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March 18, 2004

Current events. Yes, I’m back. Sorry about that. I needed a break.

Soon, more about Iraq, Spain, John Kerry, Thomas Friedman, lead poisoning, moral hazard, Jim Henley, Howard Stern, Barack Obama, voting machines, Creative Commons, Max Sawicky, Lawrence Lessig, Judge Roy Moore, Sid Blumenthal, Tazendra of Daavya, and why Kevin Drum’s new Washington Monthly blog doesn’t load right. (And how about that lack of a blogroll, huh. So much for the “blogosphere,” as more and more of the best bloggers migrate onto sites that don’t link back to the rest of the “sphere.”) Initiate Wonkette mode: I saw Matthew Yglesias drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s. His hair was perfect.

Alternately, perhaps, soon more about something else. Just reassuring you all that I haven’t been completely out of it. Or, perhaps, creating the opposite impression. [01:51 PM]

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Comments on Current events.:

Jack Womack ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2004, 01:56 PM:

There is a blogroll (the same as Calpundit's)at the very bottom; it's one of those scroll-down and-click-for-a-different-window to open things. Not readily visible needless to say...

Charles Kuffner ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2004, 02:01 PM:

Actually, Kevin's new blog does have a blogroll. It's just waaaaay at the bottom of the page, instead of being conveniently located on the sidebar. It's also in a dropdown list, which I personally consider to be suboptimal in this context. But it is there, and it does appear to have the same blogs as before.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2004, 02:02 PM:

So there is. Yeah, that'll drive a lot of traffic to other blogs.

Mind you, I'm all enthusiasm for Kevin's new gig. He's better than any six conventional columnists most days of the week, and when he's on fire he's amazing.

Scorpio ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2004, 06:46 PM:

Current events just make me want to quote Teresa:
" I deeply resent the way this administration makes me feel like a nutbar conspiracy theorist."

One day Real Soon Now I'll have to blog about the conspiracy theories that the Spanish elections have caused me to consider. It is a crime that the real news makes one feel the need for a tinfoil hat.

Kevin Drum ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2004, 07:05 PM:

The blogroll is still on my site. It's in a dropdown box at the bottom because the site designers thought it was cooler that way. I had already spend a bunch of time arguing about other stuff, so I decided discretion was the better part of valor and decided not to object too strenuously to this.

Kevin Drum ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2004, 07:06 PM:

Oh, right. I see a bunch of people already pointed this out. I guess I really ought to read the other comments before I mouth off.

Carry on.

Ray Radlein ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2004, 08:07 PM:

I guess I really ought to read the other comments before I mouth off.

Aw, where's the fun in that?

Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2004, 08:49 PM:

Been listening to Warren Zevon when not watchin BtVS?


msg ::: (view all by) ::: March 18, 2004, 09:24 PM:

Conspiracy theory now means a bogus idea about organized behind-the-scenes manipulation of events.
Grammatically, it's supposed to mean a theory about that.
People have conspired since before the pyramids were built. Brutus and Caesar. Gilgamesh, for crying out loud.
The attachment of bogosity to something as real as hydrology and as old as architecture should strike people as odd and highly significant.
It's one more line of defense, behind which real actual certified 100% conspiracies can play out unaccused.
Scum like that that rises toward Washington can immediately snap back, "Conspiracy theory!" the way they did for a while about "...things you read on the internet..."
But it has another, more desirable effect.
Besides relegating anything that even smells like accusations of conspired action to the back of the room, it enables weaker minds to ignore that insistent warning buzz they keep hearing.
It's a slamming down of the lid to Pandora's box.
Now we can get back to concentrating on what's really going on, right kids?

Bruce Arthurs ::: (view all by) ::: March 19, 2004, 07:19 AM:

Back some months ago, a conservative commentator made some remarks that boiled down to "Conspiracy theories are a load of hooey."

It was Oliver North. I dunno, but when someone who actually took part in a secret conspiracy at the highest levels of government says conspiracy theories are bunk....

Jimcat Kasprzak ::: (view all by) ::: March 19, 2004, 09:21 AM:

In the "Things I'd be hammering on if I were in John Kerry's shoes" department:

The new Spanish government wants to pull their troops out of Iraq. The Polish president says that he was misled about the threat of Iraqi WMD's, and that his country may also withdraw its troops. The Bush administration's reaction is that these countries are letting us down by not supporting the war on terrorism.

Hello, Washington, the war on Iraq is not the same thing as the war on terrorism! Just about all of Bush's moral authority evaporates if people realize this, which the Europeans seem to do, while most Americans are still stuck in "towelheads=terrorists" mode.

Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: March 19, 2004, 11:55 AM:

Jimcat, I agree with your overall statement. But I just heard some commentary on the radio that pointed out that what the Spanish PM-elect actually said was that they'd pull the troops out IF the UN didn't take a larger role AND if sovereignty wasn't transferred back promptly - and gave a deadline of June 30.

Since the Bush Admin is currently trying to woo the UN back to Iraq, and (officially, anyway) plans to hand back sovereignty on June 30, this amounts to a hill of beans. Unless the Bushies go back on their promises, which is, of course, unthinkable. <cough>

But you're quite right that the new Spanish government is not going to fetch sticks for the Bush Admin quite as much. (Though they will have to contend with avoiding the appearance of "caving in to terrorists.") And Juan Williams generated the second NPR correction in as many weeks when he called March 19, 2003 the "beginning of the War on Terror."

John Farrell ::: (view all by) ::: March 19, 2004, 01:51 PM:

Patrick, with all the good stuff you and Teresa post, it's very easy for us visitors to forget you actually have a job to fulfill....