Archive for August, 2004


Best Blog Neologism Since “Fisking”

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

A journalist commits a “Lapham” when he brings to his coverage of significant political events a predetermined storyline, ignoring or explaining away inconvenient facts that undermine the storyline.

The term now has the official blogosphere seal of approval.


In case you missed it last night

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

Here are the recaps.

Loved McCain:

“John Kerry should take speech-making lessons from John McCain. And if McCain is busy, he should try Giuliani.”

Had no use for McCain:

“[McCain] reminds me of Don Rickles? brother. The smart one who went to college and never made as much money as his famous sibling, and it rankled. Oh how it rankled.”

And then there’s Did not notice either McCain’s or Giuliani’s speeches because he was too busy salivating.

My overall impression from two hours surfing various corners of the blogosphere this morning. . . they loved Giuliani’s speech. At least the center to center-right corners of the blogosphere did. Of course, he’s got 2nd Amendment problems, which hurts among libertarians and conservatives, and he’s got gay-lovin’ problems which helps him among libertarians and hurts him among conservatives. But, as with everything else this cycle, all those issues are decidedly 2nd and 3rd tier. What matters is the global fight for freedom, and on that issue he nailed it.

UPDATE: Unofficial consensus (via email) McCain was intellectual and poetic and excellent and Giuliani was emotional and compelling and the bloggers are having a ball at this convention. This has got to be the first convention season where a sizable chunk of people turned off their tee-vees the second the live speeches finished and went straight to the Internet.


More good news from Iraq

Monday, August 30th, 2004

I know that once Instapundit links to something it is really no longer necessary for anybody else to. However, after this particular weekend, the Chrenkoff post on developments in Iraq should be linked by as many bloggers as possible.

Also, I was going to do some Airblogging from Manhattan this weekend, but the RNC/protests photoblogging angle has been so extensively covered elsewhere that I decided to forget about it and spend the weekend more enjoyably – playing golf.


Da Goddess & Mrs. Smash

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

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It’s a Small World

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

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What’s funnier, ICJ or TDS?

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

Consider: The “International Court of Justice” has become synonymous with absurdity. The Daily Show, on the other hand, can be really funny sometimes, but rarely maintains the consistently farcical quality that the ICJ and other UN institutions have perfected.



Monday, August 23rd, 2004

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Alternative Universe Kerry

Sunday, August 22nd, 2004

I bet by now this Instapundit post is getting linked-to feverishly. I think it has (or will) hit a nerve, because so many of us would vote for this imaginary A/U Kerry. But personally I am really curious about how this A/U Kerry (Glenn Kerry?) would deal with Iran, Saudi Arabia, and so forth. And what about his good buddies Chirac and Kofi?

But let’s face it, this is a fantasy. The guy Glenn envisions would never be nominated by the Democrats of 2004.

Back in college I wrote a paper about how every four years one political party has a ‘party purification ritual’, with an agenda set by an aggressive faction of extremists, while the other party fuses a workable coalition – smoothing over factions by compromising and focusing on one core mission or idea. That’s how they win the center. And that’s the way Madison wanted it (read Federalist 10, among others). The Dems have had their ritual this political season, with Howard Dean and Gore in full froth, and ended up with John Kerry running on his Vietnam record and “I will respond swiftly when attacked” brilliance.

I for one, would never vote for that candidate and that platform. And this is not an easy position to take in NYC, where one suffers an almost comical degree of social ostracism for daring to question the “Bush is evil and must be defeated” mantra that passes for political discourse these days. Indeed, if you were visiting and didn’t know better, you could be convinced that the only person in the city voting for Bush is Vincent Gallo, pet Republican of Downtown, who notes, in a recent interview that he is, like Bush, “easy to hate.”

But I have a hunch there are lots of people who are going to vote for Bush, and they’re not talking about it loudly or much. Something tells me that these people are in Ohio and Michigan and Wisconsin and Arizona and Florida.

Okay, it’s crazy prediction time: Bush, 300+ electorals.

I won’t have to eat crow if this prediction turns out false – because I’ll be way, way too drunk.

UPDATE: Mark Steyn, in his inimitable style, provides a recap of the Swiftees situation. As an aside, Mark lives in New Hampshire, the state that Sama is always threatening to move to.


Dim Sum

Sunday, August 22nd, 2004

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Norm & Paul

Sunday, August 22nd, 2004

They normally look that way.

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