A Long Overdue Goodbye to Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan was one of two big-time bloggers--the other being, of course, Glenn Reynolds--to have helped put me on the blogospheric map. For that, I shall always be grateful. He was also--as Ross Douthat pointed out--extraordinarily influential in advancing the cause of same-sex marriage. Anyone who is the least bit concerned with fundamental human rights …

Kevin Drum Is Fighting Cancer

I remember being invited to Kevin Drum's house for dinner with some other bloggers back on December 13, 2003. I remember the date because it was the same day that Saddam Hussein was captured by American forces; it figures that a dinner gathering of bloggers would feature some important breaking news. But what I remember …

Kudos to Eugene Volokh and the Volokh Conspiracy

He and they are the subjects of a properly admiring profile, one that describes very accurately the scope of the Conspiracy's influence: Last week, when the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether religiously owned corporations like Hobby Lobby should be exempt from providing contraception coverage to their employees, the government’s reply brief cited dozens of cases and …

Good News for Bloggers

They are covered by First Amendment protections, which is, of course, an entirely sensible finding. Note the justifying language: "With the advent of the Internet and the decline of print and broadcast media … the line between the media and others who wish to comment on political and social issues becomes far more blurred." That's …

Matthew Yglesias Is a Bad Writer, a Bad Thinker, and a Rather Bad Person

Exhibit A. Exhibit B. And last, but not least, exhibit C, which links to a piece I wrote about Yglesias's genuinely awful writing and ratiocination skills. I see that nothing has changed in the nearly three years between the writing of my piece and today. In addition to noting that Yglesias can't write and can't cogitate, …