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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

No Sale

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On June 10, 2004
Maybe Matt Stoller has a point after all. The generally excellent Kevin Drum has a very strange post defending Reagan kicking off his campaign in Philadelphia, MS. As Drum half-concedes several times, it’s an extremely unconvincing argument: 1)I’m not sure what Dukakis doing the (vaguely) same thing proves in the first place. It shows that Dukakis was […]

Law v. Partisan Hackdom

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On June 9, 2004
In late 2003, the Colorado Supreme Court struck down the partisan redistricting passed by the Republican legislature, as this redistricting plainly violated the state constitution’s mandate that redistricting be performed only once per decade. This case–a state court interpreting the state constitution–did not raise the slightest federal issue, and on Tuesday the Supreme Court refused to […]

The Final Word

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On June 8, 2004

Jesse Taylor on Christopher Snitchens: Chris Hitchens isn’t a useful idiot – he’s a useful asshole. He fills a slightly brainier niche than Dennis Miller does, although he’s f

Judy, Judy, Judy

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On June 8, 2004
Needless to say, Michael Massing’s NYRB response to the New York Times’s pre-war “journalism” is a (depressing) must-read. It’s doubly depressing that this opinion wouldn’t be written today–not only because there’s no Black on the Court, but because our establishment papers censor themselves so well: In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it […]
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