Mrs. Russert Blogs: Maureen Orth notes that "Elvis's death in 1977 rated two paragraphs in People Magazine." But, if memory serves, that's not entirely because the culture of celebrity wasn't well-developed back then (Orth's point). It's because in 1977 Elvis was not such a big deal. ... P.S.: Why isn't Orth blogging for HuffPo? Memo to Arianna:She seems like a natural fit. Memo to Orth: It's not bloggy to let a few little disagreements get in the way of mutually beneficial traffic-sharing. Enmity is so print. The Web's win-win! ... There, I've brought them together.... 12:56 A.M.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
New Orwell on Offense: Andrew Sullivan excoriates pundits who exhibited "spectacular misjudgment about the war in Iraq," something that he says "should consign the author to irrelevance." Fair enough. ** [But Sullivan excludes anyone who "explicitly explained why he was wrong and apologized," and Sullivan has apologized, abjectly--ed. Lucky for Sullivan that apology loophole got in there! But, as old saying goes: 'A man who apologizes abjectly for spectacular misjudgment in the past will probably apologize abjectly for spectacular misjudgment in the future." ] ... P.S.: Victor Davis Hanson responds effectively to Sullivan's blast. ... Dean Barnett notes that, in the course of defending the New Republic against Hanson, Sullivan calls Scott Thomas Beauchamp is a "fabulist." ...
**--Mr. Excitable! "At this point, it seems to me that a refusal to extend the war to Iraq is not even an option. We have to extend it to Iraq," A. Sullivan, October 17, 2001 ... [via handy PJM blog reaction page ] 9:21 P.M. link
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
NSFKF: I've been looking for the fabled "darker postings" of now-fired, cease-and-desist-lettered New Republic leaker Robert McGee, but I haven't been able to find them. Maybe they don't exist! ... The best I can do is a now-unlinked blog reference to an "interview with Jeff Gannon's penis." But really, doesn't everyone's penis blog these days? ...
Update: That unlinked interview is available via the Wayback Machine. [Tks. to reader G.M.] ...
Oh, wait ... : Yikes. Definitely NSFW. ... Those kids! ... I still don't think that just because someone "maintain[s] a porn blog" it's OK for The New Republic to try to muzzle him. ... 11:07 P.M. link
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.