Putting a Bear in a Box

So: I, the fellow who just called for a worldwide Pax Americana; who just breezily dismissed the idea of national sovereignty currently enshrined in international law as a useless anachronism; who flat-out called for American military intervention across the globe: I, have Been Categorized. “Warmonger” ? Nope. “Imperialist” ? Nope. “Jingoistic American Militarist” ? Nope. […]

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Foreign Policy TTLB Style:
The Bear Doctrine

Henry Shieh declares my argument against national sovreignty to be “bunk” in the comments section of my previous Do It Now post on attacking Iraq, and says: “If you want to use the terrorist argument to prove that Iraq IS a threat, then why not topple Iran? They’re certainly more linkable to major terrorism than […]

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TTLB: Banned in Saudi Arabia? Not Yet.

Not that this is a huge shock, but the BBC has a story today which points to research at Harvard that shows that Saudi Arabia is blocking access to many, many Internet sites from within their borders. The research, conducted by Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman, is pretty fascinating to review: you can find their […]

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Corporate Reform: Thanks for the tip, now shove off.

Nathan Newman points to an executive order signed by President Bush yesterday which, he claims, eviscerates the protection intended to be provided to whistleblowers who come forward against corporate fraud under the new act just passed. On my own reading of the executive order, and a scan of the bill, he appears to be right. […]

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Sullivan On War With Iraq

Andrew Sullivan provides several cautionary notes on opposition to an attack on Iraq today that are well worth reading. Sample: “Those of us who think the majority of Americans decided last September that war with Iraq was essential to our present and future security had better be prepared. The opposition is determined and organized, and […]

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Tour o’ the neighborhood

Can’t sleep, damnit, but too tired to write. So it’s time to link! Lair points us to an article on how porn sites are driving technical web innovation, and regails us with his own, er, personal experience. Meryl lays it all on the table and ranks male superheroes by their dating potential. (Hard up day […]

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War With Iraq: Don’t Do It Soon.
Do it now.

When I wrote my 2014 piece, I knew that one aspect I wanted to include was the danger inherent in hesitation when it comes to dealing with Saddam. A little dramatic license and I conceived of a way to illustrate the point rather — shall we say — heavy-handedly by supposing that Saddam feigned interest […]

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Wanted: A Loyal Opposition

There’s a great deal of talk these days about business scandals and the impact they are having — and will have — on the Republicans in general, and the Bush administration in particular. Previously respected companies are dropping like flies; those that aren’t are ‘reassessing earnings’. The stock market is doing its best drunken sailor […]

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Dead Sheikh Part III: The Talmud Weighs In

Was I right to insist that the Israelis bear responsibility for the civilian casualities they caused in the assassination of terrorist Hamas thug Salah Shehada? The Talmud says yes! Diane E. at Letters from Gotham raises the (pretty damned reasonable) question of what traditional Jewish religious law would have to say about the accidental civilian […]

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TTLB Future Truth: Multimedia!

Heh. Speaking of not taking oneself too seriously: A few folks commented that Future Truth (it doesn’t really have a title, but I guess that’ll do for a label) was a bit heavy handed in parts. (They were probably right). You want heavy handed? We’ll give you heavy-handed! Try going back and re-reading the piece […]

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Taking oneself far too seriously

Glenn says he caught some flack from Christians who emailed in their displeasure at his slightly lighthearted announcement of the new Blogs4God site, updating his original post: “Some people thought there was a hint of anti-Christian mockery in the item above, and one noted (angrily, and in all capital letters) that the site nowhere says […]

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An ode to my overnight visitors

Every morning I arise to find some traffic has flowed to the site overnight. Although most of my audience seems to be in the U.S., I get a few Brits now and again, as well as other Europeans, and a nice smattering of traffic from folks down under like Tim Blair. But I was thinking […]

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A Ray of Hope – or at least sanity

PatioGuy points us to a MEMRI translation of a column by liberal Tunisian columnist Al-‘Afif Al-Akhdhar in the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat. A brief exerpt: The Palestinian ‘Failure Neurosis’ “What caused these leaders, primarily the Palestinians among them, to lead their peoples to perdition? [I believe] it is the ‘Failure Neurosis’ that compelled them to […]

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Ecosystems Everywhere!

Neat! Check out Second P0st over at Salon — they’ve got an automated routine similar to my link scanning routines that seems to do a fine job of generating their own ecosystem-like lists. Our link counts are coming out significantly different, but that may reflect the different list of blogs… the author and I are […]

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Gathering the flock

Dean Peters over at HealYourChurchWebsite has a new project launched: Blogs4God. It’s a very spiffy portal site with categorized links to Christian bloggers. Dean has also built in a rating system, hit tracking, and some other bells and whistles — damned impressive. Er, darned impressive. Great example of blogosphere sub-ecosystems in action, if you ask […]

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Return of the Soccer Mom Bloggers

Playing catchup tonight & sorting through posts / email that’s been piling up. One such item comes from Chad over at Steelypips: he counters my call for more bloggers with a call for fewer pundit bloggers: “The “blogosphere” is overrun with journalists and pundits and wannabe journalists and wannabe pundits presenting their view of the […]

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The Truth Laid Bear: Future Truth

Something a little different today, if it wasn’t obvious already. To present this post (well, posts, really) the way I envisioned it, I decided it needed its own template. So the link to the actual body of the post itself is here. To allow folks to comment & trackback it, however, I’ve created this entry. […]

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The Ecosystem or Just *A* Ecosystem?

Dave Winer’s noticed he’s in the Ecosystem, and makes a point I’ve mentioned before, but which bears repeating: “It’s interesting, because it’s only one of several ecosystems. In their world I’m Hard To Get, in terms of the number of sites I point to. In my original ecosystem I bet I’m a total Link Slut.” […]

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The Hitch does Dennis Miller

Christopher Hitchens is allegedly going to be on Dennis Miller Live. Now if only: a) I knew when. and b) I had HBO. Courtesy of Patio Guy PS – Yes, this is a blatant excuse to try out my spiffy new TrackBack capability. You caught me.

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Ecosystem Madness!

At long last: another run of the Ecosystem is complete. And they said it couldn’t be done! This last run was a major pain in the neck, as I think y’all figured out from my whining last weekend. Over 100 new blogs have been added to the lists, bringing the total to 432. In addition, […]

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