Monday, September 29, 2003

U.S. News: Michael Barone: Which reversals will prove to be historically significant?(10/6/03) A good column about how last weeks news was reported and what it might actually mean, from an historical perspective.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

I'm In. The Red Sox have me, finally. I've tried to maintain my distance, to not get too close, to protect my heart, but that's over now. Todd Walker and David Ortiz blasted the lock on my heart last night in a stirring victory. The Sox, though not in officially, are rocketing into the playoffs. And I'm on board.

Monday, September 22, 2003

According to William Safire, it's simply that the Clintons Anointed Clark as their guy. Good read.

Friday, September 19, 2003

Simply put, if you want to know what Iraqi's are really thinking, go to IRAQ TODAY.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

John Burns: 'There Is Corruption in Our Business', an engaging story about the observations about the media during the war in Iraq.

Friday, September 12, 2003

Country Music Legend Johnny Cash Dies at 71. The Man in Black has found his eternal home and is reunited with his wife once more. A legend.

John Ritter died of a heart ailment on the set of his show. He will always be remembered by my generation as Jack Tripper. He helped bring humor and T&A to a generation and he was a good physical comedian and actor.

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Vatican approves of 'Passion' according to Drudge. Let's see what the Anti-Defamation League has to say...
Wow! You mean that the Lincoln Park dog track owners were trying to bribe a Rhode Island law firm run by the former Speaker of the House, John Harwood. No Way!

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Well, the toesucker has weighed on on Bush's re-election vulnerability, specifically analyzing the likelihood of Hillary or Gore entering the race. Most interesting to me, however, is the reason Morris gives for Bush's falling poll numbers:

"Why is Bush falling so badly? The superficial reasons are the Iraq casualties, the failure to find WMDs and the continuing inability to round up Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. But the real reason is that terror is receding as an issue, largely due to Bush's success."

The price of victory? Ironic. The solution?

"The solution for Bush is to put terrorism back on the front burner by high profile and aggressive action against Iran and/or North Korea. It's not necessary to wag the dog, but Bush should wag his tongue and raise the profile of these two remaining threats to our security."

Monday, September 08, 2003

What game on Sunday? The Pats didn't play the Bills. It's all in your imagination.

But the Red Sox did take 2 out of 3 in New York and are now 2 1/2 back from the Division and 1 1/2 ahead in the Wild Card.

Meanwhile, the President made a speech to the nation in an attempt to clarify and re-state our postion on the war on terror. A long, hazy summer has served as a platform for many to obfuscate what has really been going on. Overall, he did a good job. Though I did hear a local newsreader say the President didn't answer all of the questions, such as those asked by the families of our soldiers in Iraq. Specifically, "When are they coming home?" My first question is whether the newsreader, Lori Johnson on WPRO, actually had evidence to support her statement or whether she was editiorializing. She played no clips of such hand wringing comments by military family members. If some did say this, then they need a reality check. This is what your son or daughter signed up for, folks. They serve at the whim of the Commander and Chief. It's their job. Yeah, it sucks and you miss them and it's dangerous, I understand, but it's what your sons and daughter's volunteered to do. There is no draft, this IS still a VOLUNTEER armed forces, after all. So buck up and support your kids and their commander.

Friday, September 05, 2003

Finally, as Rush Limbaugh has pointed out, Watch Hillary to Gauge Bush’s Strength. Despite all of the wailing and gnashing of teeth by conservatives over Bush spending and by liberals over the War in Iraq, Bush is still strong. All of the hot air about a possible Hillary run masks the true import. If she doesn't run, then she doesn't think she can win. Which means, no Democrat can win. Keep an eye on HRC.
John Podhoretz has a more reasoned take on the Bush spending "problem." Best part of his statement:

"Now, Bush has not fought to control the size of government. His concern has been to do what he can to help the economy grow even as he tries to fight a War on Terror.

That's why he has staked his presidency on a tax-cutting program that has genuinely convinced liberals and leftists that he wants to use tax cuts to force the destruction of big government.

The most important task facing Bush is the War on Terror, and he doesn't want to fight on all fronts at all times.

In any case, politicians only take up the war on big government when it's politically expedient. Neither Ronald Reagan nor the Gingrich Republicans actually cut the size of government. At times, they spent like sailors on shore leave. At the end of the day, they were politicians, not ideological warriors.

The philosophical problem of big government is not really a politician's fundamental issue. Rather, it's a matter for op-ed pages and in magazines, in books and on radio programs like Limbaugh's."

A report by the CATO Institute reveals the scary amount of spending that the Bush Administration is overseeing. Not exactly a great example of fiscal conservativism! He better start reigning it in or some will abandon ship. It's already started with some, such as Limbaugh and Andrew Sullivan, getting nearly hysterical in their dismay. I agree it's a problem, but the alternative would be worse. Howard Dean prosecuting the war on terror? Yikes.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Back to school for me today. First class is the Civil War, another on Mondays in Historical Methodology. My path as a historian continues. I expect blogging to be relatively hit or miss, but I'll be around and will chime in on the Pats, Sox, school, current events as long as I am sufficiently inspired to take the time to do so.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Welp, pretty surprised to here that the Patriots released Lawyer Milloy and (surprise), the Bills are interested. Strange timing, regardless of whether it's for salary cap or performance reasons.