Daily Archive: December 14, 2010


Pretentious Popcorn

There’s only one thing that can kill the movies, and that’s education. — Will Rogers . Constant Viewer — who, let’s face it, hasn’t been all that constant in his viewing lately — gave...


Not so long ago, not so far away

Currently appearing at the Acte2galerie in Paris, Cédric Delsaux’s “Dark Lens” series (manipulated photos of Dubai) is a clever, surrealistic take on the Star Wars films. A sample after the jump:


Conspiracies and Pseudo-Skepticism, Part I

Ongoing events, coupled with some discussions I’ve been having in the context of those events, have prompted me to revisit a story which I consider to be among the most telling in terms of...


Michael Moore posts bail for Julian Assange

Good for Michael Moore – a man I rarely see eye-to-eye with – for posting Julian Assange’s bail and offering to host WikiLeaks on Moore’s servers: Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London,...


Repost: Same Sex Marriage and the Religious Liberty Red Herring

In the Eugene Volokh post the other day which Jason so strongly criticized, Volokh approvingly quoted the following language from Jonathan Rauch: It would be a false comfort… to suppose that the gays-as-oppressors narrative...


Slippery Slopes to Nowhere

I’ve gotten a lot of grief for my calling Eugene Volokh a significant opponent of same-sex marriage (with some over-the-years context in the comments, here). I’d actually considered taking down the post — it...


Self-Serving Slippery Slopes

Analogies can be tricky things. That’s something that Dr. John Corvino has noted. Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, our old friend EV has blogged about the recent case of the Columbia Professor charged with...


FIFA World Cup 2022: Kowtowing to Homophobia

FIFA’s decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar over the UK, the Low Countries, and Spain/Portugal, and the US, respectively was utterly inexplicable, bizarre, and appalling to begin...


Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War, Empire and Democracy

Recently, E.C. Gach made a very interesting argument here about the closed belief systems that support empires; one that I think is basically true. Imperialism tends to give rise to, and perhaps needs, fairly...