Archive for April, 2006

I’d like to say Andrew Sullivan does a great job in responding to Jill Nelson’s outrage when he criticized her for saying that there wasn’t any difference between the oppression of a woman in a Western beauty contest and of one forced to wear a burkha under penalty of stoning. The only problem with praising […]

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Six decades from now, will people be looking back every September 11 and be remembering how it was that day that turned the world around? When people think about Pearl Harbor now, it stands out as that moment when the nation crystalized from an amorphous mass of isolationism and petty domestic concerns to a juggernaut […]

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I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the bloggers have said this already (being the aggregate sharp tack that you guys are), but I haven’t noticed it yet in my brief morning perusal of the ‘sphere. I would’ve commented earlier on the news that the Iraq WMD report would be held and checked for weeks […]

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From the Steyn mine:   In defiance of traditional immigration patterns, Europe’s young Muslims are less assimilated than their parents and grandparents .  A multiculturalist society has a hard time even discussing these things . In the advanced technocratic Euro-state, almost any issue worth talking about has been ruled taboo. Continental voters, faced with a […]

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Via the Clam, we learn that recently elected Berkeley mayor Tom Bates not only stole copies of the Daily Cal and trashed them (since the newspaper had endorsed his opponent), but then lied about it as well, coming clean only when he realized that the evidence was piling up against him . Now, I’m trying […]

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OK, so everyone knows if you’re mining the newswires for some tidbit of sillyheaded leftist tripe, the latest extreme-PC inanity or just something that you want to angry up the blood, typing in “Berkeley” as your search query is a pretty safe bet, almost as consistently productive as inputing “Michael Moore” when looking for news […]

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From the desk of Lileks, riddle him this: One final point: if ?ou?d lived under Saddam?s rule all your life, and you saw the Americans coming to kill him and his clan, and you believed in your heart this was really about oil . . . would that really matter? Would it matter to you […]

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I was walking to a class I have in Dwinelle today. Coming through North Gate, as I live only one block above the top edge of campus, I usually walk by Memorial Glade, by Moffitt Library and then right next to California and Durant Halls. Scribbled in white chalk, in 2 inch letters on the […]

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My acquaintance with illness is a short and cordial one. Until a few weeks ago, at least, every winter some common cold virus and I would meet up, shake hands, spend a few not particularly unpleasant days together, and then with mutual civility, go our separate ways, he feeling satisfied at his temporary residence in […]

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“Gibberish flapdoodle.” So says John Derbyshire referring to the panoply of po-mo silliness in the academy these days. The full article itself is a short rumination on the idea of examining and classifying race in general, whose main point I will now do a piss-poor job of summing up: “Race, how ’bout it?” Like I […]

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