Archives for October, 2008

Familiar Cliches Dumped on Maher

Damon Linker reviews Religulous for The New Republic. Let’s see, TNR is a left-leaning publication, so they will tend to be sympathetic to Maher’s message. But they also fancy themselves very high-brow, which means they have to be turned off by Maher’s in-your-face tactics. The review practically writes itself. Let’s start at the end:

Buckley Resigns From NR

A few days ago I linked to this essay by Christopher Buckley, announcing his intention to vote for Barack Obama. Buckley seems not to have realized that modern Republicans politics has nothing to do with arguments and ideas. It has to do with extreme stupidity and mindless hate for dissenters. National Review was so inundated…

World Chess Championship Begins!!

Ohmigod ohmigod ohmigod! Just try to guess why I am so excited right now. I dare you, just try. I’ll even give you some time… Okay, so maybe the title gave it away. The long awaited (among chess fans anyway) match between Viswanathan Anand of India and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia begins today. To fully…

First Buckley, Now Hitchens!

Following on the heels of Christopher Buckley’s surprising endorsement of Obama, now Hitchens comes on board: On “the issues” in these closing weeks, there really isn’t a very sharp or highly noticeable distinction to be made between the two nominees, and their “debates” have been cramped and boring affairs as a result. But the difference…

With Obama in the Naples role, of course: The Estero High football staff gathered in head coach Rich Dombroski’s office late Friday, almost in stunned silence. Earlier that night, Estero lost to Naples High by 13. Not by 13 points. By 13 touchdowns. That’s right: Naples 91, Estero 0. The rout fallout has been growing…

McCain vs. Gore

Sorry for the sporadic blogging lately. I have a really good excuse though: haven’t felt like blogging. But this article got me thinking. It seems that Christopher Buckley, son of William F., is voting for Obama:

McCain Goes Splat

In the first debate I thought McCain had slightly the better of it. Basically a draw, but McCain seemed a bit more forceful and confident. Then the polling over the next few days showed that most people thought Obama was the clear winner. Yay! I hope, though, that I am not similarly out of touch…

Biden in a Rout

Granted, I’m hardly an unbiased source. But come on folks! I know these debates are decided far more on style than substance, but surely at some point you have to say something. The country just can’t be so far gone that ninety minutes of contentless babbling that stops just short of utter humiliation now makes…

Crossword News, Crossword Blues

News first: The New York Times has reached dizzying new heights with today’s magnificent crossword puzzle. Sadly, finding a New York Times here in Harrisonburg is rather like finding two identical snowflakes. Hard to do. So I haven’t actually seen the puzzle yet. But I know it is excellent because it was constructed by my…