Month: August 2008

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Mittens!

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On August 22, 2008
The good news is that “two GOP sources” have allegedly said that Mitt Romney will be McCain’s pick. The bad news is that the news comes from Mark Halperin, so we can probably downgrade the likelihood of a Mittens pick from “unlikely” to “less than zero.” …oh, and to chime in just for fun, I […]

Manufactured Outrage

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On August 21, 2008

Since it’s amazing how persistent the idea that Al Gore was an awful candidate is — with special focus on his allegedly bad debate performance — it’s worth returning to this si

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Same as It Ever Was

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On August 21, 2008
I can’t be the only one to think that this cover art is just… fabulous in so many ways. In other stuff that you should be reading: Doug Muir on Zviad Gamsakhurdia, the first leader of independent Georgia. Myers and Shanker on the difficulties of conducting diplomacy with the two-headed Russian executive. PTJ gets all […]

McCain’s Housing Crisis

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On August 21, 2008

I haven’t developed any strong feelings about Obama’s VP choice, but I sort of like this guy’s style. It would have been better if he had pointed out McCain’s idea of a housing

Extremists

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On August 21, 2008
This is indeed amazing: McCain’s decision to leave the platform untouched follows a warning from a prominent social conservative. “If he were to change the party platform,” to account for exceptions such as rape, incest or risk to the mother’s life, “I think that would be political suicide,” Tony Perkins, the president of the conservative […]

Egads

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On August 20, 2008

Ahem. … I guess that I’ve always been mildly curious about how often this goes on. In eleven years of teaching, I have never been solicited once, nor (and you’ll have to believe me o

Roe v. Kuhn

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On August 20, 2008

One way of sorting out peoples’ politics of law is to ask them if they find Harry Blackmun’s opinion for the Court in Roe v. Wade or Flood v. Kuhn more jurisprudentially offensive. (Flood

Whither NATO Revisited

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On August 20, 2008

I’m not sure I get all of this handwringing over the NATO response to the war between Russia and Georgia. There is a really simple, clearly understandable explanation for why NATO didn’t c

What’s a normal body?

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On August 20, 2008

One of the strangest aspects of the moral panic over fat in our culture is the bizarre concept that having a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is “normal.” It certainly isn’t normal in the s

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