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A former lobbyist for Pakistan has been hired by the State Department to coordinate aid to that country, which may highlight loopholes in the administration’s tough new lobbying rules, designed to slow Washington’s revolving door. May highlight loopholes in the administration’s tough new lobbying rules? You think?

No, it really is the Republicans who are pushing this nonsense

It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to blame the rise of the Birthers on the Left after the movement germinated at conservative sites like Free Republic and WorldNetDaily, garnered favorable reviews from putatively respectable conservative pundits at National Review, and spawned a ‘birther bill’ that is now sponsored by several prominent conservative legislators. But…

Weird

Jon Krolik of the aptly-titled “Cavs: The Blog” has a fun entry (complete with visuals!) on the recent revelation that LeBron James did in fact smoke pot in high school. Which is weird, because three of the our most successful public figures – James, Barack Obama, and Michael Phelps –  have now admitted to casual…

A few more things on Gates

That last post on the now-infamous Gates arrest raised the room temperature quite a bit, so I thought I’d revisit a few salient points. First, here’s Slate on whether Gates’ conduct can plausibly be described as disorderly: The stilted language in the Gates police report is intended to mirror the courts’ awkward phrasing, but the…

Nothing To See Here

One cost-free way for conservatives to appeal to minority voters would be to do a better job of policing internal discourse. After all, repeating “Party of Lincoln!” ad nauseum doesn’t really help things when pervasive racism seems alive and well on the right wing of the political spectrum. But conservative operatives have evidently decided that…

Defending Soccer

Alex Massie does a capable job of smacking down this nonsensical critique of soccer. I’d only add that the structure of European football is one of the most inegalitarian in sport (see here and here for details), with big clubs absolutely dominating their smaller competitors in terms of both talent acquisition and revenue. The triumph…

He Doesn’t Look a Thing Like Jesus

Quoting a cheesy Killers song would seem to be the only appropriate response to Geert Wilders, whose messiah complex has led him to formulate this marvelously incoherent set of principles for “saving” the West: 1. Stop cultural relativism. We need an article in our constitutions that lays down that we have a Jewish-Christian and humanism…

I dare you to make less sense

These days, “Orwellian” has become a convenient synonym for “things I don’t like,” so I hesitate to use the word in any context. But I don’t think anything else does justice to the sheer idiocy of this Townhall post, which accuses torture opponents of “moral relativism.” Because, you know, arguing for the essential dignity of…

Time to Pretend

One thing I like about the blogosphere is that everyone ignores the rituals and forms of establishment politics. To take a recent example, no one bothered to pretend that Arlen Specter switched parties for any reason other than naked self-interest. Banging out a predictable op-ed for the Times, on the other hand, requires a different…