September 6, 2009

Kids. Remember to Kampaign Karefully: 2012 is the 200th Anniversary of 1812

It might be fun to take a victory lap over unseating a Green Munchkin, but there are plenty more where he came from and they've got money and men and material. As Napoleon forgot, remember that the road is long and the outcome uncertain -- especially when you invade Russia.

Source: Edward Tufte: New ET Writings, Artworks & News

Update: More wise caution at Riehl World View: Be Careful Conservatives

As for what comes next, remember that it's the health care debate that must come first. It's also what matters more to us and all of America in the end. So, don't get lost in what one Fox personality is picking up on that's going to boost his ratings. And don't get so giddy over one in the win column that you take your eyes off the ball. I suspect Obama would appreciate nothing more right now. Hitting a home run in a losing game isn't cause for too much celebration, after all.

Posted by Vanderleun at September 6, 2009 4:44 PM
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More importantly, 2012 is the END

Posted by: Fat Man at September 6, 2009 6:27 PM

You should see Tufte's presentation on the Challenger disaster, and how a crappy chart detailing O-ring failures and outside was misread at Morton-Thiokol, dooming the astronauts.

Read his books.

Posted by: Eric Blair at September 6, 2009 6:39 PM

yeah, but considering the size of the problem..."We're gonna need a bigger boat"...however with global warming just around the corner we shouldn't have to worry about freezing to death.

Posted by: Barnabus at September 7, 2009 8:29 AM

Eric - agreed on Tufte. Attended one of his talks in Hartford years ago and the guy is fascinating. Hard to believe a braintrust capable of engineering the SRB would miss what he was able to make so bleeding obvious.

I'd like to see him do a graphic that compares the skyrocketing cost of health care to the corresponding rise in usage of comprehensive health insurance - starting with the federally-mandated HMOs back in the 70s which ignited that rocket.

Posted by: goy at September 7, 2009 10:54 AM