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Lawrence Henry and Retro Male Cool

By on 7.28.06 | 2:10PM

I read Lawrence Henry's stuff and just find myself nearly hypnotized by it. There's just something about this guy. He's been around. He's dropped out, blown-up, endured health problems, and come out the other end with a boatload of wisdom, savvy, and cool stories. It's not huge muscles, guns, or a way with the ladies. It comes from just having been around, seen some things, taken some chances, and managing to learn a few things along the way. In short, there have got to be a lot of young guys looking at Larry H. as a source of retro male cool.

I hate to embarrass you Larry, but you remind me of a great scene from the largely forgotten Kevin Costner film Revenge. Costner's character hooks up with a late middle aged horse trader who is fighting his way toward one more transaction and coughing up a lung every few minutes. The grizzled old guy pushes his hair back out of his face, dons a pair of dark sunglasses and asks Costner, "How do I look?" Costner replies, "Like a survivor."

This Weekend

By on 7.28.06 | 2:05PM

TAS editor in chief, R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. will be on the radio show MoneyDots, which is streamed live, Saturday, July 29, at 11 a.m. EST. He will be followed by Ms. Ann Coulter.

Sickening Pandering to Sharpton

By on 7.28.06 | 12:10PM

Yesterday, the Washington Times boosted the case of those of us who have complained about aspects of the extension of certain counterproductive portions of the Voting Rights Act by noting that President Bush himself opposed those provisions while governor. Today the Times runs a photo that makes me sick: Karl Rove shaking the hand of and laughing with the (not very) Rev. Al Sharpton at the South Lawn ceremony at which Bush signed the extension. It's bad enough to pander to political correctness by passing and signing a bill that is quite arguably unconstitutional and certainly unfair and bureaucratically unwieldy. It is even worse to pander to today's ridiculous double-standards by including Sharpton, of all people, among the guests invited to the ceremony. Sharpton is a well known and well documented fomenter not of racial harmony but of absolutely dangerous, indeed deadly, racial discord. Even worse is the timing of effectively honoring Sharpton, through this invitation, at the very time that Israel is engaged in pitched battles with terrorists. What does Israel have to do with it?

I Believe Landis

By on 7.28.06 | 11:54AM

Because I'm not a scientist, I was afraid to say this even though everything I THOUGHT I had read would seem to back it up, but...the one seemingly obvious flaw in the whole case against Tour de France winner Floyd Landis is that one day's boost of testosterone (unlike, say, blood doping, which actually increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the human body) should not be able to noticeably improve performance, but the spike in testosterone from a deliberate attempt at cheating would be easily and automatically detected in testing, SO: What sense would it make for Landis to have even tried cheating, for one day only, by use of a testosterone patch, knowing how closely the testing was being done? The guy had been tested throughout the Tour, with no noticeable signs of testosterone abnormalities, so he clearly had no long-term cheating program underway. One would have to believe the guy unbelievably stupid to think he would cheat in such an easily detectable way for almost no benefit.

But since nobody else brought this up, I thought maybe I was mistaken in my understanding of the science.

Primate On Primate Violence, Daily Kos Edition

By on 7.28.06 | 11:17AM

From the standpoint of cultural anthropology, it might be said there is a form of violent tribalism, alternatively called neoconservatism or the religious right, loose in America. So try to keep in mind, when you hear someone from the right parroting talking points that climate change is invalid or that Iraq is going swell, it's not so much an argument made from ignorance that can be corrected with information: it is a tribal chant.

Yes, but the real question is, can ignorance be corrected by comparing those with a different political outlook to the Taliban? DarkSyde at Daily Kos attempts to find out. (Get it? "Dark" + "side" with a "y" equals edgy!)

The rest lives here.

War Warning 6: Lebanon Front

By on 7.28.06 | 2:09AM

From NYSun column today FRIDAY 28: addend confirm on SA-18s. What this all creates right now is an Iran that can and will continue to resupply Hezbollah on the Lebanon front with arms, ammunition, special forces, sophisticated logistics, an intelligence apparatus, and the long-range Katyushas and missiles that pepper Israel. Supply routes from Iran to Syria are not only air lanes but also overland trucking on tribal routes through Turkey and Kurdistan. Turkey knows this and knows this is tacit support of Hizbollah and Syria. More striking is that the Kurds in northern Iraq, ostensibly America's strongest ally in the liberation and democratization of Iraq, are openly cooperating with the Iranian military convoys. The Kurds have made a deal with Tehran that looks to the future and the establishment of an independent, oil-rich Kurdistan. The Kurds aim to drive out or massacre the minority Turkmen in their territory, and they know this will be a casus belli for Turkey. The Kurds will need Iran for an ally and also as a transportation artery to get their oil to market.