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  • Enforce my Cheeseburger!

    Via Body and Soul , this 911 recording is hilarious . That's right, it's so funny that my recommendation wouldn't carry enough weight unless I italicized it. And, apropos of my earlier comments that Orange Count is not a sandbox full of spoiled rich kids, this all occurs -- sigh -- in the OC. Alright then, off you go. Update : If you've listened to the call, wiped the tears of mirth (mirth is an underused word, don't you think?) from your face, and are still looking for things to read, this post of Kevin's is mighty interesting.
  • Pyramids

    Bill Bradley's op-ed today is so spot-on it brought a tear to my eye. For awhile now, I've been incoherently expressing the difference between Republican and Democratic presidential candidates by saying that the former are defined by their party while the latter are forced to define their party. But Bradley hit the target much more accurately: To further the party's ideological and political goals, Republicans in the 1970's and 1980's built a comprehensive structure based on Powell's blueprint. Visualize that structure as a pyramid. You've probably heard some of this before, but let me run through it again. Big individual donors and large foundations - the Scaife family and Olin foundations, for instance - form the base of the pyramid. They finance conservative research centers like the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, entities that make up the second level of the pyramid. The ideas these organizations develop are then pushed up to the...
  • Fugly Fun

    I think this might be my favorite blog ever.
  • DeLayicans

    Brad Plumer is so right on this it's hard to believe he's not been hired by the DCCC and given a corner office somewhere: Look, last year no one was offering Senate Democrats a chance to "wash their hands" of Tom Daschle. Quite the opposite—the phrase "Daschle Democrats" spread far and wide across the airwaves, during the big push to paint the entire minority party as one giant ball of pure, black-hearted obstructionism. It was dirty, it was lame, it was disgusting, but that's how the fucking game goes. *No one* gets out of here alive! Seriously, it's useless, entirely useless trying to turn Tom DeLay into a big lightning rod for all the outrage against the House's excesses these days. If that's what happens, he'll be purged in a minute's notice and then absolutely nothing will change. The GOP will just find someone else to do what DeLay does. Roy Blunt can do what DeLay does. The K Street stovepipe will still pump along. The rule-bending and committee-abusing will still go on. House...
  • Ideas of Cities

    Duncan is right that Orange County isn't the uber-wealthy playground that the eponymous TV show portrays it as. What most people think of when they picture the county is Newport Beach, an enormously affluent community by the beach. They might also imagine Laguna Beach, where Dncan lived, and Laguna Hills. What they're not imagining is Buena Park or Fountain Valley, blue collar areas experiencing major immigrant influxes. Neither are they giving much thought to Westminster (almost entirely Vietnamese) or Santa Ana, where the residents speak only Spanish. A similarly annoying phenomenon is at work in LA, where the word conjures up a specific stretch of Sunset Blvd. to most everyone. That the city possesses massive areas where immigrants pack themselves into little-regulated, little-noticed apartment buildings, has giant areas with a semi-suburban flavor seems unknown. Having dinner in the Ethiopian district and dessert in the Jewish area strikes people as the sort of thing you can only...
  • Who Wants a Sweet With the Wrapper On?

    Kristof's got a great column on the foolishness of the Bush administration's marriage-based AIDS prevention programs in Africa. Go read it.
  • And Will Medicare Cover My X-Ray Eyes?

    In comments to my post on the absurdity of the infinite-horizon, TJon writes: Why don't Democrats use this to mock Republicans. Use the infinite model to calculate how much SS will cost between 4050 and 4100. Ask Republicans if they agree with that prediction. Ask them details about it. How many workers will there be per retiree? How much will a retiree get in 2005 dollars? Will that cover the toll lanes on the commute from Mars to Venus? Economists can't predict what is going to happen next year, much less 75 years from now. Its a joke and we need to start mocking it. Word.
  • Does Iraq Have Grassy Knolls?

    Jeanne d'Arc is right . This does raise a lot of questions.
  • Why Professors Tilt Left

    Over at the Agora , they're running through another round of "why-oh-why are all universities so lefty", this time with an assist from Howard Kurtz: "[c]ollege faculties, long assumed to be a liberal bastion, lean further to the left than even the most conspiratorial conservatives might have imagined." 72 percent of college faculty describe themselves as "liberal," with only 15 percent labeling themself "conservative." 50 percent identified themselves as Democrats and 11 percent as Republicans. Disparity at so-called "elite" schools, it seems, is even more pronounced. The report offers percentage views on specific issues as well. The study was conducted by professors at the University of Toronto based on a survey of 1,643 full-time faculty at 183 four-year schools. It was funded by the Randolph Foundation, a right-leaning group. So in places where intelligent, informed people work, many of them turn out to be liberal. At the places the most intelligent and informed people work, even...
  • Compulsory Inking

    While he's awarding Kim Du Toit the ribbon for "America's Worst Blogger", Robert Farley offers an offhand explanation of what a blogger should be: A decent blogger actually introduces new ideas; he does not simply confirm what you already believed but were too ashamed to verbalize. We should print it on a mousepad and send it off to, well, more than a few bloggers I can think of. LGF and The Idiotarian Rottweiler should have it forcibly tattooed on their foreheads.

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