Monthly Archive: January 2010


Possible compromises for healthcare reform

While I do think that the success or failure of healthcare reform rests squarely on the shoulders of the Democrats in Congress and with the president, I still wish that Republicans would come aboard...


The Genealogy of Reality Television

Those looking to confirm their view that everything is, in fact, going to pot should read this history of reality television.


From the Department of Silly Boycotts

I’m a firm believer in the Second Amendment and all, but what the hell has that got to do with whether you’re allowed to open carry into a private dining establishment?  It’s pretty simple...


The Alito Brouhaha

I’m fairly annoyed by the brouhaha that has erupted over President Obama’s deeply inaccurate attack on the Citizens United decision.  One of the weird aspects of my annoyance, though, is that I find myself...


In Defense of Holden Caulfield

A lot will be written about J.D. Salinger’s death, much of it on the subject of The Catcher in the Rye. Most of it will be more perceptive or better written than this blog...


My Thoughts on the State of the Union Address

I have a confession to make. I did not watch the President’s speech last night.  No, after putting our daughter down to bed I did not turn on the computer.  I did not watch...


A Close Look at Haitian Poverty

This piece by Jared Diamond provides a fantastic amount of insight into why Haiti is so much poorer than even other poor Caribbean nations, including its neighbor the Dominican Republic.  I think it


Quote of the Day

“What the heck is Yahoo? Is it one of those computer things? Is that like Twittering?” – The inimitable Gregg Popovich, demonstrating his technological savvy right before tip-off.


Louis Auchincloss, RIP

For fans of the subdued, WASP-y novelist, Vulture has a nice remembrance:


Undermining the Republicrats

Over at the Liberty Papers, Quincy offers a distinctive take on Obama’s attack on the Citizens United ruling.  Money quote: It is not the thought of special interests influencing politics that scares the ruling...


Further thoughts on conservatism

One problem with conservatism today is that conservatives are living in a past in which tax cuts were a panacea.  Thattimes have changed does not seem to register, and so new ideas are few...


On conservatism

I’ve been a little too hard on conservatives lately – largely due, I think, to my overall frustrations over healthcare reform, but also because of the antics on the right which I find distasteful...


We Hate Big Government, Except When We Don’t

Memo to the conservatives who suddenly discovered that they were in favor of limited government when George Bush left office: if you want people to believe that your conversion is real, it would probably help...