• The Power Line blog has British comedy writer Chris Brooker apologizing for his Saturday column in the British lefty Guardian. (This was the one in which he wished that there were an assassin for President Bush.) The apology reads, in part:
    Although flippant and tasteless, his closing comments were intended as an ironic joke, not as a call to action - an intention he believed regular readers of his humorous column would understand.
    There are some things about which humor is not possible, and Presidential assassination is one of them.

    I suggested yesterday that Brooker would not be allowed into the United States for quite a while. I hope this is the case. This stuff is serious. But there are no secret service agents in the United Kingdom, except for Her Majesty's variety.

  • The Sources of Matt Drudge tell him that in an interview taped for Monday's Today Show on NBC, Veep Cheney forecasts a five point victory for the President over JF Kerry: 52-percent to 47-percent.

    As I reported in an earlier post, Joe Biden told This Week host George Stephanopoulos not only that he would not say that he thought Kerry would win, but also that he would serve as President Bush's Secretary of State in the President's second term. (The State Dept. comment, to be fair, was in response to a goofy question from Steph.)

  • Most pundit-like folks say two out of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania will make the next President. I heard Bill Kristol say whoever wins Florida is the man. (I think that would mean Bush.)

    My word: If Bush wins Michigan, put a fork in the Dem.

  • As we've seen, JF Kerry has been accusing the President of trying to "scare" people as a way to win the election. The conjures an image of the President sneaking up on folks and whispering, "President Kerry."

    With some, it would work better than "boo."

  • If you have a blog and you link to this one, let me know either in the comments or in an e-mail and I'll put a link to you on this page. It doesn't matter if your blog is tuned to any ideology or no ideology, or even if it is political in nature.

    Once all the linkage has been established, we can pat ourselves on the back for a job well done.

  • My new machine is to ship tomorrow. It's an HP, and it is to arrive in 5-7 weekdays, which means that it is to arrive on November 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. It won't matter, because I won't be able to migrate my stuff until the 3rd anyway.

    It looks like it'll be a good system.

  • I'm listening to Robert Schumann's Symphony no. 2 in C. I wrote a report about Schumann in the 5th or 6th grade, and to have fun with it, I decided that Johannes Brahms's twisted love for Schumann's wife Clara was the cause of his hallucinations and was behind his 1854 suicide attempt. I also had Brahms as gay.

    And I hated the music at the time.


    Excellent taste in music. Too bad you didn't get a Mac. They'd you have excellent taste in computers too. Heh.

    By Blogger Erick Erickson, at October 24, 2004 at 10:51 PM  

    At the risk of inviting outraged invective, and while understanding how (even in jest) calling for the assassination of a sitting President is a fairly serious matter, I'd just like to point out that the Charlie Brooker piece in the Guardian has been blown out of all proportion - especially elsewhere online where it has been represented as being The Guardian's editorial policy to advocate political assassination.

    He's built his career on being politically incorrect, offensive and (usually) amusing - every week there's something there to outrage someone, some good jokes and some duds. I'm mostly a fan of his stuff, many aren't - no matter what their political beliefs, as he takes the piss out of all and sundry. Please note this old interview. This all doesn't necessarily excuse his final joke in this week's column, but might give some context.

    Oh, by the by, although we probably disagree about most stuff, I'm whacking a link up (if you have no objections). Without wanting to sound like I'm having a dig, it seems to be quite rare to find a pro-Bush blogger whose stuff doesn't make me fear for the future of humanity and is reasonably and coherently written.

    By Blogger Nosemonkey, at October 25, 2004 at 5:15 AM  

    The Guardian has tried to assert that it has a vested interest in influencing the outcome of this election, so it is only natural that some would take Brooker's position as the serious Guardian position. And for those not familiar with Brooker's writing, it would be even easier to mistake it for a serious advocacy of President Bush's assassination. (Well written satire of that nature often makes one look twice.)

    As an American, I'm irritated. I would not be surprised if the Brits were offended by some nyuck-nyuck writer here in the States suggesting that the island needs another John Pym to urge the beading of the Queenie. And Charles I was killed by the state, not by some lunatic assassin.

    Thanks for the link! I will reciprocate.

    By Blogger Mark Kilmer, at October 25, 2004 at 11:10 AM  

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