Sunday, October 03, 2004

Can You Pass the Test?

It's a slow Sunday here in the "office," so I decided to take John Kerry's new Global Test, kindly posted by our friends at Transterrestrial. I guess I'm not fit to be a world leader, because I scored an absolutely appalling -3090. Take the test yourself, and let me know how you did. I don't want to help you by giving you any answers, but you'll do much better if you select the French version of the test.

Mostly good news coming out of Iraq lately. My numbers don't match the Fox News numbers EXACTLY, but it's pretty darn close. Note the praise for the new Iraqi Troopers. Great job by the Americans and Iraqi National Guardsmen up there...

There's an Army lawyer/milblogger with the 1st ID who calls himself Dagger JAG, and he posted something about milblogs that I thought was pretty interesting. It covers the "freedom of speech" vs. "operational security" challenge that we milbloggers face.

Our friends at littlegreenfootballs posted a picture of Senator Kerry that I'm sure some of you might want to see. This is a perfect picture for one of those "create your own caption" gags. One of the commenters at lgf had a good one- "Quick! Pull my finger!"

Big ups to Cousin Laura, Aunt Molly, and the rest of their gang for getting my Iraq footage to Eric the Filmmaker. Please continue sending him pictures as you find them, and feel free to CC me while you're at it. I'd love to see some of those old shots...

Finally, I'll caution you to not worry too much about the latest Newsweek poll that shows Kerry surging ahead. Find comfort in this excerpt from a recent Powerline.com entry:

"Reader Meg Kreikemeier points out that according to RealClearPolitics, Newsweek's most recent poll included 345 Republicans, 364 Democrats and 278 independents. This compares to Newsweek's published data for their most recent prior poll, which showed President Bush with a comfortable lead: 391 Republicans,300 Democrats and 270 independents. Yes, if you drop 46 Republicans and add 64 Democrats, you will get considerably better results for the Democratic nominee. This is a good reminder of why poll data always need to be taken with a grain of salt, especially until you see the underlying data."

Ah yes- the power of the blogosphere...




2 comments:

jdwill said...

Not sweating the Newsweek poll [much =8-o], I track RealClearPolitics averages and the battleground states there. Also there is this Gallup poll which shows that the fundamentals of trust for a CIC and belief in the ability to handle Iraq and the War haven't shifted hardly at all.

Attempting to glean real information again today. Most of todays news is a rehash of the AP's ZIDAN KHALAF. with little new data. However, the Washington Post is starting to act like a real newspaper. This began during the Killian Memo story. The tidbits that I found interesting:

Karl Vick in todays WAPO
>>[Fallujah]Fifteen minutes after the strike, U.S. aircraft dropped leaflets calling on residents to eject foreign fighters and join the political process. The fliers offered $65 million in development projects but warned that the money would go to other cities if the population did not act soon.

I know Iraqi's in the Detroit area, and this seems like a good idea to me. Appeal to their business nature.

Sabah al-Bazee in todays WAPO
>>The U.S. military had estimated that about 1,000 guerrillas were hiding out in Samarra, but after the 36-hour onslaught, it was not clear what happened to most of those fighters.In previous attacks on rebel strongholds, insurgents have melted back into the population, giving up the ground to U.S. troops, only to return days later and resume fighting.

I guess that is what makes counter-insurgency so tough. Any given Iraqi could be a insurgent one day, decide its too dangerous the next. The change of heart could be real (or not), and even if so, he could flip-flop again on you.

Keep up the good work. The balancing story to the main media is getting out. A great example I found following a link from the Dagger JAG blog you linked - ‘Resistance’

2Slick said...

You're on it, jd. The 1,000 insurgent estimation in Samarra looks pretty high to me, so I think they're including the ones that are scattered throughout the surrounding mud-hut villages. They're believed to be mostly destitute foot soldiers and relatively harmless without leadership to finance them. Chances are they'll be pretty quiet for a good while, but we'll see what happens. Notice we haven't heard much out of Najaf lately...

I like the Resistance post that you linked to, and the one right below it was excellent as well. I despise those Madrahsses. Those evil hellholes need to be wiped out...

To all- I'm not impressed with some of the scores I've been seeing from the Global Test. Even a moderate conservative should score below -1,000. C'mon people! My score plummetted when I decided to bribe Russia and China (I knew they could be bought) and coerce France and Spain (just wanted to slap them around a bit). The beauty of that test is that you can take it again if your score is too high...