Month: January 2006

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Got to be Kidding Me….

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On January 31, 2006
Look, I think it’s absurd that taxpayer money is spent on baseball stadiums. It helps out a few very wealthy people at the expense of entire communities. However, I don’t think that people should try to fool themselves into thinking that the latest generation of ballparks (Camden Yards forward) aren’t profoundly superior to their predecessors. […]

Movie Blogging

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On January 31, 2006

Blarg. I have successfully slogged through our archive searching for every post on the movies. They are now collected here, and will shortly be linked to on the sidebar. God, you don’t realize h

It’s official. I’m not sure what to say at this point. It’s good, if merely symbolic, that the Dems were relatively unified in rejecting the most reactionary Supreme Court nominee in decades. Politically, it was a very good pick by Bush: as conservative as a nominee could be without ever having a serious chance of […]

Oscar Context

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On January 31, 2006

A question: if Brokeback Mountain wins, will it be the best film to win Best Picture since Annie Hall in 1977? That would be my tentative assessment, although I think most people would disagree. My gu

Betting Brokeback

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On January 31, 2006

I had been thinking that betting Brokeback for Best Picture would be nearly as safe as betting on the onset of summer, but 1/6 is pretty steep. Were I a betting man, I might put down just a bit on Hea

Bresson and Vigo

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On January 30, 2006
Like me, Roy was introduced to Robert Bresson by means of the sublime Au Hasard, Balthasar (which I saw last year.) Like me, he found it a remarkable, haunting picture; unlike me, he is capable of writing effectively about it, so I turn it over to him. As he suggests, it made me anxious to […]

Finally on Target

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On January 30, 2006

Good to see that Target has finally fired a pharmacist who wishes to interpose her beliefs between drugs she is professionally bound to dispense and the health of her customers. As I have argued befor

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