Friday, August 22, 2003
At 4:35 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time today, a reader from army.mil, referrer unknown, clicked on here.
Whoever this was, they were the 100,000th recorded visitor to this blog.
The beautiful vista between here and one million sprawls before us.
Thank you all, folks, for your support. Thank you so much.
posted by Sully 8/22/2003 04:41:00 PM
Thursday, August 21, 2003
OK. We now have a new address set up for your cards and letters (see side).
Yes, we've moved that part of the operation overseas, to beautiful downtown Sofia, where the sun glints gold off the dome of Alexander Nevsky cathedral, the highlight of a minimal post-Communist skyline utterly dwarfed by the bulk of Mt. Vitosha south of the city.
Actually, it mainly had to do with two things: it had many of the same features as zapo.net did, largely because the people at mail.bg designed the interface in the first place; and the desire to have an email domain that we used exclusively for this blog (which ruled out yahoo and hotmail).
We recommend that, if you too are in the market for web-based email, do check out the Free Email Provider Guide (Link fixed 8/23). Although Yahoo and Hotmail do get high ratings, there's a huge universe of other ones out there for those seeking that unique touch.
So, for those of you who have email waiting for us, send away.
AN IDEA JUST TOO FUNNY:
While watching VH-1�s I Love The �70s earlier this week, we fell to a fit of hysterical laughter when one of us chanced to suggest what it would have sounded like if the late Howard Cosell had read Sullivan�s way of remembering the �70s out loud.
posted by Sully 8/21/2003 09:55:00 AM
THE BBC VS. THE RIGHT:
From TAPped we learn of this Josh Chafetz article in the Weekly Standard basically summing up the conservative case, such as it is, against the BBC ... and, just as importantly, Kevin Drum�s evisceration of it.
And Andrew Gilligan, when he reported that he didn�t see any American tanks in central Baghdad on April 5, was quite correct to say that the army had a habit of making �premature announcements� about such things. In fact, this particular story, which was played up in newspapers around the country, was premature. All that happened that day was a single lightning thrust that lasted a couple of hours, and it was several more days before Baghdad was entered in force.
Also, Zizka has this to say in the comments:
Kaus, Sullivan, and now Chafetz (who I just have scratched off my short �rational conservative� list) have made a cottage industry out of this kind of attack. In the context of the actual weakness and actual bias of the media available to most Americans, these attacks are sinister. If the Guardian, the BBC, and the Times were succeeding in making Kaus, Sullivan, and Chafetz happy, we would essentially have a one-party press and probably a one-party state too (Rove�s expressed goal, BTW). Packaging their ideological attacks as a concern for professionalism and accuracy adds an additional level of dishonesty to what they're doing.
posted by Sully 8/21/2003 09:32:00 AM