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Forum: Diavlog comments 12-30-2011, 03:04 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 19,188
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: The Bromance (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Does anybody else find it unfortunate that as Glenn chastises the political talking class for making name-calling attacks over questions about foreign policy, practically shouting "MAKE AN ARGUMENT"...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-24-2011, 09:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,791
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Bloggingheads Assemble! (Jamelle Bouie & Peter Suderman)

Sorry to nitpick your math, Jamelle, but progressives can't possibly be "20 percent of the public at large and a quarter of the Democratic Party", unless the Democrats hold 80 percent of the general...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-08-2011, 11:30 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 17,377
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Downgrade (Mark Kleiman & Peter Cohan)

If the S&P did not downgrade the debt, would Mark be on Bloggingheads calling for the S&P to be "regulated out of existance"? The DNC talking points reek of "working the ref."

Yes, you can always...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-05-2011, 06:14 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 21,927
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: The Week in Blog: The Debt Deal (Bill Scher & Kristen Soltis)

Near the end of this one, Bill feigns surprise that Obama has another spending plan that "actually" has support of both Big Business and Big Labor, as if that's some sort of impressive feat.

Last...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-10-2011, 09:09 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,279
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: The Week in Blog: Weiner-Free Edition (Bill Scher & Kristen Soltis)

Well-spotted. They say it's hard to convey via text. :)
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-10-2011, 06:07 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,279
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: The Week in Blog: Weiner-Free Edition (Bill Scher & Kristen Soltis)

So the few facts that we have, that of door-kickers with guns raiding homes on behalf of the Department of Education, is not enough to spur outrage for you?

Maybe now that Balko is watching the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-06-2011, 09:15 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 46,182
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Law, Power, and Bin Laden (Glenn Greenwald & David Frum)

While I've disagreed with him many times about many things, put me on Team Glenn for this issue as well.

I do not mind that bin Laden is dead. I do, very much, mind some of the ways our society...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-30-2011, 06:19 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,359
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Immigrants are not the problem, but immigration is.

As a libertarian, I prefer to consider the issue in terms of INDIVIDUAL welfare. Why don't we give nearly ALL consideration to the rational choice of the immigrant?

It's downright evil in my book...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-28-2011, 01:47 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 15,882
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Flat-Out Wonkery (Robert Wright & Hendrik Hertzberg)

A guy who once worked for a Fundie peanut farmer who ran the economy into the ground while trying to ramp up coal-burning as an answer to the country's energy & environment problems, now calling...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-27-2011, 04:34 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,478
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Monkeys and Cocaine Edition (Mark Schmitt & Jim Pinkerton)

It seems Pinkerton is pretty much always squared off against liberal bloggers (Corn, Schmitt, Wright, etc.) and he's starting to sound a bit like a broken record.

Since he's a party-machine...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-25-2011, 08:32 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 17,216
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: The Vineyards of the Fringe (Ben Smith & David Weigel)

I think the main reason why "Truthers" are shamed out of public life, while "Birthers" are merely chuckled at and politicians can recover from "wondering" about Obama's background is because the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-12-2011, 08:04 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 17,660
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Mutual Political Destruction (Matthew Yglesias & Reihan Salam)

To answer both questions: There has never been a Medicare fund. Nor a Medicaid Fund. Nor a Social Security Fund. At no point has there been a vault full of money in which we've held the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-06-2011, 05:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,571
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: How to Run the World (Robert Wright & Parag Khanna)

The biggest problem I have with Bob, Parag, and indeed anybody who feels the need to resolve these issues by coming to an international consensus in the spirit of cooperation is simply this:

Most...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-01-2011, 12:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 12,873
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: The Week in Blog: Pols, Polls, and Poles (Bill Scher & Kristen Soltis)

The Congressional Joint Resolution 114, "Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq (AUMF)", passed the House by a vote of 296-133 on October 10 of 2002, and the Senate by a vote of 77-23...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-01-2011, 03:31 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 14,618
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Values Added: Two Hearings on American Muslims (Amaney Jamal & Sally Howell)

Under two and a half minutes before the charges of racism are recklessly flung around.

And I'm done. Looking forward to the next diavlog.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-29-2011, 05:29 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,923
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Full-Frontal Geeky (Karl Smith & Megan McArdle)

The back-half of this blog in a nutshell: Two pro-stimulus Keynesians arguing about how much and how soon we need to brace ourselves for the inevitable collapse from the looming deficit.

That...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-23-2011, 07:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,550
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Values Added: Catholics Making Up Their Own Minds (Robert Jones & Michele Dillon)

To deemphasize the statistics of ex-Catholics in America by speaking about how many Protestants also leave the denomination of their childhood but don't get counted as "ex-Protestants" because they...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-20-2011, 09:55 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 23,216
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: No "gamechanger"

If our only response in Libya was to give free laptops to the rebels, your point would almost be analogous. But there are a few critical differences here you might be glossing over a little too much.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-05-2011, 07:32 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 23,627
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Science Saturday: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence (Karl Smith & Robin Hanson)

It is all irrelevant.

Individual humans will NEVER be identically modeled by computers, except perhaps for the sake of novelty.

The human individual is a phenomenon defined by lack of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-03-2011, 12:09 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 27,485
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Values Added: American Muslims and American Jews (Abdullah Antepli & Jack Bemporad)

How very unfortunate that a mere few hundred-million extremist radicals taint Western impressions of the thousands of post-enlightenment thinkers out there who represent the "real" mainstream...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-09-2011, 08:06 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Communitas: The Carceral State (Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald)

Ah, the Ann Coulter argument. "Your right to smoke crack ends at my wallet... Except the costs associated with me wanting to have a glass of wine or smoke a cigar, meh, we're just going to ignore."...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-09-2011, 08:02 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Communitas: The Carceral State (Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald)

Clever word game there. "Providing fodder for" meaning "didn't actually claim, but I'm going to frame it as if it was, because popular perceptions about what his book was about proved to be a useful...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-09-2011, 07:21 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Communitas: The Carceral State (Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald)

Unfortunately, since such programs usually catch on when an urban center is in a desperate death-spiral, it's hard to make objective sense of the results.

1. City X is a shithole, and getting...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-09-2011, 07:12 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Communitas: The Carceral State (Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald)

Not only would this free up those who are locked up for merely consuming or selling drugs, but it would also put a stop to the alarming amount of turf-war violence which would no longer be...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-09-2011, 07:08 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 23,247
Posted By Tara Davis
Re: Communitas: The Carceral State (Vesla Weaver & Heather Mac Donald)

Produce ONE person whom we would agree is a significant leader/spokesperson of the right who has EVER said "I believe X" and you have a case that they are not straw men.

I'll be over here, not...
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