RACE VS. LEGACY….Are race preferences worse than legacy preferences? Or is the whole comparison specious? Matt Yglesias says: Legacy preferences aren’t just some random departure from meritocracy, they’re a departure from meritocracy that overwhelmingly works to disadvantage blacks and Latinos. With that in mind, the one thing certainly does seem relevant to the other. Consider… Read more »
AS ALWAYS, SETTING THE STANDARD….Atrios has an unusually good collection of partisan hackery today: Sullivan on “homosexuals,” the administration on malpractice, the California Republican party on black whinging, Kaus on losing his faith. He’s almost got me back in fighting form after spending yesterday in a funk over the increasingly appalling nature of the Bush… Read more »
CROSSFIRE REDUX….I know I’ve been going on lately about how liberals should market themselves, and I promise not to make a habit of it, but here’s another observation from the last few minutes of Crossfire that I caught today. The subject was affirmative action and Paul Begala started in on legacy admissions: “Why is Bush… Read more »
PRESS CONFERENCES….Robert Novak on Crossfire says that the reason President Bush doesn’t hold press conferences is that when he does, all he gets is ridiculous lefty questions from the vast liberal media conspiracy. So I guess press conferences would be OK if only his friends were allowed to ask questions?
DATABASE MARKETING….THE SECRET BEHIND ALL THOSE BARCODE READERS….Regarding my post on data mining yesterday, reader Carl Manaster writes to ask: Yeah, as a matter of fact, I have wondered for a long time about those loyalty programs. I find it incredible (in the sense meaning “unbelievable”) that it’s worth ~30% of my gross bill to… Read more »
INSTAPUNDIT WATCH….The New York Times profile of Glenn Reynolds didn’t have too much new for those of us who already read blogs regularly, but one sentence caught my eye: In InstaPundit’s early days, he hunted the Web for ideas. Now most are e-mailed to him; fellow bloggers know that a link from Mr. Reynolds guarantees… Read more »
LIGHT BULB JOKES….My only regret this week is that I will probably not get to be a butt of one of Ted Barlow’s lightbulb jokes. He really has an amazingly good (and funny) ear for this stuff.
AMERICA’S CUP UPDATE….I know I should be rooting for the Americans and all, but surely I’m not the only one hoping that Larry Ellison’s team gets creamed in the America’s Cup challenger series? Or is that petty and spiteful of me? Ah, who cares. I’ve got Swiss ancestors and I’m going to root for them…. Read more »
GLOBAL WARMING….ARE CONSERVATIVES EMBRACING POSTMODERN SCIENCE?….Is global warming real? How can you decide? The more general form of this question has bedeviled us for the better part of the last century: how do laymen (and policy makers) evaluate technical scientific problems? In the case of global warming, the relevant experts are mostly a small group… Read more »
SOMETHING LOST IN THE TRANSLATION?….Here is North Korea’s latest response to the U.S. offer to resume talks: [Washington’s] loudmouthed supply of energy and food aid are like a painted cake pie in the sky, as they are possible only after [North Korea] is totally disarmed. “A painted cake pie in the sky”? Who translates this… Read more »