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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Dan says:

    The Marketplace segment this morning closed with a bit about the French measuring gross domestic ennui, rather than well-being or happiness, because it was more “French.” I wasn’t fooled this time.

    However, a year or two ago their joke was about the Feds sending people items instead of the equivalent cash tax refunds, in order to stimulate the economy and prevent people from using their refunds to pay down debt. They even mentioned the price of shipping it all, and had someone quoted as saying “We own the Postal Service, so it’s not really a problem for us.” I totally bought it.Report

  2. Avatar MR Bill says:

    For my part, I have wondered why Irony and Satire don’t die from a surfeit of material…
    And Happy Birthday, PDQ Bach, 1826-1767 (?)

    Here is one of his political works, on the old Smother’s Brothers show:
    The Farmer on the Dole (for piano, voice, and mannicotti : Report

  3. Avatar rj says:

    Not to delve back into seriousness now, but the behavior of state legislators, perhaps now more than ever, is one big strike against federalism and localism. The AZ legislature at the center of NPR’s story, busy working itself into a vengeful froth about immigrants as they sell off state office buildings for expensive leasebacks, is a prime example of that.

    Often part-time and without meaningful staff help, they propose and (surprisingly) pass half-thought-out garbage. Union-busting and abortion-posturing aside, take the example of the legislator in TN who sponsored a bill requiring presidential candidates to show so-called “long-form” birth certificates, only to later admit that she doesn’t really know what one is. Ladies and gentlemen, these are the people you want to devolve power to.

    Certain nostalgia-minded types picture the Cincinnatus figure working carefully on local problems close to his constituents. Instead, we have overwhelmed and underinformed part-timers making up stories about Mexican gangsters, proposing to abolish drivers’ licenses and making damn sure we can bring guns to bars and churches. Turns out there is something to be said for professionalism.

    Say what you will about principles, the reality is that state lawmakers and executives are far more corrupt and stupid than their federal counterparts. Things don’t get better on the local level either.Report

  4. Avatar Lyle says:

    Arizona can not stand having South Carolina being the great nullifier. Of course old Andrew Jackson faced them down in 1832, and they tried nullification on a grand scale in 1861 and failed as well. (As of course did the rest of the Confederacy). One contention I have with the folks who argue original intent is that the Civil War was a major amendment to the meaning of the constitution paid for with 600,000 deaths, which is a lot more than most real amendments cost. As an example consider that at Gettysburg it was These United States, today it is The United States.
    To say that a struggle like the Civil War does not change what documents mean is to mock history, as wars do change things, and Civil Wars perhaps more than regular wars.Report

  5. Avatar AMW says:

    I was initially taken in by this morning’s story on NPR about a surgery meant to allow patients to see 3-D movies without using those clunky 3-D glasses. It mentioned near the end of the segment that some patients complained that their vision was blurry when looking at anything else. Corrective lenses were being developed to deal with this possible side effect.

    I was totally sucked in until they mentioned that the surgery would be rolling out for mass consumption April 1st. After that they couldn’t fool me for the rest of the day.Report

  6. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    San Jose *did* ban Happy Meal sales. It’s not particularly gullible to believe that other places might do the same thing.Report