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Archive for January 2004

Travelling Map

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Ellen recently blogged about her map of places she’s visited in the world. I couldn’t come close. Instead I created a “Andy’s been to a lot of states” map.


As you can see I need to take a mid-western roadtrip and a west coast trip as well. Any volunteers to take up an Andy travel fund?

Create your own map.


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January 31, 2004 at 5:27 pm

Posted in General

Late Night Reading

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I know itís late to be reading about comparative politics theory but this sentence from Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture and Structure is entirely too long:

“The focus in these studies has turned to the manner in which the contours of institutions shape the formation and aggregation of individual and group interests as an alternative both to less mediated versions of Marxist class analysis that hinge on expectations of an ineluctable shift from classes in themselves to classes for themselves and to simple behavioral stories about how action makes preferences evident and how private preferences add up to a public edifice.”

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January 28, 2004 at 1:18 am

Posted in Political Science

Quiz Answers

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On my recent quiz:

Question: According to the author, why does the US need Europe?

Student answer: ďThe US needs Europe to keep it in check when it comes to our being big-headed and unilateral.Ē

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January 26, 2004 at 10:16 pm

Posted in Political Science

Hit and Run

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I was involved in a hit and run tonight. A car with its lights off hit mine on my street 100 yards from my house. It was a helpless feeling to be stopped in my lane with her continuing to drive straight at me (on the wrong side of the road with her lights off) as I honked my horn. She swerved at the last second and hit my side. The woman driving kept going and was later arrested. I got to spend the next 2 hours 100 yards from my house filling out forms and giving testimony.

Off to bed.

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January 25, 2004 at 2:13 am

Posted in At the House

The Deficit

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There has recently been an internet buzz building around bushin30seconds.org. While I do not pledge my support to all the positions advocated on their site, I do think that the winning ad is quite poignant and addresses an issue I think is critically important: the deficit. The website has recently raised enough money for a slot during the Superbowl but CBS has refused to air the ad.

Here is my email to CBS concerning their decision:


I am writing to complain about CBSís unwillingness to air the ad presented by moveon.org concerning the deficit.

Although I understand that CBS may be trying to keep a door shut which, if opened, might allow offensive and extremely controversial ads on the air, I do not believe that this ad falls into that category. The moveon.org ad falls well within the realm of respectable, intelligent and tasteful discussion (which is more than can be said for many advertisements). Although the ad promotes a particular viewpoint, this is no different in nature than the hundreds of political ads aired during each election year or the pro-consumption viewpoints promoted in regular advertising.

Although CBS has every legal right to restrict what is broadcast on the air, I am disappointed that CBS has chosen to make this decision. If those advocating a viewpoint are willing to pay the fair-market price set by CBS and are rejected, then the public is left questioning the motives of CBS.

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January 22, 2004 at 5:56 pm

Posted in Politics

Concerning Political Science

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I just finished ďWhen Did Political Science Forget About Politics?Ē by Jonathan Cohn which is listed as an supplemental reading for one of my classes. The subject matter is one that concerns me since I am currently devoting my working hours to the study of political science.

And make no mistake about it folks, my program here at UNC is a political science program. For those that donít know and (understandably) donít want to read the article political science is not the study of politics. Political science is the pursuit of theories to describe politics in a way that attempts to be universally understood.

I wonít enter into an extended monologue on this subject here but it greatly bothers me that the voice of political science in the larger world is so small. Given the current pursuits of much of the discipline and culture of political science (which eschews application of expertise) I donít blame the world for not listening. But the decline of the public intellectual, especially one from political science, concerns me.

Iím not interested in talking to other political scientists about esoteric theories; Iím interested in being a deeply learned man about international relations and US foreign policy. From that base I could ideally teaching my students lessons about how the world works and offer the wider world the lessons learned from years of study. But will political science and the university system allow one to do that?

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January 19, 2004 at 7:01 pm

Posted in Political Science


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This afternoon UNC beat number one ranked UConn in the Dean Dome and I was there. It was amazing. Every seat was filled, the crowd was dressed in blue and it was rocking! To start with the Heels played a great first half with tremendous performances by key players. At the end of the first half the Heels lead by 14.

UConnís center, Emeka Okafor, was unstoppable in the second half but the Heels toughed it out and tied the game up with just over a minute left. After a missed shot by UConn the Heels ran a play which involved a kick out to McCants (an Asheville native I might add) who nailed his second big three in as many minutes for the victory.

It was roar was so loud that my ears still hurt. I hugged grown men. After UConn missed itís final shot the crowd rushed the floor. Oh to be able to watch the Sportscenter highlights!

It felt very cathartic to have such an intense emotional experience. Plus I love the trill and energy of large crowds. February 5. 9:00 PM. Duke vs. UNC. Iíll be there!

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January 17, 2004 at 11:32 pm

Posted in UNC