Retirement at 30

It was nice to see Br. Freddie back this week at the League.  Something that seems fitting given what I am about to say. I have already told the rest of the Ordinary Gents (and Lady) but to the readers a quick note to say that I’ve handed in my (e)retirement.  I now, like Freddie…

What Would Freud Think of This: Golf Edition

I guess this is inevitable, but seriously FoxSports WTF?  Do you have to headline Tiger Woods’ round of golf today as:  “Turned On: Tiger Works His Mojo To Climb Into Contention.”  Seriously?  I followed the link into the piece which is titled:  “Tiger Woods surges into contention“.  The second line tells us about his “sloppy…

Pak-ghanistan

From Joe Klein’s good piece on Afghanistan: “Karzai is not incompetent,” a Western diplomat told me. “He is acting according to his own priorities — his family, his tribe, his nation, in that order.” And why shouldn’t he?  Why exactly should Karzai be some Afghan nationalist just because the US wants him to be?  Clan/family,…

Afghan Army/Gov’t FAIL

As a surprise to no one with some understanding of the Afghan context, instead of relying on universalist abstract COIN theories (“assume a can opener” , “assume a competent national government”), the Afghan Army, Government, and Police are no good. You can’t win a COIN hearts and minds campaign when there is no one to…

NBA Finals QOTD

From ESPN’s Tim Legler: Ron Artest, although regularly displaying a complete disregard for sensible offensive decision-making, can still make a great scorer’s life completely miserable.

(Non?)Violent Civil Disobedience

Last week I wrote a post on my other site about how the Palestinians should organize a massive non-violent civil disobedience campaign against Israel, which I think is the only way for them to get a state.  The argument being that non-violent resistance forces Israel to either violently respond and lose face or give up…

Can You Whitewash (Potentially) White People?

From Huffpo: They also note this weekend’s release of “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” a live-action adaptation of a video game that stars white actor Jake Gyllenhaal in the title role instead of an actor with a Middle Eastern background. “This part really needed to go to someone who’s Persian,” said Jehanzeb Dar,…

Substi-blogging

Around the tubes….LOG Alum Br. Jamelle Bouie and friend of the Ordinary Gents Sr. Dara Lind are both guest blogging for Matthew Yglesias [link fixed].  Congrats on the gig you two.  It’s well deserved.  Go check ’em out.

I Called It: Sestak Style

I don’t take to the pages of Ordinary Gents to brag very often (I hope), but I feel like this mini-post from last year where I advised Joe Sestak to run against Arlen Specter in the Penn Democratic Primary looks pretty decent given yesterday’s news.  My prediction was IF he could get past Specter–which I…

Bolton on Bombing

John Bolton writing in the Wall Street Journal: We therefore face a stark, unattractive reality. There are only two options: Iran gets nuclear weapons, or someone uses pre-emptive military force to break Iran’s nuclear fuel cycle and paralyze its program, at least temporarily.. Given how much of an opponent of hawkish neoconservatism I am, it…

Friday Night Jukebox

The Jukebox spins back to the late 60s this evening to highlight one of the most underrated pop-rock bands of all time:  The Association (wiki here).  They were overshadowed by some of their better known West Coast brethren bands (e.g. Mamas and Papas), but their vocal harmonization (especially live) was arguably as rich and complex…

(Political) Myths Doesn’t Equal Unreal

Br. Jamelle goes on the attack against radical centrism of the Thomas Friedman variety. He writes: The term “radical centrism” is absolutely incoherent. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines radical as “relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.” Which, incidentally, is the precise opposite of “centrism.” For centrists, public policy is…

Volcker and Trans-national Regulation

All those mind-boggling financial products that nobody understood were no help to the U.S. economy, and led it to the sorry state from which it is now attempting to recover.  So says Paul Volcker, chairman of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, at the Journal’s Future of…

Glee Week 1 Back Review

I have to say my Glee predictions turned out to be truer and materialize faster than I had anticipated.  They tried the failed we’re going to be popular/now we’re not slushy in the face move.  Girls made out (as predicted).  And the show felt flat.  Here’s hoping this week’s episode is better.

McWeed

Dateline: Vancouver, BC  April 20th I’m starting to think 4/20 is a conspiracy perpetrated by the McDonalds corporation. I’ve just finished my normal daily routine of cleaning the outside grounds of the downtown church where I work.  The haze of BC Bud emanating from across the street at the Art Gallery is so massive I…

Radical Center Review

Michael Lind with a sharp piece in The Daily Beast reflecting on his 2001 book (co-authored with Ted Halstead) The Radical Center. The Radical Center and Lind’s earlier The New American Nation are lodestars in my own political evolution. Radical center consists of more center-left economic proposals with center-right cultural policy. For me, Lind’s central…

Holy (and Wholly Misunderstood) Saturday

— From the Wiki on Holy Saturday, called The Holy Sabbath in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition: In the Greek tradition the clergy strew laurel leaves and flower petals all over the church to symbolize the shattered gates and broken chains of hell and Jesus’ victory over death. Prayer from that liturgy: Today Thou dost keep holy the seventh…

I Need a Good Story

So I had a cut on the side of my nose the other day that has scarred over in a way I didn’t expect, making it look nastier than it really was.  I need a good story–readers:  how did I get this scar?  Though I live in Canada, I’m in Vancouver so a run in…

Unable to Clear The Derivative Deck

Peter Atwater writes (concerning the fears of a double dip recession): Unfortunately, from my perspective there have been two very distinct recoveries. The first one is a recovery in asset prices — which I attribute exclusively to the unprecedented level of liquidity provided by the Federal Reserve and the resulting “forced march” into risk. (i.e.…

Blond with Sandel(s)

Two of the League’s brethren attended Philip Blond’s lecture at Georgetown last week.  Will’s review here, David’s here. For those interested, Blond’s thought has been a source of numerous posts in the League’s annals (e.g. me, Erik). Will writes: Despite my nasty libertarian streak, I found a lot to like in Blond’s talk, particularly in…