Politics

CAT BLOGGING MEETS SCRABBLE? BLOGGING….Today

CAT BLOGGING MEETS SCRABBLE? BLOGGING….Today was Marian’s birthday, so I got her one of those deluxe Scrabble? games with the built in lazy susan and the nice raised board that keeps all the tiles straightened out. I was sort of hoping it would be motorized and have a built-in Scrabble? computer, but no luck. This… Read more »

MORE ON RACIAL PROFILING….I got

MORE ON RACIAL PROFILING….I got a few emails about my post on the LAPD racial profiling report that suggested I should take a look not just at the rate that police conducted searches after traffic stops, but at the result of the searches. The LA Times story didn’t report this, but they did have a… Read more »

THE ECONOMIST TAKES ON TORTURE….The

THE ECONOMIST TAKES ON TORTURE….The Economist is a magazine that I both enjoy and respect. This week their lead editorial was titled “Is torture ever justified,” a subject I blogged about a couple of weeks ago, concluding that “Torture is barbaric and unworthy of us. We should not tolerate it. Period.” So I opened the… Read more »

DOES NORTH KOREA HAVE A

DOES NORTH KOREA HAVE A BOMB?….Mario Carino writes to point out another oddity in the whole North Korea situation: do they have a bomb or don’t they? I’ve been wondering about that myself, but figured my ignorance was just due to my usual cavalier approach to reading the daily news. But no: “Don’t be quite… Read more »

WAITING FOR REACTION….On the subject

WAITING FOR REACTION….On the subject of the Newsday article in the post below, I just took a quick look around the conservative blogosphere and found no comment. Maybe it just hasn’t percolated up yet, or maybe I’m not reading the right blogs. But I’d like to know what they think.

ALL ABOUT OIL?….I’ve been holding

ALL ABOUT OIL?….I’ve been holding my nose and supporting the idea of regime change in Iraq for several months now, but today Atrios points to this disturbing article in Newsday: Bush administration officials are seriously considering proposals that the United States tap Iraq’s oil to help pay the cost of a military occupation, a move… Read more »

SARCASM….DO IT IN PRIVATE AND

SARCASM….DO IT IN PRIVATE AND WASH YOUR HANDS AFTERWARD?….I asked this morning if I should avoid sarcasm in my posts, and so far the responses have been 100% in favor of sarcasm, 0% opposed. I even got a couple of emails telling me I wasn’t sarcastic enough. As I told one of them, a few… Read more »

SO WHEN DOES THE WAR

SO WHEN DOES THE WAR START?….Back on November 12 I wrote this: I’ll even go out on a limb and predict what will happen next: Saddam Hussein will accept the UN resolution at the last minute, inspectors will go in, they will eventually report obstruction or outright cheating, and the Security Council will then authorize… Read more »

LYING TO OUR CHILDREN….Via Electrolite,

LYING TO OUR CHILDREN….Via Electrolite, apparently New York is still sanitizing the literary excerpts it uses on its Regent exam: In new guidelines, the state promised complete paragraphs with no deletions, but an excerpt from Kafka (on the importance of literature) changes his words and removes the middle of a paragraph without using ellipses, in… Read more »

DIET ADVICE….I’ve seen several blogospheric

DIET ADVICE….I’ve seen several blogospheric posts about dieting lately, so I thought I’d share the CalPundit No-Hassle Diet Plan? with you: Don’t eat any between-meal snacks. No, this won’t solve all your problems, but as a quick-and-dirty plan it’s pretty decent. As a bonus, it has the advantage of allowing you to continue your normal… Read more »