Politics

PERCHANCE TO DREAM….Where did the

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

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 »

SALES TAXES AND THE DEFICIT….Apparently

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

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

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 »

DEPARTMENT OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES….A friend

DEPARTMENT OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES….A friend of mine tells me that some local residents where he lives complained about a dangerous stretch of road a few years ago. The city finally agreed to put in a light, which was installed two years ago. But it turned out that people didn’t know the light was there, so… Read more »

NORTH KOREA….David Adesnik of OxBlog

NORTH KOREA….David Adesnik of OxBlog wants to talk about North Korea, and points to his contribution to the debate here. So let’s talk. What are the options for dealing with North Korea? There are three: A military strike. Clinton considered this eight years ago, but backed off for obvious reasons. And quite aside from a… Read more »

YOU CELEBRATE YOUR WAY, WE’LL

YOU CELEBRATE YOUR WAY, WE’LL CELEBRATE OURS…. How did you spend New Year’s Day? If you’re a human, you spent it recovering from a hangover, watching football, eating leftovers, or engaging in some other activity requiring higher intellectual skills. If you’re one of my cats, you spent it proving that nature really is red in… Read more »

2002 BOOK REVIEW….Recommended books from

2002 BOOK REVIEW….Recommended books from my 2002 reading: A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar. I read the book after I saw the movie and was genuinely shocked that the movie was essentially completely fabricated: aside from the fact that it’s about a mathematician who goes crazy and then eventually wins a Nobel Prize, there’s barely… Read more »