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The Phantom Menace Effect

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On June 6, 2004
Now that there’s a fairly broad consensus that The Phantom Menace was godawful, it’s often forgotten how well the movie was initially received not only by many fans but by much of the media as well. The likes of Roger Ebert gave the movie good reviews and taped fawning interviews with the hacktacular Mr. Lucas. The […]

Turn on the News

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On June 5, 2004
According to Prof. Reynolds: WHILE I WENT OUT TO GET FROZEN YOGURT, the InstaWife watched CBS news. She pronounced it “one long commercial for the Democrats.” Needless to say, no examples of this supposed egregious bias were proffered. And since the InstaWife feels that whether the InstaWealthy can afford new InstaGrills is a valid way of […]

Canada-related stuff

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On June 4, 2004
Now that’s a game. Why this country prefers the dreary postseason of the NBA is beyond me. I’m also grateful to Sports Illustrated for confidently declaring that a Tampa Bay victory was inevitable, hence guaranteeing victory for the forces of justice and truth. To make things slightly more relevant, while watching my beloved Flames I saw […]

Punting Gun Control

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On June 1, 2004
The Democrats are +1 in the House, with Stephanie Herseth having won. Good news–if there’s anything better than a Democratic Congressperson, it’s a hot Democratic Congressperson. Picking up a seat in the relatively poor, rural, but culturally conservative state of South Dakota reminds me of a great post by Matthew Yglesias last week, arguing for the […]
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