Thursday, October 07, 2004

I couldn't have said it any better myself

For those of you who are still undecided--and for those of you who support Bush--I think this entry by blogger Andrew Sullivan is a must-read:
THE UNDERLYING FACT: I have to say I have been enjoying and learning from this campaign in many ways - not least from you, the readers, and from the twists and turns we have seen and will keep seeing. But now and again, it's worth looking at the big picture. The fundamental question in this campaign is the war in Iraq. Was it worth starting? Has it been conducted well? Will it make us safer? My answers to those three questions are, briefly, yes, no, and, it depends. But from a broader perspective, the following facts are simply indisputable. The fundamental rationale for the war - the threat from Saddam's existing stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction - was wrong. Period. In the conduct of the war, it is equally indisputable that the administration simply didn't anticipate the insurgency we now face, and because of that, is struggling to rescue the effort from becoming a dangerous mess. Period. So the question becomes: how can an administration be re-elected after so patently misjudging the two most important aspects of the central issue in front of us? It may end up as simple as that. Maybe, in fact, it should end up as simple as that.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

It depends upon what the meaning of the word "most" is

Unbelievably, Dick Cheney told another lie last night regarding John Edwards's Senate attendance record. Again, here's Cheney's quote:

"Now, in my capacity as vice president, I am the president of Senate, the presiding officer. I'm up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they're in session."

It turns out that during his tenure as vice president, Cheney--out of a possible 127 Tuesday sessions--has presided over the Senate twice.

Here's the definition of "most" from the American Heritage Dictionary: Being one of a large indefinite number; numerous.

Now let's do some simple math. 2/127=.0157, or 1.57 percent.

I think that hardly qualifies as "most Tuesdays."


It turns out that members of the Bush administration actually lie!

During last night's debate, Dick Cheney said to John Edwards, "Now, in my capacity as vice president, I am the president of Senate, the presiding officer. I'm up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they're in session.

"The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight."

Now check this out.

Thanks to my brother for calling that to my attention.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Danny on the M(B)TA

The e-mail I just sent to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority:

You know what I really love? I love when trains don't break down during rush hour. If they broke down at 2 p.m. that would be kind of okay. But I have some news for you. Are you ready?

8:45 a.m. is a really bad time for the train to break down.

And you know what rules? It rules when the trains run frequently enough in the morning so that the cars aren't packed by the time the train reaches Harvard. It's frickin' amazing. But that never seems to happen anymore. Like this morning, at Davis Square, the platform was packed with people. There used to be a time when you could be guaranteed a seat when boarding the train at Davis Square. What happened? Have you decided to run fewer trains? I think you have. And I don't like it.

But I'll tell you what I do like. I like when green line trains are spaced equally apart. Boy do I hate it when I'm wating at Park Street for, like, ever and there are no trains, and then suddenly they arrive one right after the other. It makes me unhappy.

But the best part is that I really liked it when I paid 85 cents for a ride and got better service than when I spend $1.25.

Bush's testiness

I think the president's dismal performance in last Thursday's debate can be explained by this quote from Bob Woodward's Bush at War:

“I’m the commander—see, I don’t need to explain—I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don’t feel like I owe anybody an explanation.”

Welcome back

My favorite columnist, Thomas Friedman, returned to the op-ed page of the New York Times yesterday after spending the last few months writing a book. Friedman, who supported the decision to invade Iraq, bluntly assesses the administration's incompetent handling of the war.