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Our casualties matter; yours don’t

April 4, 2004
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Why the Fallujah atrocities of last week are considered no big deal in the Mideast. “Who cares?” said Fida Alsha’er, a columnist for a Jordanian women’s magazine. “It’s another example of how American life is considered something very expensive, very important, while the Arab life is worth nothing. I read that this morning and...

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Pentagon to Iraq: No press freedoms for you!

March 29, 2004
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Iraq’s shaping up as a brutal testing ground for our revered notions of a marketplace of ideas. From my vantage point in suburban California, it’s outrageous that U.S. troops shut down an anti-U.S. newspaper in Baghdad. But there’s no denying that any number of factions are exploiting their freedoms to strengthen their ability to...

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Shafer on Howell Raines

March 25, 2004
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The Slate media pundit on the upcoming Atlantic Monthly piece by Howell Raines: There’s enough self-love in Raines’ autobiography to earn it a place in the autoerotica section. By the time Raines stops romancing himself in the public mirror, conjures the last mirage of the glory that could have been, and settles his final...

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Virus warning

March 22, 2004
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I just got this e-mail that is obviously a virus stored in an attachment … I’m passing it along because I almost fell for it and clicked on the attachment (wouldn’t have mattered in my case .. these things never attack Macs). From: staff@mangan.com Date: Mon Mar 22, 2004 6:01:26 PM US/Pacific To: tom@mangan.com...

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How to keep a terrorist happy

March 14, 2004
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When something gets blown up, change your vote. And blame your elected leaders instead of the bombers.

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The wrongness of the Martha conviction

March 10, 2004
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Doug Clifton talks about the Plain Dealer pulling Martha Stewart’s column. The explanation is that they don’t run the work of convicted felons (which makes me wonder, when have they had the opportunity before?). Doug talks about his uneasiness with the conviction, which echoes my sentiments: Her crime was doing the financially prudent thing...

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Question of the day

March 8, 2004
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Who on earth is interested enough in Jayson Blair’s excuses to actually buy his silly book?

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Not making excuses, but …

February 27, 2004
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From the NY Times preview the book by Jayson Blair, who … admits many of his deceptions in a forthcoming memoir but writes that they were fueled by ambition, cocaine and alcohol abuse and an undiagnosed condition of manic depression. Tell y’all a story about a cousin of mine: He had a wife and...

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Lots o’ Haiti links

February 27, 2004
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Liz Donovan has amassed a passel of them. I noticed a bunch of looters pictured on the New York Times homepage this morning, which had me picturing the exultant beneficiaries of the revolution: HER: “Soon we will be free of the tyrant!” HIM: “At long last, now let’s go steal some shit.”

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Trudeau’s contest

February 27, 2004
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E&P talks to “Doonesbury” creator G.B. Trudeau about his offer of 10 grand to anybody who can prove Bush served in the Guard while working on a political campaign in Alabama. Trudeau had one more comment about the contest: “We’re hoping the public-spirited nature of this project will buy us some good will, which...

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