Sunday, November 14, 2004

Geography as destiny

Robert Kaplan makes a compelling case for either realistic democrats or democratic realists. Either way each ignores geography at great peril.

The War Internet poses serious problems

I'm hoping that the Pentagon will have finessed the fine points of this War Internet.

Is there enough redudancy? How secure will it be? What if some parts of it got in the wrong hands. As a semi-literate technologist I wish the New York Times reporter asked such questions. Sometimes asymmetrical warfare levels the playing field in a risky way.

On a side note I came across a passage in Edward Luttwak's article in the London Telegraph that's relevant to talk about the War Internet:

The United States can call on some 800,000 troops - including the Marine Corps, National Guard and reserves - but more than 500,000 of this number are involved in training, procurement and logistics. That leaves not more than 300,000 available for operations.

Does a War Internet mean less boots on the ground?

Thursday, November 11, 2004

The generosity index is a bit too simplistic

Just how generous are the Red States?

Did Bush really get more Hispanic votes than he did in 2000?

A conservative says that Bush really didn't garner the 40% of the Hispanic voter -- thus undermining the claim that the President improved his standing with this segment of the voting population this time around.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Belgian Courts turn to mind control

Racism is a terrible thing that needs to be fought with persuasive powers but outlawing free association is devoid of any civic virtues.

The Belgian court chimes in, stomping on civil liberties.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

MoveOn's backfire

We need more active. It's got to keep on movin on right off the cliff. Novak makes this observation

Friday, November 05, 2004

Hunter Thompson squeals like a banshee!

"The news is getting logarithmically more horrible," Thompson told another caller as the night wore on. "They're all committing suicide up in Boston."

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

What exacty did John Edwards bring to the ticket?

The Senate stays Republican. The South leads the way. What did Edwards bring to the ticket besides the trial lawyer lobby?

Monday, November 01, 2004

Hooray for the waiter from the suburbs! Go Bush. Annoy the social x-rays!

To hell with Tina Brown, Bruce Springsteen, John Sayles, Old Europe, the carping Arabs, the cheese eating surrender monkeys, the oil-food-scamming cabal and everyone else angling to tell us what to think about our president George Bush. As usual Tom Wolfe has the pulse of the nation. To get it he has to reach outside of Manhattan without leaving. He lets the Guardian of London in on the tales the liberal elites tell themselves.

"Here is an example of the situation in America," he says: "Tina Brown wrote in her column that she was at a dinner where a group of media heavyweights were discussing, during dessert, what they could do to stop Bush. Then a waiter announces that he is from the suburbs, and will vote for Bush. And ... Tina's reaction is: 'How can we persuade these people not to vote for Bush?' I draw the opposite lesson: that Tina and her circle in the media do not have a clue about the rest of the United States. You are considered twisted and retarded if you support Bush in this election. I have never come across a candidate who is so reviled. Reagan was sniggered it, but this is personal, real hatred.

"Indeed, I was at a similar dinner, listening to the same conversation, and said: 'If all else fails, you can vote for Bush.' People looked at me as if I had just said: 'Oh, I forgot to tell you, I am a child molester.' I would vote for Bush if for no other reason than to be at the airport waving off all the people who say they are going to London if he wins again. Someone has got to stay behind."

Hooray for the waiter from the suburbs and the long lines of not-so-well wishers at airports.

Vote for Bush and annoy the liberal elites!