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Entries from April 2010


April 30th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Seems like most days there’s a song that keeps bouncing around my head; I figure I may as well start inflicting these on y’all.  Today, it’s Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope”:

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Tags: Art & Culture

Hitler Was Kind to Puppies, You Know

April 29th, 2010 · 15 Comments

At Balloon Juice, we find a common complaint about The Village expressed: I don’t mean to pick on Sullivan, who probably just meant this as nothing more than to compliment to a decent lady. But there are plenty of members of the journalistic elite who justify their shitty journalism by saying that some monster is […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

Why, Some of My Best Friends

April 27th, 2010 · 12 Comments

Scan the last paragraph of George Will’s column on Arizona’s round-up-the-darkies law while I take a deep breath: Non-Hispanic Arizonans of all sorts live congenially with all sorts of persons of Hispanic descent. These include some whose ancestors got to Arizona before statehood — some even before it was a territory. They were in America […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Law

A Coda on Closure

April 22nd, 2010 · 139 Comments

Over the past couple of weeks, a pair of posts I wrote about what I dubbed “epistemic closure” on the right kicked off a surprisingly broad set of conversations and debates—mostly, I suspect, because it slapped a name on a phenomenon that a lot of people already recognized, and which many conservatives were themselves feeling […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Sociology

The Kagan Kerfuffle

April 20th, 2010 · 25 Comments

James Joyner captures my thoughts on the recent silliness pretty well. Basically, nobody comes out of this looking good. First, CBS.  Frankly, the journalist in me finds it sort of offensive that they were willing to publish serial plagiarist Ben Domenech on any topic—some things really ought to earn you a lifetime ban from respectable […]

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

Paging Nate Silver

April 16th, 2010 · 18 Comments

The headline on yesterday’s New York Times piece on the demographics of Tea Partiers read: “Poll Finds Tea Party Backers Wealthier and More Educated“—than the general public, that is. The nutgraf adds that they’re also likely to be older, whiter, maler, and (shocking!) more conservative. Now, the obvious question for me is: Why wouldn’t you […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

Who Was NSA’s Leaker Talking To?

April 15th, 2010 · 7 Comments

The wires are reporting that former senior NSA executive Thomas Drake has been indicted for leaking classified material to a reporter at a national paper. The paper and reporter are unnamed, but we get a date range for the articles published using Drake’s information: late February 2006 through November 2007. I can’t help but notice […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Privacy and Surveillance

The Curious Incident at the American Spectator

April 13th, 2010 · 31 Comments

If you’ve ever wondered what a lobotomy in print form looks like, search no further than this tedious, rambling piece in The American Spectator by Daniel Oliver. The author strokes his chin, at great length, over the question of why, in all The New York Times‘ recent reporting on sexual abuse by priests, “the word […]

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Tags: Religion · Science · Sexual Politics

BloggingHeads with Eli Lake on the Forever War

April 12th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Believe it or not, I didn’t pick the headline “The Corrosion of War Without End”—a preposterously obscure quotation from legendary Autobot leader Fortress Maximus (in Marvel Comics’ “Headmasters” #1, 1987):

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion

Comics + Politics + Beer = Awesome

April 12th, 2010 · 4 Comments

A little happy-hour jawboning about politics and comic books sounds like a pretty great way to spend a Tuesday after work.  This admittedly makes me a huge dork, but fortunately, D.C. is full of huge dorks. So I hope those of you in the area will join me tomorrow at the Laughing Man Tavern from […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Self Promotion · Washington, DC