The group blog of The New Republic
October 3, 2007
In response to Chris's post on the upcoming NBA season, commenter vcolatrino writes, "No offense, Chris, but the baseball postseason begins today, and we're getting posts about what may happen in the NBA playoffs nine months from now? ... I would love to see someone at the Plank resurrect the baseball playoffs blog."
During yesterday's Blackwater hearing, Republicans kept complaining that everyone was ignoring all the good news about private military firms in Iraq. They were especially high on CEO Erik Prince's argument that Blackwater guards "only" discharged their weapons 195 times in more than 16,000 missions in Iraq since 2005--"barely" one percent.
As expected, President Bush today vetoed a proposed expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). By now, faithful readers of this website are familiar with the administration's arguments--and the many flaws they contain.
My Neiman Marcus Christmas Book arrived in today's mail, an event to which I look forward every year, not because I have any need for a $110,000 His & Hers portrait of me and Chris done in Bosco chocolate syrup, but because I see the catalog as a telling glimpse at the longings of the super-rich--or at least what highly paid marketing teams have divin