Politics

THE JOHN EDWARDS CAMPAIGN IS

THE JOHN EDWARDS CAMPAIGN IS ALREADY IN TROUBLE….Eric Folley paid a visit to the John Edwards website and has some harsh words for it: I took a quick look at the John Edwards for President website tonight. In a word, it’s bad. In two words, it’s really bad. Technical problems: The HTML doesn’t validate. The… Read more »

DISAPPEARING DATA….Late Night Thoughts has

DISAPPEARING DATA….Late Night Thoughts has a post today about one of my favorite subjects, the transient nature of information today: In the late 1970s, the Census Bureau discovered that the aggregated data from the 1960s Census could be read only using an UNIVAC Type II-A tape drive. At the time, there were only two of… Read more »

MORE FROM BRAD DELONG….This is

MORE FROM BRAD DELONG….This is a very cool ESP test. It took me about 10 tries to figure out what was going on. Apparently, that puts me somewhere between a nine year old and a professor of economics. UPDATE: My wife got it on the second try. Sheesh.

MORE ON DIVIDENDS!….Reader Eric Mauro

MORE ON DIVIDENDS!….Reader Eric Mauro begs me to keep writing about the proposed dividend tax cut. Hey, it’s Sunday, so why not? And there is an odd angle to the whole thing that I haven’t mentioned before. Sure, a dividend tax cut is about the least likely candidate there is to provide any economic stimulus,… Read more »

INTERNATIONAL EXTORTION: TWO CASE STUDIES

INTERNATIONAL EXTORTION: TWO CASE STUDIES FROM THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION….Yeah, I know, Atrios warned me about analogies, but what the hell. Live on the edge, I say. In today’s LA Times, John Balzar writes about the Bush administration loosening restrictions on tuna fishing: “I had to look at the big picture,” the agency’s assistant administrator, Bill… Read more »

HOW TO QUOTE IN CONTEXT….AND

HOW TO QUOTE IN CONTEXT….AND HOW NOT TO….Via Ken Layne, I read this AP story about a reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat who got in trouble for some intemperate language: Political writer and columnist Bill Cotterell, in an e-mail exchange, wrote “Except for Jordan and Egypt, no Arab nation has a peace treaty with Israel…. Read more »

A BLAST FROM THE PAST….I

A BLAST FROM THE PAST….I was looking through some old files a couple of days ago and found this, written in those halcyon pre-Monica days of 1997: Can somebody please explain to me why, after several weeks, there’s still such a fuss about Bill Clinton letting big campaign contributors spend the night at the White… Read more »

DOUBLE TAXATION….Just a quick question:

DOUBLE TAXATION….Just a quick question: who came up with this lame nonsense about how the tax on dividends is unfair because dividends are taxed twice? I pay income tax on my entire income (being the honest Joe I am) and then when I go out to buy stuff I pay sales tax from the income… Read more »

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE PHILOSOPHER?….This is

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE PHILOSOPHER?….This is getting silly. Are we now going to ask all of our presidential candidates who their favorite philosopher is? You gotta give George Bush credit, though, for answering “Jesus Christ” during the 2000 debates. After he dropped that tactical nuke on his fellow Republicans, you either had to mumble something along… Read more »