The Usual

Alright, I’ve just finished watching the Big Speech on YouTube, and I’m unsurprisingly not too impressed. The New Republic is caling this speech “risky” and “gritty.” Well. What I saw was a pretty pedestrian acceptance speech. Let’s see – first we thanked a bunch of people. Then we gave an insincere shoutout to Hillary. Then…

One Clinton Down, One to Go

Given Hillary Clinton’s speech last night, I think it’s only fair to say that I was wrong about her using her podium to sabotage Obama’s campaign chances. The real test, of course, comes when her husband speaks tonight (unlike her, he isn’t being watched like a hawk for signs of sour grapes, which gives him…

Ya’ll is never singular. As in: NOT EVER.

Nathan took the time to watch Timecop over the weekend. Pause for a moment to marvel at the time management priorities of someone who has the spare minutes to sit through something like Timecop but has never even once in his life seen Red Dawn. Very well, let us never speak of it. It seems…

The Drinking Age: more than “just the facts”

I haven’t been reading as much politics lately, so I missed the recent open letter by 100 college and university presidents calling for lowering the national drinking age to 18. I only came across it by accident, in a column by one of the more ridiculous members of the religious right who actually supported the…

Why Obama is Going to Lose: The Clintons

Earlier I said that I would detail some of the reasons I’m so confident in my predication that Obama is going to lose the presidential race. This is one of the main ones. The link goes to an AP article about the apparently-shocking fact that the Clintons and Obama just might maybe not have gotten…

This Relationship is Killing me

One of my favorite public policy tricks is “controlling” for effects that are actually relevant. Like, for example, when people are puzzled that we’re facing inflation risks in the wake of the ethanol subsidy that they can’t measure because inflation indices “control for” volatile things like food prices. The following isn’t exactly a public policy…

Time Out

If there’s a case more emblematic of just how whiny our legal culture has become than this one, I’m not sure I want to know about it. The link takes you to a legal breif filed in Georgia on behalf of Macia Warden by the Alliance Defense Fund. The facts are these. Marcia Warden was…

Late Night Double Feature Picture Show

It’s conclusive: science fiction made me the man I am today. Emphasis on the MAN there. Because according to this clever site, which estimates the probability of you being male or female based on your browsing history, it is 97% likely that I am male. The methodology is presented clearly. It’s a (very) simple likelihood…

How to Prove that Guns Cause Violence (Inconclusively)

This study – summarized at Cognitive Daily – seems tailor-made for the gun control crowd. It goes like this. Participants were told that they were taking part in a taste sensitivity study. This enabled researchers to take a pre-experiment saliva sample (to get the participant’s “resting” testosterone level). Participants were then divided into two groups.…

Government Goes Web 2.0

There’s apparently some minor controversy in the UK over the opening of the Metropolitan (London) Police’s Crime Map Website. It’s still in beto at the moment, but you can go there for a functioning preview. It does about what you would expect: projects a map of the city with areas color-coded by whether they have…