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  • O.J. Simpson converting to Islam in prison

    08/29/2014 2:38:37 PM PDT · 82 of 84
    x to ImNotLying
    Converting implies that he was a believer in another religion. I don’t think he had many Christian principles and never heard of him being a Buddhist.

    See last year's "OJ Simpson Planning to Become Televangelist" and "OJ Simpson wants to host a religious tv show after getting out" stories.

    Maybe next year, he'll become a Buddhist.

  • How The 2014 Obama Coup Will Unfold

    08/29/2014 2:33:26 PM PDT · 340 of 352
    x to Lazamataz

    Not going to happen. Where do people get the idea that American politicians actually want to be tyrants or presidents for life?

  • Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order

    08/29/2014 2:31:54 PM PDT · 21 of 26
    x to Nextrush
    But put them in power and nothing will change. There will be no war with Russia over Ukraine for example just like there was no war with the Soviets when they shot down a Korean airliner when Reagan was president.

    Did you really want war with Russia over that airline shoot-down?

  • The “Living Constitution”: Trojan Horse of Progressive Politics

    08/28/2014 4:31:22 PM PDT · 10 of 28
    x to betty boop
    For Wilson, Newton vs. Darwin represented the difference between the rationalistic-mechanistic and the vitalistic-organic. He wasn't talking about what Newton or Darwin actually said, but about the difference between constructing a system logically and rationally and deductively and a system growing up on its own and taking its own form.

    Newton versus Darwin was a way of representing the difference between the age of the Founders (the Enlightenment before Enlightenment hopes were mangled by the French Revolution) age he grew up in (after the failure of some Enlightenment hopes in the disillusionment of the French Revolution) -- between the idea of forming a political system from first principles and letting one grow up around oneself.

    Of course the irony is that we'd see Wilson as somebody mechanically trying to recreate society according to his own ideas, rather than someone letting it grow as it was inclined, but Wilson formed his ideas when he was still a young man and not quite so confident about increasing government power to achieve social ends. Wilson's thinking took the Burkean-Hegelian idea of organic development that was fashionable in his younger days and gave it a left-liberal twist, turning it into a support for activist government.

    Wilson's presidency is already 100 years in the past, though. It's become part of American history and the history of American governance. After 100 years it's not something one can easily disprove and dislodge. That takes us back to Darwin. However an elephant becomes an elephant or a gazelle becomes a gazelle, it's hard to argue that the elephant should be a gazelle or to find someway to turn the one into the other. However valid or invalid Wilson's theory may have been a hundred years ago, the elephantine size of government has become a fact that's hard to get around or undo.

  • The 10 Biggest Classic Rock Douchebags

    08/28/2014 3:56:34 PM PDT · 21 of 93
    x to EveningStar
    "Dis-imprisonment"? I think the guy was just paid to write a semi-literate rant.

    Chances are, if you're a rock star you probably are a d-bag or an a-hole or a jerk, but there are all kinds of varieties and nuances involved. Some people are genius jerks, with no clue about the existence of other people, and some are just jerks.

    Dylan, Lennon, and Reed may be geniuses. Springsteen is just an ego-maniacal jerk. Crosby is just a garden variety slob. Fogarty was an everyday jerk, though he may have come down to earth lately.

    But where is Paul McCartney?

  • Historian Claims The Louvre Museum Holds Ancient Amphipolis Tomb Treasures

    08/28/2014 3:30:52 PM PDT · 10 of 11
    x to Red Badger

    Amphipolis = City of Frog People?

  • It's coming: Romney for president redux

    08/28/2014 2:59:56 PM PDT · 69 of 73
    x to Verginius Rufus
    Reagan was talked about as a potential candidate in 1968 but I don’t remember if he was on the ballot in any of the primary states.

    Apparently Reagan was on the ballot in California and won. Those were the days of "favorite son" candidates. Real candidates let local politicians win delegates and use them for bargaining at the convention.

    Nobody challenged Reagan, just as nobody challenged the Ohio governor in his state's primaries. The irony is that being on the ballot in California actually gave Reagan more total primary votes than Nixon or any other candidate.

