Secular: Bush; Dry: Wet

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On November 13, 2004
While conceding that Christopher Hitchens’s latest unintentionally risible strawman-burning is not one of his finest efforts (myself, I can’t tell the difference), Michael Totten defends his central thesis, arguing that “[t]he American right is a better champion for secularism where it is most urgently needed. And for that they have my (partial) support.” Given that Totten explicitly […]

Canadian Irredentism

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On November 11, 2004
I challenge you to try to make sense of the following out-of context quote: “Every Turks & Caicos Islander knows a Canadian” is a common saying in the Islands. Perhaps the problem is that every Canadian does not know a Turks & Caicos Islander. The apologists for Canadian Empire and their Caribbean sympathizers have set […]

Happy Armistice Day

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On November 11, 2004
I share Matt Yglesias’ distaste for “Veterans Day.” Taking November 11 out of its historical context serves no real good purpose; as John Quiggan points out, the many of the worst crimes of the twentieth century are rooted in the events of August, 1914. Instead of a day of reflection about the tragedy of World War I […]
Another short play from Matt, in reference to Mike Thompson’s modest proposal to expel all the blue states: Leaving side the obvious fact that Mr. Thompson doesn’t understand the concept of liberalism (here’s a hint: you’re soaking in it), I find the idea that the Red States should want to expel the Blue States extremely amusing. To […]

Ashcroft

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On November 9, 2004

I don’t follow the ins and outs of DOJ behavior anywhere near as closely as Matthew Yglesias probably does, so for all I know there’s merit to his highly qualified defense of Ashcroft. Th

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