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Title Ix Survives



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The U.S. District Court for D.C. dismissed the lawsuit brought by male athletes and coaches against Title IX. The entire 100+ page opinion is available here. (LvHB)

Ponnuru On Caldwell



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I like the idea that one can read something and end up knowing less about the subject matter afterwards. It reminds me of the “Trouble with Tribbles” episode of Star Trek where the animals starved to death by eating vast amounts of the poisoned quadrotriticale. Anyway, I agree there are big problems with the piece. I was really just trying to keep my powder dry until I wrote about it — and be cordial to Caldwell. But I do think the piece is worth reading and I do think it’s interesting. It’s interesting because it further bolsters the complaint — fair or unfair — against the Standard as a champion of statist conservatism. It’s worth reading because it reveals how one would go about fixing the problem (and I do think spam is a problem) once you decide that Uncle Sam is the right handyman.

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Re: Caldwell On Spam



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I’m generally a fan of Christopher Caldwell, but I cannot agree with Jonah’s assessment that the article is worth reading even if you disagree with it. I think that by the time you finish it you know less about the subject, in important ways, than when you began. But I think NRO has a rebuttal in the works.

Web Briefing: January 28, 2015

Typo--Apologies



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In Byron’s response to Larry Klayman in the letters section, Sen. Hatch is identified as a Democrat. That’s completely my fault, and will be fixed in the morning (for complicated reasons, we can’t until then). Meanwhile, apologies to the senator and to Byron. (No comments from the peanut gallery, please, on Freudian slips.)

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Alleged Qaeda Leader Nabbed



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A German of Polish descent who converted to Islam nabbed by the French for a bombing in Tunisia. It’s like Hell’s version of a busy day at the Epcot Center.

Military Chic



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Couple of people have sent this: “From the Bill Murray movie “Stripes”:
`Pretty sweet. Free Clothing. Look at this. Chicks in New York pay top
dollar for this stuff.’”

Non-Driving



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My dad hasn’t had a license for 40 years. I didn’t get mine until college. Just one more of many, many reasons NYC isn’t like the rest of America.

The Rev & Me



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WebLord Aaron Bailey is ribbing me, so full disclosure: I don’t drive either. Can’t legally. And just plain can’t. But I am a native NYCer, just like The Rev, so perhaps I will cut him slack on the no-driving point.

Re: Hillary



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Rick – All true. But the good news is she’s already slipped to #3 on Amazon. Expect her book to disappear once the word of mouth gets out that it’s as dull as she is.

Hillary’s Book



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After a whirl of book promo, including several signings in DC area stores, I have seen many stacks of Mrs. Clinton’s latest. A friend of mine in publishing told me he thought it was supremely dull. Note it well. Dull was how she became Senator from New York–plodding through upstate, saying wonkish earnest things. Dullness makes conservative critics look rabid (it helps that many of us are), and soothes the inattentive middle. Be very afraid. The former First Lady knows what she is doing, and does it very well.

Caldwell On Spam



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Chris Caldwell has a very interesting cover story on email spam in the current Weekly Standard. I’m thinking about doing a G-File about web stuff, so I’ll leave my quibbles for another time. But I do think it is worth reading even if I don’t agree with all of it.

Better Off?



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I just listened to CNN’s Bill Schneider report on their latest polls on the Clintons. One item struck me as particularly silly. Schneider noted that 49% of Americans said that we are better off under George Bush than we were under Bill Clinton. Forty-six percent said we were better off under Clinton. Schneider seemed to be saying that this “tie” revealed a “wave of Clinton nostalgia” in part due to the Hillary book-blitz. Come on. It’s certainly plausible for lots of folks to say that we were better off without a war on a terror and with a booming economy under Clinton than we are today. That hardly means people are nostalgic for Clinton. They might be nostalgic for the peace and prosperity (hollow though they might have been) of the 1990s. Meanwhile, hypothetical match-ups between Bush and Clinton have Bush winning by a mile.

Googlism



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You should also see what Google thinks about National Review Online.

Googlisms



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This is amusing: VDH, Derb, Lowry

Scar of Race



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Roger: The most interesting poll I’ve ever seen on race preferences came out about ten years ago and was published in a book called The Scar of Race. In it, whites were asked whether they agreed with certain black stereotypes, including negative ones, such as “blacks are lazy” and so forth. When these questions were posed, a certain percentage–in the 15 to 20 percent range, as I recall–agreed with the negative characterizations. At the same time, a different group of respondents was asked the same set of questions–right after they’d been bombarded with a bunch of questions about affirmative action and racial preferences. The result: The number of people agreeing with anti-black stereotypes shot way up. The conclusion: The existence of racial preferences encourages racism among whites, even among those who aren’t predisposed to harboring it. That’s just one more reason to hope the Supreme Court does the right thing with these two Michigan cases. The decisions are due by the end of this month.

More About Arnold



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California pundit-type ims: “was at schwarzeneggar event last night. no doubt he’s a candidate….he was pretty impressive…humorous, and tapped into his great rags to riches story with no false sense of humility….and the speech was stump-like.”

Help--Military Chic



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I noticed a pop-up ad the other day selling the Desert Hats our guys wear in Iraq. In the NYPost today there’s a picture of Sex & the City star Kim Cattrall wearing one of those hats. The clothes shop across the street from me that features the latest women’s urban-wear (and that hitherto hasn’t been associated with patriotic themes) is selling camouflage U.S. Army T-shirts. I’ve walked by stores in the city with camouflage jeans and belts in their windows. My keen fashion sense tells me: This must be a trend. If you’ve noticed similar things, or if–more importantly–you know anyone who follows fashion who I could talk to about this, I’d love to hear from you.

How Many Presidential Candidates Can’t Drive?



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Heard This One Before?



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A Palestinian suicide bomber attacks, kills, and injures innocents on a bus in Jerusalem. Israel retaliates by aiming at Hamas leaders in Gaza. Wonder who will get the brunt of the condemnation….

More Pfaw



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I, um, probably should have tried this myself so I would have only had to post once about it. Another e-mailer suggests you, um, change the subject line:


Subj: Please Support the Nomination of William Pryor
Date: 6/10/2003 11:53:56 PM Central Daylight Time
From: @aol.com
To: @aol.com
Sent from the Internet (Details)

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