Health

"santa Isn't Fat By Accident"
December 04, 2006

It's so hard to escape the PC Police these days! As the venerable Dylan might put it, they'll stone you when you call a bad thing "gay," they'll stone you when you fete Columbus Day, they'll stone you if you love foie gras and veal, and now they'll even stone you if you want to skip a meal! This from this week's National Review (sus req): Get ready for Fat Studies. ... The University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee is offering a course titled "The Social Construction of Obesity." There is no such thing as being fat, you see; "fatness" is just a figment.

Rashomon, Conservative Pundit Style
December 01, 2006

Yesterday, George Will weighed in on the Bush-Webb brouhaha. He blasted Webb, writing: Wednesday's Post reported that at a White House reception for newly elected members of Congress, Webb "tried to avoid President Bush," refusing to pass through the reception line or have his picture taken with the president. When Bush asked Webb, whose son is a Marine in Iraq, "How's your boy?" Webb replied, "I'd like to get them [sic] out of Iraq." When the president again asked "How's your boy?" Webb replied, "That's between me and my boy." [snip] Webb certainly has conveyed what he is: a boor.

Widening The Gap
November 24, 2006

The other day I posted a Spine noting a New York Times article explaining why "China Poor Worse Off While the Rich Get Richer." This is in a "successful" communist society.

Hot House
November 21, 2006

"Time is running out, and we need to move forward on this," Senator Barbara Boxer declared in a conference call with reporters last week, referring to global warming. The California Democrat will take over as chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee in January, and she has already vowed to make climate change a top priority, reversing a decade of inaction by congressional Republicans.

An Opportunity For Genuine (and Selfless) Leadership By Nancy Pelosi And Robert Byrd
November 20, 2006

by Sanford Levinson I have on several occasions railed against what I regard as basic defects in our constitutional order. Here I want to focus on a decidely "non-constitutional" defect that is every bit as serious, which is the present Succession in Office Act establishing who would succeed to the presidency in case there is no vice president.

Kerry's Ego Problem
November 20, 2006

He can't have it both ways. Whom do I mean? I mean John Forbes Kerry. He has been testing the presidential waters. And doubtless misreading the temperature, which, from all reports and polls, has been very chilly. Anyway, he wants to run for president. But, if Kerry is a candidate for the Democratic nomination, he will not be able to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Which would make several Massachusetts congressmen happy. And also Joe Kennedy, alas. They might run for the soon-to-be vacated Senate seat.

Political Charity
November 19, 2006

by Cass Sunstein After our little exchange on political grace (thanks to Richard Stern for the joke, which is quite illuminating), it might be worthwhile to think a bit about the idea of political charity, especially in the context of divided government. Three practices seem to constitute political charity. First, those who display political charity do not question the motives of those with whom they disagree. On the contrary, they cast those motives in the best possible light.

On Grace
November 11, 2006

by Cass Sunstein In the immediate aftermath of the elections, at least two Republicans have shown considerable grace: Rick Santorum and George W. Bush. Santorum's concession speech was, in its way, quite remarkable. Showing no trace of bitterness, he began by praising Bob Casey, saying that he was a fine man and that he would do a fine job for Pennsylvania.

My Vote For Speaker
November 07, 2006

Yes, the mind wanders in Paris, and it wanders freely. Here's a thought that is on many people's minds but has not come off many people's tongues. Nancy Pelosi should not be speaker of the House. Rahm Emanuel should be. He is smarter, more savvy, understands the political middle as both norm and fact. And he is extremely likeable, truly trustworthy, a politician of honor and imagination. Imagine someone out of the Clinton White House who emerged untainted by even a whiff of scandal. Unlike other pols who used to raise Democratic money from me, he was not a hustler.

The Wrong Target?
November 06, 2006

by Jacob T.

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