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Astroturf’d

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On January 23, 2005
Elton Beard catches the LA Times publishing some fake grass. (And it isn’t even that shiny new Field Turf; it seems more like the worn-out turf they had at the Stade Olympique in the mid-90s. If you walked over this column you’d immediately need knee surgery.) Needless to say, the fourth-rate hack in question also […]

Thin and Wiry

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On January 20, 2005

There are two major potential drawbacks to litigation as a strategy. One–that it is particularly likely to generate a backlash–I recently discussed. The other is captured by Matthew Yglesi

The Fallacy, continued

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On January 17, 2005

The fallacy Scott identifies in the post immediately below needs a pithy, clever name or acronym (I’m bad at this sort of thing–suggestions?), and the community of liberals needs to become

Matthew Yglesias points us to a Michael Lind article about how the Dems would win if they pandered more to middle-class suburbanites, and identifies a major problem pretty much endemic to the genre. However, there’s enough projection and sloppy thinking here to be worth a more extensive exploration. The central problem with Lind’s article, as with […]

$50,000 Baby

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On January 16, 2005

Over the break I happened to screen Mystic River, which a friend wanted to see, and it holds up really well. I’m even tempted to make a half-defense of the Lady Macbeth scene, which on re-view

Heroes and Villains

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On January 16, 2005
I suspected that the NY media would go further than Yglesias’s throwaway comment after the terrific Jets/Steelers game (congrats to frequent commenter gmack!) yesterday in turning Jet kicker Doug Brien into a goat. And, sure, he deserves some of the blame. But not a lot. The media has been pretty savage, but looking over the tabloids […]

Worker’s Comp

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On January 15, 2005

Good news here in Washington. The Democrats, with real majorities in both houses, are going after the questionable funding of the Building Industry Association of Washington. Apparently, the BIAW, and

Ozu (bleg)

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On January 15, 2005

We may not have the cinema options here in Seattle that Scott does in New York, but we do OK out here. Case in point: from February 3rd-March 10th, The Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill is having a

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