• Nielsen Media Research tells us that 51.2-million Americans watched Wednesday night's debate; this beats the 46.7-million they assert watched Debate #2. The first debate snagged 62.5-million. It's no reason to get excited.

    The 1992 debates – with Bush I, Clinton, and Perot – snagged 62.4-million, 70-million, and 67-million viewers.

    Debate #1 was the highest since Reagan-Mondale, 1984, which was the highest since Reagan-Carter 1980.

  • The debate reaction was programmed. JF Kerry, the public were told, was smarter, the better debater, had a better grasp of the facts. The President was a dumb, inarticulate hick who won only because of Karl Rove. Never mind that until Bob Shrum & co. reinvented him, and he gained the legitimacy of a major party presidential nomination, Kerry was a second-rate, undistinguished Senator from a small, liberal New England State. He still is, though he has been on a two-year hiatus from his day job.

    How did he become a great candidate, a master debater, a towering intellect? The public wants what the public gets. The media has given them the media's dream, --and the media's tight contest -- all that via pretense.

  • MSNBC.msn.com posts a lament that Curt Schilling had to hurt his ankle and ruin what should have been a competitive series. That doesn't fly. Schilling might not even be the best pitcher on that Boston team for this series. (Aaron Boone aside, Tim Wakefield is a legitimate Yankee-killer.) And if he thinks this series has been a one-sided affair – never mind the two Yankee W's – has not been watching. The Sox haven't let me breathe easy until the final out, which both times have come with a least the tying run on base.

    Yes, the series is "over." It can still be exciting, though.

  • I'm getting a new computer. Any advice? CPU, RAM, drives, etc.?

  • For music tonight, it is Johann Christian Bach, the son of Johann Sebastian. He'd get more airplay, albeit on public radio, if it weren't for his father's formidable shadow. I'm willing to bet that he could have been as good a baroque composer as Telemann. (The younger Bachs wrote in the classical period, which is usually said to begin, in shorthand, the year their father died: 1750.)


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