Politics

OBSCURE NATIVE RITUALS….Chris Bertram points

OBSCURE NATIVE RITUALS….Chris Bertram points us to Kenan Malik’s blog, where he is upset over this news report from New Zealand: Work on a section of the new highway between Mercer and Long Swamp, dubbed the “Waikato Expressway”, has been put on hold after local Maori said they believe there is a taniwha in the… Read more »

COMPARE AND CONTRAST….Two excerpts from

COMPARE AND CONTRAST….Two excerpts from articles about George Bush today. First, from Ron Brownstein’s review of three books about Bush: What none of these books adequately explain is why Bush has been so confrontational and ideological in shaping his domestic agenda. As governor of Texas, he was a consensus-builder who routinely reached out to Democrats:… Read more »

PAIN AND SUFFERING….Dwight Meredith has

PAIN AND SUFFERING….Dwight Meredith has a question about President Bush’s tort reform proposal: President Bush went to the battle ground state of Pennsylvania yesterday to announce his proposed tort reform initiative for medical malpractice suits. The core of the proposal is a $250,000 cap on the recovery of non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. ….Why… Read more »

IRAQI NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM DISCOVERED….Via

IRAQI NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM DISCOVERED….Via Michael J. Totten, a report in the Telegraph that says UN inspectors in Iraq have discovered proof of an ongoing nuclear weapons development program: Acting on information provided by Western intelligence, the UN inspection teams discovered a number of documents proving that Saddam is continuing with his attempts to develop… Read more »

NEWS IN THE AGE OF

NEWS IN THE AGE OF BLOGGING….Man, it’s hard to keep up. Glenn Reynolds, reporting on the San Francisco anti-war march, writes this about one of the protester’s signs: “Note the pacifistic theme of wishing Bush would choke on a pretzel.” So I click on the link and get the picture on the right. Huh? Is… Read more »

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION….Whenever I read conservative

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION….Whenever I read conservative commentary on the U of Michigan affirmative action case, it always seems to focus on the fact that being black gets you 20 points in UM’s admissions scoring system. That’s 20 times what you get for writing an essay! That’s more than you get for a perfect SAT score! But… Read more »

ENFORCING THE GUN LAWS….Families of

ENFORCING THE GUN LAWS….Families of the D.C. sniper victims are suing the gun manufacturer and the gun seller. The merits of the case are unclear (it’s apparently based on the fact that Bull’s Eye Shooter Supply “lost” hundreds of guns over the past three years), but aside from this Rachel Lucas has this to say:… Read more »

THE DEATH OF BANANAS?….Huh? Charles

THE DEATH OF BANANAS?….Huh? Charles Kuffners passes on a report that says bananas might go extinct within ten years. According to the cover story in this week’s New Scientist, bananas lack the genetic diversity to fight off diseases and pests that are plaguing banana plantations. Genetic engineering may be our only hope of saving them…. Read more »

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 »