Lair and Card

Gotcha! I caught Lair Simon being serious again. And as usual when does so, he demonstrates he’s not such a nit after all. This time, he’s discussing the concept of “not speaking ill of the dead”. Personally, I think Orson Scott Card had the right idea.

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Call for Participation: The Weblog Action Center

Folks – You may recall last week, I proposed an addendum to Eric Raymond’s Anti-Idiotarian Manifesto which was focused on the idea that we should be practical about what it is we, as weblog authors and readers, can actually accomplish to make the world a better place. Well, come Monday, I’m going to “put my […]

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Senator Paul Wellstone Is Dead

Senator Paul Wellstone is dead, along with his wife and daughter. Their plane crashed early this morning in Minnesota, apparently. Reports are extremely light on information as yet; I have not seen anything to indicate the cause of the accident. First and for the record, my condolences to the families of those on board, both […]

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Listen to David Frum

David Frum is getting a bit of attention these days, for some allegedly well-written essays in the Telegraph (haven’t had time to read them yet myself) and for citing John Hawkins’ splendid Confessions of an Isolationist Wannabe. The news of the day is that Frum has corrected his earlier error of not mentioning John as […]

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Bears of the Blogosphere, Unite!

OK, MommaBear probably hates me by now, as she sent me the idea for this in email many, many weeks ago. But better late than never! I’m now accepting applications for the Coalition of Ursine Bloggers (CUB). Founded for no reason other than our own amusement, CUB is open to all bloggers of an ursine […]

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Kissinger Redux

Much discussion of my Kissinger post in the comments section, almost universally negative, to my surprise. As I noted there, where are all the lefties who generally bother me in my comments when I need ’em? (I actually think I figured it out: they all took U.N. Day off). And now Stephen Green has weighed […]

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Martin on Militants

Martin declares Patio Pundit’s editorial policy on “militants”, and surprise surprise, it’s a lot clearer than those of most Big Media outlets.

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Today in the Grudge Match: Buckley vs. Hitchens

William F. Buckley Jr. is out and about and is peeved that Christopher Hitchens is picking on poor Henry Kissinger. If there was anyone on earth I could pick who does not need my rhetorical assistance, it would be Christopher Hitchens. But examining in such detail the work of an esteemed fellow as Mr. Buckley […]

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LGF Emerges Victorious

You may be wondering why I’ve been oddly silent on the LGF / MSNBC Weblog Central flap. The reason (for the last day at least) was I was actually doing a little in-the-background work drumming up support for Charles from previous “Best Of” webloggers who had been mentioned by Femia at Weblog Central. I had […]

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Best in Show

I keep meaning to mention and support Bigwig’s fine idea, The Carnival of the Vanities, a weekly assemblage of bloggers self-selected best work. Normally it’s over at Silflay Hraka, but this week, Lair is stepping in and hosting it at File 13. Go forth and check it out, y’hear…

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Who’s more despised than Michael Moore? Jeff Stark, apparently.

Wow. What do people find even more irritating than Michael Moore? Jeff Stark’s Salon interview of Michael Moore. Since I’m in need of self-affirmation today (just finished filling out my unemployment application), I will fondly reflect on the fact that I got much nicer letters. (I’m attractive, and smart, and gosh darn it, people like […]

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Bear Seeks Beer

Okay apropos of nothing, here’s a request to the peanut gallery: Has anybody ever found a non-alcoholic beer that doesn’t taste like piss? I enjoy good beer. I’d rather drink it than soda any evening. But often I have no interest in getting even a slight buzz; I just want a drink that tastes pleasant. […]

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