On Dodging Bullets

There was recently an article in The Atlantic called All the Single Ladies in which the author explains how she broke up with her steady boyfriend when she was 28 (“something was missing; I wasn’t ready to settle down”) and went on to find herself still unmarried at age 38 (and is, apparently, unhappy about this).…

Comment Rescue: Dealth Penalty Contrasts

This comment was written by our very own Chris in the Troy Davis and the American Justice System thread: Yesterday, two men were murdered by the state, one in Georgia and one in Texas. They were both convicted of murder, but their similarities end there: one was black, the other was a white supremacist; one…

Political Theodicy

About five years back, Matt Yglesias came up with a great little analogy called “The Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics“. It’s a pretty scathing criticism of the (primarily “neocon”) attitude that pretty much any geopolitical goal is achievable, provided we have enough Will. We could have won in Vietnam, if only we had enough will. We could…

On the Changing of Narratives

My recollections of what I was doing on 9/11 are the recollections of someone in Colorado who was working evenings. Not terribly interesting. There were, however, two things that caught my interest at the time and still stick out. These are two things that had one very distinct narrative when they started and 9/11 changed the…

As retcons go…

In looking at Captain America: The First Avenger on IMDB, I cannot help noticing the sheer number of folks associated with “Hydra” (Hydra soldier, Hydra pilot, Hydra heavy artillery soldier) and the unsheer number of folks associated with that other political party that was popular during the 30’s in some European locations. I understand that…

2011 Time Capsule

Now is as good a time as any for us to make our predictions (otherwise known as projecting our hopes and dreams into the future) about what’s going to happen in November of 2012. Who is going to be at the top of the Republican ticket? Who’s going to be VP? Is Biden going to…

Clarification Given

For the last little while, a number of officials have been asking Obama’s Department of Justice to clarify its stance on Medical Marijuana. Yesterday (Wednesday), Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole released a memo explaining the Federal Government’s stance. You can read the memo here. (Short version: He’s indistinguishable from Bush.)

Video Games are Protected Speech

In a 7-2 vote, the US Supreme Court ruled today that violent video games cannot be prevented from being sold/rented to minors. The two were Breyer and Thomas (together again) arguing that we already know that we cannot sell, ahem, “Gentlemen’s Magazines” to minors and that isn’t a violation of their First Amendment rights, therefore…

We, as a society

Last year, about this time, we were talking about Radley Balko’s report of a SWAT raid in Missouri. It was a horrifying video with children being endangered, pets being shot, and a small amount of marijuana being found. That was May 5th, 2010. It is now May 30th, 2011. Here is a post from Radley Balko in…

Blasphemy, Culture, and Reasonable Arguments

In 1988, Martin Scorsese directed The Last Temptation of Christ. This resulted in much controversy. Thomas Lindlof wrote a book called _Hollywood Under Siege: Martin Scorsese, the Religious Right, and the Culture Wars_ that does a very good job describing the various protests that followed the announcement, production, and release of this movie. In 1989,…

Lex Luthor Is My President

It looks like Superman is going to renounce his US citizenship in Action Comics #900. (I wonder if Clark Kent will keep his…) In any case, Superman is tired of having his actions seen as instruments of US Policy. Which is fair enough, I suppose. Personally, I am interested in seeing where the storyline goes or…