Month: July 2006

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Vice

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On July 27, 2006
Good line: The case requires elaborate cover, buckets of money and the finest, fastest air and sea vessels the taxpayers of Miami can afford. Not really, of course. The actual operating budget for the Miami police department in fiscal year 2005 was around $100 million, a good $50 million less than the reported production costs […]

Sports Autobiographies

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On July 27, 2006
Are there any good sports autobiographies? The genre is not one noted for distinction; most of the books are written by ghost writers who often have only a mercenary appreciation of their subjects. Ball Four, the one clear candidate for classic status, may not even qualify as an autobiography, although Bouton’s multiple revisions and new […]

What the Hell?

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On July 26, 2006

After launching widespread airstrikes in order avoid negotiating with Hezbollah for the return of its soldiers, it now looks as if Israel will… negotiate with Hezbollah for the return of its sol

Just To Be Clear

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On July 26, 2006
As with the dead-on-its-feet Giuliani candidacy, I would like to think this is obvious, but apparently not. In comments, the otherwise astute Redbeard gives the Naive Nader Apologist Account of his strategy in 2000: “Yeah, while the most likely consequence of a Nader campaign might be a Bush victory, that doesn’t mean it was really […]
Via B.A.B. (who, alas, is not going to see an end to “women’s bodies being the playing field for election-year politicking” anytime soon), I see that George Bush has offered a peculiar justification for the awful new legislation that passed the Senate yesterday: In a statement, Mr. Bush said that “transporting minors across state lines […]
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