Daily Archive: December 14, 2009


The Best Cover of All Time, Volume VIII

Aguirre nominates The Scissor Sisters’ disco-infused version of “Comfortably Numb”; via email, Barry passes along Radiohead’s cover of The Smiths’ “The Headmaster Ritual.” Radiohead is below the fold – keep those nominations coming!


A mark against our polity?

Conor writes: If any public official in America deserves the contempt of all citizens, it is Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County lawman who has forced innocent men to march down the street in pink...


The Best Cover of All Time, Volume VI

Commenter db links to Nouvelle Vague’s great Bossa Nova version of “The Guns of Brixton.” I’ll be posting cover songs all week and then arbitrarily ranking the finalists on Friday/this upcoming weekend (we may...


What Do you Do After the (Climatic) Impossible Fails?

Here’s an interesting back and forth from the combox to ED’s post on climate change. (Found in comment thread #1). Kyle writes: I think – to some degree – you’re conflating two theories that...


The new anti-war right

I’d like to believe that Jack Hunter is right, but the more I think about it the more I think that the conservative base in this country, barring some cataclysmic event, will never be...


Meanwhile…at True/Slant

I talk about Joe Lieberman’s resistance to healthcare reform, the need to kill the filibuster once and for all, Obama and the neocons, and why it’s wrong to judge other’s morality based on their...


Speaking of Afghanistan…

Scott and I discussed the military and political side of it, here.  By happenstance, today my Gmail tells me that prices are 70% off for flights on Afghan Airways just in time for the...


Fools and scoundrels

“If anyone tries to tell you that uncertainty about climate change is a reason for inaction, he’s either a fool or a scoundrel. Probably a bit of both.” ~ Mark Kleiman Kleiman makes a...


Larison and the Economist

This interview with Daniel Larison over at The Economist is quite good.  You should read it.