This is an open thread that will remain open all week. I know there are people out there who want to get a discussion started on some topic that the guest bloggers aren’t blogging. This is your chance to speak up.
Just had a thought regarding Kerry’s claim that Bush should have gotten more allies involved in the attack on Hussein… brought on by watching Jerry Brown on H&C claim that, had Bush done it the right way, instead of suffering 90% of the casualties and 90% of the cost, the United States would have only had to incur 40%…
It involves economic theory, none of which is easy to explain and some of which I actually know, so bear with me.
Being someone who scours the Internet looking for clues as to how the election is going to turn out, I discovered the widely-referred to polling firm Rasmussen Reports. Their methodology is to sample 1,000 likely voters each day and report results on a 3 day rolling average basis. Which makes me wonder what value would this methodology have? I know rolling averages are useful in some situations But not here…
Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries,” with Robert Redford as executive producer, opens in wide release today. It got a standing ovation at Sundance film festival and has been praised in the press as “an inspiring coming-of-age tale and buddy-bonding road trip full of wondrous vistas, earthy humor and universal emotions whose last stop may be the Oscars.” A whole new generation of disaffected youth is about to discover this handsome rebel.
But Paul Berman marvels at the strange sort of Hollywood culture that makes a martyr-hero out of Che Guevara.
Che was a totalitarian. He achieved nothing but disaster. Many of the early leaders of the Cuban Revolution favored a democratic or democratic-socialist direction for the new Cuba. But Che was a mainstay of the hardline pro-Soviet faction, and his faction won.
Che presided over the Cuban Revolution’s first firing squads. He founded Cuba’s “labor camp” system — the system that was eventually employed to incarcerate gays, dissidents, and AIDS victims. To get himself killed, and to get a lot of other people killed, was central to Che’s imagination. In the famous essay in which he issued his ringing call for “two, three, many Vietnams.”
Well, I am off. The house-sitter has no access to my editing screen, so you probably won’t see any entries posted under the name “Patterico” for several days — with the possible exception of tomorrow, when I may check in briefly. This also means I won’t be reading or answering e-mails.
Based on what I’ve seen of my guest bloggers, I think the site will be in good hands. My only concern is that, when I return, the readers will say: “Hey! What happened to the guest bloggers? Turns out they’re much better than you!”
If that happens, the solution will be simple: for those guest bloggers who have blogs, go read them! For those who don’t, urge them to start one!
You thought Rathergate wasn’t as a big a deal as Watergate? How about another Watergate?
The Seattle Times reports that there has been a burglary at Bush’s state headquarters for re-election in Washington State. Three computers have been stolen, and the data compromised includes details of Bush’s get-out-the-vote plan.
No definitive word yet on whether the burglary was third-rate, but preliminary indications are that it was actually somewhat sophisticated:
“If you’re just some burglar looking for computers to sell to buy drugs you take every laptop in the office maybe,” [State Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance] said. “But they knew exactly whose computers to get. They got the executive director’s computer and the get-out-the-vote director’s computer.”
The story continues: “State Democratic Party spokeswoman Kirstin Brost said Democrats had nothing to do with the break-in.”
Hmmm. Unless you want to say that you know who did the break-in, Ms. Brost, I think it’s a little early to rule out Democrats.
Power Line appears to have broken the story first. I’m sure my guest posters will have more on this story as it develops.
UPDATE: Actually, Kevin Murphy had the story before Power Line.
The parallel seems too close to ignore — and, for headline writers, too good to resist. “Al Qaida kamikazes” slammed passenger planes into skyscrapers; “Palestinian kamikazes” blow up buses full of teen-agers in Jerusalem, and “female Chechen kamikazes” march into Russian schools, belted in dynamite.
“We learned how to do suicide missions from the kamikazes,” Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, told Japan’s ambassador to Lebanon in 2001.
Just don’t say that in front of a real kamikaze.
A new analysis of the evidence strongly supports the conclusion that John Kerry wrote the after-action report for the Bronze Star incident in which he pulled James Rassmann out of the water. If true, this demolishes the Kerry camp’s attack on Larry Thurlow based on the language of his citation, and supports Thurlow’s response that the language in the citation came from Kerry himself.
To my knowledge, Kerry has not been asked directly whether he wrote this report. I’m sure that, if asked, he would try to dodge the question. But to the extent that you think the truth of the Swifties’ claims is important — and this includes you, everyone who has expended energy calling it a “smear” — you should care whether Kerry wrote this after-action report.
Jim Lehrer will never ask this question of John Kerry. Will anyone?
UPDATE: Captain Ed has more on this.