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Forum: Diavlog comments 09-21-2011, 12:45 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 9,291
Posted By bramble
Re: Rove is the Defacto Leader of the Republican party?!

I think Noah is totally off-base calling Rove the de facto leader of the GOP, but if you think of Rove and Perry as two guys who come from the same political milieu and have bad blood you can see how...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-20-2011, 11:52 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 9,291
Posted By bramble
Re: Double Couch Edition (Timothy Noah & Rich Lowry)

That's basically what I was thinking. Having to economize a bit whilst earning $250,000+ a year and whilst living a leafy Bay Area suburb is not exactly a champagne problem, but neither is it an...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-19-2011, 08:10 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,353
Posted By bramble
Re: Convoluted logic

Good back and forth between miceelf, Sulla et al.

I'd just point out that almost everybody I've ever known, whether conservative or liberal, is not very good at thinking scientifically about the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-08-2011, 06:37 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 23,933
Posted By bramble
Hand-wringing, perplexity and dog poop

As a liberal, I initially responded to the Weiner news with the same hand-wringing and perplexity as Traister does in this diavlog, because I was experiencing cognitive dissonance. At the end of the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-13-2011, 04:25 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 38,424
Posted By bramble
Re: The Week in Blog: Take a Breath (Bill Scher & Conn Carroll)

For the record, I agree with Carroll's point that the link between the right's rhetoric and the shooting exists only in the minds of certain pundits. Palin and Beck are being unfairly, if subtly,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-13-2011, 03:46 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 38,424
Posted By bramble
Re: The Week in Blog: Take a Breath (Bill Scher & Conn Carroll)

The Week in Blog is a discussion diavlog. Carroll's polemical tone and debater's tactics are unsuitable for it. Personally, I also find the guy to be mean. I can't bare to look at his sneering...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-16-2010, 12:25 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 29,303
Posted By bramble
Re: Standard Deviations (Robert Wright & Jonah Goldberg)

Bob Zombie (http://brambled.tumblr.com/post/1130308031/jonahs-lawyerly-hairsplitting-will-turn-you-too)
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-25-2010, 01:11 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 29,291
Posted By bramble
Re: Meet a Tea Partier (Robert Wright & Rob Neppell)

Quoting Ocean: The problem is that once you take the crazy out, there isn't much substance left.

I don't agree with calling protest movements "crazy." It's like calling a bumper sticker message...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-13-2010, 05:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,284
Posted By bramble
Why Tea Party People will drink coffee in the end

In the discussion about the Tea Partiers, Wright and Pinkerton forgot to mention the key characteristic of the Tea Party type. Tea Party People are powerless. That's what unites them. Their...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-20-2009, 01:03 AM
Replies: 272
Views: 59,577
Posted By bramble
Re: performance artist

Perfectly said.

And I have fault MG for going into this unprepared for an Ann-bush.
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-06-2009, 12:04 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 40,309
Posted By bramble
Re: Star Trek/bloggingheads - Amok Time fight scene

This (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/20951?in=54:16&out=59:03) and this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyhhFzE5O5U) are not all that dissimilar.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-07-2009, 08:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 15,737
Posted By bramble
Re: Trust Us, We're Experts (Noam Scheiber & Megan McArdle)

These two make a good pair: both fence-straddlers when paired with more partisan interlocutors. Together, they seem to bring out their differences.

On the downside, they are a bit too dull for me...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-30-2009, 10:58 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 21,011
Posted By bramble

Quoted from dictionary dot com:
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-16-2009, 01:26 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 61,319
Posted By bramble
Re: What's on a Man's Mind?

I Google for Khan's mea culpa and found no such thing. Can you provide the link?
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-28-2009, 08:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 17,579
Posted By bramble
Re: Science Saturday: Evolution of the Gracile Human

I think MArvin harris had the idea that it was population pressure that caused hunter gatherer societies to seek ways to increase production, thus AG was culturally selected. He points out in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-17-2009, 02:56 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 49,268
Posted By bramble
Re: Economic Throwdown Edition

I enjoyed this dialog. MM didn't do her usual fence-sitting routine (well, not as much) because DB wouldn't settle for easy collegiality. My only wish was that I was more knowledgeable about...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-03-2009, 11:45 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 57,882
Posted By bramble
Re: A Humbler Stimulus?

McArdle annoys me, and this conversation helped me figure out why.

She is a policy tease!

She starts out arguing for, for instance, a libertarian proposal. Then when push comes to shove,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-18-2008, 02:16 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 28,750
Posted By bramble

A tally sheet of the conservative Republican era:

1) Liberalizing trade: accomplished, Democrats on board more or less.

2) Unfettering markets: accomplished, Democrats on board more or less.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-16-2008, 07:56 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 32,949
Posted By bramble
Re: Ayers and Kissinger

Oh yeah, I'm surprised that nobody has brought up Bob's screeds against Kaus for palling around with Coulter. In fact, I'm surprised Kaus didn't bring it up...but maybe he did, I didn't watch the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-16-2008, 07:51 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 32,949
Posted By bramble
Ayers and Kissinger

The unwritten rules of politics clearly states that you can use your opponent's past associations against him. A common counterattack is to minimize the association while accusing your opponent of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2008, 08:17 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By bramble
RE: Francoamerican

A very clarifying post. I think this explains why debates about Iraq never seem to resolve.

However, winners and losers will eventually emerge. That's called history, right? Unfortunately for...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-19-2008, 01:33 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 26,813
Posted By bramble
Re: Rank Punditry Edition

Life is too short for an hour plus of B&G. I didn't get through even the 1st topic.

But give the devil his due. JG is correct to say that the william jennings bryant skit is not going to work...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-25-2008, 08:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,534
Posted By bramble
Re: VP predictions

MY's god-like echo effect does not help his prognosticatory skills. Chait calls it correctly.
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-25-2008, 10:04 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 29,441
Posted By bramble
Hush whiners

My conservative and libertarian friends, are your sensibilities so delicate that you cannot abide to look upon a single red-faced liberal with a passionate point-of-view? I've been living my whole...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-09-2008, 03:43 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 144,809
Posted By bramble
Re: The Lecture

Odd thing about Alter's lecture: he tries to trip up Kaus with the cognitive dissonance in Kaus's ideology, but he trips himself up instead. Both of these men threw in with Clintonian centrism in...
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