Gone Fishing: I'm in Oregon, sleeping. Will return March 5.
2/27/2002 01:40:41 AM
The French Have Finally Made My Wife Snap: For the first time in years, there’s a new French daily in Paris. You might think that employees of French media companies would be thrilled to have a new kid on the block, shaking things up and creating more jobs. Instead, they are taking thousands of copies of the new paper, and tossing them into the Seine, to protest the fact that it’s printed in Luxembourg, an EU country whose unions are less apt to force dailies to charge a newsstand price of more than $1 while preventing delivery before 8 a.m. Emmanuelle is mortified, and has taken to openly linking to sites like FuckFrance.com. Naturally, when she talks to any of her various editors about why they have, oh, stopped posting any links on stories posted on their websites, they blame the dreaded “competition” from the new paper. It’s a shame; I’d always wanted to live in Paris some day….
2/26/2002 10:06:03 PM
Give ‘em Hell, Drachenberg! Last week, I rudely told reader Matt Drachenberg to start his own damned blog. Took him four days….
2/26/2002 09:09:51 PM
Blogger of the Year: It’s Stephanie Dupont, who has knocked Brian Linse out of a job. Her most recent 2-3 posts are the funniest things I’ve read in a while. Here she is, fending off a critical e-mail:
I'm sorry I don't know politics and computer programming and that I just went to lowly Mt. San Jacinto and am a gopher because I only get extra parts and won't ever be a big actress. […] Here, she tries to decipher the mystery of “blogging” by clicking on Brian’s links and seeing what his colleagues are up to:
I know everybody who does this works really hard and believes in debating everything and trying to get at what's the truth and who's screwing the people from their big offices.
The second site I looked at was "The Iluminated Donkey." I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I agree that we ought to find out who Shakespeare really was. After OJ finds the real killers though. On "Protein Wisdom," the guy was 100% Sartre, the French actor and only 23% Plato, the Greek philosophy guy. Nothing to disagree with there. Poor "Ginger Stampley" has the flu and I agree with her that it's yucky. Hope she gets well soon. "Jay Zilber" has a picture on his site that makes every Samizdata guy look like Tom Cruise. He asks a good question, though. How come nobody is writing about that crazy Georgia Crematorium/Burial Ground? I agree that we need to figure that thing out. Here, she makes interacts with a fellow lady-blogger:
I got a nice email from a Natalie Solent. Apparently she was one of the ladies at that party of non-dork good souls and said she hugged Brian without receiving cash, something he probably appreciated as a big change in his lifestyle. Natalie, if I had known beforehand that you liked cats and that you were in those pictures, I would not have accused you of being a paid escort. She has also, apparently without effort, conjured the best nickname yet for Glenn Reynolds: “Instantman.”
2/26/2002 08:25:38 PM
Praise for Jonah Goldberg: OK, one last post, since the National Review kids said nice things about my Iraq story today – Jonah Goldberg, my onetime arch-enemy, wrote a terrific Buchanan-bashing column in the L.A. Times the other day, then followed it up with some more thrash on NRO. As I’ve argued before, we are long overdue for an adult national conversation on immigration, especially here in California, but it’s awful hard to “get beyond race” or whatever if you forget to repudiate the racists. Bravo, Jonah.
2/26/2002 10:35:41 AM
Flashback – David Letterman’s First Broadcast After the Massacre: Thanks to Ted Barlow for reminding us.
Two other quick recommendations before I crawl back in the deadline hole -- Virginia Postrel is back with several great new items, and Layne used his latest Fox installment to write a worthwhile little piece damning the record industry.
2/26/2002 10:18:49 AM
The Ethics of Oppo-Slobo Research: The act of group-posting online research about people who sign a petition you abhor carries with it several quite interesting (to me) ethical considerations, which I was hoping to delve into before my vacation. Well, so much for that. However, there’s been a lot of back-and-forth on the subject far more intelligent than what I would have come up with, especially at Ben Sheriff’s site. The bottom line for me? If the petition itself is repugnant and filled with clumsy lies, and people want to make a big show out of signing it, their past writings and sympathies are more than fair game, as are mine. I take the issue a bit personally, most likely because my little newspaper in Prague, from 1991-95, probably ran more quality stories about the Balkan wars than all but maybe five newspapers in the States, written by good friends who risked their lives to tell vital stories and watched colleagues & acquaintances die at the hands of brutal, nationalist thugs. I employed and/or housed refugees from every province except Slovenia, as did most anyone else who lived in Central Europe long enough. And for five agonizing years, the international community's response to this slaughter amounted to little more than nervous shrugs, emergency diplomatic conferences, and "peacekeepers" who drove right on past bleeding Sarajevans. Yugoslavia tested the mettle of the post-Cold War West, and found it lacking. It might have seemed like an abstraction here, but even as far away from war as I was (being a coward), it was close enough to be a daily horror-show, the likes of which I hope never to experience again.
I think there’s an intelligent case to be made against the Milosevic trial, against the KLA, against NATO exaggerations, and perhaps against the military intervention itself (though it wouldn’t sway me). It’s up to the free-Slobo crowd to make it, and so far they’ve mostly proven themselves to be little more than anti-U.S. nut-sandwiches, as has been indicated by much of the googling. Justin Raimondo, today, gives it as good a shot as you'll probably see. I am now retired from the Slobo-googling business (at least temporarily); if you have anything new to add, send e-mail & links here and here.
2/25/2002 10:54:56 PM
I Love L.A., Part 113: The L.A. Times runs a very interesting feature today about my local donut shop. This being Los Angeles, of course, I had no idea….
2/25/2002 11:40:35 AM
Andrew Sullivan, Bullish on Blogging: Interesting column for the Sunday Times of London. Much to my delight, Ken Layne and I are described as “previous unknowns.” Of note is the fact that AndrewSullivan.com brought in $27,000 last year, and recently took 15% commission on 1,000 book-club books. Many good points about What It Means For Journalism, etc. The Ted Barlow/Matthew Yglesias/Jeff Jarvis wing of Blog-Land will certainly note the crack about liberal media vs. libertarian/right bloggers. I might put it differently – “liberals” behave and think much differently than their stereotype would suggest. There are plenty of liberal bloggers, thank you very much. We just sound libertarian or conservative, because we support the war & have been repudiating the nonsense to our left. If we can wrestle the L-word away from the Naderites, it will lose all its power as an insult. Or so one can hope….
2/25/2002 10:28:03 AM
Good Morning, Denver! All you high-milers out there can hear how incoherent I sound at 9 a.m. by tuning into the Mike Rosen Show tomorrow morning, where I’ll be talking about the Iraq-sanctions story. Rosen, it turns out, is a pretty funny columnist for the Rocky Mountain News. His recent installment, for example, reminds women that, for many of us men, “Hips and thighs are not the enemy. They're our friends.” Here’s another that provides the crucial link between airport security regulations, and terrible monkey-violence.
2/24/2002 08:23:06 PM
Programming Note: I'm headed to LBC to celebrate the old man making it to age 63; then I have 48 hours or so to research and write a complicated story about Cuban ballplayers on the 1950s Washington Senators, before I hop on a plane for some R&R in Oregon. So that's the last you'll hear from me about googling various pro-Milosevic petitioners for awhile ... please send your contributions to the websites & e-mail addresses listed below. I do hope, however, to find to time to print Raimondo's e-mail & a proper response, since he brings up some interesting points worth addressing.
2/24/2002 03:03:50 PM
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