Odds & Ends

At this point, it’s pretty much indisputable that something has snapped in George Will’s mind and that he has abandoned all pretext of conforming to journalistic standards of honesty. In fact, I seriously question whether or not he’s lost his grip on reality.

If Breitbart.com is saying it, it is almost guaranteed that it isn’t true or that it never happened. This is another one of those cases.

Maybe I’m wrong, but my impression growing up in the 1970’s and 1980’s is that no one would feel the need to ask whether or not the poor (or anyone other than felons) should be allowed to vote. That’s changed now.

The editors at The Nation spell out why Republican control of the Senate would be a disaster.

Ramesh Ponnuru is upset with Ohio Governor John Kasich for supporting the Medicaid expansion of ObamaCare. This is presumably because helping poor people pay for health insurance is the most objectionable part of the Affordable Care Act for committed conservatives.

Andrew Sullivan should have heeded the advice of his readers not to dip a toe into the #gamergate controversy, but I did at least find one part of his argument interesting. As gays and lesbians enjoy increased acceptance, there has been a corresponding loss on the countercultural end, with gay neighborhoods, establishments, and traditions losing some of their strength. There’s an understandable feeling of loss associated with that, and Sullivan sees a similar sense of loss threatening the gaming culture if the industry succumbs to pressure to change what kind of games they are creating. Yet, while that sense of loss may be real in both cases, I don’t think the gay community would want to go back. Can’t say the same thing for the gamers.

Here’s some more Warren Zevon:

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Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly and the main blogger at Booman Tribune.