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January 31, 2004

Make or Break in Wisconsin

The Journal Sentinel reports on Howard Dean, M.D.'s Wisconsin-centered strategy. Dr. Duck will be in tomorrow, but sadly this weblogger will be working and unable to attend any events. :-(

"Dean Counts on Wisconsin"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 11:53 PM | Comments (2)

Intelligence Review

There should be a commission to investigate Iraq intelligence and , and it's good the White House appears to be supporting one. If it turns out the administration manipulated the intelligence, at the minimum, they should be denied re-election.

But so far, I've seen no evidence of deliberate manipulation. The most impressive argument is that during the debate over the war no one claimed Saddam didn't have WMD. If France thought otherwise then it would have been a strong card to play at the U.N. You would also think they would speak up loudly now if they knew the WMD threat wasn't what was claimed by the U.S. Instead, we hear silence.

There is a huge difference between lying and being wrong. Paul Wolfowitz said,

You have to make decisions based on the intelligence you have, not on the intelligence you can discover later.

Simply being wrong doesn't mean deliberate falsification took place. Anyone who thinks otherwise should put themselves in President Bush's shoes.

"Bush Considers Iraq Intelligence Review"

UPDATE: This Wall Street Journal editorial makes the points I was trying to make, and they did it so much better. That's why they get paid to write while I'm up late a night tapping on a keyboard as a hobby.

"So Where's the WMD?"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 10:29 PM | Comments (6)

Dean in Milwaukee

Howard Dean, M.D. will be spending a half-day in Brew City. First, he'll spend an hour answering questions from Tim Russert on Meet the Press. Then he'll be hosting a discussion with local black leaders. Then it's off to a church before flying to Michigan.

"Dean Swing through Milwaukee Aimed at Winning Black Support"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 01:29 AM | Comments (1)

January 30, 2004

Is Duck, M.D. Reading TAM?

Probably not since I'm not part of the Deaniac echo chamber. Here's what Dr. Dean's new campaign manager, Roy Neel, posted to the campaign weblog:

Our goal for the next two and a half weeks is simple—become the last-standing alternative to John Kerry after the Wisconsin primary on February 17.

Why Wisconsin? First, it is a stand-alone primary where we believe we can run very strong. Second, it kicks off a two-week campaign for over 1,100 delegates on March 2, and the shift of the campaign that month to nearly every big state: California, New York, and Ohio on March 2, Texas and Florida on March 9, Illinois on March 16, and Pennsylvania on April 27.

It's similar to what I wrote Wednesday:
Look for Wisconsin, my home state, as a good chance for Duck, M.D.'s last stand. Madison, being a college town and all-around loopy Left area, should come out strong for the anti-war Dean, M.D. On February 17, there will also be a Republican Senate primary to choose Sen. Russ Feingold's opponent. That will keep Republicans from crossing over further concentrating the Left vote. If Duck, M.D. can't win in a situation like that, then stick a fork in him, he's done.

Advantage: TAM!

This makes Wisconsin's 02.17 primary and 02.15 Presidential debate very interesting. That assumes, of course, Sen. John Kerry doesn't run the table next week and be virtually unstoppable by winning Michigan and Washington a few days later.

A UW-Milwaukee poli-sci professor told the Journal Sentinel, "Given that he's for all practical purposes run out of money, it could be that Wisconsin will be his last stand. It could be kind of a Custer's last stand, too."

Dean, M.D. plans on being in Milwaukee Sunday. Even if the Packers aren't playing in the Super Bowl that day, campaigning then will be ignored by football-crazies. Since his money-problems have stopped him from buying campaign ads, Duck, M.D. will need lots of free media I'll give you details about the event when I get them.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 10:52 PM | Comments (0)

Duck-Trippi Relationship

Here's a portion from a post from Howard Dean, M.D. himself:

Losing Joe [Trippi] is a blow, and I still hope that he will come back as a strategic advisor later, he is the best in the business.

Trippi is gone because Dr. Duck wanted a change. He felt he needed a change. If he still thought so highly of Trippi then he wouldn't have fired him. A GQ article may shed some light on the Dean, M.D.-Trippi relationship. When asked if Trippi liked Howard the Duck, he said,
"To tell you the truth," says Joe, "I respect him more than I like him, and I'm not sure he likes me very much. But I think he respects me."

"Joe Trippi's Wild Ride" [via Besty's Page]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 08:39 PM | Comments (0)

January 29, 2004

BlogMaddness Round 2

TAM made it out of Round One. Thanks to everyone who voted for me. Now, it's on to Round 2 where the competition gets harder.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 11:36 PM | Comments (0)

January 28, 2004

Feathers Flying in Burlington

Call this "Duck's Last Stand." Howard Dean dumped his campaign manager Joe Trippi and is guiding the campaign down a cost-conscious path by asking staff to "defer their paychecks for two weeks." It seems to me Duck, M.D. was running his campaign like a dot com drunk with venture capital cash at the height of the Net bubble. The campaign raised $40 million and gave up matching federal funds. Now, it can't pay the staff. If this campaign is about decentralizing things, why isn't there any mention of the money trouble on the weblog? Do they not want to shock those in the echo chamber? Don't Dean, M.D. and his raft trust the followers to come up with some good ideas? Some revolution this is turning out to be.

Dr. Dean told reporters, "We had geared up for what we thought would be a front-runner's campaign. It's not going to be a front-runner's campaign. It's going to be a long, long war of attrition." I thought Dr. Duck preferred to be the insurgent instead of the front-runner. At least that's how Trippi was spinning it after their third-place finish in Iowa.

Dean, M.D. also fell into the "fatal echo chamber" of his own (and Trippi's) creation. Slate's William Saletan describes a rally in New Hampshire last Monday:

Dean makes light of his concession speech on caucus night in Iowa, in which he vented his emotions with a visceral roar. In the week since then, he has repeatedly explained that he wasn't trying to scare the television audience; he was just trying to mirror and affirm the enthusiasm of his supporters who were in that room in Iowa. But that's the problem. Dean wasn't talking to the country. He was talking to his movement. And when he capped that speech with a fiery litany of states that he would win after Iowa—Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Arkansas, Connecticut—he was exhorting his troops to vanquish the Democratic presidential candidates from those states. It was the speech of a crusader, not a president.

Replacing Trippi is Roy Neel. Neel is a "Washington insider" Duck, M.D. has been railing against for months. Neel used to work for AlGore and is a former head of the U.S. Telecom Association, something Dr. Duck would call a "special interest."

Howard the Duck's kool-aid kids must just love this. When Dean, M.D.'s done those followers will have quite the hangover.

"Dean Replaces Campaign Leader in Shake Up"

"I See Dean People" [via Power Line]

UPDATE: Oliver Willis reports [via Political Wire] that Dean, M.D. is down to $5 million. He writes,

What did they do, smoke all that money like cheap cigars? The whole idea of a decentralized campaign is to save money, not spend money like you're Pets.com reincarnated.

Nevermind that the ads they ran were crap.

It's safe to say we have witnessed one of the biggest flame-outs in Presidential campaign history.

"The Dean Bubble Pops - For Real?"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 11:10 PM | Comments (2)

Milwaukee Meetup

Other places all over the country have periodic weblogger gatherings. Sad to say, the Milwaukee area hasn't seen any. The weblog Meetup is scheduled for 02.18. Let's see if we can get a SE Wisconsin group together. After my BloggerCon experience I know face-to-face contact with other webloggers only makes me more enthused with the medium. Come on, sign up. It will be fun.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 10:42 PM | Comments (0)

Volokh Thrashes Roberts

There isn't anything for me to add. Just read Eugene Volokh's public thrashing of Paul Craig Roberts.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Paleowatch at 08:42 PM | Comments (3)

Buck Rogers on DVD

Gil Gerard and the lovely Erin "Col. Deering" in my DVD player. Oh, Joy! I just hope it doesn't have a ridiculous price like the Battlestar Galactica set.


Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 06:50 PM | Comments (1)

Carnival of the Vanities #71

By hosting this week's Carnival I've learned two things: 1. This is a lot of work; 2. There are some great weblogs I've never heard of. My thanks go to everyone who has made this possible. Next week's Carnival will be at A Perfectly Cromulent Blog.

And away we go...

Arnold Williams examines President Bush's faith-based initiatives.

Dr. Notions tells the story of Push Wood Johnny.

Peter Salomon turned the Democratic primary season into a bad reality tv show.

Dan K. O'Leary rants about what annoyed him in 2003.

Norbizness turns the State of the Union address into an SAT question.

Erick Erickson calls shows featuring homosexuals to be "overhyped."

Carnival newbie homicidalmaniak (welcome) discusses how religion fits with her politics.

Gary Cruse figures the U.S. missed its chance to take out North Korea's nukes. Now, starvation is withering away both the government and any possible resistence.

Doug Payton tries to warm up a cold winter day with a post on global warming.

Jess has a funny story about an encounter with a Senator in the bathroom.

Jonathan Wilde views the State of the Union as pro wrestling.

Bill Adams responds to Wesley Clark pulling rank on John Kerry.

Madeleine Begun Kane offers us a SOTU crossword puzzle.

Andrew Ian Dodge gives us non-Brits a peak inside the wild and wooly House of Commons.

Ed Brayton dives into the weighty subject of human nature.

Jennifer Lopez and Spider Man. Justene Adamec has the scoop.

Alex offers a baseball metaphor to describe his relationships.

Patterico lays into two prominent newspapers for their extreme political correctness.

Sticking with political correctness, PC Watch translates edu-speak into English.

John Ray links Hitler with Paul Ehrlich because both were concerned about overpopulation.

Bussorah jokes about the afterlife.

Carey notes that the BBC is buying Google ads as damage control.

Diversity in the university is like watching sausage being made as John points out.

Patriot Paradox comments on the SOTU.

Edward "E.J." Davis at etalkinghead thinks Howard Dean, M.D. still has a chance to win the nomination.

Aunty Goob comments on an Internet sales tax hitting Tennessee next January.

Da Goddess tells the story of how she became a nurse.

