September 30, 2004
“The Iraqi insurgents are our best allies.”
-French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin
Apparently, Jews in NY are picking Kerry 64-24, but Russian Jews who make up 20 percent of the city’s Jewish population, choose Bush over Kerry 54-14.
“The feeling for Bush is so vociferous that I don’t know of one prominent person in the Russian community who is willing to say openly he is backing Kerry,” Kagan added. “Even though Russian Jews are mainly registered Democrats, lately many are reluctant to say out loud they are Democrats because they don’t want to be tied to Kerry.”
The article also shows that Russian-Jews are really the ultimate swing voters. They supported Reagan, then Clinton, then Gore and now Bush. All very interesting.
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From Ace of Spades:
‘Democratic candidate John Kerry’s campaign demanded Thursday that the lights signaling when a speaker’s time has expired during debates with President Bush be removed from the lecterns because they are distracting, but the commission hosting the debates refused.’
Ok, nothing too crazy yet. Irrational, yes. I mean, the light is kind of a necessity during debates. What would the Kerry team prefer, a bell? Some guy waving his arms to signal it’s time to stop?
But then the insanity really gets going:
Kerry’s team threatened to remove the lights when they visit the debate site with Kerry later in the day. “We’ll bring a screwdriver,” said a Kerry aide familiar with what several people called an angry exchange.
Ace asks: Is this story real or contrived in order to make people think that John Kerry might Hulk Out if the time-expired light goes on?
If you’re in NYC tonight, I’ll be watching the debate at a bi-partisan debate party at San Marcos Bar and Restaurant, 12 St. Marks Place (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues). The NY Young Republican Club (the independent one) and the DL21C are hosting and it’s $5 for non-members, free for members of those groups.
I hear that the Communists for Kerry will be in attendance this evening and it’s worth the trip just to see them. Also, I’m leaving tomorrow, in case ya hadn’t heard, and it’s also worth the trip just to see me.
UPDATE: Oh, also, I’m going to try to get there early to get good seats, so come early too if hearing the debate matters to you. Ari, Jessica, Lisa and I are leaving from the upper east side at 7:30ish.
Before the whole Colorado thing happened, I bought tickets to see Wilco. If anyone is interested, I’ve got two tickets for Wilco, October 5th, 8pm at Radio City Music Hall, 2nd Mezz Row F, Box 407. You can see a seating chart here. I’m selling two tickets at a little lower than face value for $70.
Dawn Summers always asks me, ‘do you have a song for everything’? Well, yes, for most things. Grandma dies? ‘Grandma’s Hands’ by Bill Withers. Hold ‘Em games? ‘The Gambler’ by Kenny Rogers. Gangbanging in the ‘hood? ‘Heat’ by 50 Cent. I even have a list of the best break-up songs of all time. The list includes everything from ‘What it takes’ by Aerosmith to ‘Gone for Good’ by Morphine to ‘No Distance Left to Run’ by Blur to ‘I will Survive’ by Gloria Gaynor. Should I ever get married, I imagine walking down the aisle to ‘Reservations’ by Wilco (no, it’s not because I would have reservations, the lyrics are ‘I’ve got reservations, about so many things, but not about you’)
When I was going to work on the Cain campaign in Georgia, I downloaded all the songs about Georgia that I could think of. I got both the Ray Charles and Billy Holiday versions of ‘Georgia on My Mind’ and Gladys Knight’s ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’. When Peter came to visit me, he drove from New Orleans to Atlanta and made a stop in Jackson, MS. He had planned his music listening so that he was listening to Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Jackson’, when he got there. And, when we drove to DC last year, we were listening to the Magnetic Field’s ‘Washington, DC’ on the way.
Ok, I’m a dork, whatever. I leave tomorrow to work for Pete Coors and my question is: are there any songs about Colorado?
I think Howard Dean would’ve made for tougher competition than John Kerry. Yes, he made some people (example #1, example #2) run screaming from the Democratic party but I don’t see these people returning to vote for John Kerry anyway. Dean would’ve had, at least, a position on Iraq that a majority of people can understand: he was against it, period. Peter Beinart looks at other benefits that Dean would’ve had.
