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Scotsman Jailed 8 Months For Facebook Comments


In Scotland, posting stupid things on Facebook is a “hate crime” punishable by serious jail time.

Palin ‘Target’ Graphic in Perspective


Palin’s infamous “target” poster recycles a theme used by both parties over the years.

Change in American Political Parties


If the Republicans win back Congress in November, it will be largely unearned. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no incentive for change in American politics.

London Times to Offer Less for More


The venerable Times of London will soon go behind a paywall, hide their content from search engines, and offer less content.  This is an odd business strategy. Guardian: News International has unveiled new-look Times and Sunday Times websites that, from next month, will only be accessible to people who pay to use them. The papers’ […]

US Government a Joke in Europe?


In his years in Washington reporting for The Scotsman, Alex Massie developed an appreciation for many things this country has to offer, such as college football.  But, as he explains in a piece for Foreign Policy, our Congress was decidedly not amongst them. His piece is subtitled “Viewed from across the pond, the U.S. Congress […]

Ressentiment Creep


Earlier this week, Julian Sanchez penned a piece titled “The Politics of Ressentiment” to explain the Sarah Palin and Tea Party phenomena.   It challenges Conor Friedersdorf‘s notion that Palin’s “exaggerated victimhood” as part of a phenomenon he himself dubbed “the politics of schadenfreude — the strategy of deliberately drawing political support from the perception that […]

Tiger Woods Unpaved Road Ad

Tiger Woods Road High Performance Isn't Paved Accenture Ad

Alex Massie passes along “An unfortunately timed Accenture advertisement in the Wall Street Journal today that has also caught the attention of the folks at TMZ (who dub it “the definition of irony) and, I’m sure, others. The juxtaposition of this and Woods’ car crash over the weekend is somewhat amusing, although I’m sure the […]

Manly Thoughts

Manzine Logo

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

question time

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 […]

Lockerbie Bomber Released

Lockerbie bomber release photo

As has been anticipated, the man who murdered 270 people by bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, has been given a compassionate release from prison so that he may spend his dying days with his family. I’ve written a lengthy roundup of the matter, “Lockerbie Bomber Released Over U.S. Objections,” for […]

Health Reform: What Liberals Want


Kevin Drum seconds Alex Massie that a British-style nationalized health system is not a politically feasible option in the United States.  Indeed, even Democrats don’t want that: [W]ith the exception of a few outliers, the liberal community really, truly doesn’t want a fully government owned and operated healthcare system like the NHS.  We want a […]

Democrats Should Embrace States’ Rights


Alex Massie argues that the current inability of the Democrats to pass meaningful health care reform, one of their signature issues, despite overwhelming control of the government shows the system is broken. It’s more difficult than it was in LBJ’s day, mind you. All the horse-trading that once went on in private now takes place […]

John Wayne: 30 Years Later


Alex Massie and Radley Balko remind me that John Wayne died 30 years ago today. I recall it well, having just recently returned to the States from Germany and waiting to start 8th grade in El Paso.  I’ve seen most of his movies since and become a bigger fan. Someone (Robert Prather, perhaps) shared via […]

Gordon Brown’s Last Days

Gordon Brown Losing Grip

Despite an embarrassing drubbing of his Labour Party at the polls and the resignation of several key ministers, the UK’s Gordon Brown vows “I will not waver, I will not walk away, I will finish the work.” As I explain in my New Atlanticist post “Britain’s Brown on Borrowed Time,” that’s unlikely to happen.  Nor […]

Andrew Sullivan Profile


This profile of Andrew Sullivan in Intelligent Life by his friend Johann Hari is quite good.  This ‘graph is especially noteworthy: Sullivan is often accused of flip-flopping according to political expediency, but it’s revealing that almost all the later tensions in his thought are prefigured in his writings about Oakeshott from his early 20s, recently […]

Armenia Genocide – Obama’s About Face


Alex Massie and  Matt Welch hammer President Obama for joining a long line of politicians who use the phrase “Armenian genocide” on the campaign trail and then scrupulously avoid the G-word once in office.  Andrew Sullivan seems to agree. Certainly, Obama boxed himself into a corner on this one, talking boldly on the campaign trail […]

Jindal Flubs Debut


Judging from a scan of memeorandum and my RSS feed, quite literally everyone writing about Bobby Jindal’s national coming out party, his Republican response to Obama’s non-State of the Union address, thought it was an epic fail.  Indeed, seemingly everyone came to the independent conclusion that his delivery was channeling moronic page Kenneth Parcell from […]

Ecstasy Safer Than Peanuts


A New Scientist editorial titled “Drugs drive politicians out of their minds” begins with an interesting thought experiment: IMAGINE you are seated at a table with two bowls in front of you. One contains peanuts, the other tablets of the illegal recreational drug MDMA (ecstasy). A stranger joins you, and you have to decide whether […]

Alex Massie Takes the Airbus


Alex Massie’s blog has been absorbed by The Spectator. Update your feeds and blogrools accordingly. *For the uninitiated, “takes the Airbus” is a play on “take the Boeing,” a Glenn Reynolds coinage from way back in 2002.

Obama and Europe

Obama and Kennedy

Will Barack Obama quickly repair our relations with our European allies? Robert Kaplan and Matt Yglesias are sure he will but Alex Massie isn’t so sure.  Dan Drezner thinks Alex too pessimistic. In, “Will Obama Fix Transatlantic Relations?,” I argue that Obama will be much less of a departure than most seem to think, both […]

Wire Politics

The Wire

Jonah Goldberg argues that conservatives should have embraced “The Wire” more than we did. This is a Democratic city, run almost uniformly by liberals. While many of the problems most prominently on display can certainly be traced back to racism, racism itself is not a central issue in The Wire (nor is racism an inherently […]

Das Global Bankensystem Wankt

Global Bankensystem Wankt

The following headline appeared in Berliner Zeitung a while back and was captured by Idle: Megan McArdle and Alex Massie both found it slightly more amusing that I do but I thought it worth sharing, if a bit too risky for New Atlanticist.

Hell or New York City

Suburban yard

A debate about the relative desirability of city and suburban living is spreading through the blogosphere at a surprising clip, given the timelessness of the topic.   It began, as best I can determine, by Duncan “Atrios” Black (a PhD economist) explaining that there are tradeoffs to having a big yard. [I]f everyone has a big […]