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Fat and Identity Politics

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On January 20, 2010
I’m doing a talk on this topic at UCLA tomorrow. The price is right for any LA LGMers looking to stretch their entertainment dollar. I’m staying at a guest house on campus tonight and there’s a photo of Lew Alcindor on the wall.
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You look marvelous

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On January 13, 2010
Lane Kiffin’s head coaching resume includes stints with the Oakland Raiders, the University of Tennessee (9th winningest program in major college football history) and now USC (seventh winningest program of all time). Lane Kiffin has never won more than seven games in a season. Lane Kiffin is 34 years old. I wonder what his views […]

It’s not personal, it’s business

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On January 10, 2010
Kevin Drum likes the idea of not getting hysterical over every terrorist incident, but he’s got practical and theoretical objections to an approach that emphasizes the risk from terrorism is statistically negligible: This line of argument — that terrorism is statistically harmless compared to lots of other activities — will never work. For better or […]

The politics of cowardice

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On January 9, 2010

I think it’s a positive sign that the WSJ published this. On a related note, in the last two days fighter jets have been scrambled twice to “accompany” flights on which passengers be

Rudy can fail

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On January 8, 2010

One of the curious aspects of 9/11 is that, in an almost literal way, it somehow didn’t happen under the Bush administration’s watch. The self-evidence of this “fact” is illust

The Politics of Glory

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On January 7, 2010
Scott’s thoughts on the latest HOF ballot got me thinking about the whole “the first ballot ought to be sacred” line of thinking, this year ably represented by Jay Mariotti’s nonsensical preening. Although I think the apparently increasingly common practice of having a different voting standard for players on the ballot for the first time […]

Terrorball

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On January 4, 2010

I’m quite sure I could beat LeBron James in a game of one on one basketball. The game merely needs to feature two special rules: It lasts until I score, and as soon as I score I win. Such a game mig

One market under God

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On December 21, 2009

Jon Chait has an interesting piece in TNR on the sclerotic condition of contemporary conservative free market dogma, as it tries to parry the Obama administration’s response to the financial cri

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