Politics

THANK YOU….Tim Dunlop says Americans

THANK YOU….Tim Dunlop says Americans ? unlike Aussies and Brits ? have figured out what to do when they receive a compliment: say “thank you.” He’s right. It actually took me quite a few years to figure this out for myself, but if you’re the kind of person who gets self-conscious when complimented, remember Tim’s… Read more »

CAN JURIES BE TRUSTED?….Dwight Meredith

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…. Read more »

FORREST J. ACKERMAN….For science fiction

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… Read more »

I AM PART OF THE

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… Read more »

MORE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS….THE REPUBLICANS ARE

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… Read more »

WHAT’S NEXT?….JEWS WOULD HAVE BEEN

WHAT’S NEXT?….JEWS WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER OFF IF HITLER HAD WON WORLD WAR II?….Here in the great state of California the Republican party has been shut out of statewide office for most of the last decade. Why? Largely because they supported the anti-immigrant Proposition 209 a few years ago and thus became reviled among the… Read more »

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 »