Monthly Archives: September 2011

Old News

Nickgb’s post on Ron Paul’s principled objection to killing US citizens suspected of Al Qaeda membership ties in with something else we’ve been talking about around here lately: our political discourse is narrowly constrained, especially on the matter of our … Continue reading

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Sad indeed

Anyone who reads the blog knows that I disagree with Ron Paul on many, many things. But at least he’s willing to take politically unpopular stances when he thinks the constitution demands it: “He was born here,” said Paul. “He … Continue reading

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Getting Things Wrong

We’ve noted before that punditry is a zero-accountability, lifetime tenure occupation for journalists (worse than that, actually– if you predict things accurately, but do so before it’s politically correct, your career actually suffers). Along with pundits’ lack of long-term accountability, … Continue reading

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Anwar Al-Awlaki

I don’t have much to add to Ta-Nehisi’s thoughts and round-up of the dissenters in what happened. But as TNC points out, we can expect a lot of chest thumping over this. If you don’t understand the discomfort many of … Continue reading

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This Sounds Bad

From Goldman Sachs: Having analyzed 150 years of macroeconomic data, Goldman has found 20 examples of stagnation similar to those experienced byJapan in the 1990’s, most of which occurred during the last 60 years in developed economies. “During these episodes, GDP … Continue reading

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Social Immobility

Small excerpt from a thoughtful essay by Tim Wise: According to the available research, if your father’s wages rank in the top fifth of all income earners in the country, you’ll have nearly a 60 percent chance of surpassing your dad’s … Continue reading

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Cute Pictures Of Baby Animals

From this gallery of pictures at the Boston Globe‘s website, here’s a photo of twelve baby pandas napping in a nursery: 

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I’m Not Crazy, I’m The One Who’s Crazy

Mitt Romney flip-flops on whether or not he’s a flip-flopper: NBC’s First Read reports from New Hampshire, where Romney took a different line on one of his biggest vulnerabilities. In the town hall of 250 people … Romney addressed perceptions and concerns … Continue reading

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I’m Not Crazy, You’re The One Who’s Crazy

Here’s an article in the Guardian, via Gary Sick, who comments: An Al-Qaida magazine says Ahmadinejad’s comments on 9/11 — attributing it to the US government — are ridiculous and fly in the face of all evidence. Al-Qaida claims full responsibility … Continue reading

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Pass The Bill

From Bloomberg: Obama Jobs Plan Prevents 2012 Recession in Survey of Economists By Timothy R. Homan – Sep 28, 2011 12:00 AM ET President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan would help avoid a return to recession by maintaining growth and pushing … Continue reading

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Tribalism And Moral Relativism

The French have a saying, “tout comprendre, c’est tout pardonner“– “to understand everything is to forgive everything.” I’ve always hated that expression. Certainly there’s something to be said for putting yourself in another man’s shoes to understand his perspective. But … Continue reading

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The Impossible Nightmare

“Our pain isn’t as bad as you might think. Dead people don’t suffer.” —

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Bananas On Ice In Ontario

A while back, I posted on Scottish soccer fans who threw a banana at Brazilian soccer player Neymar. My tone there was more bemused at the inscrutable foreignness of the Scottish than anything else. But this incident is different. Say what you … Continue reading

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Holding on for a hero

James Fallows points out what everyone should already know (yet the media ignores): Romney plods ahead — as John Kerry did in 2004, and Bob Dole in 1996, and Walter Mondale in 1984. No presidential cycle is exactly like any … Continue reading

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Colbert + Radiohead = awesome

Radiohead made a guest appearance on The Colbert Report this week and played a six-song set, with all songs available for streaming on Pitchfork even though most won’t make it onto the actual broadcast.  Colbert also interviews the elfish Thom Yorke and guitarist … Continue reading

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Creating crime rates to fill the new prisons they build

Kudos to Ian Millhiser for following up on a very important story: Former Pennsylvania state judge Michael Conahan was sentenced last Friday to 210 months in prison for his involvement in a scandal to enrich private prison corporations by sentencing juvenile pranksters … Continue reading

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Let’s call it the Sarah Palin “It’s never too late” rule

The GOP adopted a rule that made sure primary contests awarded delegates in a proportional way, meaning coming in second place in South Carolina wouldn’t be a death knell. Of course, they exempted South Carolina and the other three early … Continue reading

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From beneath you, it devours (deep-fried twinkies)

MeFi linked to a discussion of how to generate calligraphy that…well, here’s the question: I’d like to make these things look like they were scrawled by a gibbering madman, unhinged by the horrors he has witnessed. Bonus points if you … Continue reading

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