YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY….The Center for the Cure of Sweaty Palms? Yes, there really is such a thing.
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 FIELD DAY….I had no idea Ann Salisbury had such kinky tastes. Single guys take notice.
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 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 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 »
FIGHTING THE VAST CONSERVATIVE TALK SHOW CONSPIRACY….skippy thinks we should start a campaign to shame Clear Channel into syndicating liberal talk show host Randi Rhodes. Sounds good to me. You can call ’em at 1-800-553-8686 to complain, or go to skippy’s site to get the direct numbers for the program directors. And while we’re on… Read more »
MORE ON NATIONAL SERVICE….A couple of days ago I wrote a riff on the idea of mandatory national service. I’m hesitant to discuss it further since I’m not even sure I’m in favor of it, but after reading some of the feedback I thought it might be worth one more post. Armed Liberal summarized the… Read more »
THANK YOU….Tim Dunlop says Americans ? unlike Aussies and Brits ? have figured out what to do when they receive a compliment: say “thank you.” He’s right. It actually took me quite a few years to figure this out for myself, but if you’re the kind of person who gets self-conscious when complimented, remember Tim’s… Read more »
CAN JURIES BE TRUSTED?….Dwight Meredith has a bunch of questions on his mind today. For some reason, I found this one the most provocative: 4) If tort reform is needed because juries make terrible decisions in civil liability cases, why do conservatives think that death penalty juries are infallible? I never thought of that before…. Read more »