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On July 31, 2008
Resistance is Futile. Yes this whole saga is super annoying, what with Chris Mortensen’s hourly reports from his location inside Favre’s ass, but I’m getting intrigued by the game theory aspects. My understanding is that the Packers don’t have to pay Favre anything if they release him once he’s reinstated. So why would they offer […]

Ugh

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On July 30, 2008

Detroit media outlets reporting Yankees have acquired Ivan Rodriguez. No word on what the Tigers got. While obviously not close to the player he was in his prime, IRod is an exactly average AL hitter

The Real Drug War

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On July 30, 2008

A top government research scientist I know has a theory about the “obesity epidemic.” Dr. X isn’t allowed to speak on the record to the media about X’s work without getting per

Apocalypse Now

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On July 29, 2008
I’ve just read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, which Robert Farley reviewed on LGM back when it was published a couple of years ago. I hadn’t read anything by McCarthy before, and was very impressed with his stylistic talents, which reminded me of a sort of poor man’s Joyce, in the same sense that Bobby Bonds […]

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 brill

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

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)

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

Is there a word for projection in ancient Greek?

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On July 24, 2008
As I’ve noted elsewhere, right-wing media hacks sound more and more like old guys in bars using tired pickup lines, and nobody sounds more torn and frayed than America’s leading bellicose classicist, Victor David Hanson. Hanson & Co. seem to be trapped in their own special pyschedelic version of Groundhog Day: everything apparently circles back […]

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 t

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