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"The Show": Emo Reflections on MONEYBALL

about 3 years ago

So I saw MONEYBALL.  It's a fine movie.  Brad Pitt has exceeded Robert Redford in his capacity to convey brooding and ironic depth—while adding envy, resentment, and parental love.  Jonah Hill is becoming more and more like Bill Murray, in one respect:  He also always seems to play himself, and ...

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about 3 years ago

I've delayed my promised post on the the final episode of the instant classic TV show FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS in order to give you time to view it.  Sports, especially high school football, is one of the few areas of life free from both political correctness (or identity politics) and the ...

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Is Romney Surging?

about 3 years ago

Kris Broughton, a classy and eloquent BIG THINKER, is a particularly fervent defender of our president.  Nonetheless, he's warming up to MITT ROMNEY.  He even believes that his anti-Obama rhetoric is just that, words aiming to energize the base and nothing more  Mitt, in Kris's view, might even ...

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Happy (Belated) Constitution Day!

about 3 years ago

Yesterday was Constitution Day.  Let's face it.  It's a commemoration that hasn't caught on. A few years ago Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia snuck through some legislation requiring that every college and university getting government aid (almost all of them) have some kind of Constitution ...

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David Brooks vs. Moral Individualism

about 3 years ago

So I promised you proof that David Brooks is better than he says:  He doesn't really submit himself to the authority of the latest studies in neuroscience, and he still takes his bearings from a combination of sociology and political philosophy.  My initial strategy was to follow the lead of Ben ...

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The Tea Party Debate

about 3 years ago

1. The post on David Brooks is coming.  But for now—due to popular demand—some comments on the Tea Party debate. 2. The problem with the Tea Party members is somewhat different from BIG THINK readers think:  They're just too principled. 3. Example one:  Romney was asked whether he was for the ...

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More on 9/11

about 3 years ago

1. So my apologies for just not getting the Hitchens post yesterday done properly.  It was sloppy, the link magically disappeared, I somehow managed to post it twice, and I just didn't properly "contexualize" it.  Stuff came up, and I rushed to a conclusion. 2. So the reason I wrote it was to ...