Pick Six for July 7, 2010

July 7, 2010
  • Harold Pollack basically summarizes my thoughts on the Donald Berwick recess appointment at RGC.
  • Yglesias discusses a ‘should liberals be unhappy with Obama?’ debate, contributes.
  • A good summary of the DOJ challenge to the Arizona immigration enforcement law. (SCOTUSBlog)
  • Hawaii’s legislature votes for civil unions, but governor Linda Lingle vetoes. (Volokh)
  • Evolution in action on a non-prehistoric timescale. (NYT)
  • John Kerry on Strategic Arms Reduction. (WaPo)


July 3, 2010

Long time no see. Almost three years, apparently. A few things have changed: I live in Washington DC now (in the Truxton Circle neighborhood, at present); I work for a policy-oriented environmental consulting firm (the views expressed here still do not reflect those of my employer and are solely my own); and I feel a lot older than I did before.

I’m not sure I will be able to maintain my former pace of posting. Frankly, having a summer job with low expectations, followed by a period of unemployment, was much more conducive to blogging than my current lifestyle. Still — I’ll try to get something up most days, and we’ll see how that goes. Looking forward to it.


August 22, 2007

The Hollow Horn is on temporary hiatus while I finish settling into my new place. I’ll be back before long.

General Musharraf: Yea or Nay?

August 13, 2007

RCP’s Friday edition linked to two pretty good opposing views of the political situation in Pakistan. The New York Post makes the realist (in the IR sense) argument that it’s better to have a moderate strongman than another Afghanesque hell. He then does a partial backtrack and throws out the obligatory overtures to a political opening.

Tariq Ali, writing in The Guardian, doesn’t see it that way. Ali’s thesis, perhaps unsurprising to those familiar with his work, is that Musharraf represents just another “our son of a bitch” client that cannot survive much longer. I am more inclined to agree with the Post piece.

Food for Thought

August 8, 2007

I confess, without shame, that I am sick and tired of fighting—its glory is all moonshine; even success the most brilliant is over dead and mangled bodies, with the anguish and lamentations of distant families, appealing to me for sons, husbands, and fathers … it is only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the shriek and groans of the wounded and lacerated … that cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation.” – William Tecumseh Sherman on war, via Crooked Timber

Krauthammer on Drunken Astronauts

August 5, 2007

Charles Krauthammer, who I occasionally agree with about a thing or two, wrote a pretty entertaining column Friday about the drinking astronauts scandal. I’d recommend reading it; it’s fun and I more or less agree.


August 2, 2007

I wonder if I don’t need to invest in some software to allow me to auto-publish a set of new entries at some point in the future. It’s not that I haven’t had time the last few days, it’s that I haven’t had time at the right times. Oh well, I’ll catch up this weekend.