Monthly Archives: October 2007

“We’re sorry, the channel ‘Free Market’ is not available in your area…”

Re: the upcoming cutoff of analog TV: Now here’s a great Christmas gift idea: a cute-as-a-bug 5-inch TV. As the Circuit City ad says, the TV “makes it easy to take entertainment on the road.” But it will be cute … Continue reading

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“Do you know how hard it is to find suck-ups on such short notice?!?”

Keeping with the politics-as-theater theme…: No one had any hard questions for the deputy administrator of FEMA, an agency deeply tarnished by its delayed action after Hurricane Katrina, when he held a news conference Tuesday to talk about the California … Continue reading

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A loophole you can fit a truck through

Slate’s Explainer column, pointing out the possibility of Steve Colbert’s run in the South Carolina presidential primaries breaking election law: The Federal Election Commission prohibits corporations from making “any contribution or expenditure in connection with a federal election.” A “contribution” … Continue reading

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“Easy questions only, please”

The dead-enders are going to love this excuse: The White House on Friday defended Attorney General-nominee Michael Mukasey’s refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding a form of torture, saying it is a difficult issue to discuss in public. “These … Continue reading

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Well they can’t make sense on everything…

Stick to politics, Tom.

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…but my nose doesn’t even turn up when something stinks!

According to this quiz, found via Sullivan, I’m a “book snob”: What Kind of Reader Are You? Your Result: Book Snob You like to think you’re one of the literati, but actually you’re just a snob who can read. You … Continue reading

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The REAL “Clash”

Cunning Realist, callin’ ’em straight as they are: A phrase that’s become popular is “a clash of cultures” and variations of it. The description’s appropriate. The first culture is one in which policymakers believe they’ve repealed the natural business cycle. … Continue reading

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