October 31, 2002
Capitol Hill Blue reports that
Capitol Hill Blue reports that the Wellstone memorial/campaign rally was staged from the start. Wellstone campaign manager Jeff Blodgett's apology was also part of the plan to "provide party deniability."
Power Line summarizes the last
Power Line summarizes the last few days of the Minnesota Senate race:
I'm pessimistic. Mondale has so much name power, and if Minnesota Dems are as dirty as Wisconsin ones, then they'll use plenty of dirty tricks to massage the final vote count. What's a shame is Norm Coleman has all the potential for being a national Republican leader. He's just had the unfortunate luck of running into the Jesse Ventura populist buzzsaw and a Wellstone death march. Coleman's a good man who is starting to look like another ceaseless Minnesota Republican: Harold Stassen.
UPDATE: The Dems feels the backlash and are apologizing for turning Wellstone's memorial service into a campaign rally. Wellstone campaign manager, Jeff Blodgett said, "It probably would have been best not to get into the election." That's putting it mildly.
"Wellstone Campaign Chairman Apologizes for Service's Partisan Tone"
HUMOR: ScrappleFace does it again.
HUMOR: ScrappleFace does it again.
"Democrats Mourn Oddity: Man of Conscience"
Libertarian Congressional candidate Stephanie Sailor
Libertarian Congressional candidate Stephanie Sailor asks this question:
No! [via ETWOF]
PaleoWatch: Some sense has come
Just when I thought there was hope for Raimondo, he defends his attack on Andrew Sullivan where he claims Sullivan is suffering from AIDS-induced dementia. Next time I'm feeling ill, Dr. Raimondo will be the first Net writer I'll call for a diagnosis.
"I Ain't Marchin' Anymore"
October 30, 2002
Need a reason to vote
Need a reason to vote for Scott McCallum for Governor? How about the strike the teachers' union (WEAC) is threatening in a memo if Jim Doyle isn't elected? If Doyle is elected, the union will postpone a planned Nov. 9 meeting to decide what actions to take "up to and including a strike." The union opposes the Qualified Economic Offer (QEO) law and revenue caps on local school districts that have kept property taxes under control.
The union knows that a teachers' strike is illegal in Wisconsin, but they think that the state wouldn't "attempt to fine each person if we are ALL on strike."
Putting the election of a governor above the education of children is appalling. Doing it to suck more money out of the public trough is despicable. Stick it to the teachers' union next Tuesday by voting for Scott McCallum.
"WEAC's Threat: Elect Doyle, or Else..."
Power Line is covering the
"Minnesota Poll: Mondale leads Coleman 47% to 39%"
To GOP readers in Minnesota,
To GOP readers in Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, and anywhere else there's a competitive Senate race: If you're feeling a little down over a Daschle-controlled Senate, watch this RNC cartoon and it will pump you up. [via Drudge]
David Horowitz labels last weekend's
David Horowitz labels last weekend's anti-war protesters "Communists." Horowitz is more afraid of them than I am. He writes:
I'm sure there were a few veterans of the violent New Left of the 1960s and 1970s at the march, but I'm going to guess most of the protesters were simply knee-jerk Lefty, unthinking anti-war types. Rather than any possible domestic terrorism from these people, I'm more afraid of the ideas these people espouse. Claiming American can do no right and should do nothing to protect itself is something that can gnaw away at domestic tranquility.
"100,000 Communists March On Washington To Give Aid and Comfort to Saddam Hussein"
Ted Rall accuses President Bush
Ted Rall accuses President Bush of killing Sen. Wellstone and then has the gall to claim such an accusation is Bush's fault. Rall writes:
Huh? Sure, Bush was polarizing at the beginning of his Presidency because of the controversial way he won the election, but since the terrorist attacks last year, the country has rallied around him. Maybe for Rall and the fringe anti-war Left he represents using clear, morally unambiguous language like "axis of evil" and defeating "evildoers" is polarizing. Maybe preventing Saddam from having nuclear weapons is polarizing.
To suggest a President had a Senator killed with no evidence whatsoever is unethical and irresponsible. I'll be waiting for an apology from Rall that will never come.
UPDATE: Jim Stingl was interrupted at the health club by a Rallian conspiracy nut. Just so you're not completely lost if this talk ever gets on Art Bell here's some of the pro-assassination "evidence":
"Wellstone Death All Adds Up - 2 + 2 = 5"
The whole reason I cared
The whole reason I cared about fall television happened last night. 24 began with another awful day in the life of (now) ex-government agent, Jack Bauer. This time, instead of saving a Presidential candidate (who we find out ended up winning) and protecting his family (only his daughter survived), Bauer has to stop terrorists intent on nuking Los Angeles.
The first hour wasn't as explosive as the first season. No mysterious plane crashes this time. What we got was the basic set ups for the three plots that will end up intertwining. Bauer's daughter Kim is a nanny to a couple with an abusive husband who's been eyeing the teenager and already threatened to hurt her. And there's a wedding taking place in a few hours with the sister of the bride very suspicious of her future brother-in-law.
But once I got past watching Bauer except his duty to save LA by going undercover, the thrill ride began. The first of what should be many shockers was when Bauer had an FBI witness brought in for questioning. Bauer blows a hole in his chest and then asks for a hacksaw. Oh, boy!
"Sutherland Begins Another Bad Day at the Office"
October 29, 2002
Sen. Wellstone's memorial service hasn't
Sen. Wellstone's memorial service hasn't taken place yet and already Dems and Republicans are staking out positions.
"A Truce in Politics? Not for Long"
PunchtheBag on the Neocon/Paleocon battle
PunchtheBag on the Neocon/Paleocon battle that only Pat Buchanan is fighting:
October 28, 2002
Gov. Ventura predicts that the
Gov. Ventura predicts that the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota will end up in court. He also said he may appoint an interim Senator if Congress is called into a lame duck session.
Philosophy and Literature is no
Now, can my head stop spinning?
PaleoWatch: President Bush is compared
PaleoWatch: President Bush is compared to Stalin. Anarchy Lew Rockwell writes,
According to Anarchy Lew, the Islamist War is impossible to win. It's not because our enemy is invinceable; it's because government is running the war and the government can do no right. I have the feeling the namesake of Anarchy Lew's organization would differ with that assumption.
