Before the Internet

Our college librarian had a blog, sort of. This was the late 1980s, so it was strictly analog. He called it the Comment Book. It was just about my favorite thing on campus. The Comment Book was a large loose-leaf binder that sat on top of the card index. Inside, each page was divided by [Read More...]

Andrew Williams, JAG, BDH

From, “Navy JAG Resigns Over Torture Issue“: “It was with sadness that I signed my name this grey morning to a letter resigning my commission in the U.S. Navy,” wrote Gig Harbor, Wash., resident and attorney-at-law Andrew Williams in a letter to The Peninsula Gateway last week. “There was a time when I served [Read More...]


Our text for this Thursday’s flame-war open thread comes from David P. Gushee’s fascinating study, The Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust: The Righteous Gentiles were those Europeans who counted Jews within the boundaries of moral obligation while the most powerful nation in Europe was putting to death every Jew it could find. In welcoming hunted [Read More...]

Merry Christmas

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Something is very wrong with Mona Charen. That’s obvious to anyone who reads her repugnant recent column and it’s apparently obvious to Charen as well. She’s even managed to creep herself out with her eager defense of torture and thus her self-esteem is at an all-time low. So Charen does what many of us do [Read More...]

TypePad Vista

The word from Typepad is that I need to help “train” their new spam filter, by which they mean using their new tool that allows me to surf through everything the filter flags as spam, selecting all of the legitimate comments and republishing them while confirming the spamminess of all the actual spam and deleting [Read More...]

Typepad Strikes Back

The Good News: Typepad has revamped it’s spam filters for comments. The Bad News: It’s now classifying lots of legitimate comments as spam — sort of the spam-filter equivalent of lupus. I’m trying to figure out what I can do to tweak this. They’ve changed the comment-editing interface (unannounced and without instructions), so I’ll see [Read More...]