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Roll Over Richard Cohen and Tell Will Saletan the News

[ 0 ] October 5, 2006 |

An excellent post at Broadsheet about how financial obstacles prevent women from obtaining first trimester abortions, which should again remind us that the centrist abortion position–which simultaneously argues that we can agree about the legalization of first trimester abortions and that abortion should be regulated in ways that exacerbate inequitable access and de-funded–is on a collision course itself. This is also instructive:

Just for the sake of argument, let’s say certain thoughts are sneaking into your head. Thoughts like “what are these destitute mothers-of-many doing getting pregnant again in the first place?” First of all, you don’t have to have kids in order to not have $450. But more to the point, the Guttmacher Institute reports that not only have 33 states cut funds for birth control, but also half of all poor women who need birth control services are not able to afford them.

I’d expect Saletan to discover this data in an op-ed about how feminists never talk about birth control in about 2011.

Mark Levin: The Frozen Limit of Hackery

[ 0 ] October 4, 2006 |

According to first-rate constitutional scholar Mark Levin, Bill Clinton is so powerful he can magically transform a 22-year-old White House employee into a “19-year-old intern.” The Clenis is omnipotent.

(Via Somerby.)

The Hunter Boner

[ 0 ] October 4, 2006 |

Wow, I’d have to say of all the things I’d be worried about if I was a Twins fan, “Torri Hunter’s defense” would have ranked pretty far down the list. What’s sad is that people with regular jobs have to miss this kind of baseball so that Fox can show games that can only be enjoyed by people who like to watch videos of frat boys beating up handicapped schoolchildren.

By the way, didn’t you used to be Eric Chavez?

But Santorum Will Free Mumia!

[ 0 ] October 4, 2006 |

Good to know that the bought-and-paid-for-by-Republicans Green Party–but I repeat myself–of Pennsylvania has failed to get on the ballot:

Robert Gleason, chairman of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, said last week that Romanelli was a critical part of the GOP’s strategy to get Santorum re-elected. “We need him on the ballot,” Gleason said.

Indeed. Oh, and a reminder of why which party controls the White House might matter even if the two parties have the same position on legalizing hemp. Republican control of the NLRB is, in fact, a big deal.

The Nietzsche Family Circus

[ 0 ] October 4, 2006 |

Oddly addictive. I’m sure my acquaintances are wondering if it will include “anyone with a very loud voice is almost incapable of thinking subtleties.”

(Via Holbo.)

Self-Parody Alert

[ 0 ] October 4, 2006 |

Shorter Ann “I see the evil in the Clenis’s socksAlthouse: “I can’t believe that a sex scandal is distracting us from substantive discussion of the Iraq War! Besides, as the wise Mickey Kaus points out, the media should only cover one anti-Republican story at a time. This is why the press will never be as beloved as Weird Al Yankovic.”

…and, of course, this is all part of the Reynolds/Althouse/Kaus “the 1936 elections were great for the Republicans” meme. Lots of scandals–great for the GOP! One scandal–great for the GOP, because it’s an outlier! No scandals–great for the GOP, because when you say everything is great for the GOP sometimes you have to be right.

Also, JFK Posthumously Registers As Republican

[ 0 ] October 4, 2006 |

Seems about right.

Ex Post Facto Justification!

[ 0 ] October 4, 2006 |

Ah, finally data to back up my frequent assertion that we’ll have a female and African-American president far before we’ll have an atheist or gay president. (And my guess is that within 20 years gay will be more likely than atheist.)

Playoff Preview The Second: The NL

[ 0 ] October 3, 2006 |

AL preview here (and, hey, ain’t that completely unjustifiable A’s pick looking better!) Before we move on, a couple of notes. First, a quibble with esteemed commenter jrd, who says that “the Twins have a better offense, a better bullpen, and play better defense.” Their offense is better, no question, and ditto the bullpen (although the A’s have a very good one too, especially with Kennedy healthy.) But the defense? Very quietly, the A’s have put together an awful lot of plus defenders–Ellis, Chavez, Kotsay, Payton, Bradley. I’m inclined to think they’re now a better defensive team than the Twins, and I would be certain if Crosby was healthy. Mike Schilling asks: “People watch McCarver with the sound turned on?” Yes, in a little-noticed clause in the Fraud Caucus Torture Bill, this kind of thing is now permitted. I blame the Clenis. (What a relief to have Jon and Joe doing the Twins/As series.) Anyway, on to the Senior Circuit:

