a quote for anyone headed to the movies this weekend

“Like the enemy with which he is supposed to be contrasted, he is relentless, impervious, and utterly uninteresting. Indeed, his performance is so uncompromising and devoid of nuance that one half-wonders why McG didn’t leave in the infamous outtake in which Bale profanely berated a crew member who’d wandered onto the set. Guns, grenades, and…

Star Trek

By the way, I saw Star Trek this past weekend and it was great fun.  I’m not a big Trek fan – though I loved some of the old movies when I was a kid – but this movie was sheer entertainment and you didn’t really need to be a fan to appreciate it, though…

Where We Fight

Sonny Bunch responds to my earlier post, arguing that overseas military operations divert potential terrorists from domestic attacks. I think this is pretty unpersuasive: 1.) The most spectacular terrorist attack ever carried out -September 11th – was put together on the cheap. Why can’t a group that supposedly poses an existential threat to the United…

Get this man a blog

TAP’s Adam Serwer (emphasis mine): I don’t buy this framing. The fact is that there is no middle ground when it comes to due process. With his soaring and sincere rhetoric, the president has done an incredible job of selling his kinder, gentler War on Terror, and ultimately, the American people will likely have his…

Terror Talk

In the wake of another botched terror attack, it’s worth noting that the Islamists’ post-9/11 track record is pretty terrible (keep in mind this is in spite of the well-documented incompetence of Homeland Security). So: is it time to reconsider the threat posed by transnational terror networks? James Fallows has persuasively argued that we should…

Notes from a Vacation

My wife and I just returned from Belgium and Prague, where we took a wonderful vacation.  I’m not going to pretend that a few days in the home of the European Parliament or a few more days in a former Soviet bloc country-come-tourist trap gives me some special insight into these cultures.  This is especially true given that…

around the web on May 20th

Paul Romer envisions Hong Kong like city-states for developing countries. Stephen Walt discusses realism and tolerance, using DODT as a leaping point. Eric Brown and Darwin Catholic discuss bioethics, health care, and Catholic teaching at The American Catholic. Shafeen Chanaria wants kids to be exposed to the real world from a young age.

Born Fighting

The author of The Village Voice’s Terminator review must be a Jim Webb fan (emphasis mine): Moon Bloodgood‘s pilot is introduced shaking a luxuriant mane loose from her flight helmet, making a Jennifer Beals–in-Flashdance shocka out of something the preceding movies took for granted. She’ll later face an arbitrarily staged menace; her would-be rapists are…

the last word

“The last word” is the most dangerous of infernal machines; and husband and wife should no more fight to get it than they would struggle for the possession of a lighted bomb-shell.”  ~ Douglas William Jerrold, playwright and humorist (1803-1857)

a quote for a cloudy afternoon

“I gave up on post-theism in my 20’s. I worked through my post-post-theism in my early 30’s. I’m currently enjoying my post-post-post-theism too much to really contemplate post-post-post-post-theism, but, hey. Maybe someone will write a book about it that I can yell about and I’ll be a convert. Or, maybe, I’ll backslide and become a…

The Diversity Racket

There are more than a few compelling reasons to avoid a completely homogeneous workforce, but Matt Labash’s look at sclerotic diversity industry is still pretty damning (and hilarious): Indeed, Peggy Norris, a private-sector contract consultant who used to work on the government side in procurement, tells me that another consultant, after getting one of her…

Angels & Demons

I read Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons several years ago.  I liked some of the puzzles, and the mystery and suspense were gripping enough, but at the end of the day Brown’s prose makes Stephen King look like Oscar Wilde.  If I want a good page-turner I’ll pick up a Grisham novel.  Even so, after…

Quote of the Day

To James Poulos: Having Terry [McAuliffe] around is like having the Geico gecko’s uncharismatic loan shark cousin around, and the Macker knows it. Speaking of the Geico Gecko, if you haven’t seen the Geckham (Geico + Beckham) mash, you ought to.  If just for the weird creepiness factor.

the disposition

Reihan quotes Jeffrey Toobin: In every major case since he became the nation’s seventeenth Chief Justice, Roberts has sided with the prosecution over the defendant, the state over the condemned, the executive branch over the legislative, and the corporate defendant over the individual plaintiff.