A missive from Galley Friend X:
For reasons I won’t share, I was poking around Andrew Sullivan’s site this week and stumbled across the following: apparently, there’s a “porn gap.” In “high-income cities” the top five search terms on porn-video websites are “1. Gay 2. Ebony 3. Teen 4. Lesbian and 5. MILF while in low-income cities they are 1. Teen 2. Lesbian 3. MILF 4. Ebony 5. Gay.”
The first thing to cross my mind, obviously, was What would Charles Murray have to say about this?
But then, that question turns out to be easier to answer than you might think.
A weekend Wall Street Journal essay–”Charles Murray on the porn class divide”–practically writes itself. He would look back on the good old days, when both the upper and lower classes had to watch the same pornography, so that no matter how much money your family had, at least you’d have some shared social experience. And there’d be a quiz, so that the rich could realize how little they understand about blue-collar porn.
But the best part is that Murray could even recycle his last title: Coming Apart.
That. Just. Happened.
||Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias)
The US Embassy in Switzerland also handles Liechtenstein. Clearly no reason for a separate embassy for the Vatican.
This is so perfectly illustrative. It’s not the conflation of Liechtenstein with the Holy See in terms of geopolitical importance. It’s the pronouncement that there is “clearly” “no reason” for a separate embassy for the Vatican.
Mind you, he’s not saying that there’s “insufficient reason” for a separate embassy. Or that, on balance, prudence suggests that a separate embassy is wasteful, or risky, or mostly redundant. There’s simply “no reason” for it at all.
Because anything Matt Yglesias doesn’t understand must not exist.
Update: Over at the Federalist, C.J. Ciaramella discusses Yglesias’s writerly shortcomings. It leaves a mark. As does this other Federalist piece by Sean Davis. This may come as a shock, but Yglesias doesn’t know what he’s talking about with regards to banking in America, either.
Galley Friend A.W. sends along this link to the ten best backstage wrestling fights of all time. To my mind, the best nugget is that the brawl between Arn Andersen and Sid Vicious started because Vicious was bagging on Ric Flair and the Enforcer stood up to defend the Nature Boy’s honor.
As Jimmy Garvin once say, that’s kayfabe. (Do yourself a favor: Click on the link, print that story out, and savor it.)
In a related note, I reviewed David Shoemaker’s excellent book The Squared Circle in the WSJ over the weekend.
I’m kidding! Although after the way Washington anointed Robert Griffin last year with a rookie season that doubled as a Hall of Fame induction ceremony, it’s kind of awesome to watch the balloon burst.
Here’s a question, though: If the Skins were hell-bent on trading up to get Griffin at #2, based essentially on one great year, a very, very good set of workouts, and a host of physical talent, what would it have taken for them to move up to #1 to have gotten Andrew Luck?
I assume that Luck must have been gettable for some price. (Though maybe that assumption is faulty.) But remember that Luck came out of Stanford with the highest grade of any quarterback prospect since John Elway. Nothing in life is a sure thing, but Luck was as close to it as any quarterback really gets.
So the three questions are:
(1) What would the extra price have been to move from Griffin to Luck?
(2) Would that price have been worth it on draft day?
(3) With the benefit of hindsight, would it have been worth it today?
In this week’s edition of the Standard’s newsletter, I open by joking that now that Obamacare is imploding, Democrats have Republicans right where they want them.
This morning, Salon’s Brian Buetler writes: ”The Right’s in a Box: Here’s how the GOP loses the Obamacare fight.”
It’s a moon-phase calendar. From the great Tyler Stout. And the moons glow in the dark!
You’d be crazy not to buy it.