Monthly Archives: March 2011

Deaf Juxtaposition

This was on the front page of MSNBC’s website earlier: Say hypothetically that despite the air assistance the rebels still fail.  Libya would probably be partitioned into east & west, and anyone suspected of aiding or supporting the rebellion (read: … Continue reading

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Declaration of eh, whatever

Inevitably, the “no fly zone” in Libya expanded to outright joining a civil war with air power on a side.  Kevin Drum, who far as I can tell is relatively ambivalent about the whole thing* says in reference that fact … Continue reading

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Feature, not bug

Bob Herbert, in his last NY Times column, made the following aside: G.E. is the nation’s largest corporation. Its chief executive, Jeffrey Immelt, is the leader of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. You can understand how ordinary workers … Continue reading

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Growth Opportunities

Despite the feds continuing to contradict the medical-marijuana detente proclaimed by Obama, business is booming: There is a noticeable aroma wafting around the medical marijuana industry. It’s the smell of money — with a strong hint of entrepreneurial opportunity. Medical … Continue reading

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Deliberate Trick Question

The reason cited for “Operation Odyssey Dawn”* is protection of civilians from being murdered by the Libyan government.  Recently, the Saudi military helped the king of Bahrain kill several of his dissatisfied subjects.  So, what’s the magic number that divides … Continue reading

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Because two wars weren't enough…

Somewhere, at this moment, the CEOs of Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and other defense war contractors are saying “thank you”, crying tears of joy.  The temptation of the U.S. to butt into yet another situation that has no plausible connection to … Continue reading

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Consistency is for the little guy

Matt Yglesias has a Stopped Clock moment re: pollution and property rights, observing the oddity that, as far as the mainstream status quo has defined it, the “side” considered to represent property rights has an asterisk next to the term. … Continue reading

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