Politics

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WISHFUL

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WISHFUL THINKING….The desolate little town of Soap Lake, Washington, is in trouble: “The city’s broke, practically,” said Soap Lake Mayor Ken Lee. “We have no industry, no tax base. We need to do something.” “Something” turns out to be a plan to build a giant lava lamp to attract tourists. All… Read more »

HOW ABOUT THE GEORGE BUSH

HOW ABOUT THE GEORGE BUSH ECONOMIC CONTRACTION PLAN OF 2005?….One of the things that poor old Jimmy Carter gets no credit for is the fact that he didn’t try to juice the economy in 1979 to coincide with his reelection campaign in 1980. He had other problems as well, of course, but he certainly paid… Read more »

NEW FRONTIERS IN JOURNALISM FROM

NEW FRONTIERS IN JOURNALISM FROM OUR OWN ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER….This morning just before lunch Marian and I drove out to Stanton ? formerly “Crossroads of Vacationland” because you have to drive through Stanton to get to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland ? and the taco & burger place we stopped at had a copy… Read more »

MORE TAX WRINKLES….Here’s yet another

MORE TAX WRINKLES….Here’s yet another wrinkle in the Bush tax plan that I just now heard about: dividends paid by companies that report losses would still be taxable. Think about this: you’re the CEO of a company, and as the end of your fiscal year rolls around it looks like you might show a small… Read more »

JUST AN IDEA….While I was

JUST AN IDEA….While I was over at Instapundit reading his response to the John Lott affair, I noticed that he doesn’t have Atrios on his blogroll. Doesn’t that seem odd, what with all the fine work he did on that other Lott affair last month? Perhaps we should all start an email campaign to get… Read more »

HOLIDAY CHOCOLATE….skippy reports that yesterday

HOLIDAY CHOCOLATE….skippy reports that yesterday he ate the last piece of candy left over from a holiday box of See’s chocolates. Huh? By the second week of January he still hadn’t finished up one lousy box? Mine was polished off by….hold on a second….December 27. In fact, a detailed mathematical modeling of skippy’s chocolate eating… Read more »

STILL ANGRY AFTER ALL THESE

STILL ANGRY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS….Tom Spencer brings us up to speed on the Counter-Clinton Library, a plan to build of a library of anti-Clinton bile across the street from the official Clinton Presidential Center and “?LIE-brary” in Little Rock. The letter from the founders is moderately entertaining, as these things go, and it will… Read more »

SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS….For those of

SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS….For those of you old enough to remember who David Stockman is, Avedon Carol has a good post about W’s administration today. I don’t know how she manages to have the discipline to write long posts like this using a dial-up connection, so go read it and make it worth her while. The… Read more »

MORE GUNS, LESS HONESTY?….Via Instapundit,

MORE GUNS, LESS HONESTY?….Via Instapundit, Clayton Cramer prints John Lott’s response to charges that he faked a survey for his book More Guns, Less Crime. No, I take that back: Lott doesn’t actually respond at all, he just says he has now redone the survey and come up with similar results. This completely evades the… Read more »

GAY MARRIAGES….My hometown newspaper, the

GAY MARRIAGES….My hometown newspaper, the Orange County Register, has decided to start printing same-sex union anouncements. This policy affects not just the Register, but the entire Freedom newspaper chain, which includes 35 newspapers across the country. Good for them. The Register is usually described as a conservative newspaper, but in reality it’s a libertarian newspaper… Read more »