Daily Archive: August 21, 2009


it would be apoplexy….

… from Mac fans if this or this had been the doing of Microsoft or Steve Ballmer. But it was Apple and Steve Jobs, so it’ll be stony silence, or yet more hero worship,...


Holy S@#t/Depressing Fact of the Day

From Time’s Tim McGirk: Law enforcement officials say that a wildfire now raging in Santa Barbara’s Los Padres National park, burning more than 136 square miles, was sparked by a cooking fire started by...


Friday Night Jukebox: Now usually I don’t do this . . .

Given Pitchfork’s recent decision to recognize “Ignition (Remix)” as one of the greatest songs of the decade, I thought I’d re-post this entry from a few months back: R. Kelly’s legal troubles – as...


Ramadan mubarak!

Happy Ramadan to Aziz and other (if there are other) Muslim readers of this blog.  And, well, to Muslims everywhere for that matter.


do nothing

Interesting column from Bruce Bartlett.  I honestly haven’t made up my mind where I stand on the stimulus.  There are many competing theories on how best to implement stimulus.  Monetary policy?  Fiscal policy?  Should...


quote for a friday afternoon

“Let’s see if we can have a reasoned discussion about end-of-life counseling.  We might start by asking Sarah Palin to leave the room. I’ve got nothing against her. She’s a remarkable political talent. But...



National Review’s response to former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge’s allegation that Bush pressured him to raise the terror alert status on the eve of the 2004 election is this stirring post from Kathryn...


Thoughts on the Renewed Violence in Iraq

Steve Hynd over at Newshoggers has a very sharp post comparing aspects of the Afghanistan and Iraqi missions. Worth the read. I’m not quite sure about this: But whatever the root causes, the Iraqi...


Friday Reading

Via the Library of Economics and Liberty


None dare call it justice

Following Freddie’s lead, I confess I’m rather baffled by Alex Massie’s sympathetic take on the Lockerbie Bomber’s release. As I understand it, this is a man duly convicted of murdering hundreds of innocent airline...


Correctly Political: Wealth Care, a Historical Note

~by jfxgillis Okay. So here’s the thing about the health care industry in the USA, especially the insurance sector. It stinks. Everyone knows it. Everyone feels it. We pay more for what we get, and we...


The Public Option’s Problems

Dave Schuler has a good discussion of the pros and (mostly) cons of a public option as a critical (or even worthwhile) element of health care reform, including a potential constitutional impediment that seems...


The Singapore Model & DeLong Care

In my post today I write about how Brad DeLong has come up with a totally unrealistic, but pretty good idea on reigning in health costs and covering the uninsured.  (He came up with...


DeLong Care

By way of this post, Matt Yglesias explains why he likes Brad DeLong’s “totally unrealistic health care plan.”  First, to boil down DeLong’s rather long post on the subject, let me lift this excellent...

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