Senator Ted: People Suck

On a more serious note, I couldn’t help but pause when I heard this nugget from Senator Ted last night: “There’s a reason why this land was called ‘the American experiment.’ If dedication to the common good were hardwired into human nature, we would never have needed a revolution. If each of us cared about […]

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And he means it, too

Senator Kennedy, at the convention today: “We bear no ill will toward our opponents. In fact, we’d be happy to have them over for a polite little tea party. I know just the place: right down the road at Boston Harbor.” Call me crazy, but is it really such a good idea for Ted Kennedy […]

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Not that you asked, but…

Not to backseat-blog or anything, but here’s a bit of advice for my colleagues who actually travelled to the convention: a) Get the hell out of “blogger alley” b) Stop talking to each other c) Stop taking pictures of each other d) Stop simulblogging speeches that are being covered live by television. e) Stop doing […]

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War of the Memes Goes Mainstream

Glenn points to David Brooks’ observation that the 9/11 report makes a clear statement about what we are actually fighting: We are facing, the report notes, a loose confederation of people who believe in a perverted stream of Islam that stretches from Ibn Taimaya to Sayyid Qutb. Terrorism is just the means they use to […]

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Convention Blogging Resources – II

At the moment, I’m pretty convinced that better coders than I have quite adequately provided the kind of convention portal sites that I was considering hacking together. I might still toss something up if I see a gap (suggestions welcome), but for the moment, I’ll be watching the following: Dave Winer’s ConventionBloggers.com, which presents the […]

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Convention Blogging Resources

Folks: I’m looking to find out if: a) Anyone has collected a full list of bloggers going to the convention next week b) Anyone is planning on providing a resource page to link to the work of those bloggers. I see the Dave Sifray and the Technorati crew are now linking up with CNN and […]

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Oh, did I forget to mention I’m under criminal investigation?

So help me think through this. Sandy Berger has been under investigation since October of last year, and it appears he knew about it. He’s acting as an advisor to the Kerry campaign. Choose the option that most likely describes reality: A) Berger told the Kerry campaign he was under investigation, and the campaign saw […]

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Who Watches The Watchers?

The LA Times’ Alex Jones sniffs disapprovingly at bloggers in what Stephen Green accurately describes as a hit piece yesterday, tut-tutting that simply because bloggers have credentials for the conventions, that doesn’t make them real live Journalists-with-a-capital-J. Jones’ is right to be worried, but not for the reasons he expresses in his column. The convention […]

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Alliance Blogrolls Working Again

Believe it or not, I think I’ve finally implemented sufficient validation / cleanup code to restore all alliance blogrolls to working order. The biggest problem actually seemed to be some blogs which included carriage-returns in their titles, which messed up the Javascript code. All blogrolls should now be working; if they aren’t, please comment here…

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Democratic Convention: Capacity Problem? What Capacity Problem?

So the Democrats caught quite a bit of heat for “disinviting” some bloggers who had been told they would be credentialed for the convention. The Democrats claimed an oversight about the capacity available; Jeff Jarvis quotes today’s New York Times editorial on the subject which suggests about 20 bloggers were turned away. Well, apparently they […]

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