Category Archives: the Radical Gloats

August 26, 2013, 9:43 pm

Sabbatical: Because the Bible Tells Me So

In answer to the question, “Where are you and what are you doing?” The answer is: I am on

For the advantages of a sabbatical, go here. But don’t worry. I’ll still show up here.

January 27, 2009, 1:46 pm

Another One Bites The Dust

Richard Perez-Pena* reports in today’s New York Times that conservative columnist William Kristol, by mutual agreement with the paper, will not be renewing his one year contract as a columnist for the Op-Ed page. Kristol will be writing for the Washington Post and contributing to its blog, Post Partisan. Note to the Post, where the Radical’s old buddy from Oligarch OCD days, Ruth Marcus is holding down the fort: this is almost as cute a name as Tenured Radical. But not quite.

Ah Bill, we hardly knew ye. But Kristol could not have been happy at the Times. It’s one thing to see your hideous little political world go down in flames, but quite another to be surrounded by a bunch of insanely happy liberals while it is happening. Perhaps because of constant liberal crowing, Kristol has seemed increasingly delusional since the Obama candidacy became an actual presidency. In yesterday’s

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October 30, 2008, 2:12 am

Phillies Win! Phillies Win! Phillies Win! Phillies Win! Phillies Win! Phillies Win! Phillies Win!

2008 World Series Champs!

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June 24, 2008, 5:56 pm

The Radical Goes to History Camp

Many years ago, when I first started rowing, I experienced this phenomenon where it gave me — and my fellow novices — the greatest pleasure to learn to row, and then to to talk about rowing all the time. We would go to talks at Zenith, and then later at the post-talk reception we would talk about rowing; we would go to dinner at each other’s houses, and other guests would silently push a pea around the plate while we talked about rowing; and it got so bad that when we walked into a room at Zenith, people would say things like, “Oh, here comes the rowing team.” We just thought they were silly. At the end of the summer, we all headed up to the Master’s Nationals in Syracuse, and agreed that it would be such a relief to talk about rowing all week without people interrupting us.

Well, I now get it that probably had something to do with endorphins, and talking about rowing kicked off…

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August 30, 2007, 1:17 am

Larry Craig, The Senior Senator From Idaho Who Is A Homophobic Republican Right Winger, And Who Said That Bill Clinton Was A “Naughty Boy,” Is Not Gay

And neither am I.

OK, I’m just kidding. I am gay.

BWA-HA-HA-HA! I’m not even going to try to be scholarly about this. And anyway, look how wrong I was about Michael Vick. My question is this: when Larry Craig told the Idaho Statesman that the REI sporting goods store in Boise was the last place he would go to cruise men, did he really think that all queer people do not know that Boise was uncovered as a hotbed of homosexual activity during the 1950′s? His precise statement was: “I’ve been in this business 27 years in the public eye here. I don’t go around anywhere hitting on men, and by God, if I did, I wouldn’t do it in Boise, Idaho! Jiminy!” Whereas, in fact, many gay men in the Mountain West would.

Craig’s statement about the REI incident — and let me say I write with the authoroity of a person partly raised in Idaho — is exactly the kind of thing someone from Idaho would…

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