Northstar documents his "first annual hockey pilgrimage to Dallas."

Harvey found the secret of the universe on a dollar bill.

Peaktalk think he's found Canada's Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Gunther posts some Bushisms.

The menstral cycle and the military. I'll let Ema explain.

Simon comments on Hong Kong's Basic Law.

Goldie is too young to reminisce, but she does anyway.

Kathy Kinsley suggests requiring school uniforms for France instead of banning Hijab.

Josh Cohen is smokin'.

James Joyner defends Sen. John Kerry's anti-war protesting.

Pietro notes what Democratic Presidential candidates said soon after David Kay's revelations.

Boifromtroy points out that Wonkette could just as easily be published from New York City.

Feste finds that the road to cheaper prescription drugs might not go through Canada.

Bodies and power. Ted K. has the details.

Jack of the Obvious at the King of Fools parses dating through Zork.

Kevin covers a raid that ended with two convictions for posessing ten tracer rounds.

Goofy zero tolerance policy is the subject of Jim Peacock's post.

The Interested-Participant reports a group of homeless won a lawsuit and pocketed $1000.

Gregory Markle of American RealPolitik gives some coverage to the unknown candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

The RoguePundit makes a case for farm subsidies.

Stephen Silver rips on the Village Voice.

LibertyBlog looks at the David Kay revelations.

Joe Kelley takes issue with ditching the honor roll.

Dave reports on a teachers' protest to the No Child Left Behind Act.

Phil celebrates 20 years of the Mac.

Abnu posts on birds who say more than "Polly want a cracker."

Hot wheels are the subject of Jeff Quinton's post.

Drake gazes into his crystal ball to devine the next few weeks of the Democratic race.

Bill comments on the Internet echo chamber.

Larry the Liberal take over Semi-Intelligent Thoughts and replies to the SOTU.

The Commissar accuses the U.S. of lying about war causalties, and I just chuckled. Read the post, and you will too.

Chuck daydreams.

Josh Fielek visits hell.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 05:04 PM | Comments (1)

Vote for TAM

I'm still locked up in a tough battle in the first round of BlogMadness 2003. If you haven't voted yet, do so. You'll feel better.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 04:09 AM | Comments (0)

Tears for Fears is Back

My favorite 80s band have reunited to make a new album and will go on tour this summer.

"Tears for Fears Conjure 'Happy Ending'"

"Tears for Fears Wants to Rule World Again"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Music at 03:32 AM | Comments (1)

Duck Doomed

Howard Dean, M.D. received another shallacking by Sen. John Kerry. Just a few weeks ago, Dean, M.D. was beating Kerry by double digits. Between then and now, Democrats realized politics is about getting someone elected so they're rejecting a scream, angry doctor and putting a liberal, more Presidential-looking Senator in his place as front-runner. The numbers don't lie. Kerry beat Dean, M.D. by 13 points. The media's focus for next week is South Carolina, but Howard the Duck doesn't plan on spending much time there excpet for Thursday's debate. His insulting remarks towards Southerners probably doomed him from any chance of winning there even if he would have won Iowa and New Hampshire. The Duck, M.D. campaign is looking beyond next week's primaries and caucuses. Dean, M.D.'s eyes are targeted on Michigan, Washington, and Wisconsin. To keep the money coming in he's going to have to win somewhere. Mounting losses would only leave Duck, M.D. true believers to complain to one another on Dean, M.D.'s weblog about the conspiratorial, corporate media and the fact they're maxed out from "hitting the bat" anymore.

Look for Wisconsin, my home state, as a good chance for Duck, M.D.'s last stand. Madison, being a college town and all-around loopy Left area, should come out strong for the anti-war Dean, M.D. On February 17, there will also be a Republican Senate primary to choose Sen. Russ Feingold's opponent. That will keep Republicans from crossing over further concentrating the Left vote. If Duck, M.D. can't win in a situation like that, then stick a fork in him, he's done.

As for the Duck Hunt, it will go on as long a Howard Dean, M.D. is in the race. Whether it's tracking blogosphere reaction to his zany and ridiculous comments or covering a death march is up to Dean, M.D. and his band of kool-aid-drinking followers. Whether anyone will care is up to you.

"Kerry Wins New Hampshire As Dean's Rebound Falls Short"

"Where Do We Go From Here?"

UPDATE: Dr. Duck knows he's in trouble. Here's a bit of his conversation with Larry King last night:

Larry: Do you have to do -- do have you to win two or three states next week? Logically?

Dean: No, all we have to do is keep the support, the enormous support of the grassroots behind us. We've raised a lot of money this week over the internet, more than has been reported than the other candidates. We intend to change this country. We're not in this just to change presidents. We want to change America. I want to give America back to ordinary working families again from a power structure in Washington that's really taken is from them. George bush thinks corporations are more important than people and i don't.

Dean, M.D. knows that the game is about getting delegates. That means he has to do better than Sen. John Kerry. That means he has to win somewhere. Each time Kerry beats Duck, M.D. and wins more delegates he sets Dean, M.D. back twice as much. First, Kerry gets closer to that magical number of 2162 delegates needed for nomination. Plus Dean, M.D. is prevented from getting those delegates for himself since this is a zero-sum game.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 03:09 AM | Comments (0)

January 27, 2004

Final Carnival Reminder

I'm working the night shift so work on the Carnival of the Vanities won't resume until the wee hours of Wednesday morning. That means you still have time to get your entry in. Send them to carnival --at-- theamericanmind DOT com. Please put "carnival" or "CotV" in the subject heading so I don't think they're spam.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 02:07 PM | Comments (0)

Flames! Glorious Flames!

Southern Musings hosts this week's Bonfire of the Vanities.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 01:36 AM | Comments (0)

The Green Screen of Death

Kevin's TiVo might have bit the dust. As long-time TiVo user, I've never run into this.

"Uh Oh!!!"

UPDATE: This phenomenon isn't new. I think I've had my TiVo for over three years. I better get emotionally prepared for the day I get the GSOD.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Tech at 01:18 AM | Comments (1)

Vote for TAM

There's this little contest called BlogMadness 2003. Think of it as the NCAA basketball tournament for weblogs. In the first round, yours truly is matched up against a formidible challenger. It's early in the voting, and TAM has the narrowest of leads. Read both posts then make your choice as to who should go on. My fate rests in your hands.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 12:26 AM | Comments (5)

January 26, 2004

Duck Hunt #8


After the "I Have a Scream" speech it's gotten harder to find critical posts on Howard Dean, M.D. It's Kerry this and Kerry that. Did you know he served in Vietnam? However, Howard Dean, M.D. is closing in on Sen. John Kerry. Like the Duck, M.D. campaign there may be some life left in this blatant attempt at web traffic. To my New Hampshire readers, if you want the Duck Hunt to continue go out and vote for Howard Dean, M.D. Go, Duck Go!

  • Steven Taylor is going out on a limb by predicting a Duck, M.D. win in a "squeaker."
  • Hugh Hewitt thinks Dean, M.D. will win New Hampshire because "All of these people and more have a stake in the New Hampshire primary's uniqueness, a uniqueness that diminishes in value if New Hampshire comes to be understood as a vote that ratifies the Iowa results, as opposed to upending them." [via Power Line]
  • Captain's Quarters wonders how Howard the Duck can reconcile ripping President Bush on civil liberties while formerly calling for a national ID to get government services and access the Net.
  • Cam Edwards points out the obvious. Iraqis are better off now that Saddam is gone despite Dr. Duck's assertion that "their [Iraqis'] living standard is a whole lot worse now than it was before." Monetarily they may be worse off but Cam writes what's now missing:
    No rape rooms. No more mass graves. No more children kidnapped from rest rooms for daring to write "Down With Saddam" on a bathroom wall.
  • Venomous Kate has links that show Dean, M.D. is once again all wet. (Hence, the moniker.)
  • Gregg Easterbrook is puzzled. Dean came off as weird after the "I Have a Scream" speech, but "there is absolutely nothing in Dean's record to suggest that he is, in fact, weird."
  • Bill Hobbs found a New Republic article that looked at the reaction of Howard the Duck's followers to the Iowa loss. How about this description of the campaign:
    the campaign had become a kind of glorified Friendster network
  • If you didn't see the NY Post front page last week, Steve Silver fixes that.
  • Mike links the former Vermont governor to existentialist painting.
  • Matthew Stinson has some lyrics and a picture for a candidate who thought he had it all only to see it vanish with a scream.
  • The Commissar dug up an rock classic.

Join in by linking to the Duck Hunt. If you have an MT-powered weblog, just trackback to this post, and it will appear below. If your weblog software is incapable of trackbacks use Kevin's Trackback Form.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 10:06 PM | Comments (0)

Covering JFK

Just like TAM is hammering away at Howard Dean, M.D., Viking Pundit is doing the same to Sen. John Kerry. Only he doesn't have a gimmick like The Duck Hunt. How about the Vietnam Veteran Hunt?

[via Heh. Indeed.]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 05:35 PM | Comments (0)

Carnival of the Capitalists

Winds of Change.NET hosts this week's Carnival of the Capitalists.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 04:20 PM | Comments (0)

January 25, 2004

Dump Dowd

Here's the first sentence from Maureen Dowd's column today:

Howard Dean's bark was missing its bite. And his socks were missing their warp. Not to mention their woof.

The NY Times must exist in a weird world for Dowd to get paid to write while a more interesting woman could write better for them at half the price.

"Dowd Translator Needed"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 07:13 PM | Comments (6)

Diner Poll

If Weekend Pundit's informal, unscientific diner poll is any indication, there are a lot of New Hampshire voters who don't know who to vote for yet. WP writes,

The undecideds wield considerable power, being able to make or break a candidate's campaign with a simple vote. They can confound the pollsters and turn a frontrunner into an almostwas in a single day. It's happened in the past, so it can happen again. And we must remember one thing – the only poll that counts is the one that takes place on Tuesday. All of the others decide nothing, though you might have a tough time convincing some of the media of that.

This diner talk is making me hungry. I'm off to make some eggs.

