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October 22nd, 2004 - 9:46 am

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then click here for 23,000 very funny words.

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Sign of the Times

October 22nd, 2004 - 9:30 am

Early voting trouble in Florida?

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Linkfest and Kleenex

October 21st, 2004 - 10:57 pm

Good news? My Cardinals are going to the World Series.

Bad news? I’m sick as a really sick dog with a bad sickness causing him to feel very sick. Actually, just a nasty cold – but light blogging tonight and maybe tomorrow. On the other hand, have you tried Absolut Nyquil yet? Meanwhile, here are a bunch of links to keep you busy until my meds kick in.

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Next at Bat: America?

October 21st, 2004 - 1:06 pm

The EU has sprung into action – again! Read:

VIENNA, Austria (AP) – Iran is unlikely to accept European incentives aimed at getting it to suspend uranium enrichment, diplomats said Thursday, raising the prospect of a showdown next month between Tehran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency.

Envoys from Britain, France and Germany offered civilian nuclear technology and a trade deal to the Iranians in a private meeting at the French mission to international organizations in Vienna. But Western diplomats said they doubt Iran will back down easily.

Iran did not immediately respond to the incentives, which included the promise of lucrative trade, a light-water nuclear research reactor and the chance to buy nuclear fuel from the West.

Europe couldn’t buy off a land-hungry dictator with coveted bits of Czechoslovakia – so what makes them think they can buy off nuke-hungry with promises cash and trade?

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I See Nothing! I Know Nothing!

October 21st, 2004 - 12:41 pm

The EU has sprung into action! Read:


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Mail Bag

October 21st, 2004 - 11:17 am

A reader who would prefer to keep her name off the blog writes:

Read your article about ABC trying to find people who voted for Gore in 2000 and are going to vote for Bush in 2004. I am a single, working, middle class mother of a college freshman living in a northern suburb of Detroit. Most of my family voted for Gore in 2000. A few of them, including myself, are ashamed to admit that we even voted for Gore. We cannot imagine having another president that George W. Bush after 9/11.

Listening to MSM I have come to the realization that they just don

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*Availability Limited in Dade County

October 21st, 2004 - 10:24 am

Finally, a solution to dangling chads.


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Go Back to Carpentry II

October 21st, 2004 - 9:42 am

In response to this post from yesterday, new-to-me blogger Francis writes, “My only conclusion is that Jimmy Carter is in fact an inhabitant of an alternate reality.”

Can anyone think of a better explanation?

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A Fine Mess

October 21st, 2004 - 9:37 am

More election news from Ohio.

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Conspiracy Theory

October 21st, 2004 - 9:12 am

Hello, what’s this:

In a major blow to the credibility of the national Log Cabin Republicans organization as a moderate voice in the Republican Party, newly discovered documents reveal that the person who manages the national Log Cabin political operation is, in fact, a long-time operative for the John Edwards Democratic Presidential campaign.

According to documents faxed to me yesterday (detailed in the section below), and corroborated by multiple sources, Log Cabin Political Director Christopher Barron headed up volunteer efforts for the John Edwards for President campaign for the Washington, DC area. Barron was hired by new Executive Director Patrick Guerriero as part of his management team. According to three different sources, Barron has separately confirmed his connection to the Edwards campaign in the past.

I seem to remember Andrew Sullivan slamming Bush for failing to get endorsed by the LCR. Maybe now we know why. Read the rest at GayPatriot.

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October 21st, 2004 - 12:05 am

Sometimes, I link just because I can – and should.

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October 20th, 2004 - 11:53 pm

John Kerry on the use of force:

Kerry’s belief in working with allies runs so deep that he has maintained that the loss of American life can be better justified if it occurs in the course of a mission with international support. In 1994, discussing the possibility of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia, he said, “If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no.”

That is all.

(Hat tip, reader Sean Hallett.)

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Local News

October 20th, 2004 - 11:51 pm

Karol Sheinen reports that here in Colorado, Republicans have registered nearly as many new voters as Democrats have. She then adds, “It’s all going to depend on turn-out.”