    I hope Romney has enough sense not to run again -- or at least not to use the word "redux" if he's crazy enough to run a third time.

  • Who really took more vacation days: Bush or Obama?

    08/28/2014 1:42:57 PM PDT · 58 of 65
    x to Phillyred
    At this point, vacation days are what the White House wants to talk about, rather than what's going on in Iraq or Ukraine -- kind of a clever strategy I guess.

    It's like with impeachment or Ferguson. It's a distraction from their own failures and it's where they think they can win a few points that they've lost on other issues.

  • The Cyclorama, Battle of Atlanta and Gone with the Wind

    08/26/2014 3:47:53 PM PDT · 29 of 36
    x to Sherman Logan
    As I said the CSA would want its conquered lands back, and might even demand MO and KY, both of which they considered part of the Confederacy.

    With Davis in charge they might well have, but a more rational regime would have recognized that Missouri and Kentucky were indeed a Lost Cause for the Confederacy by 1864. That wouldn't preclude the possibility of a later war to win back land that had been lost or that was never actually a part of the CSA.

    I wonder if the Democrats actually could have made peace. It wasn't beyond the realm of possibility that if McClellan won the North could have been torn apart itself in the conflict between those who wanted to continue the war and those who wanted a settlement.

  • The Cyclorama, Battle of Atlanta and Gone with the Wind

    08/26/2014 3:35:32 PM PDT · 28 of 36
    x to Sherman Logan
    Or does anyone think CSA public opinion would have allowed its government to accept anything but return of all its sacred soil?

    Good question. By 1864, I don't think public opinion was very adamant on that point. People were already sick of the war.

    But, how could you divide a state like Tennessee, say? Would the pieces really make up something like a state? Would you really cede parts of Florida or Mississippi or Louisiana simply because Northern troops were there, even if there was no significant (White) support for the Union?

    Without getting into a "sacred soil" argument I wonder if the 19th Century mind would really accept the kind of long truce and irregular borders that issued from the Korean War.

    My suspicion is that politically active people may well have been "all or nothing" in their thinking even if the powerful emotions had dissipated. The alternative of an armistice that simply let each side hold on to what it had just wasn't part of the mindset.

    In particular, Davis was probably too rigid and too inept to take good advantage of the opportunity of a negotiated settlement if it arose.

  • This Obama Administration Proposal Would Effectively Authorize Some Americans Seceding

    08/26/2014 2:28:49 PM PDT · 33 of 42
    x to NYer
    For more than a decade, former U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, and Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, tried unsuccessfully to convince Congress to pass the Native Hawaiian Recognition Act, which would have provided such recognition.

    I always figured they were both Japanese-Americans, but Akaka is actually part native Hawaiian and part Chinese.

    No clue as to why Inouye would support a bill that could mean a major loss of influence for his own ethnic group.

  • Washington Monthly Contributor Presents List of Panelists He Wants Banned on MTP

    08/26/2014 1:52:47 PM PDT · 2 of 3
    x to PJ-Comix
    Ed Kilgore

    Son of Ed Anger and Kilgore Trout, if I'm not mistaken ...

  • What movie would you like to see redone?

    08/26/2014 1:50:53 PM PDT · 157 of 160
    x to MNDude
    Maybe Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, or Evita without all the singing (and all the Madonna).
  • What movie would you like to see redone?

    08/26/2014 1:49:46 PM PDT · 156 of 160
    x to Lonesome in Massachussets
    The Longest Day had a better cast by far, and was a real cinematic event.

    As a kid, I always preferred it to the very dry and staid A Bridge Too Far, and young people are a big part of the audience for such movies.

    Even now, the pleasure I get watching TLD and remembering is far greater than anything ABTF could ever possibly give me.

    Plus, no Robert Redford ...

    But to each his own ...

  • 10 TV Shows That Should Have Run Forever (Firefly number one!)

    08/25/2014 3:32:27 PM PDT · 352 of 390
    x to Enterprise

    Very controversial and sometimes ugly, but I did kind of want to know what was going to happen.

