Dred Scott
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
In the Oct. 8 debate, President Bush baffled some people by saying he wouldn't appoint anyone to the Supreme Court who would condone the Dred Scott decision. Dred Scott was, of course, the famous 1857 Supreme Court decision that affirmed slaves remained the...
Orrin Judd: THEY DO TAKE AN OATH THAT PRECLUDES ROE: Why Bush Opposes Dred Scott: It's code for Roe v. Wade.
Tom Maguire: Finally, Tim Noah steps forward as a code-breaker, and he is pretty sure Roe v. Wade is the answer.
David Allan Pell: It's so oddly one-sided that a president can mention an out of context court case such as Dred Scott without many people even noticing that he was really talking about Roe v Wade.

  Steyn Online   —   Permalink 
Today, for the first time in all my years with the Telegraph Group, I had a column pulled. The editor expressed concerns about certain passages and we were unable to reach agreement, so on this Tuesday something else will be in my space.
Lexington Green: Wretchard quotes and analyzes a Mark Steyn column that the Telegraph did not have the testicles to run.
Roger L. Simon: Steyn(no)way...and a bit of Hizzoner — I was trying to think of a better title pun, but I don't have much time...
Jeff Goldstein: From Steyn online: [snipped quote] You can read the pulled column here.
JoelL @SouthernAppeal: If you aren't already reading Mark Steyn's work I suggest you visit his site SteynOnline.
Jan Haugland: How to die in Iraq — Mark Steyn's column about the murder of British Kenneth Bigley in Iraq has been refused by the Telegraph, the first time that has happened.
Hugh Hewitt: The Telegraph chose not to run Mark's regular column and so he has posted it at (Hat tip Powerline.)
Also: Wretchard, Christopher Kanis, Natalie Solent, James Joyner, Michelle Malkin, The Big Trunk, Lorie Byrd, Cori Dauber, Brian Micklethwait, Orrin Judd

Iwo Jima, if covered by media today
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
What if today's reporters had covered the Marines landing on Iwo Jima, a small island in the far away Pacific Ocean, in the same way they're covering the war in Iraq? Here's how it might have looked:
With the aid of satellite technology, Cutie Cudley interviews Marine Pfc.
Bill Faith: ISOU linked with Morning Notes (Or... Your Guide to What's Hot in the Blogsphere) Iwo Jima, if covered by media today...
The Big Trunk: Today's Washington Times carries Senator Miller's terrific column: "Iwo Jima, if covered by media today."
James Joyner: Iwo Jima As Covered by Today's Media — Senator Zell Miller has an amusing op-ed in today's Washington Times entitled, "Iwo Jima, if covered by media today."
Greyhawk: Zell Miller has thoughts on Iwo Jima too — Iwo Jima, if covered by media today
JoelL @SouthernAppeal: Sen. Zell Miller answers that question in an op-ed piece for the Washington Times. Read it here.
Betsy Newmark: Zell Miller looks at how the media might have covered Iwo Jima.
Also: Lorie Byrd

Roll Call
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
I'm voting for John Kerry, who seems like a decent fellow—perhaps capable of rising to the occasion. There is so much damage to fix, I don't know who can do it. In a different sort of election, I might have voted for a Green Party candidate, or some such, but I think the current time period represents a state of true desperation.
Andrew Sullivan: POSEUR ALERT: "I'm voting for Kerry, because I have a brain and so does he" - Amy Tan, novelist. Barf.
H.D. Miller: Bush Democrats — When Slate asked thirty-one novelists who they were voting for, most them played true to form and said Kerry.
Camille Roy: I am posting this because I just read the survey of novelists in Slate.
Steve Bainbridge: Liberal contempt — If you want a taste of the utter contempt in which liberal cultural elites hold Republicans (for...
Peter Robinson: AUTHOR, AUTHOR — Slate asked 31 novelists how they intend to vote. The number committed to Bush? Four. But don't worry.
Joe Carter: Cultured and Clueless: The Voting Habits of the Great American Novelist Slate asked a variety of "prominent American...
Also: Laura Rozen, Roger L. Simon

  By / New Yorker   —   Permalink 
When something important doesn't turn out the way you expected, you go back to the beginning and try to see if there were clues you missed. In the summer of 1999, I drove up to Cooperstown, New York, for my first view of George W. Bush in action as a politician.
Dwight Meredith: Good Stuff — Nicholas Lemann writing at the New Yorker on How George W. Bush reinvented himself.
Thomas Lang: Go to comments — October 12, 2004 Magazine Report Pollsters, Polls, and the Flip-Flop Saga The New Yorker this week...
Orrin Judd: CATCHIN' THE EXPRESS: REMEMBER THE ALAMO: How George W. Bush reinvented himself.
Jeff A. Taylor: Presidential Portrait — Nicholas Lemann pulls together a deep profile of George W. Bush featuring several important...

