Political Animal

STILL ANGRY AFTER ALL THESE

STILL ANGRY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS….Tom Spencer brings us up to speed on the Counter-Clinton Library, a plan to build of a library of anti-Clinton bile across the street from the official Clinton Presidential Center and “?LIE-brary” in Little Rock.

The letter from the founders is moderately entertaining, as these things go, and it will probably come as no surprise that the person they really hate isn’t Bill so much as Hillary. “Most of the media want to see Hillary become President and they aren?t going to do anything to derail her,” they say.

I’ve noticed that myself. In fact, Hillary’s people offered me a substantial sum not to write this post, but I’m one of the few bloggers with the integrity to stand up to her, so I refused. Unfortunately, that probably means my life is in danger, so if blogging here at CalPundit stops suddenly, you’ll know what happened.

Of course, you’ll never be able to prove anything….

SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS….For those of

SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS….For those of you old enough to remember who David Stockman is, Avedon Carol has a good post about W’s administration today. I don’t know how she manages to have the discipline to write long posts like this using a dial-up connection, so go read it and make it worth her while.

The now-legendary 1981 article about Stockman in The Atlantic is here. If you’ve never read it, you really should. This is the story for which Ronald Reagan rather famously took Stockman “out to the woodshed.”

MORE GUNS, LESS HONESTY?….Via Instapundit,

MORE GUNS, LESS HONESTY?….Via Instapundit, Clayton Cramer prints John Lott’s response to charges that he faked a survey for his book More Guns, Less Crime.

No, I take that back: Lott doesn’t actually respond at all, he just says he has now redone the survey and come up with similar results. This completely evades the point. No one is all that concerned with the precise results of the survey ? which are not especially crucial to his overall thesis ? but with the fact that he apparently lied about conducting a survey in the first place. As Clayton Cramer dryly notes, it would “raise serious credibility questions.”

It would indeed. And don’t you think that we would then be well advised to take everything else Lott says rather skeptically?

POSTSCRIPT: Apparently this mini-tempest has been brewing for about six months, but no one in the blogosphere felt like writing about it during that time. If Lott hasn’t been able to come up with a better excuse than “my dog ate it” after six months, I doubt he’s going to do any better in the future. And, yes, “many will choose to draw unflattering conclusions.”

GAY MARRIAGES….My hometown newspaper, the

GAY MARRIAGES….My hometown newspaper, the Orange County Register, has decided to start printing same-sex union anouncements. This policy affects not just the Register, but the entire Freedom newspaper chain, which includes 35 newspapers across the country.

Good for them. The Register is usually described as a conservative newspaper, but in reality it’s a libertarian newspaper with a conservative slant. Maybe there’s something to this libertarian stuff after all.