    Dark Skies was similar. I was expecting some long arc through American history and they just wrapped it up awkwardly when the show was cancelled.

    No show should run forever, but you get these shows with some kind of premise that sucks you in and a few weeks later it's cancelled. Fast Forward was a little like that for me. Awake definitely was.

    Huff was the classic "brilliant but cancelled" TV series. Also, with all the garbage Starz puts on, would it have killed them to keep Boss or Magic City alive?

  • Miss. man beaten after he's warned restaurant wasn't safe for whites...

    08/25/2014 3:24:22 PM PDT · 11 of 62
    x to armydawg505

    So that’s what “NSFW” stands for.

  • Dan Rather: If you’re calling for war against ISIS and wouldn’t send your kid, don’t even talk to me

    08/25/2014 3:22:03 PM PDT · 15 of 92
    x to SeekAndFind
    Who is actually talking to Dan Rather now?

    Or wanting to talk to him?

    Is talking to Dan nowadays really enjoyable or advantageous or worth the time and trouble?

  • What movie would you like to see redone?

    08/25/2014 3:07:56 PM PDT · 140 of 160
    x to Lonesome in Massachussets
    “The Longest Day” without the schmaltz, a production similar to “A Bridge Too Far”.

    Schmaltzy it was, but which one was the better movie, the one you'd want to see if you had to choose?

  • What movie would you like to see redone?

    08/25/2014 2:59:05 PM PDT · 138 of 160
    x to tang-soo
    It could really be done today and it's a timely message - Colossus: The Forbin Project

    Good choice.

    The movie of the Tom Wolfe novel, Bonfire of the Vanities, was a disaster. Slipshod and horribly miscast. Possibly it deserves another chance. But maybe it was unfilmable.

    I find a lot of these Marvel Comics movies coming out now worthless and unwatchable. There's value in the characters and premises and maybe Hollywood will give them another chance someday and do a better job.

  • Libertarians, Ferguson, and "Racism"

    08/25/2014 2:44:38 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    x to Kaslin
    "Ever growing legions"? I don't see them. Some libertarians are concerned about the power and "militarization" of the police and the trouble that that can create.

    However their view fits into the big picture of what's going on in Ferguson now and why and how the whole commotion started, it is a valid point and a useful contribution to the mix of opinion on the subject.

    We can agree to disagree with them about what happened and not try to railroad everyone into expressing the same opinion.

  • State Department Barbie: She’s Come Undone

    08/25/2014 2:29:24 PM PDT · 61 of 64
    x to NOBO2012
    I thought Jen Psaki was State Department Barbie ...

    Which would make Marie Harf Francie or Skipper ...

  • Fox News star jumps into 'gay' Christianity

    08/25/2014 2:27:04 PM PDT · 117 of 121
    x to NKP_Vet
    She's one of Fox News's house liberals and not any more representative of FNC than Pat Buchanan was of MSNBC when he still worked for them.

    But she probably is representative of many Mainstream Protestants -- Congregationalists, etc. I don't know how other denominations come down on the issues, but somebody in the media being for gay marriage really isn't much of a story.

    Also, to say that she "jumps into gay Christianity" give the wrong impression. Unless dating Anthony Weiner all those years ago really was that awful ...

  • What was the original definition of objective journalism? Where did it originate from?

    08/23/2014 1:43:22 PM PDT · 8 of 13
    x to ProgressingAmerica
    Obviously, journalists are going to have a point of view.

    "Journalistic objectivity" has more to do with professionalism, accuracy, and standards of evidence than with the absence of a personal perspective on the news.

    What I also notice is that Americas in the early 20th century weren't very ideologically divided, though Lippmann and others may have tried to make journalism more ideological.

    Reporters started out on sports or crime and worked their way up to covering politics, foreign affairs, and the arts. A nose for news was more important than a political ideology or animus.

    They probably disliked the rich, but they didn't have the politicized worldviews that today's journalists have, so something like even-handedness or factuality or disinterestedness wasn't considered a wildly impossible ideal.