Group of Bishops Using Influence to Oppose Kerry
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
DENVER, Oct. 9 - For Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic prelate in Colorado, there is only one way for a faithful Catholic to vote in this presidential election, for President Bush and against Senator John Kerry.
Jeanne D'Arc: And they get plenty of help in manufacturing controvery from the press, which continues to shovel stories like this one...
Hugh Hewitt: This morning's New York Times carries a front page story on Archbishop of Denver Chaput's crystal clear exposition on...
Orrin Judd: WADE IN THE WATER: Group of Bishops Using Influence to Oppose Kerry: Some bishops and Catholic groups are intent on throwing the weight of the church into the elections.
Sarah Wildman: Today's New York Times article on bishops opposing John Kerry represents the latest and most aggressive efforts by the...
Steve Gilliard: In the tank for Bush — So, I guess the death penalty doesn't matter as much Group of Bishops Using Influence to Oppose...
KJL: "CATHOLIC VOTE" — Just quickly read the NYTimes piece on Catholic bishops and the election. It's a lot fairer than I anticipated.
Also: Patrick Belton, Xan @Corrente

Fictional Character
  By / TNR   —   Permalink 
If you have read any of those "man on the street" newspaper stories about the election this year, you've probably read something very much like the following. It's a Baltimore Sun interview with Shirley Irwin of Dunbar, West Virginia:
Susan Madrak: OH, THAT LIBRUL MEDIA — Via Kevin Drum, this piece on how Kerry is framed in the media from Jon Chait: "One of the...
Kevin Drum: Ostensibly it's about flip-flopping (bottom line: Kerry does it less than you think, Bush does it more), but about...

Kerry Fights Back
  By / Rolling Stone   —   Permalink 
I'm going straight to the White House," John Kerry says. " I'm thrilled with where the campaign is right now. "Just ninety minutes earlier, on this warm afternoon in late September, he stood on an outdoor stage at the University of Pennsylvania campus in downtown Philadelphia and gazed out onto a sea of 20,000 supporters.
Susan Madrak: From Rolling Stone, yet more evidence that the national media is nothing more than a pack of sulky, overpaid children:...
Atrios: Furious George the Bubble Boy — McCurry is absolutely right: [snipped quote] I imagine it's much worse now than it used to be, as well.
Digby: Pouty Press Tarts — Atrios has posted an excerpt from this article in which McCurry discusses Bush's obvious insecurity, an observation with which I concur.

The madness of George
  By / Guardian   —   Permalink 
The evolution of George Bush's persona over the past few weeks is startling for even the most casual observers. Only a short while ago, Bush was a strong, decisive leader and Kerry was a weak, flip-flopping Massachusetts liberal.
Walker: FURIOUS GEORGE by the Sandwichman Kos has taken the issue of Bush's "Dean Scream" to the Guardian.
Kos: My latest Guardian column is up — You can read it here. Also, the New Scientist gives those who love science and progress several reasons to vote Kerry in this special report.
Jeralyn Merritt: His second installment is titled The Madness of George.
Venkat @BeggingToDiffer: FURIOUS GEORGE — Daily Kos writes about it in the Guardian here.

Running dishonest, fearing a shift, a revolting cartoon, and more.
  NRO   —   Permalink 
I know it's been a while — since Friday night — but can you stand a little debate commentary? I'll be brief (for me).
Our guy, President Bush, showed up. He hadn't really shown up before. This was the true Bush, Bush as he is.
Kevin T. Keith: Bush: "Too Dumb to Screw His Own Pooch" — Spinning like a Maytag, Jay Nordlinger, Managing Editor of National Review,...
Michelle Malkin: In case you feel like giving him and his syndicate a piece of your mind, here is Danziger's contact information: [snipped quote] (Hat tip: Jay Nordlinger)
Betsy Newmark: Here's a frightening prospect and the reason why conservatives should think carefully if they're considering not voting for Bush.

Poll: Bush Leads By A Hair
  CBS News   —   Permalink 
(CBS) The contest for the White House continues to be razor-close. A CBS News poll of likely voters nationwide shows President Bush has a narrow edge over Senator John Kerry - but his 48 percent to 45 percent lead is within the poll's margin of error.
Joe Gandelman: UPDATE: --- The latest CBS News poll has Bush ahead "by a hair" which makes Larry Sabato's analysis above even more on-the-dime.
Josh Marshall: Zogby has the race back to a tie at 45%. CBS has a new poll out with Bush up by three — 48% to 45%.
Taegan Goddard: New Polls — [snipped quote] The latest Reuters/Zogby tracking poll also shows a dead heat, with the race tied at 45%.
PoliPundit: CBS Poll — CBS: Bush by 48-45

"Otherwise, This Is Just a Success Story"
  By / TCS   —   Permalink 
KABUL - It was a regrettably typical comment from an American reporter in this part of the world. "At least it's news," he said of the Afghan election scuffle over the weekend. "Otherwise, this is just a success story."
God forbid it be a success story.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: "ANY MORE SUCH BORING SUCCESS STORIES AND I'LL DANCE WITH GLEE" — Scott Norvell gives us a very good write-up of how the Afghan elections went.
Tom Smith: Good news is no news — Could the MSM be any more upset about the successful election in Afghanistan?
Cori Dauber: THANK GOD SOMETHING WENT WRONG — I realize the author is affiliated with Fox News, and therefore automatically...
Glenn Reynolds: AFGHAN ELECTIONS UPDATE: Scott Norvell reports from Kabul: [snipped quote] I'm sure that it was.

Whose Military Vote?
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Pundits have long speculated that the Democrats were making strong inroads with a constituency hitherto notoriously resistant to their appeal: the military. Since Gen. Wesley Clark threw his hat in the presidential ring, reporters have chased the "military...
Jim Henley: The Ballots from the Barracks - The results of a new poll are in that indicate, despite stop loss and tour extensions...
Cori Dauber: This morning he has (again) a piece in the WaPo, but tackling issues closer to the heart of civil-military relations.
Blackfive: I guess the reason the military supports George Bush is not as apparent as I thought. Whose Military Vote?
Betsy Newmark: Peter Feaver looks at the lopsided support that the military has for George Bush over John Kerry.

