Politics

POST HOC ERGO PROPTER HOC….2blowhards

POST HOC ERGO PROPTER HOC….2blowhards provides an almost unbeatable example today of lousy sociological analysis: In the Wall Street Journal of 1/7/03, James Q. Wilson quotes William Galston, a former Clinton Administration official, on what I would call “the basics”: To avoid poverty, do three things: finish high school, marry before having a child, and… Read more »

CONSERVATIVE RADIO BREAKS NEW GROUND….Rush

CONSERVATIVE RADIO BREAKS NEW GROUND….Rush is on the radio right now, and he’s feeding President Bush’s speech about his new economic plan while providing running commentary. It’s sort of a cross between a tent revival and MST3K for the radio. It’s surreal.

SOUTHERN HERITAGE….EXACTLY WHAT “HERITAGE” ARE

SOUTHERN HERITAGE….EXACTLY WHAT “HERITAGE” ARE WE TALKING ABOUT, ANYWAY?….Patrick Nielsen Hayden writes today about the Sons of Confederate Veterans, one of those “Southern heritage” groups we heard about so often during the Trent Lott affair. Apparently SCV has been taken over by a faction headed by Kirk Lyons, who a couple of years earlier laid… Read more »

FIGHTING THE VAST CONSERVATIVE TALK

FIGHTING THE VAST CONSERVATIVE TALK SHOW CONSPIRACY….skippy thinks we should start a campaign to shame Clear Channel into syndicating liberal talk show host Randi Rhodes. Sounds good to me. You can call ’em at 1-800-553-8686 to complain, or go to skippy’s site to get the direct numbers for the program directors. And while we’re on… Read more »

MORE ON NATIONAL SERVICE….A couple

MORE ON NATIONAL SERVICE….A couple of days ago I wrote a riff on the idea of mandatory national service. I’m hesitant to discuss it further since I’m not even sure I’m in favor of it, but after reading some of the feedback I thought it might be worth one more post. Armed Liberal summarized the… Read more »

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 »