  • The Origins of Political Correctness

    08/23/2014 1:31:11 PM PDT · 24 of 45
    x to Ray76
    It's an interesting read but not wholly convincing.

    Obviously, in the 20th century where there's discontent or potential for disruption you'd find socialists or Marxists or communists or fascists, so clearly if you look at grievance movements (racial minorities, feminists, gay activists) you'll find leftists involved in the early stages.

    The phrase "political correctness" was used by Communists in the 30s and by the New Left in the 60s before it was popularized by leftists, feminists, gay activists in the 1980s. You certainly could say that the word has a history involving Marxists.

    But European Marxists didn't develop what we now call "political correctness." That was something Americans came up with and the connection to Adorno or Horkheimer is pretty tenuous. It's like blaming the philosophes for the French Revolution or Nietzsche for Nazism. There are intellectual connections, but they aren't as direct as some people suppose.

    Lind seems to think that if he applies the phrase "cultural Marxism" to political correctness often enough and loudly enough, political correctness will just go away, and that won't happen. There are real political interests involved that don't derive from European theorists.

    Finally, if the phrase "political correctness" has a dubious ideological history, so does the phrase "cultural Marxism" (Kulturbolshewismus). It's not really something one should throw around as freely and as naively as Lind does.

  • Illinois a terrible hostess: Twinkies leave the state

    08/23/2014 12:54:41 PM PDT · 31 of 67
    x to re_tail20
    It's bad for Twinkies all over.

    In a related story ...

    Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

  • Washington Post editorials will no longer use ‘Redskins’ for the local NFL team

    08/22/2014 2:25:58 PM PDT · 43 of 74
    x to Brad from Tennessee

    What happens if the team or R*dsk*ns merchandizers try to buy ads in the paper?

  • Hitler and Putin: A Tale of Two Authoritarians

    08/22/2014 2:22:23 PM PDT · 16 of 34
    x to Tailgunner Joe
    Hitler was a totalitarian, not just an authoritarian.

    There's a lot that's wrong with Putin, but it's hard to say he's as bad as Hitler or in the same category, so by saying it the writer loses support and the audience (at least among sane people).

  • Hollywood anti-Americanism goes way back to the “golden age”; they lied then and will lie now

    08/21/2014 4:50:05 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    x to Oldpuppymax
    Those were the writers and some of the actors. The studio heads were anything but "anti-American" in those days, so the pictures that resulted were usually very pro-American.

    I wouldn't necessarily call Bogie anti-American, though. First, back in the 30s and the 40s when Roosevelt was in charge, leftists weren't necessarily against FDR's America. Second, Bogart's political views weren't as consistently and passionately leftist or liberal as Bacall's. He was more influenced by people around him, including Bacall, and tacked left or right accordingly. Third, it's not easy to get at the truth behind all the rumors. Not everybody who brought charges was reliable.

  • Considering three factors at play in Ferguson

    08/21/2014 3:58:24 PM PDT · 29 of 37
    x to jjotto

    Yes, but years ago there weren’t that many Evangelicals living where Catholics did. All that came as something of a surprise when Carter got elected in the 70s. Of course a lot has changed since then — people moved around more, Evangelicals became a more prominent part of American life — but basically, where I live, Catholics came to mirror the views of the largely mainstream non-Evangelical Protestants they lived among. So opinions like the writer’s aren’t a Catholic so much as an American, or if you like, a “Blue state” thing.

  • Need Freepers Help: Where has Huckabee stepped in it?

    08/21/2014 3:48:39 PM PDT · 49 of 79
    x to Lurkina.n.Learnin
    I don’t remember the details but I do remember him saying we should buy a musical instrument for every kid in America.

    Maybe he just got a little overenthusiastic.

    Do you really think he was calling for a federal program to do that?

  • Marijuana vs. Scotch and a Low IQ

    08/21/2014 3:44:48 PM PDT · 53 of 86
    x to Boogieman
    How about an honest comparison, including all manner of drinkers, not just your civilized sippers? A “pot party” may seem less civilized than an upper crust cocktail party, but what about a frat boy kegger, or a bunch of homies with their 40 ouncers on the stoop? Or the local winos who gather under that overpass?