Sen. Dayton temporarily closing office, citing security threat
  AP   —   Permalink 
(10-12) 15:45 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) —
A Democratic senator said Tuesday he has closed his Washington office because a top-secret intelligence report made him fear for his staff's safety. Federal law enforcement officials insisted there is no new intelligence indicating the Capitol complex is a target.
Lambert @Corrente: Time to blow out my tiny candle under the stairs in The Mighty Corrente Building. Oh, and way to go, Mark Dayton.
Todd Pearson: But what do Democrats say when a Democratic Senator closes his office and directs his staff to run for cover?

UN: Iraqi Nuclear-Related Materials Have Vanished
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Equipment and materials that could be used to make nuclear weapons are disappearing from Iraq but neither Baghdad nor Washington appears to have noticed, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency reported on Monday.
Steve Gilliard: The nuke stuff went where?
Matthew Yglesias: From Reuters, yet another example of how the invasion of Iraq has made you safer: "Satellite imagery shows that entire buildings in Iraq have been dismantled.
Joe Gandelman: You let out a loud "GULP" when you read this report as you try to control your anger that the two countries directly...
Kevin Raybould: The Case of the Incredible Missing Nuclear Related Material — This, in case anyone was wondering, is not a goood thing:...
Kevin Drum: NUKE MATERIAL GONE MISSING...Sites in Iraq that contain equipment and material helpful for making nuclear weapons have...
Mark Kleiman: Reuters reports Equipment and materials that could be used to make nuclear weapons are disappearing from Iraq (news -...
Also: Andrew Sullivan, Lambert @Corrente, Mary @PacificViews

Germany in rethink on Iraq force deployment
  Financial Times   —   Permalink 
Germany might deploy troops in Iraq if conditions there change, Peter Struck, the German defence minister, indicated on Tuesday in a gesture that appears to provide backing for John Kerry, the US Democratic presidential challenger.
Andrew Sullivan: GERMANS FOR KERRY: Hard to interpret this news any other way, is it?
Mathew Gross: From the Financial Times: [snipped quote] Yeah, but what about Poland? Oh, right— they're withdrawing.

Diverse Tactics on the Stump
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — The question is put to Andy Griffin, a supporter of President Bush from Canton, Ohio, after a Bush rally here. On Election Day, will his vote be for Bush or against Democrat John F. Kerry?
"It's 100 percent for Bush," says Griffin, a 22-year-old accountant.
Orrin Judd: Diverse Tactics on the Stump: As Bush Pumps Up His Base, Kerry Aims for Middle (Dana Milbank, October 12, 2004,...
Susan Madrak: WHY WE LOVE THE CORPORATE MEDIA — Oh, Jesus Christ. How f**king stupid (or willfully oblivious) can you get?
Cori Dauber: CAMPAIGN PASSIONS — I'm noting this article from the Post's Dana Milbank on the differences in crowd reactions at Bush...
Taegan Goddard: Two Strategies Emerge for Final Weeks — The Washington Post notes "a clear difference in approach" as President Bush...
PoliPundit: Quote of the Day — WaPo: "The reception for Kerry is warm at Democratic events; the reception for Bush at GOP events is akin to that of a rock star."
David Allan Pell: Dana Milbank describes the different vibes one feels at a Bush campaign event vs a Kerry event. Both crowds are enthusiastic.
Also: Fontana Labs

Plan to air divisive film raises questions
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK — Wall Streeters, political activists and media critics Monday were trying to answer a perplexing question: Why would Sinclair Broadcasting CEO David Smith embroil himself in controversy by ordering his stations to air Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never...
Steve Soto: Fifth, Sinclair needs Bush to be elected for purely financial survival reasons.
Hesiod: SINCLAIR BLEW IT: Money talks and bulls**t walks. [snipped quote] Don't be fooled, folks. This isn't about ideology.
Kevin Hayden: From USA Today: [snipped quote] Here's the advertisers starting to pull out

Checking the Facts, in Advance
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
It's not hard to predict what President Bush, who sounds increasingly desperate, will say tomorrow. Here are eight lies or distortions you'll hear, and the truth about each:
Mr. Bush will talk about the 1.7 million jobs created since the summer of 2003, and will say that the economy is "strong and getting stronger."
Kash: An Angry Bear Guide to Bush's Economic Claims — Krugman does a nice bit of debate preparation in today's column.
Rich Lowry: KRUGMAN TAKES THE MARK HALPERIN LINE TODAY — "The point is that Mr. Kerry can, at most, be accused of using loose language; the thrust of his statements is correct.
Xan @Corrente: Go read: (via NYT) "By singling out Mr. Bush's lies and misrepresentations, am I saying that Mr. Kerry isn't equally at fault?

For Stem Cell Advocates, a Death With Resonance
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Much of politics is timing. For Senator John Kerry, whose aides have called embryonic stem cell research a "sleeper issue" in the presidential race, the death of Christopher Reeve puts a spotlight on the issue just as the senator has begun emphasizing it in the campaign.
Noam Scheiber: HMM...: Here's Orrin Hatch in today's New York Times: [snipped quote] Well, that's convenient, isn't it?
Chris Nolan: $tem Cell$ Deep down in the New York Times stem cell sidebar to actor Chris Reeve's obit there's a tantalizing little...

Dayton closes D.C. office over security concerns
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON— Sen. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he is closing his Washington office because of a classified intelligence report which made him fear for the safety of his staff.
The Big Trunk: Today the AP reports: "Dayton closes DC office over security concerns."
Hugh Hewitt: This AP story is really incredible, and given that the folks who live in D.C. or who travel there have now have to...

