Month: August 2006

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Trashing the Wrong Compact

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On August 29, 2006
I’m a little leery of the California compact to give its electoral college votes to the winner of the popular vote, not because of principle but because of my distrust of unilateral disarmament. Still, if this is what it takes to undermine the electoral college–and indefensible institution that (unlike, say judicial review) is an element […]

Katrina Y+1

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On August 29, 2006

Speaking of Spike Lee, the parts of his Katrina doc I saw suggest a first-rate piece of work, and the whole thing will air Tuesday evening. As far is the blogospheric reaction, Shakes has everything y

Javy

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On August 28, 2006

I’m watching the Athletics-Red Sox game, and I’m wondering when Javy Lopez picked up his reputation for being so bad defensively. I know that everybody has to love Jason Varitek, and appar

Imperial Ambition

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On August 28, 2006

In the midst of explaining how it’s more important to stay in Iraq than it was to stay in Vietnam, William Stuntz writes: But on any plausible scale of strategic value, Iraq today easily beats V

Bummer

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On August 28, 2006
What a depressing ending for Deadwood, not simply in the substance (which, in the last two episodes, was crushing) but also in the sheer incompleteness of the project. Knowing that the program would not be renewed, the producers decided to press on with the original plan even though it would leave numerous plot threads dangling […]

Delaware

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On August 28, 2006

In extremely tepid defense of Joe Biden, I don’t think he was BOASTING that Delaware was once a slave state; rather, he was pointing out a basic fact about one of America’s most obscure st

Plan B: Sober Second Thoughts

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On August 28, 2006
My reaction to the decision to make Plan B available over-the-counter to women over the age of 18 was positive. And, in a sense, it still is; the current policy is preferable to the status quo ante. I feel like Stevens in Casey: “The portions of the Court’s opinion that I have joined are more […]
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