"Latest Paugus Diner Poll© Results"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 06:34 PM | Comments (0)

Needs Butter

If this week's Toast-O-Meter is anything like last week's read it then forget everything because the New Hampshire primary will be as surprising as the Iowa caucuses. Not to pick on Steven for going out on a limb and making a prediction (I made one last fall that looks to have ended my hopes of future fame as a political prognosticator.) here's what he wrote about Sen. John Edwards' chances in Iowa:

That leaves fourth for Edwards, despite the Des Moines Register endorsement. Who bases their voting on newspaper endorsements?

Edwards took second and became the surprise story of the race.

"The Pre-NH Toast-O-Meter"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 02:40 AM | Comments (1)

January 24, 2004

Bad Vibes for Kerry?

Yes, Sen. John Kerry looks like the Old Man of the Mountain. Is this an omen since the "man" crashed down last May? Will Sen. F-U (D-France) tumble next Tuesday?

"Separated at Birth?" [via Wonkette]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 12:05 AM | Comments (0)

January 23, 2004

Interview with an Economist

John Hawkins got himself an interview with the prolific economist and columnist, Thomas Sowell. It's brief so if you want further insight read Basic Economics and Applied Economics. Both are outstanding.

"10 Questions With Thomas Sowell"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 11:36 PM | Comments (1)

"I Need Some Ribs"

Posting the transcript is great, but having the audio (if any exists) would be priceless.

"Remarks by the President to the Press Pool" [via Matthew Stinson]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 11:07 PM | Comments (4)

Did in by a Scream?

Partially inspired by mtpolitics' admission that he didn't think the "I Have a Scream" speech wasn't "that big of a deal" I wonder if Dr. Duck's campaign would be at the point of collapse if he wouldn't have released that UFW-inspired wail. Without the "YEEEAAAHHH!!!" television and radio shows wouldn't have had anything stunning to replay over and over. There may have been one or two remixes made mocking Dean, M.D.'s fine ability to list states, but not the plethora of interesting choices being created on computers across the globe. Without the scream, Howard the Duck wouldn't have felt the need to be interviewed by Diane Sawyer last night. If there was no scream some people wouldn't be having their first impression of Dr. Duck as a raving lunatic--which he isn't. The scream didn't cost him Iowa, but it may have prevented him from getting back into the race.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 10:42 PM | Comments (0)

Indian Business Development

Despite the cries that someone should "do something" about outsourcing, based on Gordon Smith's observation of India, the U.S. stil retains an important comparative advantage in entrepreneurship.

"Is India Entrepreneurial Enough?"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 10:08 PM | Comments (0)

Scream Source

There's an explanation from Dave Winer as to why Dr. Duck screamed the way he did:

I was at Dean headquarters on the night of the Iowa caucuses, and I watched the Dean rant on TV in the office, with the other Web programmers. A few minutes before the speech they had a staff meeting in the conference room. Everyone was there except me and another guest. Not being a staffer, I didn't belong in the staff meeting. Several times during the meeting a loud crazy-sounding scream came from the room, everyone was doing it, and it was really frightening. The stuff of nightmares. This was before Howard Dean's rant. I asked Jim Moore what that was about, he said it's an Indian war yell or something like that, they used to do it in United Farm Workers rallies, and they adopted it at Dean For America. A few minutes later Dean let out the famous scream, it was the same scream I heard in the conference room.

My conclusion: the whole staff is looney. Passionate, yes, but quite weird.

"The Famous Dean Rant"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 09:28 PM | Comments (0)

January 22, 2004

Carnival Reminder

Carnival of the Vanities entries are starting to trickle in. Just a reminder to send them to carnival --at-- theamericanmind DOT com. Please put "carnival" or "CotV" in the subject heading so I don't think they're spam.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 10:50 PM | Comments (0)

Duck Interview

I caught the Diane Sawyer interview with the Dr. Duck and his wife.

Here are some explanations from Dr. Duck for his very weird moment last Monday:

  • He wanted to make his supporters "feel they did their work." [They didn't because Duck, M.D. lost...badly.]

  • "I was having a great time."

  • "I'm not a perfect person."

  • "I do things that are a little nutty."

  • "I am who I am." [Which is why he shouldn't be President.]

Dean, M.D. admits the scene "wasn't Presidential." His wife Dr. Judy Steinberg "thought it looked kind of silly."

Howard the Duck was self-deprecating. How could he not be and still appear to be in control of his faculties? He laughed and smiled about the incident.

I was disappointed at Diane Sawyer's emphasis on Dr. Steinberg not being on the campaign trail. That's not been an issue here at TAM, nor did I notice that concern in the zeitgeist of Dr. Duck.

Duck, M.D. blames the media for making his insurgent campaign more dominating than it really was. He told Sawyer, "I knew we were never the front-runner." He called the Dean "juggernaut" a "creation of the media." Funny, the campaign didn't try to play down things when Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News put him on their front covers. His was the campaign that bragged about how they are using the Internet to raise money and organize followers like no campaign did before. Duck, M.D. and his gang raised more money, faster than any other Democratic Presidential candidate in history. He was on such a roll he decided not to accept federal-matching funds to not stop the fundraising machine. These guys believed the hype, and they crashed down to reality last Monday.

I haven't seen tonight's debate, so I can't connect the effects from all of Dr. Duck's free media. Just from the Sawyer interview, I find the two Deans to be a happy couple. They appear to deeply love each other and their family. That's fine to know if they're your next-door neighbors. However, Dr. Duck wants to be President of the United States. Admiting you "do things that are a little nutty" and stating plainly, "I am who I am" probably won't engender confidence in primary voters.

UPDATE: The always good Betsy linked to the story on the ABC News website. It's not great damage control when the story is titled "'I’m a Human Being’". She also notes (along with Political Wire) that Duck, M.D. did David Letterman's Top Ten List tonight.

UPDATE II: Matthew Stinson wonders if the scream was Duck, M.D.'s "Gennifer Flowers moment."

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 10:26 PM | Comments (2)

Video Worse than Audio

I took California Yankee's advice and watched Dr. Duck's speech. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt and not think he was over-the-top. My conclusion: he loved being the loose cannon. As he took off his jacket and rolled up his sleeves, he completely knew he wanted to rev up his followers. Then when he went into his state-by-state rant, his eyes went demonic. He was letting all his Bush and fellow Democrat hatred bubble up to the surface. Sure, he was playing to the crowd, but Howard Dean is running for President not carnival barker.

"Yowl, Yell or Yodel, Dean Painted As Demonic"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 08:01 PM | Comments (1)

Good News

Battlestar Galactica appears to be slated for six episodes.

"SCOOP: Galactica Given Six"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 07:48 PM | Comments (0)

News from Duck's Weblog

Joe Trippi, campaign manager for Dr. Duck's campaign, is blaming the media for all the (bad) publicity over the "YEEEEAAAAHHH!!" speech Monday night. He writes,

The Governor looked out at the room and saw 3500 people who had come from all across the country because they believed in changing their country and he wanted them to know how proud he was of them and their efforts. And he wanted them to know that we’re going on no matter what.

He wasn’t thinking about the cameras. It was the people right in front of him who had done so much because they believe in a better America that he was speaking to.

That the press would report on his speech for one day is understandable. But what’s remarkable is that they could run it over and over for 48 hours and still call it journalism. The State of the union took place. The next day we find out that Bush plans to ask for $40 billion more for his war in Iraq. But what do they run over and over again?

You know the speech (using that term loosely) is really hurting when the campaign manager has to make a public statement about it over two days later. If Trippi really wants to know who's responsible for the meltdown, all he has to do is look at his boss.

"The Real Story"


Now, registration is required to comment on weblog posts at Blog for America. It's probably wise to have some kind of gateway mechanism to keep the real trolls out (not just those who offer critical takes on the campaign), but the timing is awful. Duck, M.D. gets whupped on Monday, and early Thursday morning the Net response appears to be squelching of discussion. Nothing sinister may have up anyone's sleeve. The "upgrade" might just have been scheduled because the primary season has begun, and the campaign expects more traffic. It just looks like even the Internet campaign is as defensive as the meatspace one.

"Comment Registration Has Arrived"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 12:59 AM | Comments (9)

A Tale of Two Politicians

This from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel media columnist Tim Cuprisin:

The contrast between two nights of television was stunning.

On Tuesday, it was President George W. Bush in control of the cameras, selling his agenda to the nation on the major networks and news channels. Calm and confident, the president laid out what he'll be running on this election year.

"We have come through recession and terrorist attack and corporate scandals and the uncertainties of war," he told Congress. "And because you acted to stimulate our economy with tax relief, this economy is strong and growing stronger."

The night before, it had been former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean out of control before the cameras, sounding more like he was annexing the Sudetenland than moving on to the New Hampshire primary. He ranted and raved, his eyes flashing like a madman's. Then he ended it with a weird New England war whoop.

"While Bush Stands Tall, Dean Takes a Tumble"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 12:45 AM | Comments (3)

New Music Sensation

Ironically, the medium that lauched Howard the Duck is the same one that will immortalize his 01.10.04 Iowa concession speech. Expect these remixes to become the next craze in European discoteques.

"Howard Dean's Iowa Concession Speech Remixes" [via Wizbang!]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 12:32 AM | Comments (0)

January 21, 2004

Net Users Reject Duck

Here's how bad Howard the Duck did in Iowa:

Voter surveys in Iowa Monday night held surprising news for the former Vermont governor, whose Internet-driven candidacy attracted scores of young supporters.

In Iowa, Dean underperformed among several groups that were supposed to be key to his success. Kerry beat him among young adults, liberals, heavy Internet users, those who strongly disapproved of the war with Iraq and first-time caucus-goers.

Dean couldn't even win the heave Net users. With his campaign ignited by innovative uses of the Net, he should have easily got this segment of the caucusers.

Remember, the Iowa results are from 100,000 people who were slathered with political ads, phone calls, and door knocking for months. Plus, New Hampshire is a different animal.