Bush's approval rating slipping
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — President Bush and Sen. John Kerry head toward their third and final televised debate this week with voters increasingly pessimistic about the economy, the war in Iraq and the battle against terrorism, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows.
Steve Soto: Now Gallup is telling us that after the second debate, where Gallup's own poll shows that Kerry won as well, Kerry has...
Howard Kurtz: Kerry is looking stronger in the USA Today poll: "Unease about the country's direction has eroded Bush's standing and created an opening for Kerry.

Supreme Court to Hear Commandments Case
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will take up the constitutionality of Ten Commandments displays on government land and buildings, a surprise announcement that puts justices in the middle of a politically sensitive issue.
McQ: The 10 Commandments and the State — The "establishment of religion"?
Ann Althouse: Is the Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in two cases about the constitutionality of public Ten Commandments monuments a gift to Bush?

The American Chamberlain
  By / American Spectator   —   Permalink 
Anybody who doubts where John Kerry stands in relation to history need only read the lengthy, ingratiating portrait of him by Matt Bai in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine.
Hugh Hewitt: The second tip to Powerline goes for the pointer to the American Spectator's article by William Tucker, The American Chamberlain.
Betsy Newmark: William Tucker analyzes what is wrong with Kerry's approach to fighting terror as a law enforcement program.
The Big Trunk: The American Chamberlain — At the American Spectator William Tucker provides a close textual analysis of the Times...

High Court to Weigh 10 Commandments Displays
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Stepping once again into the politically volatile realm of church-state separation, the Supreme Court said today it will review whether the constitution allows the Ten Commandments to be displayed on government property.
David Allan Pell: The 11th Commandment: Wake Up... I was going to be analytical about the Supreme Court's decision to hear cases to...
Paul @SouthernAppeal: Supreme Court Will Hear Ten Commandments Cases — Two related cases will be brought to the Court, according to the Washington Post.

Are You With Him? Why Yes, Want to Date Him?
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
DANIEL BLUMBERG, a 38-year-old filmmaker, arrived at a party on the roof of the Gansevoort hotel on a Thursday night with a young woman named Allison Frenkel. The two had met just a few minutes before, in front of the hotel in the meatpacking district, but after a peck on the cheek and a few pleasantries they were already familiar.
Ogged @Unfogged: Now, if we weren't blogging, perhaps we would have seen the business opportunity here. Awesome.
Tyler Cowen: Here is the full story. Thanks to Andy for the pointer. Addendum: Randall Parker discusses other possible dating strategies...don't be shocked...

Well ahead in N.Y. polls, Kerry roots for Red Sox
  AP   —   Permalink 
John Kerry must think New York is in the bag.
"We all want the same things," Kerry told supporters over the weekend in Ohio. "We want our country to be respected in the world, we want good jobs, and we all want to beat the New York Yankees!"
Taegan Goddard: Sen. John Kerry, quoted by Knight Ridder, at a campaign stop in Ohio. The article notes "Kerry must think New York is in the bag."
Howard Kurtz: Finally, baseball is looming as a campaign issue, says the Philadelphia Inquirer: "John Kerry must think New York is in the bag.

Kerry Takes Early Lead in Newspaper Endorsements
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
This just in: John F. Kerry popular with editorial writers.
The Democratic presidential nominee has jumped out to an early lead in the race for newspaper endorsements, especially from those in the all-important swing states.
Taegan Goddard: Kerry Leads in Newspaper Endorsements — Sen. John Kerry "has jumped out to an early lead in the race for newspaper...
Max B. Sawicky: Howard Stern, call your office: [snipped quote] — Tom Coburn, the Republican Senate candidate in Oklahoma, at a town meeting Aug. 31 in Hugo. (link)

Bush's campaign office in Spokane burglarized, vandalized
  By / Seattle Times   —   Permalink 
Offices that house President Bush's re-election campaign in Spokane were broken into and vandalized last night, the latest in a string of crimes at Republican offices across the country.
Workers arriving this morning found a hole smashed through the wall from an adjacent, vacant office.
Glenn Reynolds: CLIMATE OF FEAR UPDATE: "Offices that house President Bush's re-election campaign in Spokane were broken into and...
Michelle Malkin: LIBERALS ARE SO LOVELY, PART III — Smashing windows. Smashing more windows. Stealing money. Storming buildings.
Lorie Byrd: I guess they were lucky. They could have been victims of this kind of violence.
Bird Dog: Last Sunday, the Republican Party offices in Spokane were vandalized and burglarized.
Brent Andrewsen: New attacks in Washington state made headlines today.
Charles Johnson: Bush Campaign Office Vandalized — Another Bush-Cheney campaign office attacked, in Spokane, Washington: Bush's campaign office in Spokane burglarized, vandalized.
Also: Hindrocket

Kerry Courts the Black Vote
  By / American Spectator   —   Permalink 
Last Sunday, speaking at East Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a predominantly black congregation in Cleveland, John Kerry insinuated that Republicans were deliberately attempting to suppress the black vote.
Acidman: John Kerry is out courting the black vote in a way that descends far below the level of simple pandering.
Betsy Newmark: Mark Goldblatt looks at how Kerry and Democrats are trying to scare blacks to think that they're being disenfranchised.

