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Charles Hynes, ACORN Scandal DA, Has ACORN Ties?

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When I first saw Alex Knapp’s report this morning that Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes had cleared ACORN of wrongdoing in the infamous prostitution sting operation by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, my natural instinct was to look into his background to see what his political motivation might be.   A quick glance at his Wikipedia […]

OTB Radio — Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

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The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live from 5:30-6:30 Eastern. Dave Schuler and I will talk about Sarah Palin’s comeback tour and ensuing controversies and President Obama’s Asia trip.  Alex Knapp will join us to provide his legal expertise on the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial and Steve Verdon […]

Three Felonies a Day

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Radley Balko argues we are now seeing the fruition of Ayn Rand’s fear that government would eventually declare “so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws” in order to extend its power. Part of the drop can of course be explained by mass incarceration—America leads […]

Manly Thoughts

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If you haven’t been reading MANzine lately, here’s what you’ve missed: Features: Fixing College Football (James Joyner) –   Most of the first weekend’s college football games are a joke that make a mockery of sportsmanship and competition. Manliness in the Modern Age (Alex Knapp) – I’ve never understood why so many of my male […]

Heckling the President

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In his Daily Beast debut, Alex Massie rises in defense of Joe Wilson’s outburst. No, not so much whether Obama was lying in this particular instance but rather the very notion that it’s “inappropriate” to heckle the president.  The whole piece is worth a read but here’s a taste: Trivial though it may seem, this […]

Manly Thoughts

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If you haven’t been reading MANzine this week, here’s what you’ve missed: Can a Real Man Drive a Minivan? (James Joyner) – Despite what the advertisements may tell you, manhood has little to do with what kind of cigarettes you smoke, what car you drive, or how white your shirts could be. Emergency Flank Steak […]

Manly Thoughts

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If you haven’t been reading MANzine this week, here’s what you’ve missed: Manhood in the 21st Century (Scott Payne) – We have learned to cease thinking of ourselves as men. That’s a mistake. Why We Play Fantasy Football (Jon Stonger) – What is it about drafting an imaginary team in an imaginary league for an […]

Google Chrome Bleg

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I gave Google’s Chrome browser a go the first few days after its debut but found it rather annoying and went back to Firefox.  The latter has gotten so balky of late, however, that I’ve followed Alex Knapp’s suggestion and given Chrome another chance. For the most part, it’s fine.  I’m not having the crashing […]

Bob Dylan Arrested for Walking

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Bob Dylan was on the pavement, thinking about the government. And they arrested him. Rock legend Bob Dylan was treated like a complete unknown by police in a New Jersey shore community when a resident called to report someone wandering around the neighborhood. Dylan was in Long Branch, about a two-hour drive south of New […]

Manly Thoughts

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What you’ve missed the past week if you’re not reading Manzine: Features: Mad About Mad Men (James Joyner) – “Mad Men” is the hottest show on TV, having somehow captured the zeitgeist with its meticulous portrayal of early 1960s Manhattan. Guide to Homebrewing Beer (Tim F) – Brewing your own beer is pretty easy. Here […]

Martini and Steak

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A while back, in response to a snark from Andrew Exum, I noted that, “As to the side issue of whether the combination of a martini and a steak makes for a good meal, it undoubtedly does.  However, I prefer to have the martini (or perhaps two) ahead of the meal and then switch to […]

Manly Things

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Busy day around the Joyner household, so likely not much posting unless Michael Jackson comes back to life, President Obama hosts a mojito summit, or similar earth shattering news breaks. In the meantime, enjoy some of these fine posts over at MANzine. Do Cheaters Make Better Leaders? (Jon Stonger) – Sex scandals have been a […]

Star Trek Prequel Movie

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The new “Star Trek” prequel is out.   The reviews are mixed but Jar-Jar Binks is not featured, guaranteeing that it’ll be better than the first “Star Wars” prequel. What’s interesting is how well the franchise has endured and how wide-ranging its appeal remains.  The show (since dubbed “The Original Series” or “TOS” by the fanbase) […]