The group blog of The New Republic
September 7, 2007
Hmm... Josh writes that "coal is an undesirable energy source mostly because... it emits a ton of greenhouse gas." Well, sort of. There are also the mercury and sulfur-dioxide emissions to consider. Plus mountaintop-removal mining, which is destroying broad swaths of Appalachia. Then there are all the miners who die or get injured each year.
At what point does Rudy Giuliani's "obsessive" fascination with The Godfather become something we should be worried about?
The DSCC has announced the winner of its '08 bumper-sticker contest. While watching Carville's goofy "behind-the-scenes" strategy videos on this subject has been passing-a-kidney-stone painful, the winning slogan is actually pretty funny. Not laugh-out-loud, picture-Mitt-Romney-varmint-hunting funny. But mildly amusing.
Now someone please put James back in his cage.
New Hampshire Union-Leader: "McCain reborn: A comeback begun"
Science-fiction and children's author Madeleine L'Engle died Thursday. For those who, like me, found A Wrinkle in Time to be an early primer in understanding the relationship between science and religion, or who first encountered apocalyptic dread reading A Swiftly Tilting Planet (the poem from which, "At Tara in this fateful hour ..." still pops into my mind occasionally when nuclear war comes up), here's a quote to remember her by:
Confused about all those Iraq reports? Marin Cogan, Melanie Mason, and Barron YoungSmith tell you all you need to know here.
--Alexander M. Belenky
I love Clive Owen. I love Paul Giamatti. And I love--actually, given that my wife is also a contributor to this blog, I will leave to readers' imaginations how I feel about Monica Bellucci.
I did not, however, love Shoot 'Em Up. Or even like it. If one were feeling generous, one could say that director Michael Davis's homage/parody/distillation of the action genre succeeds on its own terms. But I'm not, so I'll say instead that the terms on which it succeeds are set far too low.