Daily Archive: October 28, 2009



There is but one word in the English language that can describe how one feels upon reading this anecdote about Washington Mutual’s collapse.  Patrick utters that word.  Sure, the plural of anecdote is not...


If I Had Courage…

I’d follow the advice Monsieur IOZ gives to Kerry Howley.  Alas, I’d rather continue tilting at windmills.


Bloggers and biographies.

I just thought of something. In maybe twenty-five or thirty years, we’ll start seeing scholarly biographies of people who at one time maintained or contributed to a blog.


Podcast: Brescia for Delegate!

I sat down with Eric Brescia, Republican candidate for delegate in Virginia’s 47th district, to discuss his thoughts on a few local issues as well as the future of the party. Eric is running...


The Big Picture

I don’t really have anything insightful to add to Hendrik Hertzberg’s most recent post, but this is certainly worth repeating:


Stuff White People Americans Do

Over at Stuff White People Do, Nikki has a great guest post explaining one of the tactics (some) white people use to justify or explain their opposition to affirmative action and other forms of...


against the wind

Let me just say that I am overwhelmingly sympathetic to what Conor and Rod are saying regarding the punditocracy on the right and the futility of engaging the base.  In other words, I go...


Lost vs. Heroes

Following up a little on my last post wherein I quoted Peter Suderman lamenting the lack of direction and planning for the show Battlestar Galactica, let me just add that two other shows I...


quote of the day

“I still love Battlestar Galactica, despite showrunner Ron Moore totally dropping the ball with the ending. But I think it’s pretty clear by now that the show’s biggest flaw was that, despite what the opening...


From the Department of Missing the Point

Despite my recent disagreements with Conor, one area where he is indubitably correct is in criticizing conservatism’s inability to engage the culture in which it must exist.  This, to me, is not a political...


A new way to veto

Kevin Drum points us to this bit of cleverness from the Governator’s desk:


Carte de resident permanent

As of this morning, yours truly is now a Permanent Resident of Canada.  The card is styling with a high-tech bar code, picture where I can’t smile so I look like a thug, and...


Politics over Freedom, Ctd

Via Doug Mataconis, Andrew Coulson finds yet another one of those “little incidents” that add up to a pattern of choosing politics over respect for freedoms:


On duplicity, fairweather conservatism, and the art of war

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate. Confront them with annihilation, and they...


Free Douthat

Read Conor Friedersdorf. One thing I failed to point out in my initial post is that part of the problem with running a weekly column is that every one that comes out it is...



Specter is the target of some deserved mockery in this biting campaign ad.


“Taking responsibility” again.

Conor Friedersdorf has posted another entry in the “sprawling, muddled debate about the state of the right, the role dissident conservatives should play, and the wisdom of attacking talk radio hosts” that’s been playing...