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Preface: the anti-Roe minority

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On January 21, 2005
As an interlude, I thought it would be useful to link to this old post, which brings up an empirical fact that rarely makes it into “counterintuitive” arguments about how the widely-despised Roe v. Wade is destroying the Democratic Party: the public favors it by a two-to-one margin. I’m afraid my position remains that in respositioning themselves the […]

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 Yglesias’s “fat and lazy” hypothesis: relying on litigation makes progressives less effectual in other political arenas. (This can be seen as a variant of Gerald Rosenberg’s famous […]

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

$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-viewing seemed to be intended not to explain why Penn acted as he did but to draw a comparison between the two […]

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 other industry groups, have been running a scam that allows them to profit from Worker’s comp funds, and rechannel that money into political campaigns of […]

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

A Question

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On January 14, 2005

Chris Sullentrop certainly richly deserves the coveted “wanker of the day” award. Even sillier than the criticism of Kos is the “slap on the wrist”–implying an ethical vi

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