    Good point. It's a false and skewed comparison.

    R. Emmett was a "young fogey" years ago, putting on an act that smoking fine cigars and drinking scotch made him a sophisticate and truly cultured and wise beyond his years. Now that he's legitimately an old fogey he can't give up the act. I don't think he's that interested in the world outside his own little bubble.

  • Considering three factors at play in Ferguson

    08/21/2014 3:20:57 PM PDT · 26 of 37
    x to AlaskaErik
    There was a time when I referred to catholics in unflattering terms, but I grew older and mellowed. But I am getting back to the point where I have nothing nice to say about them when it comes to politics. People like the idiot author of this article are really making it hard for me say anything nice. Flame on, but this country is being driven into the ground by democrats, aided and abetted by the majority of Catholics.

    White Catholics vote in roughly the same way as White Mainline (non-Evangelical) Protestants. They were a little less for McCain and a little more for Romney, but neither group actually favored Obama. In other words, Catholics who've been here a while have assimilated and vote pretty much the same way as their Protestant neighbors do.

  • Navarrette: Don't be afraid of America's changing demographics

    08/21/2014 2:41:59 PM PDT · 24 of 30
    x to RayChuang88
    (Indeed, the eastern European Jews didn't fare much better; they got harassed by one Thomas Edison early in the 20th Century over control of the early motion picture industry--so much so that when real estate developers in southern California were advertising to sell land in this new-fangled place called Hollywood, the eastern European immigrants jumped at the chance in no time flat. Just about every famous movie studio in southern California were all founded by eastern European immigrants.)

    Was the Edison thing really about race or religion or ethnicity? It looks to me like it was about Edison protecting the patents he thought he had on film technology. Many of the newer producers he was fighting against were Jewish, but so were some of the members of his patent trust.

  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 4:11:10 PM PDT · 31 of 125
    x to wtd

    Lot of innuendo, but not much real information.

  • The case for impeaching Lois Lerner and other lawbreakers at the IRS

    08/20/2014 4:11:08 PM PDT · 17 of 21
    x to Jacquerie
    Still, the penalty of impeachment is removal from office.

    If you don't have an office, you can't be impeached.

  • The case for impeaching Lois Lerner and other lawbreakers at the IRS

    08/20/2014 3:16:32 PM PDT · 9 of 21
    x to veracious

    She already quit, though, didn’t she?

  • The case for impeaching Lois Lerner and other lawbreakers at the IRS

    08/20/2014 3:16:32 PM PDT · 8 of 21
    x to veracious

    She already quit, though, didn’t she?

  • Idiot's Guide to Austrian Economics

    08/20/2014 3:06:53 PM PDT · 6 of 8
    x to Kaslin

    You stay classy, Austrian economists.

  • Fox Passes On Comedy ‘Cabot College’, Produced By Tina Fey & Robert Carlock

    08/20/2014 1:15:20 PM PDT · 24 of 31
    x to apillar
    I used to like her when she was on SNL, but now I can't stand to look at her. It's not really about Palin for me, though.

    Tina started to believe her own publicity and comes across as way too full of herself and way too convinced that she's beautiful and a genius and everybody just has to love her.

  • How Much Is $100 Really Worth in Each State?

    08/20/2014 1:07:49 PM PDT · 21 of 28
    x to Slings and Arrows

    Color me skeptical. What with the fracking boom, they say the dollar doesn’t go as far in North Dakota as it once did.

  • Sherman in Gaza [VDH]

    08/20/2014 1:05:24 PM PDT · 41 of 49
    x to Servant of the Cross
    Not really worth posting. Or reading. Or writing.

    First because of all the animosity that get stirred up.

    Second, because the comparison is sketchy and not very clear or very close.

