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Re: “A second look at New Orleans and Kristen McQueary

I mostly agree with Mike Miner that the specific reactions to McQueary's piece are more embarrassing than anything else. There is sadly nothing new about Progressivism having become more reactionary than thoughtful; would that it were. This little dustup and the comprehensively-silly notion of "disaster capitalism" are just a couple more pieces of evidence atop a very large pile.

That said though I also agree with Moser that "If you are going to write a "provocative" piece, people are going to be provoked." Even the delusionary fool who's currently leading the GOP's presidential primary polls understands real life _that_ much.

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Posted by Paul Botts on 08/21/2015 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The late news from 2014: Lucas Museum, Vivian Maier, Steven Salaita, and more

Hey there's some new hope regarding Lucas' silly costume museum:…

Let's hope that L.A.'s mayor stays on the case and closes the deal. They're more than welcome to it.

Posted by Paul Botts on 01/17/2015 at 2:00 PM

Re: “On trying and failing to get iconoclastic about public prayer

Michael, the reading of actual SCOTUS rulings and dissents and amicus briefs is a bad habit which will bring you only grief. It's a gateway drug -- and I do mean drug because the stuff is often quite engrossing -- to independent thought. That habit in turn leads to conclusions about the cases that will strike those whose knowledge of the Court is media-based as coming from some alternate plane of reality.

It's too late for me, I'm ruined -- have been hopelessly addicted for years now and there does not seem to be a detox for it. But by all that's holy* save yourself! Just say no, and instead stick with the method that is evidently followed by the staffs of the NYT/WSJ/NPR/Fox/et al: those handy interest-group press releases bristling with suitable outraged quotes serve just fine for understanding and reporting on SCOTUS's rulings. No critical thinking muscles need be troubled on the part of journalist or reader.

(* Well so to speak. But don't tell Justice Kennedy which holiness it is right?...I share your reaction on this specific decision.)

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Posted by Paul Botts on 05/08/2014 at 3:55 PM

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