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A magnificent post by Belle Waring at Crooked Timber mocking the “ticking time bomb” scenario constantly used by torture/Bush Administration apologists. To state the obvious, 1)of course torture is morally justified even if illegal under a “ticking time bomb” scenario, and 2)it’s a bullshit argument. The problem is, the scenario requires an omniscience that renders […]

Nada Hatin’

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On June 18, 2004

With respect to my recent post on conservative vanity candidate Ralph Nader, some response to the many intelligent comments are in order. First, fine commentary from The Poor Man and Nathan Newman.

Bloody Sam

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On June 17, 2004

It’s difficult to find an issue so clear-cut that The Nation and eventheliberal New Republic agree, but both have great reviews of Sam Huntington’s new book, People Who Aren’t Wh

Strange Justice

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On June 15, 2004

Yesterday, the Supreme Court held, 8-1, that defendants can make a sexual harassment claim against an employer when the environment was so hostile that the defendant was compelled to resign. The one

American Conservative

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On June 15, 2004
David Neiwert points us to the cover story of Pat Buchanan’s The American Conservative: a love-in between the man himself and self-appointed spokesman for pure progressive bodily fluids Ralph Nader. My first reaction is to say that he’s been a conservative lickspittle for so long he’s just skipping the middleman, but fundamentally he’s always been a reactionary at heart. […]

We Have A Weiner!

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On June 14, 2004

In a rare case of me being with the winning team, the winner of THE VICIOUS INSTAPUNDIT BLOGROLL CONTEST at MaxSpeak has been announced, and the winner is: InstaPundit. Let us first ponder the utter

Supersize This

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On June 14, 2004
I saw Supersize Me, a very fine movie, last week. One of the film’s most-praised segments involves an interview with a Reason editor (Jacob Sullum, I think) wondering when it would be socially acceptable to hector obese people the way it is acceptable to hector smokers. Leaving aside the fact that all moralistic hectoring about personal habits by strangers […]

Press the Meat

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On June 11, 2004

The incomparable Bob Somerby notes many embarrassingly false and/or stupid comments from Tim Russert’s appearance on Larry King this week, but I’d have to say that this is the best: RUSS

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