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Archive for October, 2007

The Invisible Lesbian

31st October 2007

Read it. And this.

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Chickenhawk Offsets?

31st October 2007

Read it. The free market in action.

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Crealev builds a levitating lamp

31st October 2007

Read it. Me want.

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More on the Legal Status of Waterboarding

31st October 2007

Andy McCarthy, sometime federal prosecutor, lays it out in black and white.

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Some Christian pastors embrace Scientology

31st October 2007

Read it. “Unclear on the concept” seems such a totally inadequate phrase.

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Haunted Places on U.S. Bases

31st October 2007

Read it. And those don’t include the ghosts of our foreign policy….

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A Special Holiday for Cheney

31st October 2007

Read it. He’ll still need a tray.

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Malaysian Spiritual Leader: Women’s Sexy Clothing is ‘Emotional Abuse’

31st October 2007

Read it. Keep up the good work, girls.

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Finally a Game Just for Adults: Fantasy Congress (Insert Larry Craig Joke Here…No Here…Yes There)

31st October 2007

Read it. Any number can pay play.

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CBS: Bush Administration has ‘Ruined’ Halloween & Christmas

31st October 2007

Read it. It’s hard to tell who’s worse: The politicians who come up with this nonsense or the drive-by media who take it seriously.

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This Gives Hamburger U. a Whole New Meaning

31st October 2007

Read it. I quite agree.

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‘Little pinkie’ road safety campaign backfires

31st October 2007

Read it. You gotta love Australians.

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What’s gone wrong with music?

31st October 2007

Steve Sailer nails it again. There was a tremendous difference between the music of 1945 and that of 1955, and a substantial difference between that of 1955 and that of 1965 — my older brother and I, just over five years apart, are effectively part of separate musical generations.

Between 1965 and 1975 is much less difference, and between 1975 and 2005 it’s almost negligible.

The rise of rap is, so far as I can tell, the only significant musical development (if, indeed, one can call it music rather than recited poetry) during that period, that I can recall. (No, disco was not a development. It was a fashion statement, and lasted about as long.)
High-schoolers today can listen to Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones and will readily admit that it’s “classic rock”; when I was in high school, music from before we were born was antedeluvian crap the parents listened to, for which we had no time.

The problem has become that the punk-New Wave rebellion against the blues got institutionalized, and the same musical styles that were refreshing in 1977-1982 are still hanging around. The more linear, abstracted styles that emerged after 1977 were interesting, but you can’t keep mining that vein — abstracting an abstraction hits diminishing marginal emotional returns pretty quickly.

So what happened?

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Torture in the Senate

31st October 2007

Read it. An excellent summary of the relevant issues.

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Political Scientists Discover New Form Of Government

31st October 2007

Read it. Oops.

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Clinton’s Math

31st October 2007

Read it. Perhaps she needed to kick her shoes off first.

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FEC Complaint Against Hillary

31st October 2007

Read it. Hillary? Skirt the campaign finance laws? I don’t believe it! I guarantee that every Chinese dishwasher that contributed to her campaign will show up on election day to vote the straight Democrat ticket. Quite possibly more than once, just to make sure.

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Race, Marriage, and Poverty

31st October 2007

Read it. I understand that Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams have a deal not to ride on the same airplane, so that the country isn’t faced with the prospect of losing both of its great black economists in one accident. It’s probably just an urban legend, but a comforting one nevertheless.

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The New Class Warfare

31st October 2007

Read it. Really rich people don’t care about taxes, because even if you take away most of their income they still have ten times what you started with.

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Darth Abdullah

31st October 2007

Read it. The white plume on the conductor’s headgear suggests that it’s the band of the Grenadier Guards.

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Is America putting sharks in the Euphrates?

31st October 2007

Read it.  And if not, why not?

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Stop Hating Foreigners, Start Hating AJAX

31st October 2007

Read it. Now there’s a program we can all get behind.

Whenever we talk about offshoring around here it seems to generate a lot of controversy, as a group of folks show up insisting that offshoring “costs” the US jobs — despite tons of evidence that that’s not true at all. It does change the nature of jobs and may emphasize different skills, but more efficient production tends to create more new jobs. In fact, we’ve tried to point out in the past that offshoring is really no different than automation, though it’s less efficient.

Congressmen, in particular, ought to have this tatooed on their foreheads.

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UK: School orders teachers to dress in Muslim garb to celebrate Eid

31st October 2007

Read it. (What is “Muslim garb”? Do Muslims have special clothing fashions of which the rest of us are unaware?)

I am SO glad I don’t live in Britain.

Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here — and I do not say that in jest.

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Seattle PI Columnist: ‘I Understand’ Burning ‘Oppressive’ Churches

31st October 2007

Read it. Apparently hate is okay when it’s leftists doing the hating.

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Deep-Sixing CAPTCHA

31st October 2007

Read it.

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What the New Atheists Don’t See

31st October 2007

Read it.

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Two physicists examine certain features of popular myths regarding ghosts, vampires, and zombies as they appear in film and folklore.

31st October 2007

Read it.

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The psychodynamics of science in the media

31st October 2007

Read it. Watch a trained professional take an entire page to go over what a Dilbert cartoon can cover in three panels.

