February 25, 2008
Random webfun: if so inclined, and your browser has a Google search box with autocomplete, go through each letter of the alphabet and post the first thing that shows up. (Which isn't quite alphabetically "fair", I realized; the lists actually are alphabetical, but sorted with all the capitals coming before any lower case letters. Which I guess tends to bias the results for things that I've cut and paste to search on, since generally I'll skip pressing shift. (unless I'm WRITING IN ALL CAPS FOR NO APPARENT REASON.))
BORDERS BOOK BACK BAY
Chris Hansen saying "why don't you have a seat over there"
Gary Weiss wikipedia
I hope you still feel small when you stand by the ocean,
K B toys
MAP OF NORTHERN EUROPE
NOTHING TO SEE HERE, RESUME YOUR NORMAL DAILY ROUTINE
Obama's hopeful change speech
Requiem, the mysterious and much-debated final episode of Dungeons and Dragons -
WE DON'T DIE WE MULTIPLY
xbox 360 mercenaries
So, post a comment if you feel like doing the same.
Video of the Moment
--Mike Huckabee on SNL. There's something unsettling about the forced-smile populism of politicians on SNL. You know there are probably strict limits to the jokes being made, but still, it seems like a weird length to go to to prove your "just plain folks." Still, this bit made me laugh.
Political Commentary of the Moment
And consider how modest the administration's standard of success has become. Can there be any doubt that they would go for a reduction to 100,000 troops—and claim victory—if they had any confidence at all that the gains they brag about would hold at that level of support? The proper comparison isn't to the situation a year ago. It's to the situation before we got there. Imagine that you had been told in 2003 that when George W. Bush finished his second term, dozens of American soldiers and hundreds of Iraqis would be dying violently every month; that a major American goal would be getting the Iraqi government to temper its "de-Baathification" campaign so that Saddam Hussein's former henchmen could start running things again (because they know how); and "only" 100,000 American troops would be needed to sustain this equilibrium. You might have several words to describe this situation, but success would not be one of them.
--Michael Kinsley, Defining Victory Downward: No, the surge is not a success.