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Entries from September 2008

Satire is Dead

September 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Bill Kristol claims the mantle of  “disestableshmantarian” and rejoices that John McCain is coming to shake up the entrenched elites: “After two decades of Bush and Clinton and Bush presidencies, we’re getting change.” Yes, this was in The New York Times, not The Onion. On a related note, see Jon Rauch’s biting National Journal column […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Stupid Shit

Dear Kathleen Parker

September 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I just got off the phone with 2003, and they’d like their ridiculous whining about “metrosexuals” back. The Spectator‘s reviewer is too gentle by far, but also, mercifully, sane enough to make the obvious point: The genuinely worrying gender-specific social pathologies—like, you know, committing violent crimes—tend not to crop up in the segments of society […]

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Tags: Sociology · Stupid Shit

Consolations of Non-Embarassment

September 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

At least not every old piece is wince-inducing.  A vanity-Google this morning turned up a blogger linking to this old Reason piece on “judicial tyranny”—which I’m still surprisingly happy with, given that I think I’d knocked it out so quickly I had forgotten about it. One of the rare cases where I still like the […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Personal · Self Promotion

Ah, Sanity

September 8th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Much media flutter over Joe Biden’s declaration that he believes “life” begins at conception. Since I’ve hammered this point too many times already, I outsource my response to Jill at Feministe, who reminds us that “when life begins”—despite being tossed about as though it’s somehow at the core of the debate about abortion—is basically an […]

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Tags: Moral Philosophy

Life on Mars

September 6th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Totally gobsmacked that anyone can manage to remotely give a fuck about this either way. Seriously, every day in America, thousands upon thousands of cheap little flags are probably disposed of without some kind of individual burial and last rites. Horrifying, I know.  Now grow up.

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Tags: Stupid Shit

You’ll Find Me at the Barr

September 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on You’ll Find Me at the Barr

So it turns out that I’m going to be on a panel of journalists assigned to pepper Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr with questions at a National Press Club event tomorrow, which will focus on privacy and civil liberties issues. Festivities kick of at noon; come check it out.

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion · Washington, DC

Pick a Standard—ANY Standard

September 2nd, 2008 · 5 Comments

Despite fairly serious reservations, I’m leaning Obamaward in the upcoming election. Still, I think it’s absolutely fair for Republicans to focus on his relative lack of experience in making their case against him. But it does seem that you can’t simultaneously do that, and then say things like this when the question turns to Sarah […]

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