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August 24, 2004
Boats to Bikes

Chris at Interesting Times is quite right. Kerry shouldn't ignore the swift boat veterans thing. It's time to put a stop to those kinds of tactics.

And an attack on attacking honorably discharged veterans in general for those of you who have inexplicably forgotten that this specific approach is developing into a pattern. (Via Ralph Luker on Cliopatria)

And then there's the invaluable David Neiwert at Orcinus pointing out how the Left and the Right are not, in fact, equal in the way they run campaigns. (There are differences, but I'm saddened to say they're not as noticeable as they were, say, a decade ago.)

Personally, I think the Bush campaign's election ads co-opting Olympic athletes without their prior knowledge or permission are in really bad taste. In fact, I think using the Olympics in your personal political campaign is in bad taste, regardless of any other factor.

So, what's going on in Iraq? A little larceny, a little fraud, or a little carelessness?

The "star wars missile defense system" doesn't work. It's never worked. It's been going nowhere on a very expensive highway for a long, long time. So why won't they let it die?

Electronic voting machines
are not a partisan issue. Everyone needs to care.

Have you seen BikesAgainstBush? No matter what your political stance, you have to admire the technology and creativity.

Just...not really in the mood for blogging. I'll be back.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:46 AM


The very good In These Times article reminds me of why I used to subscribe, and why I ought to scrounge up the change to do so again. I voted in the California recall election using Diebold electronic technology, but after what I've read since, I'll be voting the old-fashioned way this November. For now, Los Angeles County still offers folks a choice.

Posted by: Hugo at August 24, 2004 06:34 PM

I love the bike-writing; I'll have to make a note to submit some text (it has to be pretty concise, and I can do that but only with editing) during the convention itself.

I am really quite concerned about the way in which voting technology has become a partisan issue. I entirely agree that it shouldn't be, but I haven't seen any self-identified Republican expressing serious concern about the new technology, and that raises all kinds of troubling implications and cultural questions. Maybe I'm just missing it, but it's making me nervous.

We will have the option to vote on paper this time around (though early walk-in absentee votes will only have electronic options), but if the election comes down to Hawai'i, we're all in trouble.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at August 24, 2004 07:08 PM