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An Offer They

May 30th, 2002 - 12:16 am

Saudi Arabia asked Interpol to arrest “750 people involved in money laundering, drug trafficking, swindling, credit card thefts and consumer fraud cases,

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May 30th, 2002 - 12:13 am

USA Today reports that the hunt for al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistan is on hold, due to the threat of nuclear war. Instead, military planners are concentrating their efforts on how to get our people out of South Asia in a big, fat hurry.


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May 30th, 2002 - 12:09 am

Has someone figured it out already? How to make money blogging, I mean. Thanks to Glenn for spotting this first

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More Brandy-Fueled Geopolitics

May 30th, 2002 - 12:07 am

Just a few days ago I was explaining to Melissa (in my usual, meandering, half-assed way) why

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India and Pakistan — two countries without much to win through war and with everything to lose. So here’s how they wise up and reduce tension along their disputed border:

On the Pakistan side, an army spokesman said artillery and mortar duels along the frontier near Sialkot killed five civilians, injured seven and sent hundreds of residents fleeing for safety.
Tensions in the most recent face-off over Kashmir escalated after a militant attack on India

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Google THIS

May 29th, 2002 - 5:59 pm

This has to be one of my more interesting Google hits: Tom Cruise Magnolia Panties Pic.

The disturbing part is that VP is the second mention.

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Poverty Sucks

May 29th, 2002 - 5:53 pm

StratFor says that Mexico will buck its informal adherence to OPEC policies and pump more oil:

Rising fiscal pressure, combined with the likely end to oil export reductions from other non-OPEC countries, increases the likelihood that Mexico will end its own recent export cutbacks and begin producing and exporting oil at full speed in the third quarter. This will contribute to an expansion in global crude supplies and help counter upward pressure on crude prices due to a potential rise in energy demand in the third quarter.

Even better? President Fox is determined not only to stay within budget deficit limits — despite a lengthy recession — but to make the tax system more honest, fair, and enforceable.

It’s still too soon to say that it’s certain, but here’s to hoping Mexico is soon a full-fledged and fully-functioning member of the First World.

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Still a Slow News Day

May 29th, 2002 - 5:20 pm

Glenn turned me on to Eric Raymond’s Armed and Dangerous blog, and it’s worth your time, too. I was especially taken with this post regarding “sexual competence.”

Turns out, it’s not just for prostitutes and vodka drinkers anymore.

Anyway, give A&D a good read. Think of it as a middlebrow USS Clueless — and I say that with respect, not derision.

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Funny Or Sad? Yes!

May 29th, 2002 - 5:06 pm

NZ Bear has an important list of Do’s and Don’t's for incoming freshmen (sounds like some sort of human artillery attack) at SFSU.

Frankly, I support the University in its efforts to stamp out Celine Dion worship, but this rule where you can’t call a stupid hippie a “stupid hippie” has got to go.

Check it out.

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Link of Confusion

May 29th, 2002 - 3:09 pm

Hey, I made today’s Top 100 at Weblogs! Um. . . does that mean anything?

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Short Blogroll

May 29th, 2002 - 2:59 pm

OxBlog’s Josh Chafetz continues his look into the Immutable Laws of Dowd — and I’m not just plugging it because I wrote Law #4.

Josh, might I also suggest Law #5? “It is usually possible and always desirable to name-drop and name-call in the same sentence.”

Elsewhere in Blogland, Dawn Olsen continues her frisky interview sessions with bloggers across the land. This time, Matt Moore of the Blog of the Century of the Week fame denies he’s gay.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Climate Commiserations

May 29th, 2002 - 1:44 pm

The Prof has lost his air conditioning. And it’s almost June. In Tennessee.

Don’t laugh, kids — this is serious. Growing up in St. Louis, anything over 70 (1,000,006, celsius) was reason to crank the A/C up to 11. And Memphis is just as humid as StL, and further south.

Good luck, Glenn. I know how bad it can be.

CORRECTION: Knoxville. My bad. But still the same old song.

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Sending a Message

May 29th, 2002 - 1:34 pm

Deroy Murdoch explains what it means to be a modern Republican:

*This Congress is set to hike federal spending by 15 percent over just two years, more than quadruple the inflation rate. Most of this does nothing to fight terrorism.

*On May 13, Bush signed a $191 billion farm bill that boosts agriculture subsidies by 80 percent. Congress even included $100 million to provide rural consumers “high-speed, high-quality broadband service.” The Heritage Foundation estimates that this 10-year bill will cost the average U.S. household $180 in new taxes annually.

*Bush’s education department budget grows from $35.75 billion in 2001 (when he arrived) to a projected $57 billion in 2005. That is a four-year, 59.5 percent increase in federal school outlays. Bush’s Leave No Child Behind initiative promotes testing and higher standards, but does little to advance school choice.

