Morning Open Thread

There--I did it. I stayed up all night, finished tons of work and, for once, actually made sure I was fully prepared for a trip. All it took was convincing myself to believe one of life's great lies: you can sleep on the train / in the car / on the plane.

I'm off to the train station. Use this thread to talk about anything you please on this wonderful Friday morning.

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Re: Morning Open Thread

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcJmaLMTs -Y

Wes Clark: Video - This Will Not Blow Over

by dearreader 2007-03-23 03:07AM | 0 recs
Re: Morning Open Thread

The video is good... the title is HORRIBLE!!!

I went in thinking it was an attack video... that he said something wrong and that it wouldn't get out of th epublic mind or out of the press.

by yitbos96bb 2007-03-23 05:46AM | 0 recs
The latest hip swing group--not
The Prospect's Mark Schmitt has an essay up today about Clinton pollster Mark Penn and his inane assertions about the importance of small groups of influencial swing voters such as "soccer moms" and "office park dads."
The latest class of desirables--"momfluentials," which sounds an awful lot like "influenza" to me. Let's all innoculate ourselves from this bullshit now with a look at this cute little talking robotic FAQ about them.
by johnalive 2007-03-23 04:14AM | 0 recs
Re: The latest hip swing group--not

GOd I hate talking websites that start talking without you telling them too... All of a sudden a disembodied voice comes over my speakers...

by yitbos96bb 2007-03-23 05:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Morning Open Thread

be careful that you don't get sick again...

by aiko 2007-03-23 04:48AM | 0 recs
Today's Incident in the Gulf

Beware the media spin on Iran's capture of 15 British sailors in the Gulf today. Let's try to establish facts. Juan Cole at juancole.com can surely help guide us.

My initial suspicion is that the British have been conducting aggressive patrolling either in a disupted area or even in well-defined Iranian territorial waters in order to provoke an Iranian response.

Remember in this context the Vincennes incident in 1989, when a U.S. guided missile cruiser in Iranian territorial waters shot down an Iranian civilian airliner, killing all 290 persons on board. The initial Pentagon and media spin sought to blame the civilian airliner for having flown a "threatening" flight path. Subsequent investigation demonstrated that the Iranian airliner had done everything according to the books, was in a regular civilian air corridor, was emitting the right identifying electronic signature, and was in a normal ascent (not threatening descent) path. The fault in this case was a "group think" blunder by the crew and Captain (Will Rogers, III) of the Vincennes.

Oh, and then there was that incident in the Gulf of Tonkin a while back.

See what I'm getting at?

by FMArouet 2007-03-23 04:51AM | 0 recs
More guilty Bush officials

AP: "WASHINGTON - Former Deputy Interior Secretary Steven Griles will plead guilty to one count of obstruction of justice in the Jack Abramoff corruption investigation, The Associated Press has learned."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070323/ap_o n_go_ca_st_pe/griles_abramoff

by joejoejoe 2007-03-23 04:59AM | 0 recs
John Edwards in NYC last night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOjEsIRG4 OU

More here.

by lipris 2007-03-23 05:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Morning Open Thread

The tracks get very bumpy south of Washington because they're maintained by Norfolk Southern rather than Amtrak.

by joyful alternative 2007-03-23 05:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Morning Open Thread

Anyone see any Iowa polls of late?  

by yitbos96bb 2007-03-23 05:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Morning Open Thread

Obama has really blown past Clinton on the Iowa Electronic Markets contract for the Democratic nomination.

see: http://iemweb.biz.uiowa.edu/graphs/graph _DConv08.cfm

Of course, these are only futures markets, however, they do provide a good indication people's expectations. And expectations often become reality.

by eserorg 2007-03-23 08:04AM | 0 recs

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