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On We Endorse The Hooker Dude

Ugh.

He was an abysmal governor and this is a bald attempt to position himself for mayor in 4 years. Why would we take the first step toward that.

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 11:47 pm 0

On Woah! It's Lame Twitter

@petejayhawk I didn't mean to say it started with them - they were (are) being ironically Victorian to be sure. But I think the digital explosion of the term had a lot to do with their popularity on early Tumblr and incessant use of it.

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm 0

On Woah! It's Lame Twitter

Great piece but short on institutional memory in places... "In which we" is the semi-ironically overused headline device of This Recording, which for some reason everyone on Tumblr decided to expropriate for themselves circa 2008-9 and it became a terrible cliche. It died out for a while. If it's cropped up suddenly on Twitter now it's because the nostalgia loops keep getting shorter.

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm 2

On Chris Christie Really Enjoying This "Insulting the Republicans" Thing

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 10:34 am 0

On Viruses, Gangnam Style, Antibiotic-Resistant

The writer just omitted some crucial commas: "like a virus, that is, immune to antibiotics."

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 10:27 am 3

On The Beatles, 'Magical Mystery Tour'

Thing is… it's totally strange (having rarely been shown) but at the same time totally familiar, like: of course this is what they would do. Strange for such a lengthy and intricate work of theirs to have been so under wraps.
"Your Mother Should Know" is easy to lump in with John's derisive category "granny songs," Paul's sometimes overbearing nostalgia (not exactly under wraps on Sgt. Pepper and elsewhere). But here you see how psychedelic it also is, with all four including John mischievously gliding to the music.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 12:51 am 0

On The Beatles, 'Magical Mystery Tour'

Wow. Now I feel like I missed a huge part of the 60s.

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 12:43 am 0

On Up And Down With Andrew Sullivan

The reactions to Sullivan's piece have everything to do with attitudes toward Sullivan and Washington pundits as well as reflexive anti-alarmism, and nothing whatsoever to do with informed political analysis.

Without a doubt, Sullivan is correct for panicking. (A flood of new polls today confirms what Pew found yesterday.) It wasn't just "one lousy debate a whole week ago," it was the most sustained exposure to the candidates 67 million voters have gotten or may ever get. It can't be fixed with a sharper Obama stump speech, better ads or improved performance in the next debates (or by a boffo Biden performance on Thursday).

Obama may well have thrown away the election in last week's debate by a) allowing Romney's disingenuous reinvention to go unchallenged, leaving disengaged voters to believe Romney is the reasonable, upbeat moderate he claims - thereby ruining all the money spent on six months of attack ads on Bain and other subjects and b) raising serious questions about whether he even still wants the job.

Whatever you think of Sullivan's past - e.g., his over-the-top Obama worship, his backing the Iraq war - if you think his reaction is out of line, you should rebut it with something substantive instead of mocking him. The vitriolic reaction to what he said yesterday has a very "la-la-la-la-la-I-can't-HEAR-you" quality to it.

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm 1

On Gawker's "Fox Mole" Raided

It's all good fun and games until somebody gets hurt.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 9:15 am 0

On Bill Clinton Will Always Seem Younger Than 65

Our nostalgia for Clinton isn’t because he was a big liberal hero. He wasn’t. The nostalgia is because he cared about jobs and the people who need them, and did something about it. Nostalgia for Obama in 15 years will be approximately the same as for Jimmy Carter in 1991.

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm 1