October 29, 2002

Democrats, Japan, tanks, etc.

In football they call it the "prevent" defense, often derided as preventing nothing but victory. That's what I'd call the Democratic election strategy this midterm, and there is at least one reporter at the NYT who agrees with me. Grrr. Of course, it's a little hard to compete with Air Force One. In other large mechanical object news, the Brits are looking for a lost tank. Those weekend winds were really something, huh?

If you're old enough, you may remember all the management books touting Japan as the growing economic entity of the new century, and as an implicit threat to the US. Well, we've all seen that that didn't happen, but here's an interesting op/ed which makes the case for a Japanese threat to the US economy if it reforms, in part because of all the dollar-denominated savings their companies, banks and individuals hold.

Here's a lovely tribute to Paul Wellstone from David Broder, one of the nation's most experienced political observers. C-SPAN is showing the public memorial at the moment; it's a Who's Who of the Democrats (I will not make any wisecracking conspiracy theories about what the administration could do if it were so minded, mostly because I don't think they're that evil).

Posted by Linkmeister at October 29, 2002 03:31 PM

You should add the code that allows for folks to open links in new windows if they want to. I realize it can be done otherwise but when you offer multiple links it makes the job easier, and also allows the person to remain around to leave comments afterwards. And mine is that the tribute to Senator Wellstone was quite heartwarming. Thanks for sharing, as always. :-)

Posted by: Lee at October 29, 2002 08:02 PM

Point taken. I wonder if I can do that with a simple "target_blank" statement in the template.

Posted by: Linkmeister at October 29, 2002 08:23 PM

You could, but there is also a simple javascript you can add that then gives your visitors a choice. I'm not sure which way would be best for your particular audience. Perhaps you should poll folks to see what would be best for all concerned? I can only speak for me, and I know I'd appreciate either one. :-)

Posted by: Lee at October 30, 2002 06:15 PM

kd sent me a script, and I also found a thread in the MT forums which talks about it; the one at MT is slightly unclear as to just how much of the code they're talking about needs to be added, so I'll probably add the one kd showed me. Didn't get to it tonight because I had to cook lamb chops and baked potatoes and peas for my sister's birthday. :)

Posted by: Linkmeister at October 30, 2002 10:08 PM