"Dean Looks to Revitalize His Campaign"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 11:24 PM | Comments (0)

Duck Hunt #7


The post-Iowa dust has settled. The conventional wisdom is Dr. Duck is nuts, he'll lose New Hampshire, and then he'll return to Vermont to yell at Ben & Jerry's employees for mixing Cherry Garcia with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I'll be generous is saying that Dean for America as well as the Duck Hunt are on life support. Howard, quit thinking about yourself and get competitive again. Don't do it for your cult following. Do it for this humble weblogger. Go, Duck, Go!

  • Steven Taylor puts it gently: "Dean Looks Lost." [Does anyone know if there's a recording of Dr. Duck singing the National Anthem?]
  • Dean Esmay tells us why he didn't buy the Net hype:
    this "Howard Dean's running a different kind of campaign" stuff is horse manure. Why? Because Pat Buchanan was doing all that in the early 1990s, virtually exactly the same way, in his attempt to win the Republican nomination. His only difference was web sites and internet listservs, rather than weblogs.
  • Dean has another entry. Late, but powerful. He urges a closer look at the Dr. Duck's raft of weblog commenters who the campaign considers to be heart of the campaign.
  • Michele covers Howard the Duck's public "Angry White Male" meltdown.
  • Jon Chait posts two e-mails from Duck, M.D. defectors. I wonder how bummed he is that his Dean-bashing weblog might also die a quick death.
  • Erick Erickson discovered Duck, M.D. was awfully strange before his Monday-night meltdown.
  • Stephen Green found David Letterman's top-ten analysis for why Dean lost.
  • The Duck, M.D. youth movement failed in Iowa. PunchtheBag writes, "Now we know how Gen-Xers got the nickname slackers."
  • A guest poster at A Small Victory posted a good joke:
    Q: Why did Howard Dean cross the road?

    A: to get to California! And North Dakota! And New Mexico! And Texas! And New York! And New Hampshire! And South Carolina! And Coruscant! And Mordor! And Trantor! And Rhode Island! Yeeeaaagh!

  • Duck, M.D.'s ranting quacking has become a blogosphere game. Michele, Tim Blair, and the Commissar all have their fun.
  • ScrappleFace has fun with the scream, Dr. Duck's weblog hype, and his opinion of Iowans.
    Finally, we have a battle of the bands: James Lileks vs. a Deaniac from Georgia.

Join in by linking to the Duck Hunt. If you have an MT-powered weblog, just trackback to this post, and it will appear below. If your weblog software is incapable of trackbacks use Kevin's Trackback Form.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 09:19 PM | Comments (1)

TAM Hosting CotV

PoliBlog hosts this week's Carnival of the Vanities, but mark your calendar for next Wednesday when TAM will be the momentary center of the blogosphere when I host the CotV. Start sending in your entries to carnival --at-- theamericanmind dot com.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 06:21 PM | Comments (0)

January 20, 2004

OTB Round-Up

James Joyner has plenty of post-Iowa blogosphere links. He also has this remark on Howard the Duck's speech:

I'd add that Dean sounded even nuttier listening to it on NPR this morning than he seemed on television last night. If Bob Novak thinks you're over-the-top then, brother, you're over-the-top.


Look for a new Duck Hunt tomorrow. I want to give the blogosphere some more time to put together some really good material. If you have something you think is good send me an e-mail.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 02:06 PM | Comments (3)

We Won't Be Missing You

Apparently to Gwyneth Paltrow America is too patriotic. "At the moment there's a weird, over-patriotic atmosphere over there," she said. She also fails to realize that there's is an entire political party and almost 50% of the electorate opposed to President Bush.

"The Foxlight: Traitor Gwyneth" [Note: This is an amazingly harsh story title.] [via Right Voices]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 01:31 PM | Comments (3)

Roast Duck

Pragmatism is the theme from last night's Iowa caucuses. With Dean not winning it shows Iowa Democrats care more about defeating President Bush than making the election an anti-Bush temper tantrum. That's good for the continued viability of the Democratic Party as well as civilized political discourse. But it's bad for TAM's Duck Hunt.

Sen. John Kerry's victory salvaged his campaign. The win will give him a big boost in New Hampshire. We'll see how that plays when two other candidates (Clark and Lieberman) are duking it out.

I thought Dean would get the nomination. He still could do it, but I'm not very confident with my prediction. I fell into the Internet frenzy that catapulted Duck, M.D. to the head of the pack. I figured Dean's campaign tapped into something the other candidates didn't. All the while I was castigating the raft for thinking the Duck, M.D. campaign was revolutionary movement. I called it a "decentralized marketing campaign pushing a candidate as the product." Oops! If Howard the Duck would have stuck with Chris Suellentrop's suggestion not to be "a blunt, moderate Democrat and his policies" instead of becoming "a campaign about a messianic figure and his movement" he wouldn't have rose to the top or garnered such intense support (deep but not broad as Iowa showed).

Iowans appear to have been turned off by the swarm of Deaniacs who invaded their state both in person and through the mail. One Deaniac gave a possible explanation for Duck, M.D.'s thrashing:

How would you feel if you were bombarded by letters telling YOU which candidate to vote for? Yes, it keeps us grunts energized writing all those letters, but the irritation factor was probably high (and I bet the internal polls confirm this). Edwards' juvenile comment about not wanting "y'all" to tell US what to do, may have a message in it for us Dean supporters.

In Dean World where the special kool-aid is always flowing we have comments like, "If I could send you warm beams of confidence and peace from my keyboard, I would."

Dave in Wisconsin wrote,

The remarks read better than they watched, Burlington.

Regrettably, few will read them, and those who watch the speech will do so with the sound turned off and the punditry brigade on.

Enthusiasm is a wonderful thing, when enthusiasm projects a positive force.

I fear that the speech, without a doubt hard to make, did not do Dr. Dean credit.

Then there's the ever-present Bush hatred:

The Gov deserves our RESPECT and support for what he has done..to bring us all together against this Admin, which is RUINING OUR LIVES!

And this:

My little boys deserve a President who believes in them. And Heaven knows they're not safe under a Bush-Cheney-Wolfowitz administration.

If anyone writes anything critical about Dr. Duck they're labeled a "troll" and discounted. That's not the actions of people engaged in reasonable debate. It's quasi-cultism where any deliniation from the group's conventional wisdom is deemed apostasy.

The Deaniacs need to take Matt Stoller's post to heart:

Now Kucinich is viable. They took enough chunks from the Kerry/Edwards/Sharpton folk to get a delegate. What a disaster for the new politics. Dean could play in the new world, but as JFK showed in 1960, it wasn't enough to be great on TV. He had to win the machines first. Dean won the internet in July, but lost Iowa in February.

To go back to the theme of pragmatism, in order for any Democratic nominee to not be completely dominated in an air war by Bush/Cheney their only two choices are Dean and Kerry because both of them refused to take federal matching funds. Kerry has momentum, but just like Iowa changed quickly from Dean to Kerry, New Hampshire could fluctuate.

On to Howard the Duck's "consession" speech. It was filled with fury, and he loved it. He eyes were bright and penetrating reveling in the fury he could generate from the crowd. His fists were pumping as he called out all the states he was going to fight in. Then he ended it with some undescribable yell [via Drudge]. What was that noise? MSNBC's Keith Olbermann had this to say about the speech:

Suddenly Dean's in third place and worse yet, he called his own defeat long before any of the results were official. And then wound up the night with one of the weirdest interludes in recent political history: Not only did he play 'I can name all the states,' but he seemed to be doing some cross between wrestler Hulk Hogan... and jazz immortal Louie Armstrong.

Alan Simpson called him a "prairie dog on speed."

Is there some equivalent to Mad Cow Disease for ducks? If not, call the vets, I think I found the first case last night.

Howard the Duck's post-caucus speech was so unique it confused Al-Jazeera. Their story (which appears to be from the AFP wire) is titled "Dean Vows to Fight Every State." Maybe something was lost in translation. I'll let you be the judge.

One member of Dean's raft was so "confident" in his candidate that she bet a San Francisco Chronicle reporter that Duck, M.D. would get less than 30%. The woman won. Get me her number. I want her Super Bowl pick. Pats or Cats?

Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi had the best spin of the night when he told the LA Times, "It's kind of like we're back [to the position] where we're the best, where he's the insurgent." Trippi must be tripping out if he really thinks his man won by losing.

Jeff Jarvis revels in Dr. Duck's defeat. Of course, some would say his opinion doesn't count since he's not liberal enough.

Kos lists last night's winners and losers.

"Shattering Iowa Myths"

UPDATE: THE place to go in the blogosphere for Iowa coverage is The Command Post.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 04:03 AM | Comments (0)

I'm Confused

How can Howard the Duck be leading in delegates while getting his clock cleaned in Iowa? And does the AP count included superdelegates?

"Delegate Count"

"Kerry Wins Big in Iowa, Gephardt Drops Out"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 12:32 AM | Comments (4)

January 19, 2004

Duck Hunt #6


In less than five hours Iowa Democrats will head to their caucuses. These small groups of party die-hards will make or break years of hard campaigning. These last few weeks of traveling across the cold, wind-blown state has brought about fatigue and minor ailments. But Howard the Duck, M.D.'s wings have refused to stop flapping while his raft has flooded Iowa in what the campaign calls "The Perfect Storm."

Howard the Duck may have shown how much he really cares about the caucuses by zippin down to Georgia to invite himself to church with Jimmy Carter.

Back in college, Dr. Duck patronized some black classmates by insisting on a black roommate.

Now, let's go to the blogosphere:

  • Jonathan Chait looks into an inventor of the Duck, M.D. campaign's "ignore-the-center" strategy.
  • Captain's Quarters finds an interesting nugget I missed in the Drs. Dean People interview.
  • David Hogberg tries to explain why the Dems' #1 waterfowl is faultering in Iowa. To quote Hogberg, "The problem is Dean has made the mistake of equating 'uneducated' with 'stupid.'"
  • Orrin Judd reaffirms my justification for dubbing Dr. Dean, "Howard the Duck."
  • Randall McElroy at Catallarchy.net hammers Duck, M.D.'s war hypocrisy after news of "Bosnia letter" came out.
  • Frank J. imagines Dr. Duck with the bomb. And you though Dr. Stranglove was scarry.
  • Finally, Cox & Forkum have one funny cartoon.

