Archives January 2004

Simply no pleasing some people

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Less than six weeks ago, Jonathan Chait of The New Republic created a new blog on TNR’s Web site, “Diary of a Dean-o-Phobe.” In the first message of that blog, Chait explained his motivation:

Earlier this year I wrote a piece for TNR that defended hatred of President Bush…. But recently I’m finding that ...

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The zeroth constituency

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Last week, I blogged about how Dean was the most electable candidate in the race, and the bastard went and lost an election. I still think that if he went head-to-head with Bush, he would do better than any other Democrat, but if he doesn’t win some primaries, such what-ifs don’t matter. There’s no medal ...

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The four-ring circus

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The following table shows, for the four leading Democratic candidates, (a) which ones have certain qualities that, various pundits assure us, improve their chances of picking up votes in the primaries; (b) how they are faring in various tracking polls that were taken over January 21–23.

Clark Dean Edwards Kerry
Veteran yes no no yes ...

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Orders of desire

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I’ve been obsessing over the primaries all last week when I should have been reading the parshah, so rather than compose a drash about it, I’m going to borrow somebody else’s. The following is paraphrased from Rabbi Yehudah Schnall, one of my teachers at Darche Noam. He offers an answer to a question which commentators ...

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A victory for free trade

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The DVD Copy Control Association has finally admitted that CSS, the encryption system built into DVD players, is not a trade secret, and therefore DeCSS, an open-source program that cracks the code, can be redistributed without any legal penalty.

Before the DVD CCA caved on this issue, you could only manufacture a DVD player with ...

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Third-rate electronic burglary

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

So if the server containing confidential memoranda by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee—the memoranda that Republican staffers spent a year reading and leaking—was running some version of Windows, can we call this scandal “Gatesgate?”

Where was the boiling oil?

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

OK, now that my wife and I are the last geeks on this planet to have seen Return of the King, I have a question for the SCAdians and Tolkien fans in the audience.

Both The Two Towers and ROTK portray sieges of walled cities (Helm’s Deep and Minas Tirith, respectively) where towers are used ...

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Remodeling to serve you better

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

If you’re reading this blog over LiveJournal or another RSS syndicator, I’d like to point out a new feature on the main page. In the upper right, under the ta shema headline, there’s a list of links to pages that I found amusing, insightful, or otherwise worth reading, but aren’t worth the pixels for a ...

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Deanophobiaphobia

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

It would be bad form to say this on the campaign trail, but the ideological distinctions between the major Democratic Presidential candidates are almost trivial. Dean has been cast as “the anti-war candidate” simply because he didn’t support the blank check that Congress wrote the President in the fall of 2002. Lieberman is supposed to ...

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I’m well-informed! Whod’a thunk it?

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

At chez yesh omrim, we don’t have much time to watch TV (except for Buffy DVDs), reception is lousy when we do watch, and we have better things than cable to soak up our money (e.g., the DSL line through which this very page is transmitted to our loyal readers and RSS syndicators). The ...

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