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Scandal fatigue

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On July 29, 2008
In more ordinary times this would be a very big scandal indeed, but the Bush administration has made flagrant lawbreaking at the highest levels of government very much a dog bites man story. One brilliant feature of the winger noise machine is that those operating it realize that an extra added bonus to making up […]

Scumbaggery

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On July 28, 2008

Press release this morning from the McCain campaign: For Immediate ReleaseContact: Press OfficeMonday, July 28, 2008703-650-5550ARLINGTON, VA — Today, Chief Warrant Officer (4th class) Michael J

If Dubya were a relief pitcher

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On July 26, 2008
He would be Todd Jones, i.e., he would (1) Inexplicably be handed a series of very important high-paying jobs; where he would (2) Suck at them; yet (3) Continue to get promoted; thereby destroying (4) The United States of America/The Detroit Tigers’ season. Actually the Todd Jones Situation (and wouldn’t that be a good name […]

Shunning war criminals

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On July 25, 2008

As Jack Balkin points out, for both “legal” and “political” reasons it’s unlikely that any U.S. court will prosecute war crimes committed by members of the Bush administr

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Patriotism

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On July 23, 2008
A surprising development (to me at least) has been the mass media’s recent rehabilitation of Tommie Smith and John Carlos. The same cultural institutions that almost universally excoriated the two American athletes for giving a Black Power salute from the medals stand at the 1968 Olympic games are now praising their heroism. Few things are […]

Googleplex

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On July 22, 2008
Nicholas Carr asks Is Google Making Us Stupid?” (I started reading this but got bored so I don’t know the answer). I do know that Google is the single greatest invention of the human mind since that thing Peter Frampton used to make his guitar sound like a robot voice, mainly because it allows one […]

Reasonable Doubts

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On July 21, 2008

James Q. Whitman has an interesting new book about the development of the concept of reasonable doubt in the Anglo-American legal system. An odd feature of that system is its quite explicit refusal to

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