Archive for July, 2003

The Coffee Calling the Pot Black

Thursday, July 31, 2003 14:18 No Comments

I love hate mail. The one I got today was a hoot-and-a-half. A Jennifer Barrymore writes me on my column on the movie 8 Mile, and it was a nice little, racist job: I just came across your article regarding 8 Mile and I said, she must be white. [ooohhhh, so un-PC] Then I see [...]

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Subsidized Video Habits

Thursday, July 31, 2003 6:10 Comments Off

US soldiers, stationed at bases all over the world, are spending too much time in the red light districts. We know of the problems in Okinawa. What’s the solution? Have the taxpayers pay for networked gaming centers, where they can sit all day and “advance their soldiering skills.” Read Chalmers Johnson – in his book [...]

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Dumbisms

Thursday, July 31, 2003 5:41 No Comments

Sit out on the deck, drink martinis with your friends, and pass around the Bushisms. Then remember that this man was chosen to be our President. * “Do you have blacks, too?”

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Top of the World

Wednesday, July 30, 2003 12:32 No Comments

I’ve always been fascinated by Everest, and the superhumans that traverse it. I’ve been mountain biking at 12,000-13,000 feet, climbing up three-hour climbs, where everyday body functions go awry due to altitude sickness, your head feels like it is full of helium, and you feel like your lungs are sucking all of your air out [...]

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NEWS: Great New Group Blog

Wednesday, July 30, 2003 10:53 No Comments

This one has the makings of a real good one. David Beito, a libertarian from History News Network, sent me a note that his new blog is now wrapped up within a group blog with other historians, including two excellent scholars notable among libertarians, Jeff Hummel and Thomas Fleming. Here is the announcement: “I am [...]

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War and Truth

Wednesday, July 30, 2003 8:43 Comments Off

See a New York Times full-page advertisement calling the Bushians to the carpet for the lies about the war. Interesting stuff. Note that a sponsor of the ad is George Soros.

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Gender Wars? Surprise, Surprise

Wednesday, July 30, 2003 8:40 No Comments

Australian women are blaming men for not “caring” enough. The Australian government is setting custody policies. Does anyone really have any desire (or reasons) to want to be married anymore? I don’t see it; am I missing something?

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The Deweyite Richard Rorty

Wednesday, July 30, 2003 6:30 No Comments

He thinks that American students are not well-read, nor are they well-grounded in intellectual history. He thinks that Homer, Plato, Cervantes, and Dickens can be taught to American high school kids. He’s a post-Nietzschean pragmatist who believes that America should become the most egalitarian, class-less, caste-less society ever imaginable. But he’s a fascinating guy to [...]

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Beauty Bonuses and Plainness Penalties

Tuesday, July 29, 2003 14:06 No Comments

Thanks to JS for this link. Hot chicks make more $$$$$$, so it pays to be a hot chick.

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Did Someone Mention Jessica Lynch?

Tuesday, July 29, 2003 10:24 No Comments

Isn’t it staggering to hear what the Jessica Lynch Worshippers are doing in West Virginia? Parties, balloons, fireworks, painted red-white-and-blue buildings, yellow ribbons, marching bands, and amplified exaltations

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