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September 12, 2004

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Florida Democratic Party chairman Scott Maddox said he knew the president's certificate of nomination did not reach the state until Sept. 2, but he said he decided not to make an issue of it.

"To keep an incumbent president off the ballot in a swing state the size of Florida because of a technicality, I just don't think would be right," Maddox said.

Translation: "Rules are for nth-party suckers, and you can't expect us big boys to be held to them -- it might challenge our hegemony!"

In a bad mood and afraid of getting banned?

new posts? Do you think the hoi polloi cares about new posts? watching the same 10 pitbulls chew on scraps was surely the weekends entertainment, no? Rove would be proud, life beyond the thunderdome and all.

moe picked a very smart time to vacate.

OK then: how about an official Obsidian Wings contest. Whoever, between now and 2am EST, comes closest to answering the following question gets five imaginary gold stars:

The Cooperative Threat Reduction Program (Nunn-Lugar) is aimed at reducing, and eventually eliminating, unsecured nuclear material in Russia. How much greater is the funding the President requested for the program in FY2005 than in FY2001 (the last Clinton budget)?

hilzoy, when Condi Rice is able to say on tv that the admin doesn't know whether the NK explosion was nuclear, that indicates to me that the country is in a condition that in 1998 I wouldn't have taken 1000-1 odds against not occurring today (begging your pardon for the loose parity of the negatives). There's probably $0.00 extra (not inflation-indexed) in the budget for Nunn-Lugar, but I've got most of a bottle of 98 chianti from a lovely spot in Tuscany left so I won't be caring very long one way or the other.

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hilzoy, what does this jaded lefty know anyway but my guess was going to be .25 of what the previous administration proposed. i just saw "Bush's Brain" tonight and was surprised that i wasn't the only one who got choked up at what has happened to my beloved country.

hilzoy (vocative I guess), bibo vinum bonum ergo non curo.

it's less, right? and watch, someone will explain that they just don't believe in "throwing money at the problem."

This is awful in every respect:

A television journalist was shot dead as he made a live broadcast from Baghdad yesterday when United States helicopters fired on a crowd that had gathered round the burning wreckage of an American armoured vehicle....

On Haifa Street, a main road in central Baghdad that has long been under the effective control of Saddam loyalists, there were several hours of gunfire during a United States mission to capture 21 men the Iraqi government described as terrorists.

A Bradley fighting vehicle was damaged by an apparent car bomb. A total of five American soldiers were wounded in the explosion and during the operation to evacuate the crew.

Later, a crowd of Iraqis gathered round the burning vehicle and some began dancing in celebration.

Tumeizi was describing the incident on camera when two helicopter gunships were seen flying down the street and opening fire. Tumeizi was hit by a bullet and doubled over, shouting: I'm dying, I'm dying." About 50 people were wounded, the health ministry said, among them a Reuters cameraman and an Iraqi reporter for the Guardian.

I honestly don't understand how anyone can still have no doubt at all that this war was a good idea. I certainly understand believing we need to stay--I believe that, though I am less and less hopeful. I understand still supporting it--we don't know yet how it will all end--but I don't understand having no second thoughts, or the continued scorn in some quarters for those who opposed it.

Perhaps it's just a matter of closing ranks in an election year. Well, we all do that.

At least North Korea does not seem to have really tested a nuclear weapon.

Marguerite, I believe that an overhwlming majority will say the war was a bad idea by next spring at the latest.

marguerite -- yes, it's less. But remember, 9/11 changed everything, so no doubt each dollar they spend is a new post-9/11 special supercharged dollar with magic powers.

Actually, to be fair, the total appropriations for these sorts of programs have remained more or less constant. But that in itself should be shocking.

Please, please, can Americans be shown the unvarnished truth like the Brits get from the BBC?

"when Condi Rice is able to say on tv that the admin doesn't know whether the NK explosion was nuclear, that indicates to me that the country is in a condition that in 1998 I wouldn't have taken 1000-1 odds against not occurring today"

In 1998 you wouldn't have taken 1000-1 odds that NK would have a nuclear weapon in 2004? Were you paying attention at all at the time? That shows far more about how your personal knowledge of foreign affairs has changed than that our country has taken some horrible turn.

No posting from me because I have been playing volleyball outdoors until my feet bled. (Ok it was just the blister.)

Sebastian, I take it you're not up on the monitoring of nuclear explosions, but it's not done by poll. Don't know how you managed to misread my comment so badly.

Blue,

No posting from me because my desk is now tilting towards the left from spending to much time at this site.

The posts have just been too biased for me to really make the effort to respond.

A fine post at tacitus.org.

Not to threadjack (can one do that to an open thread?) but I've noticed an increasing tendency among Republicans to disparage Democrats and lefties based on geography:

"Massachusetts Liberal"
"Hollywood Elite"
"New England public servant"
Anything French, e.g. "Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending."

I have been thinking about this particularly since the Republican Convention, what with the "Kerry thinks you can find the heart and soul of America in Hollywood" (simultaneously misrepresenting Kerry's statements and throwing into sharp relief the healthy representation from Hollywood onstage at the RNC) and the distinctly anti-northeastern rhetoric, delivered in New York City of all places.

Ignoring xenophobes like Pat Buchanan, is this limited to certain Republicans at the moment, or do I have blinders on? What sorts of geographic attacks have you folks heard from the left? And what does it say that Bush and his election team are so willing to publicly diss a whole state by name?

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