Politics

MORE CALIFORNIA BUDGET NONSENSE….The rest

MORE CALIFORNIA BUDGET NONSENSE….The rest of you may safely leave the room. Ann Salisbury reports that assemblyman John Campbell wants a constitutional amendment that would limit spending increases to the rate of inflation plus population growth. Ann says, “I think I like it.” So let’s take a look at how this would have played out… Read more »

DUELING ECONOMIC PLANS….I’ve been pondering

DUELING ECONOMIC PLANS….I’ve been pondering the two economic proposals on offer lately, and speaking from a nonpartisan point of view I have a question: Do we really even need a big economic plan right now? On the Republican side, we get a big tax cut, but let’s face it: overall tax levels aren’t really very… Read more »

ISOLATED….Asia Times explains just how

ISOLATED….Asia Times explains just how poor our intelligence on North Korea is: A couple of years ago Western intelligence discovered in Rome that North Korean intelligence agents were busily buying kitchen utensils and microwave ovens. The Western agents became suspicious and investigated the matter. They found out that some parts of microwaves oven could be… Read more »

QUICK QUESTION….Am I the only

QUICK QUESTION….Am I the only one who thinks that maybe we need a constitutional amendment that requires the president to hold an occasional press conference? You know, this being a democracy and all?

MAYBE I COULD PICK UP

MAYBE I COULD PICK UP A COUPLE OF THOSE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS FOR HIM?….Wow, Paul Krugman got paid $50,000 for overseas speaking engagements? And he says he used to do this “a lot.” So figure, what? Ten gigs a year? Twenty? That’s pretty good money either way! But now he doesn’t do it anymore because the… Read more »

MORE ON GUNS….As long as

MORE ON GUNS….As long as we’re on the subject of guns, Glenn Reynolds complained a few days ago about a Washington Monthly article by Brent Kendall that criticizes Republicans for weakening the enforcement of gun laws. After spending an entire post complaining that the headline writer called John Allen Muhammad’s gun a “sniper rifle” instead… Read more »

GUN SCHOLARSHIP….THE ENTIRE FIELD SEEMS

GUN SCHOLARSHIP….THE ENTIRE FIELD SEEMS TO HAVE A CREDIBILITY PROBLEM….Megan McArdle points to a post at Extra Ordinary Ideas with more gun scholarship news: apparently John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, fabricated a survey that he used in his book. Lott wrote in his book, ?If national surveys are correct, 98 percent of… Read more »

TAXING SPAM….Marie Gryphon says:Every market

TAXING SPAM….Marie Gryphon says: Every market liberal should be allowed one heterodoxy. Mine is telemarketers. I absolutely hate them. Telemarketers should be rounded up, denied their procedural due process rights, and shipped to Guantanamo Bay to room with Al-Qaeda. OK, I’ll go along with that. But how about some market orthodoxy to deal with a… Read more »

HOW MUCH CAN THE CALIFORNIA

HOW MUCH CAN THE CALIFORNIA BUDGET BE CUT?….A few weeks ago I wondered online about how much of the California budget was legally mandated. In other words, out of our current $98 billion budget, with its $24 billion shortfall, how much are we legally allowed to cut? Ann Salisbury pointed me to an LA Times… Read more »

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 »