Monthly Archives: November 2009

Strangely compelling image


Haven’t quite figured out why this image produces some weird responses in me.  Partly, it seems connected to a nightmarish perception of the present.  A bad wind steers Gulliver to the shores of Consumdingnag but it’s real.

h/t Andrew Sullivan


John Lofton, again

Nate Silver, the young polling whiz of FiveThirtyEight, just received an email from John Lofton.  Some months back, Lofton posted here and the two of us had a grand time (put his name in the search box on the right – not the upper one).

Here’s Nate on Lofton

Gerry Mulligan and Antonio Carlos Jobin at work

h/t Crooks and Liars

Dylan does Santa


You will not bump into much this week or next that is brighter than this discussion from Rick Perlstein…

Sunday stuff

The Evolution of the God Gene?

No, this isn’t why I moved here to Portland

For this IDF Chief Rabbi, God’s version of the Nuremburg war crimes trials has those who hestitate to drop cluster bombs on innocents as the ungodly damned.

On the other hand, there are those who are not utterly insane.

Quite a few of them in England…Seven out of 10 Britons back The Independent on Sunday’s call for a phased withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan as a landmark report by Oxfam this week exposes the real human cost of the war.

Auto purchase alert:  if you are down in Texas and see a blue/white 2 million dollar Veyron listed in the Auto Trader at a surprisingly low price, check for rust and rotting dove-scrotum leather upholstery…

Conservative purging of the impure continues apace.

The Weekly Standard crowd do one of those way-cool and way-logically-compelling Glenn Beck this-links-to-this charts…

Conservatives with intellectual integrity.  We don’t need a lot of fingers to count them up presently.  Bruce Bartlett is one.

I don’t mean to imply that Europeanization is unambiguously good; only that it’s not unambiguously bad, as virtually all conservatives believe. There are many ways I think we could learn from the Europeans and they from us. One way we can learn from them is how to have a tax system that raises considerably more revenue as a share of the economy than ours does without killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.

At a minimum, I think it’s safe to say that Hayek was wrong about the inevitability of totalitarianism arising from growth in the size of government. The collapse of communism is proof enough of that.

Saturday Nov 14

Israel pumps up the propaganda under Bibi…but it would, wouldn’t it?

Doctors in Iraq’s war-ravaged enclave of Falluja are dealing with up to 15 times as many chronic deformities in infants and a spike in early life cancers that may be linked to toxic materials left over from the fighting. And who imagines that Bill Kristol or Don Rumsfeld or Cheney or the board at Northrup Grumman might care even in the slightest?

And providing healthcare for citizens is an outrageous misuse of citizen taxpayer dollars while, on the other hand, spending far more on the big killing machine is just jim-dandy. It’s all about principle, you see.

Instructional manual on how to surrender to terrorism in just a few easy steps (step 1 – become a modern conservative)…

Stephen Colbert claims Lou Dobbs audience.

Andrew Sullivan gets Bill Kristol right but could add that teaching people to hate serves the financial interests of the military/corporate complex very well indeed.

Elizabeth Warren on the economy