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Entries from April 2007

Kucinich Loves Cato

April 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I just noticed this from the Dem primary debates the other night: Dennis Kucinich brandishing a copy of Cato’s edition of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

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Tags: Random Cool Link

Tax Freedom Redux

April 30th, 2007 · 6 Comments

So, last year around this time, I had a mini dust-up over at Hit and Run with my old pal Andrew Chamberlain about the Tax Foundation’s “Tax Freedom Day“—the national one’s today, if you’re inclined to celebrate—which is supposed to mark the dividing-line in the year between “days Americans work to pay taxes” and “days […]

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Tags: Economics

Therapist in Chief

April 30th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Eugene Volokh is puzzled by pundit bristling at Rudy Giuliani’s “milking [his] 9/11 reputation for crass political gain.” And I guess I agree: If you were perceived as a strong leader during a time of national crisis, certainly there’s no reason not to advance this as a reason you’re qualified for higher office. But it […]

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Tags: General Philosophy

Kerry on Red Eye

April 26th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Roomie, colleague, and ex-traordinaire on Fox’s Red Eye.

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Rally for Kareem Tomorrow

April 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Rally for Kareem Tomorrow

Folk are meeting at noon at the cultural office of the Egyptian embassy on Friday to demand the release of the jailed Egyptian blogger. Visit FreeKareem.org for more info, or RSVP at the Facebook page for the protest.

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The Nanny Two-Step

April 25th, 2007 · 8 Comments

Ben Adler at TAPped writes: This clearly expresses a fundamental tenet of conservative/libertarian thinking: that engaging in risky behavior with serious social costs is an entitlement. People who are injured by metal bats, or fall ill from smoking or fatty food, cost the rest of us money. We pay their emergency room bill, their Medicare […]

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Tags: Nannyism


April 24th, 2007 · 3 Comments

At various times in my life, I’ve found occasion to stop in the middle of a fairly routine task—researching a story, or laying out a publication—and ask myself: “How the fuck did anybody do this before computers/the Internet/etc.?” I have a feeling it won’t be long before that’s the common attitude among writers about Scrivener, […]

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Betty Friedan Made Me Do It!

April 24th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Megs and Kerry have both laid into this absurd Sunday Times piece blaming the VA Tech shootings on (and let’s rrrrrrooll the wheel of scapegoats!) “the crisis of young males in a feminised society.” I’m usually wary of inferring exculpation from attempts at explanation, but this line from the piece in particular is especially stomach […]

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Tags: Stupid Shit

Verdict Face or O-Face?

April 24th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Can you tell?

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The Atlantic Was Born Today, and I’ll Tell You How

April 23rd, 2007 · 1 Comment

Matt Yglesias announces his move to The Atlantic—congrats Ygz! Update:: Hah! Via Kriston:

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Tags: Personal