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Like Ma Bell, I’ve got the Ill Communication*

Freddie already gave me a gracious introduction, but I thought it was worth writing a quick introduction for everyone.  My name is Jamelle Bouie, I’m a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, and I’m setting up shop here as one of the League’s resident liberals.  I started my personal blog, the United States of…

another slightly more academic-sounding addition to a relentlessly partisan and biased liberal blogosphere

“The League should feature higher standards for honest assessment, especially since I’ve commented on this exact point here once already. Honestly, I’ve thought very highly of the League in spite of its generally left-leaning direction [….] But this pushing of a manifestly dishonest characterization even after being called on it makes me reevaluate whether the…

No, it really is the Republicans who are pushing this nonsense

It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to blame the rise of the Birthers on the Left after the movement germinated at conservative sites like Free Republic and WorldNetDaily, garnered favorable reviews from putatively respectable conservative pundits at National Review, and spawned a ‘birther bill’ that is now sponsored by several prominent conservative legislators. But…

thoughts on Wilkinson’s views on income inequality

Will Wilkinson has done yeoman’s work in his recent posts regarding income inequality, and in articulating some of my own dissatisfaction with certain liberal narratives regarding income inequality. A key graf: If we find that redistribution is required to arrive at a system that does the best it can for everyone, then justice will demand…

quote for the morning

“A combination of dumb drug laws, dysfunctional parole policies, “three strikes” laws passed by initiative, an endless procession of tougher-than-thou politicians, and a famously thuggish and politically powerful prison guards union has gotten California into this mess.” ~ Kevin Drum on California’s overflowing prisons.  Read the whole thing.

More Boozing

Yesterday’s post on the drink selection at Obama’s beer summit provoked heated comments from Pabst aficionados, Dogfish loyalists, fans of beer-fruiting, traditionalists, hop-heads, and even one staunch defender of Biden’s choice of a non-alcoholic Buckler. While this doesn’t bode well for a League-wide bar outing, perhaps we can all agree to down a few cocktails?…

public utilities continued

There was a lot of blow-back to my public-utility-as-monopoly post from last week.  The common response (not including health-care comparisons) can be summed up in three parts – infrastructure concerns; deregulation concerns; and “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” One by one, now… First, public utilities are awful examples of government-sponsored monopoly.  All the…

Won’t Someone Think of the Children?

Thoreau goes off on child car seat laws, apparently without realizing just how burdensome those laws have become.  These laws are, in my mind, an excellent example of how safety regulations can easily go amok and do more harm than good.  The problem isn’t with the idea that car seats are safer than no car seats,…

birther 2.0

I must say, these “birther” conspiracy-theorists really have put a tether on their imaginations.  Why stop at Obama’s birth, for instance?  I personally not only believe that Obama was born in Kenya, I believe he’s still there. Yep.  You heard that right.  Indeed, it is my firm belief that Barack Hussein Obama has never once…

Beer Me

President Obama’s mundane beverage selection at last week’s beer summit was roundly condemned by the hip, politically-inclined set, and as much as I’d love to write a counter-intuitive defense of watery beer (paging David Plotz!),* I’m forced to agree that Budweiser does in fact suck. Given the success of his home state’s Dogfish Head Brewery,…

a poem for sunday

Japan ~by Billy Collins Today I pass the time reading a favorite haiku, saying the few words over and over. It feels like eating the same small, perfect grape again and again. I walk through the house reciting it and leave its letters falling through the air of every room. I stand by the big…

Impulses and Vectors

Responding to my defense of the value of libertarianism/blatant excuse to repost Mr. Henley’s Jester quote, OG regulars Michael Drew and Bob make some great points about the idea of libertarianism-as-vector that led me to some unexplored thoughts about ideological frameworks. First, Michael wonders whether the concept of libertarianism-as-vector means that libertarianism can be a…

Slippery Slopes

Andrew Sullivan’s dissection of one Boston cop’s overtly racist response to the Gates arrest is worth reading in full, but this part caught my eye: And the more you read, the more you realize how deep the Bush-Cheney legacy runs and how the torture and ‘enemy combatant’ state, celebrated nightly on Fox, easily seeps into…

Standing Athwart History Yelling “Ha-Ha!”

[UPDATED] In response to William’s discussion of Nozick’s classic Anarchy, State, and Utopia, commenter Travis makes what is I think a fairly typical argument for dismissing libertarians: The nonexistence, in human history, of any stable, functioning anarcho/libertarian paradise tends to suggest that such a thing cannot exist. If it can, why isn’t there a stampede…

caniculares dies

Well it really is the dog days of summer, isn’t it?  My motivation to blog has dissipated with the dissipating rains.  The heat is one possible culprit.  Then, too, the various controversies that have been drummed up around the interwebs, from inter-bloggy feuds to this nonsensical birther madness, to the Gates-gate story – well it…

What the…?

Seriously, what drives people to be so stupid?  I mean, beyond the racism, beyond all those deep personal problems, what compels somebody to actually put their job on the line like this?

More Ad Space Please

The lengths companies will go to use any available eye-line to try to sell me something is beyond belief.   Let me explain.  I’m walking to work this morning and pass a cement mixing truck doing it’s thing.  You know mixing cement, pouring it down the chute to go on the sidewalk.   Great.  Then I notice–I…