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Slugging Out A Win

(10/11/00 9:00am)

If running for office is like being a boxer, then running for President is like going for the heavyweight title. You can dance around and take little jabs at your opponent, feeling each other out in early rounds; but eventually you must come together and exchange blows. Put plainly, politics is a pure power grab. If brokers and bankers get into what they do for the money, politicians do it all for the power. This is not a game for nice guys: if you want real power, you have to be willing to get down and fight.

The Realities of War

(10/11/00 9:00am)

Before leaping to condemn Israel for "unnecessary" force against the new Palestinian Intifada, one ought to put oneself in the position of a scared soldier ordered to stop a riot. Your platoon is outnumbered ten to one, 40 against 400 rock-throwing people filled with blood lust. It's a confined area, and there are a thousand places for a sniper to hide. Some members of the crowd are brandishing AK-47s and M-16 assault rifles whose bullets punch through flak vests and helmets.

Badly Drawn Boy debuts well

(10/10/00 9:00am)

October 3 saw the American release of an acclaimed British album, "The Hour of Bewilderbeast," the full-length debut from a man who calls himself Badly Drawn Boy. BDB -- presumably no relation to The Dartmouth's own Badly Drawn Girl and Hastily Rendered Boy -- is really Damon Gough, a lad from Manchester, a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist who has been called "the British Beck."

What Are We Thinking?

(10/10/00 9:00am)

Recent polls, as reported in the New York Times, show George W. Bush leading Al Gore among voting age men. In California, this question was asked: If Bush and Gore were cars, what kind of cars would they be? Before I consider the inane responses to this query, let's examine the inane question itself. The car substitution poll, even if conducted in California, is dumb. The representation of the presidential candidates as a particular make of automobile says more about the person being polled than it could possibly say about the candidates.

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