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Late Night Rambling

October 20th, 2004 - 11:47 pm

I remember getting into Kurt Vonnegut around the age of 11 or 12. One of his novels I read first was “Slapstick.” It’s been so long since I read it

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From the Front Lines

October 20th, 2004 - 10:27 pm

VodkaPundit has its first-ever Ohio election correspondent. Reporting from the field – and on election day, as a poll official – is frequent commenter Mike M. Take it away, Mike.

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Cheers and happy reading everyone! In the interest of having eyes and ears everywhere, Stephen was kind enough to allow me to submit a feature of sorts. Those who patrol the comments section will recognize me as Mike M, and I have registered to be a poll official in the upcoming election. I happen to be from the great state of Ohio, ground zero for political spamming of the airwaves

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“Democrats for Bush”

October 20th, 2004 - 10:21 pm

My latest Tech Central Station column is up.

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Required Reading

October 20th, 2004 - 10:11 pm

Nelson Ascher says everything I’ve tried to say on this blog for almost three years now – in a single, thoughtful post.

Two excerpts to get you started:

I don

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If You Can’t Win, Cheat II

October 20th, 2004 - 4:18 pm

This from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Sproul & Associates, a consulting firm based in Chandler, Ariz., hired to conduct the drive by the Republican National Committee, employed several hundred canvassers throughout the state to register new voters. Some workers yesterday said they were told to avoid registering Democrats or anyone who indicated support for Democratic nominee John F. Kerry.

“We were told that if they wanted to register Democrat, there was no way we were to register them to vote,” said Michele Tharp, of Meadville, who said she was sent out to canvass door-to-door and outside businesses in Meadville, Crawford County. “We were only to register Republicans.”

Tharp said volunteers were sent door-to-door to seek registrants but were instructed to first ask prospective new voters which candidate they planned to support.

“If they said Kerry, we were just supposed to say thank you and walk away,” Tharp said.

Anyone in Pennsylvania know anything about this?

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He Who Laughs Last, Thinks Slowest

October 20th, 2004 - 1:03 pm

An excerpt from the Rolling Stone interview with John Kerry:

What do you think of the color-coded terror alerts the Department of Homeland Security issues?

I think Americans, sadly, laugh at it. They don’t know what to do.

Will you continue that program?

No. I’m going to find some more thoughtful way of alerting America. If we have to alert America, I think the most important thing to do is alert law enforcement more effectively across the country. Law enforcement doesn’t have even a single, unified watch list yet. They still have separate watch lists, with different names and different people. This is the single, simplest, most important thing the Department of Homeland Security was supposed to do, and they haven’t done it.

Dude, making fun of the color alert system is so 2002.

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Creeping Fascism. . .

October 20th, 2004 - 12:51 pm

. . .in Europe?

No surprise, really, since that’s where the idea started. And came to power. And tried to conquer the world and all that.

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World Series

October 20th, 2004 - 11:15 am

A view of the Red Sox-Yankees pennant race – from Iraq.

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If You Can’t Win, Cheat

October 20th, 2004 - 11:03 am

Becky in Ohio points to this story of vote fraud in, uh, Ohio:

Thousands of cards mailed by county election boards to newly registered voters in Hamilton County and throughout the state are being returned because the people can’t be found.

John Williams, director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections, said the situation indicates that there might not be as many new voters as some expect in a state deemed crucial in the presidential election.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Robert Bennett on Tuesday said it’s a result of statewide registration fraud conducted by independent groups that support Democratic candidates.

Sure, the dead can dance – but why should we let them vote?

UPDATE: John Borell sent this story from the Toledo area:

The Lucas County Board of Elections is bracing for a wave of challenges against thousands of registered voters that could keep them from casting ballots in the November presidential election.

As many as 4,000 voters may be targeted for removal from the list of qualified voters because the board has found residential addresses on their registrations incorrect. The problem was found when the U.S. Postal Service returned registration confirmation cards routinely sent new or relocated voters to the elections office, marked “undeliverable,” said Paula Hicks-Hudson, elections board director.

The troublesome registrations are among tens of thousands of new registrations the county elections office has received over the last several months, said Ms. Hicks-Hudson, a Democrat. Lucas County has been targeted by several national groups for voter-registration drives. She said the county has yet to process 10,000 more cards and may take more than a week to get them completed.

