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The side salad is evil

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/ / CC BY-ND 2.0 Every once in a while, I make it over to the student union for lunch. A certain café there offers a nice lunch deal: pasta, salad, and breadstick, $6.50. The pasta (baked ziti; ravioli; and … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

YES. Written by the same guy (Seth Grahame Smith) who did the original of this new spate of books, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is, for my money, the best of the brood. I’d also like to say, this … Continue reading

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The hits just keep on comin’…

I believe I speak for everyone when I say, Fuck you, earthquakes. Chile Eartquake May Have Changed Earth’s Rotation, Shortened Days

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Why don’t people leave earthquake zones?

Graeme Woods, filling in for Andrew Sullivan, writes this today: After Bam, all Iranians had a fresh reminder that the Big One would hit Tehran soon enough. Which made me wonder: why does anyone still live there? Why not consider … Continue reading

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NYT declares David Paterson the new George W. Bush

Oh hey, I was wrong; this week’s earlier piece about New York Governor David Paterson’s sketchy friend-aide-driver guy wasn’t the major exposé that’s been rumored. It was just the (unfilling) appetizer for today’s piece, “As Campaign Nears, Paterson Seen as … Continue reading

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Saying good-bye to a tech friend

I have been using the Flock Web browser for about a year and a half. I have loved it, because it has made blogging so, so much easier. It has a built-in writing window that can be opened at any … Continue reading

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NYT writer plagiarizes from WSJ

It’s always surprising to see a correction has made the top ten most blogged pieces of the day at the NYT, but today, I can understand the interest. Financial writer Zachery Kouwe has apparently been copying his work for the … Continue reading

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Jefferson, W. make list of Top Ten Sexiest Presidents

And in semi-related news, I feel kind of like throwing up. Nerve ranked the presidents in order from sexiest to, uh, least sexiest, and the list is full of disturbing images. I’m not sure what kind of cracked weirdo puts … Continue reading

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As Evan Bayh shows, the halcyon days of the centrist are over

So Evan Bayh is quitting the Senate: “After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so in Congress has waned,” Mr. Bayh said in prepared remarks. “My decision was … Continue reading

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Musing on decency

I know that I start from exactly the place Sullivan’s talking about: I start with an assumption that there’s a “baseline of decency in public officials.” I see the logic in rejecting that, but I’m not sure I can. More than that, I’m not sure I want to.

This is not to say that I’m not cynical. I have my own baseline supposition about nearly everyone, that there are more often selfish motives at work than charity. The more loudly one declares their own goodness, the more actively I search for flaws. With someone like John Edwards, that instinct has served me well. Continue reading

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