SOCIOLOGY WARS….Daniel Drezner asks, “Why is the left more sensitive than the right?” Kieran Healy replies, “Why is the right more prone to tendentious dichotomies than the left?” And then answers his own question. I almost busted a gut. In honor of Kieran, tomorrow I will spend all day pretending to be Irish. UPDATE: I… Read more »
MORE FUN AND GAMES FROM THE PRESIDENT….Via a long list of links that started at TalkLeft, the Washingtonian is reporting that if Chief Justice William Rehnquist resigns, Bush might replace him with….wait for it….Clarence Thomas. Who writes these scripts, anyway? The guys from 24? And don’t you actually have to talk in order to be… Read more »
DRUNK DRIVING….HOW DRUNK IS DRUNK ENOUGH?….Is it time for MADD to declare victory and disband? I don’t really have a strong opinion, although I suspect it’s true that blood alcohol levels of .08 are probably sufficient to keep dangerous drivers off the road. However, how about a brief counterpoint? I served on a jury a… Read more »
LIBERTARIAN FANTASIES….2blowhards has a guest post by a former Libertarian that explains the problems with libertarians pretty well: Being in the LP is a lot like being in a fantasy role-playing group. They are both about as relevant to the real world. I have some libertarian instincts, especially when it comes to victimless crimes, but… Read more »
PERCHANCE TO DREAM….Where did the phrase “sleeping like a baby” come from? As all new parents will attest ad nauseum if you accidentally allow the subject to come up, newborns sleep exceptionally badly. How about “sleeping like a cat” instead? They seem to have the whole sleeping thing down pretty well.
KOUFAX AWARD WINNERS….Dwight Meredith has finished counting the votes for the Koufax Awards for best lefty blogging. Here are the winners: Best Pro Blog: Talking Points Memo Best Blog: Atrios Best Series: Atrios on Trent Lott (scroll down and down and down and then down some more to see the whole thing) Best Writing: Body… Read more »
PURPLE RAIN?….What’s up with this?
SALES TAXES AND THE DEFICIT….Apparently some California legislators are proposing that in order to tackle our $35 billion budget deficit we should expand the state sales tax to cover services as well as goods. In today’s LA Times, professional tax fighter David Doerr says that’s a bad idea: it would be an administrative nightmare, it’s… Read more »
NATIONAL SERVICE….New York congressman Charles Rangel decided to finish up 2002 by proposing that we reinstitute the draft: “I’m going to introduce legislation to have universal military service to let everyone have an opportunity to defend the free world against the threats coming to us,” Rangel said on CNN’s “Late Edition.” ….”I think, if we… Read more »
GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL….Megan McArdle reviews Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel today. She likes it but has a couple of complaints. I liked it too, and I don’t even have the complaints she does. It was, simply, a terrific book, with a truly eye-opening and compelling explanation for why Eurasian civilizations were the ones… Read more »