• Draft Prado

    It's quite sad that a movement to recommend a Supreme Court judge who was first appointed by Reagan and then appointed by George W. Bush strikes me as quixotic and naive.  Ed Prado, the focus of the draft effort, is a Hispanic judge from Texas who's currenty serving on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Bush installed him there, and the Senate voted for his confirmation, 97-0.  He seems to have attracted substantial support from both sides of the aisle and, demographically speaking, fills the slots Rove certainly wants filled (which is to say, he's Hispanic).

  • Priorities

    Say what you will about Dean's recent comments (and, as you all know, I have), but wow is Jesse ever right about this.

  • Ding-Dong, The Plan is Dead

    Looks like Social Security is safe:

    President Bush has all but conceded his plan for private accounts for Social Security is dead, admitting privatization won't save the federal retirement system.

    "You can solve the solvency issue without personal accounts," Bush said in an interview with the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

  • Hating on the Lab

    So it turns out that the Bush administration has been putting pen to paper on government climate reports, letting a former oil industry lobbyist with a degree in economics and no scientific training fuzz up warnings on global warming by changing the language, excising passages, and tweaking the emphasis.  So "uncertainties" became "significant and fundamental uncertainties", something difficult to calculate becomes "extremely difficult", and the element of chance was generally blown into a metaphysical meditation on the essential unknowability of things and the fallacies of trusting what you read.  Brilliant.

  • Being Bipartisan

    Over at TPM Cafe, Josh and friends are marvelling over the country's polarization, which has far exceeded its actual ideological polarization and mostly crowded out the center.  Josh says we're headed for a realignment, at least once Bush leaves.  Well, maybe.

  • Technology Wins

    There's an ominous clicking inside my Powerbook.  It's in the vicinity of the trackpad, and when it begins, my computer's usefulness ends.  For the last few days I've been wrestling with it, using it most of the day then letting it rest after it decided to lock up.  But this morning, I assume some time between 2 and 6am,the forces of evil launched a massive attack, forcing my computer to surrender and surprising me with, when I awoke, a laptop that no longer starts.  That means, mainly, that if you've sent me e-mail in the last few days and I haven't replied, you should resend because I can't access anything on my hard drive. 

    By the way, you know what's really terrific about my tech problems?  That they're happening during finals week.  Fan-fucking-tastic.

  • Questions

    So this calendar you speak of...what're the royalties? 

    And who says wonks can't do cheesecake?

  • Time for Another Flight Suit Photo-Op?

    Gr2005060701109This graphic from the latest Washington Post poll is the hardest evidence yet that Bush is in decline.  Forgetting Iraq, which has traditionally had

  • I Have Always Relied on the Kindness of Strangers

    The WTO. I want to learn about it. Yes, boring, I know. But anything that half my lefty activist friends think is a tool of American interests to dominate Nicaragua and the other half think is an unjust institution yoking the American worker has to be fairly interesting. So if anyone's got suggestions of books that'll dig into the organization a bit, explain what it is and why people hate it, and end with a soberer assessment, I'd be much obliged.

    Update: Speaking of the WTO, looks like China's tired of being lectured on unfair trading practices. They better be careful or Robert Kaplan might write another article on how we could (probably) kick their ass.

  • Raich

    Tim Lee wonders why I've been silent on the Raich decision. The answer, unfortunately, is less malicious than it is mundane: I've nothing to say. I think marijuana should be decriminalized but California clearly can't contravene federal law. Insofar as the decision rests on the principle of federalism, I agree with it. Insofar as we're talking about really, really sick folks who won't be able to get a harmless, pleasant medicine, I find it deeply saddening. So bottom line, the ruling was correct, its the anti-drug hysteria that has poisoned Congress towards common sense medical marijuana legislation that's in the wrong.