Cato's Chales Pena calls CIA
Cato's Chales Pena calls CIA chief George Tenet the "Rodney Dangerfield of the Bush administration." Despite Tenet's conclusion that a threatened Saddam is more likely to engage in terrorist attacks, Congress authorized President Bush to use military force against Iraq. Pena points out that the Office of Homeland Security has their terroist alert at yellow despite Tenet's warnings of increased al-Qaeda activity.
Here's a reason few are taking Tenet seriously: September 11. The attacks that day were the CIA's worst failure. They were unexpected. Even up to today, no one has been fired or has resigned because of the debacle. Why Tenet still has his job, I don't know. Maybe the agency has done good work since then. Since much of it is clandestine, the public doesn't know what's gone well and what hasn't in the Islamist War.
"No Respect for Tenet"
Thomas Sowell gives conservatives a
Thomas Sowell gives conservatives a great reason to go to the polls on Election Day:
But he only wants "informed" citizens to vote "rather than mess with something that is too important to be decided by ignorance or prejudice."
"High Stakes Elections"
Here's a reason why I
Here's a reason why I rarely take Hollywood yapping on serious issues seriously. Susan Sarandon told anti-war protesters Saturday, "Let us resist this war. Let us hate war in all its forms, whether the weapon used is a missile or an airplane." I'd like to say this quote was taken out of context, but I'm pretty sure she didn't clarify herself. What it is is a simple-minded statement typical of the unthinking Hollywood Left. You could have taken those same words and put them in the mouths of Alec Baldwin, Ed Asner, or Rob Reiner. They all go to the same parties and hang out at the same resturants so it's no surprise they think the same way. It's clique-think better fitting for a high school hallway. "Let us hate war in all its forms." No attempt is made by Sarandon to make a distinction between just and unjust wars. She just opposes all wars. What about the Civil War that brought freedom to millions of Black slaves? Was that wrong? What about the Korean War? Was it wrong to allow the Communists to enslave the entire penninsula? How about the Cold War? Should the U.S. have just rolled over and allowed the Soviet Union to extend their totalitarian reach? Most recently, should the U.S. have turned the other cheek after September 11, 2001 and let al-Qaeda continue operating from Afghanistan while at the same time Afghans were being oppressed by the fundamentalist Taliban?
Why should we expect substantial talk from Sarandon? That would require making moral distictions and appreciating the complex nature of the human condition. That's too much to expect from someone who gets their lines fed to them by screenwriters and their politics fed to them by mindless Hollywood types.
"Thousands Rally Around World Against Iraq War"
By all indications, Walter Mondale
By all indications, Walter Mondale will be the Democrats choice to replace Sen. Paul Wellstone on next Tuesday's ballot. Can Norm Coleman and the Republicans get some ads together quickly touting Mondale's ties to President Malaise, Jimmy Carter, his love of raising taxes, and Minnesota's past? Or will tell voters that the chances of Mondale serving an entire six-year term is slim. He's 74 now, and if the Democrats win the governor's race Mondale would step down in less than two years to let his replacement build up a record for his/her reelection campaign in 2008. The GOP could also use this quote from Mondale on why he didn't run for the Senate in 1990:
"GOP Takes Aim at Mondale in Minn. Race"
"Mondale Replacing Wellstone Would Produce Historic Race"
An official for USAID was
An official for USAID was asassinated in Jordan.
"Slaying of U.S. Diplomat Outrages Washington"
October 27, 2002
The death toll at the
The death toll at the Moscow theater is up to 118.
"118 Captives Die in Moscow Theater Siege"
October 26, 2002
This looks serious--seriously funny! I
This looks serious--seriously funny! I just might put a Martin Luther Bobblehead on my Christmas (Reformation?) list. My father's a Lutheran Sunday school teacher. Do you think he'd get a kick out of it?
This past week's attack on
This past week's attack on Internet root servers demonstrates the resilency of the technology behind it. If crackers would have taken out the 13 root servers, average users wouldn't have noticed any problems unless the servers were out for hours or days.
"Net Attack Flops, but Threat Persists"
Paul Saunders points out that
Paul Saunders points out that how we deal with Iraq and North Korea sends a signal to "tomorrow's Saddams." He writes,
The focus needs to be on Iraq right now. As Saunder writes, the U.S. has allies in the Middle East who will accept war. That's not the case in East Asia. Also, an Iraq with nuclear weapons would be more inclined to let them be handed off to Islamist terrorists. A defeated Iraq would certainly send a message to Pyongyang.
"Iraq, North Korea, and the Law of Unintended Consequences"
October 25, 2002
It's over in Moscow. Fox
It's over in Moscow. Fox News reports 20 bodies were taken from the theater after Russian special forces attacked the Chechen terrorists (Fox News inaccurately calls them "rebels").
"Russians Storm Theater; Kill Chechen Rebel Leader"
I only wanted Sen. Paul
I only wanted Sen. Paul Wellstone to lose on Election Day. I didn't want him to die.
About the only thing we had in common was our height. (It gives me hope that short people can get elected.) We didn't agree on anything politically, but Paul Wellstone was a man of passion. Many times he demagogued his opponents, but you always knew where he stood. Just go to the left and stop just before advocating full-blown nationalization (except for health care) and you would fine Wellstone. He didn't need to take a poll to determine his stance; he just looked into his heart (that might have been his problem ideologically).
I spent four years going to school in Duluth, MN, and I don't remember ever meeting Sen. Wellstone. I might have shook his hand once, I just don't remember. It wasn't because of a lack of opportunities. Being a former college professor, he visited the UMD campus often. What I most remember about Wellstone is working really hard to get his GOP opponent, Rudy Boschwitz elected in 1996.
Well, the hagiography has already begun. Look at this opening paragraph from the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
I expect this kind of tribute on the Wellstone campaign website, not in a newspaper story that is suppose to be objective.
Now, the guy was passionate and fought for causes other politicians would cringe from (opposing war with Iraq for example), but all he did was for the "underdog?" Wellstone was a quasi-socialist who rarely saw a tax increase or a government program he didn't like. The newspaper could just as well wrote that he was "known for his impassioned work on behalf of government bureaucrats."
The Star Tribune makes up for their cheerleading with a fine biography on the late Senator. The St. Paul Pioneer Press also has a good bio. Even The National Review has something nice about the Senator. John Miller writes:
With Wellstone's death comes some serious politics. Minnesota Democrats may place former Vice President Walter Mondale on the ballot. The man is so old he makes New Jersey's Frank Lautenberg look like a spring chicken.
