Sunday, October 24, 2004

Sunday 10/24 links

The Europeans are descending into barking dementia. Yesterday the London Guardian published a column by one Charlie Brooker; he advocates the assassination of Pres. Bush: "On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod’s law dictates he’ll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?"

You'll love this one: the hard numbers indicate that Pres. Bush is smarter than Sen. Kerry. What makes it even better is that John Tierney's revelation appears in The New York Times. (Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds/Instapundit)

Canny New York Daily News columnist Zev Chafets reports that the Democrats are concentrating on Pennsylvania and Ohio but may lose the election in Michigan.

US News & World Report columnist Michael Barone suggests that the conventional wisdom that undecided voters tend to go against the incumbent will be reversed this year.

This time appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times, columnist Mark Steyn is uncharacteristically serious: "There are legitimate differences of opinion about the war, but they don't include Kerry's silly debater's points."

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass wants to know why Sen. Kerry suddenly is talking like Jethro Bodine--you remember, the nephew who was the brains of the outfit on The Beverly Hillbillies?

US News & World Report columnist John Leo keeps it simple: Sen. Kerry is in trouble in part because many Americans simply don't trust the Democrats to defend them.

New York Post columnist and former army major Ralph Peters: "What Europeans fail to grasp — what they willfully refuse to face — is that the nature of terrorism has changed. ... The new terrorists are vastly more dangerous, more implacable and crueler than the old models. The political terrorists of the 1970s and '80s used bloodshed to gain their goals. Religious terrorists see mass murder as an end in itself, as a purifying act that cleanses the world of infidels."

Washington Post columnist George F. Will expects widespread and calculated voter fraud. Particularly from the Democrats. Power Line blogger "Hindrocket," aka John H. Hinderaker, elaborates.

Reuters correspondent Parisa Hafezi reports that Iran has flatly rejected another European plea that it stop working on nukes. No doubt the Europeans will task an elite cadre of clerks to draft an even more strongly-worded letter in response, because they mean business this time.

The Israeli ex-spook DEBKA website reports that Yasir Arafat is very ill with gallstones. Alas, it's almost certainly not fatal.

"What Would Patton Say About the Present War?" Victor Davis Hanson tells you.

Jerusalem Post guest columnist Colin Shindler explains the once-honorable London Guardian's (see above) role in the "Drip-drip delegitimization of Israel."

New York Times writer Timothy L. O'Brien warns that if you're not worried about identity theft, you should be.