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Invaginate

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

from answers.com:

1. To enclose or become enclosed in or as if in a sheath.
2. To turn or become turned inward.
3. To infold or become infolded so as to form a hollow space within a previously solid structure, as in the formation of a gastrula ...

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Bill Kristol Calls it Again?

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Your blogger does not enjoy spreading rumors, especially about potential nominees for the Supreme Court (these have bitten us in the behind before). But, in the sad and admittedly unlikely case that this blog is the only one you visit today: EDITH CLEMENT IS BEING TOUTED AS THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINEE FOR SUPREME COURT! W will make the announcement tonight at nine.

Last month, Bill Kristol correctly guessed that O'Connor might resign before Rehnquist. Did he nail this one too on Fox News Sunday last Sunday?:

"I think he wants to pick a woman -- a conservative woman. There are plenty of conservative women on the federal appeals court."

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Photo File: Gale Scott and Lewis Fidler

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Gale Scott of Crain's


Councilman Lewis Fidler

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Thank Goodness We Actually Still Read Primary Documents!

Monday, July 18, 2005

If you read the Washington Post today, your eyes might have widened at this item: "U.S. Says It Did Not Carry Out Plans to Back Iraqis in Election".

The Post's reporter was investigating suggestons in this week's New Yorker by muckraker Sy Hersh that the US covertly meddled ...

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Feedback: Gay Overload!

Friday, July 15, 2005

So many emails on our call-in today, taking up Katherine in Montville's slam yesterday against same-sex love (click here to listen to the slam in realplayer, Katherine's contribution comes at 37:10).

To listen to today's edition of "democracy wonk", click here.

your feedback:

Subject: Reaons to let bigoted opinions be heard
On the issue of whether you, as facilitator and host of a talk radio show, should cut off callers who express hateful or bigoted opinions, I believe that you have an obligation to let them express their opnions, and then respond to it in reasonable, intelligent manner. In my opinion there is no truth to the argument that you legitimize someone's opinions by letting them express them publicly - if anything it is quite the contrary.

That's the principled reason. However, from a purely callous entertainment point of view it is even more crucial that you do this. Rupert Murdoch's most talented producers could not have engineered a more dramatic and satisfying 20 minutes than what we heard on WNYC from 11:40 to Noon today.
-JC

Subject: Limp wristed liberals
Congratulations. Your last show was exciting, engaging and had all
the intellectual merit of the Geraldo show.

In the interest of having the opportunity to demonstrate your own open-minded viewpoint toward homosexuality, you have turned your excellent show into a forum for bigotry.

No matter how they attempt to dress up their arguments in the trappings of compassion, the anti-gay members of your audience fundamentally are all arguing from a biblical/religious perspective. YOU WILL NEVER CHANGE THEIR MINDS because they argue from faith and scripture rather than logic or conviction.
-ER

Subject: homosexuality, Greeks, Hebrews, Republicans, Democrats
many different cultures have had many different attitudes about sex between people of the same gender. In ancient Hawaii a propensity or inclination for a man to prefer sex with men to the exclusion of women was considered a sign of being blessed or magic or powerful.

Historically, the equation of homosexual behavior with sin comes from the interaction of Hellenistic Greek-speaking people on the coast and Hebrew-speaking people in the hills of what is today Israel/Palestine. The Greeks considered Hebrews and all non-Greek speakers Barbarians and, in return, the Hebrews considered the Greeks sinners. Those things that the Greeks did -- eat pork, have homosexual sex without shame, etc. -- were considered bad by definition, as the Greeks considered the Hebrews to be unsophisticated, uncultured, rubes.

Seems we still have Greeks and Hebrews today. Red and Blue states.
Each condemning each other on the same basis used by 2200 years ago.
-WP

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Glen Jenvey Links

Friday, July 15, 2005

This morning we speak with freelance terror investigator Glen Jenvey, who does most of his research from his laptop in his home in Wiltshire, England. Jenvey was instrumental in obtaining video evidence that led to the arrest last year of radical cleric Abu Hamza.

click here for a link ...

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Feedback: Who Cares Who's "Classically Trained"?

Thursday, July 14, 2005

subject: classically trained
What is the difference between including "classically trained" or "self taught" in a bio? If it's a fact, it is germane.

