Archives June 2004

I hear they go very nicely with “lyncher pants”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Am I the only one who thinks its a wee bit tasteless to refer to an article of clothing as a “wifebeater”? And while being interviewed for an article on lesbian chic, no less!

White liberal seeks limousine

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Michelle Cottle observes that while liberals flame on and on about “hypocritical” acts by conservatives (Henry Hyde’s “youthful indiscretions,” Rush Limbaugh’s drug addition, William Bennett’s gambling habit, Jack Ryan’s taste for kinky sex clubs, and now Dick Cheney’s naughty language), conservatives themselves don’t seem particularly bothered by it.

I’ll agree that this focus on ...

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The wages of death are sin

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

In the passage describing the laws of the red heifer, the procedure for burning the heifer and accumulating the ashes is referred to as a chatat, a sin-offering (Numbers 19:9); when describing how these ashes must be used on someone who has come in contact with a corpse, the related verb yitchata is used ...

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Copy. Right.

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Let’s talk for a few minutes about copyright. Copyright, you see, is the right to copy. That’s why they call it copyright. Unfortunately, some people, even people I generally respect, don’t copy this idea.

For example, Jesse Taylor is upset at the prospect of legislation that would authorize DVD “sanitizing” services, such as ClearPlay ...

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Your letter is very important to us. Please continue to hold.

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

This morning, I discovered that the /home partition on my mail server (a venerable 486 in our basement) was full, much to the consternation of qmail and courier-imap. I cleaned up my home directory on that server and everything seemed to be working again. My wife reported that she didn’t notice any problems with her ...

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Can a Scout be multi-reverent?

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

On Sunday, we attended a Court of Honor for a friend of ours who was being invested as an Eagle Scout. The honoree belongs to one of the Scout troops for observant Jews.

After the ceremonies, my wife and the fledgling eagle’s sister worked up the courage to ask one of the Scoutmasters: could you ...

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Korach the tax protestor

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

In response to Korach’s rebellion, Moses tells God, “Do not pay attention to their gift; I have not taken one donkey from them, and I have not harmed one of them” (Numbers 16:15). I pointed this out to my wife, contrasting it with Samuel’s statement on his deathbed, “Answer me, before the Eternal and ...

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The rhetoric of despair

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The essential form of the yeshivishe drash is this: First, present a kashe—two statements from the same canonical text that seem to contradict one another. Then, present the teretz—an interpretation of both statements that resolves the contradiction.

Take the following verse, a statement from the spies regarding the Land of Israel: “It is ...

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Those who do not march in formation

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The parsha of Beha`alotekha begins with details about the special duties of the tribe of Levi (Numbers 8). A little later, it describes how the tribes marched in formation (10:11–28). Then, there is the conversation between Moses and Chovev (a.k.a. Jethro), where the latter, despite Moses’ urgings, decides to go home ...

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Big AmIHotOrNot.com Is Watching You

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Matthew Yglesias responds to the laments of his elders regarding slovenly men:

Free marketers like Sullivan and Volokh are too blinded by ideology to see the compelling need for government intervention. A temporary regulatory solution could help us resolve this mess. For the next five years, say, straight women must “insist on only dating hot ...

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