Survey: Sessions leading race for 32nd
  By / Dallas Morning News   —   Permalink 
In the final stage of one of the most expensive House races in history, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions is in control.
The four-term Republican congressman leads his Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, 50 percent to 44 percent in their quest to represent Texas' 32nd Congressional District, according to a Dallas Morning News poll.
Charles Kuffner: Mixed news in CD32 poll — I wouldn't call this poll from CD32 good news for Martin Frost, but it's not all bad.
Byron L: Sessions leads Frost within Margin of Error — The Dallas Morning News poll gives Sessions a 50-44% lead in TX-32:...
Rice Grad: Sessions leads Frost: A Dallas Morning News poll had Republican Pete Sessions 50% - Democrat Martin Frost 44%, while Bush led in the district 55-42.

Poll: Kerry holds on to post-debate bump
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry appears to be holding the ground he gained against President Bush after the first presidential debate, according to a recent poll.
But the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll suggests the second face-off did little to affect the race for the White House.
Joe Gandelman: A CNN POLL shows Kerry holding on to his debate "bump," which makes Larry Sabato's analysis above even more on-the-dime.
Andrew Sullivan: KERRY WINS ROUND TWO: Here's an interesting nugget from CNN: [snipped quote] The two-day CW has left Kerry the winner of the first two debates.
Josh Marshall: Gallup has Kerry up by one, 49% to 48%.

The dismal science bites back
  Economist   —   Permalink 
WOULD John Kerry or George Bush do a better job stewarding America's economy? Judging by the polls, voters are not sure. Within the past couple of months both candidates have had narrow leads on the issue. Ask economics professors, however, and you get a clearer answer.
DeLong: Not the Dismal Science—the Shrill Science — The Economist surveys America's mainstream economists—a relatively...
Kevin Drum: Really. The Economist has a nice graphic and everything.
Angry Bear: Unlike the majority of The Economist's articles, this one is free. See the article here and the full poll results here.
Greg Ransom: ACADEMIC ECONOMISTS randomly polled by The Economist overwhelmingly favor tax increases and back John Kerry's economic policies over those of George Bush.
Brad @ShrillBlog: " | The economy and the election: WOULD John Kerry or George Bush do a better job stewarding America's...

Think Tank: Iraq War Distracted U.S.
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
TEL AVIV, Israel - The war in Iraq did not damage international terror groups, but instead distracted the United States from confronting other hotbeds of Islamic militancy and actually "created momentum" for many terrorists, a top Israeli security think tank said in a report released Monday.
Aleecia @ShrillBlog: Yet Israel's Jaffee Center would like a little less help. "Think Tank: Iraq War Distracted U.S.
Richard TPD: This new report from a leading Israeli thinktank doesn't tell us anything we enlightened Democrats don't know already —...

Chirac accused of 'dishonour' on Tiananmen
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
President Jacques Chirac was accused yesterday of brushing aside Beijing's human rights record and the legacy of Tiananmen Square as he launched a public relations exercise intended to boost trade links between France and China.
John J. Miller: CHIRAC IN CHINA — Andrew: I hope readers took a good look at the Telegraph article you mentioned yesterday on Chirac dishonoring the victims of Tienanmen Square.
Andrew Stuttaford: CHIRAC TO THE MARTYRS OF TIENANMEN... ...drop dead. Too late, Jacques, the regime did that already....

TV Group to Show Anti- Kerry Film on 62 Stations
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Up to 62 television stations owned or managed by the Sinclair Broadcasting Group - many of them in swing states - will show a documentary highly critical of Senator John Kerry's antiwar activities 30 years ago within the next two weeks, Sinclair officials said yesterday.
Joe Gandelman: In case readers have been on Mars, here's what's going on in the delightful world of political contributors who...
Richard TPD: Sinclair Broadcasting — We all know by now that Sinclair Broadcasting, the same jolly fellows who a few months ago...
Taegan Goddard: The New York Times and Washington Post have more on this important story. Meanwhile, Josh Marshall is outraged: "It's not a 'fairness' or a free speech issue.
Josh Marshall: The Times today has a piece on the anti-Kerry documentary Sinclair Broadcasting Group has ordered its 62 local stations to broadcast in the days before the election.

Saudi Women Can't Vote, Run in Elections
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Women may neither vote nor run in Saudi Arabia's first nationwide elections, the government announced Monday, dashing hopes of progressive Saudis and easing fears among conservatives that the kingdom is moving too fast on reforms.
Charles Johnson: Religion of Misogyny — After a rush of statements about holding new liberalized elections, the Saudi royal family...
Andrew Stuttaford: THE GUTTER THEOCRACY DOES IT AGAIN... "RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Women may neither vote nor run in Saudi Arabia's...

Rumor of a Draft Touches a Nerve
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — An army of new voters received a startling call to serve recently, when one of the largest nonpartisan groups trying to increase voting by young people sent fake draft cards to nearly 640,000 e-mail addresses.
David Adesnik: The LA Times reports that Rock The Vote, an officially non-partisan organization supported by MTV, recently "Sent fake draft cards to nearly 640,000 e-mail addresses.
Betsy Newmark: What a shock: Rock the Vote is partisan.

Saudi women barred from voting
  BBC   —   Permalink 
The Saudi interior minister has said women will not be allowed to vote in the country's municipal elections starting in February 2005.
In response to a question about women's getting the vote, Prince Nayef bin Sultan said simply: "I don't think that women's participation is possible."
Matthew Yglesias: Today we learn that on top of all that, women won't be allowed to vote. But "freedom is on the march," so I wouldn't worry about any of this.
Kos: Saudi women barred from voting — Bush's great allies, the Saudis, are doing their best Taliban impersonation:...
Jeralyn Merritt: The BBC reports women will not be allowed to vote: [snipped quote] The excuse is "administrative problems."
Armies of Liberation: The beeb reports: "The Associated Press quotes an unnamed Saudi election official as saying that the main reasons for barring women from the election were administrative.
Steve Gilliard: Our friends in Saudi Arabia — Saudi women barred from voting [snipped quote] Jen I'm so happy that these folks are our allies!

