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Entries from February 2009

Is that you, John Wayne? Is this me?

February 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Huh.  So, a while back, I spoke at some length to a Washington Post reporter doing a piece about young conservatives feeling left out in the “Age of Obama,” what with all their peers caught up in Obamania and whatnot. I wasn’t able to be too helpful because—though I noted my many points of disagreement […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics · Journalism & the Media · Sexual Politics

The Speck in Your Neighbor’s Eye

February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Speck in Your Neighbor’s Eye

David Brooks on rescue packages: The Bush and Obama administrations have compensated foolishness and irresponsibility. Remind me again who hired Bill Kristol?

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

Doctoring Evidence

February 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Radley Balko has been doing absolutely heroic work exposing the professional malfeasance of forensic examiners Steven Hayne and Michael West, whose willingness to dance to the prosecutor’s tune over—in Hayne’s case—some two decades has probably tainted thousands of trials in Mississippi and Louisiana. Thanks in no small part to his reporting, Hayne was finally dropped […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

Growing the Economy

February 11th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Earlier today, Americans for Tax Reform sent around a press release with some anti-“stimulus” talking points, and one bit of innocuous-looking phrasing jumped out at me: In fact, many economists – left, right, and center – believe that this spending package is wasteful and will not grow the economy. Years ago, when I worked at […]

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Tags: Economics · Language and Literature

Epic Wingnut Fail

February 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Recently, some gang of semiliterates styling themselves the Republican Liberty Caucus of Illinois apparently decided it was necessary to wage a little vendetta against pernicious “liberals” like Radley Balko who oppose censorship, which (in whatever bizzaro universe these folks inhabit) all true champions of freedom favor. What ensues is a series of own-goals so spectacular […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

There, uh, must be something in my eye…

February 6th, 2009 · 11 Comments

Ok, no, I actually got teary watching this too. Pass it around. “Fidelity”: Don’t Divorce… from Courage Campaign on Vimeo. Ok, Ok, when I say “got teary” I mean “bawled like John Turturro in Miller’s Crossing.” Seriously, this is some incredibly powerful stuff.  If they’d had this running during the campaign, I think there’s a […]

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Tags: Law · Sexual Politics

Good Things

February 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Just caught a local group called Hume—I’m assuming the name check is David rather than Britt, but who can be sure?—and have spent the last 24 hours listening to their maddeningly brief album Hume Presents the Phat Daughter String Quartet pretty much nonstop, though it actually sounds very little like the stringless (but excellent) band […]

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Tags: Art & Culture


February 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

What Radley said.

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Tags: Nannyism