This isn't the first time Minnesota has had last-minute candidate changes. In 1990, Arne Carlson replaced Jon Grunseth because of a sex scandal. So it looks like Minnesota election law allows Torricelli-type switches.
"Wellstone Death Shakes Minnesota"
"Wellstone's Goal was to be Senator for the 'Little Fellers'"
"Wellstone: A Force of Nature in an Era of Caution"
"Paul Wellstone, R.I.P."
"Wellstone Off the Ballot; DFL May Name a Replacement"
October 24, 2002
Now, since the sniper has
Now, since the sniper has been caught, media attention can be placed on the hostage situation taking place in Moscow. Chechen terrorists have already killed one hostage.
"Chechens Kill One Moscow Hostage"
Police found John Muhammad and
Police found John Muhammad and John Lee Malvo, Muhammad's stepson. They're believed to be the sniper team terrorising the D.C. area these past weeks. Although Muhammad converted to Islam last year he's more closely connected to the Nation of Islam than al-Qaeda.
"Two Men Arrested in Sniper Case"
What do Democrats do in
What do Democrats do in a tight election? Well, they could smother a state in television and radio ads. They could also go door to door to persuade voters that their candidate is the best. Or they could bribe them with quarters, soda, and pastries. I'll give you three guesses what the Jim Doyle campaign did. Jay Heck of Common Cause called the bingo game something "I would expect to see, you know, done in Chicago or New Jersey. It's troubling." The Wisconsin GOP is calling for the local D.A. to remove himself from the investigation because he's an active Jim Doyle supporter.
The dumbest thing these people did was do all this in front of a television camera.
"Wis. Probes Gov. Vote-Buying Charges"
"Bingo Game Spurs Probe of Doyle's Campaign"
"New! Doyle Campaign Exploits Mentally Disabled for Votes"
"Kenosha County D.A. Conflicted in 'Bingo-Gate'"
October 23, 2002
Mike Taylor's back in the
Mike Taylor's back in the Montana U.S. Senate race. He was going to get creamed before he dropped out, and he'll get creamed after he jumped back in. At least he isn't going without a fight. He's declared the last days of his campaign a "Countdown to Decency."
On Friday, Blogcritics will start
On Friday, Blogcritics will start its weekly discussion groups with John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces.
Yann Martel's Life of Pi
Yann Martel's Life of Pi won this year's Booker Prize. The award has given Pi a sales boost on Amazon (#17 as of this post). Since it's fiction, I'm not really interested in the book, but this paragraph from the BBC story piqued my interest:
Those Brits will bet on anything.
"Joyful Martel wins Booker"
October 22, 2002
So, randomly shooting people around
So, randomly shooting people around Washington, D.C. is all about money, ten million dollars to be exact. Then there's the excuse that "Five people had to die" because the sniper couldn't get through to police fast enough.
Enough of the psychobabble and ramblings about international terrorism. Just like Luke Helder, that wacked-out smiley face bomber from earlier this year, (probably) one person has successfully scared the living daylights out of millions of people.
"Angry Missive Complains of 'Ignored' Calls"
Chief Moose is negotiating with
Chief Moose is negotiating with a terrorist(s). Tonight he publicly spoke to the sniper:
Fox News says it has something to do with an 800-number. I think the police are desperate. They have few clues while more people get killed. Moose has already scared the hell out of every parent in the region, and now he's trying to deal with a person(s) who is manipulating the authorities and the press better than the Clinton administration. He's flapping in the wind while people walk around in fear.
"Sniper Message Warned Children 'Are Not Safe'"
One could claim I've smeared
HUMOR: "Bloggers Beg MSNBC: 'Smear Me Too'"
Chief Moose has assured that
Chief Moose has assured that thousands of kids will be out of school for days, even weeks, until the D.C. sniper is caught. Today, he read verbatim the chilling postscript from a recent message from the sniper: "Your children are not safe anywhere at any time." Already edgy parents in the region now have more reason to panic even if the chance of their child getting shot is slight. Richmond schools already are closed and more closings will follow. Will these kids stay at home? No. These kids will be off to the mall, the movies, or where ever else kids go to hang out. Maybe that's what the sniper wants. A number of his victims were at retail locations. If he's really targeting children, getting more of them out in the open outside of schools could make his murderous job easier.
"Sniper: Kids 'Not Safe Anywhere'"
"Police Reveal Sniper Threat Against Children"
October 21, 2002
Jesse Ventura is a man
Jesse Ventura is a man who doesn't take his office seriously. He's considering resigning a few days before the new governor takes office just so Lt. Gov. Mae Schunk could become Minnesota's first woman governor. "I just thought it would be fun, the last week, to leave early and make Mae the first female governor of the state. Then they'd have to give her a portrait, and everything else that would go with it. I just thought it would be kind of humorous," said "The Body." Liberals should be mad at him for turning affirmative action into a joke. Serious people interested in responsible government should be upset that Ventura treats his office as a means of entertainment.
"Ventura Says there is a Slim Chance He Will Resign Before Term Ends"
Two weeks before Election Day
Two weeks before Election Day and Wisconsin is knee deep in political turmoil. Three legislative leaders are charged with felonies for using their state offices for campaign purposes. University of Wisconsin professor Don Kettl considers this shake-up more important than the governor's race:
Since GOP Gov. McCallum is trailing Democrat Attorney General Jim Doyle, how about state Republican's pulling a Torricelli and bringing back Tommy Thompson? The greatest Wisconsin politician in the last 20 years could have great shot at fixing the state's fiscal illness.
"A Clean Sweep Would Help"
I come back from New
I come back from New York and all hell breaks loose: the D.C. sniper finds another target; a homicide bomber kills 14 in Israel; and Green Bay Packers iron man quarterback Brett Favre hurt his knee in yesterday's game.
We won't see an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict until the region is seriously shaken up (step 1: eliminate Saddam). Who knows if they'll ever catch the sniper. But as for Favre, the knee is only sprained and he'll probably play against Miami Nov. 4.
"Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 14 in Israel"
"Packers Expect Favre to Play Next Game"
October 16, 2002
Patrick delves into John Zogby's
Patrick delves into John Zogby's recent polls and wonders if his "passionate anti-war views are affecting his polling and analysis."
