Monthly Archives: January 2013

Lashing Out

Spencer Ackerman summarizes the findings of a study of the 29 major mass killings in the US going back to 1999: The basic pattern found by the New Jersey DHS fusion center, and obtained by Public Intelligence (.PDF), is one … Continue reading

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In a just world

In a just world, McCain wouldn’t be asking questions, he’d be answering them.  Specifically, questions about his role in getting us into the Iraq War and why the hell he feels entitled to criticize anyone who was right about that war given the … Continue reading

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In the Meantime

Not sure how much we’re going to get posted today, so in the meantime, here are some things you should be reading: The New Republic’s Walter Kirn writes about the divide between those who own guns and those who don’t. … Continue reading

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Truth In Advertising

A Guardian reader offered this image, one of a series offered by fellow readers in response to a story that the UK is considering a marketing campaign to dissuade would-be immigrants seeking work from coming to the country with unrealistic … Continue reading

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The Man’s Got A Surefire System– An Economic Prison

Seems to me this practice reflects a larger problem in our country. From Time: In its new study of car insurance rates, the Consumer Federation of America reports that lower-income people pay higher premiums, even if their driving is better … Continue reading

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Music Miscellanea (5)

1)  Spin is celebrating the 45th anniversary of The Velvet Underground album White Light/White Heat with a spotify mix that includes covers of six songs from the album.  Note that this means you’ll need Spotify installed on your computer or … Continue reading

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David Brooks And Humility

Here is a David Brooks column from 2003: French Kiss-Off If you think the French diplomats were bad yesterday, wait until you get a load of their TV coverage of Powell’s speech. 11:00 AM, Feb 6, 2003 BY DAVID BROOKS I … Continue reading

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Rubio: Congress also can’t walk and chew gum at the same time

Of all the lame excuses for inaction on gun control, this has to be the lamest:

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A Tale of Two

Author Charles Dickens’ verbosity is commonly and wrongly attributed to his having signed contracts that compensated him per word published.  As lucrative as such a contract might have been, I think Dickens would still have envied the sweet deal Sarah Palin struck with Fox News: Over … Continue reading

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Uninformed-Sweeping-Generalizations-About-Cultures Blogging

Busy times here at PYM HQ, so I’ll refrain from trying to back up my opinions with anything like facts and data. Rod Dreher writes of an airport trip with a 50-something Haitian cab driver: He said that the light-skinned … Continue reading

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Unknown Unknowns

Rumors of a “blast” in Iran: A MASSIVE explosion is believed to have damaged Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility, which is being used to enrich uranium, Israeli intelligence officials say. Sources in Tel Aviv said yesterday they thought the explosion happened … Continue reading

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School’s out for 2.99 days

[10AM UPDATED TO INCLUDE SOME REALLY INTERESTING DETAILS ABOUT THE PEOPLE INVOLVED, AT THE BOTTOM] Recently one of my former professors wrote an opinion piece about how we should “give up on the Constitution.” I personally think that most of the … Continue reading

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Makers Vs. Takers

Brad DeLong remembers things that happened yesterday:  It used to be that critics of the welfare state pointed to high net marginal tax rates and argued that they had high deadweight losses. Sometimes they had a point. Then, after bipartisan … Continue reading

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Karmic Injustice

National Review’s blog, The Corner, will publish just about anything, as long as it smears the Obama Administration.  Earlier in the week, Roger Kimball called President Obama the new Neville Chamberlain, in an argument centered entirely on four words Obama … Continue reading

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Someone book the chair from the RNC

  Courtesy of dedc, who was too lazy to screenshot it. For what it’s worth, all debates before and after it are filled up.  

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Two of My Favorite Things

Hockey and the Muppets, together at last: The Rangers are off to an 0-2 start in this strike-shortened season.  Hopefully they’ll get their act together soon.

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The Roots And Elvis Costello Recorded 20 Tracks Together

Well, this is fun: Elvis Costello has recorded an album with the Roots.

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You Can Pass The Test

Rod Dreher’s been watching Downton Abbey: I would not want to return to the world of Georgian England, but I do think that era has something to tell us about the trouble with meritocracy. The meritocratic mind thinks that anyone … Continue reading

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