Politics

SOMETHING LOST IN THE TRANSLATION?….Here

SOMETHING LOST IN THE TRANSLATION?….Here is North Korea’s latest response to the U.S. offer to resume talks: [Washington’s] loudmouthed supply of energy and food aid are like a painted cake pie in the sky, as they are possible only after [North Korea] is totally disarmed. “A painted cake pie in the sky”? Who translates this… Read more »

GEORGE BUSH DEMONSTRATES HIS PRINCIPLED

GEORGE BUSH DEMONSTRATES HIS PRINCIPLED OPPOSITION TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION….How is it that we managed to elect a president with such a repellent and small-minded mean streak? It’s one thing to oppose affirmative action, but why on earth would he deliberately choose to announce his opposition on Martin Luther King’s birthday? As Joseph Welch famously put… Read more »

MAD AS HELL….Jesse over at

MAD AS HELL….Jesse over at Pandagon is pretty pissed off today. Good for him. Check out what he has to say. And be sure the read the comment from Jim about affirmative action: “I’m not interested in righting wrongs.” Yeah, we’ve noticed. Unfortunately, the entire Republican party seems to agree with you most of the… Read more »

POLL NUMBERS….MyDD has a bunch

POLL NUMBERS….MyDD has a bunch of charts up today showing Bush’s historical approval ratings, all of which have been declining steadily since 9/11. This isn’t really news ? they’ve been declining steadily, after all ? but just in case you ever doubted that these numbers are driven more by outside events than by actual performance,… Read more »

MODERATE REPUBLICANS FIGHTING BACK?….An interesting

MODERATE REPUBLICANS FIGHTING BACK?….An interesting article in The Hill this week says that centrist Republicans in the House are upset with the efforts of new Majority Leader Tom DeLay to enforce a conservative party line: Many centrists are angered by a $50,000 contribution that Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Texas) made to the Club For Growth,… Read more »

MY KIND OF MEDIA BIAS….Forget

MY KIND OF MEDIA BIAS….Forget all that claptrap about liberal media bias, says Hugh Hewitt in the Weekly Standard today, the real bias is against anyone from the West Coast. You betcha, and it’s about time someone pointed this out. Pundits from California deserve to be taken more seriously. At least, that’s my unbiased opinion.

DIAPERS AND BEER….John Quiggin has

DIAPERS AND BEER….John Quiggin has a post today about a subject that relates to marketing, economics, and statistical analysis, all of which are favorites subjects of mine. What’s more, the context is one of my all-time favorite quandries, so unless the intersection of these three topics strikes you as only slightly less tedious than filling… Read more »

THE POWER OF BLOGGING….Some undergrads

THE POWER OF BLOGGING….Some undergrads at Harvard have started up a new blog-like site called Critical Mass where students can discuss the inadequacies of their professors in the calm, anonymous prose typical of online writing. I can’t check it out since it’s available only to Harvard students, but Matt Yglesias can. So, Matt, what’s the… Read more »

RESENTMENT ON THE DECLINE?….A couple

RESENTMENT ON THE DECLINE?….A couple of days ago I suggested that David Brooks might be right when he said that resentment of the rich was no longer a potent force in American politics. Fighting a tax plan on the basis that it benefits the rich doesn’t seem to work these days. Today Nathan Newman quotes… Read more »

PROSPECT THEORY AND NORTH KOREA….Hooray!

PROSPECT THEORY AND NORTH KOREA….Hooray! More prospect theory! Dan Drezner uses my favorite economic pastime to analyze Nicholas Kristof’s op-ed in the New York Times today, in which he says we should negotiate with North Korea in hopes that better ties with the West will eventually undermine their isolationism and start to open up their… Read more »