Sam Boyd

Sam Boyd is a former assistant web editor at the Prospect

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MORE (BLOGGING ABOUT) SEX!

MORE (BLOGGING ABOUT) SEX! Following up on Dana and Ezra 's recent posts, I highly recommend this Slate review of a book on exactly this topic by Mark Regnerus . It turns out that the best way to get evangelical teens to avoid sex is for them to see themselves as an "embattled minority" beset on all sides by wild sex-crazed peers. Alternatively they could be Mormons. The piece is full of other fun details too. Jews are less likely to have had sex but "more likely to say sex is pleasurable and more likely to have experienced oral sex." --Sam Boyd

WHEN ANIMALS CONDUCT COVERT OPERATIONS... AND ATTACK.

WHEN ANIMALS CONDUCT COVERT OPERATIONS... AND ATTACK. In one of the weirder stories I've seen recently, Iranian Police have picked up for questioning 14 squirrels that allegedly were carrying spying equipment (via Boing Boing and Danger Room ): The IRNA [Islamic Republic News Agency] said that the squirrels were kitted out by foreign intelligence services - but were captured two weeks ago by police officers. A Foreign Office source told Sky News: "The story is nuts." Yet this is not the strangest story of modified animals used by the military to come out of the Middle East in the last few weeks. Locals in Basra have become convince that the British military has release man-eating badgers into the city in an attempt to do I don't know what (hard to imagine the thought process there). This occasioned what I can only describe as pretty much the best public statement ever: UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer said: "We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating...

PROFILES IN REPUBLICAN HYPOCRISY: PART 3 OF WHO KNOWS HOW MANY.

PROFILES IN REPUBLICAN HYPOCRISY: PART 3 OF WHO KNOWS HOW MANY. Yesterday Matt brought you news of John Yoo accusing Democrats of disrespecting the constitution and Tom Delay criticizing Democrats for corruption . Today, via Steve Benen , we have Republican leaders in the Senate condemning Democrats for obstructionism . Really: We really ought to be asking why this Democrat leadership won't allow Congress to move forward on serious policy debates," Mr. Kyl said, when asked about the talking-points memorandum he is circulating. "Americans have been disappointed by a majority leadership that stages one show debate after another, while the only consistent legislative work getting done is the renaming of post offices." The document, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times , criticizes Mr. Reid for letting legislative priorities languish, including the drop of the Defense Department budget authorization bill -- which would have approved funds for equipment and troops' pay...

YES HE MAKES...

YES HE MAKES A GOOD TIRAMISU, BUT WHAT ARE HIS VIEWS ON ROE ? We know Karl Rove and the Bush administration gave briefings on Republican chances in the 2006 elections to at least 15 agencies, including many that are ostensibly nonpartisan. Clearly this is bad and likely illegal, but beyond that I'm a little confused why this happened at all. What exactly did Rove hope to achieve by politicizing the Peace Corps, for instance? Why did he go to the trouble of briefing the U.S. Counsel to Bermuda about 55 key house races? With the prosecutor purge it's clear what the goal was -- get the Justice Department to use it's authority to taint various Democratic candidates. But what can a staffer for USAID do, even illegally, to sway the outcome of a federal election? How can a Treasury Department aide help the Republicans? One possible answer is that some briefings were given as cover for others that were intended to help campaigns, but I tend to think this is unlikely because it would indicate...

SLIGHTLY UNDERHANDED POLITICAL IDEA OF THE DAY.

SLIGHTLY UNDERHANDED POLITICAL IDEA OF THE DAY. The Washington Post reports today that the USDA makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year in farm subsidy payments to dead people. Prospect blogger Dean Baker points out that this is slightly overblown since the actual cost is about 52 cents a year to each American. Nonetheless, the whole affair gives me an idea for an underhanded political trick that could be used by opponents of farm subsidies. Why not take a page out the Republican play book and do our best to whip up a controversy about this along the lines of the hearings Republicans had about the IRS in the 1990s? Those hearings managed to convince many people that IRS agents were running amok -- throwing small children out of second-story windows and firebombing the homes of anyone who took an improper deduction. Resulting restrictions lowered enforcement of tax law and government revenues. Similarly, a hard, well-publicized, and perhaps slightly sensationalist investigation of...

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