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Achenblog: February 6, 2005 - February 12, 2005

Freak Show

The TV news has become a freak show again. Turn on the cable TV news in prime time and you'll likely find a report about the Michael Jackson child molestation case, or the Bill Cosby scandal, or the Ward...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 11, 2005; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dyspeptic Reader Feedback

Great news: No silly, vapid Achenchat Monday. We'll chat on an as-needed basis. I'm all in favor of reader feedback but those chats were becoming the Hour of Drivel. My fault, for lack of organization and coherence. But! But!...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 11, 2005; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Shroder Responds on Intelligent Design

This is from Tom Shroder, editor of the Post magazine: I think it's easy to overlook the truly interesting point in the horrendously named "intelligent design" theory. Which is not that someone "intelligent" must be tinkering with DNA (unless that...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 10, 2005; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Adaptation

A friend turned to me the other day at a basketball game and started talking about evolution and intelligent design. I explained that I wanted to watch my daughter play basketball. I did not want to debate the nature...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 10, 2005; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nukes and Charles and Camilla

Been in a rush all morning, but just heard that Charles and Camilla are getting hitched and the North Koreans have revealed that they have nuclear weapons. Frankly I think that's a huge over-reaction on the part of the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 10, 2005; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Flocks of Numbers

This is the season of big numbers. They seem to migrate through town in February like immense flocks of geese. For a few days the two main caches of numbers had been the Bush budget (ritually described as D.O.A....

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 9, 2005; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More from Professor Achenbach

I would blog more but all my spare time is spent grading papers. The Georgetown class is going swimmingly, in large part because many of the students actually want to become journalists. Of course they would ideally like to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 9, 2005; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Steroids

Jose Canseco, the retired slugger, says he injected steroids into Mark McGwire's buttocks. (Isn't the word "buttocks" inherently silly? I always want to pronounce it "buh tocks," in the Forrest Gump manner, as if it's two words.) Nearly 20...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 8, 2005; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Globules Inc.

Every day, I show up at Globules Inc. and go through an elaborate ritual. First I check to see if I have any phone messages, and, if so, delete them without listening to them. My policy is, Best Not...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 7, 2005; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Readers weigh in

My friend Nick Johnston didn't like my recent reference to Chardonnay. He writes: "You might get more street cred among the kids if, in your blog, you mention a desire to, say, have a nice glass of whiskey, instead of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 7, 2005; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A reader on Super Bowl

A reader named Gavriel responds to this morning's blog item on the Super Bowl: I think you're missing an important piece of the picture re: the Pats "non-dynasty" dynasty, and that is the increased role of free agency. It's now,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 7, 2005; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts from today's chat

Los Angeles, Calif.: You called this year's Superbowl commercials "unspectacular" in Achenblog. What was your favorite of the bunch? If you were put in charge of designing a Washington Post ad to be played during the Superbowl, what would...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 7, 2005; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Paul for Super Bowl MVP

The commercials were unspectacular this year, the game was sloppy, but you had to like the halftime show by the Artist Formerly Known as Paul McCartney. He still does a better Paul McCartney impression than anyone. "Drive My Car"...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 7, 2005; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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