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Easy Answers To Pretensiouly Inane Questions

[ 53 ] September 13, 2010 |

Shorter verbatim Camille Paglia*: “However, the main point is that the young Madonna was on fire. She was indeed the imperious Marlene Dietrich’s true heir. For Gaga, sex is mainly decor and surface; she’s like a laminated piece of ersatz rococo furniture. Alarmingly, Generation Gaga can’t tell the difference. Is it the death of sex?”

No. This has been…

*For you youngsters out there, Camille Paglia is a silly Sarah Palin fan who had a very brief period in which she was inexplicably considered relevant, and then for some reason Salon decided that 1997 was going to come back again. And, yes, she does seem to consider Madonna not a decent purveyor of shallow, catchy pop singles but the peak of Western art.

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Finally, A Fresh Idea!

[ 23 ] September 13, 2010 |

In a quite remarkable coup, The Politico has managed to anchor its new opinion section with some fresh, underexposed faces, presented in a highly original format in a very unusual “contrarian moderate liberal vs. movement conservative hack” configuration. I thought I’d suggest some additional pairings that could further supplement this new concept, perhaps even adding a touch of diversity:

  • Cokie Roberts vs.  Alan Keyes
  • Pat Caddel vs. Newt Gingrich
  • Juan Williams vs. Rick Santorum
  • Lanny Davis vs. Pam Gellar
  • Richard Cohen vs. John Yoo

You’re welcome!

Deep Thought

[ 30 ] September 13, 2010 |

The Dallas Cowboys are an extremely disciplined, well-coached team that will at a minimum play for a conference championship. And there ain’t no pretty girls in France.

It seems worth quoting this:

The Cowboys remind me of the Kardashians in that their strongest talent is a relentless ability to remain relevant. Much like the Kardashians successfully created the illusion that they should be famous, the Cowboys successfully created the illusion that they should be a Super Bowl contender. And they didn’t even have to leak a sex tape to do it. You know what Dallas’ record has been since 2000? 82-78. You know how many playoff games it has won over that stretch? One. That’s right … one more playoff win than Buffalo and Detroit.

I think Notre Dame retains the title as the sporting entity with the highest “relevance”-to-recent accomplishment ratio. But I think the Cowboys have pulled ahead of the Maple Leafs on the grounds that the latter have been so bad that their “relevance” actually seems to be diminishing slightly.

Obituary Sunday

[ 14 ] September 12, 2010 |

Jefferson Thomas, R.I.P. We should never forget the courage of the young men and women who actually had to put their lives on the line to attend school in the face of state violence or state-sanctioned violence.

Claude Chabrol
, R.I.P. His skills were indeed relatively undiminished; 2006’s The Comedy of Power is also very sharp.

On destroying the Towers before 9/11

[ 10 ] September 11, 2010 |

Because I’m a little worried about bandwidth issues (and know that everyone’s not into the minutiae of comic history), instead of posting it in full, I’m just going to slap a link to my bit about Liefeld and McFarlane’s wanton destruction of downtown Manhattan in 1991.  I’ll be finishing up my series on War Is Boring and “The Suitcase” shortly, but as I mentioned in the comments yesterday, I seem to have caught a case of the stupid and feel unequipped to handle the likes of Axe and Getzinger.  Liefeld and McFarlane, however…

“I Hate Tennessee”

[ 12 ] September 10, 2010 |

In honor of tomorrow’s Oregon-Tennessee tilt, I feel compelled to repost this:

Loomis and I are leaving for MordorKnoxville early tomorrow morning. Pray for our safe return.

Jim Crow Returns To 11CA

[ 29 ] September 10, 2010 |

Ah, the American judicial system.   An employer engages in racial discrimination sufficiently egregious that an Alabama jury find it illegal.     The 11th Circuit throws out the verdict.    Its reasoning is so specious that a unanimous Supreme Court rejects it.  Another jury finds the discrimination illegal.    In the finest Jim Crow traditions, 11CA once again decides to interpose itself between federal civil rights law and a plaintiff’s rights, throwing out the verdict again.    Sometimes it can be hard to see the progress…

On Attempts to Turn MLK Into K-Lo

[ 4 ] September 9, 2010 |

This is so good I’d be linking it even if it didn’t mention Edroso….

