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Entries from January 2009

Pluralism or Dittophobia?

January 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Late to the ball as usual, but anyone else think this lede was massively misleading? President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration. “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics · Journalism & the Media

Those Who Live in Glass’ Houses

January 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Those Who Live in Glass’ Houses

It’s with some bemusement that I viewed an anti-abortion ad apparently being run by an organization called CatholicVote. Partly I was amused to see that after months of mocking Obama as “the One,” we have a conservative group making a clear variant on the bizarre and confused old Beethoven argument, but plugging in Obama for […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Journalism & the Media

“How Shamefully Disrespectful”

January 20th, 2009 · 11 Comments

Please.  That George Bush got to leave the White House in a helicopter, rather than dragged from the rear bumper of a Buick, is a testament to the almost mindboggling restraint of the American people.  It’s an act of mercy bordering on injustice that the man is facing execration rather than execution. “Derangement” at this […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

A BSG Prediction

January 17th, 2009 · 45 Comments

I just want to get this out now so I can say “I told you so.” Since it involves spoilers, only continue below the fold if you’ve seen the season premiere of Battlestar (or don’t care about having it spoiled).

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Tags: Art & Culture

Did you know the word “gullible” doesn’t appear in the dictionary?

January 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Please raise your hand if you gave any credence whatever, even for an instant, to the unsigned press release on Drudge Report claiming that tepid stand-up comic Ann Coulter had been “banned for life” from NBC for daring to claim the media exhibits a liberal bias. Raise ’em especially high if you believed that a […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

A Thin Reid to Hang On?

January 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I haven’t paid  any more attention to the Blagojevich bruhaha than was totally unavoidable—which still turns out to be quite a bit in DC—but I was nevertheless a little surprised to see the blogosphere’s Google-trained legal scholars reach such rapid consensus on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s threat to refuse to seat Blago appointee Roland Burris. […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics · Law


January 4th, 2009 · 6 Comments

I always feel like I  ought to try to make it out to these “Twin Tech” events for professional reasons but dear God, if an evil genius designed a venue with the goal of driving me to shoot myself in the face, they’d come up with something like this place.  Would anyone with a scintilla […]

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Tags: Personal · Tech and Tech Policy · Washington, DC