Collateral Damage

DirecTV and Viacom have taken their contract dispute to the death cage. DirecTV’s 20 million satellite TV subscribers have lost 17 channels produced by Viacom in a dispute about the fees paid to broadcast the media company’s programs. Late Tuesday night, the satellite service removed BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike and VH1 because contract…

Sense and Sensibility

Most of you now have a pretty good idea of how I write, and what that implies for how the command center up top o’ my noggin operates. This is an example of why my wife and I get along so well.  It’s also a damn fine bit of writing.  An excerpt:

Chop!

Back in 2004, NPR reported a story of an inventor, by the name of Steven Glass, who had spent the previous four years trying to get various circular saw manufacturers to put safety devices on their saws.

Distribution of Agency

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on inequality. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. A Precis, provided by editorial staff (BlaiseP) Inequality is not Unfairness. This (admittedly long) essay attempts to outline a trivial…

On the Shadow Empire

As my old friend Colombo used to say, “There’s just one thing I don’t understand”.  Except when he said that, you knew he was about to gotcha somebody. There is one thing that I really don’t understand, regarding this week’s quadruple kerfluffle about the Wisconsin recall election (something that was not news, if you’ve been…

Friday Jukebox

I haven’t yet done one of these, so here’s an inaugural.  Love and Rockets formed in 1985 from the ashes of Bauhaus, one of the first post-Beatles “Aw, man, they broke up?” bands in my elder sister’s musical experience.  Since a goodly part of my teenage years’ musical taste was informed by what Megan was…

Comment Rescue: The Right Answer?

On the well-traveled thread on the front page that I’m not really following because I just spent a chunk of my day writing on the sub-blog, Ryan says: Here. Let’s put it this way. Say you’re at a restaurant and someone comes up and tells (your wife) that she shouldn’t be there because her job…

A Note About Restraint

On the redoubtable Mr. Thompson’s last post, there is a counter-point to be made.  I shall now make this point, standing in for the law enforcement community. Firearm accuracy is notoriously bad in stress scenarios.  The links are too numerous to aggregate at the moment, but for the purposes of this post I’ll just use…

Over!

Cross-posted at Mindless Diversions. Since Jaybird is busy bailing out the basement, I thought I’d throw together something just to provide our breathless readership with something to read on Monday, other than a post about how the guy who does all the heavy lifting around here isn’t lifting today.  No games today, but it definitely…

Intellectual Property: Abstract vs. Natural Right, Part V: The Conclusioning

I know.  People have been asking themselves for weeks, “So, what were all these posts about, anyway?  What’s your conclusion, Pat?” Well… two people, maybe?  Okay, here’s my distillation of them, for those two people. It seems evident to me that in the traditional language of either natural right or abstract right there’s no fundamental…

Sad Songs

they say, so… so much. This is the saddest “sad sack” story you will ever read if you’re a sports fan.  Mets fans don’t have anything on this.  Nobody has anything on this. CLIPPER fans don’t have anything on this. To quote my nephew, ‘This is why I’m a Laker fan”.

The First of the Law

And the Padraig spoke, and he said unto the people, “For upon these days, men will come to you with fermented grain beverages that will be the color of the grass in the field. Should the color of the beverage be that of the wheat at the time of the harvest, thou shalt imbibe of…

Poll!

Just finished the Game Theory midterm (I did just fine).  I have the rest of the day off.  It’s 30 minutes on the road to get back to Chez C. In honor of Mr. Thompson’s excellent suggestion, here is a harmless post: tell me what to have as my post-examination cocktail when I get home.…

Surreal

Sometimes, the nuttiness of the world goes from making me shake my head to making me shake my head until I stop and then… channeling my inner teenager, I muse… “Hey, that’s actually kind of weirdly awesome.” This is one of those times.

These Things I Assume To Be True

An old blog post, resurrected and edited slightly for today. Household work is not the sole responsibility of either the male or female partner in a relationship.  Any gender linkage to job roles should be cosmetic or chance, not causal. More generally, it’s not the sole responsibility of either partner in a relationship.  Sorry for…

Virginia’s Ultrasound Law

Slate reports: This week, the Virginia state Legislature passed a bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before they may have an abortion. Because the great majority of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks, that means most women will be forced to have a transvaginal procedure, in which a probe is inserted…

The Art Imbroglio, Cont.

The League managed to turn a discussion about High vs. Low Art into a discussion about Conservative vs. Liberal Art over the last few days… I wonder if I’m the only one that noticed something there… and I’d like to take a moment to quote Tod, again, from his last post: Rather, they are penned…