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October 30, 2004

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John Steven

"Cheer for Green Bay on Sunday. Nothing to do with the election..."

Actually, it might. In the previous 15 presidential elections (since 1936), if the Redskins win their last home game before the election, the party that occupies the White House continues to hold it; if the Redskins lose that last home game, the challenging party's candidate unseats the incumbent president. And tomorrow's game is in Washington against the Packers, so...

http://www.snopes.com/sports/football/election.asp
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/football/nfl/10/28/bc.fbn.redskins.politic.ap/

Rodger

Abu, have you seen the MEMRI claim that bin Laden threatened to attack only red states?

That's the spin on the other side's blogs anyway (from Volokh on down):

http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SA1404

Can you settle the translation issue?

Thanks!

the aardvark

Well, I'll have to go and check the transcript, which I might or might not have time to do today bc of teaching obligations, but it seems that bin Laden's reference to "Sweden" makes the interpretation that he meant only "U.S. states" pretty unlikely.

But just on general principles... MEMRI is not a non-partisan source from which "the other side" can drawn evidence.. it IS the other side, completely partisan and unreliable. It would be like a Kerry supporter quoting MoveOn for evidence about Bush's policies.

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