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Posted at 6:40am on Jun. 22, 2006 Interesting fact<S>s</S> of the morning.

By Moe Lane

1). Kos has apparently decided to go against his own request and talk about things (Obviously, there are going to be dKos links sprinkled throughout here; You Have Been Warned).  Fascinating stuff; all about neocon masters and Joe Lieberman and how TNR is against the little people.  And oh, yes, the magazine's finally now solidly on the Right, but is going to die anyway.

Restrain your laughter, people: that's for Stage IV of the flameout.  We're still in Stage II.

Read on.

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Posted at 6:56am on Jun. 20, 2006 &quot;Whales, Shmales, it's an election year!&quot; - I hear you cry.

By Moe Lane

Save the whales!  Win valuable prizes!

Something interesting going on over at the International Whaling Commission.  I'll let Dan Drezner give the low-down:

The IWC has a fun history. Originally set up by countries with active whaling industries, powerful members shifted policies once environmentalists became a more influential domestic lobby than whalers. By 1986, the IWC had institued a ban on all commercial whaling.

At present, the United States and supports a ban on the commercial hunting of all whales to protect the endangered species. Because of their politically powerful whaling industries - and consumer preferences for whale meat - Japan and several Scandanavian countries prefer reversing the ban. Japan has tried to circumvent this rule by authorizing the hunting of more than 500 whales in the North Pacific, ostensibly for scientific research - but much of the whale meat harvested from these scientific hunts has found its way into commercial restaurants.

In an effort to alter the status quo, Japan has attempted to pack the IWC membership with loyal votes, paying membership dues so microstates such as Dominica, Grenada, and the Solomon Islands can join. These countries have consistently supported Japan's position in return for large dollops of official development assistance, preventing the creation of new sanctuaries for whales in the South Pacific.

Read on.

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Posted at 6:35am on Jun. 19, 2006 Murtha to Earthling Translation...

By Moe Lane

Self-promoted from Diaries, because of this. You'd think that a weblog commenter would not have to explain current events to the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Defense, but then truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense.

Sorry: I don't know who said that first.

...requested by Jeff Goldstein.  Can't say that I blame him: this Russert interview was almost... sad.

If I wasn't a bloodthirsty imperialist Likudnik-loving neocon chickenhawk dupe of the ruling class, that is.

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Posted at 10:40pm on Jun. 7, 2006 As a cat plays with a mouse...

By Moe Lane

I know that many people here are not entirely fond of Hugh Hewitt.  That is, of course, your privilege:  he is, after all, an advocate of certain policies that some of you disapprove of, and he disapproves of certain policies that some of you advocate.  That is the nature of politics.

All that being said, this interview with Professor Paul Campos is simply too good to pass up.  I say 'interview' because all the best metaphors to describe what Campos went through would be too graphic, too violent or both.

Read on.

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Posted at 6:18am on Jun. 7, 2006 CA-50 open thread (or, "we'll always have Herseth")

By Moe Lane

Say Hello to my Little Update [2006-6-7 5:18:34 by Moe Lane]: Looks like the results are essentially in:

Brian P. Bilbray 56,130 49.50%

Francine Busby 51,292 45.23%

That's with something like 90% of the precincts reporting. We will be no doubt told the usual about how this demonstrates that there's a mighty wave coming to sweep out the Republicans, this was a moral victory for the Democrats, and so on, and so on. My response?

(Goes to the Big Board of National Races)

(Finds CA-50)

(Uses the wooden stick to move that counter to the Republican side)




For your convenience.  No results for about another hour, though.

Here's one link  and here's another.

Update [2006-6-6 22:9:21 by Moe Lane]: Constant Reader Ender gives us this link, which is unofficially listing Bilbray as ahead in absentee ballots.

Another Update [2006-6-6 22:16:8 by Moe Lane]: Hotline is keeping track, as well. Probably for longer than I will.

Yet Another Update [2006-6-6 22:36:34 by Moe Lane]: You know, it'd be nice if CA would get off their butts and post something resembling a running total so that I can get some sleep. Just saying, that's all.

Snakes on an Update, Man! [2006-6-6 23:20:45 by Moe Lane]: Leon very kindly found this link to the actual results... which, of course, are not yet forthcoming. To heck with it; it's time for bed anyway.

Update [2006-6-6 23:42:00 by Leon]: Watch live coverage on the NBC affiliate in San Diego.

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Posted at 7:35pm on Apr. 19, 2006 On civility.

By Moe Lane

I have received some very gracious apologies for some unfortunate exchanges made earlier - and never mind from or by whom - and in response I'd like to note the following:

1). Thank you to everyone who has apologized.  Let it be as if it never happened - including any specific warnings that may have transpired.

2). That being said, this is going to be a stressful year to be a conservative, liberal, centrist, Democrat, Republican, American and/or any other flavor of human being*.  We will all need to stay loose and keep our cool - and I do not exclude myself from this.