Microsoft paid to bring webloggers
Microsoft paid to bring webloggers to a recent product conference. Hey, Bill and Steve, next time you're plugging something new, send some airline tickets my way. I warn you, I'll tell it like I see it. If your stuff stinks all three of my Minnesota readers will know about it.
Many obituaries tip-toed over Stephen
Many obituaries tip-toed over Stephen Ambrose's plagarisms. Maybe David Plotz should write a biography of Stephen Ambrose. He doesn't seem fond of Ambrose's "God-Bless-Americanism," (he even calls him a "vampire") so he brings a necessary distance to the subject. Like Plotz, I wonder how extensive Ambrose's "borrowing" was.
"Should Stephen Ambrose Be Pardoned?"
UPDATE: In an editorial the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes,
"Leading a Band of Brothers"
October 15, 2002
Note for future reference: WisOpinion.com.
Note for future reference: WisOpinion.com.
Many people are (rightly) up
Many people are (rightly) up in arms over fraudulant accounting in corporate America, but will these people make the same fuss over the accounting errors and unjustifiable "corrections" federal agencies make every year? In fiscal year 1999, the Defense Department made $1.1 trillion (with a T) in balance adjustments. The IRS doesn't really know how much money is owed the government in taxes. The INS had to manually count 5 million immigrant applications. The Agriculture Department books are so bad that their financial statements have been unauditable since 1994.
"Auditors Say U.S. Agencies Lose Track of Billions"
I've officially been on vacation
I've officially been on vacation for about a day and a half. Posting may be scarce because, well, I'm on vacation. Posting may explode with some brilliant idea capturing every neuron of my cerebral cortex because I'm on vacation and have the time to delve into something deeply. Bet on the former. The rest of the week is my rejuvination time preparing me physically, mentally, and emotionally for the Christmas shopping season. The economy might be sluggish, but I can assure you I'll be working my tail off as one of Santa's little helpers.
The big event is I'll be be in New York City Wednesday through Saturday. Thursday, I'll be at the Cato Institute's 20th Annual Monetary Conference (Brink Lindsey will be on a panel). After that, I'll be doing typical tourist stuff: museums, trolling for treasures in used bookstores, consuming local cuisine, and seeing the sites. One of those sites will be Ground Zero. Have any suggestions for me?
I can't get worked up over anything Robert Fisk writes. A simple analysis of him is he's just plainly anti-American. If any action helps America, then he opposes it; if anything bad happens to America, she deserves it. So instead of me getting all ticked off over Fisk's latest, I'll leave the flogging to the likes of Tim Blair.
October 14, 2002
For my one or two
Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate
Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate is on its way to being the most talked about non-fiction book of the year. In the New York Times Book Review Robert Richards calls Pinker's socio-economic conclusions "a compassionate conservatism."
"The Blank Slate: The Evolutionary War"
My fine state of Wisconsin
My fine state of Wisconsin is in the crosshairs of Bill O'Reilly. Those monster children who beat Charlie Young to death had some scary pasts:
O'Reilly goes on about David Oakley who chose to give up making babies in exchange for parole.
I don't watch The O'Reilly Factor much. Has he been following the Young beating?
"The Root of all Evil"
From Rich Galen: At a
From Rich Galen:
"On the Vineyard"
October 13, 2002
Stephen Ambrose captured the sights,
Stephen Ambrose captured the sights, smells, sounds, and, most importantly, the thoughts of American GIs in World War II. After reading Citizen Soldiers you could feel the dirt underneath your fingertips from lying in a fox hole all day. You would shake after reading about a man losing a limb from a shell and crying out for his mother. You also could feel the sense of purpose those soldiers had. They were just trying to stay alive, and if that meant killing as many Germans as possible to do it, then so be it. Douglas Brinkley calls Ambrose "the great populist historian of America." That title doesn't come from the fact that he sold millions of books. He earned that title by focusing on the grunts who fought and won WWII. Godspeed, Stephen.
"Historian Stephen Ambrose Dead at 66"
October 12, 2002
Daniel Drezner defends Jimmy Carter's
Daniel Drezner defends Jimmy Carter's Nobel Peace Prize dispite the comments of the selection committee.
Sen. Robert Byrd's (D-WV) staff
Josh Chafetz has a suggestion
Josh Chafetz has a suggestion for the GOP:
The GOP won't do something as politically astute as this. Why do something that the media would lable as "mud slinging" and "using war for political gain?" They won't even try to get another name on the ballot for the Montana Senate seat. Their loyalty to rules that have been disgarded and one-sided civility ends up being unilateral disarmament.
HUMOR: Iraq wasn't the only
HUMOR: Iraq wasn't the only target of a Congressional resolution. ScrappleFace has the details.
"Use-of-Force Authorized to Stop Madonna Film"
Doesn't this Technology Review article
Doesn't this Technology Review article sound awfully similar to a Eugene Volokh piece? Great minds do think alike. It's the best argument I've read on why Saddam must go.
Can the story of two
Can the story of two astromomers measuring the distance from the North Pole to the equator be remotely interesting? Timothy Ferris thinks Ken Alder pulls it off with The Measure of All Things. The two Frenchmen stave off revolutionaries, poor terrain, and mental breakdown to complete a mission that should have taken only months but ended up consuming seven years of their lives.
"The Measure of All Things: A Quest to Revolutionize Standards"
Wisconsin's worst traffic accident killed
"10 Die in Horrific Pileup"
October 11, 2002
The Nobel Peace Prize committee
The Nobel Peace Prize committee should be ashamed for their myopic view of war with Iraq and with their awarding of the prize to promote their political agenda.
Today, Jimmy Carter was awarded the prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."
At the end of the press release, the committee said,
To the committee, Bush's threat of war with Iraq is only about extending the power of the United States. It has little to do with securing a long-term peace by preventing Saddam from building weapons of mass destruction and having them used on the United States. Instead of war, the committee likes constant talk by the United Nations that lets Saddam continue to evade international agreements he's made in the past.
Nothing is mentioned of Carter's failures as an national leader. They don't mention his bungling of a rescue attempt to free American hostages in Iran, or his limp response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (he ordered an Olympic boycott of the Moscow games).
