Apples vs. Something that’s not a Fruit

Matt Yglesias fails basic statistics!: This chart was posted on his blog purporting to lend some “perspective” to the “current rightwing freakout over shaking hands with Hugo Chavez.” You see, Obama did – on his visit to the recent Latin American summit. Let me go ahead and say that I personally have no problem with…

Photos from the Past

Via Arts and Letters Daily, I came across this photoessay on East Germany. According to the captions, they were taken by Karlheinz Jardner – a West German photographer – during a trip through the DDR in the spring of 1990. This technically places it before official reunification (3 October 1990), but only barely. The border…

Foul!

For a good example of Brad DeLong making a complete ass out of himself, see this thread on ThinkMarkets. The post takes issue with something that DeLong said on his own blog to the effect that for stimulus spending, “government spending is as good as anybody else’s.” Of course, it isn’t, as any economist will…

You stay on your side of the car…

Here’s a typical bit of the hypocrisy on gay marriage from the left that so annoys me. It’s Matthew Yglesias engaging in ad hominems as a basis for yet another “my preferences are cooler than yours” arguments. It goes like this: Newt Gingrich has been married three times, and at least one (but more likely…

Fargo in July

One thing that I dislike intensely about Coen Brothers’ movies is the ethnic pornography angle. Every goram one has to take place in some Location with a Distinctive Culture, and half the goram movie has to be “about” the Place Itself. This is such an obvious sophomoric sop to critics that I get frustrated more…

When Bad Things Happen to Good Movies

Today I finally got to see Pumpkinhead – a movie I’ve been wanting to watch for some time for nostalgia’s sake, but kinda unwilling to pay for. It showed up on Comcast’s free OnDemand, so … mission accomplished. I say for “nostalgia’s sake,” but actually this is the first time I’ve seen it. The “nostalgia”…

Props

I believe in native cognitive gender differences. With due apologies to the politically correct crowd, men are, on average, better at some things, and women better at others. One thing that women are better at is learning foreign languages. This is especially true of getting the pronounciation right. Here’s some evidence: And even more so…

No, YOU’RE a Traitor!

PZ Myers is having fun with the fact that the Governor of Texas, speaking at a Tea Party Protest yesterday, made some oblique references to the idea of Texas seceding. Here’s the actual quote: We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at…

I Matter to No One

The loony Christian lobby just officially stepped off the deep end. I have no idea what the message of this video is, but it’s definitely worth two minutes of your time. Hat tip Obama Shill Andrew Sullivan, via Will Wilkinson.

I’ll Take Mine Black

Andrew Sullivan thinks the Tea Party Protests are a waste of time – primarily because the protestors haven’t agreed on a list of programs that need cutting. If you favor no bailouts, then say so. If you want to see the banking system collapse, then say so. If you think the recession demands no fiscal…