I DUNNO, THE CROWDS LOOKED PRETTY BIG TO ME….You know, I’m actually in favor of deposing Saddam, but count me among the people wondering just why the warblogosphere is so shrilly insistent that this weekend’s war protests were (a) microscopically small, (b) intellectually vacant, (c) unapologetically Stalinist, and (d) objectively pro-terror.
Sure, more people went to football games than went to the protests. So what? Probably more people went to football games than went to Vietnam War protests too.
Methinks they doth protest the protests too much.
THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN BY AN “ORANGE COUNTY REPUBLICAN”….My state assemblyman ? as well as Einstein-loving Ann’s ? is John Campbell (R?Irvine). There may not be many Republicans left in state government, but by God, Orange County has one of them.
So what does my assemblyman think about our budget crisis, all $35 billion of it? Like all Republicans, he pretends to believe that the $35 billion figure has been deliberately inflated to make things seems worse than they are, thus creating an excuse to raise taxes. LA Weekly asked Campbell why he thought Gray Davis was doing this:
?So,? asked the Weekly, ?if Davis? cuts solve most if not all of the crisis, why would he want to raise taxes??
?Because he is catering to ideological liberals in the Legislature who want to raise taxes,? explained Campbell.
?So, John, if the Davis plan was enacted we would have a big budget surplus??
?Yes, absolutely,? replied Campbell. It seemed an exciting thought. Then he reconsidered. ?Well, many of the taxes would end up not being paid because people would figure out ways around them.?
Ah, yes, if we raised taxes, people would just cheat more, and we’d end up with less tax revenue. This is sort of the dark side of supply side economics, I suppose.
Sadly, though, this is the kind of Olympian intelligence we have to put up with around here. Not only is it dumb, but it even ignores political realities: everybody knows that Gray Davis wants to run for president some day, and my guess is that he would rather have his big toe hacked off than have to campaign as a governor who raised taxes. But he went ahead and proposed it anyway.
What does that tell you?
NEW FRONTIERS IN TRIVIA….Walter Bagehot was a famous British constitutional scholar ? a peculiar profession in a country that has no constitution, but never mind that ? and one of the early editors of the Economist. To this day there is a regular column in the magazine named in his honor.
And now I know how to pronounce his name. Thanks, Josh.
FRIED CALAMARI….James Lileks has only had fried calamari once? On an Italian vacation?
I had calamari in Italy once, during a trip to Herculaneum. It had been caught that very day. They didn?t chop it or de-tentacle it; they just rolled it in crumbs and tossed it in the oil. You could still see the black eyeballs, and you couldn?t help but realize you were eating BRAINS. Yes, brains. Sweeet, delicious BRAINS.
He makes it sound like some strange tribal ritual unheard of in modern America. I mean, sure, he lives in the midwest and all, but surely they’ve at least got an Olive Garden or something he could try.
And is it just me, or does it seem like something called the Thursday Fish Feast really ought to be scheduled for, you know, Thursday?