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New York arrests would-be terrorist in failed pipe bomb plot

NEW YORK — New York arrested and charged a US Al-Qaeda sympathizer in a plot to build a pipe bomb to kill government workers, elected officials and others. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 27-year-old Jose Pimentel was targeting police, postal facilities and others and said he was a “lone wolf” without…

The staffing concerns of the playground for the rich

You know, it would be nice if intellectually vapid who got their jobs because their editors had a moron quota to fill would recognize their incredible luck and react with humble gratitude. But of course, if Megan McArdle did that, her job of being the Marie Antoinette of the Atlantic…

The 10th anniversary of everything going straight to hell

A lot of people will be weighing in today on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, which is happening on Sunday.  I feel I should say something, though it's hard really to know what to add.  That day was awful for everyone, no matter where in the country they lived.  I…

Music Fridays: Mother Nature Is An A$$hole Edition

Kind of amazing that the East Coast will be going through an earthquake (albeit a mild one that didn't really cause any major damage) and a hurricane (this one I'm far more worried about) within less than a week.  The big concern, of course, is for the folks down south…

New York squeezes the bigots until they squeal

As I'm sure you all realize, the fact that New York tipped over into the "legal same sex marriage" column is a big deal.  There are 44 more states to go, and the usual suspects in the South will be the biggest struggle, but the size and influence of New…

Hey, NY Times, 2006 is calling. They want their narrative back.

I can’t do food blogging this week—it’s been insanely busy, and I just didn’t have time. I don’t really have time now to blog, because I’m going to the WAM! conference in New York, but I thought I’d tell you a little story about the history of blogging, which is…

The coming Manhattan refuge crisis

Sorry for the radio silence. Yesterday, Marc and I awoke at 4AM in Dallas in order to catch a 7AM flight to New York that had a layover in Cincinnati. We feverishly checked to make sure our connection wasn’t canceled, but after we got to the airport—and after I discovered…

Friday Genius Ten “Great Gig in The Sky” Edition

There are a couple things in this world I didn’t think would happen to me after I moved from Texas to New York. One of them was definitely not, “Be standing outside like a dumbass when a fucking tornado rips right through.” And yet, there I was in Park Slope—one…

A controversy looking for a target

I’m a relatively recent transplant to New York City, as you probably know, but I have to say that this entire fuss over the Cordoba House has left me pretty annoyed. One the things you figure out quickly from living in New York is that people from all sorts of…

Bamboo Review: Inception

Spoilers! We don’t go to the movies as often in New York as we did in Austin for one simple reason: There isn’t an Alamo Drafthouse here. It’s strange, because I think one would go over really well. But like competent country-western bands playing in bars or nachos that are…

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