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    Indonesian Travel Journal: Happy Holidays!

    Lebaran is this weekend which means I have successfully completed my first Ramadan in a Muslim country. I wasn't affected much. My area of the city has almost as many Christians as Muslims, so the restaurants were still crowded at lunch time. I was more careful about eating, and drinking alcohol, outside during daylight hours and I didn't eat in front of my Muslim co-workers prior to sundown, but other than that, life went on normally.

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    Welcome to Dagblog

    Hi, all. We have some new readers and new reader bloggers today, for a sad reason. Some people are coming here out of fear that Talking Points Memo may shut down its reader blogs.

    Everybody here at Dagblog would like to see the TPMCafe stay open. Most of us met each other, as bloggers, at that page, and we would like to see it thrive.

    But whatever the fate for TPMCafe, we would like you to know that you are all welcome here, and that we will always be glad to see you.

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    An American Boy

    I am kind, giving and strong. I am fair and law-abiding. I am smart and resourceful. I respect others and I do no harm. I follow the words of Jesus Christ. I am an American Boy.

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    As Summer Fades

    Summer has turned quickly into fall,
    The air much colder,
    The sea air so sweet,
    Leaves falling from the trees,
    Like ten  thousand passions.
    ...Where you and I will always meet.

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    Writing sports in the United Arab Emirates for The National

    From time to time I’ve been known to escape the confines of this blog, and this week is one of those times, as I have some stories up at The National, an English newspaper in the United Arab Emirates.

    The stories – given to me by former colleague Paul Oberjuerge – were on sporting venues in South America. The three stories:

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    Six Months In: Thoughts and Reflections on Living as an Ex-Pat in Indonesia

     

    When I came to Indonesia in the middle of January 2010, I came with a few preconceived notions:

    1. It was going to be hot;

    2. The food was going to be great; and

    3. The country had the largest Muslim population in the world.

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    An Open and Honest Conversation about My Racism

    “You see, you’re one of the good Blacks,” I told my friend Al, at a high school graduation party. “It’s the bad Blacks that are the niggers.”

    “I think I hate you now, Bill,” said Al, walking away.

    It was 25 years ago when that scene took place, and his words still haunt me. Partly because I haven’t spoken to Al since. But mostly because that those words started me on a path toward acceptance and enlightenment that I remain on to this day.

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    My Gardener is a Beckerhead, and is Probably Attending Beck U & Other Oddities in American Life

    How do I know, he asked me if I was investing in gold or selling gold. OMG, this guy, even though he is a landscaper, or some such thing, has three kids, gets his health care from the state because he doesn't make much money, recevies food stamps, and aid to go to school. But he always rants about ObamaCare, socialism, fascism, etc! What? Yes you are thinking the same thing I am. However, Beck is ripping off poor folk, who don't know any better, and I feel bad for them.

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    My New Crush: Aimee Mullins

    Aimee Mullins, aka Cheetah Woman, is officially my new favorite day dream. Not only is she part cheetah and therefore very fast, but she also is a good public speaker and an amazing person, two things that are very crushable.

     

     

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    An Update on the Book Formerly Known as How Bill O'Reilly Saved Christmas

    In response to the relentless demands of millions of adoring readers, I've decided that it's time to break my media silence about the status of the book.

    After an eight-month effort that has been simultaneously grueling and exhilarating, the book is nearly finished. I completed the manuscript at the end of June and have been racing through the revisions since then. In a few weeks, it will be all over but the rhapsodic reviews. The book is still on schedule to come out in mid-October.

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    Why Can't Education Reporters Read?

    Last week The Delta Cost Project, a non-profit that studies the cost of higher education, released a detailed report on revenue and expenses at American colleges and universities over ten years: "Trends in College Spending, 1998-2008." The report broke down the various sources of revenue, the different activities on which money was spent, and most interestingly the rate of increase

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    Liberty, Equality, and So On ...

    Happy Bastille Day, mes amis. And Lafayette, thanks for the solid.

    In honor of the quatorze juillet, here's Serge Gainsbourg:


    And for those who prefer La Marseillaise old-school, Casablanca still does it best.

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    Cleveland Is Okay. Seriously.

    Friday morning I was in Cleveland, where all the news was about LeBron James. That afternoon, I got on a plane and flew to Not Cleveland in order to attend a wedding. Now I'm back.

    The wedding was delightful, except for one thing. Several people I spoke with were firmly convinced that the city of Cleveland was basically on fire. They were grateful that I had gotten out of town "before they burn it down." I blame ESPN for this.

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    Bukit Lawang and a Lesson in Resiliency

    Bukit Lawang is a village in North Sumatra, on the edge of the jungle. The Bohorok River plays a central role in village life, providing a place to wash bodies and clothes, to cool down during sweltering days, and to have a little fun, running smallish rapids on tubes and in rafts. The village exists almost entirely due to tourism.

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    In Praise of Professor V.

    Flavia and The Fretful Porpentine have recently led some terrific discussion threads about how often students describe female professors as "intimidating" when those professors are behaving pretty much the way their male colleagues do.

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    Libertarian Wonderland Is Not So Great

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that lower taxes and smaller government lead to economic growth, while higher taxes and bigger government hold the economy back. And like many truths that are universally acknowledged, it is frequently contradicted by easily observable facts and that makes no difference. Economics especially seems to be full of these ironclad universal rules that only hold true some of the time, in elegantly controlled micro-economic examples.

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    The Kagan Dog Whistle Gets Louder

    Today, Ann Gerhart at the Washington Post came right out and said it: Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court is suspect because she is not a mother. So that dog whistle I was complaining about? It's a steam whistle now, very audible and very shrill.

    I'm not going to link to the Gerhart's post, because bad behavior should not be rewarded with traffic. If you want to find it on the WaPo opinions page, her title is "The Supreme Court Needs More Mothers." No, I am not making that up.

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