Wednesday, September 17, 2003

You Heard It Here First

From Lileks:
I wrote my weekly column about the California recall / 9th circuit thang, so I’m not going to write about it here. Except to say this: imagine you’ve been asked to complete the sentence “I’m pleased that that the courts have canceled the election before it took place, because . . .”

I wouldn’t know what to say. And I’m fascinated by those who leap to finish the sentence. They’re perfectly comfortable with the courts calling off a vote in advance. Wow: jaw, meet Mr. Floor.

04 is going to be bloody, and it’ll be bloodier still after that. This is the sort of stuff that infects the body politic to the point where people demand that we saw off a limb, because the smell is too horrid. This is the stuff that leads to Constitutional Conventions. I’m always slightly chilled when I read a paper from the Center of the American Experiment, because the name reminds you that this is, historically, just that. And as any scientist will tell you: experiments fail.
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In UW Poli Sci we used to joke about Californacracy. That's the process where the courts ratify every piece of legislation that is sued upon (which is allof them, now that we have advocacy groups for advocacy groups) I don't think anyone will be joking any longer.
Everyone knew that Chakotay was queer for Harry anyways. Too many hands on shoulders and "fatherly" talks.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

I want to die.

I didn't like the show. But this should never have happened.

Now I'll have ticked off two vocal communities. Oh, well.

Dennis Hopper, Keifer Southerland, Carol Kane: 1990

* After we declared the Branch Davidian conflict ended, no one else died.
* We've found evidence of chemical weapons??!! Where?! How?! I really must stop watching the liberal media. It's even affected Fox, who has failed to report this stunning victory for the side of truth.
* Sure the 3rd Infantry Division works quicker than Teddy can swim (what was he thinking?), but no one can beat Janet Reno's elite forces for nabbing Cuban kids to send 'em home. (Ya know, I didn't agree with everything the Clinton admin did; I haven't voted Dem in an election in the last 10 years).
* "We have to remember that [Florida] is a big place. If Washington DC were as big as [Florida] we'd have [70 gazillion] muders a day." (Sorry, Rumsy: I'll never take another thing you say seriously). I have to defend Florida, even if ScrewUp 2000 was its most shameful moment.

We have bandwidth issues? What, are people reading this??

Modern American Political Thinking

Senate Votes to Block New Media Rules
WASHINGTON - The Senate approved a resolution Tuesday to repeal media ownership rules critics say could lead to a wave of mergers and ultimately stifle diversity and local viewpoints in news and entertainment.

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"We have to ensure that the marketplace of ideas is not dominated by a few conglomerates at the expense of our citizens and our democracy," Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said before the vote.
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Amanpour: CNN practiced self-censorship
CNN's top war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, says that the press muzzled itself during the Iraq war. And, she says CNN "was intimidated" by the Bush administration and Fox News, which "put a climate of fear and self-censorship."

As criticism of the war and its aftermath intensifies, Amanpour joins a chorus of journalists and pundits who charge that the media largely toed the Bush administrationline in covering the war and, by doing so, failed to aggressively question the motives behind the invasion.
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Confused . . . must listen to NPR for local perspective . . . but need diverse opinion . . . so confused . . . Won't somebody please tell me what to think . . .

Monday, September 15, 2003

Federal Court Postpones California Recall

LOS ANGELES - A federal appeals court postponed the Oct. 7 recall election Monday in a decision that threw an already chaotic campaign into utter turmoil.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not set a new date, but ruled that the election cannot proceed as scheduled because some votes would be cast using outmoded punch-card ballot machines. The decision applies to all the recall questions on the ballot, as well as two propositions.

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In the ruling Monday, the judges of the 9th Circuit agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union that the punch-card voting machines still used in six California counties are prone to error.

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The decision is likely to benefit Davis if the election is delayed to the next regularly scheduled primary, March 2.

The March presidential primary is expected to draw large numbers of Democratic voters, and the months until then would give Davis more time to address the state's problems and force Schwarzenegger into a longer campaign.
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A few things come immediately to mind:
1. These machines were good enough to hold the last election.
2. If the 9th Cir. were a basball team they would be at the bottom of the pennant - every year. They are overturned more often then any other circuit.
3. We can only hold elections if they are *perfect*? This sounds a little too much like Zimbabwe to me. Cf. Robert Mugabe and "conditions are not yet right for an election."

Remember, everything that starts in California slowly rolls eastward. Yeeech.

Three Sixty Five and a Wake Up

It has been a year since I last tasted that sweet, sweet nicotine.
Junkie say what?


As long as you're having flashbacks to the previous Iraqi Administration, let me help you with some Iraq related flashbacks to the previous American administration:

  • It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation.
  • It took less time to find evidence of chemical weapons in Iraq than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.
  • It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Teddy Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sunk at Chappaquiddick. (Not BC & HRC, but too good to overlook)
  • It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!!!!

I'd toss that bandwidth stealing graphic into my own folder, if'n I were you - some of our older stuff is missing because we're such b/w hogs.
Thank you for not reminding me of the opportunity I passed up this spring out of sheer stupidity

Couldn't have said it better myself

Back to business as usual?