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Thursday, October 30, 2003
By Steven Taylor

Oh, my.

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By Steven Taylor

Snow is out, and Wallace is in and Howard Kurtz has a report on the switch.

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By Steven Taylor

Apropos of my post on “freedom fighters” the othetr day, Thomas Friedman has a great column in the NYT today. Concerning the recent attack he notes:

The first thing is to understand who these people are. There is this notion being peddled by Europeans, the Arab press and the antiwar left that “Iraq” is just Arabic for Vietnam, and we should expect these kinds of attacks from Iraqis wanting to “liberate” their country from “U.S. occupation.” These attackers are the Iraqi Vietcong.

Hogwash. The people who mounted the attacks on the Red Cross are not the Iraqi Vietcong. They are the Iraqi Khmer Rouge–a murderous band of Saddam loyalists and Al Qaeda nihilists, who are not killing us so Iraqis can rule themselves. They are killing us so they can rule Iraqis.

Have you noticed that these bombers never say what their political agenda is or whom they represent? They don’t want Iraqis to know who they really are. A vast majority of Iraqis would reject them, because these bombers either want to restore Baathism or install bin Ladenism.

The whole thing is worth the time needed to read it.

(Along the same lines, James of OTB linked to a Ralph Peters column in yesterday’s NY Post on the same topic).

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By Steven Taylor

That sound you hear are the Nine pounding their heads against the nearest wall, as one of their main campaign issues appears to be evaporating:


Source: Yahoo

The 411:

The economy grew at a blistering 7.2 percent annual rate in the third quarter in the strongest pace in nearly two decades. Consumers spent with abandon and businesses ramped up investment, compelling new evidence of an economic resurgence.

[...]

The 7.2 percent pace marked the best showing since the first quarter of 1984. It exceeded analysts’ forecasts for a 6 percent growth rate for third-quarter GDP, which measures the value of all goods and services produced within the United States.

(And, James’ post the other day on the “Bush Economy” is certainly about to come true. Or, at least, different people will be using the phrase than have been doing so.)

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By Steven Taylor

A caveat to my post below: I am not saying that anyone who supports/likes/flies the Battle Flag is a slavery-supportin’ racsist. That isn’t the point. Indeed, I have known plenty of folks who truly see it simply as a symbol of the South itself, and an emblematic of defiance vis-a-vis the North in a very generic way. Still, to argue that it has nbo other connotation is to be willfully blind.

My question to those who are adamantly in favor of the flag: why? What does it uniquely mean to you about your Southern heritage? And even if it means something dear to your heart, isn’t whatever it is you wish to extol being tainted by what the flag signifies to others?

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By Steven Taylor

While I agree that people, in general, are too easily offended these days, and that too much pressure is often applied to make sure no one’s feelings get hurt, but sometimes things are truly offensive to a substantial percentage of the population. One such example is the Confederate battle flag, which has become an issue in the upcoming Mississippi governor’s election. Given that an underlying rationale for the Civil War on the part of the South was to maintain slavery as an institution, it is no wonder that blacks see the flag as a symbol of slavery, and since it was hoisted over many a state capitol at exactly the same time many southern states were defying desegregation, it is no wonder many blacks see it as a symbol of segregation.

Note to my fellow Southerners and Southern Republicans: those are offensive and shameful parts of our history, and whether you think the flag represents those ideas or not, it is clear that they do to many, many people.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003
By Steven Taylor

Lawmakers Reach Iraq-Afghan Aid Deal

Congressional negotiators agreed Wednesday on an $87 billion aid package for Iraq and Afghanistan that meets a White House demand that none of the money be provided as loans.

Despite rising criticism in Congress over the handling of the war, the package worked out by House-Senate negotiators largely resembles the proposal submitted by President Bush. The House and Senate are expected to act quickly to give the bill final approval before it goes to Bush for his signature.

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By Steven Taylor

Even Joe Klein (no conservative, he) is on Clark’s back about his stance on the $87 billion. Like myself, and William Saletan, Klein finds Clark’s position to be problematic (shall we say), or as Klein himself wrote last week in Time

Clark’s initial position was laughable. He refused to say how he would vote on the $87 billion because he wasn’t a member of Congress. Chastened by a Washington Post editorial that called his position “astonishing,” he retreated: the $87 billion, he said, should be sent “back to the drawing board.” The general was suffering from laryngitis when I called, so an aide told me that Clark favored two separate bills. One would be money for the troops; the other would be for reconstruction — with a dollar amount scrubbed more carefully than the Bush Administration’s rather flabby $20 billion and with greater international cooperation, a quicker, clearer transition to Iraqi authority and restrictions on the contracts going to American corporations like Halliburton.

He goes on to note that most of the Nine have incoherent positions on the $87 billion as well (all but Lieberman and Gephardt).

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By Steven Taylor

Via SportsBlog: Bartman is Chicago’s most popular Halloween costume.

I still say that if if the Cubs had done their job, the Bartman thing wouldn’t have mattered.

I am thinking that the guy should’ve taken Jeb’s offer and moved to Florida.

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By Steven Taylor

Via Drudge we get this amusing bit from the Denver Post

Dean declared himself a “metrosexual,” the buzz phrase for straight men in touch with their feminine sides, as he touted his accomplishments in “equal justice” for gay and lesbian couples.

But then he waffled.

“I’m a square,” Dean declared, after professing his metrosexuality to a Boulder breakfast audience with an anecdote about being called handsome by a gay man. “I like (rapper) Wyclef Jean and everybody thinks I’m very hip, but I am really a square, as my kids will tell you. I don’t even get to watch television. I’ve heard the term (metrosexual), but I don’t know what it means.”

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