*Bush signed the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance-reform law. It treats the disease of legal bribery with a prescribed overdose. As if there were no First Amendment, it will restrict political activists from purchasing ads critical of political incumbents within 60 days of elections.

*Bush dropped an anvil on free-marketeers this spring when he imposed 30 percent tariffs on imported steel and a 27 percent tax on Canadian softwood lumber. This has created throbbing headaches among world leaders who have grown weary of Bush’s self-mocking free-trade rhetoric.

*Bush has applauded a Senate bill by liberal Republican Pete Domenici of New Mexico and arch-liberal Democrat Paul Wellstone of Minnesota that would force company health plans to insure mental illness and physical ailments equally. Costs will soar as employers underwrite medical care for anxiety atop angina.


Enough, indeed. Want to know why Republicans piss me off more than Democrats? Because Republicans are supposed to damn well know better.

Come election day this November, a stubbed toe might prove more fun and less useless than voting Republican.

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Just Think of All the Vodka. . .

May 29th, 2002 - 1:11 pm

Russia — junior partner in the Anglosphere?

Iain Murray seems to think it’s a good idea, and, frankly, if Russia continues to behave like a grown up nation and a helpful ally, I don’t see why it could be a bad idea.

Welcome aboard, tovarishch!

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Amazing — A Second Thought

May 29th, 2002 - 1:04 pm

Read this Sol Ezekial post on the Little Terrorist Who Couldn’t.

We seem to have a theme developing here — it’s just a slow news day.

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Is There a Wahhabbi Answer to Trotsky?

May 29th, 2002 - 12:52 pm

Tal G. shows the way to this occassionally disturbing little site.

Youth of Islam, unite! You have nothing to lose but your. . . OK, thanks to your governments you have nothing at all to lose, but you still have a world to gain! Or blow up! Whichever!

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How Do You Say “Toast” In Arabic?

May 29th, 2002 - 12:41 pm

Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, leader of one of the world’s most totalitarian regimes, today “warned Israel today against going too far on what he called the road of ‘oppression, stubbornness and tyranny.’”

Apparently, the word “irony” doesn’t translate well into Arabic.

We know the Saudi record. If you’re still uncertain, re-read this Michael Barone piece I linked to yesterday. He’s so clear, even addle-brained anti-Americans can get it.

Anyway, in lighter moments, it’s fun to think that the Administration has something Really Big planned for the Middle East. Total fantasy, of course.

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It Would Have Been So Much Easier

May 29th, 2002 - 12:29 pm

I told him to get a blog. Some insane suicidal gunmen just don’t listen.

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Testing Testing Testing

May 29th, 2002 - 12:12 pm

Are we up and running again?

Sorry about that, kids. HostMatters (normally fine, reliable, wonderful people) had a spot of trouble today. But after more than a month, that’s the first time this site has been down.

So forgive them already while I get to work.

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Just In Case

May 29th, 2002 - 12:33 am

I’m probably the last to comment on HBO’s 9/11 special, so you might not want to read this post from last night.

Then again, you might.

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Not That They

May 29th, 2002 - 12:18 am

Reuters (Insert Biologically Revolting And/Or Impossible Metaphor Here) reports a gunman has taken control of the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles. I

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Endless Gas Bags

May 29th, 2002 - 12:16 am

I know the op-ed page at the Washington Times can be a little wacky (I

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Overdue Fees

May 29th, 2002 - 12:14 am

With all the drinking and BBQing over the weekend, I missed the new Steyn. If you did, too, then click here already and get your fix immediately.

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Even Kristof Gets It

May 29th, 2002 - 12:13 am

Net Henthoff continues his crusade against slavery in Sudan, and reminds us that not all problems can be settled with diplomatic niceties, and not all our enemies attack us directly.

Here Henthoff quotes St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Philip Dine:

“He says the government of Sudan has killed 2 million people. He confirms the slave trade; the government goes down to the south, kidnaps people and puts them into slavery. First he recognizes the hideous situation, and then he proposes that we make an arrangement with this … regime.”

And that

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A Little Blogroll Will Get You Anything

May 29th, 2002 - 12:10 am


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Money Money Money

May 29th, 2002 - 12:09 am

None other than webstress Megan McArdle told you so ages ago

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Four-Star Viagra?

May 29th, 2002 - 12:07 am


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Eine Kleine History

May 29th, 2002 - 12:07 am

Bismarck gets a bad rap from most historians. Yeah, the Iron Chancellor had a way of pissing off his contemporary liberals

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Half Wit

May 29th, 2002 - 12:06 am

Today, Tom Friedman gets it half right. Here

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Return of Poetry Wednesdays

May 29th, 2002 - 12:04 am


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