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LEBRON JAMES

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LeBron James long ago stopped being an “amateur,” as he became a national celebrity and everyone around him started cashing in. But so what? If he were a computer prodigy rather than an athletic one, there would be no fuss.

DEAR PRUDIE

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The Dear Prudie column on Slate continues to depress. Is everyone out there living this Jerry Springer Show existence? Or are the most pathetic of the reader questions selected precisely to elicit that reaction?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM ON PGA TOUR

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In the midst of the Title IX debate, we have the news that LPGA phenom Annika Sorenstam is thinking of playing in a PGA event. This strikes me as a no-win situation, other than for those who will profit from the circus that her appearance would become. Sorenstam is a terrific golfer and golf may […]

UN INSPECTIONS

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This Onion sendup of the UN weapons inspection regime is a classic. I actually came across it yesterday, way back in my pre-blogging days.

PLAIN SPEAKING

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Nicolas Kralev of the Washington Times breaks the story that the Administration has changed its national security strategy to say that the US will consider using nuclear weapons in response to an attack with chemical or biological weapons. (Lead headline on Drudge right now). While this will fuel more “Bush is a cowboy” talk, I […]

AFFIRMATIVE LOGIC

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Slate‘s “jurisprudence” columnist takes issue with the Bush logic on affirmative action, arguing that racial discrimination in favor of blacks and Hispanics isn’t actually racial discrimination against whites, because the vast majority of whites who fail to gain admission to prestige colleges are rejected for reasons other than racial quotas. Isn’t that like saying cigarette […]

EUROPEAN WAR VIEWS

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Someone called the Agonist produced this map of European war views , which I found on InstaPundit. Both enlightening and amusing.

HOW NOT TO ARGUE

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Sadly, Ann Coulter continues to make me rethink my position whenever I agree with her. She briefly became my favorite columnist during the Clinton impeachment scandal, but she continues to spew forth semi-Fascist rants in the post-9/11 world. She’s clever and not bad to look at, but it gets awfully tiresome when she continues to […]

GOOD MOVIE, WRONG LESSON

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Yes, the Jack Nicholson character (Colonel Jessep) had some great lines and it was easy to cheer for some of them. But Jessup was a villain in the flick.

UNILATERALISM, REDUX

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More UN and French bashing from my favorite unilateralist, Charles Krauthammer. He refutes the argument made by Kristoff (see below) and others quite bluntly: “The great lament of the president’s critics is that ‘Europe’ is against us. This is a fiction. Britain is with us, as are Spain and Italy, as are Portugal and Denmark, […]

ON UNILATERALISM

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Nicholas Kristoff of NYT writes in his column that the whole world hates the US because of our arrogance in the Iraq matter and just, well, generally. He writes that, “It’s also possible that if all your friends say you’re making a mistake, they’re not mendacious back-stabbers but simply right.” Certainly true but, as he […]

WWII PARALLELS

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Michael Dobbs of The Washington Post argues that there are parallels between today’s Bush-Blair meeting on the impending war with Saddam and the pre-WWII dialogues between Churchill and FDR on Hitler. In this case, the relationship is reversed, in that Churchill was pushing a reluctant FDR into action against the strong opposition of the American […]

FIRST POST

I’ve finally decided to join the blogging community. Everyone else has one, so why not me? Until now, I have just provided my commentary to my unfortunate friends via a constant stream of e-mails. Note: This is imported from the blogspot site, which was where OTB resided from January 31 – April 7, 2003. The […]