CAN JURIES BE TRUSTED?….Dwight Meredith has a bunch of questions on his mind today. For some reason, I found this one the most provocative:
4) If tort reform is needed because juries make terrible decisions in civil liability cases, why do conservatives think that death penalty juries are infallible?
I never thought of that before. Any conservatives out there care to take a whack?
FORREST J. ACKERMAN….For science fiction fans, there’s a nice little story in today’s LA Times about Forrest J. Ackerman, the original fan’s fan and recipient of one of the first Hugo awards ever given:
Unlike a lot of collectors, who hoard their troves, Ackerman has always shared his private collection with the public, gratis, every Saturday. An estimated 50,000 visitors traipsed through his hillside home — a 5,800-square-foot, 18-room home on Glendower Avenue in Los Feliz. The “Ackermansion,” as it was called, became a mecca for local science fiction fans and a pilgrimage spot for visitors from around the globe.
The old Ackermansion was a few doors down the street from the house where my father grew up, but Ackerman has since had to sell it and now lives in a small bungalow. He continues to allow visitors to roam freely through his collection free of charge.
I AM PART OF THE VAST LIBERAL MEDIA CONSPIRACY….Matt Yglesias says he doesn’t need a job at TNR:
This site is being so well funded by trial lawyers, big union bosses, radical academics, dangerously out-of-touch feminists, race-hustlers, petty criminals, and friends of terrorism that I hardly need this TNR job. Frankly I don’t know how conservatives do it with their narrow financial base of rich guys, very rich guys, wealthy folks, and large corporations.
This is roughly the same base that supports CalPundit, I think, although my finance manager keeps all contributions hidden even from me, so there’s really no way to know, is there?
By the way, I’d like to mention that Matt presents one of my biggest challenges here at CalPundit. The problem is that he writes so much good stuff that I pretty much feel like linking to something of his every day, but that would get old, wouldn’t it? So from now on, just assume there’s a big banner at the top of my site that says “Matt Yglesias has some really good stuff today. Go read it.” OK?
MORE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS….THE REPUBLICANS ARE STEALING OUR MONEY!….The folks at eRiposte have yet another cheap and cheerful economic analysis showing that Republicans are looting strong Democratic controlled states (like California!) and redistributing our wealth to weaker Republican controlled states. Do I believe it? Maybe. Then again, maybe it’s just a cheap partisan shot. But if so, at least it’s backed up with colorful charts and regression analyses.
But the real reason I’m plugging them is that they sent me an email asking me to. Actually, it was an email to me and Brad DeLong, and the idea that anyone with economic thoughts would somehow put me on the same footing as Brad just kinda tickles me. See, flattery will get you everywhere!
UPDATE: Ann Salisbury points to the original chart about state spending here. California ranks 40th in federal largesse, receiving only 86 cents for every dollar the feds hoover up from us. But at least we’re better off than poor Connecticut!