Join in by linking to the Duck Hunt. If you have an MT-powered weblog, just trackback to this post, and it will appear below. If your weblog software is incapable of trackbacks use Kevin's Trackback Form.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 02:14 PM | Comments (0)

Civil Rights and Economics

Dwight Lee on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s economic legacy:

The expansion in freedom brought about by the civil rights movement under King's inspiring leadership receives far too little credit for improving the prospects and prosperity of all Americans. And our free-market economy receives far too little credit for helping move us toward King's dream of freedom for all our citizens.

"MLK, the Marketplace, and a Legacy of Freedom"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 01:24 PM | Comments (1)

Money Shots

Unpersons hosts this week's Carnival of the Capitalists.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 01:19 PM | Comments (0)


Thank you to Michael of 2blowhards.com for the link.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 01:15 PM | Comments (0)

January 18, 2004

Special Report from Philly

Donovan McNabb's body was found in a corner of Lincoln Financial Field. Reports indicate he was mauled by a pack of hungry panthers.

"Panthers 14, Eagles 3"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 11:54 PM | Comments (0)


I just entered BlogMaddness 2003. You should too. It should be fun, but the deadline is 01.21.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

Question to the Audience

Does any TAM reader have a copy of SimCity 3000? If so, is Madison, WI one of the cities that can be loaded? If so, is there something "interesting" about the map?

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 11:29 PM | Comments (0)

Two More Years of "Dr. No"

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) faces no competition this November.

"Two of Three Baytown Districts Uncontested"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 08:53 PM | Comments (1)

Refuting Democrats

When will a Dem weblogger accuse Michael O'Hanlon of not being a "true liberal" (even though he works at the Brookings Institution? While being critical of some aspects of the Iraq War, O'Hanlon refutes Bush's opponents' claim that the war prevents going after al Qaeda.

"Has U.S. War in Iraq Slowed War on Terror?" [via OTB]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 07:41 PM | Comments (2)

Red Madison

"The Peoples' Republic of Madison" deserves it's moniker. Just imagine the outrage if a newspaper used a Nazi-inspired motif. The idea wouldn't have even reached a billboard because it would have leaked out, and there would have been tons of complaints. Since communists killed millions more than the Nazis I've wondered why it's ok to be red but not brown.

"Communist Wisconsin" [via One Fine Jay]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 06:20 PM | Comments (7)


Oliver Willis already has one wrong weekend prediction. The Patriots topped the Colts. Bummer. Payton Manning is a good quarterback, but the New England defense made him look like a rookie.

As for the Eagles-Panthers (already in progress) I hope Willis becomes 0-2. I'm not predicting a Carolina victory, I'm hoping for one.

Then there's Duck, M.D. in Iowa. Having him win takes him one step closer to the nomination--something bad for the Democrats and the country. However, a Howard the Duck flame-out would extinguish lots of TAM campaign fun.

"Patriots Stop Colts, Head to Super Bowl"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 06:05 PM | Comments (0)

January 16, 2004

Golf News

14-year old Michele Wie almost made the cut in Hawaii's Sony Open. I have more at SportsBlog.org.

"The Female Tiger Woods"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 10:43 PM | Comments (1)

Maybe Too Cute

Food Network thinks they have the next hip couple in Lisa Loeb and Dweezil Zappa. Let's wait and see. Lisa is sweet, sexy, and a vegetarian (who occasionally cheats). Dweezil is goofy (he is a Zappa, it's in his genes) and easy going. The first episode had the two running around
Atlanta indulging in Southern favorites like chicken and waffles and carrot cake. The food looked mouthwatering, and you always wanted to say "awww" everytime Lisa and Dweezil are walking hand-in-hand. Dweezil and Lisa could get too sugar-sweet. The show has the potential of emphasising the couples cuteness over the food. Also, Lisa has to stop sounding so monotone in her narration. But the two are charming, and the food remained primary.

"Quiche and Tell"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 10:22 PM | Comments (0)

January 15, 2004


NRO's Byron York has started documenting wacky quacks from Dr. Duck. Here's the first "Deanism":

Here's a good one — highly qualified teachers, right? The president is going to decide who highly qualified teachers are! [crowd laughter] He had so many of them, right? [more laughter] I shouldn't have said that. It's not presidential."

Since Bush and Dean both went to Yale what does this tell us about Howard the Duck's high opinion of his alma matter? In this case, Dean isn't a duck, he's an ass.

[via Matthew Stinson]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 09:00 PM | Comments (3)

Miserable Failure


Just great! The WTC memorial will now look like an abandoned missile silo. Oh, how modern art can just lift the spirits.

"WTC Memorial Designer Shows New Drawings"

[This post is linked to OTB's Beltway Traffic Jam.]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 07:50 PM | Comments (5)

People Interviews Drs. Duck

Other than the occasional campaign quips by Howard the Duck, the interview portrays the couple as pretty ordinary. They seem to be devoted to their children and each other. They both also seem to be pretty even-keeled, which makes me wonder if Duck, M.D.'s Bush Rage schtick is just a gimmick for his Bush-hating followers.

[via Drudge]

UPDATE: Stephen Green is really hard on the couple.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 12:21 AM | Comments (4)

January 14, 2004

Quacking on Foreign Policy

The Council on Foreign Relations has a website devoted to foreign policy statements by the Presidential candidates. Guess which person I clicked on first? (You only get one.)

Last February Dr. Duck said in a speech,

Now, I am not among those who say that America should never use its armed forces unilaterally. In some circumstances, we have no choice. In Iraq, I would be prepared to go ahead without further Security Council backing if it were clear the threat posed to us by Saddam Hussein was imminent, and could neither be contained nor deterred.

Such nuance escapes Duck, M.D. now that the primary season is underway.

Then there's this quote from the same speech:

I believe that the President undercuts our long-term national security interests and the established international order when he seeks to replace decades of bipartisan consensus on the use of American force with a new doctrine justifying preemptive attacks against other nation states - not because of their current action or imminent threat, but to preempt a threat that could arise in the future.

It looks to me that back then Dean wasn't accusing the Bush administration of labeling Saddam's Iraq an imminent threat. Rather, he acknowledged that an argument for war was to remove a future threat. Why then does Dr. Duck make the "imminent threat" accusation other than to pander to his intensely anti-war, anti-Bush followers?

Let's compare the above quote from last February's speech with a quote from his statement on the one-year anniversary of Congress giving President Bush authority to invade Iraq:

I opposed the President's preemptive war because I thought the threat wasn't imminent and because I thought it would make us less safe here in America.

"The opinion polls were against me, but I knew I had to stand up for what I believed.

"Today we know the American people were badly misled over the past year. We've now learned that Saddam was not involved in the September 11th attacks, that there was no strong evidence Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction that presented an imminent threat to the United States, that Iraq did not try to purchase nuclear materials from Africa, that Saddam was nowhere near developing nuclear weapons, and that the Bush administration had no real plan for reconstruction once Saddam was gone.

In April, 2003 Dean made a back-handed accusation that Bush labeled Saddam's Iraq an imminent threat. It's the earliest mention of "imminent threat" I've found from Dr. Duck.

[via Daniel Drezner and Spinsanity]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 10:51 PM | Comments (0)

Dems Bush Hatred

Here's proof that Democrats are just plain irrational in their dislike towards President Bush. A poll was taken on the public's opinion of a mission to Mars. Here's the important quote:

Just over half of Democrats' opposed the plan by "the United States." Once it was identified as a "Bush administration" plan, Democrats opposed it by a 2-to-1 margin.

"AP Poll: Bush Space Plans Get Lukewarm Reception"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 04:16 PM | Comments (9)

Unilateral Howard and an Issue to Run On

It looks like Dr. Duck's standard for going to war are as warped as that of the Clinton administration. Going to war in Iraq on behalf of U.S. security interests is wrong and immoral, but going to war in Bosnia, a place of little U.S. concern is correct and right even if done unilaterally.

Hooray or USA Today for countering the standard Dean campaign rhetoric of an "imminent threat" with what President Bush actually said. A commenter linked to a Daniel Drezner debate over Iraq War rhetoric. He concluded that while the term "imminent threat" wasn't used the Bush administration made comments implying that that was exacty what Iraq had become. To the Deaniacs, unless the WMD were cocked and loaded or given to a terrorist group there was so significant threat to the U.S. That's quite different than this administrations approach. I quote from the 2002 National Security Strategy:

We must be prepared to stop rogue states and their terrorist clients before they are able to threaten or use weapons of mass destruction against the United States and our allies and friends. Our response must take full advantage of strengthened alliances, the establishment of new partnerships with former adversaries, innovation in the use of military forces, modern technologies, including the development of an effective missile defense system, and increased emphasis on intelligence collection and analysis.

Drezner concludes that the administration expanded the the definition of "imminent threat." So, both sides of this rhetorical argument have something to stand on. The President didn't use the word "imminent," and the anti-warriors can argue that that's what he implied. How about this: I'll stop claiming the anti-warriors are perpetuating a lie if they stop claiming Bush said Iraq was an imminent threat? The debate over a word doesn't change my opinion of the correctness of the Iraq War. Iraq as an imminent threat wasn't my reason for advocating war. It was the fact that Saddam's Iraq had ties to terrorists (Abu Nidal and possibly low-level contact with al-Qaeda), used chemical weapons in the past, and attempted to assassinate President George H. W. Bush. Eugene Volokh's blackmail scenerio deals with nuclear weapons, which Saddam didn't have, but it could still happen with chemical or biological weapons. The threat was there, and war was, unfortunately, the best way to deal with it.

Dean and the anti-warriors would be on much firmer ground if they argued that the intelligence system failed. It failed to prevent the Sep. 11th attacks and not (it can be argued) they failed to properly assess Saddam's WMD capabilities. However, by critiquing the intelligence system they have to indict other nations besides the U.S. During the war debate no nation, including France, stood up and claimed Saddam didn't have WMD. The argument wasn't if he had them or not, but how to deal with him. Last August, Francis Fukuyama wrote:

The inability to locate these weapons is vastly more consequential to American credibility than the fact that the White House staff failed to vet 16 words in a single speech. The missing weapons reflect a much more fundamental institutional intelligence failure.