Prize committee chairman Gunnar Berge called Carter's award a public criticism of Bush's international policy. "With the position Carter has taken...(the award) can and must also be seen as criticism of the line the current U.S. administration has taken on Iraq," said Berge. It's unfortunate that the committee couldn't just praise Carter on his own merits without giving the U.S. a "kick in the leg." The goal of U.S. national security policy is "to create a balance of power tht favors human freedom." So, while Carter can try to get along with freedom-hating thugs like Fidel Castro, Bush is doing what's needed to extend freedom.
"Carter Wins Nobel Peace Prize, Bush Rebuked"
"The Nobel Peace Prize 2002"
The GOP won't play hardball
The GOP won't play hardball because Montana Republicans won't go to the courts to put a replacement on the ballot for Mike Taylor. They're looking for a write-in candidate. Candidates can file within 15 days of Election Day. So, the GOP abides by the law and will probably get creamed in Montana, but the Democrats ignore the plain reading of New Jersey election law and may win. The Republicans may have the moral high ground, but the Dems won't care as long as they control the Senate.
Taylor said he dropped out of the race because of a television ad showing him in early 1980s disco attire. Montana Republicans accuse the Democrats of using homophobia as a campaign tactic. A state Democrat agrees. He told the Billings Gazette the ad was an "overt and obvious appeal to the homophobic (voter) that is playing to that stereotypic imagery."
Some Montana residents didn't feel Taylor's pain. One person said, "It just looks like he's guilty, doesn't he? If he's not guilty, he'd just stand in for the fight. That's how I was brought up."
"Montana Law Keeps Taylor as Candidate, Official Says"
"Montana GOP Senatorial Candidate Drops Out"
"Perspective: Longtime Republican Strategy Backfires"
"Little Sympathy Shown for Taylor or Baucus"
Charlie Sykes may be new
Charlie Sykes may be new to this weblogging thing, but he's got another zinger. It's a letter from a 2nd grade class that opposes war with Iraq. Here's the start of the letter:
"Teach the Children Well"
October 10, 2002
Montana Republicans are trying to
Montana Republicans are trying to pull a Torricelli. GOP Senate candidate Mike Taylor is down in the polls to Sen. Max Baucus. However, instead of ethical scandal ending his political chances, Taylor blames a television ad paid by the Montana Democratic Party that has video of Taylor "slender, sporting a full beard. He is wearing a tight-fitting, three piece suit, with a big-collared open shirt ala John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever." Taylor's top two or three shirt buttons are unbuttoned, exposing some bare chest and a number of gold chains." The Billings Gazette called the ad "Sleazy. Low. Tacky. Trashy. Crummy. Mean."
Former governor Marc Racicot may replace Taylor on the ballot. Orrin Judd supports a switch because he doesn't believe in "disarmament by the GOP." Of course this all depends on Montana election law and how lenient the state courts are. According to ABCNews, the GOP can't replace Taylor's name on the ballot because it's past a 85 day deadline. But such a hard, firm rule should have stopped New Jersey Democrats. Does anyone know the political make up of the Montana Supreme Court?
Sen. Russ Feingold spoke out
Sen. Russ Feingold spoke out against war with Iraq yesterday. He doesn't think President Bush has made his case. He mustn't have listened or read Bush's speech Monday night. Today on local radio, Feingold went so far as to say that 90% of the correspondence from constituents regarding the war was opposed. So, Feingold claims he's voting agaist an Iraq war because the people of Wisconsin oppose the war. A few hundred e-mails or calls (202-224-5323) from Wisconsinites in support of the war would nix Feingold's weak excuse.
Kudos must go out to Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Rep. Mark Green (R-WI) (read his speech), and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for their support of the Iraq resolution.
"Feingold Says He'll Vote 'No' to Military Strike on Iraq"
Milwaukee talk radio host, Charlie
Milwaukee talk radio host, Charlie Sykes started up a weblog. One of his first posts is his column in a chain of local newspapers. Sykes comments on the mob beating of Charles Young, Jr. While many minority leaders are making excuses for the actions of those "monster-children" others are looking at the cultural source.
"Time to Take Reponsibility"
32-year-old Antonio Albert was arrested
32-year-old Antonio Albert was arrested in South Bend, IN and charged with murder in the mob beating of Charles Young, Jr. Albert is accused of pulling Young from an apartment where he was trying to escape a mob of (mostly) kids.
A medical examiner's report said Young was legally intoxicated when brought to the hospital after his beating.
"32-Year-Old Charged in Beating Death"
"Man, 32, in Custody in Beating Death Case"
I'm going to make this
I'm going to make this rejoinder to Lynn brief. She's taken a lot of grief over her comments on religion. This should be a civil conversation that allows for the lack of perfect knowledge on subjects like theology and consitutional law. Not all of us are scholars loaded to the brim with minute details and nuance derived from years of study. We're just people exchanging insights and opinions.
Anyway, Lynn writes:
She then objects to a fundamental tenet of Christianity. Christ called his followers to "make disciples of all nations." A Christian acts on this commission. They evangelize because Christ told them to. There are many ways to make disciples. Some methods are more effective, and some are more obnoxious.
Let me tie this thought into another quote of Lynn's:
I don't think all Christians want everyone to conform to a common lifestyle. Missionaries don't try to make African tribesmen to live like suburban Americans. Christians want all people to know of the love of Christ. When Christ is allowed to enter the heart of a person that new-found belief must take into account the context of the new believer's environment. While staying true to Christian tenets (John 3:16), they must acknowledge the world around them.
Of course there are Christians who think they know the one correct way to live one's life. There are plenty of Christians who don't think people should watch certain television shows, watch certain movies, listen to certain types of music, or read certain books. I always shake my head when I hear a story of some obnoxious Christian wanting to ban Harry Potter because it deals with sorcery. They miss the series' theme of good beating evil.
Seeking to convince others about the Truth of Christ is the lifeblood for a Christian. A religion that has survived over 2,000 years and has billions of believers couldn't be that successful unless such passion was part of its cultural DNA.
Arnold Kling calls the awarding
Arnold Kling calls the awarding of the Nobel in economics to Kahnen and Smith to be a "slap for the University of Chicago." Kling writes, "Contrary to Friedman, this year's Nobel laureates believe that it pays to study the actual behavior of billiard players."
