Politics

I JUST CAN’T TAKE MUCH

I JUST CAN’T TAKE MUCH MORE OF THIS….I’ve got a deal for conservatives: we’ll stop claiming Bush is dumb if you’ll stop pretending that every administration fuckup is actually part of an intricate master plan of Brobdingnagian proportions. Sheesh.

FROM THE “CAN’T WIN ‘EM

FROM THE “CAN’T WIN ‘EM ALL” DEPARTMENT….Is art a reflection of life, or is it the other way around? One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

DOES IRAQ HAVE NUKES?….Knowledgable people

DOES IRAQ HAVE NUKES?….Knowledgable people who talk honestly about “weapons of mass destruction” usually differentiate between chemical and biological weapons ? bad ? and nuclear weapons ? horrific. The all-purpose acronym WMD often obfuscates this, leaving us to wonder: does Iraq really have a nuclear program? Or just chemical and biological? Today Josh Marshall publishes… Read more »

LIAR, LIAR, HAIR ON FIRE…Does

LIAR, LIAR, HAIR ON FIRE…Does George Bush dye his hair? Maybe, but Megan McArdle thinks the whole question is silly: Left and right: you have taken leave of your senses when you are trying to interest journalists, or the reading public, in the question of the president’s dye job. Surely, Megan, you haven’t been blogging… Read more »

EVOLUTION STRIKES BACK….Via Eugene Volokh

EVOLUTION STRIKES BACK….Via Eugene Volokh comes an AP story about a biology professor who refuses to give students recommendations unless they believe in evolution. The Liberty Legal Institute has filed a complaint: “Students are being denied recommendations not because of their competence in understanding evolution, but solely because of their personal religious beliefs,” said Kelly… Read more »

EUROPE AND AMERICA….Yesterday I wrote:Europe

EUROPE AND AMERICA….Yesterday I wrote: Europe and America largely share a core set of values: democracy, capitalism, religious tolerance, and a dedication to civil liberties. At the same time, apparently, eight European leaders were writing this: The real bond between the U.S. and Europe is the values we share: democracy, individual freedom, human rights and… Read more »

WHY BLOG?….Why are there so

WHY BLOG?….Why are there so many political blogs and so few culture blogs? Michael Blowhard opines today: My current suspicion is that it comes down to the sheer fun of drinking some morning coffee, getting pissed off by the morning’s headlines, and heading to the computer for a good morning’s blogging. Yep, that’s about it,… Read more »

$45 IN TAXES FOR A

$45 IN TAXES FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR EARNING $40,000?….Jesse says today: The long and short of all of this is any family earning $40,000 (and falling) that actually sees their tax burden on predominant, if not total non-dividend income fall the 96% that Bush claims is taking me out to dinner, considering that they… Read more »

ARE BLOGS THE FUTURE OF

ARE BLOGS THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING?….Nick Denton has been pushing the idea of “nanopublishing” for a while now: blog-like sites that can be profitable because their costs are very low. Typically, he says, these sites employ only one or two people and have very low ongoing costs. Gizmodo and Gawker are two examples that he’s… Read more »

AMERICA VS. EUROPE….A few days

AMERICA VS. EUROPE….A few days ago I wrote a throwaway post about Europhobia, and David Adesnik at OxBlog suggested that I should explain myself. “Throwaway posts are often the most revealing aspect of a blog,” he said in an email. I’ve been meaning to do this anyway, but today I discovered there’s not much point:… Read more »