Singles vote for Bush as their ideal date
  Chicago Sun Times   —   Permalink 
Forget about who should be president for a second. Who would you rather date: George Bush or John Kerry?
According to a survey of 5,000 single men and women by the dating service It's Just Lunch, Bush wins this race.
Baldilocks: Looking Good — Nothing like a little frivolity in the midst of what seems to be an extremely ugly campaign (no pun intended; you'll see what I'm referring to).
Betsy Newmark: Ladies, whom would you rather date: Bush, Kerry, or Nader. The results here. Who are those women who'd rather date Nader?

Moscow children to wear dog tags
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Moscow schoolchildren will soon have to wear military-style dog tags and carry special "passports" as part of a security drive in the wake of Beslan.
The Russian capital is also beefing up protection of its schools against intruders to prevent any terror attacks like the Beslan mass hostage-taking.
Joanne Jacobs: Insecurity — Russian school children will have to wear metal tags so their bodies are identifiable in case of another school massacre.
Jeralyn Merritt: How You Know The Terrorists Won — Russia's reaction to the massacre in Breslan: [snipped quote] Do you think Bush would oppose such measures here?
Betsy Newmark: This is why there is a heightened fear of terrorism and interest in what the candidates have to say about fighting terrorism. Publishes Iraqi Intelligence Docs
  By / CNSNews   —   Permalink 
( - When published an article Monday, Oct. 4, entitled, "Exclusive: Saddam Possessed WMD, Had Extensive Terror Ties," we decided against publishing all 42 pages of the Iraqi intelligence documents in our possession and on which the article was based.
Dean Esmay: At the time I said that if these are phony, CNS is going to have at least as much egg on its face as Dan Rather, but I...
Jesse Taylor: We Got Yer Fresh Hot Documents Here — Since their story went nowhere, CNSNews has now published their exclusive "documents" about Saddam's WMD.
Ace: Nevertheless, these documents, if verified as real, seem to paint a much different picture of Saddam's Iraq than Michael Moore and the MSM would have you believe.
FrancoAlemán: They've just published the documents they referred to one week ago (I have no post of this in English, but I wrote about it in the Spanish edition of Barcepundit).
Joe Katzman: Now CNS has taken the logical next step and made the documents available to the public - and hence the blogosphere.
Charles Johnson: Publishes Iraqi Intelligence Docs — Cybercast News has made available online the Iraqi documents they...

News website Indymedia says FBI seized server
  AFP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A website billed as a grassroots news source for the anti-globalization movement and other issues said one of its Web servers was shut down after the FBI served a subpoena.
Orin Kerr: This story suggests that the FBI obtained a subpoena requesting information on behalf of the Italian and Siwss...
Eugene Volokh: [UPDATE: My friend and coblogger Orin Kerr points to this article, which makes clear that the order was indeed a subpoena, not a search warrant.

Daily Endorsement Tally: Bush Picks up a Pair
  Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK President George W. Bush has picked up two new editorial endorsements but still trails Senator John Kerry badly in the presidential race for newspaper backing, according to E&P's exclusive daily update.
Kevin Hayden: Bush picked up a pair today, but the numbers on this list still heavily favor Kerry.
Greg Ransom: More "Democratic Party Newspapers for Kerry" listed here. UPDATE: Here's a newspaper endorsement scorecard.
Kos: The endorsement race — Here's the latest tally from Editor & Publisher: [snipped quote] The (B) is for papers who endorsed Bush in 2000, the (G) for those who endorsed Gore.
Taegan Goddard: Update: Editor and Publisher has the complete tally of newspaper endorsements for both candidates.

American and Norwegian Share Economics Nobel
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
An American and a Norwegian shared the Nobel economics prize today for research into business cycles that changed the monetary policy in many countries over the past 10 years and led to the reform of central banks.
Jan Haugland: Norwegian and American share Nobel economics prize — Edward C. Prescott of New York and Finn E. Kydland of Norway received the Nobel Prize in Economics today.
Greg Ransom: From the Mises Institute — with a comment by Roger Garrison. From Arnold Kling. From the NY Times. From Alex Tabarrok.
Kash: The Nobel Prize in Economics — This year's winners are Kydland and Prescott.

Sinclair Stations to Air Anti-Kerry Documentary
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Sinclair Broadcast Group of Maryland, owner of the largest chain of television stations in the nation, plans to preempt regular programming two weeks before the Nov. 2 election to air a documentary that accuses Sen. John F. Kerry of betraying American prisoners during the Vietnam War.
Steve M.: WASHINGTON POST MISSES SWIFTEE-DOCUMENTARY LINK — This is from yesterday's Washington Post story about Sinclair's...
Tom Burka: Cartoon Network said that their decision to broadcast the film had nothing to do with Sinclair Broadcasting's decision...
Steve Soto: Sinclair Broadcast Group, a publicly-traded company with direct control over the programming of 62 TV stations around...
Josh Marshall: But a quite look at this morning's Post shows that yesterday Hyman said "the networks are acting like Holocaust deniers" for not showing the POWs' story.
Bill Hobbs: Documentary Probes Kerry's Impact on Vietnam POWs — From today's Political Diary from [snipped quote] Indeed it would.
Skippy: sinclair tv, you may know, is planning to force its affiliates to air the anti-kerry moonie documentary "stolen honor"...
Also: Hesiod

