February 25, 2002

TAKING THE CONSTITUTION AWAY FROM THE COURTS: For some bizarre reason, Andrew Sullivan seems to think that Justices Rehnquist, Breyer et al. wrote the Constitution. Check it out (the numbers are mine): “While I’m at it, I might as well address the issue many of you have emailed me about. That’s the notion that it somehow adds to public cynicism if the Congress passes a law that might well turn out to be unconstitutional in parts. I’m sorry, but I… Read more

February 25, 2002

FINAL WORD ON MEDIA BIAS: For the record, I’m not a fan of the fake posing as “unbiased” that characterizes both the New York Times and FoxNews. Journalists should have a philosophy, something that they believe to be true, something that can guide their actions. That philosophy will almost certainly have some controversial elements. Those controversial elements will color what journalists think is newsworthy (as in the famous NYT headline that went, approx., “Crime Falls, Though Jails Still Full”) and… Read more

February 25, 2002

WE KNEAD REAL NEWS: The Washington City Paper’s cover story this week is about bread. No, really. Bread. Fancy schmancy bread, and why D.C. residents are oppressed by big chains who deprive us of yummy fancypants bread like they have in New York City. Here’s a pull-quote [!]: “‘You can get better sourdough boules in the San Francisco airport than you can here. And that stuff is for tourists!’ —bread aficionado Lucy Bisognano” Look, I’m basically a big City Paper… Read more

February 25, 2002

“I probably shan’t return before dawn. How I detest the dawn. The grass looks like it’s been left out all night.” –Clifton Webb to Kirt Kreuger, “The Dark Corner” Read more

February 23, 2002

Just one post today, and a sad one: Chuck Jones, of Looney Tunes fame, is dead at 89. He was not only a creator of great cartoons (including “Rabbit Hood,” “Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century,” “What’s Opera, Doc?”, “Nelly’s Folly,” “One Froggy Evening,” too many fine Pepe Le Pew shorts to count, and–wait for it–“Martian Through Georgia”). He was also the author of one of the funniest books I’ve ever read: Chuck Amuck, his autobiography. R.I.P. Read more

February 22, 2002

TWO CLONING LINKS: Good stuff from Shiloh Bucher and Thomas Nephew. I found these through Nephew’s Newsrack blog, which in turn I found through Ted Barlow, because I’m waiting for a phone call that’s now 46 mins. late. Oy. Also, this New Republic article is well worth your time. (Why do I keep saying that? I’m confused. Make the neolib goodness stop!) It’s about immigrants, their children, and why it’s harder to make it in America than you might think…. Read more

February 22, 2002

KEATS AND YEATS ARE ON YOUR SIDE (WHILE WILDE IS ON MINE): Poetry links… An Anglo-Saxon riddle. Philip Larkin, “Aubade”. T.L. Beddoes, “The Last Man.” G.K. Chesterton, “The Rolling English Road.” I’ll post more later. And if anyone can find Eliot’s “Sweeney Agonistes” online, or Larkin’s “Party Politics,” please let me know… Read more

February 22, 2002

JIANG PLAYS GRETA GARBO: An amazing report from the Times of London. Read this if you have any interest in China. Read more

February 22, 2002

Read this intriguing Matt Welch post on Slovakia. Read more

February 22, 2002

SUPER CHOMSKY BROTHERS: So there’s this new PlayStation game, “State of Emergency,” in which you get to play an anti-globalization rioter. And Salon has this article on it. Now, I don’t want this site to become SalonSkipper; but this is too good to resist… First off, apparently none of the righteous rioters are white. From the game intro: “…its me and Ricky Trang, and a rainbow coalition of kickass who gots our backs — cholos, niggaz, kung fu kids from… Read more

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