The source of this failure does not lie in the political agenda of this administration. The Bush people are right in saying that their estimates of WMD stockpiles were no different from the conclusions of the Clinton administration. And the latter would say, if asked, that their assessment was drawn from Unscom, the U.N. weapons inspectors who operated in Iraq from 1991-98. The intelligence failure is thus ultimately traceable to Unscom, and deeply embedded in an intelligence process that in the 1990s was biased toward overestimation of threats.

Calling for a systematic analysis and reforming of the intelligence community would be a proactive issue for Dean to campaign on. I just don't see him taking that up because it wouldn't fit well with the Bush-hating of his devoted followers.

"Dean Urged Clinton to Take Unilateral Action in Bosnia"

[I've linked this post to OTB's Beltway Jam]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 03:22 PM | Comments (3)

New CotV

Snooze Button Dreams hosts this week's Carnival of the Vanities.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 02:19 PM | Comments (0)

Liar, Liar

The Dean campaign continues to perpetuate the Iraq-as-imminent-threat lie. Read last year's State of the Union speech and show me where President Bush makes that claim. You can't because he didn't do it. Instead, he said,

Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words, and all recriminations would come too late. Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option.

"Dean Calls War "Strategic Error"; Cites Army War College Report, Secretary O'Neill Statements, Carnegie Endowment"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 03:24 AM | Comments (8)

O'Neill/Suskind Hoax

If Paul O'Neill misused documents while CEO of Alcoa like Power Line accuses him of doing then the feds better send a forensic accounting team to look at Alcoa's books.

"Lid Blown Off O'Neill/Suskind Hoax" [via InstaPundit]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 02:19 AM | Comments (0)

Go Panthers!

If I didn't have enough reason to root for the Carolina Panthers this weekend, Will Bunch shot off another anti-city column. Who do I talk to to take away Philadelphia's nickname "City of Brotherly Love"?

"In Our Mind there's Nothing in Carolina" [via A Small Victory]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 01:57 AM | Comments (1)

Hell Hath No Fury Like Celebrities Spurned

Even though more evidence is hardly needed, here's more pure partisan vitrol directed at President Bush. MoveOn.org, the Deaniacs, and the Left will not win in November with reactionary anger. Americans are an optimistic people who prefer candidates advocating proactive ideas instead of reactive rants.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 01:21 AM | Comments (0)

French Bashing

Our Oldest Enemy is sure to be a book that ticks off the French as well as historians of American history. I can't wait to read John Miller's and Mark Molesky's explanation of French assistance in the Revolutionary War, and admiration the American public had to Lafayette. Surprisingly, the book isn't being published by Regnery.

[via Intellectual Conservative]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Foreign Affairs at 12:55 AM | Comments (2)

Only in Wisconsin

There's nothing I can add to this story. If only the researcher could have invented a laser to shoot down Eagles in time for last Sunday's game.

"University Adapts Laser to Slice Cheese" [via Wizbang]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 12:48 AM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2004

Duck Hunt #5


Let's begin this edition of the Duck Hunt with the Ed Koch's endorsement of President Bush. Here's the portion on Howard the Duck:

The Democrat now leading in the race, former governor Howard Dean, is a disgrace. His willingness to publicly entertain the slander that President Bush had advance warning of the September 11 attacks and his statement that America is no safer as a result of the capture of Saddam Hussein should have been sufficient to end his candidacy. But the radicals who dominate the primaries love the red meat that is thrown to them, even when it comes from a mad cow.

"Democratic Defection" [via Drumwaster's Rants]

"Dean's Wife Shuns Politics"


Let's see what the blogosphere is thinking:

  • Hoystory.com comments on Dr. Duck's confrontation with an Iowan. I don't care if Mr. Ungerer is a registered Republican. Howard the Duck didn't have to treat him so distainfully. But his "George Bush is not my neighbor" quip and the resulting applause by his followers proves again that his campaign is built on anger.
  • One Fine Jay and A Small Victory comment on the absense of Mrs. Duck, M.D. on the campaign trail. I have nothing against Dr. Steinberg. In fact, I find it refreshing to not see a candidate's spouse trotted around like an ornament.
  • Howard the Duck was wrong. Capturing Saddam made Americans safer. Attacks in Iraq are down since the dictator's capture, as Bill Hobbs notes.
  • Then there's James' discovery of a new anti-Duck bumper sticker. I got a mild chuckle out of it, but to paraphrase Mr. Ungerer Deaniacs are our neighbors too. It's not their fault. It's just the techno-utopian socialism in the kool-aid Duck, M.D.'s campaign doles out.

Now it's your turn. If you have an MT-powered weblog, just trackback to this post, and it will appear below. If your weblog software is incapable of trackbacks use Kevin's Trackback Form. Also, if you find a weblog post you think would be good for a future issue of the Duck Hunt, e-mail me.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 02:03 PM | Comments (4)

Stuff Momma Wouldn't Even Love

New Bonfire of the Vanities at The Evangelical Outpost.

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January 12, 2004

A Bad Memory

Reminiscent of Donovan McNabb's miracle 4th and 26 pass that led to yesterday's loss is another Packers heartbreaker. Back in 1999, the Pack faced the San Francisco 49ers in a wild-card game. I'll quote from the Journal Sentinel story:

All season long, Darren Sharper had been asked to make plays as the Packers' starting free safety, replacing Eugene Robinson.

On Sunday, with the National Fooball Conference wild-card game between the Packers and San Francisco 49ers on the line, Sharper failed one last time.

Steve Young's heroic 25-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens with 3 seconds remaining brought the 49ers a 30-27 victory at 3Com Park when all the Packers needed was for Sharper to stay in position and break up the pass.

Steve Young's 76-yard game-winning drive erased Brett Favre's 89-yard drive that gave the Packers the lead.

Packers fans may be used to victory snatched out of our hands, but it still hurts.

"Down & Out: Young Ends GB's season, White's Career"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 06:55 PM | Comments (2)

Rush: Victim in the War on Drugs

The ACLU has jumped to Rush Limbaugh's behalf to protect his medical privacy rights. ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said, "Limbaugh's case demonstrates that the 'War on Drugs' is not working." The civil liberties organization has a history of aiding people who oppose much of their activities. Maybe this will allow Rush to say something nice about them on his radio show.

"Strange Bedfellows? ACLU Supports Rush Limbaugh"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 05:39 PM | Comments (0)

Rush Fans Need "Patience"

Police have been on the receiving end of complaints from Rush fans over Alex Lifeson's arrest on New Year's Eve. A Collier County sheriff went so far as to write a commentary in a Naples' newspaper.

In a related note, all the Rush's in my life (the band and the man) are involved with Florida police. Ironically, the band has an instrumental titled "Limbo" on their Test for Echo album.

"Police Ask Fans' Patience in Rush Probe" [via BlogCritics.org]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 05:34 PM | Comments (0)

Reality TV

The Duck, M.D. campaign as reality TV fodder. Yeah, just what I want to watch: angry Dr. Duck and his gang of merry webloggers sneering in response to everything "wrong" President Bush does. All the while passing out cups of their secret-recipe kool-aid that makes Dean's raft believe they're on the cusp of techno-democratic utopia. Watching it would be more painful than Paris Hilton's and Nichole Richie's The Simple Life.

I have to admit, I own the Clinton campaign documentary, The War Room because it's a great view of how a Presidential campaign operates. While I disagree with James Carville's and George Stephanopolus' politics, they certainly know how to win elections. And how can you not like watching Carville rambling on over a 1 1/2 hour movie? [Note: That doesn't mean I can stand him 2 1/2 hours a week on Crossfire.]

Now, if you want good reality TV filled with characters and oodles of drama, catch ESPN's World Series of Poker. Binion's in Las Vegas is closed up, so this might be the your only chance to see something quite like it.

[via Dave at Deinonychus antirhopus]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 05:18 PM | Comments (0)

'Nuff Said

Betsy has plenty of good points on Paul O'Neill's "revelations."

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 05:01 PM | Comments (0)

Truth Hurts

Here's something depressing. Yesterday's game was the first time in Packers history where they lost a playoff game when leading by at least 14 points. Also, the infamous 4th and 26 conversion was the longest 4th down conversion by an opponent in Packers post-season history. These can be added to Ahman Green's team records set this year. He broke the single-season and single-game rushing records.

P.S. Fox wasn't on the ball. They didn't mention the Pack's record when leading by 14. If they did, I would have blamed them for the debacle.

"Packers Blow Biggest Playoff Lead vs. Eagles"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 03:59 PM | Comments (1)

"Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses..."

When President Bush released his illegal immigration plan, I didn't jump on the story. I still won't bash or praise it because in order to determine if it's a good idea one has to look beyond the immediate, "stage one" effects (to use Thomas Sowell's term from his excellent Applied Economics). It's obvious that wage rates for unskilled labor has been pushed down due to illegal workers. But it is also true that employers saved money by using the lower-cost labor. They either passed those saving onto consumers (if their market is sufficiently competitive) or invested their increased profits in some other enterprise.

National security has to be considered as well. Open borders can mean easy access for terrorists. However, amassing troops at the border to prevent any illegals from entering would draw forces away from international hotspots like Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Korea.

Then there are the cultural effects. No one knows how American society would change due to the influx of immigrants who may decide not to assimilate. Past American history shows this hasn't happened. However with the rise of organized ethinic interest groups and Leftists who feel America is evil and has to be changed, assimilation may not happen as readily as it used to.

"One Man's Verdict on Bush's Illegal Worker Plan"

"Bush Immigration Reform--No Reform at All"

[Linked to OTB's Beltway Traffic Jam]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 03:15 PM | Comments (0)

Capitalist Goodies

Ensight is hosting this week's Carnival of the Capitalists.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 02:56 PM | Comments (0)

Net Doesn't Change Economics

Robert Murphy takes on critics who think free trade ideas are somehow obsolete because of the Internet.