5). No, three.  That being said, I understand that baseball season is a special case.


*Well, every year is, but this one will be a doozy.

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Posted at 9:00am on Apr. 17, 2006 My own observation on Rumsfeld.

By Moe Lane

A fairly simple one, and it will be no doubt hacked at in comments, but here it is: those who wanted him gone had their chance to change matters in 2004.  SecDef - and it really should be SecWar - is at this moment the single most important Cabinet position we have; more to the point, this current President knows it.  So I expect that Sec. Rumsfeld will be around for as long as Pres. Bush is.

If you are a Democrat and this bothers you, well, I guess that means that you should have spent less time online in 2004 and more time canvassing for Sen. Kerry.

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Posted at 10:38am on Apr. 13, 2006 The Euston Manifesto

By Moe Lane

On second thought, let's promote this puppy. - Moe Lane

That interesting document may be found here.  They want to make being 'progressive' compatible with 'actually fighting real tyranny' - and I've been reading Norm Geras (one of the authors) for years, and I can tell you; he means it.

I don't agree with the Manifesto in a good number of places.  Neither will most of you.  The writers are not conservatives (or even neoconservatives); they oppose us on various issues - sometimes deeply so - and they do not couch their opposition to murderers, terrorists and dictators in the same fashion that we do.  But they are in opposition, and it is frankly a bit of a relief to see that the Decent Left is not yet dead.

(Via Normblog)

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Posted at 7:34am on Mar. 21, 2006 Mi mi mi mi....

By Moe Lane

We shall now hand the mike over to Tom Lehrer.  Fun fact for the day, by the way: the man's still alive.  He had people tell other people that he was dead so they'd stop sending him fan mail.

Ehh.  Mathematicians. Anyway...

"I'd like to take you now on wings of song, as it were, and try and help you forget perhaps for a while your drab, wretched lives.

"Here's a song all about spring-time in general, and in particular, about one of the many delightful pastimes the coming of spring affords us all."

Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here.

Life is skittles and life is beer.

I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring.

I do, don't you? 'Course you do.

But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me,

And makes ev'ry Sunday a treat for me.

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Posted at 10:39am on Nov. 29, 2005 I like Kaus, but geez...

By Moe Lane

...he struck out on this completely:

Aren't those who predict doom for TimesSelect like those who predicted doom for cable television? After all, why would someone pay for a TV show when they could see TV shows for free on the regular broadcast channels? That's what some people must have thought when cable programming started. Were they wrong! Won't the same thing happen with pay-Websites?

There are several good answers to this question: For starters, news is more fungible than drama--any number of sites can tell you the Canadian government has fallen, and any one site isn't that much better at it than another. Plus the web is interactive--HBO's Sopranos doesn't depend for its visibility on being linked by free TV shows.

Read on.

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Posted at 10:33am on Nov. 22, 2005 Superman, Aslan and Christ.

By Moe Lane

Based on the RedHot commentary above:

Let us say that the new Superman film is just chock-full of overt Messianic - or even Christian - symbolism.  How will that practically differ from The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe coming out soon?

Serious question designed to elicit thoughts, btw.  I can think of a couple of angles, but I'm interested in what others think as well.

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Posted at 11:10am on Nov. 3, 2005 And now they have guns.

By Moe Lane

They being the rioters in France, who have now started shooting at police (via OTB):

BOBIGNY, France (Reuters) - Rioters shot at police and fire crews in the worst night in a week of violence in poor Paris suburbs, as France's conservative government struggled to respond to the unrest.

Youths rampaged in nine poor suburbs north and east of Paris, home to North African and black African minorities frustrated at their failure to get jobs or recognition in French society, leaving a trail of destruction behind them.

"It's a dramatic situation. It is very serious and we fear that the events could even get worse tonight," said Francis Masanet, secretary general of the UNSA police trade union.

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Posted at 4:26pm on Oct. 26, 2005 Candid Stossel Column.

By Moe Lane

Over at Real Clear Politics.

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Posted at 6:03pm on Oct. 20, 2005 BRIDGE... TO... THE... FUUUUTTTTUUUUREEEEE...

By Moe Lane

JOIN Intrepid Space Senator Lisa Murkowski in her greatest adventure yet!

THRILL to the epic, twilight struggle against the insidious forces of Tom the Coburn and his Bridge-Breakers!

GASP at the sheer amount of money spent, nay, BURNED for your viewing enjoyment!





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Posted at 11:15am on Oct. 20, 2005 Testing the Waters?

By Moe Lane

Stephen Green isn't saying that Democrats are, although I think that he thinks that maybe they should, using Ms. Sheehan's recent strong criticism of Senator Clinton* as touchstone:

Sheehan's rant gives us an early test for how the Democratic presidential nominee will do in 2008. If this rant gets media play outside the blogosphere, will rank & file Democrats coalesce around Clinton or around Sheehan? Will they move to protect one of their strongest potential candidates, or around the brainwashed hater of Western Civilization?

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