Friday, April 14, 2006

Very Exciting Day!

More later.

UPDATE: Sorry to hold you all in suspense, but it will be well worth it.  Look for an official announcement on this exciting development Monday.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Did Comedy Central Censor "South Park"?

Volokh has a great discussion about whether Comedy Central really did censor a scene from last night's South Park depicting the prophet Muhammad.

As of now, there has been no statement from Comedy Central or "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  I have to admit, I've been trying to figure this one out since last night.

[via The World According to Nick]

UPDATE:  It seems that we have verification that Comedy Central did censor the episode, via National Review of all places.

UPDATE II:  The Associated Press has more, noting the part of the episode that led me to think that this might have been an actual swipe at Comedy Central:

Banned by Comedy Central from showing an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, the creators of "South Park" skewered their own network for hypocrisy in the cartoon's most recent episode.

The comedy _ in an episode aired during Holy Week for Christians _ instead featured an image of Jesus Christ defecating on President Bush and the American flag.

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Straight Talk on McCain

Jacob Weisberg at Slate has a brilliant column on John McCain's recent overtures to the right-wing of the Republican party

"Brilliant", that is, if only because it presents coherently some thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head for a while.

Most liberal commentators take McCain's love fest with the neo-Calvinists at face value, arguing that he's finally revealing his true colors. A few months ago, The Nation ran a cover story titled "The Real McCain," which contended that the Arizona senator is a dyed-in-the-wool conservative. To the American Prospect, McCain is Barry Goldwater's true heir. A couple of weeks ago in the New York Times, Paul Krugman wrote, "The bottom line is that Mr. McCain isn't a moderate; he's a man of the hard right."

But the literal-minded left has McCain all wrong. He's trying to win over enough of his party's conservative base to win, for sure. But this is a stratagem—the only one, in fact, that gives him a shot at surviving a Republican presidential primary. Discount his repositioning a bit, and McCain looks like the same unconventional character who emerged during the Clinton years: a social progressive, a fiscal conservative, and a military hawk. Should he triumph in the primaries, we can expect this more appealing John McCain to come roaring back.

Read it all.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Opening Day

Spring has finally arrived in Boston, as the warm weather and the Red Sox returned on the same day.  My head cold is all but gone, and my favorite time of the year has begun.  I've been wicked busy of late, but my view from the 29th floor these days makes it bearable.

Yes, today is opening day at Fenway Park as the Sox host the Blue Jays.  Off to a 5-1 start, this is the best start they have had in years.  The excitement was palpable this morning as I left for work and there was already a line of cars on Boylston Street entering the Fenway -- pre-game traffic for an opener that wasn't due to start for another six hours.

I wonder if I will be able to score some tickets before the end of the season.  This is my third full season in this town, and I am still yet to attend a game.  Given how close to the park I now live, there is really no excuse.


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