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Round Two

June 30th, 2002 - 11:06 pm

Now that was fun.

Sorry we couldn’t stay longer, kids — but my best man and I had to interview/audition/gawk at the entertainment for my upcoming bachelor party.

Melissa adds that we weren’t all nearly as geeky as she feared, although she’s sad that she didn’t get to see Jeff finish that martini. Frankly, so am I.

And we gotta do that again. Soonish.

UPDATE: Jeff, Melissa also wants to know if your lovely bride Helen had to pour you into the car.

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Reminder

June 28th, 2002 - 5:34 pm

Don’t forget, kids — tomorrow night is the First Whenever Rocky Mountain Blogger Bash.

You don’t need to be a blogger to come join in the fun. Hell, you don’t even have to live in the Rockies.

PS That Kathleen Parker column is posted now. Check it out — I’m semi-famous in Florida.

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An Open Letter

June 28th, 2002 - 10:57 am

That Exxon Valdez LookDear TAPPED,

You mean it took today’s very extra special stupid column before you realized that Cal Thomas is an intolerable, intolerant, ignorant, schmuck? Shame on you.

We here in the blogosphere have known that since way back when his hair was that color naturally.

Marching on Glenn‘s Orders,

-Steve

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Be Careful What You Wish For

June 28th, 2002 - 1:10 am

You want my take on the Supreme Court allowing school vouchers?

I have only two thoughts, both succinct.

First, I think it

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Be Not Careful What You Wish For

June 28th, 2002 - 1:07 am

John Scalzi is one of the few people who, after reading his stuff, makes me think, “Damn, I wish I’d written that.”

Well, he does it again with this piece full of wishes that the ’90s had never happened. And not just wishes — he provides lots of evidence that 1990-1999 simply failed to occur in any manner whatsoever.

Imagine for a moment that all those dollars we made in the dotcom run-up never happened. Imagine further that WorldCom, GE, Enron, and every other company recording huge profits in the ’90s never really made a dime; it was all just slick accounting. Imagine, too, that internet communications, Amazon.com, cheap credit, and easy mortgages had never happened.

But in the end, who cares?

I mean, I still managed to get a lot of really cool stuff.

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Big Time

June 28th, 2002 - 1:05 am

Yesterday I recieved a lovely email from the lovely Kathleen Parker, who lifted a bit of my poor prose for her Sunday column in the Orlando Sentinel.

She somehow managed to do this in the hours between a trip to the dentist and her well-earned vacation. Truly, I am flattered. Very much so, all the usual kidding aside.

Thank you, Kathleen. And just how many drugs did the dentist give you?

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Bravo

June 28th, 2002 - 12:56 am

Thomas Sowell takes on a tough issue with much grace and zero rancor.

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This guy could run a damn fine blog, if he could just be bothered to. I don’t often agree with what he says, but he says it with conviction and force and an attitude much appreciated around here.

When he bothers to say anything at all, that is.

Dan Tabb is my web administratrix Stacy’s lesser half — and I really wish he’d blog more damn often. Check him out and tell him who sent you.

And, yeah, I am trying to bully him into doing more with his site.

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It’s been so long since I said something nice about Mort Kondracke, that you’re forgiven for not remembering that I hold him in the highest regard. Clench your teeth and read this:

It may be politically risky, but Congress owes it to the country to question President Bush’s new doctrine of pre-emptive military action against countries such as Iraq.

And it needs to question, too, the administration’s strategy for ousting President Saddam Hussein to make sure that it’s successful.

It also remains politacally risky for Congess to debate gravity — but that hardly makes me less likely to fall off my barstool tomorrow night.

In all seriousness. . . oh, to hell with all seriousness. Kondracke was short of ideas today and decided to pluck some easy pickings because he knows what his audience expects.

Although this small segment of his audience expected much better.

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The Middle Front

June 28th, 2002 - 12:37 am

Forgot about Fulan Gong and the implicit challenge they present to the Butchers of Beijing?

Well, the Butchers haven’t forgotten, says StratFor:

Members of the Falun Gong spiritual group have hacked into Chinese TV broadcasts in six different cities over the past six months. This tactic attempts to counter the government’s anti-Falun Gong propaganda, and it may signal the start of a new phase in the battle between the group and the government — one that could pose a bigger threat to the Communist Party if the country’s urban unemployed rise up in support of the group.

And China’s urban unemployed — a number much, much larger than the entire employed American workforce — increasess daily.

Remember that next time China tries to get frisky. Also remember that gives us a trump card to play.

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Innocents Abroad or Whatever

June 28th, 2002 - 12:28 am

In a Saudi-controlled Arab News exclusive, we get to feel what it’s like to be a terror-sponsor abroad:

Osama Bin Laden should be proud of having succeeded in erecting a thick wall of mistrust and suspicion between the Americans and us. It is an achievement that has pleased a broad base of extreme rightist Americans as well as the pro-Israeli lobby who are now doing everything possible to plug any cracks that might appear in the wall and to prevent it from coming down.

However, Bin Laden and the Israeli lobby notwithstanding, we have to deal with the United States, as an important world power despite our wide differences with it over its Middle East policy. America continues to enjoy a substantial share in our country

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Rib Tickling Tragedy

June 28th, 2002 - 12:21 am

We’ve all been there. The difference is, Lileks makes it funny.

