Politics

SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY….Via Roger

SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY….Via Roger Ailes, I learn that Attorney General John Ashcroft is a Simpsons fan. Damn. Does that mean I can’t watch any more?

WEEKEND THOUGHTS ABOUT NORTH KOREA….I’ve

WEEKEND THOUGHTS ABOUT NORTH KOREA….I’ve had a hard time getting my arms around the North Korea situation, probably for the same reason as a lot of other people: there’s precious little hard evidence about what’s really happening on the ground. So I’m just going to talk out loud here as a way of trying to… Read more »

REST IN PEACE….Jeanne d’Arc just

REST IN PEACE….Jeanne d’Arc just won the Koufax Award for best lefty blog writing, but four days into the new year she’s already got strong competition for the 2003 award. Barry Deutsch talks about his dog Chelsea today, and by the time I was finished my eyes were misting over. It’s a great tribute and… Read more »

SMALLPOX AND PROSPECT THEORY….One of

SMALLPOX AND PROSPECT THEORY….One of my favorite economic playthings is Prospect Theory, which won a Nobel Prize for its inventor, Daniel Kahneman, last year. (Its co-inventor, Amos Tversky, died in 1996, and therefore wasn’t eligible.) One of the key elements of prospect theory is something called framing effects: the way we react to risky decisions… Read more »

JURY DUTY….Dwight Meredith, riffing on

JURY DUTY….Dwight Meredith, riffing on my post about jury duty yesterday, asks a good question: why are so many people convinced that when their friends and neighbors serve on juries they suddenly go nuts and start handing out huge bundles of cash in frivolous cases? As Dwight points out, we are all convinced that we… Read more »

YET MORE HISTORY….Kieran Healy has

YET MORE HISTORY….Kieran Healy has posted the answers to yesterday’s quiz about 1800 vs. 2000. Since today is apparently history day at CalPundit, go check it out. Both the questions and answers are genuinely interesting.

THE LESSONS OF HISTORY….By coincidence,

THE LESSONS OF HISTORY….By coincidence, right after I finished my history lesson below, I got an email from Randy Paul of Beautiful Horizons pointing me to this Washington Post article: “The earliest vivid memory in my life,” said Kazuo Matsubayashi, “is the day my father was arrested on January 7th, 1943.” ….The internment of Japanese… Read more »

NOSTALGIC FOR THE 50s?….Just a

NOSTALGIC FOR THE 50s?….Just a quick comment on history and foreign relations. How often recently have we seen a statement something like this: What distinguishes the North Korean crisis from any other is the nature of North Korea. The U.S. isn’t dealing with a rational adversary as with the Soviet Union in the Cuban missile… Read more »

NOSTALGIC FOR THE 80s?….Atrios today

NOSTALGIC FOR THE 80s?….Atrios today recommends that you read Haynes Johnson’s Sleepwalking Through History, an “often ignored” history of the Reagan years. Well, it’s a good book, but good books are often ignored because, well, for starters they’re books, and for finishers they might be just a tad on the bland and dull side So… Read more »

STIMULATING THE ECONOMY….I needed a

STIMULATING THE ECONOMY….I needed a good laugh this morning, so I decided to go ahead and read the lead story in today’s LA Times: Bush Stimulus Plan Calls for More Tax Cuts. I was rewarded with this: Sources said the plan will include a larger-than-expected cut in the tax on corporate dividends, $100 billion or… Read more »