October 09, 2002
Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) on
Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) on why he opposes a resolution giving President Bush authority to strik at Iraq:
This quote in a nutshell is why Paul Wellstone could win re-election despite his far-left voting record and his broken term limit promise. Midwesterners in general and Minnesotans in particular respect people who hold firm to their convictions. People may not agree with all of Wellstone's positions, but they'll say "He's an honest man who believes what he says." These voters also like mavericks who go down their own path. Remember, Minnesota elected the ultimate political maverick in Jesse Ventura. He not only bucked plenty of political tradition, but he told it like he saw it. Before Ventura, Minnesota was led by Gov. Arne Carlson, a man who said he was a Republican but ignored his own party during his terms in office.
But there's a dark side to Paul Wellstone: his supporters. At at "fair trade" rally in Duluth, MN, Wellstone pointed out a Republican recording the speeches. Here's what happened next:
It's quite the maverick who allows someone to get violently accosted at a supposed peaceful rally.
"For Wellstone, Iraq Vote Is Risk But Not a Choice"
"Trade Rally Draws Mixed Crowd in Duluth"
Two Americans, Daniel Kahneman and
Two Americans, Daniel Kahneman and Vernon Smith, won the Nobel Prize in economics. American dominance continues.
Reason interviewed Smith for their December issue, but because of his award, it's already available for us interested folk.
"Nobel Economics Award Goes to Two Americans"
"The Experimental Economist"
The number of abortions have
The number of abortions have gone down in the past few years. The National Right to Life Committee sees parental consent and notification laws, better persuation of teens not to have sex, and new technology which lets women see the very human nature of the unborn as factors for the decrease. Planned Parenthood sees cuts--presumably government-- in abortion funding, restricted access to clinics and fewer abortion doctors as the reason.
Elizabeth Cavendish, legal director of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League had the goofy quote of the day when she said, "We're seeing the results of policies that don't afford equal access to contraception." She was commenting on the finding that the abortion rate for poor women rose. What does she mean that there isn't "equal access to contraception?" Somehow, poor women aren't capable of buying condoms or going to some free clinic to get a prescription for birth control pills? Are poor women incapable of controling their sexual urges just because they're poor? Women deciding to kill their unborn children isn't as much a public policy issue as it is a moral/cultural issue. A woman has to be in a particularly dismal state to deny the humanity of her child and allow it to be killed. That dismal state is perpetuated by the Culture of Death.
"Abortion Rates Decline in Late 1990s"
Former FBI chief Louis Freeh
Former FBI chief Louis Freeh was doing some CYT (Cover Your Tush) yesterday at Congressional hearings on the September 11 attacks. The FBI wasn't to blame because the attacks couldn't "have been prevented by the FBI and intelligence communities acting alone."
The criticism for the failure of our intelligence and law enforcement agencies isn't that the FBI, CIA, or NSA could have stopped the attacks alone. The problem is that the agencies didn't talk to each other and share information. Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) put it well when he said, "When it comes to terrorism and fighting terrorism, with all due respect, I think there is a disconnect, and there was a disconnect."
"Freeh Defends Counterterrorism Efforts"
Lynn replied to my thoughts
Lynn writes about her problems
Lynn writes about her problems with religion:
Converting non-believers does not constitute forcing faith upon another nor should it. Faith requires the person to accept beliefs taught to them and incorporate them into their hearts. Islam means "surrender," and that same idea can be taken to Christian conversion. By declaring faith in Jesus Christ as his savior, the convert surrenders that portion of their human reason. Dawkins would find this atrocious. To him, denying human reason in any form constitutes the gravest secular sin. The simple counter is that faith and God is beyond human reason. I'm of the belief that God cannot be proved or disproved. Belief in God is a matter of faith and an acceptance of a grand mystery.
Christians are called by Jesus to preach the good news (Gospel) to all of Humanity. What Lynn finds annoying, many Christians consider to be their calling.
Am I comfortable with the way many Christians attempt to persuade others to accept Christ? No. Part of it is growing up as a Midwestern conservative Lutheran (Missouri Synod). I'm not comfortable going up to strangers and asking them about their religious beliefs. The church I grew up in took the "Christian by example" approach. We took part in community activities, stayed on the straight and narrow, and lead wholesome lives. If someone asked why we seemed pretty well off, we would let them know that we placed Christ at the center of our lives. We didn't hide from our faith; we didn't deny the importance of our beliefs. Our life example was our way to letting others know the life-changing power of Christ.
Now, on to another of Lynn's objections:
First, I must mention that the phrase "separation of church and state" is not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. The phrase comes from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson.
To say that people of faith should not practice what they preach with regards to government is like saying a goldfish should just leap out of its fishbowl and start breathing air. It's a denial of their very nature.
I argue that basing laws purely on human reason is also basing them on religious belief. Look at how strongly Dawkins attacks religion and defend rationality. That passion is almost religious. And to claim that human reason is the sole source of wisdom is as irrational a faith as Christianity. F. A. Hayek pointed out the limits of human rationality and argued that using rationality beyond its limits (he dubbed it "scientism") led to Man's enslavement (see Communism and National Socialism).
October 08, 2002
How many watches does Andrew
How many watches does Andrew Sullivan have? As of this moment, I counted four (McDermott, Anti-Catholicism, Right-Wing Envy, and Useful Idiot). Like I should talk. I haven't had a Paleo Watch update is a while. Well, it's off to find the latest from Anarchy Lew.
Glenn Reynolds comments on the
Glenn Reynolds comments on the CIA:
I'm still waiting for George Tenet to resign. September 11 was an intelligence failure, yet no one's taken responsibility. In order to fix the problem you must first realize there is a problem.
Here are some highlights from
Here are some highlights from President Bush's speech last night:
Some have argued that confronting the threat from Iraq could detract from the war against terror. To the contrary, confronting the threat posed by Iraq is crucial to winning the war on terror.and
Terror cells and outlaw regimes building weapons of mass destruction are different faces of the same evil. Our security requires that we confront both, and the United States military is capable of confronting both.
Liberating Iraq wouldn't detract from the overall Islamist War; it would be vital to winning it. An Iraq on the path to liberty would be one less country where Islamist terrorists could seek haven and weapons of mass destruction.
After 11 years during which we've tried containment, sanctions, inspections, even selected military action, the end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons and is increasing his capabilities to make more. And he is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear weapon.The U.N. and the Clinton administration both failed to stop Saddam. We could continue doing the same-old same-old, but as time passes, Iraq would continue developing more potent weapons.
