Politics

WHO LETS THESE PEOPLE VOTE,

WHO LETS THESE PEOPLE VOTE, ANYWAY?….One more quick observation about some weirdness in those exit polls: among people who thought only Gore had the knowledge to be president, 5% voted for Bush. Likewise, among people who thought only Bush had the knowledge to be president, 4% voted for Gore. What the hell is up with… Read more »

BUSH AND TAXES….I was surfing

BUSH AND TAXES….I was surfing around the Web last night and happened to come across the exit polling data for the 2000 election, and it was pretty interesting to look at it two years into the Bush presidency. It’s not that there was anything all that startling in the breakdowns, just that it clarified a… Read more »

WWII VETS AGAINST THE WAR….Here’s

WWII VETS AGAINST THE WAR….Here’s some interesting poll information: the age group that most opposes war with Iraq is that aged 77 and up, Tom Brokaw’s famous “Greatest Generation” of World War II veterans. In a Los Angeles Times Poll last month, support for sending U.S. ground troops to Iraq was 58% among all 1,305… Read more »

FROOGLE….Here’s an intriguing new item

FROOGLE….Here’s an intriguing new item that I just noticed (although it’s been around for a few weeks): Google is beta testing a new comparison shopping service called Froogle. So I tried it. The test subject was a Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital camera. Enter the search terms and you get the screen on the right, which… Read more »

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT BERKELEY….Remember the

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT BERKELEY….Remember the case of John Dwyer, the Berkeley Law School dean who resigned after he was accused of sexual misconduct? No? Well, I don’t blame you. But Erin O’Connor has been studiously following the case and says this today: Though Reisch was 25 at the time of her encounter with Dwyer, though… Read more »

DOESN’T THIS BAR SEEM LIKE

DOESN’T THIS BAR SEEM LIKE IT’S SET KINDA LOW?….Atrios points to an article that says that when George Bush applied to the Texas National Guard in 1968 he scored only 25% on the pilot aptitude test, “the lowest acceptable grade.” You only have to score 25% on an aptitude test to get trained as a… Read more »

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN THE WHITE

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN THE WHITE HOUSE….Condoleezza Rice says affirmative action is OK: I believe that while race-neutral means are preferable, it is appropriate to use race as one factor among others in achieving a diverse student body. This, of course, is exactly what the University of Michigan does: it considers race as one factor out… Read more »

BLOGO-CONSERVATISM….I’m not sure this is

BLOGO-CONSERVATISM….I’m not sure this is a very original observation, but ever since I started blogging I’ve been struck by the specific set of issues that conservative bloggers fixate on. Out of the entire range of conservative views, these are the ones that seem to get the most attention ? to the point that they are… Read more »

MISSION TO MARS?….The Los Angeles

MISSION TO MARS?….The Los Angeles Times reports today that NASA wants to go to Mars: The space agency is expected to request “significant resources and funding” to design a nuclear-powered propulsion system to triple the speed of space travel, theoretically making it possible for humans to reach Mars in a two-month voyage. This is so… Read more »

AL SHARPTON….Conservative yammering about how

AL SHARPTON….Conservative yammering about how affirmative action is “reverse racism” and “the Democrats are the party of racism now” should be tossed in the idiot bin where it belongs. But sometimes they have a point, and Al Sharpton is the strongest arrow in their quiver. Geitner Simmons sums up Sharpton’s wretched race-baiting history today and… Read more »