Liberals are sometimes wacky, it’s true, but I just want it to be known that when I call Dawn Summers a ‘wacky liberal’ it isn’t so much because of her politics as because of things like this (make sure you read the comments to learn that our future basketball star is not only near 30 but also 5′2”). It may be a side effect of her backward political views, but I do believe that she would be this insane even if she believed in lower taxes and less government.
So, I hear the debate was very exciting with sparks flying. Yes, the debate that’s going to happen tomorrow night.
UPDATE: AP pulls the same stunt.
September 29, 2004
“Is Mrs. Cheney jealous considering how hard it is to get sun in the undisclosed location with her husband Dick? Or is she distracted over how red-in-the-face George Bush should be considering his failed presidency?”
Via Allahpundit who nicknames the Kerry squad ‘Team Trainwreck.’
His politics could not be more misguided but I love Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes. I had the cd ‘Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground’ on major repeat earlier this year and still love every song on it. I recommend you download ‘Will you? You? Will? You? Will? You Will.’ and ‘Lover I don’t have to love’, and though it’s sort of an anti-war song, I love ‘One Foot In Front of the Other’. Unfortunately, Bright Eyes is touring in support of Kerry at the moment so I would wait until after the election to go see them. But don’t let Conor’s young politics get in the way of seeing this otherwise incredible live band.
Remember when John Kerry said he would’ve still gone to war in Iraq (and don’t start with me all of you ‘he would’ve authorized Bush to go to war, but not gone to war himself’, I think we know how it turns out and that Bush chooses to use the authority to go to war), even knowing that WMD may not be found. Well, flippity flip!
Yahoo News Headline: RNC Creates Web Sites to Criticize Kerry
Two guys I worked with on the Cain campaign who are way too young to be so smart:
Friends from the NY conservative scene:
Banafsheh and Elio at ElBa Diary- an Iranian and an Italian deeply involved in the Free Iran movement.
Zelda at The Urban Grind- we met recently at one of those VRWC gatherings.
‘Spot On’ readers whose blogs I’ve been reading:
Of the Mind- A good Georgia based blog.
Shape of Days-We never got to meet Jeff in Dallas but I’ve been checking out his blog regularly.
I’ve had a whole bunch of lefty bloggers commenting recently. Read them at your own discretion. And note to the lefties, ‘Spot On’ is happy to have you but we already have a resident leftie wacko.
Shot of Politics- sees Howard Dean as a positive thing for the Democrats. Whattya gonna do?
The Oil Wars- I’m pretty sure I’m just adding this one to have another international blog on my list.
Captain Normal- A far-out, far-left New Yorker. I guess both of us occupying the same city cancel each other out.
I’m considered a little boyish. Ari wrote on this subject yesterday, that she likes sports and meat instead of ribbons and whatever else girls are supposed to like. My boyishness is more about my personality than my interests. I have mostly male friends, which lends itself to seeing a different perspective on the world. I’ve had guy friends tell me that if they could only have one girl at their bachelor party (aside from the, uh, paid girls) it would be me. I’m drawn to singlehood in the same way that men supposedly are. And, most of all, I’m not very emotional. I’ve had girlfriends actually get mad at me for ‘not opening up’ when in fact, I’m all open, I just don’t feel whatever they want me to feel.
I don’t know exactly where I’m going with this. It was two things that got me started on this topic, the picture on Drudge of the man shaped pillow (which made me claustrophic just looking at it) and that Dawn Eden told me recently that I don’t write about personal stuff as much as I used to, which is probably the result of the election being a month away. I’ve been loving the personal stuff she’s been writing lately about wanting a relationship and waiting for that perfect man. I have to admit, it’s a little foreign to me. I can’t say I ever wanted to meet someone to have a relationship. Usually, I meet someone and fight against having a commitment only to lose that fight (I met Peter in August and it was December before I called him my boyfriend).
Anyway, I love reading the female insights that the blogosphere offers, it’s a good balance to my boy-infested life. I guess that’s my point.