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Entries from May 2007

And If My Grandmother Had Testicles…

May 29th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Insty writes: THAT’S NOT VERY NEIGHBORLY: Mexican audience boos Miss USA. If an American audience booed Miss Mexico, it would be racism. Well, probably, because the average American is not acutely aware of or vehemently opposed to important elements of the policy of the Mexican government. So racism would be a pretty good default explanation. […]

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Tags: Sociology

The “Good News” on the News

May 29th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Think Progress links a new Media Matters report claiming that conservatives are vastly overrepresented as the “face of religion” in media coverage: Religion is often depicted in the news media as a politically divisive force, with two sides roughly paralleling the broader political divide: On one side are cultural conservatives who ground their political values […]

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Tags: Religion

Can We Call Them “Neoclassical Deniers”?

May 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Chris Hayes has a long and somewhat muddled piece about “heterodox” economists in The Nation. The upshot is that an ossified neoclassical “mafia” is conspiring to marginalize people with all sorts of dissident views. (It could, mutatis mutandis, easily be a National Review piece on global warming skeptics.) But it’s a little tricky pinning down […]

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Tags: Economics

I’d Be For It If I’d Approved It…

May 29th, 2007 · 11 Comments

Glenn Reynolds: ALVARO VARGAS LLOSA: “Conservatism has always been pro-immigration.” Has it always been pro-illegal immigration, though? Because that’s what seems to be bothering some people. I don’t know Glenn’s own views here, so I don’t mean to pick on him, but this does remind me that I’ve always found something a shade disingenuous about […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

The OBX Blogs

May 29th, 2007 · Comments Off on The OBX Blogs

I may have left the second bloggiest neighborhood in the country for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we’re without local fare. Via commenter Ronnie Roach, I discover OBX Republic, View from the Ridge, Queen of the Surf Pirates, and OBX Beach Life.

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Tags: Random Cool Link

Now We Just Need to Get Mork Blogging

May 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on Now We Just Need to Get Mork Blogging

An old friend based in Boulder, Colorado—whose name I’ll omit for the moment since she’s signing her posts “LP”—has just launched a blog. Give it a gander.

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Tags: Random Cool Link

It’s All About Priorities

May 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on It’s All About Priorities

According to Ars Technica, the state of Illinois had to pull about a million dollars from its public health and welfare departments to bankroll failed litigation to defend a plainly unconstitutional law that sought to restrict violent or sexually explicit video games. Or, to put it melodramatically: (Protecting poor kids from malnutrition and disease) < […]

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Tags: Nannyism

Schtick Shift

May 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on Schtick Shift

A couple people have taken up my invitation to analyze their writing in search of recurring stock phrases or constructions as a means of keeping their prose fresh. I’ll add links as I notice them if anyone else jumps on board. Charles G. Hill Jane Galt

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Tags: Language and Literature

Beach Blogger Bingo

May 28th, 2007 · 2 Comments

My blogging is already unpredictable enough that I seldom feel the need to post one of those “blogging may be light” warnings when I’m on vacation. But since I’m down at the Outer Banks with a posse of bloggers, it may actually get heavier: We seem to have set aside a dedicated hour-of-blogging each morning […]

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Tags: Personal

Fighting Swiss Imperialism?

May 28th, 2007 · 5 Comments

John Tabin thinks that the case of Swissair Flight 330 “put paid to the naive notion that we can count on terrorists to leave us alone as long we leave them alone.” This is silly. First, I don’t think anyone has ever literally claimed that non-intervention was some kind of foolproof guarantee that one would […]

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Tags: War