Archives 2008

Because I ought to say something about the mess in Gaza

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I’ve seen a lot of opinions flying around Left Blogistan about what the Israeli government and/or Hamas should have done to prevent this carnage. In one sense, I agree with all of it; in another sense, I find it depressingly academic. As osewalrus elucidates, leaders on both sides who chose to escalate made decisions ...

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“You’re laborers! You’re supposed to be laboring!”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

When discussion of an auto industry bailout began to circulate, some people pointed out, as evidence of the shameful sloth of its unionized work force, the United Auto Workers’ jobs bank, in which employees continue to get 95 percent of their base pay and all their benefits if they are laid off. In the heyday ...

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If you’re gonna be a crook, be a classy crook

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Rod Blagojevich, the recently-arrested Governor of Illinois, may be “not as bright” as George W. Bush, but if Ali Ata’s testimony is to be believed, even Blagojevich knows how to take a bribe:

[¶21] …After he arrived at Rezko’s offices, Ata was greeted by Rezko to whom he handed the check in an envelope ...

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Democratic tragedy

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Imagine a country with a big chunk of disputed territory on its border, a developing economy, and a state-sponsored religion. The inhabitants of this country, a quarrelsome lot, divide into three factions:

  • 40 percent of the population are Wolves; they have, as their highest priority, attracting foreign investment. To the extent consistent with that first ...

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How not to lay out your table

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

HTML has a little-used element, <col>, that can be used to describe attributes for a table column. The HTML 4.01 spec gives an example (which I have reformatted because I can’t stand the ALL CAPS ELEMENT NAMES) of using this element to declare that text in a certain column should be aligned on the ...

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Your fair and balanced religious news from the Middle East

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Not quite a month ago, in Jerusalem, Greek Orthodox and Armenian monks demonstrated their deep respect for “turning the other cheek” by brawling over turf in the Church of the Holy Sepulchure.

Yesterday, in Gaza, Hamas demonstrated its deep respect for a pillar of Islam by refusing to let any Gazans make the pilgrimage to ...

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The dignity of labor

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I do not have any fundamental objections to any of these newfangled reproductive technologies: IVF, surrogate parenthood, cloning, male pregnancy, whatever. Bring ’em on. And I think progressive income taxes are better for society than sumptuary laws, which is to say, there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with being rich and there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with rich ...

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Progressive politics by the numbers

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Back in the 1980s, there was a heated debate among Democratic partisans regarding how the party could regain its lost power. The argument centered around one annoying fact: members of demographic groups that favor Democrats do not vote in proportion to their numbers. One group of Democrats argued that the party should therefore intensify its ...

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Motzei shabbat time-delayed debate blogging

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Let me just post my quick reactions before I find out what everyone else in the world has been saying about this debate for the past 27 hours.

I think for both Obama and McCain, the debates are their best opportunity to refute the negative images that their opponents have attached to them over the ...

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Standing on principle

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Even as Congress mulls over a titanic debt-fueled corporate bailout, it’s good to know that some legislators know where to draw the line and demand fidelity to old-fashioned principles of capitalism:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reiterated Tuesday afternoon the importance of giving bankruptcy judges greater flexibility [to adjust mortgage rates of bankrupt homeowners ...

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