Sunday, January 13, 2008

Brief--very brief--notes

I am still spending just about all my time on the new web site, Steroids and Baseball, and so have little left over right now for this blog; so these are just a few quick, almost random thoughts.

The "pundits" are still in a tizzy about how the polls could have been so wrong for the Democrats in New Hampshire. On the theory that mainstream-media pollsters can Never Be Wrong, they anguishing over what it was that made so many voters change their minds at the very last moment. But cooler heads realize that it is very much more likely that they got the polls wrong to begin with.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that, a) detainees captured in Afghanistan aren't "persons"; and b) "It was foreseeable that conduct that would ordinarily be indisputably 'seriously criminal' would be implemented by military officials responsible for detaining and interrogating suspected enemy combatants." Land of the free, home of the brave.

The FBI investigation of the Blackwater rogue shootout in Iraq has hit a little, uh, stumbling block:

Blackwater Worldwide repaired and repainted its trucks immediately after a deadly September shooting in Baghdad, making it difficult to determine whether enemy gunfire provoked the attack.
Hey, gotta keep 'em neat an' clean, no?

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