Month: May 2009

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Good Christ, the idiocy is flowing like wine this morning from the right. It’s hardly surprising that right-wing bloggers can’t tell the difference between the argument that a) North Korea won’t test another nuke, and b) a North Korean nuclear test doesn’t matter; they are, by and large, morons. In fairness to John Bolton, he […]

Last week I spoke with Vanda Felbab-Brown of Brookings about gangsters, pirates, insurgents, and weak states. Here we talk a bit about the violence of the Mexican drug cartels:Vanda also has a paper o

No Karlan For You!

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On May 26, 2009

Not that anyone expected otherwise, but it remains unfortunate. I do suspect, though, that there’s at least some political positioning going on here, emphasizing the moderation of even pretty li

Things That Make Me Feel Old

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On May 26, 2009
The Only Championship Team I Will Ever Cheer For won its only championship 20 years ago today. (The last remaining member of the team hung it up this year too.) Since I’m a Flames fan, though, it feels even longer than 20 years… Share

Mission Accomplished!

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On May 26, 2009

A writer for the Weekly Standard begins with the premise that opposition to same-sex marriage is not always motivated by anti-gay bigotry or fundamentalist nonsense. He then goes on to make a case aga

Ronald Reagan received well-deserved scorn in 1985 for visiting Kolmeshöhe Cemetery, where several dozens of SS members were buried; even so, the circumstances of that visit could at least be rendere

Isn’t that Just Like the French…

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On May 25, 2009
…to go after a fraudulent religion just because it comes from the United States: The Church of Scientology’s French branch went on trial on Monday on charges of organised fraud, in a case that could lead to the group being dissolved in France. Registered as a religion in the United States, with celebrity members such […]

Nork Nuke the Next

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On May 25, 2009
The catchy title is intended to obscure the fact that I have nothing useful to say on North Korea’s second nuclear test. Seems to have gone better than the first one. Will probably make the Japanese even more twitchy. Share

Hackery By Rote

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On May 24, 2009

As always, this Robert Samuelson column is an utter embarrassment, starting with his typical indefensible conflation of Medicare and Social Security to pretend that they’re both poised to blow u

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