Kevin Drum is the political blogger at Mother Jones. Prior to joining Mother Jones, he wrote the Washington Monthly‘s Political Animal from 2004 to 2008. He was a blogosphere pioneer when, after a stint in marketing, he went online as Calpundit in 2003. He lives with his wife and two cats in Irvine, California.
NATIONAL SERVICE….New York congressman Charles Rangel decided to finish up 2002 by proposing that we reinstitute the draft: “I’m going to introduce legislation to have universal military service to let everyone have an opportunity to defend the free world against the threats coming to us,” Rangel said on CNN’s “Late Edition.” ….”I think, if we… Read more »
GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL….Megan McArdle reviews Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel today. She likes it but has a couple of complaints. I liked it too, and I don’t even have the complaints she does. It was, simply, a terrific book, with a truly eye-opening and compelling explanation for why Eurasian civilizations were the ones… Read more »
DEPARTMENT OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES….A friend of mine tells me that some local residents where he lives complained about a dangerous stretch of road a few years ago. The city finally agreed to put in a light, which was installed two years ago. But it turned out that people didn’t know the light was there, so… Read more »
NORTH KOREA….David Adesnik of OxBlog wants to talk about North Korea, and points to his contribution to the debate here. So let’s talk. What are the options for dealing with North Korea? There are three: A military strike. Clinton considered this eight years ago, but backed off for obvious reasons. And quite aside from a… Read more »
YOU CELEBRATE YOUR WAY, WE’LL CELEBRATE OURS…. How did you spend New Year’s Day? If you’re a human, you spent it recovering from a hangover, watching football, eating leftovers, or engaging in some other activity requiring higher intellectual skills. If you’re one of my cats, you spent it proving that nature really is red in… Read more »