of the Web Today, by James Taranto (part of the Wall Street Journal
OpinionJournal.com Web site, which is open to the public without a
on National Review Online
From the Desk
of Jane Galt, Asymmetrical Information
(a site by the Wall Street Journal that does to require a
subscription to view)
Clear Politics, T. Bevan
Live to see it!
Points Memo, by Joshua Marshall
Is Rumor Control
Archives for Harry's Blog
Some good articles on the
2004 Red Sox season
postgame interview with Curt Schilling's
after the Sox won the American League Penant
"Fukuyama's moment: a neocon schism opens," Open Democracy,
Free Thinking for the World, October 28, 2004:
The Iraq war opened a fratricidal
split among United States neo–conservatives. Danny Postel examines the
bitter dispute between two leading neocons, Francis Fukuyama and Charles
Krauthammer, and suggests that Fukuyama’s critique of the Iraq war and
decision not to vote for George W Bush is a significant political as
well as intellectual moment.
But the latest salvo against the war and
its neocon architects has stung its targets like none other has done.
That’s because the critique Francis
Fukuyama has advanced is an inside job: not only is its author among
the most celebrated members of the neo–conservative intelligentsia,
but his dissection of the conceptual problems at the core of the Iraq
undertaking appeared on the neocons’ home ground. “The
Neoconservative Moment,” his twelve–page intervention into the Iraq
debate, was published
in the Summer 2004 issue of The
National Interest, a flagship conservative foreign–policy journal.
Posted October 28, 2004, 11:00 p.m.
For the latest election polls, see the Real
Clear Politics polling page.
Posted October 26, 2004, 9:00 p.m.
roundup of the past two weeks' good news from Iraq, OpinionJournal.com of
the Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2004:
Progress continues in rebuilding Iraq's
The commissioning of the generators in
September added 47 Megawatts of electricity to the grid--enough to
fuel 141,000 Iraqi homes, adding to the estimated 15 million Iraqi
homes already serviced by the national grid. . . .
Electricity production in the country averages approximately 5,000
Megawatts, a total that exceeds the pre-war level of 4,400. . . .
And a few days later, further
progress was reported in the capital: "A new generator came
on line here today bringing enough new electricity to the
energy-thirsty country to fuel more than 275,000 Iraqi homes. The new
96 Megawatt generator is the second new generator to come on line at
the north Baghdad plant since the reconstruction effort began at the
site one year ago. The commissioning brings the total available
electricity in the country to nearly 5,300 Megawatts, far exceeding
the pre-war level of 4,400."
A new 30-kilometer transmission line
was also brought online in September in South Central Iraq, bringing
more electricity to the region and linking the country's first new
power station to a key substation in the region. The installation of
the line and commissioning of the four generators are the latest
successes in the $1 billion effort to rebuild the country's
antiquated electrical infrastructure.
The successes come as weeks of
inventory and training were completed to transfer seven electrical
stations back to the Ministry of Electricity. The transfer marked
the completion of the U.S.-led renovation at the seven sites that
put 429 Megawatts on the national grid. . . .
Six additional power stations are
slated to be transferred to the Ministry in October, a move that
will return an additional 986 Megawatts of generation
capacity--enough to service 2 million Iraqi homes.
Since arriving in Iraq last fall, the
Corps has built more than 1,200 towers, repaired 8,600 kilometers of
transmission line and rehabilitated or built enough generators to
bring an additional 1,621 Megawatts to the national grid--enough to
service 4.8 million Iraqi homes.
American support made the difference
for one power station:
As part of its efforts to bolster
security and the economy in Northern Iraq, the 1st Infantry Division
partnered with civilian companies and the Army Corp of Engineers to
repair the Bayji Power Plant complex.
The facility, which is comprised of
three power plants, once generated 1,300 megawatts of power. But
after the first Gulf War, Iraqi officials were unable to get parts
to maintain the plants because of sanctions levied against the
country. The three plants were generating a little less than 400
megawatts of power prior the American-led invasion of Iraq last
Since then, coalition forces have
worked diligently to repair the complex, which was one of the major
power sources in the nation. In August, it was generating about 800
megawatts of power. . . .
The plant employees 2,000 locals,
1,200 of which are permanent. . . . As of August, the 1st
Infantry Division had spent more than $1 million on parts for the
Aside from repairs to the 500-acre
complex, security was a major issue. Its fence had gaping holes that
serve as a gateway for looters who frequently stole equipment and
supplies from the power plant. . . . To remedy that
problem, the Big Red One spent $450,000 to build a 12-foot wall
around the entire complex. That project created more than 700 jobs
for locals, as six different contractors who submitted the lowest
bids worked on the wall simultaneously. . . .
The plant is expected to be fully
operational by the end of 2005.
Posted October 26, 2004, 9:00 p.m.
See Robert David Sullivan's
"Beyond Red & Blue Preelection Update, Deja Vue in Des Moines,
Bush and Kerry Have Trod Limited Political Ground," from the fall
2004 issue of CommonWealth magazine from MassInc:
In one of the clichés of presidential
politics, candidates often say that the best part of campaigning is
getting to see so much of America. It would be hard to take such a claim
seriously this year. President George Bush and Sen. John Kerry have
mostly limited their public appearances to a handful of “swing”
states, completely ignoring most of the South and rarely visiting such
large metropolitan areas as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San
Francisco, and Boston.
Read the entire article.
Posted October 26, 2004, 9:00 a.m.
From the Best
of the Web, OpinionJournal.com,
Wednesday, October 20:
You need a math major to figure this
"College Costs Spike
"College Costs Level Off--a
"Studies: Pace of College Costs
on Decline"--headline, Associated
Press, Oct. 19
Posted October 20, 2004, 9:00 a.m.