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December 31, 2004


Happy New Year, dear readers. I hope 2005 is better for us all.

Posted by Karol at 07:09 PM | Comments (7)

“Blog, You’re Fired,” (by guest blogger Dawn Summers)

Language purists sack words for misuse.


(Sorry Ginger.)

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Books and time

I’m in Vera Cruz, Mexico today and it is gorgeous out. It’s a nice, small city and I’ve been soaking up sun and reading ‘Love, Poverty and War’, a collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens.

I’m nearly done with it but am not sure I recommend it. On one hand, it’s a beautiful book, written in a style unique to Hitchens. On the other hand, his pre-9/11 writing was so focused on knocking prominent, admired people, like Mother Theresa and Winston Churchill, off their perches that it gets a little old. Even when I share his criticism of certain people, like Bill Clinton, I feel like Hitchens’ complaints come off as a tad obvious. My favorite parts of the book concern the Kurds, who have never had a better friend than Hitchens (despite their motto ‘the Kurds have no friends’), and his various travels through war torn countries. His take on NYC’s Bloomberg nanny laws is spot on. Maybe I’ll have a longer, more detailed review when I’m done. For now, I’m going out into Vera Cruz and waiting the arrival of 2005.

Posted by Karol at 06:24 PM | Comments (4)

Blogroll Update

Three sites I read every day yet never had on my blogroll:

Daniel Pipes


Volokh Conspiracy

Posted by Karol at 06:16 PM | Comments (4)

Why I hate Instapundit (By Guest Blogger Candace)

Because every single time I go to post something here, I think, “Hmm, I should check and see if it’s already on Instapundit since I’m pretty much the only blogger not addicted to him.” And it’s already there.

It’s like that girl in school who is always the first to get the new shoes you really wanted and you feel like you’ve totally lost your niche. I think that’s why people go into anthropology: so they can study really obscure things that no one else in the world knows about and feel good about. Incidentally, no one else in the world really cares about it, either, but there are always tradeoffs.

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The Speech He Ought to Give (by guest blogger Dorian Davis)

“If, actually, the foreign assistance of many countries now is 0.1 or 0.2 percent of the gross national income, I think that is stingy, really. I don’t think that is very generous.”
Jan Egeland, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief

Bush oughta hit back hard:

“How much have you contributed, Jan Egeland? How many executives in your office pledged a percentage of their annual incomes to help the tsunami victims? The fact is, America composes five percent of the world’s population and fifty percent of its foreign aid. We are home of the United Nations. In fact, that parking space you have is paid for by a guy in Idaho who works in a factory all day and misses his son’s baseball games so he can put food on the table and pay his taxes like a good American. He pays for your parking tickets too. He pays for people like you to come here and advance freedom. And he doesn’t complain about it. Because he doesn’t mind. He is American. And here in America, Jan Egeland, we don’t criticize people who stick their necks out for us. We say thank-you.”

Of course, it is a White House marked by caution and grace. That speech would not be given by President Bush. It would be “defensive.” It would be “unpresidential.”

It would be wonderful.

Posted by Dorian at 02:23 PM | Comments (18)

Other than Atkins.

Does anybody have any New Years resolutions?

Posted by Karol at 02:15 PM | Comments (4)

Flippity Flop (by guest blogger Dawn Summers)

Evidently, now torture isn’t legal.

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December 30, 2004

Useless self-reflection blogging (By guest blogger Candace)

Upon listening to some old rap records in an attempt to get in the “going to the bar although not drinking” spirit and having my newfound delicate sensibilities rather confused, twisted, and even offended on occasion, I realize I’m considerably less trouble than I used to be. Oh, what a year can do for you. (Also might explain a slight but noticable drop in hits.)

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Manchurian Bernie Kerik (by guest blogger Dawn Summers)

“I have this terrible feeling that nobody wants to hurt me, but wants to try and hurt Rudy Giuliani, one of the most decent, most loyal, most brave, most honest men in this city. I’m a nobody. A humble nobody.”

Rudy ‘08

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Why you should all have co-bloggers (By guest blogger Candace)

Because not even sweet boyfriends have the good timing to send you two Nina Simone cds on the day that your mailboxes give you a nervous breakdown. It was like she knew just how to make up for what didn’t come in the mail today.

And, I now understand why Ginger went so far as to name her cat after this woman. The tearing up of now-irrelevant graduate school applications, banging my fists against the wall and screaming at the hot cocoa to go away and leave me alone — that phase is now over. Now, I’m lighting enough candles to set the Kremlin on fire, cranking up the heat in my apartment, and, as recommended, playing the live cd over and over.

On a cold December day, nothing gives your heart a nice calming massage like a relaxing cd, expensive body care, and the knowledge that the internet loves you.

Internet, I love you, too. (Except for you, Evil Dawn.)

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Devastated Asian Countries Win in Pissing Contest (by guest blogger D-Money)

France doubles it’s contribution to surpass U.S. promises; Britain then one ups France.

What a world.

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I hear that some people are getting an error message when they comment. I get a note to ‘approve’ those comments. I guess its better than my comment section playing censor and deciding on its own which comments to approve. I’m going to have to do something about my comment section when I get back but in the meantime, keep on commenting and I’ll be approving as soon as possible.

Posted by Karol at 04:12 PM | Comments (1)

Black and White (by guest blogger Dorian Davis)

Something always struck me about M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Unbreakable. It is a story about a guy, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who is prone to broken bones, and his quest for his exact opposite, a guy who would be unbreakable. He finds it in Bruce Willis. “Now that I know who you are,” Jackson says, “I know who I am. I am not a mistake.”

In her book, Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale, Catherine Orenstein sums up with the argument of French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss that humans see the world and ourselves in binary opposition: Red Riding Hood, good. The wolf, bad. Without one, it is impossible to see the true nature of the other.

I am put in mind of Einstein’s quote: Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.

Bush simplifies politics. Saddam is an evil-doer. He is an enemy of civilization. It is mocked by the Ivy League. It is mocked by the United Nations. But he tapped into something basic and human: If there is good, there must be evil. And we have seen it. And it is this.

Posted by Dorian at 03:23 PM | Comments (0)

Most Random Posting Ever {by Guest Blogger Ari}

Of all the state themed quarters; I thought you’d want to know, I’ve decided I like the Vermont one best.

Commence with the relevancy.

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A new meetup

If you haven’t already done so, I recommend signing up for a Club for Growth meetup in your area. I’m organizing the one in NYC.

Club for Growth is a great group dedicated to electing small government, free-market candidates. I know NY could use some of these, maybe where you live can too.

Posted by Karol at 01:55 PM | Comments (1)

May your blog live till 105!

Go wish Acey a very happy first blog birthday.

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