Getting Physical
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
We may be about to experience an election unlike any we've seen in a while. The Florida recount in 2000 raised passions and blood pressure and featured some demonstrations on both sides, but there was no violence.
Dean Esmay: The Wall Street Journal has more info on union thugs intimidating Republicans. JibJab's latest cartoon video, It's Good To Be in DC, is pretty funny.
Tbogg: Will work for (or with) boobs — I see Florida's Tom Feeney (a man who traded his neck to Satan for some magic beans) is...
McQ: Your friendly Union Thugs at work — At the behest of their Democrat masters it appears that failiing in the art of...
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Go by the wayside after reading reports like this one: [snipped quote] I have been looking forward to the end of the...
Jesse Taylor: When Republicans stop rioting to stop the counting of votes, I'll believe John Fund has a single bone of honest outrage in his body.
C. D. Harris: Let's Play A Game... It's called "Count The RICO Predicates": [snipped quote] It's so comforting to know that the only...
Also: James Joyner, Glenn Reynolds, Steve Bainbridge, Betsy Newmark, Mitch Berg

Bush Administration Plans to Delay Major Assaults in Iraq
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration will delay major assaults on rebel-held cities in Iraq until after U.S. elections in November, say administration officials, mindful that large-scale military offensives could affect the U.S. presidential race.
Sam Rosenfeld: Is it me or is the Bush administration more blatantly putting off the planned Falluja offensive for purely political reasons than one would expect from even this crowd?
Michael Froomkin: But he might as well have been talking about himself, as this article from the Los Angeles Times indicates: The Bush...
Mathew Gross: No Way to Win a War — Where is the Kerry campaign's response to the report that the Bush administration will delay...
Orin Kerr: Elections and Wars: Over at the Yin Blog, law prof Kevin Heller points to this article in the L.A. Times about the Bush...
Julian Sanchez: Winning the Peace — Well, this is truly repulsive (subsc.)
Jon Henke: Continuity — The LATimes reports... "The Bush administration plans to delay major assaults on rebel-held cities in...
Also: James Joyner, Kash, Mark Kleiman, Avedon Carol, Jesse Taylor, Steve Gilliard, Susan Madrak, Joe Gandelman, Matthew Yglesias, Kevin Drum, Hilzoy @ObsidianWings, Atrios

US seizes independent media sites
  BBC   —   Permalink 
The FBI has shut down some 20 sites which were part of an alternative media network known as Indymedia.
A US court order forced the firm hosting the material to hand over two servers in the UK used by the group.
Blackfive: Maybe it's because these losers don't have a hangout anymore. Anyway, my favorite ones always ask if my site is a parody or something like that.
Laura Rozen: I wonder what is up with this? "The FBI has shut down some 20 sites which were part of an alternative media network known as Indymedia.
Eugene Volokh: Indymedia server seizure: This story about the seizure of some Indymedia servers is intriguing and potentially...
Glenn Reynolds: A SERVER BELONGING TO INDYMEDIA HAS BEEN SEIZED by the FBI, pursuant to a foreign court order. I'm not sure how I feel about this.
Orin Kerr: Tentative Thoughts on the Indymedia Server Story: I have a few quick and tentative thoughts on the Indymedia server seizure story that Eugene discusses below.
David T: Indymedia "Shut Down" By US Court Order — As the result of a US court order, on the application of the FBI and at the...

Heinz Kerry Says Husband Would Be Cautious
  AP   —   Permalink 
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - The wife of presidential candidate John Kerry told a receptive audience in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas that Kerry would seek out all other options before going to war.
McQ: To a crowd in Texas: "John will never send a boy or girl in a uniform anywhere in the world because of our need and greed for oil."
Clayton Cramer: Just In Case You Wondered Where John Kerry's Wife Stands — She is part of the crowd that thinks "no blood for oil" has...
Roger L. Simon: Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (title changed to obliterate bad puns) I don't know about the rest of you, but when a billionairess talks about "greed," I want to throw up.
Rice Grad: Teresa Heinz: Teresa not only refuses to release her tax returns — unprecedented in recent modern American presidential...
Bill @INDCJournal: Teresa continues to keep it interesting with scandalous, offensive accusations about blood for oil: "John will never...
Charles Johnson: Billionairehead Teresa Heinz Kerry is at it again, recycling the barking moonbat "No Blood for Oil" theme that has...
Also: Betsy Newmark

Bush campaign to base ad on Kerry terror quote
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush's campaign announced Sunday its plans to use as the basis of a new commercial a quote from an 8,000-word New York Times Magazine article about Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
Steve Clemons: In Matt Bai's New York Times Magazine interview with Kerry, he writes: We have to get back to the place we were, where...
Charles Paul Freund: A discussion on NPR this morning suggested the story was damaging to Kerry, Eugene Volokh has reacted to Kerry's...
Steve M.: DUMB, IMPULSIVE, IMPETUOUS, CONSUMED WITH RAGE — As you may already know from this CNN story, the Bush campaign has...
C. D. Harris: Since some people seem not to understand, please allow me to explain why normal people* take issue with this statement...
Kevin Raybould: Second, John Kerry recently said that he wants to get back to the point where terrorism is a nuisance, not a consuming...
Avedon Carol: But, of course, the Bushistas want to stomp all over that position, and CNN reports that their new campaign ad will...
Also: Jesse Taylor, Orin Kerr, Bill Faith, Oliver Willis, Wind Rider, Barbara O'Brien

