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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Bedfellows (test case: Glenn Reynolds)

I'm toying with an algorithm to get a flavor of what inputs bloggers are using. Follow each link they provide to a blog post, then go to the previous post (thus testing not what they are linking, which you can see by reading the blog, but who they are reading). Take the longest sentence (excluding quotations) from that previous post. Concatenate a decent sample, say, ten of these.

My first test case, naturally, was "Instapundit" Glenn Reynolds. The result:

Beijing has information on a budding reform movement, one that would replace the personality cult of the "royal family" with an authoritarian but rational government based on post-Communist states in Eastern Europe, especially Romania. But donation rates are far less dismal at the U.S. military base in Landstuhl--and as Americans die on the base from injuries inflicted in Iraq, their organs are ending up in German bodies. But, in reality, today, as his poll numbers keep going south and the country is plunged into the continued politics of polarization, the younger George Bush more accurately parallels Richard Nixon than either Ronald Reagan or his father. Check out my podcast interview with David Zucker and Myrna Sokoloff about their infamous suppressed political ad featuring Kim Jong Il and Madeleine Albright. It is bitterly ironic that instead of building on that momentum by continuing to make his case against Lieberman, Lamont has let himself become enmeshed in the same consultant-driven culture of caution and blandness that has produced a steady stream of modern candidates more worried about stepping on the land mines laid out by their opponents' campaign teams than stepping forward to lead. Most of the time where military action was unquestionably justified, China abstained from a UN vote, or when there is some anti-U.S. support brewing in the UNSC against military action, China joined the crowd. Payne offered no explanation as to why the group didn't apply that standard to Nifong--who, after all, indicated he was "very pleased" to have a citizens' committee co-chair who opposed health care for partners or gays and lesbians on the grounds that all gay and lesbian people get diseases and die young; or opposed adding gays and lesbians to a statewide anti-discrimination statute on the grounds that all gay and lesbian people are cross-dressers. I had a wonderful time yesterday with Mary Katharine Ham, Michelle Malkin, and Kirsten Powers, a pro-life Democrat, Christian, and one of the nicest pundits I’ve ever met. Take a wild guess whom I'm betting on. As the Nuke the Moon™ essay becomes more relevant than ever (does America want to be laughed at or feared like gods?), the Nuke the Moon™ t-shirt has come back into print (its third printing).

This seems oddly, well, balanced.