We work and sacrifice for peace. But there can be no peace if our security depends on the will and whims of a ruthless and aggressive dictator. I'm not willing to stake one American life on trusting Saddam Hussein.That's a shot straight at Rep. McDermott (D-Iraq), who looks like he's gone off the deep end. [via Right Wing News]
Failure to act would embolden other tyrants, allow terrorists access to new weapons and new resources, and make blackmail a permanent feature of world events.After 3,000 dead, the U.S. has to be strong. Looking weak would only encourage our enemies to strike us again.
The speech was good. The President plainly stated his case against Saddam. It wasn't groundbreaking. There were no smoking guns; no new evidence that would turn opposition opinion around instantly. Bush added thoughtful arguments to the debate over war. Since the anti-war crowd seems to be stuck with little but conspiracy theories centered on Big Oil, the debate is easily being one by Bush.
President Bush Outlines Iraqi Threat
October 07, 2002
Tomorrow's news today? One of
Tomorrow's news today?
Part of the problem is the incessant need for speed. I know from my news consuming, when I see some newsworthy event happening on tv, I quickly jump onto my computer to get more the story from news websites. I crave additional information, and when it's not available yet, I get mad at the news organizations for not being fast enough. In response, the organizations prepare stories ahead of time with the limited information available. Then with a click of the mouse, news junkies' cravings are slightly eased. Then there's a problem when the story is released too soon as in the case of the Independent. The preparation wasn't the problem; the problem was story management. The newspapers' editors failed. And these people are some the most critical of webloggers because we don't have editors.
As for the GOP convention coverage, that was just laziness dishonesty. You can't have audience reaction to a speech before the speech takes place. This again is the failure of editors.
No! Arts & Letters Daily
No! Arts & Letters Daily is dead! It's owned by the same company that owns the defunct Lingua Franca, and the bankruptcy auction is coming up.
A&LD was a marvelous, renaissance collection of high- and middle-brow articles and reviews. If a famous, infamous, or not-so famous scholar or author died, you'd find many obituaries. Without A&LD, I would have never found an article from the Socialist Worker memorializing the death of biologist Stephen Jay Gould.
Then there were the teasers. Few websites could make esoteric philosophy seem interesting.
This teaser points to an article on biographies of philosophers--at first glance, not breezy reading material.
There's this ditty:
It's full of sarcasm with plenty of truth.
Then there's this one:
Even if the linked articles were dull as could be, you came away with a smile. A&LD took ideas seriously without taking them too seriously. For that, it will be missed.
With the anti-war protests across
With the anti-war protests across the country yesterday, can that crowd now stop claiming their dissent is being stifled? We hear you loud and clear; it's just that most of us don't agree with you.
Courtesy of MSNBC's Weblog Central
Courtesy of MSNBC's Weblog Central I discovered Warblogging.com's Index of Evil. It goes up or down depending on how many times weblogs mention certain people. You instantly guess it's a Lefty idea because it tosses in John Ashcroft with the likes of Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, and Mullah Omar. Where's Noam Chompsky, Kim Jong-il, or Fidel Castro? Now, there are some evil types.
Random Nuclear Strikes: a great
October 06, 2002
Historian Paul Johnson has Saudi
Historian Paul Johnson has Saudi Arabia in his sights after Iraq.
He goes on to declare that the United States, as the dominant economic, political, and military superpower (dare I say "hyperpower?") is the world's protection from a Hobbsian world of international conflict.
"Leviathan to the Rescue"
October 05, 2002
Supporters of Rep. Cynthia McKinney
Supporters of Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) went to court to try and reverse her primary defeat. Their argument is that "malicious crossover" votes from Republicans led to her defeat. Yeah, that's what happened, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
John Hawkins isn't surprised about this lawsuit since cry-baby Democrats have already tried stuff like this in Florida and New Jersey.
Only a block away from
Only a block away from the site of Sunday night's horrible murder of Charles Young, families are trying to build a stable community. Local resident, Christina Harden will not give up on her neighborhood because of the brutal beating.
"Sadness, Hope Living Side by Side"
October 04, 2002
I don't care if Jesse
I don't care if Jesse Walker is serious or not, this question is just plain funny:
If I was still in
Patrick Ruffini thinks he knows
Patrick Ruffini thinks he knows why the Democrats practice politics "like it's fundamentalist Islam." His argument meshes very well with Thomas Sowell's A Conflict of Visions.
"When Politics is God"
Jonah Goldberg on the NJ
Jonah Goldberg on the NJ election scandal:
"Jersey Dems vs. Democracy"
Last week, there was some
Lynn asks why I allow
Lynn asks why I allow comments on my weblog. Well, I allow comments so people have a reason to come back to my weblog. If they posted a comment, they will be more inclined to return to see if anyone (including me) responded. It's there to make my weblog "stickier" to use old dot-com speak. It's also a great feeling to know people are getting so much from my writing that they want to toss in their two cents. Comments shows me people are responding to my writing, not just reading it, and that's a great feeling.
October 03, 2002
Harris Interactive made it official.
Harris Interactive made it official. The Green Bay Packers are "America's Team." Ok, technically they're "America's Favorite Team," but that's close enough for me.
"Packers Voted 'America's Favorite Team'"
To let you know my
To let you know my humor goes beyond Democrat-bashing, here's ScrappleFace making fun of a President Bush mispronounciation.
"Attack Nixed: Iraq Has 'Nuculer', Not Nuclear Weapons"
Hooray for Tony Parsons' impassioned
Hooray for Tony Parsons' impassioned defense of America.
and there's this quote:
"Shame on You America-Hating Liberals"
President Bush's foreign policy is
President Bush's foreign policy is not starkly unilateralist nor is it "a radical departure from the foreign policy of past administrations" to use Walter Russell Mead's words. The key to understanding it is Condoleezza Rice.
That Milwaukee 10-year-old was chared
That Milwaukee 10-year-old was chared with second-degree reckless homicide and won't be brought to adult court.
Also in the story, family members of the suspects defended them. The father of the 10-year-old claims a 32-year-old man killed Charles Young and he said, "Kids are going to be kids." The boy's sister said, "He's not a monster. He's a 10-year-old little boy." That little boy may have helped bludgeon a man to death. She also claims the police forced a confession out of the boy.
As the facts come out, it appears the melee started with the 10-year-old throwing an egg at Young. Young may have threatened the boys with a knife and hit a 14-year-old. Self-defense could be the defense for these kids but it looks like they hunted Young down.
