Politics

BRINGING LIGHT TO THE MASSES….Ted

BRINGING LIGHT TO THE MASSES….Ted Barlow has renamed his site and ? apparently dissatisfied at getting nothing more than a three-way tie for “most reasonable blogger” in the year-end awards ? has decided to convert into a single-issue blog dedicated to deconstructing the political ramifications of rural electrification. He’s off to a pretty good start.

BUILD YOUR VOCABULARY THROUGH BLOGGING….You

BUILD YOUR VOCABULARY THROUGH BLOGGING….You know, until about a year ago I had never heard of the word “conflate.” Neither had my mother, who has a master’s degree in English and a frighteningly strong vocabulary. But since then it seems like I’ve seen it used about once a week. What’s going on? Did it win… Read more »

ANTI-EUROPEANISM….Glenn Reynolds, in his eternal

ANTI-EUROPEANISM….Glenn Reynolds, in his eternal campaign against European “fecklessness,” says: The real paradox is in the notion that Europe could “rival” the United States while still being almost entirely dependent on the United States militarily. I think this sentence does a great job of capturing the heart of the warblogger world view: only the United… Read more »

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WISHFUL

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WISHFUL THINKING….The desolate little town of Soap Lake, Washington, is in trouble: “The city’s broke, practically,” said Soap Lake Mayor Ken Lee. “We have no industry, no tax base. We need to do something.” “Something” turns out to be a plan to build a giant lava lamp to attract tourists. All… Read more »

HOW ABOUT THE GEORGE BUSH

HOW ABOUT THE GEORGE BUSH ECONOMIC CONTRACTION PLAN OF 2005?….One of the things that poor old Jimmy Carter gets no credit for is the fact that he didn’t try to juice the economy in 1979 to coincide with his reelection campaign in 1980. He had other problems as well, of course, but he certainly paid… Read more »

NEW FRONTIERS IN JOURNALISM FROM

NEW FRONTIERS IN JOURNALISM FROM OUR OWN ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER….This morning just before lunch Marian and I drove out to Stanton ? formerly “Crossroads of Vacationland” because you have to drive through Stanton to get to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland ? and the taco & burger place we stopped at had a copy… Read more »

MORE TAX WRINKLES….Here’s yet another

MORE TAX WRINKLES….Here’s yet another wrinkle in the Bush tax plan that I just now heard about: dividends paid by companies that report losses would still be taxable. Think about this: you’re the CEO of a company, and as the end of your fiscal year rolls around it looks like you might show a small… Read more »