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Archive for March, 2010

And How’d That Work Out For Them?

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Ezra Klein, on Congressional bending of the rules*: Here are some things that happened on the night the GOP pushed the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit through the House of Representatives: A 15-minute vote was scheduled, and at the end of 15 minutes, the Democrats had won. The Republican leadership froze the clock for three hours […]

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The Four Scariest Words Of Markets: “It’s Different This Time”

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The Economist Free Exchange blog points me to Steve Waldman and an interesting question: Suppose the good guys win. Better yet, suppose they had never lost. Suppose banks had never ventured beyond conservatively prudent lending; that there had been no housing, internet, or credit bubble. Forlorn cul-de-sacs surrounded by mouldering homes were never cut from […]

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The Government Paid Me $10 To Tell Them How Awesome My Job Is

Monday, March 8th, 2010

So the receptionist at the office started* walking around handing out envelopes — envelopes larger than a paycheck — which is sometimes not a good sign. But lo and behold, opening the envelope revealed a nice crisp, clean $10 bill courtesy of [a proxy for] the government! This is an employment survey designed to assess […]

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Time To Buy Prostheses For My Junk

Monday, March 8th, 2010

I have to think that’s the only acceptable reaction to this: The Transportation Security Administration is spreading airport body-scanner technology across the country. A TSA official said Friday that units will be fielded next week in Chicago, and in the coming months at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; San Jose, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio; San Diego; Charlotte, N.C.; […]

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Happy Friday

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Yep. Modern life has made surrealism obsolete. Hat Tip: EDSBS

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Quote Of The Day

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The state of Washington is currently in process on a bill that will impound any car for 12 hours where the driver is arrested on suspicion of DUI. This will be automatic — whether the car is owned by an innocent third party, or whether someone else in the vehicle can legally drive does not […]

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Liz Cheney, Bill Kristol, And The Shameful NeoCon Attack On America’s Legal System

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The latest controversy of the day among many on the right, led principally by Liz Cheney and William Kristol, involves attacking Justice Department lawyers who represented alleged members of al Qaeda or the Taliban detained at Guantanmo Bay. As Kristol puts it: [L]awyers now at the DOJ worked on the historic Boumediene case. That case […]

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Ezra Klein And The Seeds Of Cynicism

Friday, March 5th, 2010

One of Ezra’s regular commenters is running for Congress, and had this to say: You are way off, Ezra. The time breakdown on fundraising during a campaign is more like 50-70%. It’s absolutely horrifying. I used to be a policy wonk who could talk the most minute details of big bills and who actually read […]

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National Grammar Day Open Thread

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

I am a stickler for grammar, but it is also one of my pet peeves. So on National Grammar Day, I’d like to post a few of them. #1 – Nested parentheses: The general grammar rule is never to nest parentheses. But as an engineer with the combination of math, computer code, and boolean logic […]

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US Skier Lindsey Vonn Loses Gold Medal

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

I suppose it will sit on his mantle next to his Nobel — of which he’s equally deserving.

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Quote Of The Day

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Atlanta: A 45-year-old woman, charged with ending a domestic dispute by killing her 26-year-old husband of five days, is a registered lobbyist for a group fighting domestic violence. Watch out for those cougars, gentlemen. They may seem exotic and human-friendly in the wild, but once they have you in captivity you become their toy — […]

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A Lack Of Output

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Anyone who is still dropping by on a regular basis has undoubtedly noticed the cobwebs and tumbleweed. For that I, and we, apologize. We are not professional bloggers; rather we are blogging professionals. All of the contributors here have other obligations to attend to out there in the world of “real life”. It’s common at […]

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