Just got back from vacation, so a few unrelated thoughts:
I am glad the GOP is working hard to prevent the U.S. from turning into a socialist wasteland like Europe. I mean, imagine how horrible if Detroit or Des Moines were to become as barren and lifeless as, say, Rome. Is Paul Ryan evil? Stupid? [...]
When I was 15, I remember being quite taken with Morgan Fairchild in The Seduction. It is a pretty straight forward obsessed fan movie, which creates lots of opportunities for voyeuristic scenes as her admirer stalks her. The highpoint (lowpoint?) is when he spies on her taking a bath. I haven’t seen the movie [...]
I love the folks over at Balloon-Juice. It is one of the few blogs I read religiously… and by religiously, I mean fanatically. But today they set my teeth on edge. A couple of posts in particular.
First, from Anne Laurie:
What bugs me most about this possibility, however distant, is that I feel it [...]
In addition to technical issues, I’ve been going through a bunch of issues related to blogging. As you know, I periodically ask whether it is worth my time. And in a way, of course, it isn’t. Those of you who read my blog are truly a “happy few.” Also, I am really trying to be [...]
Basically, I’ve been dealing with an endless series of tech issues that continually cause my site to crash or lock-up. I still cannot tell if this is a deliberate DDS attack or if there is a still a server misconfiguration. Made a bunch of changes today. Hopefully that will fix it.
I have not written much on the Middle East (or anything else) recently. Let me explain why:
(1) I don’t have much to say. One reason I decided to leave the think tank world was that I hated the pressure of feeling I always needed to have something to say. Look, I’m a smart guy. [...]
Farley is pissing me off recently:
Robert Farley : Lawyers, Guns & Money
Progressives have been excluded from even informal discussions of most questions of military doctrine and technology, but have also made themselves absent from those discussions .
Yglesias adds (Selection Bias at Work):
I think it’s pretty easy to understand why it is [...]
So, yesterday, I got into a fight with Joshua Foust on Twitter (natch). I took issue with his characterization of the new CNAS report on Afghanistan as “a very positive first step.” Recall that earlier this year he’d called the Afghanistan Study Group report which had similar recommendation “an exercise in determined ignorance,” and indeed, [...]