  • The Republican Establishment’s 20-Year War On Conservatives

    08/20/2014 12:20:23 PM PDT · 19 of 20
    x to cotton1706
    But when Bush lost to Clinton in November, with major help from Ross Perot, the establishment didn’t wring their hands over the failures of Bush’s administration, or mistakes in the campaign itself, but laid the blame at Buchanan’s feet. Had he not challenged Bush, had he not given such a “partisan” and “extreme” speech at the convention (which network news pundits believed helped Bush), independents and moderates would not have been frightened into Clinton’s camp and the President would have won another term.

    Meh. Not really how I remember it. The news media made a lot of noise about Buchanan's "Take Back America" speech, but the Bush people either blamed Perot or were surprisingly candid about their own failures.

    To be sure, the Establishment almost certainly didn't want Buchanan to speak at another convention, but I'm not aware that the Bush people or some GOP-e made a scapegoat out of him, however mad they'd been about his challenge during the primary season..

  • Romney Romps Over GOP Rivals: New Zogby Analytics Poll

    08/20/2014 11:55:24 AM PDT · 70 of 106
    x to Zakeet
    To me, the results of the meager poll indicate that the raging Rino is not doing very well at all considering his name recognition ...

    Sure. Romney's at the top of this poll because he's the one most people polled have actually heard of. That's all.

    But he's not running and most likely he won't run, so it's not really any reflection on "how well he's doing." If anything, it indicates how divided the vote is between the others who actually might run.

  • Michael Brown Protesters Show Up At CNN’s Atlanta Headquarters

    08/19/2014 4:50:33 PM PDT · 37 of 70
    x to McGruff
    Michael Brown Protesters

    Still mad about Katrina?

    Let it go, people.

  • Two influential TV announcers say they won't use 'Redskins' name on NFL telecasts

    08/19/2014 4:47:02 PM PDT · 50 of 81
    x to mykroar
    Dungy said he'd "try" not to use the word.

    A challenge for those on the show with them -- see if you can trick them into say the "r-word."

    The home audience can play along too. A new drinking game is born.

  • Rick Perry - live stream

    08/19/2014 3:46:31 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    x to BenLurkin

    Wow, Rick has really let himself go ...

  • Fox’s Outnumbered Hosts Explode at Geraldo for ‘Irresponsible’ Ferguson Comments (with video)

    08/19/2014 3:37:45 PM PDT · 43 of 50
    x to Frederick_Barbarossa
    His real name is Jerry Rivers.

    That's the story, but actually, he was born "Gerald Riviera."

    "Rivera" was his father's name, but his mother thought it sounded too Puerto Rican, so she stuck in an "i" that he took out later.

    He added the "o" himself when he went into show business (or journalism or whatever it is he does).

    That's his version anyway. Not as colorful as the "Jerry Rivers" story.

  • Fox’s Outnumbered Hosts Explode at Geraldo for ‘Irresponsible’ Ferguson Comments (with video)

    08/19/2014 2:30:04 PM PDT · 18 of 50
    x to EveningStar

    Get the feeling they put him on the show just to stir up controversies like this?

  • Is Ferguson Our Future?

    08/19/2014 2:28:28 PM PDT · 45 of 53
    x to Arthur McGowan
    The TEA Party, gun owners, and returned vets will be blamed, rounded up, killed.

    Most of the population will applaud as Obama declares martial law.

    The United States will no longer exist.

    Why'd they wait six years to start, though?

    If that was the plan, why wait so long?

  • Washington is divided Because it has Abandoned Federalism

    08/19/2014 2:07:25 PM PDT · 24 of 24
    x to Jacquerie
    You didn’t read the column.

    I thought I did, but just in case I read it over again.

    State legislators don't want the responsibility of providing services or the blame for imposing the taxes to pay for them. It's a self-selecting process. Legislators who want power and can shoulder the responsibility want to move up to Washington. Those who want to stay where they are just want a quiet berth without any added trouble.

    It's not the 17th Amendment that changed things, but the 16th. Once the federal government got the power to levy direct taxes -- and then the World Wars and withholding taxes -- it held the purse strings and the states would look to it to provide the pork. Since then, state legislators are only too willing to let the feds do the heavy lifting for them.