Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Clockwork Orange?

Euro 2008 is taking place in Austria and Switzerland, and while both host nations' teams were eliminated early, at least one team has shined. The Dutch national team came through the "group of death" (The Netherlands, Romania, France, Italy) with an unblemished record and now must be counted the favorites.

Outside of the Swiss, the Dutch are my favorite national team. I wish them the best of luck, which they'll likely need given their perennial under achieving play. This time, though, they seem to have a motivated, talented, and young squad.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

The Supreme Court follows the election returns

So said the wise Mr. Dooley more than 100 years ago. Dooley was a South Side Chicago character, created by author F.P. Dunne, who dispensed wisdom and advice from his favorite pub. The full quote is, "No matter whether the country follows the flag or not, the Supreme Court follows the election returns."

Dooley's words ring true today. In this case, however, the Supreme Court looked into its crystal ball and perceived an Obama victory. Thus we have another reason to explain the recent SCOTUS ruling extending the constitutional privilege of habeas corpus to enemy combatants: the SCOTUS believes Obama will win and is already dancing to the tune of our next president.

The SCOTUS link comes from Patterico's excellent site.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Putin updates Stalin's methods

Giving a new wrinkle to Stalin's dictum of: "There is a man, there is a problem; no man, no problem", Prime Minister Putin has a political foe digitally erased from a photo.
On a talk show last autumn, a prominent political analyst named Mikhail Delyagin offered some tart words about Vladimir Putin. When the program was televised, Delyagin was not.

His remarks were cut and he was digitally erased from the show, like a disgraced comrade airbrushed from an old Soviet photo. (The technicians may have worked a bit hastily; they left his disembodied legs in one shot.)

Delyagin, it turned out, has for some time resided on the so-called stop list, a roster of political opponents and other critics of the government who have been barred from television news and political talk shows by the Kremlin. [....]
Uncle Joe would be proud. He had to make do with crude political killings and airbrushings. Putin need only alter some pixels to disappear an opponent.

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