Conor Friedersdorf

Giant Snake Crisis Averted!

 

It seems that not too long ago certain global warming doomsayers were predicting the imminent invasion of the American homeland by pythons. Here’s how National Geographic’s news blog puts it: One of the more dire predictions of the consequences of climate change came from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) a few months ago: The giant […]

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Every sports profile ever written

 

This cracked me up: Of course, seeing the stock phrases used by athletes in every sports interview ever given, you can see how sports scribes might fall into cliched patterns.

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The Weakest Link

 

Academia gives insufficient due to conservative ideas, an insight that isn’t exactly original, but that I mention here because despite the fact that I’m sympathetic to its premise I think this is the worst opinion piece I’ve ever read. Admittedly, I am biased — poorly written columns bother me most when their absurdity can be […]

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The future of the abortion debate

 

An orthodox Catholic I know cares more about abortion than any other political issue. He votes for candidates based largely on his expectations about the kinds of judges they’ll appoint or confirm, behavior I completely understand given the certainty he feels that every abortion is a murder. At the other extreme are pro-choice voters whose […]

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The War on Child Porn

 

It looks as though child pornography laws are the latest example of well-intentioned legislation that winds up threatening civil liberties. Example one comes from R. Kelly’s child pornography trial, where Slate writer Josh Levin filed this dispatch: …the judge’s media liaison gathers all of the reporters together to announce that we’ll be watching a sex […]

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Questions for John McCain

 

John McCain knows a lot more about diplomacy than I do, which isn't tough since I don't know anything. But ignorant voters like me must muddle through the issue as best we can. So I ask, earnestly, that someone explain to me why Senator McCain's criticism of Barack Obama makes sense. "It's the highest degree […]

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Re: May the best candidate win

 

My post labeled “Operation Chaos” objectionable, not Rush Limbaugh himself, though I find the defense offered on his behalf problematic: What is Rush Limbaugh? Is he a partisan political operative? Does he collect his paycheck from the Republican National Committee? Or is he, alternatively, an idealistic philosopher in an ivory tower, pondering obscure questions of […]

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May the best candidate win

 

A whole lot of blog posts, here and elsewhere, assert that Democrats in Indiana and North Carolina should think carefully before voting for Barack Obama due to his Reverend Wright and Bill Ayres problems — general election attacks on those issues may make him unelectable, this reasoning goes (strangely it seldom includes the fact that […]

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Ping pong rally needed

 

As D.C. libertarians rally around the Jefferson 1 — you can donate here — consider another local put upon by the small tyrants of the D.C. establishment. His story comes via The Dupont Current, an off-line only freebie. Jessica Gould reports: In the end it came down to a debate about right and pong. On […]

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Fathers against having their kids seized

 

Perhaps you’ve seen this story about Michigan authorities seizing a 7-year-old boy from his father — he took the kid to a baseball game, bought him a Mike’s Hard Lemonade without realizing it contained alcohol and watched in horror as every authority figure around him demonstrated an appalling lack of common sense: A vendor noticed […]

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