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  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post Israel’s Espionage On US Raises Issues On New Visa Rules

    2014-05-07 20:09:22View | Delete

    I suppose my husband has no security clearance to lose these days, but suffice it to say he can believe this article without any trouble.

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post The Roundup for May 7th, 2014

    2014-05-07 19:58:26View | Delete

    No question that there are neo-Nazi supporters in Ukraine and generally very unsavory people. The organized Jewish community has emphasized that not everyone who supports the new government is a neo-Nazi/neofascist. They received promises that none of these people would get too powerful.

  • I remember “Flowers for Goldberg” from the 2006 Koufaxes! I may even have voted for it.

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post Outro…

    2013-08-24 22:38:56View | Delete

    Oh, wow. I miss everything. Despite very sporadic readership, I am sorry to see you go. Bob Filner evidently wanted you to come back for one last post by resigning.

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post Thursday Night Basset Blogging

    2013-07-26 08:50:12View | Delete

    I just saw Ezra on Nate’s move, and it’s perfect or at least very good. An important point is that Nate is writing a narrative/a story about all the elements of his model.

    About Tunch. You don’t care what I have to say, and probably neither does John. In one sentence, I was on the verge of being angry at the Almighty about it. However, if I do not say something to John that means I quit. Which I am too proud to do.

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post A Holiday Tradition Like No Other

    2012-11-21 23:18:37View | Delete

    (There is nothing wrong with the turkey I make for the Seder. Really, there isn’t. It might be too dry for next year, though.)

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post A Holiday Tradition Like No Other

    2012-11-21 22:59:25View | Delete

    Very good Chabon interview from KQED archives In which he explains why I was wrong in the last comment.

    I am going to wish Tbogg a happy premature Thanksgiving, although it’s about 1 am here. My husband was so desperate for me not to cook anything that he donated enough to the Sefer Torah campaign that we are having dinner at the shul at 5:30. The Jets might be able to hold out until the meal is over. You never know.

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post Today We Are All Chunky Reese Witherspoon

    2012-11-19 09:09:12View | Delete


    Hacker and Pierson looked at the subject of this column from a different POV. Their take was that it was more difficult to counteract the increasing political power of the wealthy when you didn’t have strong communal institutions and that evangelical churches were one institution that was very successful–but to mobilize people to the right. So Douthat may actually have something. But he contradicted his last column that I saw about the Obama campaign having a strong appeal in communitarianism. If you really believe you are on your own you are going to be cynical about liberal politics, too. And I have left obvious that Douthat doesn’t want to say that strong institutions are not necessarily right-wing. They may leave you with an appreciation of the limits of what private actors can do.

    I finished Telegraph Avenue. There was a strict time constraint because my dad has gotten it out of the library for only 2 weeks. Now that I know how it came out,
    The book may be a mess because he’s writing about people who feel their lives to be a mess and value “all that is human and messy”. A strictly disciplined approach might look as if you are condescending to them.
    It might be instructive to compare that book to “Among Others” by Jo Walton, which was one of the Hugo contenders and was such absolute candy that AFAIK it might have won. That book was dedicated to the idea that SF will save you–the heroine does magic to find a karass and finds it in the form of an SF club at the library. Simply having friends gives her a reason to choose life and not myth. And although she does not have a perfect mother and father by any stretch, one gives her LOTR and one gives her Trouble on Triton, and those make her willing to have adventures. But Chabon is writing about people who want to find objects of desire different from those their fathers had. He is writing about becoming a parent and coming to the limits of the things you thought would save you before. That is a reasonable subject for even a very sprawling book.
    (Strauss is where neoconservatism comes from, but not necessarily the kind of thing Douthat wants to do.)

  • Steve Savard: “The Rams were not very good at all this afternoon.” Unbelievably, the Jets still have a chance in the mad scrum of 4-6 teams in the AFC if one of the two nameless 6-3 teams falter.

    I’ve got 100 pages to go in Telegraph Avenue. I am giving it a lot of credit because TNC is in the acknowledgements and you can see his influence in how the black characters are portrayed. If this was Tom Wolfe every black character would be a caricature. It is also so vividly written that it blew all the Hugo candidates out of the water. But so far a spinning record seems to be a metaphor for the whole story. It looks as if everything is going to happen and nothing is going to happen at once. If Chabon had thought that Nat and Archy could come up with a really clever plot to save the store, you would have had an exciting story, but he hasn’t gone that way yet.

