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NBA Finals Open Thread

NBA Finals Open Thread

Got any wild predictions? Irresponsible betting advice? An over/under for the number of times Kobe sneers at no one in particular after draining another nasty jumper? I’m tentatively picking the Lakers in six, but after a surprisingly unpredictable playoff season, all bets are off. Sound off in comments with your own thoughts.

(Comedic) Quote of the Day

(Comedic) Quote of the Day

“[In the year 3,000] Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook will merge to create one super-giant time wasting website called:  YOU-TWIT-FACE.” –Conan O’Brien Bonus genius David Letterman takedown of the NBC “Inside the White House” special.  Mindy Cohn makes any appearance.

bad analogies

bad analogies

I was out for drinks with friends and Israel came up in the conversation.  A friend of mine said that she’d heard somewhere – Fox maybe? – that if you likened Gaza to a Nazi concentration camp you were an anti-Semite, and isn’t that ridiculous?  Can’t we criticize the Israeli government’s policy without being anti-Semitic?…

I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Went Crazy

I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Went Crazy

So I spent 35-45 minutes today trying to get a fly out of my bedroom.  You know it’s bad when you (I in this case) starting talking to the fly.  Reasoning with it (him/her?).  e.g. “Come on, the only way out is through this empty Feta Cheese container I’m holding.  You know you wanna go. …

5-And-A-Half Stories About The Same Thing

5-And-A-Half Stories About The Same Thing

Coleman Collins, D-League journeyman, former Euro-basketballer, and a pretty entertaining author, is now contributing to TrueHoop. A taste: I was walking through Amsterdam the other day when I crossed paths with two German women, one of whom stopped directly in front of me, looked me up and down, and turned over her shoulder to yell…

Ah, Abortion

Ah, Abortion

~by sidereal When I’m asked for my opinion on abortion (or when I give it unprompted) I have to decide how long a conversation I want to have.  If I want it over with, I use the crude political vernacular and say I’m a ‘progressive pro-lifer’.  If I don’t mind exploring the issue a little…

Doubling Down

Doubling Down

There seems to be quite the fooferaw over responding to the Tiller murder developing between several bloggers that I respect: Publius and Hilzoy at ObsidianWings, and Megan McArdle.  A quick summary:  Agreeing with an Ezra Klein post in essence calling (correctly) the murder an act of political terrorism, Hilzoy wrote that Congress should respond to the murder…

Justifying Abortion

Justifying Abortion

This fascinating paper on abortion has probably been circulating for some time, but this is the first time I’ve had a chance to read it. A brief note about the author’s hypotheticals: I suspect the pro-life response to many of these scenarios would be similar to torture opponents’ rejoinder to the ticking time bomb: “Yes,…

Honest to god,

Honest to god,

I can’t imagine a stupider course of action, given this country’s demographics and demographics to be, than for one party or ideology to loudly assume a lack of qualifications for an eminently qualified person because she’s Hispanic. Seriously. It’s like Republicans are trying to become as relevant as the Whigs.

not nearly enough

not nearly enough

From hilzoy: “I am strongly pro-choice, but I think it is perfectly possible to be opposed to abortion on principled grounds, and I think that it would be an enormous mistake to conflate all people who are opposed to abortions with either Dr. Tiller’s killer or the likes of Operation Rescue. That said, large elements…

WWJD?

WWJD?

Alex Knapp has the definitive take on whether Jesus would have waterboarded, as some have claimed.  It’s definitive because Alex went through the trouble of interviewing the Man Himself.  A little snippet: So let’s just ask the question right off the bat: should Americans use torture–sorry, enhanced interrogation techniques? Jesus Christ: Put your sword back…

What consolation of philosphy?

What consolation of philosphy?

“Critchley leafs through the pages of his register and concludes, as did Montaigne, that the consolation of philosophy is ‘the stillness of the soul’s dialogue with itself. … It is the achievment of a calm that accompanies existing in the present without forethought or regret. I know of no other immortality.’ … Nor do I.”…

Sunday Poem Series

Sunday Poem Series

from Poem 64 by Catullus, translated by Horace Gregory (Some people don’t like Gregory’s translation because of his somewhat freewheeling liberties with the text. But I find his work to be by far the most moving realization of Catullus’s verse. – Br. Freddie) Now when the gods, relaxed, took ease upon the Ivory-footed couches and…

Principles

Principles

…When a talk show host accuses someone who disagrees with them of hating their country or expresses hope that a political leader fails or that someone suffer a horrible act of violence, they are standing on principle.  When someone else who is nominally on that host’s “side” expresses a belief that a particular policy, unpopular…

Ricci, Impartiality, and Empathy

Ricci, Impartiality, and Empathy

At the risk of beating a dead horse, Jack Balkin pens a magnificent piece on how criticism of the decision in the Ricci case, particularly to the extent that criticism claims it to be an example of “empathy” leading to judicial activism, simply misses the mark, particularly in its assumption that “empathy” was on the…

But What About the Real Economy?

But What About the Real Economy?

Noah Millman writes: But if we get a true dollar crisis, that calculus no longer obtains. If the United States faces a situation at some point in the near future where we cannot finance our debts from abroad in our own currency, we would be forced into the kinds of austerity measures that created deep…

John Derbyshire and the Wise Latina

John Derbyshire and the Wise Latina

“Judge Sotomayor was raised in public housing? So was I. Her mother was a nurse working late shifts? So was mine. When did white working poor people disappear off the face of the earth? Where are the eager listeners to their “compelling stories”?” ~John Derbyshire John “Derb” Derbyshire pendulates between very sensible and very silly. …

In Defense of Figureheads

In Defense of Figureheads

Using Geraldo Rivera as a barometer of Latino opinion is probably a bad idea, but there was something oddly touching about this (via): I have goosebumps,” says Rivera, 65, born to a Catholic, Puerto Rican father and Jewish mother. He defines himself as the former. … “It finally happened. Wow. Look how the Puerto Rican…

continuity and the culture of death

continuity and the culture of death

1 a: the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body b: a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings c: an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction ~the definition of Life, from the Merriam Webster dictionary…