Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Links for Tuesday

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* The Great Divergence: A new Slate series on inequality in America. Part 1, Part 2, more to come.

* Playboy yes, Ulysses no: A federal judge has declared unconstitutional a Virginia prison policy that denies inmates access to classic literature with sexually explicit passages yet allows them to peruse Playboy magazine.

* Obama contrarianism contrarianism contrarianism: $50 billion dollars in new infrastructure spending is a nice but inadequate idea that won’t pass anyway.

* Can’t win for winning: The GOP now has more control over the federal judiciary than it did under Bush, despite two years of Obama appointments. Thank the Senate.

* Tom Toles explains it all.

* I’m more than a bit worried about the future of Mad Men now that I know the “real” Don Draper married the “real” Peggy Olson. That’s not a storyline I want to see at all.

* And even the editor of even the liberal New Republic thinks Muslims aren’t really citizens:

But, frankly, Muslim life is cheap, most notably to Muslims. And among those Muslims led by the Imam Rauf there is hardly one who has raised a fuss about the routine and random bloodshed that defines their brotherhood. So, yes, I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend that they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse.

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