Politics

TOLKIEN PURISTS TAKE NOTE: THINGS

TOLKIEN PURISTS TAKE NOTE: THINGS COULD BE WORSE….Apparently Peter Jackson is worred about the demographics of the audience for The Two Towers, so he’s decided to add a new character to make Return of the King more appealing to youngsters.

BUSH TO STATES: DROP DEAD….Here’s

BUSH TO STATES: DROP DEAD….Here’s an extra little effect of the Bush tax plan that no one has noticed: we already know they dropped the idea of any state bailout money, but it turns out that in addition the plan might actually decrease state tax revenue. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:… Read more »

EGOTIST OF THE YEAR ?

EGOTIST OF THE YEAR ? 2002….Via Eric Alterman, this bizarre Washington City Paper story about why George Bush was not Time’s Person of the Year in 2002: he didn’t want to share the limelight with Dick Cheney. Time wanted to do a piece about the “partnership of the year” between Bush and Cheney, but “Bush… Read more »

IS THE BLOGOSPHERE GROWING UP?….Here’s

IS THE BLOGOSPHERE GROWING UP?….Here’s something I didn’t notice until today: we had two plane crashes yesterday (one in North Carolina and one in Turkey) and the blogosphere was entirely quiet. No instant speculation that they might be terrorist attacks, no insinuations that the authorites were covering something up, no nothing. Even Glenn didn’t mention… Read more »

NORAH VINCENT DOES ABORTION….To celebrate

NORAH VINCENT DOES ABORTION….To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Norah Vincent decided to write about abortion today in her LA Times column. Nearly 400 words into her piece here’s what she’s come up with so far: Despite what the activists want you to think, the real question on abortion is….Is the fetus… Read more »

AIRPLANE STORIES….Martin Devon says:Last year

AIRPLANE STORIES….Martin Devon says: Last year I was a 1K flier on United. That meant that in theory I got treated as well as they could possibly treat anyone. In practice all it meant was that I wondered how much they must mistreat everyone else if they treated me so shabbily. Well, I guess that’s… Read more »

FUNNY CONSERVATIVES….To give him his

FUNNY CONSERVATIVES….To give him his due, John Derbyshire can be funny at times: I get lost in this TV talk because I hardly watch TV. How do you guys find the time? I have a book review due for Roger Kimball tomorrow, and I haven’t even read the friggin book yet. I did, though, accidentally… Read more »

NORTH KOREAN TIMELINE….I’ve been struggling

NORTH KOREAN TIMELINE….I’ve been struggling to figure out the basic timeline for the whole North Korean mess. No conclusions or policy recommendations, just the basic facts, and I think I have it: 1994: North Korea is about to start production of plutonium. The result is a treaty that shuts down their plutonium reactor in exchange… Read more »

SKEPTICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM….The Danish Research Agency

SKEPTICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM….The Danish Research Agency released a report on Tuesday denouncing Danish author Bjorn Lomborg for the presentation of facts in his book The Skeptical Environmentalist. Australian economist John Quiggin, who is quite knowledgable on the subject, summarizes the situation like this: There’s a sense in which Bjorn Lomborg is entitled to feel aggrieved about… Read more »

RACIAL PROFILING….Lots of blogospheric coverage

RACIAL PROFILING….Lots of blogospheric coverage of the Boston Globe study of racial profiling in Massachussetts. The results are shocking: Hispanics and blacks who were stopped by police were 50% more likely to be searched than whites. Who would have guessed? But I think there’s some kind of east coast bias at work here, because we… Read more »