Archive for October, 2004

even the conservatives

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

If you’ve been reading this site for a while you know that I’m something of a flaky liberal type. But I try hard to see the merits in other viewpoints – not to do so is to shield yourself from the rest of the world, and doesn’t help you develop your own ideas or question your beliefs, which is a very valuable thing to do.

If you read the thread to Richard Bloomfield’s blog on my previous post, there was a lot of back and forth – it got kind of tedious. But one of my final points was to say that there’s nothing wrong with being a conservative, if that’s where your priorities lie. However – you could probably tell this was coming – it does not mean that you have to support Bush. In fact conservative voices have been saying exactly this too. Andrew Sullivan, respected conservative blogger, has been moving further and further from the current Administration viewpoint for some time, and now even the conservative editor of the New Republic is saying the same thing, and much more coherently than I ever could. It makes really interesting reading – I hope that whatever your viewpoint you take a look.

back and forth

Friday, October 15th, 2004

Cool comments thread on Richard Bloomfield’s blog

quote of the debate

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

Most bizarre exchange from the debate last night (from Washington Post):

KERRY: Well, two leading national news networks have both said the president’s characterization of my health-care plan is incorrect. One called it fiction. The other called it untrue.

SCHIEFFER (moderator): Mr. President?

BUSH: In all due respect, I’m not so sure it’s credible to quote leading news organizations about — oh, nevermind. Anyway, let me quote the Lewin report. The Lewin report is a group of folks who are not politically affiliated. They analyzed the senator’s plan.

dodgy math

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

Or maybe dodgy stats, or just dodgy reporting. I just wrote to the BBC, because in their coverage of last night’s presidential debate they said in the second paragraph that “neither was seen as an outright winner”. However further down on the very same page a CNN poll shows that approx 52% of people polled thought that Kerry won, and 38% thought Bush won. Hmmm, seems like someone won to me – I wonder why they said that was not the case?

where i live

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

Here is more than you probably wanted to know about the great city of Minneapolis. Kind of interesting. One glaring mistake I noticed is that they include the city website for