Well, at least they’re consisten(ly inconsistent)

However depressing they are on other fronts, I always enjoy elections because we all get front-row media passes to watch Democrats twist themselves into logical knots. Remember all those people who said that John McCain’s proposal to allow offshore drilling wouldn’t help with the gas price thing because it would take too long to take…

This Quip is Prescient(?)

TOWM quip of the day comes from Jacob Sullum, who writes in response to a Reason editors’ voting preferences poll question: What will you miss about the Bush administration? The idea that $438 billion is a big budget deficit. Beautiful.

Squawk, Squawk!

I think the best dig at Reason Magazine I ever read was Virginia Postrel commenting on the Ron Paul racism controversy: I do fault my friends at Reason, who are much cooler than I’ll ever be and who, scornful of the earnestness that takes politics seriously, apparently didn’t do their homework before embracing Paul as…

Shiller Chicanery

Here’s why I’m not too worried about this. The link will take you to a chart (I’m speaking here about figure 1.1 – there are three, selectable through tabs on the bottom) on Robert Shiller‘s homepage. It purports to show a disturbing widening in the gap in the Price-to-Earnings-Ratio of stocks and the actual earnings…

How to Roast Weenies

Atlas Shrugged is my favorite novel. I’m well aware of what the problems with it are. No, it isn’t the greatest literary achievement in human history. In particular, the character of John Galt (and the last third of the book, in which he appears) could use some work. I always had trouble imagining that this…

Atheist President, Atheist PM

There’s an interesting post at UK Polling Report about a ComRes Survey intended to mimick an earlier Gallup Poll concerning demographic prejudices in US voting. This poll was done back when it seemed plausible that Mitt Romney would be the Republican nominee (thank God that didn’t come to pass!), and the question was how much…

What do we do with Mistakes, Kids?

Here’s a question with an easy answer. When you’re in a desperate situation, and you know someone else who has been in a similar situation and made some bad choices as to how to get out of it, do you (a) do exactly what he did or (b) cast about for some other solution? Amazingly,…

Two Outstanding Questions about Donnie Darko

One of my alltime favorite moves is Donnie Darko. Someday I’ll give it the post it deserves, explaining why I like it so much and what I get out of watching it. But for now I’ll stick to pointing out some complications that I noticed this time ’round. Yes, I saw it again (twice) this…