Daily Archives: September 14, 2004

A Few Questions for the Candidates

Here is Roxanne’s opening:

Dear John Kerry and George “W standing for Women is a lot like Putin standing for Democracy” Bush:
I no longer give a shit about your Vietnam-era exploits. It doesn’t matter to me if you were once a drunk-driving, cocaine-tooting mama’s boy or if you were an effete BMOC.
More importantly, though, go read her questions for the candidates.
You may not agree 100% with the positions implied by the questions but this is the level at which any meaningful campaign should be occurring. That it isn’t confirms more firmly my belief that the whole mess needs to be redone.

Forgeries or Not Forgeries

I haven’t said much about the Killian memos and won’t be saying much more. Primarily because I don’t think it makes much difference whether the memos are real or fake.
The only reason that even mention them now is this Matthew Yglesias post:

Assuming they are forgeries, we can conclude the following:
  • George W. Bush pulled strings to avoid combat service in Vietnam by entering the Texas Air National Guard, failed to complete his service in a rigorous manner and has lied about it repeatedly for years.

  • CBS News, like the United States of America, is run by some kind of idiots.

  • Other Texans, less fortunate than Dubya, died so that he could avoid service in a war he supported.
If they are real, remove the middle item regarding CBS News. The rest remain the same.
Update (9/14): Drudge reports that Killian’s secretary says:
I typed memos that had this information in them, but I did not type these memos.
If this holds up, then see all three points above.

Blogrolling Outage on Wednesday 9/15

Uhh, how many of you that use Blogrolling.com are aware that they have planned an outage from 12-3 PM EDT for tomorrow 9/15?
UPDATE (9/15): This outage has been rescheduled to 9/16 from 3-6 PM EDT.
I am a big Blogrolling fan and user but it does not speak well of an organizations customer service reputation to take their service down during what is, at least in the US, probably the busiest part of the day.
Whatever their reasoning they should tell a more complete story.
NB: Expect this to impact other services that scan and utilize these links.

Books to Read

If you have been looking for a few good books to read Jessa Crispin’s list is the place to go:

These were all books that changed the books I was interested in, that shot me off in a different direction. They’re not even my list of favorite books ever, just the ones that changed something. The list starts with the books read to me as a child, and then on to the books I started reading on my own and on through life.
Hey, I’m not recommending this list just because it’s the first list of this sort that I have seen that includes Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita which is one of my favorites. There’s a lot of good material here including some that just got added to my to read list.
For those that care here are just a few from my list of direction changing books that are not on hers:
Adam Bede by George Eliot
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass