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Paul Erhlich's Greatest Hits

Paul Erhlich’s Greatest Hits

Inspired by David Harsanyi’s excellent take-down of Dr. John Holdren, newly-installed director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, I decided to to revisit the predictive track-record of Holdren’s erstwhile co-author, Paul Erhlich. Marvel at his powers of divination and then ask yourself why someone who evidently bought into this claptrap is…

comedy and tragedy

comedy and tragedy

Enlarging government is like doing drama.  Limiting government is like doing comedy. Let me explain. At the Oscars, the Best Picture nominees are almost always dramas.  Usually they are tragic and romantic and perhaps even epic.  The Best Actress segment is typically a handful of tearful, sobbing vignettes plucked from whatever dramatic, tragic, epic-romances are…

No Country for Conservative Health Care Policy

No Country for Conservative Health Care Policy

~by Dan Miller There’s something a bit frustrating about the health care debate that’s been going on here at the League.  Health care has been THE liberal project for literally decades; entire careers (not to mention presidencies) have been built around it.  There’s a vast policy apparatus on the progressive side of the aisle built…

musician's cooperative

musician’s cooperative

So I’m a musician when I’m not a blogger or a worker or a father or a husband (etc.)  In other words, I’m a very part-time musician.  Indeed, while I’ve gotten better over the years, at the same time my output has dwindled.  So I was jamming with a friend last night and an idea…

Nothing To See Here

Nothing To See Here

One cost-free way for conservatives to appeal to minority voters would be to do a better job of policing internal discourse. After all, repeating “Party of Lincoln!” ad nauseum doesn’t really help things when pervasive racism seems alive and well on the right wing of the political spectrum. But conservative operatives have evidently decided that…

Best. Craigslist Ad. Ever.

Best. Craigslist Ad. Ever.

A sample: OK, let me start off by saying this f150 is only available for purchase by the manliest of men (or women). My friend, if it was possible for a vehicle to sprout chest hair and a five o’clock shadow, this Ford would look like Tom Selleck. It is just that manly.

Noooooooo!

Noooooooo!

Hilzoy calls it quits.  She was one of the left-o-sphere’s best voices of reason and calm.  While I understand that she is happy with where things have progressed in the last 7 or 8 years, I can’t help but think that the pendulum is starting to shift too far in the opposite direction in our…

...and again and again and again...

…and again and again and again…

I have joined the increasingly long (2 pages now!) and, as I said before, decreasingly witty list “The World’s Most Deranged Bloggers” thanks to the omnipresent force that is Mark Levin.  I am now, officially, E.D. Jane of the League of Multiple Hemorrhoids.  Truly, my shame knows no bounds.  I join a smattering of Huff”Compost”…

On Blogging

On Blogging

Felix Salmon has some advice for prospective bloggers. The whole thing is worth reading, but this segment jumped out at me: As always, there’s a trade-off between quantity and quality. Should you write more, with lower quality, or less, with higher quality? Fortunately, the blogosphere has been around for long enough that we have a…

Sunday Poem Series

Sunday Poem Series

(Freddie would like to remind you that the views expressed in the poem are the views of the poet and not necessarily the same as his own.) Once in Awhile a Protest Poem by David Axelrod Over and over again the papers print the dried out tit of an African woman holding her starving child.…

Whigs!

Whigs!

I just finished reading Daniel Walker Howe’s What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America 1815-1848. As best I can judge, it’s a fine book. I’m especially pleased with its treatment of religion in the antebellum republic. Also, it’s got an astonishing number of footnotes, which I will certainly make use of when pursuing further…