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post Love In The House Of Spy

    2012-11-13 20:13:13View | Delete

    Didn’t read the Three Failures one yet, but Team EW is in their element with something like this. It is a puzzle where you have to carefully find all the pieces.

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post Love In The House Of Spy

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  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post Love In The House Of Spy

    2012-11-13 16:13:28View | Delete

    According to wikipedia, and that jogs my memory, Stuxnet infects Siemens industrial equipment. If the US does not use any of that, Iran has to do the equivalent of writing new code for different hardware. Also, if you are the mullahs, you know that the US would love to have something they can call an act of war.

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post Love In The House Of Spy

    2012-11-13 15:52:44View | Delete

    In Analyzing The Failures of the Jets, Start At The Top Read the whole thing — it is good eviscerating. After a few paragraphs, we get, “The trade for Tim Tebow has been a debacle. His presence is a distraction…the Jets acquired Tebow eight months ago, and they are no closer to knowing how and when–if at all– to deploy him than they were in March and after a full training camp and nine regular-season games.” (The Teblood thread was getting old) The Rams have almost the same record, and blew the last game because of two utterly stupid penalties and a fumble, and they are still playing over their heads. I am not going to accept that the season is over for them anyway.

    On topic–
    Frank Bruni had an approximation of a decent column on people who want to blame only the woman for this. If the man values marriage enough that this is unthinkable, you are going to know it. My take was that Petraeus resigned because he knew that there was going to be a prurient frenzy that would harm the CIA. But Petraeus also knew more than us peons if there was a real national security impact to any of this.

  • Tbogg, if you thought you were helping John by putting this up, you are a good friend.

  • Very late– Harvey Araton: Sanchez Shows There Is No Quarterback Debate. Sharpest quote: “….maybe now we can at least believe Ryan, who has insisted since the beginning of Tebow that Sanchez would be his starter and that Tebow was here as a multipurpose player, a fancy toy with a huge and fanatical following.”

    If you are not watching this men’s final, you are missing out :) Absolutely spectacular by both players.

  • 33-yard pass from Sanchez for a 14-0 lead. There should be no need for Tebow posts for some time.

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post If This Is Monday, We’re Pissing Off Palestinians

    2012-07-31 04:32:04View | Delete

    all over the Internet

    The last I heard, this was about mocking Romney, not about apologizing for some idiotic drone comment I made two months ago and realized how stupid it was four days later.

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post If This Is Monday, We’re Pissing Off Palestinians

    2012-07-31 04:26:04View | Delete

    “It could be seen as Jews and money.”

    But Tbogg, it isn’t. To show I am all-American, that dog won’t hunt. Sheldon Adelson and a number of other rich Jews who are convinced that Obama is bad for Israel are in that audience. What Romney is doing is flattering rich people no matter what ethnicity they are, which he is good at. He can also be seen as telling them, “You can believe that my strength and the might of my hand made me all this wealth!” There is also what I wrote at LG&M. Romney may not share Dan Senor’s views, but Dan Senor put in his book that there are specific features of Israeli culture that foster entrepreneurship including the army and the intelligence services. Maybe EW picked up on that, but it should get more play.

    (I am lucky there is a second minyan at 8 am so that I can afford to be pissed off all over the Internet.)

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post Peter Wehner’s Selective Culture Of Life

    2012-01-08 13:08:30View | Delete

    BTW, my Mom, who at the time thought Santorum was a complete fascist, has decided she likes him better than Ron Paul because of the newsletters. (“But Ron Paul didn’t really say those things. You have to look at TNC’s post to see this point made well.”)

  • 4jkb4ia commented on the blog post Peter Wehner’s Selective Culture Of Life

    2012-01-08 13:07:07View | Delete

    After all the publicity he got for beating Wofford, it’s hard to believe there’s anyone over 40 who doesn’t know who Rick Santorum is. But my husband did not know who Tom DeLay was until I told him.

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