Sunday, October 10, 2004

Sunday 10/10 links

London Sunday Telegraph Washington correspondent Phillip Sherwell reports that senior CIA staffers have engaged in a strategy of leaking secret information in a calculated attempt to swing the election to John Kerry. Why haven't we seen this story in the mainstream US media?

The newest Nobel Peace Prize winner is a
nutcase who thinks that the HIV AIDS virus was created in a laboratory to murder Africans. At least they picked a: (1) non-Caucasian; (2) Third World; (2) woman. And that's all that matters, isn't it? It's not like it was based on merit or anything like that.

US News & World Report political columnist
Michael Barone supplies the brass tacks: "Some elections are about persuasion. This one is about turnout."

Washington Post columnist
George F. Will patiently explains, in short words and simple concepts, "Why America Leans Right."

Meanwhile, US News & World Report columnist
John Leo explains why "Churches Head Left."

Ann Althouse found the relevant poll and reports that twice as many Kerry supporters thought Pres. Bush won the debate than the reverse.

Here a Steyn (
London Sunday Telegraph); there a Steyn (Chicago Sun-Times); everywhere a Steyn-Steyn.

Victor Davis Hanson notes that Sen. Kerry is glib and has plans--that's all Kerry does is say that he has plans, but he never quite gets around to specify just what those plans are.

Sen. Kerry wants to rely on the United Nations--he said so during the first debate--but Jerusalem Post guest columnist
Anne Bayefsky gives us a glimpse of just what the UN has become.

Julia Gorin has a tragic secret: she's a Republican in Manhattan. Read her scandalous story in the Washington Post.

New York Times Middle East correspondent
Steven Erlanger discusses Israel's options re Iran's nuclear program. They run the gamut from awful to terrible.

Observer writer Robin McKie explores the dominance of US science over all the rest of the world. Just look at its vast number of Nobel Prizes in recent years--and according to McKie, that is "just tips of a science iceberg."

Adware and spyware is a huge problem for the Internet, and it is getting much worse. Now there are bills in Congress that won't do much to stop it. Washington Post writer
Ariana Eunjung Cha reports.

Washington Post book reviewer
Jonathan Yardley likes a new book about the history of airports much more than he likes the modern airport, which he describes as "a dreadful place in virtually every respect ... the Tenth Circle of Hell."

Re Jacques Derrida's long-overdue passing, another splendid satire from "ScrappleFace" Scott Ott: "Father of Deconstructionism Dies, If 'Death' Means Anything."