Writers lay claim to attending Oxford, politicians to graduating Harvard Law, CEOs to their MBAs from Wharton. (Not to mention journalists whose curriculum vitae announce ...

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Photo File: The Judges Deliberating

Thursday, July 14, 2005


Mike Kelly and Brian Lehrer go over their notes from our first-ever commentary slam.

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Photo File: Bernard Carr

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


NYSAFAH's Bernard Carr makes the case for more public money for affordable housing

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Q & A

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Q: Hi --
I want to send in a 90-second contribution to the opinion SLAM tomorrow. Should I send it to this e-maill address?

-AC

A: People, people, people! Listen to Brian when he speaks to you! This is a call-in. As per usual with our show, there ...

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Feedback:

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Subject: 4 SCJ = Christine Todd Whitman

After hearing her on NPR, she sounds reasonable, sane and articulate. She's a republican who has explicitly rejected a social and political order emerging out of "biblical truth." All interpretations, however attentive to textual meanings must also integrate both the context of the writer[s] as well as the context of us, the readers.
-JF

I am a militant moderate: be reasonable or else! Some elements of the militant moderate philosphy:

Liberals exist to keep the neanderthals from ruling the world. conservatives exist to keep the pointy-heads from ruling the world.

The liberals have the arts, the media, and education. The conservatives have business and the military. Sounds fair and balanced to me.
-JM

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Random Site-Ing

Monday, July 11, 2005

Uniformfreak is a cybercollector who will almost definitely never make an appearance on our show. Nevertheless, his collection of airline stewardess uniforms is well worth visiting.

Especially noteworthy: Allegheny Airlines.

<a href="Feedback!

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On Tomorrow's Show

Monday, July 11, 2005

WNYC's Beth Fertig and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky try to explain why the MTA has spent only about $30m of $600m allocated for improvements to public transportation security.

M.T.A. Slow to Spend Money on Transit Security (The New York Times)

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Friedman Rebutted!

Monday, July 11, 2005

On today's show NYU's Bernard Haykel refuted Tom Friedman's assertion that "to this day - no major Muslim cleric or religious body has ever issued a fatwa condemning Osama bin Laden."

In fact, says Haykel, plenty of Muslims, including Muslim clerics, have condemned terror against civilians committed ...

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Feedback: The Facebook goes Digital

Friday, July 08, 2005

In the interest of (mostly) shameless self-promotion, I thought you might find this article I wrote for my college newspaper interesting. I think thefacebook is part of a huge shift in how young people form friendships and relationships. For instance, students now "research" their acquaintances and crushes. And that, ...

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The Extell Plan

Friday, July 08, 2005


an aerial view of the Extell plan


how it would look on a map

(courtesy of Cetra-Ruddy)

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Photo File: Fareed Zakaria and Guy Martin

Thursday, July 07, 2005


Newsweek International's Fareed Zakaria


Guy Martin of New York Magazine

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Commentary Slam Cancelled

Thursday, July 07, 2005

This morning we'll just keep you up to date on the London bombings.

The slam will be rescheduled for another day, stay tuned for more info.

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Feedback: Balance

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Dear Brian (and the producers of the Brian Lehrer Show):

I was listening to the show today (Tues, 7/05), and a couple of callers
tried to make the point that you have moved to a more conservative
point of view
on your show, one from the left, one from the right.
Those calls were sort of indicative of the times we find ourselves in,
I think. The man on the Left is feeling paranoid because of the
actions of the FCC over recent years, and the appointment of
right-wingers to head the CPB.

On the other hand, I think the guy on the Right had a
preconceived notion of the "Liberal Media that is Public Radio", when
he found your show and was pleasantly surprised. He said you gained
him as a listener. Good for you. (Maybe he'll even become a member
someday.) I guess my point is that everything, everything these days
is seen in terms of which side you fall on the political divide, and
thankfully you are one that refuses, and brings us all to a forum where
we can hear each other out. I thank you for being an increasingly lone
voice in the wilderness.

Maybe someday I'll have the nerve to even call in.
-SD

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Photo File: Jonathan Trichter

Wednesday, July 06, 2005


The Pace Poll's Jonathan Trichter pulls meaning from numbers

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