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Getting Hungry

Getting Hungry

Yesterday’s heartbreaker and, for Clint Dempsey, tearjerker of a loss may wind up being the best thing that could have happened for the US’ hopes in the World Cup next summer.  Of course, it would have been wonderful and vastly preferable if they had held on for the upset and not collapsed in the second…

It's not enough...

It’s not enough…

…but a 150-year prison sentence is guaranteed to put Bernie Madoff away for the rest of his life.  Personally, I think he should spend it in the general population wing at Riker’s Island given the number of lives he destroyed, both directly and indirectly.

Iraq June 30th

Iraq June 30th

Tomorrow is the deadline for the exit of US Forces from the cities in Iraq, as per the details of the Status of Forces Agreement between the (then) Bush and Maliki governments. Peter Feaver, writing in the Shadow Cabinet at Foreign Policy (h/t Andrew Sullivan), opines: Starting this week, the parade of critical junctures in…

what about effects?

what about effects?

In light of the decision by the Supreme Court in the now-famous New Haven firefighters case– or, rather, the decision by our country’s ruling philosopher king, Anthony Kennedy– I think we need to pause and consider effects in addition to principle when it comes to affirmative action and what it has meant for the preservation…

adventures in monday morning driving

adventures in monday morning driving

I almost hit a deer on the freeway this morning.  Just another reason to bike rather than drive, I suppose.  Even if I could hit a deer with my bike, how much damage could either of us suffer?  But as a co-worker reminded me, a car has the ability to lift the deer from the…

Sunday Poem Series

Sunday Poem Series

Kentucky River Junction by Wendell Berry to Ken Kesey & Ken Babbs Clumsy at first, fitting together the years we have been apart, and the ways. But as the night passed and the day came, the first fine morning of April, it came clear: the world that has tried us and showed us its joy…

Loving and hating libertarians.

Loving and hating libertarians.

Wirkman Netizan, a libertarian blog, has posted two lists: reasons to love libertarians and reasons to hate them. Here’s one (two?) from the “hate” list: “The prevalence of natural law and natural rights theory that cannot gain purchase on modern minds; the tendency to argue as if it were still 1776.” It probably wasn’t the…

Ricci: The Whole Story

Ricci: The Whole Story

Nicole Allan and Emily Bazelon saw how important the Ricci case was shaping up to be.  So they decided to find out more of the backstory than the rote facts that appear in every report on the case.  The results? An eye-opening piece of journalism.  It’s tough to read the article and come to the…

Google's Responsibility

Google’s Responsibility

Andrew Sullivan flags a noble-sounding quote from Google CEO Eric Schmidt: “The internet is the strongest force for individual self-expression ever invented. Governments around the world, even democratically elected, have difficulty with [the flow of] information online. Dictatorships and closed communities one after the other will try and shut down communication from inside. Strategies governments…

"Public Choice 101"

“Public Choice 101”

Arnold Kling takes a look at the four most significant pieces of economic legislation and regulation in the Obama Administration and sees a pattern.  Ezra Klein seems to agree, and asks: I think that analytically honest political commentators right now should be struggling with a pretty hard choice: Do you try to maximize the possibility…

Daft Draft Analysis

Daft Draft Analysis

The fact that teams frequently overvalue a player’s potential while devaluing actual production has been amply documented elsewhere, but I’m consistently baffled by sportswriters who exhibit the same tendency. Here, for example, is SI’s Chris Mannix: PACERS — Tyler Hansbrough will probably have a long NBA career. He will collect NBA paychecks well into his…

arrogance

arrogance

“The religious right isn’t what’s wrong with the GOP. It’s the pervasive, unthinking, unreflective nationalism. It’s the arrogance of thrice-divorced adulterers reaching for the banner of traditional families, and it’s the arrogance of men who prosecuted a poorly planned war, on weak intelligence, presuming to lecture us on national security.” ~ Ta-Nehisi Coates

Greetings from Calgary

Greetings from Calgary

Just a quick check in to say howdy to all and greetings from a very sunny and windy Calgary, AB.   Your intrepid blogger and the Misses will be attending Br. Scott’s wedding on Saturday.  As well as  a BBQ dinner in honor of the upcoming nuptials tomorrow night.  I don’t have a Blackberry or iPhone…

another sanford quote

another sanford quote

“The 2008 uprising of Birchers, hippies, and raw-milk enthusiasts that fueled Ron Paul’s quixotic bid for the White House was looking for a leader, and Sanford seemed to fit the bill. Now he’ll instead spend his days doing who knows what—he’ll write a book or play golf or maybe smoke a bowl while cradled in…

Queer Theory

Queer Theory

PostRight is a neat group blog, but this latest entry has me baffled. The basic thesis seems to be that Jamie Kirchick is obsessed with Israel because he criticized the creepy anti-war group ANSWER for participating in a gay pride parade. Or something. In fact, I’m not even sure what the author is criticizing, because…

Defending Soccer

Defending Soccer

Alex Massie does a capable job of smacking down this nonsensical critique of soccer. I’d only add that the structure of European football is one of the most inegalitarian in sport (see here and here for details), with big clubs absolutely dominating their smaller competitors in terms of both talent acquisition and revenue. The triumph…

In search of realism

In search of realism

Given the recent uproar over this article defending the Iranian election results,* I think it’s important to distinguish between those of us who see a realistic, restrained foreign policy as the best way to promote both human dignity and American interests abroad and people who view the United States’ posture through a strictly amoral lens,…

a quote for the morning

a quote for the morning

“Conveniently, if not coincidentally, ‘sense of’ speak is also a great way to evade responsibility. We share in a strategically therapeutic conspiracy of vagueness. In a world where there are only senses of things, it’s impossible to be specific both about the events in our life and our responsibility for approaching, understanding, and judging those…

Reihan responds

Reihan responds

If you read my post from earlier today, please read this one by Reihan over at the Scene, where he (with characteristic good humor) responds to some criticism from Matt Frost, Daniel Larison and me.

Eating Crow

Eating Crow

It seems only a few days ago that Mark and I were taking shots at the U.S. national team’s playmaking ability (or lack thereof). But following a 2-0 beatdown of a Spanish national squad that looked downright impervious just a few days ago, you have to feel a lot better about the future of the…

quote for the day II

quote for the day II

“To me, and I suspect no one else on earth, there is something wonderful about listening to country music playing in the cab, air conditioner running, the hum of a huge diesel engine in the back ground, the tranquillity that comes with being in a virtual wilderness of trees and marsh, the day breaking and…

quote for the day

quote for the day

“The anti-gay-marriage forces are stuck making a slippery-slope argument when, in fact, we’re already at the bottom of the slippery slope. Here’s a guy, Sanford, who has not just not a moral and religious incentive to keep his marriage vows, but also a political-survival incentive. Yet the public sense of the sacredness of marriage has…

bleg

bleg

Digsby, the IM client I use, has added a Twitter feed, so I’ve created a dummy Twitter account just so I can follow people. But I’ve tried to follow people– clicked the follow button, and it says “you are now following XXX,” and yet it still says “following 0” on my home page. Any thoughts?…

Sanford's folly

Sanford’s folly

I have to say, this whole Sanford affair is really depressing.  Sanford on the Appalachian for naked hiking day is one thing.  Sanford in Beunos Aires for a rendezvous with his lover over father’s day weekend is quite another.  Then again, I guess I’m old school.  I guess I expect politicians and maybe, unfairly, conservative…