Month: December 2005

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Going For Brokeback

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On December 27, 2005

Once it was decided that my visiting family would be seeing a movie on Christmas Day I was resigned to sitting through The Family Stone or some such, but everyone in my family wanted to see Brokeback

Grow Up To Be A Debaser

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On December 27, 2005
Tara McKelvey had a terrific article in The Nation recently about academics left and right–some of whom have been called “libertarians”–who have engaged in casual defenses of torture. She’s particularly good at identifying the idea, also so evident in the defenses of Bush’s illegal surveillance, that the nation’s toughness and manliness are somehow at risk […]
I welcome Dave, the fan who introduced me to the show (and put the cool poster in our office) to append comments, but I must admit viewing this project with some measure of apprehension. It’s hard to replicate the spirit of a series this long afterward, I would think. Its life was its own. (Although […]

Stability

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On December 23, 2005

Fred Kaplan has a good column on Pentagon budget priorities: Earlier this month, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England signed a directive declaring, “Stability operations are a core U.S. mi

What We Already Know

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On December 23, 2005
In one of the least surprising developments is history, an Alito memo in which he argued that Roe v. Wade should be overturned has been released: Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito wrote in a June 1985 memo that the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion should be overturned, a finding certain to enliven January’s […]

Yet More!

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On December 23, 2005

One of the things about writing for one of the 10,000 most popular blogs on the intarweb is that–in addition to the predictable crates of panties, requests for autographs, marriage proposals, an

Hitchens

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On December 22, 2005

Around these parts you’ll see very little positive press given to Christopher Hitchens, and for damn good reason. He can still write when he wants to, and can occasionally amuse. Granted, MSNBC/

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