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musician’s cooperative

So I’m a musician when I’m not a blogger or a worker or a father or a husband (etc.)  In other words, I’m a very part-time musician.  Indeed, while I’ve gotten better over the years, at the same time my output has dwindled.  So I was jamming with a friend last night and an idea…

Nothing To See Here

One cost-free way for conservatives to appeal to minority voters would be to do a better job of policing internal discourse. After all, repeating “Party of Lincoln!” ad nauseum doesn’t really help things when pervasive racism seems alive and well on the right wing of the political spectrum. But conservative operatives have evidently decided that…

Best. Craigslist Ad. Ever.

A sample: OK, let me start off by saying this f150 is only available for purchase by the manliest of men (or women). My friend, if it was possible for a vehicle to sprout chest hair and a five o’clock shadow, this Ford would look like Tom Selleck. It is just that manly.

Noooooooo!

Hilzoy calls it quits.  She was one of the left-o-sphere’s best voices of reason and calm.  While I understand that she is happy with where things have progressed in the last 7 or 8 years, I can’t help but think that the pendulum is starting to shift too far in the opposite direction in our…

…and again and again and again…

I have joined the increasingly long (2 pages now!) and, as I said before, decreasingly witty list “The World’s Most Deranged Bloggers” thanks to the omnipresent force that is Mark Levin.  I am now, officially, E.D. Jane of the League of Multiple Hemorrhoids.  Truly, my shame knows no bounds.  I join a smattering of Huff”Compost”…

On Blogging

Felix Salmon has some advice for prospective bloggers. The whole thing is worth reading, but this segment jumped out at me: As always, there’s a trade-off between quantity and quality. Should you write more, with lower quality, or less, with higher quality? Fortunately, the blogosphere has been around for long enough that we have a…

Sunday Poem Series

(Freddie would like to remind you that the views expressed in the poem are the views of the poet and not necessarily the same as his own.) Once in Awhile a Protest Poem by David Axelrod Over and over again the papers print the dried out tit of an African woman holding her starving child.…

Whigs!

I just finished reading Daniel Walker Howe’s What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America 1815-1848. As best I can judge, it’s a fine book. I’m especially pleased with its treatment of religion in the antebellum republic. Also, it’s got an astonishing number of footnotes, which I will certainly make use of when pursuing further…

quote of the day

“I’d gladly pay $5a month to have the NYT delivered to me via the magic of the Internet.  If this were 1995.  Back then, the prospect of getting “the best newspaper in the world” delivered to my house and office in electronic format that I could easily save and share would have been exciting. Fast…

nota bene

Because conservatism is the ideological inclination much more inclined towards purges of the unfaithful message discipline, reformist conservatives, when given the opportunity, flog orthodox messages with a little extra zeal; thus, this broadside which is purportedly against me but is really a way to shore up a rightward flank. Not that I think Conor doesn’t…

on the other hand

John mines a few laughs and a salient point from a story about the attempt to regulate yoga. And, it’s true, that story’s pretty funny, and I think John is on the right track with his implied complaints. Let’s look at a less laugh-inducing example, though: personal trainers. There are no consistent and widely used…

Debating Sarah Palin

Yours truly (doing his best to represent The League) is debating the great Sarah Palin question at PublicSquare today through this weekend.  My opening argument is here.  My sparring partner is Morgen Richmond from Verum Serum.  I expect a good hard fought gentlemen’s duel of wits and intellect.

Friday Night Jukebox: Random Rules Edition

From the great American road trip album (apologies for the bizarre imagery in the video): Anyway, The Silver Jews are a pretty fantastic band. A few years ago, Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane over the Sea” was the great, undiscovered indie rock gem of the 1990s. Since then, they’ve enjoyed something of a career…