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10/01/2004

 

AFTER-WORD


  • JF Kerry is like Luke Skywalker trying to get out of the Death Star. (And like the first would-be Skywalker’s, Kerry’s is still an insurgent campaign.)


  • I was asked why I haven’t talked about Kerry’s “summit.” This might seem somewhat superficial of me, but at first glance, I could not care less. We knew going into this debate that Kerry was going to propose summits and agreements. With a dose of Kerry’s faerie dust, everyone will swallow their national interests for the greater communal good.

    A small dose of realpolitik. Kerry can sing old John & Yoko tracks until he’s blue in the face, but Chirac’s going to take of France, Schroeder will take care of Germany, King Albert will look out for Belgium, and Tony Blair’s first concern is Great Britain. That’s how it works, and that is precisely how it should happen. We need a President who will take care of the United States without a global pH test.

    (NOTE: Yes, Guy Verhofstadt, as prime minister, is the head of the Belgian government. Using their king’s name is my way of teasing them after they sided with the purposefully obstructions French Republic back when Saddam Hussein was still doing his inhuman thing Iraq.)


  • Another thought. Many members of the more-or-less passive ABB view the war on terror and the war in Iraq as a grand reality show. They’re bored with the way things are happening now – nothing wild happens – so they want to reconfigure the show. They want to strip President Bush of immunity and put it back up for grabs. On November 2nd, the tribal council will meet and choose the next leader.

    “Each winner, by acceptance of the prize, agrees to release all sponsors, and their parent and subsidiary companies, their officers, directors, employees, agents, shareholders, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, and advertising agencies from all liability, claims, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, or use of the prize.”

    This is a Presidential election. They can’t vote for “Rudy.” (I’m not referring to Mayor Giuliani.)


  • The ABB gang wants what the ABB gang gets:
    The New York-based Princeton Review says both candidates in the first presidential debate used grade school language skills: Bush 6th grade, Kerry 7th.

    The Review gave President Bush points for strong topic sentences with good supporting statements saying he spoke at a level most sixth graders could understand. Kerry eschewed meandering sentences and the seasoned debater used more vocabulary at the 7th grade level.
    The President outscored Kerry in their closing statements, 4 of 6 to 3.


  • In a game which meant very little in the scheme of things, except to some Yankees minor leaguers who played it, the quasi-Yankees were 2-hit by Blue Jays rookie David Bush Aside from Bush’s performance, which included 11 strikeouts, the game was notable for the Yankees’ starter, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez getting just smashed silly.

    I haven’t compared the rosters, but it would not surprise me in the least if I were to learn that the Yankees had the worst starting rotation of the eight teams who will be competing in the playoffs from both Leagues.

    They’re going to have to wing it this postseason, but I have every confidence that they can and will do it.


  • It’s Friday evening. I am listening to some Paganini sonatas. If anything can keep me awake ‘til 1, this ought to do it. I do need to sleep…

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