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In the wake of a reference ruling by the Canadian Supreme Court, Parliament will almost certainly pass federal legislation allowing same-sex marriage. Evidently, the news that Canada has far more rational and progressive cultural policies than the United States ain’t news. This development, however, is relevant to American politics in a couple of additional respects: The […]

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On December 8, 2004

A few random thoughts continuing what Scott said below. First, everyone should read this Neiwart post at Ornicus. I have little to add to it. Yes, some people used faulty and dangerous reasoning to c

They fought the law

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On December 7, 2004
A remarkable story, as the Supreme Court confronts egregious lawlessness in the Fifth Cicuit, itself intended to cover up egregious lawlessness in Texas’s administration of the death penalty: The two lawyers who stood before the justices were the same two who argued for the same parties two years ago: Seth P. Waxman representing Thomas Miller-El, […]

Left2Right

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On December 7, 2004

Everyone’s linking to this new blog started by Velleman, whose work I don’t personally know, but who I know is a big name in philosophy. But the rest of the roster brings the star-studded

Matt Welch nails it

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On December 6, 2004
immediately below. The natural path for this to take is for us to start parsing Atrios’ argument narrowly until we discover we all pretty much agree, and I’m not sure that’s all that valuable, but….I read atrios a bit more generously than Rob. I took his central point to be that we oughtn’t play up […]

Scott’s Movie Roundup

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On December 5, 2004
Sideways: I don’t have much to say that you haven’t already heard. I’m not one to reflexively go with a critical consensus–hell, most critics think Richard Goddamn Linklater is a genius–but this movie demonstrates the folly of Hitchens-like contrarianism; it’s pretty clearly the best American movie of the year. Payne’s record is remarkable–four films, every […]
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