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I am Maureen Dowd. You can be Maureen Dowd, too.

31st October 2007

Read it.

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Hydrogen Seen As Much Less Efficient Than Batteries For Cars

31st October 2007

Read it. On the other hand, hydrogen is more entertaining — just look at old footage of the Hindenburg if you doubt it.

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Speaking Ruth to Power

31st October 2007

Read it. A very good illustration why we must never let a Clinton into a position to appoint a Supreme Court Justice ever again.

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It depends what you mean by “torture”

31st October 2007

Read it.

For the record, I ‘m in favor of torture, with strict limits. “What limits?” you cry. Well, those that applied during the Middle Ages would do. “But they had no limits during the Middle Ages!” you whine. Uh, no, sorry about your ignorance, but they really did. The trouble ain’t what you know, but what you know that ain’t so.

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Compromise Position

31st October 2007

John O’Sullivan on Hillary and why she seems inevitable.

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Open-Arms Conservatism

31st October 2007

Read it. And here’s the man himself, to demonstrate his cluelessness to all the world.

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A Drive-By Swift-Boating

31st October 2007

Read it. For those who don’t know, “swift-boating” is a term invented by Democrats that means “publicizing something disreputable that we’d rather you didn’t know about”. They seem to think it’s impolite.

Ruth Marcus is apparently going for the Most Leftist Clichés Stuffed Into One Article prize. I wish her luck; she’s obviously a strong contender.

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The Global Poverty Trap

31st October 2007

Read it. Beware of the dreaded “personal responsibility”.

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Noise Sensors Back Police On Shooting Of D.C. Teen

31st October 2007

Read it. Wonder what clever way they’ll find to spin this so that it’s still the fault of the police?

Perhaps they’ll persecute him for “shooting while black”. The scoundrels.

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With Book, Gerson Is Back To Fight for GOP’s Identity

31st October 2007

Read it. Apparently, his complaint is that the administration isn’t full of socialists like him.

For Michael Gerson, the pattern became discouragingly familiar. A proposal to help the poor or sick would be presented at a White House meeting, but Vice President Cheney‘s office or the budget team or some other skeptical officials would shoot it down. Too expensive. Wrong priority.

I’m confused. I’d be happy to send him a dictionary in case he’s ignorant about what “conservatism” means.

UPDATE: Apparently Mark Krikorian at NRO has the same question.

I’m a relatively big-tent kind of guy, but Gerson’s not even within sight of the tent. He seems to be a morally serious man who has useful things to say, and we need more people like him — but we’ll need them in the coming Rodham Administration, not masquerading as a Republican.

Hear, hear.

UPDATE: And Jonah chimes in with his own view.

As with Crunchy Conservatism, I remain pretty exasperated with the straw man claim that the conservative movement and Republican party are overrun with anarcho-capitalists.

And, indeed, the anarcho-capitalists would be the first to agree.

UPDATE: And John O’Sullivan puts the boot in.

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Attacks in Iraq Continue to Decline

31st October 2007

Read it. When even the Washington Post admits that the surge is working, can Congressional Democrats be far behind?

Why not? They’re far behind in everything else.

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Vibrated Mice Form More Bone And Less Fat

31st October 2007

Read it. Just in case you’re in the market for bonier mice. And who isn’t?

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‘Driving While Black’

31st October 2007

Thomas Sowell would like certain people to get over themselves. I have to say I agree with him.

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Washington today

31st October 2007

Inside Politics.

Inside the Beltway.

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Stevens probed on fishing earmarks

31st October 2007

Read it. Good old Ted Stevens, the gift that keeps on giving.

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New Orleans District Attorney to Resign

31st October 2007

Read it.

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Sleeping pill Zolpidem awakens girl from coma

30th October 2007

Read it. Not something you see every day.

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Ancient sea travellers had heads in the clouds

30th October 2007

Read it. Yeah, and look how much good it did them.

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We Can’t Deal With Racial Differences, So What’s The Point?

30th October 2007

Steve Sailer is not afraid to answer the hard questions as well as ask them. Except when it comes to mercenaries, Steve’s pretty sharp.

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More on Murtha

30th October 2007

Read it. Why reform of Congress is not possible without using a nuclear weapon on Washington D.C.

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It Needed Killin’

30th October 2007

Read it. And that about sums it up.

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IQ, Race, and History

30th October 2007

Read it. I haven’t read Hart’s book yet — it’s on my list of Things To Do In My Copious Free Time — but I think that Kling carries quite a bit of baggage along with him into this review.

Hart is not someone whose views I trust.

Well, that’s fine, but at least tell us why not.

Arnold raises some worthwhile questions, but I don’t think he gives them enough thought before drawing his conclusions. The basic problem is more objectively defining what the term “IQ” means — or, prior to that, what the term “intelligence” means. Just saying that intelligence is the ability to think better than someone else is worse than useless, because “think” itself isn’t a well-defined term, and the statement appears to say something useful without doing so.

I suspect that Hart and Kling are using “IQ” in different ways, and that makes for a tedious and unfruitful discussion. The problem with these quasi-political discussions is that nobody starts out by defining his freaking terms, which would be the first thing they’d do if they were writing a systematic treatment of any other subject.

That chaps my butt big-time.

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