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10/21/2004

 

AFTER-WORD


  • Carl Levin is snarling again. This time, he's fired off a 46-page report accusing Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Doug Feith of faking evidence to link Saddam Hussein an al Qaeda before the war and the pre-war links between the Qaeda and Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

    Senate Armed Services Chairman John Warner said that the committee was premature as the committee's work was not yet complete. But it's two weeks before the election, so it's time for Levin, the committee's ranking Dem, to rush it out in time for JF Kerry on the stump.



  • Erick Erickson has the current Mason-Dixon poll results from thirteen swing States, six Red and seven Blue. They show the President holding all six of the Reds and leading in three of the Blue, with Michigan as a tie. He foresees the State polls beginning to reflect the Bush momentum in the nationals.



  • The Feds are not altogether cool with the way California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, a Democrat, handled federal funds in the past, so the State may not get $169-million in fed money for new voting machines and other voting system improvements.



  • One piece at a time.



  • There is no Yankee game tonight. Time to move on.



  • I've added a college basketball blog, Yoni Cohen's College Basketball Blog, to the Non-Political blogs section, below-right. It's a great stop for fans.



  • I'm listening to Max Bruch's first symphony, which is just a wonderful journey. The symphony is a decent measure of a composer, though I think Mendelssohn's fell short of his talent. With composers like Mahler and Bruckner, I listen to little else. Dvor├ík is probably the most underrated symphonist to compose, unless you count Kallinikov. But he died in his early 30s after writing only two symphonies.

    Beethoven's nine are without compare, though some argue that this applies only to 3-9. I think no 1 is a solid symphony and no 2, the D symphony, is his most fun (and my favorite).

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