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The reviewer reviewed

Posted by lex, on November 19, 2006

One of the joys of Sunday mornings for me has always been the New York Times review of books, which comes as an insert in the local paper. I’ve always loved to read, but life is pretty full right now and I don’t get the chance as much as I would like. Skimming the NYT review gives me the sense that I’m keeping up with the literary world on the cheap, time being the fire that we burn in.

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Of boycotts, and blowback

Posted by lex, on May 3, 2006

 

Regular readers of this page – including some who disagree with me – understand that my personal opinion in the immigration debate is quite nearly as muddled as the problem itself. I support border enforcement as a necessary component of national sovereignty, while confessing that I am off-put at the probable human costs attaching to the notion of forcefully deporting some 10-12 million souls – people who have come here to make a life and escape grinding poverty by doing necessary work that few, if any, of the native-born would consider.

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Frans, and the damage done

Posted by Lex, on April 24, 2006

 

You’ve been hearing all the old farts complaining about the Hilton Corp’s decision to kick Fran O’Brien’s to the curb. Now listen to FbL tell it from the perspective of one of the young men who had a steak there, while recovering from wounds sustained in the line of duty:

“Hal and Marty are the two greatest men I’ve ever known,” he began. He then explained about the dinners, for those who might not know. “Not only have they given us food and a place to kick back, but they care about us, they ask us how we’re doing, they listen to us talk. And most importantly… most importantly, they give us the strength to recover, the motivation to keep going. This place is a part of our therapy.” He never stopped pacing the interior of the square bar as if addressing his troops, taking time to make eye contact with the crowd and waving his beer for effect. He admonished us to continue to support Hal and Marty. People cheered.

There’s a great deal more. Read it all.

 

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Death threats, redux – briefly

Posted by lex, on April 19, 2006

 

Malkin? Harsh. But! Sinned against, too.

UC Santa Cruz SAW? Pampered, unthinking, ingrates. Scared of bad conservative troll-man threats. Assessment: Chicken poo.  Give head-noogies, take lunch money. Move on.

Soldiers? Brave. Better than SAW.

Death threats? To be avoided.

 

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Oh, death threats – those again

Posted by lex, on April 18, 2006

 

Taken as a whole, I have to confess that I’m not a charter member of the Michelle Malkin fan club. It’s not so much that I disagree with her on substance for the most part – it’s a tone thing: To hear her talk about it, it’s all about the forces of Good and Evil, the whistling arc and glad clash of absolutist, demonizing rhetorical scimitars, etc. Pundits have to choose a point of view I suppose, but I’ve often wished that along with the courage of their convictions, some of them would take the counsel of the occasional uncertainty, too.

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Strange bedfellows

Posted by lex, on October 3, 2006

B2 and the WaPo are on the same page.

Yes, you read that correctly:

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He makes it seem so easy…

Posted by lex, on March 2, 2006

 

Democratic party chairman Howard Dean – a white, Christian man who, as far as I can tell, hasn’t called any of his opponents in government “evil, corrupt or brain-dead,” lately and therefore gets points on for moderation – points out that his party does too have a plan for national defense:

The Democrats have a better idea. First we will conclude the negotiations with the Chinese and the North Koreans to disarm North Korea. Secondly, under no circumstances will a Democratic Administration ever allow Iran to become a nuclear power. Three, we will kill or capture Osama bin Laden and four, the authority and the control of the ports of the United States must be retained by American companies.

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Dems dodge a bullet

Posted by lex, on February 14, 2006

 

(Insert obligatory Cheney quail hunting joke here)

Right then, back to work:

Paul Hackett, an Iraq war veteran and popular Democratic candidate in Ohio’s closely watched Senate contest, said yesterday that he was dropping out of the race and leaving politics altogether as a result of pressure from party leaders.

Hackett activated as a Marine reservist and served as a Civil Affairs officer in Ramadi and Fallujah – hot spots in 2004 to be sure – and my hat is off to him. According to his website bio,

Paul was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1999. His absence from the Corps would be short-lived however. In the summer of 2004, with the war in Iraq spinning out of control, Paul again answered the call to serve.

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Ya know, that might be the root of the problem…

Posted by lex, on June 17, 2006

 

Back in Britain, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines tries to make it better:

A lot of pandering started going on, and you’d see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism.”

“The entire country may disagree with me, but I don’t understand the necessity for patriotism,” Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. “Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don’t see why people care about patriotism.”

Stop digging, chére.

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Speaking truth to power

Posted by lex, on May 20, 2006

 

Seems very fashionable these days. It’s “brave,” you know. So long as, when you say the word “brave,” your definition is expansive enough to include conventional definitions as well as the emergently popular standard of self-referential acts of guerrilla performance art taken without the least whiff of attendant consequence.

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