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Hill Hotties

This has got to be one of the more ill-conceived adventures in political journalism that I've ever come across. They also don't seem to have done this in a very rigorous way, since I've totally met Hill people who are hotter than some of these folks despite having met relatively few Hill folk.

July 28, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (39) | TrackBack

Hill Hotties

This has got to be one of the more ill-conceived adventures in political journalism that I've ever come across. They also don't seem to have done this in a very rigorous way, since I've totally met Hill people who are hotter than some of these folks despite having met relatively few Hill folk.

July 28, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (24) | TrackBack

Hipster Porn

In a Tapped post this morning, I made passing reference to "the scourge of hipster porn that's been plaguing the nation lately." The reference, of course, is to Suicide Girls.com, and I was only sort of joking. This seems to me to be a failure as both pornography and as hipness. More to the point, while there's nothing really wrong with people looking at porn, we should still encourage feelings of dirtiness and shame surrounding the subject.

July 27, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (32) | TrackBack

Just Say No

My latest column says Democrats can't block John Roberts from getting his Supreme Court seat, but that doesn't mean they need to vote for him. This is, I think, the essence of what a majority party needs to be doing. Voting "no" on stuff, perfectly aware that it will pass anyway, while outlining an alternative agenda to be implemented after the winning of some elections. Then you need to try and win some elections. Obsession with participating in the legislative process in either a constructive or obstructionist manner is just a distraction.

July 26, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (34) | TrackBack

The Vague and The Damned

In the course of a very long post at The Valve, John Holbo observes, "The thing Knapp and Michaels crucially miss, from the start, is that 'word' and 'sentence' and so forth are vague categories." Here's the thing. In my (admittedly limited) experience, whenever I read something in college by an English-professor-doing-philosophy (i.e., Theorist with a capital-T) that seemed badly wrong to me, this was almost always the key mistake. Not every Theory-type thing I read made the mistake, but every -- or almost every -- seemingly mistaken Theory-type thing seemed to make this particular error somewhere along the way.

Or, rather, the mistake seems to be assuming -- without argument -- that there's something scandalously wrong with a category being vague. As if a hairless man, when called bald, were to point out the sorites paradox as a defense. "Baldness is a social construct!" he exclaims. Well, in a sense perhaps it is. And yet he still has no hair. That some people occupy a fuzzy middle ground is neither here nor there.

July 25, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (13) | TrackBack

Backstroke of the West

I'd like to note that this is the funniest thing I've seen in months. Take the dialogue from Revenge of the Sith, translate into Chinese, then translate back into English. The results are . . . hilarious.

July 22, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (28) | TrackBack

John G. Roberts

I know nothing about the man. I do, however, have "John G. Raped and Murdered My Wife" tatooed across my chest. No. Sorry. This is a very serious issue. Go read someone else's blog now.

July 19, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (20) | TrackBack

The Other De Tocqueville

Ezra's reading Democracy in America and hoping to imitate many an earlier pundit by "ostentatiously inject[ing] it into articles later on, making folks think I'm erudite without actually reading through the classics." And why not? I thought I would take the moment to recommend a different book by the same author, The Old Regime, about pre-revolutionary France, which is really interesting although, clearly, not as obviously relevant to the concerns of an American political commentator. Also thought I might ask if anyone knows why the French expression l'ancien regime is invariably translated at "the old regime" when it clearly means "the former regime."

July 18, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (21) | TrackBack

The Fraud Caucus

New print article co-authored by myself and Mark Leon Goldberg has a simple thesis -- there are no moderate Republicans.

July 18, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Alanis Unplugged

One of my secret shames is that I kinda sorta like Jagged Little Pill (consider that double super-secret background information). Nevertheless, I'm in a Starbucks right now and they're playing some kind of acoustic version of the album and it's . . . terrible. Potentially, this is a good thing. Perhaps if I listen to this crap long enough my aversion to it will spill over and created an aversion to classic Pill thus allowing me to regain some cred. On a loosely related subject, what war is Operation Ivy referring to in "Unity" when they implore us to "stop this war!"? Some kind of metaphorical war inside the punk scene, it seems.

July 14, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (54) | TrackBack