Month: September 2009

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Polanski Addenda

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On September 29, 2009
See Harding, McEwen, and Hess. Eugene Robinson’s column on the subject is so good that I suspect that as we speak Fred Hiatt is firing him so he can buy Anne Applebaum and Richard Cohen more crayons. Speaking of Applebaum, I guess one of the topics at that blogger ethics panel is going to have […]

The Polanski Arrest

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On September 28, 2009

You’ve probably heard that Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland. I think this is a very good thing, and find most of the outrage over it baffling. One thing to note here is that Roman Pola

Safire

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On September 27, 2009
At his best, he was a clever writer with a commitment to civil liberties increasingly absent from the Republican Party; at his worst, he used his establishment credentials to push the most unabashed wingnuttery. If you replace “civil liberties” with “moderate advancement of the welfare state,” in other words, a classic Nixonite. R.I.P. Share

Welcome Aboard!

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On September 27, 2009

It is difficult for me to convey my pride in the announcement that a man decried by no less an authority than Jeff Goldstein as “a sophist and a hamfisted prevaricator,” and “a liar

Ertugrul Osman RIP

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On September 26, 2009

Ertugrul Osman, heir to the Ottoman Empire, died yesterday in Istanbul. I profiled his dynasty here. The head of House Osman is now Bayezid III, who was born in Paris, lived in New York, and once serv

Today in NCAA Peonage

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On September 25, 2009

Just in case you forgot, NCAA rules seem to derive from the concept that everyone should be able to make as much money as possible off of college athletics except for the athletes who actually create

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