Dodgers v. Metropolitans: If Abel Ferrara has taught us anything, it’s that there will be an elaborate conspiracy to force this series to go the distance. Fortunately for Rupert Murdoch’s money launderers, this figures to be a closely contested series anyway. Three months ago, the Mets looked like they would cut through the rest of the field like Reggie Bush running against the secondary of a second-rate Canadian high school team; with Pedro hurt and the western teams improved, if anything the Mets may be underrated. They still have the best lineup in the league (although the Dodgers, quietly, have assembled a very good one–and can DePodesta start getting some credit?), and still have a terrific bullpen, where the Dodgers are deficient. In addition, the Mets have a secret weapon in Grady Little, who seems to base his in game strategy on a close reading of Don Zimmer’s innovations in the 1989 NLCS (boys, let’s try to get as many people on base in front of Will Clark as we can! We’re due to get him out!) Before this afternoon, I would have picked the Mets fairly confidently. But very likely without El Duque? The Dodgers are good enough that I just can’t pick a team starting Maine, a 40-year-old Glavine, and Traschel to move forward. To win, the Mets are going to need some late-inning rallies; possible, but I can’t bet on it. Dodgers in 5, with a caveat: if Hernandez’s MRI is a false alarm, the Mets win.

Cardinals v. Padres: For once, the conventional and sabermetric data agrees: the Cards are the worst team in the post-season, and also the most ill-suited to the post-season, with a thin, finesse pitcher heavy rotation and a bullpen well-stocked with gasoline, lighter fluid, and grenade launchers. Moreover, I’m not terribly surprised; even at the beginning of the season, I thought that the Cardinals were not the elite team most still considered them to be. And yet, this series may not be as lopsided as this suggests. The Cardinals get to start the best pitcher in the league twice, and have the best hitter in the world, in a five game series, those are nice chips. Still, I can’t see it. The Padres are a very solid, well-balanced team. I’m happy to see Mike Cameron–long one of my favorites–have a tremendous year. And that’s just the start: when you remember they play in a brutal hitter’s park, there’s no superstars but a lot of contributors. Piazza can still hit, Giles can still get on base, Barfield looks good. Their balance may make them more vulnerable in a short series, but I don’t see the Cardinals taking advantage. Padres in 4.

So Much the Worse for the Facts

[ 0 ] October 3, 2006 |

Shorter Verbatim Rick Santorum: “You probably remember well when Bill Clinton and the Democrats passed the largest single tax increase in our nation’s history in 1993, $293 billion. That sent our nation into an economic slump.”

Yes, thankfully the Republicans were able to put an end to that nightmarish decade…

Dishonest Hack of the Day

[ 0 ] October 3, 2006 |

Glenn Reynolds. (I’m also shocked that such a steadfast, principled supporter of gay rights would think that an individual’s inappropriate behavior with pages is somehow the responsibility of gay people as a whole, just like the Wall Street Journal op-ed page. Shocking.)

Thanks to the regrettably departed Ted Barlow in comments.

…since, unlike, Rob, I forgot to pre-empt the inevitable this time, I believe it’s time to quote the Wingnut Debate Dictionary: “Disinglennuousness (n.): The practice of saying, after the fact, that just because you linked to something outrageous with ‘THIS IS INTERESTING’ or ‘EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS’, you don’t necessarily agree with the linked sentiments, their having been exposed as utter pig-bollocks.”

Millionaire Pundit Values

[ 0 ] October 3, 2006 |

Shorter Sebastian Mallaby(and, of course, Glenn Reynolds:) The fact that the Democrats took a strong, unyielding stand against privatizing Social Security, and refuse to accept my specious and intellectually dishonest conflation of Social Security and Medicare, proves that they are completely unprincipled.

See also Yglesias. And alternative shorter Ezra. God, Mallaby is an embarrassment.

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