Month: December 2005

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Disgrace

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On December 22, 2005
For a hockey fan, the Olympics can actually provide something useful: an equivalent to soccer’s World Cup. The level of hockey in Salt Lake in 2002 was incredible, showing what a game that had grown logy could be, and culminated in a terrific final game, with the good guys winning. (It was also beneficial for […]

Kong

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On December 22, 2005

I share Matt’s impression of King Kong. I enjoyed the film, but it was clearly a mess. Easily 45 minutes should have found its way onto the cutting room floor. People too often seem to think tha

Stark Raving Terror

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On December 22, 2005
A tale of horror and redemption from the Washington Post: When Linda Cerniglia went back to school, it took her almost seven years to get through all the prerequisites, the labs, the research. And it took a thief just moments to grab her purse, with the only copy of her master’s thesis stored on a […]

Strike Advance

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On December 22, 2005

According to the press conference being held now by the mediator, if I understand it correctly, the union leadership in the NYC transit strike will recommend a return to work for later today. This doe

Damon to the Yanks

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On December 21, 2005
Bleh. It’s too much money, not that it matters to the Yankees. Damon has been a plus defender in centerfield, although there are some signs of decline. Offensively, he was worse in 2005 than 2004, but he’s been kind of up and down over the course of his career, and I wouldn’t be stunned to […]

Erasing History

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On December 21, 2005

Eric Muller has an interesting finding with respect to Concerned Alumni for Princeton, the group whose concern was that women and minorities would ruin campus life and make it harder for unqualified l

Endless War

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On December 21, 2005

The warrantless wiretap issue has grown too complex for me to comment substantively on, but a few points in this Jeff Goldstein post leapt out at me. The first is Goldstein’s advice to the Democ

The Strike

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On December 21, 2005
Like Roy, I had an uneventful day today, but I will be venturing into Manhattan tomorrow, and will also have to go in Friday because my parents are in town. I’m putting the over/under on walking to the Upper East Side from Astoria at 70 minutes… On the political issue, the latest revelations about the […]

Campaign costs

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On December 20, 2005

Here’s a question: at what level of popularity does a Governor or Senator not need to bother to run for reelection? Alex Oveis mentions the story of William Proxmire’s 1982 campaign, on wh

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