I know it’s only January, but still, it seems pretty likely that Fred Barnes’ new Bush hagiography will be the worst book released by a major press this year. How bad is it? It’s a little too hackish for the extremely stringent standards of the Conservative Book Club! And, really, that makes sense. Given Barnes’ long-standing history of defining conservatism as being in 100% accordance with whatever policies George W. Bush is advancing at a given moment (even if it contradicts the policy Bush was advancing last week which Barnes also felt was optimally conservative, or if it is a policy that no conservative would have defended prior to Bush taking office), who would want to read the thing? I mean, Hugh Hewitt can only buy so many copies.
NYU has fir…, er, “terminated the fellowships” of striking TAs. (I’m not sure why they’re being terminated; after all, they’re not employees, so presumably their strike cannot affect undergraduate teaching in any way. Strange.) Information about the Hardship Fund for the TAs can be found here.
Ten Flick that Define America
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Rob, Best Heist Films
Movie Scenes that Make You Cry
Movie Scenes that Make You Burst Out Laughing
Rob’s Top Ten, 2004
DJW, Best of the Oughts
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Rob, Best of the 90s
Scott, Hollywood’s Worst Directors
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Academy of the Over-rated: Directors
Farhenheit 9/11 (Rob)
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She Hate Me
The Battle of Algiers
Shall We Dance?
The Motorcycle Diaries
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
House of Flying Daggers, Closer, Bad Education, A Very Long Engagement
Phantom of the Opera
Return of the King
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Million Dollar Baby
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Land of the Dead
Point of Order
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The Squid and the Whale, Good Night and Good Luck, Walk the Line
Point of Order (Redux)
Brokeback Mountain (Scott)
Brokeback Mountain (Rob)
Fun with Roger Ebert
Annals of Whoredom
The Stranger Recommends…
The Worst Argument About Michael Moore Ever
Worst Opening Ever?
A Nightmare of Evil (Kevin Smith Edition)
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Stalinist Criticism (Dogville Edition)
Academy of the Over-rated (Eastwood Edition)
Stalinist Criticism Wears a Fedora
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Body of Work Award
Medved vs. Aesthetics
Contrarian for the Wrong Reasons
Ford and Wayne
Wolcott on Medved
Bad Scenes in Great Movies
The Anthology Film
Odd Thoughts on Bizarre Topics (Or Innocence Lost?)
Resistance is (Almost) Futile
The Phantom Menace Effect
Podhoretz and Revenge of the Sith
Frank Galvin and Twelve Angry Men
Stalinist Critics of the World, Rejoice!
Peter Jackson’s Money
Piper Picks a Peck O’Pickled Peppers
Stalinist Aesthetics Department
Right Wing Film Studies
Top 50 Movies of 1985
Hollywood Having an Off Year?
Scenes from a Philistine
Why I am not a Studio Executive (Or a Populist)
Hollywood’s Revenue “Problem”
Kaus on Brokeback
Kaus on Brokeback (Again)
If You’re Going to be Pretentious, at least be Right
Medvedism with Bad Math
Bresson and Vigo
Going it Alone
Medved on Brokeback
Perverted Values (Brokeback and Utah)
Pajamas Media Reviewers
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Digby nails the ongoing kabuki of Roe‘s opponents perfectly:
That woman who believes that abortion is the killing of babies with knives is one slick political operator. She knows that this isn’t about any dialog. She knows that Alito will vote to overturn Roe. She knows that the minute Roe is overturned a whole bunch of states will make it illegal. She is lying about all of that.
Why in the hell is it necessary for some woman from Kansas not to tell the truth about her cause or her goals? What is she so afraid of? Why does the born again conservative president have to phone in his support instead of appearing proudly and openly before his pro-life supporters? If this is an issue of deeply felt morality that all Americans are having difficulty dealing with, why can’t they just admit openly that they want to outlaw abortion?
Could someone please inform the Democrats that when 66 percent of the public agrees with you on an issue that you can feel confident that you are not losing elections because of that issue?
Pro-life people even at the state level are savvy political con artists who are pretending to be more powerful than they are while lying about their goals. They are operating from a position of weakness not strength. Anybody in politics who is fooled by this crap should be fired.