A sister of two of the suspects is angry with public depictions of lax parents (Court Commissioner Dennis Cimpl asked in court, "Why the hell weren't these kids in bed?"). "People don't give credit to the mother who's a hard-working parent and a single parent," she said about her mother who's raising seven children. We should give this mother a little credit, but plenty of shame should rain down on her for giving birth to seven children without a father. Maybe if she had fewer children, she could keep track of them better.
"10-Year-Old Charged with Second-Degree Reckless Homicide in Beating Death"
"Victim's Response to Egging Prompted Beating, Boys Say"
Some twit (don't think I'm
Some twit (don't think I'm being rude, the weblogger called me something much worse) thinks I'm a hysterical American straight out of the 1950s. My hero is Tailgunner Joe McCarthy, and I don't consider Doctor Strangelove to be satire. I'm a red-blooded, flag-waving, meat-eating patriot who thinks American can do no wrong and who backs President Bush in his quest to make his friends the oil kings of the planet.
What did I do to deserve such disdain? I pointed out Congressmen McDermott and Bonior (D-Iraq) as the traitors that they are. I then had a little fun with a t-shirt depicting promise-breaker Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) as a Communist. I did the former because those two Congressmen can be opposed to war with Iraq, but they should not be helping an enemy of the country they've sworn to protect. Going to Iraq, siding with the Butcher of Baghdad, and publicly denouncing President Bush only emboldens Saddam and will make any potential war tougher to win.
As for Senator Wellstone, the t-shirt is called humor. If the twit knew anything about the senior Senator from Minnesota, he would know that Wellstone is one of the most liberal people in that body. There's rarely a social program or tax increase that Wellstone won't support. He brags that he passed the Family and Medical Leave Act that burdens businesses while being no business of the federal government. He forced private insurers to treat mental illness the same as physical illness, forcing insurance costs to go up. His proud vote for the Patient' Bill of Rights likewise will force insurance costs up. Wellstone's plan to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare will increase government spending by the billions.
On the agricultural front, Wellstone's ideas to help farmers include forcing the federal government to buy vegetable-based ink instead of possibly less-expensive alternatives. He tried to funnel millions in federal subsidies to milk farmers, and he also supports ethanol tax credits. Wellstone would also love to see agri-businesses taken to court on antitrust and anti-competitive charges. Subsidies and government prosecution is Wellstone's way of helping family farmers.
Then there's education. Wellstone's plan is to pump as much federal money into schools as he can. To him, school districts can never spend too much. But with federal money come rules and regulations dictating how that money can be spent. In the end, Wellstone supports Washington, D.C. dictating education policy.
On these sets of issues, Paul Wellstone's solutions are more centralized control. Wellstone knows better how a company should treat its workers during times of family crisis. Wellstone knows what the "fair" income of a farmer should be. Wellstone knows better how local school districts should run. These issues don't make him a communist. He doesn't call for government ownership of the means of production. What he does support is Fascism. Private property still remains but orders on how to properly employ it is dictated from on high. It's collectivistic, inefficient, and immoral. So maybe the Paul Wellstone-as-Lenin isn't that accurate. A more fitting one might be Paul Wellstone-as-Mussolini. Thanks for the clarification, twit.
Buffoons like Tom Tomorrow still
Buffoons like Tom Tomorrow still can't get over the 2000 election. Will Tom ever take a look at the crooked NJ Democratic party? Don't bet on it.
A 10-year-old may become the
A 10-year-old may become the youngest child ever charged with murder in the U.S. The child was part of a gang of kids who killed Charles Young, Jr. with bats, shovels, and folding chairs.
There are areas in central cities throughout the U.S. much like that where Young was killed. They are areas where fathers are AWOL, mothers are on drugs or too busy working to feed their kids, and the police are slow to act. Our country is only one generation away from barbarism. That fact is constant. Inculcating right and wrong, good and bad is crucial. Dealing with the crooked Democrats in New Jersey or how to best deal with Saddam mean little if we allow the next generation to become murdering hordes.
"Suspect, 10, May Become Youngest Ever Charged"
I buy the results of
I buy the results of this research, but I'm not going back to contacts even if I missing out on extra kissing, hugging, and fondling. My eyesight is so bad I can only wear gas permeable lenses. Those are the nice, soft ones you think of when you think of contact lenses. No, gas permeable lenses are thicker. The nice thing about them is I could just "blink" them off instead of poking around my eye. What ended my contact wearing days was a scratched cornea and the impatience of putting them in everyday. I may just save up for lasik surgery if I can ever get the nerve to let some docter zap my eyes with a laser.
It took a few days,
It took a few days, but George Will laid into Congressmen McDermott (D-Iraq) and Bonoir (D-Iraq) dubbing them "useful idiots.".
"Innocents Abroad" [via InstaPundit]
HUMOR: ScrappleFace beat me to
HUMOR: ScrappleFace beat me to the punch and reports that the NJ GOP replaced Forrester with Condoleezza Rice. Lautenberg's toast.
"New Jersey Republicans Scratch Forrester from Senate Ballot"
Guessing game time! Name the
Guessing game time! Name the most corrupt state political party in the country. It used to be the Illinois Democratic Party where their motto was: "Vote early, vote often." You could make a case for the Texas Democratic Party during Lyndon Johnson's Senate days. The Florida Democratic Party can also stake its claim with their mystical chad reading back in 2000. But today, right now, no other state political party can match the New Jersey Democratic Party. What other party is so brazen that they can ignore the plain and simple language governing their elections?
Well, two parties can play this game of bait-and-switch. Douglas Forrester did a fine job. He was well on his way to snuffing out the "Torch" and help the GOP retake the Senate. But if the Democrats want to play hardball, then Forrester should step down. His replacement: Steve Forbes. I want Forbes to jump in, go nuts on his flat tax, and pony up $20 million of his own money to buy up so much ad time that no one in New Jersey will even know Frank Lautenberg is even running.
"New Jersey Court Allows Substitute on Senate Ballot"
"N.J. Court OKs Ballot Change"
October 01, 2002
John Hawkins covers the Torricelli
John Hawkins covers the Torricelli scam going down in New Jersey. He points out this Tim Russert quote:
Remember, NJ is the home state of Tony Soprano.
"What Happens for the Democrats Now?"