Category: Politics


After tomorrow, the campaign to win the election will be over and the campaign to win the post-election fiasco will be in full swing. Via The Trademark Blog, here is a useful list of voting-related items: Voting Information To find out where to vote, check Learn about e-voting (which we are far too low-tech to use here in Brooklyn)… Read more →

RNC Roundup

Cyclists ride, get arrested Mike, of Satan’s Laundromat fame, went indirectly to jail After taking some pictures of Critical Mass riders getting arrested, I turned to walk away and suddenly was in cuffs, one of the 264 cyclists and random passers-by arrested Friday night. Rather than writing us summonses for the offenses we were charged with, which were violations (on… Read more →

Don’t Call it a Comeback

He came in third behind Kerry and Edwards. Dean’s done. At least that’s what the pundits seem to think. It is far too early to count Dean out. The doctor is still sitting on a lot of money and enthusiasm. A strong showing in SC might keep Edwards going for a little longer, but I doubt he has the money… Read more →

Market-based intelligence

Um, maybe free markets aren’t the ideal solution for every problem. Darpa’s Policy Analysis Market would evaluate terror threats based on a market exchange. Boston Globe: US eyes market to predict terror Metafilter: Pentagon Plans Futures Market for Events in Mideast NYT: Pentagon Prepares a Futures Market on Terror Attacks NYT: Pentagon Abandons Plan for Futures Market on Terror AP:… Read more →

Tenet Takes the Blame

George Tenet stepped up for team Bush and took the blame for publicizing the false information linking Iraq with a purported purchase of Uranium in Niger. Before announcing that he plans to step down as Director of the CIA, Tenet plans to accept the blame for: The 2003 Mets The American Idol voting process Martha Stewart New Coke Lawrence v.… Read more →

Theocrats in Washington

Today, the House passed H. Res. 153 “Recognizing the public need for fasting and prayer in order to secure the blessings and protection of Providence for the people of the United States and our Armed Forces during the conflict in Iraq and under the threat of terrorism at home.” A public need for prayer and fasting? Oy vey. Why do… Read more →

Grassroots blogpaining

In today’s NYT Circuits section, Lisa Napoli writes about how Howard Dean supporters are using free Internet tools to organize. Like Online Dating, With a Political Spin Several hundred people crammed the sleekly decorated space, clutching beers and awaiting former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont, a Democratic presidential candidate. Outside, several hundred more formed a line halfway around the block….… Read more →


idleworm: games – gulf war 2 This is a projection of the most likely outcome of a new war in the Gulf. I used sophisticated temporal algorithms and historical semiotic analysis to achieve an accuracy rating of 99.999%. It’s the mother of all Flash games. Read more →


Yale Law Prof. Jack Balkin wrote two excellent opinion pieces this week. One in the LA Times: A Dreadful Act II, and the other on his blog: Is the President up to the Job? Bush’s failures as President will emerge over time– as our alliance with Europe is damaged, as our economy stagnates, as the costs of war mount. Eventually,… Read more →