This is exactly right. The fact that even state operatives in very reactionary states aren’t willing to be candid about their desire to criminalize abortion makes it clear that they don’t regard turning the clock back to 1972 is a popular policy. If only prominent liberal journalists could figure this out…
As some of you know, major news in Canada today, as the Flames win another round of the Battle of Alberta! Oh, yeah, and there was an election too, and as predicted there was a Conservative minority. As you can see from this handy interactive chart, it’s a surprisingly narrow win, and it will be an extremely shaky minority government. And as you can see, irrespective of whatever spin you read tomorrow, it’s not any kind of major “shift to the right” or embrace of American policies or some such. Between them, the centre -left (Canadian spelling used for the occasion!) Liberals, socialist NDP, and left-wing-albeit with an unpleasant coating of secessionism and ethnic nationalism–BQ and left-wing Greens got almost 65% of the vote and 183 of 308 seats. What limited the Conservatives most were gains by the NDP. (Although, in fairness, the Christian Heritage Party did outpoll the Marijuana Party.) And obviously the Conservative government will be seriously constrained, especially on cultural issues, because they require to support of the secessionists to govern. The election is unlikely to result in any huge shifts, and as someone with a less-than-robust commitment to big-L Liberalism I’m not excessively upset about it.
One thing that many people won’t be aware of is that Canada is different from most European systems in true coalition governments (i.e. formal alliances with members from both parties in the cabinet) have generally been limited to wartime unity governments; rare minority governments have been ad hoc rather than formal coalitions. The Conservatives don’t need a formal coalition with the Bloq to form the government, although they will have to engage in constant informal agreements in order to govern. Another point is that Saskatchewan–home of the social democratic government that created the socialized medicine system–is now almost entirely conservative. Tom Frank should write his next book about it…
I like Detroit as much as the next guy. Hell, I probably like Detroit more than the next guy. I love the post-apocalyptic feel, although I understand that city planning decisions ought not to prioritize my own aesthetic preferences. I appreciate the need to demolish some building in the pursuit of urban renewal. Still, I can’t help feeling like the powers that be in Detroit are fooling themselves if they think that the Superbowl is going to be the key to transforming the city’s economic fortunes.
It’s fairly well established that the construction of new stadiums in downtown areas does not, in fact, result in increased economic activity. This is why cities are increasingly becoming wary of dishing out huge sums of money to extraordinary wealthy baseball and football owners. How, then, is one game, nevermind how important, supposed to turn a city around?
Strikes me as wishful thinking. I hope that Detroit doesn’t spend too much from its already light treasury and doesn’t destroy too much of its heritage in the effort to showcase its finest for the Superbowl.
As in, if this Universe were to split into 100 universes and proceed forward from there, the rational collective hive mind of sports gamblers expect the Steelers would win on February 5th in about 60 of them? They’re a great team, I’m not surprised they’re here, I love Ben, this should be a great game, and they could certainly win. I could be convinced a pick-em is in order, but if there is a rational, serious analysis that shows the Seahawks as underdogs, I’d like to see it.
I was planning to write a post ripping apart Stephen Bainbridge’s latest entry in the “the underrepresentation of conservatives in academia must be due to discrimination and not self-selection, although I have no actual evidence for this” competition, but fortunately the job has already been done well. The only thing I’ll add is that 1)the comparison of think tanks to academia leaves out little details like the fact that the former tend to pay very well without and teaching responsibilities, both rendering the fact that conservatives are in think tanks even more useless as evidence and making a pretty soft landing for purported victims, and 2)I’ll support affirmative action for conservatives in academia as soon as we also ensure that liberals and conservatives are equally well represented on corporate boards.
Shorter Peter Morris: “They lied to me about marriage and fatherhood! Who knew that childbirth was painful (and, really, more painful for the guy–sure, the woman is in red-faced agony, but I had to look at it!)? That your child could be an…ew….girl? That raising children required a significant amount of time and emotional commitment? That intense sexual ardor may fade in a long-term relationship? That sexual intercourse can lead to pregnancies, even if you’re trying the “having an affair approach”? Why did they keep it a secret? Being a father is so unfair.”
Please tell me that this is a joke. If not, paging Belle Waring. Belle Waring to the mythical waiting room where men pace around and hand out cigars and have nothing further to do with their children other than the occasional game of catch please.