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Blog Etiquette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Spinning my wheels.

Spinning my wheels.

Does anybody else ever have weeks or months where the world seems to push back really hard against your conception of it? Where it seems to shake off all your attempts to impose order on its flux? Blogging has gotten harder for me now that Obama is President. You see, I knew where I stood…

They're coming to get you Barbara...

They’re coming to get you Barbara…

Why is it that when I think of people who still continue to argue that the Community Revinvestment Act (“CRA”) played some role in the financial crisis, I think of zombie movies?  This, however, has a bit of a twist.  Any aficionado of zombie movies knows that when you shoot a zombie in the head, you kill it. …

Why I Hate the US Press Corps

Why I Hate the US Press Corps

After starting the daily briefing with a question about the president’s response to Michael Jackson’s death, the questions for Gibbs quickly shifted to what is becoming one of the most hotly contested sub-debates in the health care reform process. Full story here.  (my italics) Good God.  What’s next—“Mr. President:  What advice would you give to…

Talking Carbon Tariffs

Talking Carbon Tariffs

Here’s Paul Krugman, defending the proposed Waxman-Markey carbon tariffs: What’s happening here, I think, is that people are relying on what Paul Samuelson called an economic “shibboleth” — they’re relying on some slogan rather than thinking through the underlying economics. In this case the shibboleth is “free trade good, protection bad”, when what the economics…

Gladwell on Free

Gladwell on Free

Malcolm Gladwell can be very frustrating to read when he isn’t on his game, but I think people sometimes lose track of how fantastic he can be when he’s on. (Particularly when he agrees with me, haha!) In a New Yorker review of his book Free, Gladwell really runs roughshod over Chris Andersen’s basic arguments.…

quote for the afternoon

quote for the afternoon

“There needs to be some form of one of the corollaries to Godwin’s Law that applies to the word treason, in that anyone who accuses someone of treason for non-treasonous behavior automatically loses the argument. Yes, the climate change deniers are, in my opinion, wrong, and yes, they are making all sorts of ridiculous arguments,…