"Free Trade and Factor Mobility"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 02:47 PM | Comments (0)

Praying for Forgiveness

Maybe the Packers' loss is do to my reliance on voodoo instead of Jesus (according to The Eye). And maybe that's the reason I'm down and out with a cold. If so, I'm sorry Lord. It's all her fault. She made me do it. She also shouldn't have sacrificed Elton John. That might have jinxed the Pack. Who would have thought God likes "Tiny Dancer?" One more thing, she is now ranting, but it isn't as long as her blast at Roger Clemens.

"Green and Fold"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 01:43 PM | Comments (2)

January 11, 2004

Stick a Fork in 'Em; They're Done

Guess what can stop Michele's voodoo? Having your star player make a bone-headed play that costs his team the game. Also, a whole lot of bad luck had to happen (good luck for Philly). Getting a first down on fourth and 26 made up for Nathan Poole's miraculous reception against Minnesota. Then if Bhawoh Jue would have tackled Donovan McNabb, then Green Bay would be making plans to go to Charlotte next Sunday.

Dems the breaks. You live by Favre, you die by Favre.

At least Michele isn't ranting and raving...yet.

There's always next year. The Pack will be back!

"End of the Road"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 07:58 PM | Comments (5)

Something Smells

How unpatriotic and irresponsible is Paul O'Neill? If he felt the U.S. was going to war on false pretenses he had an obligation to speak out. That he didn't until he had a book coming out just reaks of opportunism.

"Inspector O'Neill: There Was No Evident of WMD"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 02:52 PM | Comments (8)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Slate's "The Decline of Fashion Photography" is one of the best photo essays I've ever read/viewed on the Web. The pictures are stunning--both in their beauty and their uglyness. Along with the images, Karen Lehrman offers brief, insightful commentary.

[via Daypop]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 01:31 PM | Comments (1)

The Shirt on Favre's Back

To add to the already homey feel the Green Bay Packers and their fans radiate, the uniforms Brett and the gang wear each and every Sunday are made only 1 1/2 hours away from hallowed Lambeau Field.

"Meet the Makers of Green Bay Packers Uniforms"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 12:11 PM | Comments (0)

Voodoo Child

It will be cold in Philly today. That's a plus for Brett Favre who shines in cold weather even though his Mississippi blood hates it. (He's 37-2 when the temperature is below 34 degrees.) Another plus is a Philadelphia sports writer who ripped Green Bay and Packers fans, although he says the column was a joke. I smell fear in the heart of William Bunch. Fear of another Eagles playoff loss at home. Fear of another failed run at the Super Bowl.

But with yesterday being "Voodoo Day" Michele asked the football gods to bless Favre, Green, et. al. A dead eagle, a living eagle, and Elton John (here is the explanation), how can the Packers lose? I better be safe and keep my fingers crossed.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 02:39 AM | Comments (0)

Duck or Thumb

Damn! Before the "Howard the Duck" meme can really sink in Jeff Jarvis runs with comment that Dean looks like a thumb. The meme has already infected Matthew Stinson who thought up the moniker "Thumb-Powered Howard." If this catches on my Duck Hunt will go the way of Nintendo's light gun.

So, I'll ask my audience: Howard the Duck or Thumb-Powered Howard? To vote leave a comment or trackback this post on your weblog.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 12:31 AM | Comments (4)

January 10, 2004

Duck Hunt #4


With possible chemical weapons found in Iraq I can't wait to see Howard the Duck's response. Is America still not safer with Saddam captured? As for the mortar rounds Blaster writes that they're the real deal because "No other liquids would be contained in a mortar round."

"Found Shells Contain Blister Agent, Tests Show"


On to the posts:

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Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 11:47 PM | Comments (2)

No Communion for Abortion Backers

This is sure to upset pro-abortion types and those who think it's right, yet alone possible, to separate one's religious beliefs from their actions as government officials.

"Bishop Bans Some Catholic Legislators from Receiving Communion"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture of Death at 11:00 PM | Comments (4)

January 09, 2004

We're All Getting Older

All is not Dean-related here at TAM. Michele (remember, the voodoo for Sunday's game) posts that Jimmy Page turned 60 today. I guess that means I have to stop making fun of Mick Jaggar being to old to run around onstage.

"I Get Older as the Minutes Go By"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Music at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

Pass Me the Butter

Steven Taylor's latest Toast-O-Meter is up for your reading pleasure.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 10:50 PM | Comments (0)

Duck Hunt #3


There may be some confusion as to why this linkfest is titled "The Duck Hunt" and why I refer to Howard Dean, M.D. as "Howard the Duck" and "Duck, M.D." Back last July, Dean supported sending U.S. troops to Liberia, but opposed the Iraq War. I dubbed him "Howard the Duck" because he was all wet. Today, he still is. So we go from one of the biggest movie bombs of the 1980s (and black mark on George Lucas' film career) to a Nintendo classic. Now, if I could only find my light gun.

Join in. If you have an MT-powered weblog, just trackback to this post, and it will appear below. If your weblog software is incapable of trackbacks use Kevin's Trackback Form.

UPDATE: When pinging to the Duck Hunt please link to the post. Links both ways help readers find more good weblogs.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 08:35 PM | Comments (0)

January 08, 2004

The Dean Tapes

When are these shows coming out of DVD? I want them.

I especially want to capture that moment when he called Republicans opposed to affirmative action "racists." I want to watch it over and over on Election Night when Duck, M.D. loses.

"Tale of the Tape on Howard Dean" [via Wizbang]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 11:03 PM | Comments (3)

Clark's Lucky He Had a Nice Mom

There's the process of campaigning where the candidate can either try traditional methods to get his message out or go the innovative route. Wesley Clark went for the latter today with an online chat with webloggers.

However, innovative campaigning can't make up for radicalism on issues. In an interview with The Union Leader, Clark demonstrated that his abortion stance goes beyond even Roe v. Wade. For Clark, "Life begins with the mother's decision." Forget anything about trimesters and fetal viability. One person's life is determined by the arbitrary choice of another. Does that mean Clark accepts infanticide? Can the mother resind her life decision if her child has a grave illness or medical condition? This thinking is eerily like that of philosopher Peter Singer who thinks it's perfectly acceptable to kill people who "rationality, autonomy, and self-consciousness."

For further thoughts read James Joyner's post and Matthew Stinson's.

"Clark: Abortion Decision is the Mom's Alone"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture of Death at 10:55 PM | Comments (0)

Duck Hunt #2


With the Iowa caucuses in only a few weeks, things are starting to get nasty or desparate. Dick Gephardt's campaign is accusing Howard the Duck's campaign of planning to sneak in non-Iowans into the caucuses.

"Gephardt Aide Accuses Dean of Caucus Fraud Plan"


Howard the Duck insists on being 5'8 3/4". Dean the oddly explains that "The reason I don't tell anybody about the three-quarters is that it sounds like I'm very sensitive about my height. And I'm not." Yeah, Duck, M.D. doesn't tell anybody about the three-quarters unless it's a writer for the New Republic. This guy is turning into the oddest Presidential candidate I've ever witnessed.

"The Cutest Little Baby Face"


Now, onto the posts:

  • Steve Verdon writes that Duck, M.D. is flip-flopping on repealing President Bush's tax cuts. He notes that Dean has little choice, or he'll end up like Paul Tsongas, Michael Dukakis, and Walter Mondale. Duck, M.D.'s rhetorical pattern matches pretty well with how he's approached winning the peace in Iraq.
  • Staying on the evolving Duck, M.D. tax plan, Jonathan Chiat blasts Dean, M.D.:
    So, having pocketed the gains from demagoguing his opponents, Dean can now make the same calculation they did. Now he will be able to tell middle-class voters they'll come out even under his plan.
    And that's from an admitted Bush-hater.
  • Rosemary shows that Howard Dean, M.D. has a tall order to fill after getting Bill Bradley's endorsement.
  • There's plenty of talk about Duck, M.D.'s remark that "if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would have not created gay people." Orrin Judd writes,
    This effectively obviates the very concept of sin, because God wouldn't have created murderers, paedophiles, necrophiliacs, genocidists, etc., etc., etc. if their actions were sinful. In Mr. Dean's bizarro world, the very commission of a sin makes it unsinful.
  • C-Log found a glaring inconsistency in Dean, M.D.'s reason for sealing some of his records while not sealing others.

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Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 10:06 PM | Comments (0)


Imagine going to the doctor's office in Vermont. You're just there for your yearly physical so you're not nervous about the doctor finding anything seriously wrong. The nurse takes you to the exam room and tells you to undress and wait for the doctor. You take off your clothes, put on the paper gown, and sit on the cold exam table waiting. After a few minutes of your eyes wandering around the room looking at all the medical instruments that might be used in your exam, the door opens. Fright falls upon you as you look at this sight.

Yeah, I'd want to wake up from that bad dream too.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 09:26 PM | Comments (2)

Coke is Evil

ScrappleFace has found that imperialist, Mars-hating capitalists have already scarred the Red Planet's precious landscape.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 12:13 AM | Comments (2)

Easterbrook in CJR

CJR has a good story on Gregg Easterbrook's troubles from last fall. As Gregg put it, "If we'd just pressed the delete key, all this never would have happened."

"A Fall from Grace" [via Romenesko]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 12:07 AM | Comments (0)

January 07, 2004

Duck Hunt #1


The new year brings a gimick to TAM. Kevin started a weekly bonfire, there are a couple of carnivals floating around the blogosphere, James gives you a daily D.C. traffic report, Kate does her best Sesame Street impersonation, and Steven lets us know which Democratic candidates have gone past "golden brown" to "burnt to a crisp." My creation is the Duck Hunt. A quick glance at the graphic above should make it obvious that this is all about the Democratic candidate I most love to pick on: Howard Dean, M.D. This is where I'll be collecting other webloggers' posts on the former governor of Vermont.

