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books

I think most of the books I’ve read and loved were written by conservatives or libertarians – the fantasy I’ve read was written largely by conservatives, I think because good fantasy plays on themes of decentralization (the villain often attempting to shore up and centralize their control) and tradition.  The science-fiction often as not came…

a quote for the afternoon

“Dudes and Dudettes, … it’s July 2009. You are all taking this wayyyy too seriously. I wish I thought it was all only about grabbing Palin traffic, but I fear it’s worse that that. The woman is starting to make the Right appear as unhinged as the Left. Chill out.” ~ Dan Riehl on the abundance…

Honduras: WTF?

I fully supported, and continue to support, Obama’s minimal to nonexistent intervention in the Iranian situation last month.  What I cannot fathom is why Obama would now think that intervention on behalf of Zelaya in Honduras is totally appropriate.  While non-intervention was definitely the way to go in Iran, that situation involved a group of highly sympathetic…

are you kidding me?

In his latest column, Ross Douthat repeats an old canard from the campaign trail: That last statistic is a crucial one. Palin’s popularity has as much to do with class as it does with ideology. In this sense, she really is the perfect foil for Barack Obama. Our president represents the meritocratic ideal — that…

Congrats to Roger

On his Wimbledon final’s victory and his 15th (and record breaking) Grand Slam Championship.  I can’t speak to all the others (the Rod Lavers and Bill Tildens of yore), but Federer is the greatest tennis player I’ve watched in my life.   I remember watching (later) Jimmy Conors, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi,…

Sunday Poem Series

Leda and the Swan by William Butler Yeats A SUDDEN blow: the great wings beating still Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill, He holds her helpless breast upon his breast. How can those terrified vague fingers push The feathered glory from her loosening thighs?…

Sarah Sarah Quite Contraire

This explanation of Gov. Palin’s resignation seems to me to make the most sense (h/t Sam Stein): [See Updates Below for counter explanation] The head of the Republican Governor’s Association said on Friday that in emails sent to him moments before she announced her resignation as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin discussed expanding the role…

I have to think

that this Sarah Palin resignation was made under duress, because of some very negative information that’ll come out sooner or later. Some sort of a lie, or scandal. Time will tell.

a few thoughts on A Supposedly Fun Blog

I’m really intrigued by and happy about this Infinite Jest project, and A Supposedly Fun Blog, a group blog for people who are reading IJ this summer and reacting to it in print. It’s filled with a lot of bright people and good writers. I want to wait, to see how their reactions develop, and…

Blog Etiquette

After posting a response to critics of his Walmart/healthcare post without linking to a single critical entry, Matthew Yglesias decides to highlight this essay from Apartment 11D, lamenting the decline of blogospheric courtesy. WTF?

one scene play

the imagined genesis of an article *ring*ring*ring* “Hello, this is Troy Patterson.” “TP! David Plotz here!” “David! What’s up.” “Ah, not much. Little down lately. I think I’ve finally wrung every last ounce I can get out of that whole “blogging the bible” business. I ran that shit so far into the ground I had…

Pop Quiz

With Al Franken’s victory finally official, the Democrats will soon have a filibuster proof majority of 60 in the Senate, assuming Sens. Kennedy and Byrd are able to return to the floor or are replaced with Democrats. As a result, the Democrats have more legislative dominance than they (or for that matter, the Republicans) have…

mistakes were made

Ever write something in haste and quickly regret it? Yeah. Mistakes were made, the least of which misidentifying Seth Grodin and misspelling Chris Andersen. Good thing I don’t do this for a living.

connections

Okay, so below the fold is a screenshot of a post just now up at Clusterstock.  Can somebody explain the correlation between the article and the picture – other than the sentiment “I wish they all could be California girls….”

Lament for a Dying Medium

It’s ‘Celebrate Old Media Day’ here at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen, and following Freddie on Gladwell on Free, I thought I’d chime in with my own appreciation for the news industry. Like Freddie, I’m not sure things are getting better, and I tend to think recent events bear this out. The revolution in Iran,…

Happy Canada Day

Mullets, socialism, and groovy 60sness from the greatest rock band in Canadian history (all stereotypes must be fulfilled). Happy Canada Day from the League’s Canadian-transplant American, on behalf of the still settling in to married life real Canadian in the League and the American who used to live in Canada. Since we had a little…

sometimes things get worse

There are many tics of contemporary debate that bother me, but none more so than the enforcement of optimism. To participate in our webby conversation is to be buffeted, over and over again, with the insistence that all change is good, and that anyone who differs from that orthodoxy is a vile creature. Take, for…