Jurist Embraces Image as a Hard-Line Holdout
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Shortly after delivering a sober commencement address at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Mich., Clarence Thomas chatted and posed for pictures with some of the 56 graduates. On an overcast day in May, they stood in front of a newly unveiled statue of Sir Thomas More, the Catholic martyr whom Thomas has called an inspiration.
Mike Rappaport: Two on Justice Thomas — The Washington Post has a two part series on Justice Thomas (here and here).
Orrin Judd: "AN ORNERY SOMETHING: Jurist Embraces Image as a Hard-Line Holdout (Michael A. Fletcher and Kevin Merida, October 11,...
Nick Gillespie: Insert Long Dong Silver joke here and the read the whole Post thing here.
Richard Reeb: Second Thomas Article Misses the Point — The second article in the two-part Washington Post series on Clarence Thomas...
Greg Ransom: JUSTICE THOMAS — Part 2 in the WaPo series.
Ann Althouse: Where I lost confidence in the Washington Post article about the jurisprudence of Justice Thomas.
Also: Betsy Newmark

Must It Bleed to Lead?
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
I struggled to find some good news.
The picture painted by the news stories was bleak: another suicide attack, a shootout with armed militants, soldiers dying in an ambush, a man accused of collaborating with the hated occupiers executed by parties...
Betsy Newmark: Arthur Chrenkoff has more on good news from Iraq. There's quite a lot.
Joe Gandelman: "It's Not Easy Being Positive" Arthur Chrenkoff has bumped into a no-it's-not-evil, no-its-not-conspiratorial aspect of...
Cori Dauber: THE GOOD NEWS ROUND-UP FROM IRAQ — Time again for the good news round-up from Iraq.
FrancoAlemán: Go check it out at Arthur's blog, at OpinionJournal, or at Winds of Change. No matter where as long as you don't miss it.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: CHRENKOFF ON IRAQ — Another installment of news from Iraq, along with valuable perspective in the first five paragraphs.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Good news from Iraq, Part 12 — Note: Also available fom the "Opinion Journal" and the Winds of Change.

Injured, angry, determined, Swiftees unite to fight Kerry
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Midnight in South Vietnam, and the river is black. Past the rice paddies and shacks, small fires are burning by the shoreline as Lt. John H. Davis' 50-foot aluminum swift boat — PCF 19 — makes its routine patrol through the reeds.
Hindrocket: We have linked to the New York Times' disingenuous review of Unfit for Command; for a more sympathetic view of the Vets,...
Bill @INDCJournal: BERT V. GOULAIT (THE WASHINGTON TIMES) The Washington Times' fawning treatment aside - I'd be worried: These Swiftees,...
Greg Ransom: FROM ACROSS AMERICA THEY COME — Swift Boat veterans and former POWs gather in Washington, D.C. to film an 8th Swift...
Betsy Newmark: The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have a final push planned for the last few weeks of the election.
Michelle Malkin: MEN OF HONOR budday.jpg Maj. Bud Day (Bert V. Goulait, Washington Times) The Washington Times and RedState have previews...

  New York Post   —   Permalink 
AUSTRALIAN elections are almost never im portant outside Aus tralia. If the Labor Party replaces the conservative Coalition parties in power, or vice versa, the outsider generally regards this as Tweedledum replacing Tweedledee.
Cori Dauber: MORE ON JOHN HOWARD — Since you've been hearing so little. Say, why have you been hearing so little?
Mitch Berg: John O'Sullivan notes that it deserves coverage
Michael DeBow: More celebration of the Australian election results, from John O'Sullivan in the NY Post: "The result for America and the world is reassuring.
Glenn Reynolds: JOHN O'SULLIVAN notes the importance of the Australian elections, and how little attention they've gotten in the U.S. media.

Christopher Reeve, 'Superman' Star, Dies at 52
  AP   —   Permalink 
Actor Christopher Reeve, who soared through the air and leapt tall buildings as "Superman," turned personal tragedy into a public crusade, becoming the nation's most recognizable spokesman for spinal cord research — from a wheelchair.
KJL: FORGIVE ME — For bringing up politics, but this is from the New York Times piece on Christopher Reeve's death:...
Ogged @Unfogged: Terrible news. Christopher Reeve has died. We knew him because of Superman, but we'll mourn Christopher Reeve.
Joe Gandelman: In the end he argued strongly for stem-cell research and was one of its leading advocates.
James Joyner: Christopher Reeve, 'Superman' Star, Dies at 52 — Christopher Reeve, 'Superman' Star, Dies at 52 (NYT - AP) [snipped quote] Sad and unexpected news.
Christopher @ShrillBlog: Godspeed, Christopher Reeve — I hope our fair readers and the elders of The Order will permit me this grave...

Election 2004 Reuters/Zogby Daily Tracking Poll: President Bush Falls Back, While Senator Kerry Moves Ahead
  Zogby   —   Permalink 
As the count down to election day continues, Senator John Kerry leads President George W. Bush by three points (47%-44%), according to a new Reuters/Zogby daily tracking poll. The telephone poll of 1214 likely voters was conducted from Friday through Sunday (October 8- 10, 2004).
Taegan Goddard: But Zogby shows Kerry beating Bush by 3%. And the USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll shows Kerry leading by 2%.
Joe Gandelman: UPDATE II: John Zogby has posted a mini-analysis on his Friday through Sunday poll which shows John Kerry ahead...and it...
Mathew Gross: Kerry Up Three 47-44, according to Zogby: [snipped quote] I tend to think the gain among under-30s is an outlier, because nothing happened in the real world to explain that gain.