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John Kerry – Not the Second Black President

October 20th, 2004 - 10:56 am

I didn’t exactly swear off of polls last night – I just said I find them too confusing. Especially this one:

In the race breakdown, the Bush-Cheney ticket is buoyed by an amazing 17 percent from African-Americans. (Kerry receives 76 percent of the black voters and Nader only 1 percent.)

Although 17 percent is still less than one in five, it is more than twice the tiny 8 percent turnout that the Bush-Cheney ticket received in the 2000 election.

Also on Tuesday, a poll with a much larger sample of black voters was released by the Washington-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a leading think tank on black-oriented issues. It showed a very similar African-American boost for the Bush-Cheney ticket: 18 percent versus 69 for Kerry and 2 percent for Nader.

Since the center’s poll proved remarkably prescient in the 2000 presidential election, showing 9 percent black support for Bush (only 1 point short of what the ticket actually received), I wondered if a virtual black blowout for Bush was on the way.

Add that to other recent polls showing that the Republicans’ “gender gap” with female voters has shrunk considerably. In a close race, it probably wouldn’t take many defections of women and African Americans to Bush to determine the outcome.

But I’m still dubious about all of it.

UPDATE: Much more here.

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Faithless Electors

October 20th, 2004 - 10:35 am

Will we look back on Florida 2000 as “the good old days?”

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Go Back to Carpentry

October 20th, 2004 - 10:27 am

Jimmy Carter on Hardball last night:

MATTHEWS: Let me ask you the question about

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October 20th, 2004 - 9:19 am

Tim Blair, James Morrow, and Mike Jericho got really, really drunk – and joined the peace movement. No, I’m not kidding.

Mike has pictures.

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October 19th, 2004 - 11:02 pm

Hey, I thought the “50 Things” thing was my gig. That aside, John Hawkins has collected 50 reasons John Kerry shouldn’t be president.

NOTE: Actually, I don’t know if John has 50 quotes or 25. But it’s late, I’m drinking, and trying to write one of those Late Night Rambling pieces people here seem to enjoy.

ANOTHER NOTE: This LNR essay is actually looking pretty good. If it still looks as good in the sober light of morning, I’ll try to sell it rather than posting it here for free.

ONE MORE NOTE: Hey, you get what you pay for around here.

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Wargaming the Electoral College

October 19th, 2004 - 10:54 pm

The more I read the polls, the less I know. Fox says Bush by 7. NBC and Zogby claim a tie. ABC thinks Bush is up by a mere 5 points, CBS by 2, and CNN by 8. And none of the individual polls say anything close to the same thing two weeks in a row. Meantime, I’ve been futzing around with maps based on four-year-old assumptions.

Say it with me now: It’s all a bunch of crap.

The polls all suck, for reasons gone into by people way smarter than I am. The predictions all suck, because everybody is working from the same assumptions, based on voting patterns from the last election. In 2000, the world was as at peace as it ever is, the economy was still in the final giddy stages of a really good drunk (and I should know), and an untried George W. Bush was challenging a not-quite-human, not-quite-incumbent Al Gore for the White House.

All that has really very quite seriously changed.

We’re still suffering a post-bubble hangover (and I should know), the world is more at war than it has been since at least Vietnam, and a battle-weary Bush is facing off against Debate Machine John Kerry.

And yet everyone – myself included – still bases all their predictions on a tight race? I don’t know how this thing is going to pan out. Neither do you. But right now, I feel as though the electorate is going to play all of us pundits – amateur and professional – for fools.

So I present to you two entirely new Electoral College maps. . .


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Required Reading

October 19th, 2004 - 10:14 pm

I cannot recommend this William J. Stuntz column highly enough.

Don’t just read it – memorize it.

UPDATE: When I first posted this minutes ago, I screwed up the link. I didn’t wait to fix it, so you shouldn’t wait to read it.

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A: Twenty: one to screw in the bulb, and nineteen to insist that Neil Peart would have done it better.

Okay, okay, that’s a very lame way of introducing a neat little college design project, a MIDI-controlled drum robot called P.E.A.R.T. No, it’s not a drum machine–it’s a machine that plays the drums.

I bet it can’t play “The Rhythm Method,” though.

Credit for the link to Slashdot; blame for the bad light bulb joke to a /. commenter…

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