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Underpants

June 28th, 2002 - 12:19 am

Slate

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All the Cool Kids Think So

June 28th, 2002 - 12:13 am

Chris, Krauthammer sees it

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Didn

June 28th, 2002 - 12:10 am

When I said don

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Fancy Pants. . . Er, Words

June 28th, 2002 - 12:06 am

Today, Nick Kristof gets all French-like on us. Tres simplesme.

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Friday Recipe

June 28th, 2002 - 12:01 am

Just because it

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A Steely-Eyed Raised Glass Salute

June 27th, 2002 - 11:00 pm

Not only did Charles Austin work VP into one of his fab Scourge of Richard Cohen pieces, he even managed a Steely Dan reference.

Please, kids, believe me when I tell you it’s the Steely Dan mention that earned Charles this very heartfelt link.

Oh, did I mention it includes a new drinking game?

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Glowing

June 27th, 2002 - 10:43 pm

It’s going to be very, very difficult this evening to work up enough concern for the world to give you decent material for tomorrow morning.

It’s not the steaks we grilled for dinner. It’s not the lovely Zin we drank with the steaks. It’s not the two hours we sat and talked on the sofa after. It’s not even the very lovely Absolut Mandarin martini I’m enjoying right now.

Nope. None of those reasons.

But I did just order her bride’s gift.

UPDATE: The advantage to being old-fashioned is, she goes home after dinner, giving you the chance to secretly gift shop while still feeling all happy and glowing from her being with you.

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Blog Rules

June 27th, 2002 - 10:26 pm

Our very own Charles Johnson broke the story, and now it’s running above the mast at Drudge.

Advantage: Little Green Footballs.

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Lovely

June 27th, 2002 - 3:07 pm

Today was shaping up to be a fine one for visits and page views — but we’ll never know, because Sitemeter crapped out the entire afternoon.

Anyway, they have the problem fixed, so the page should at least load faster now. Sorry.

UPDATE: Well, they had the problem fixed. Past data shows up now, it just isn’t counting new page views.

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Sense Breaking Out?

June 27th, 2002 - 2:32 pm

Just heard on Fox — Ninth Circuit Judge Whatsisname has just stayed his own ruling.

Check Drudge or somewhere for the story. I’ve got some errands to run.

UPDATE: Here’s the story from AP.

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Low Hanging Fruit

June 27th, 2002 - 1:42 pm

During the Cold War, we learned that pariah states will help one another, even when they don’t have any interests in common. South Africa and Israel shared their nuclear weapons programs, North Korea and Libya swapped missiles for oil, and France and the PLO got hot and heavy under the bleachers.

So it comes as no surprise that Iran and Iraq, bitter enemies for all of human history, have quietly cooperated smuggling oil, cash, and weapons since 1991.

Or at least until now:

The [Iranian] government has been cracking down on Iraqi ships using Iranian coastal waters to smuggle oil out of Iraq and prohibited goods into Iraq. This was done quietly, and the UN naval patrol in the gulf got the message when they noted Iraqi smugglers using smaller boats for smuggling because the larger ships were being stopped and searched by Iranian navy patrol ships. The government has made no announcement about the change in policy, which will hurt Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussien.

Iran is trying to reform. Slowly, haltingly, and never far enough. And take this lesson from history: Revolutions usually don’t happen when people have no hope; revolutions happen when conditions aren’t improving as fast as expectations. And that makes Iran very ripe, indeed.

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A Fun Break from the War

June 27th, 2002 - 12:35 pm

Martin Devon visits El-Lay, where the cigars are overpriced and unavailable. And so are the chesty waitresses.

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Forgiveness

June 27th, 2002 - 12:18 pm

Somehow, Lorenzo Cortes manages to get in digs at both Nixon and lefties in a post about the Pledge. Read:

A ridiculous decision, yes, of course! What would you expect from a Nixon-appointed judge? Remember, Nixon was a statist of the first order. If it hadn’t been for Vietnam and that whole Watergate-tampering-with-the-Constitution issue, the Left would have accepted him.

Lorenzo, the Left could have forgiven Nixon even Watergate, had he not lifted his wage & price controls.

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That’s a Childhood?

June 27th, 2002 - 12:11 pm

Charles Johnson has some fresh photographic outrage at LGF.

How the hell does he find all this stuff?

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Does Asparagirl Know?

June 27th, 2002 - 12:01 pm

Don’t mess with Condi. She took on Colin Powell and won; she can take on you, too.

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Like I Should Talk

June 27th, 2002 - 11:50 am

We told Walt there won’t be a cover charge at the RMBB, but he went and started a blog, anyway.

The things some people will do for a drink. Sheesh.

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Salesmanship

June 27th, 2002 - 11:37 am

Brink Lindsey is with me — he can’t figure out “which side is more infuriating.” Always knew that guy was smart.

Go read his post. Oh, and buy his book, too.

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Naming Names

June 27th, 2002 - 11:31 am

Drudge says someone is getting ready to leave the Supreme Court.

What, with this pressing Pledge issue at hand?

Seriously, though — anyone want to place bets on who is retiring? Just leave a little comment.

UPDATE: I can’t find any bookies on the web taking bets on this. Anyone want to help?

FURTHER UPDATE: Laurence Simon has the betting line.

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