Politics

MORE FUN WITH POLLING….Daniel Drezner

MORE FUN WITH POLLING….Daniel Drezner points to a Zogby poll showing that John Edwards has “surged” into second place with support from 9% of likely Democratic voters. But considering that the poll has a statistical error of ?5%, says Drezner, Zogby’s breathless prose probably means that “some public relations flack had way too many lattes… Read more »

BUSH STIMULUS PLAN UNVEILED!….WELL, I’M

BUSH STIMULUS PLAN UNVEILED!….WELL, I’M STIMULATED, ANYWAY….So the Bushies ran their “stimulus” plan up the flagpole last week, presumably to gauge reaction and fine tune it before going public with the real thing. So what happened? They made it even worse. Here’s what they came up with: Proposal 10-Year Cost End dividend tax $364 billion… Read more »

AND YOU THINK OUR SCHOOLS

AND YOU THINK OUR SCHOOLS ARE BAD?….Saudi Arabia is apparently planning some educational reforms: Education Minister Dr. Muhammad Al-Rasheed has said that the Saudi school syllabus has ?several defects? and his ministry is making every effort to address and eliminate them. Hopefully the “defects” he’s planning to address include stuff like this: Following a lesson… Read more »

THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE….Rush,

THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE….Rush, responding to a caller: You’ve got to get over 2000. It’s 2002 now. I know that conservatives like to look to the past, but this is ridiculous.

POWER BLACKOUT….Justene Adamec just suffered

POWER BLACKOUT….Justene Adamec just suffered through a 32-hour (!) blackout and apparently no one knew about it: Imagine my surprise this morning when the power company indicated we should have called the moment it went out, even though vast areas were out and gradually being reconnected. Apparently, our call during hour 14 was the first… Read more »

FREUD WOULD HAVE HAD A

FREUD WOULD HAVE HAD A FIELD DAY….I had no idea Ann Salisbury had such kinky tastes. Single guys take notice.

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 »