Friday Nugget Blogging

[ 36 ] September 9, 2010 |

Mom. High-school is really depressing. No wonder so many kids drop out. Did you know that during the Holocaust doctors used to do science experiments on children? Like cutting twins in half and sewing their body parts together?

No. I didn’t know. Or at least, I didn’t know that you were going to know that… at the tender age of fourteen.
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And I Declare the Browns +2.5 at Tampa Smooth Scooter’s Lock of the Week!

[ 6 ] September 9, 2010 |

This is normally Farley’s department, but with insufficient notice I’ve created a Pigskin Pick ‘Em group for those degenerate LGM readers who just have to not-bet.     Info is the usual:

Group:  Lawyers, Guns and Money

Password: zevon

See you there!   I also recommend this article about Donovan McNabb in the meantime.

UPDATE BY ROB: You’re stealing my bit! Also, note that the Pigskin league is of the spread variety. As usual, a prize will be awarded for first place. Speaking of which, here are the latest Baseball Challenge standings:

1 Feces FlingersB. Drunk 2689 7199 98.4
2 free leonardM. Ricci 2523 7113 97.8
3 HeadlessThompson GunnerS. Hickey 2727 7097 97.6
4 C. Quentin’s UnicornA. Katz 2674 7087 97.5
5 Dwarf MammothsT. Mohr 2683 6997 96.7
6 DeepKarmaB. Ladd 2831 6980 96.5
7 Greinke Uber Alles!J. Murray 2683 6850 94.9
8 Lamar KardashianD. Howard 2634 6799 94.2
9 Better Arms on ChairsB. Mizelle 2567 6761 93.7
10 Ambulance ChasersJ. Shurberg 2520 6749 93.6

“State Secrets” Swallow the Constitution

[ 26 ] September 9, 2010 |

I largely echo what Adam, Glenn, and Nick Baumann have to say about yesterday’s disgraceful 9th Circuit ruling upholding the Obama administration’s efforts to shield the government’s arbitrary-rendition-for-torture program from scrutiny.   It’s worth remembering what’s at stake here.   The majority opinion, before sadly eating the oysters, details some of the grotesque abuses our government is responsible for.   To choose one example:

Plaintiff Ahmed Agiza, an Egyptian national who had been seeking asylum in Sweden, was captured by Swedish authorities, allegedly transferred to American custody and flown to Egypt. In Egypt, he claims he was held for five weeks “in a squalid, windowless, and frigid cell,” where he was “severely and repeatedly beaten” and subjected to electric shock through electrodes attached to his ear lobes, nipples and genitals. Agiza was held in detention for two and a half years, after which he was given a six-hour trial before a military court, convicted and sentenced to 15 years in Egyptian prison. According to plaintiffs, “[v]irtually every aspect of Agiza’s rendition, including his torture in Egypt, has been publicly acknowledged by the Swedish government.”

I should note here that in a brief, remarkable concurring opinion Judge Carlos Bea argued that even these allegations should be considered state secrets. Under this logic, the use of torture is inherently not subject to legal review because any interrogation techniques that might be used against suspected terrorists are state secrets. The most depressing thing is that this authoritarian Catch-22 differs from the majority’s reasoning more in degree than in kind.

The bare majority of the 9th Circuit deserves all of the criticism it gets for this decision. Shielding the government from any accountability for arbitrary detention and torture before even giving the alleged victims a day in court is a grotesque abdication of basic judicial responsibilities, and indeed despite the pose of deference represents “judicial activism” in the most pejorative sense. As Judge Hawkins — not exactly a staunch libertarian — wrote in his dissent, “The state secrets doctrine is a judicial construct without foundation in the Constitution, yet its application often trumps what we ordinarily consider to be due process of law. This case now presents a classic illustration.” This case represents the judiciary failing at its most fundamental responsibility — ensuring that state violence be applied lawfully.

But we shouldn’t forget who bears the most responsibility — George W. Bush, whose administration performed the renditions, and Barack Obama, whose administration has worked hard to ensure that Bush’s victims are denied their basic due process. There’s no way around the fact that Obama has been a bitter disappointment on this issue, and on this issue he can’t blame James Madison for tying his hands.

Idiots Against Immunization

[ 21 ] September 9, 2010 |

The efforts of people such as Dr. Jenny McCarthy seem to be having their desired effect.