Multi-generational living…

Freddie informs us that upwards of 66% of college grads intend to move back in with their parents due to the current economy and (lack of a) job market.  Man is it good to be employed right now.  (I have been in that boat, and it’s especially tricky when you’re married…)

Friday Night Jukebox, DIY Edition

As a fellow part-time hipster, I found a lot to like in William Brafford’s meditation on DIY indie rock and localism: Here’s the application to politics. DIY never sought to replace the major labels; it just did without them whenever possible. It was in part technology that made DIY possible, especially cheaper home recording equipment,…

Indie rock, DIY, localism.

E.D. wrote, “The idealism of the paleoconservative cause is simply too burdened by the idealism of its vision.” To which I offer—not necessarily as a rebuttal—three letters: DIY. As punks and hardcore kids in the 80s demonstrated, sometimes the best thing to do in the face of a massive system you want no part of…

Ward Churchill

1. Ward Churchill is an asshole. 2. He was actually correct in saying, in his notorious essay “Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Chickens Coming Home to Roost” and subsequent interviews, that the idea that the victims of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 represented some sort of cross-section of American life…

Oh give me…

…a break people.  Will you stop at nothing?  Have we already forgotten the close, close relationship between the Bush family and the House of Saud?  Yes, Allahpundit mentions the hand-holding Bush and his Saudi pals did.  So why pile on Obama?  Oh that’s right.  Nothing better to do.  No new ideas.  The vast majority of…

Willy Wonka and the Gospel Factory

Noah Millman while discussing the Where The Wild Things Are Trailer clarifies a point I was trying to make yesterday via a reference to one of my all-time favorites Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. NM: I do not object in principle to taking a children’s book and making a movie for grownups out of…

(D)Evolutionary Marcionism

It must be anti-Bloggingheads day on TLOG.  William B. wrote this post criticizing Bob Wright’s piece in The Atlantic.  Freddie is blasting away at Mickey Kaus.  And I’m about to pile on Wright’s piece some more.  [Sidenote: I actually am a big fan of Bob Wright generally.  meaningoflifetv was a fantastic venture but this essay…

Thanks

I’ve been struck since this blog’s inception but especially over the last couple of weeks by just how top-notch the comments section is especially compared to much of what passes for discussion across the interent.  So another round of thanks is due, I think, to our commenters who have provided so much insight and thoughtfulness…

The early church and its franchises.

I had to cough-barf my way through Robert Wright’s article on religion and globalization in the April 2009 Atlantic. It’s called “One World, Under God,” and it tries to explain the spread of early Christianity by way of analogy with modern global business. Maybe if you already like business-speak you’ll have an easier time with…

Around the Web on April 1st

The Guardian is reporting that it’s ditching ink and paper in favor of Twitter.  From now on all news stories will come in the form of tweets, propelling the newspaper way, way ahead in the race to adopt new technologies: Consolidating its position at the cutting edge of new media technology, the Guardian today announces…

Stranger than Nonfiction

Looking for a glimpse into the conservative foreign policy id? Try National Review’s Rich Lowry, whose latest techno-thriller has just been published: After learning that an Iranian scientist is in the process of developing nuclear weapons on Iranian soil, all-but-forgotten Spymaster Stewart Banquo initiates a rogue special operation. With the assistance of his most trusted…

In Defense of Corruption*

One has to admire Murtha’s honesty. “If I’m corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district” might not represent the best of disinterested liberal governance, but it’s a refreshingly frank admission of his core political priorities. And whatever one thinks of Murtha’s methods, the sentiment behind them is certainly understandable. Murtha was elected to…

Anatomy of a Sequel

The New York Times‘ latest on the fourth Fast and Furious sequel has it all, from Vin Diesel’s highly-anticipated directorial debut: Once on board each of the “Fast & Furious” stars found something to appreciate about the new film . . . Mr. Diesel was allowed to direct a short film, called “Los Bandoleros,” that…

Seriously…

The next time I hear someone mention The Community Reinvestment Act as a proximate cause of the financial crisis, I’m going to scream.  To conservatives and my fellow libertarians, at some point, you are going to have to recognize and acknowledge that actions by individuals operating within lightly regulated or unregulated markets played as much of…

Gone to Pot

I had planned to kick things off with a sweeping introductory post, but it seems William Brafford has already taken care of the intellectual heavy-lifting. For now, the essentials of my biography can be found here. I’m very excited to join such an infamous blogging project, and to start, I thought I’d respond to Scott’s…

So when…

…will the “free market” take care of this anomaly?  Fact is, the government isn’t doing a very good job of it, but private enterprise hasn’t really made buying food a very transparent process either.  I feel perpetually duped buying food at the “natural health food store” here in town for this very reason.  I want…

Tradition and Ideology

J.L. Wall, writing in response to Scott’s treatise on 21st Century Conservatism, writes: There’s a danger in a self-conscious tradition, and a tradition in which it’s acceptable to toss off a limb for the sake of the whole — traditions, in addition to being billion-headed rabbis (not letting that analogy go, folks), are like starfish:…

Ahhh, Slate

Among the many editorial disagreements I have with Slate.com is the fact that, very often, their subheads or “jumpheads” (or whatever alternative web headlines are called) are written in a style that, in a desperate attempt to appear more salacious or provocative, ends up misrepresenting the content of the article in question. Happens all the…

ad hoc justice

So it looks as though Spain is opening formal criminal inquiries into alleged war crimes surrounding the use of torture by the Bush administration.  Judge Baltasar Garzón is involved in the investigation, the same guy who prosecuted Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean dictator propped up for years by the CIA.  So perhaps there’s something “full-circle” about…

Comments

I have installed a commenting system called Intense Debate which allows people to have user accounts, track their comments, and lots of other fancy things that I’m not really 100% sure about yet.  In any case, it’s software recently purchased by Automattic – the makers of WordPress (which runs the League) – so it should…

Dear New York Times,

Writing an article like this, making empirical claims with almost entirely anecdotal evidence, and a single study, that doesn’t address the question you are raising (or assert the answer you are very much suggesting) — which you have utterly failed to explain in any way that enables your readers to make informed decisions about the value…