In this issue we have:

Now that you get the drift of what the Duck Hunt is all about, you can join in. If you have an MT-powered weblog, just trackback to this post, and it will appear below. If your weblog software is incapable of trackbacks (shame, shame) use Kevin's Trackback Form.

Now, let's go hunting!

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 11:07 PM | Comments (1)

Gibbs is Back

I'm usually don't give a hoot about Redskins' football, but the return of Joe Gibbs to run the team puts a big smile on my face.

"It's Official: Gibbs Returns!" [via Oliver Willis]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 03:20 PM | Comments (3)

Halliburton Found Innocent

The Army Corps of Engineers has determined that Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root division was justified "in the price it charged the government for importing hundreds of millions of dollars of petrol and other fuel into Iraq."

Of course we all know this won't stop Duck, M.D. and other Bush-bashers from claiming Bush went to war just to help his rich friends.

"Halliburton Wins Round in Iraq Pricing Battle"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 03:11 PM | Comments (0)

January 06, 2004

And the Winner Is...

The 1000th post was left by long-time commentor Steve of Norway. Being the good Green Bay Packers fan that he is, Steve will be getting some fine, high-quality merchandise from the Packer Pro Shop.

Now, read how Steve sees a parallel between Martha Stewart and Howard the Duck.

"Howie, Meet Martha"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 01:43 PM

Bad, Bad Stuff

The Bonfire of the Vanities is on the road. First stop: Boots and Sabers. Christmas certainly provided lots of material for some really lousy posts.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 01:39 PM | Comments (5)

He Doesn't Even Have a Mustache

Tom Cruise as Tony Stark? I don't think so. Tom Selleck always looked like the perfect Tony Stark to me. But he is getting kind of old.

"Cruise Up For Iron Man"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 03:39 AM | Comments (3)

Alex Lifeson Update

Unproductivity has a link to a story covering multiple perspectives of what happened.

"Rock Band Guitarist, Family Arrested for New Year's Eve Scuffle with Deputies"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Music at 03:18 AM | Comments (0)

Keep Your Fingers Crossed

Ronald Moore, executive producer of the recent Battlestar Galactica miniseries (pretty good, if you ask me) will leave HBO's Carnivale to prepare for a possible BG series. He told Sci Fi Wire, "I've been working on the show bible and the first few episodes in anticipation of a possible order." Even if Starbuck is a woman, I want to watch more of the story.

"Moore: Galactica Up In Air"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 03:03 AM | Comments (1)

New CotC

Misty is hosting this week's Carnival of the Capitalists. If I were a conspiracy nut I'd think Glenn Reynolds has something against me (What, Glenn? What?). He linked to this week's CotC and the one from 12.15.03, but not the weeks Bejus Pundit or TAM hosted it. I'll just chalk it up to bad luck and the mountains of e-mail Glenn gets daily. How he can go through it all, I don't know. Let's see what happens when TAM hosts the Carnival of the Vanities at the end of January.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 02:57 AM | Comments (1)

We Have Ourselves a Winner

The 1000th comment has been left. Details will follow when I contact the winner.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 01:41 AM | Comments (0)

January 05, 2004

More Pics from Lambeau Field

These are for those of you who really wish you were there. Well, there's always next year.

The fun at Packers games starts early in the morning when tailgaters arrive in the parking lot.

Probably the favorite food for tailgaters are brats. Yum!

Packers fan like to make clever signs, like this one:

We all know Packers fans are a little weird. You can't have such devotion to one team and not be a bit strange. Here we have two examples. First, is the Packer Pope:

Then there is Wisconsin's junior Senator, Mr. First Amendment Restriction himself (w/ me politely smiling next to him):

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 01:40 PM | Comments (4)

Almost There

We're almost to the 1000th post, so get your Amazon wish lists reading and yap away.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 01:30 PM | Comments (0)

Castro: "Best and Brightest of 2003"?

Here's something completely obnoxious from Milwaukee's alt-weekly, the Shepherd Express. They have a typical year-end story listing winners and losers from 2003. What is unusual is who they considered one of the "best and brightest of 2003":

Fidel Castro: Elected to a sixth term since 1976 at the age of 76.

There's some love for the most ruthless and bloody murderer in the Western Hemisphere. They make it sound like Castro is just some long-time president. What's ignored is that Fidel's "elections" were democratic in name only. It's kind of hard to lose when you force everyone to vote for you.

But Cuba has free health care so all sins are forgiven.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Foreign Affairs at 12:19 AM | Comments (2)

January 04, 2004

Live from Lambeau


What a game! What a game! Both Seattle and Green Bay did a good job stopping each other's running game. Packers running back Ahman Green ran for only 66 yards and two short touchdowns while Seattle's Shawn Alexander ran for a mere 45 yards and three short touchdowns. Even with both teams' running games shut down, there was offense. Both Brett Favre and Matt Hasselbeck threw for over 300 yards. The big difference was Brett threw for a touchdown without turning it over, while Matt, Brett's one-time understudy, didn't find the end zone and gave up a game-winning interception for a touchdown to cornerback Al Harris.

It was a long, satisfying day. Next stop for the Pack, Philadelphia. The next stop for me, bed. Expect more pictures after some much-needed sleep. Dreams of touchdown passes and interceptions will be dancing in my head.

Thanks, Michele! Your voodoo worked!

"Pick-ture Perfect"

UPDATE: I have to make this quick because I'm really tired. Citizen Smash loves his TiVo (find me an owner who doesn't) because it helped him fast-forward through the dead time during the game.


There is also this short story on Nathan Poole's guest appearance at today's game. Prediction: One day, he will be a Green Bay Packer.

"Poole Receives Key to Green Bay"


Finally, (need sleep, must sleep!) there was a sign at the game that read (I'm paraphrasing): "The only thing Vikings fear more than choking is drowning in a Poole."

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 11:29 PM | Comments (5)

January 03, 2004


Little posting or Net surfing today. I made a batch of pasta sauce (a ragu to be exact) that turned out to be pretty darn good. I'm becoming a bit of a foodie. I got a good chef's knife for Christmas (Thanks, mom and dad.) and have found some good, easy recipies from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything: The Basics.


On the Packers' front, everything's a go. All tickets are accounted for. Transportation has been secured. I'm hoping the "bad" weather (for the Seahawks) heads north (Milwaukee expects around six inches of snow). And some Packers fan in St. Louis has his home decked in the proper colors.


I won't leave my non-sports readers hanging. Oliver Willis linked to a great NY Times Magazine article on the Democrats attempt at finding a foreign policy that can compete politically with President Bush's. To paraphrase Stephen Green, it's "required reading."

"The Things They Carry"


Another "must read" is Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld in the Washington Post. They argue that the U.S. is handing over national power to Iraqis too soon. Ethnic tensions and mistrust could lead to chaos or, even worse, an anti-American, Islamist state. Instead, they suggest the coalition develop "local self-government." A model similar to the United States' political development.

"Ethnic Division in Iraq"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 05:05 PM | Comments (2)

January 02, 2004

My View of Lambeau Field

Here's a Quicktime 360-degree view of Lambeau Field from where I'll be sitting Sunday.

If you can't tell I'm a little excited. I wonder how my Minnesota Vikings readers are feeling?

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 11:53 PM | Comments (4)

A Request

No, I'm not asking for clicks to build my Kings of Chaos army (wait, I just did). I need song suggestions for a CD I will burn for my pilgrimage to the holy ground of The Frozen Tundra. I think I have the Packers fight song and some punk song about the Pack on my hard drive. The Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" will be on the CD because that's what song used to be played just before every Packers' kickoff. Queen's "We Are the Champions" comes to mind, but my team hasn't won anything...yet. Your suggestions, please.

One other request, vote for Nick Barnett for NFL Rookie of the Year.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 11:48 PM | Comments (3)

List of Lists

Everybody loves "best of" lists. Heck, you read mine [and here and here]. Blogcritics has the list to end all lists for 2003.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Music at 11:29 PM | Comments (0)

Mission Accomplished


I will consider offers.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 09:37 PM | Comments (0)

In With the Good Air. Out With the Bad Air


[via Betsy's Blog]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 09:13 PM | Comments (0)

BHTM Cruise

For Big Head Todd and the Monsters fans who still have lots of money left after Christmas and can leave on almost a moment's notice the band is offering a Carribean cruise that leaves on 01.09. Warm weather, beautiful scenery, and special performances by the band. Oh, how nice it'd be to be independently wealthy right about now.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Music at 09:01 PM | Comments (0)

I'd Get a Shorter Stage Name Too

Alex Zivojinovich, AKA Alex Lifeson, the guitarist of Rush was arrested after a scuffle with Naples, FL cops. Blood was spat, a stun gun was zapped, someone fell down the stairs. Just your standard drunken rocker rampage. Or maybe it was Lifeson acting out the musical revolution portrayed in Rush's 2112 but with blood spitting replacing the music.

"Rush's Lifeson Scuffles with Cops" [via fraterslibertas.com]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Music at 08:53 PM | Comments (0)

Fellowship of the Tickets

The mission today (and I choose to accept it) is to get my coveted Packers playoff tickets. I will not reveal the route I'm taking to Lambeau Field in order to protect me from bandits, ticket scalpers, crazy eBay sellers, or wacked out Vikings fans.

[Speaking of the Vikings, I heard a joke yesterday:

Why do the Vikings wear purple?

Because they always choke.]

Since the governor declared today "Packers Pride Day" I'll be busting out my #92 Reggie White jersey. It's not too late. Just run to your nearest sporting good store and get something green, gold and with a big "G" on it. Just don't look as dorky as this guy.

"Fans Plan to Dress up to Back their Pack"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 02:05 PM | Comments (0)

January 01, 2004

New Year's Eve at InstaPundit HQ

Glenn Reynolds is such a wild guy that he spent part of his New Year's Eve grading papers.

[I needed to post something just to stop looking at my mug everytime I reloaded TAM. I'm now off to watch Gettysburg.]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 08:11 PM | Comments (0)

Happy New Year!


And there's Michele's first post of the year.

My picture is almost as good as the one from mtpolitics.

Then there's Prof. Bainbridge.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 12:21 AM | Comments (0)