Archive for November, 2005

November 26, 2005

COSTA RICANS MARCH FOR FREE TRADE: Now if we could just get people to do that here.

UPDATE: Here’s more on why Costa Ricans are angry.

November 26, 2005

JAMES JOYNER looks at gaming the TTLB ecosystem. This takes me back to the halcyon days of MP3.com, when people had all sorts of logrolling schemes to boost their chart positions. In the comments, Steve Verdon predicts more efforts to outwit N.Z. Bear’s system. As the ecologist Thomas Ray said, “Every successful system accumulates parasites.” So I guess the blogosphere ecosystem is a success!

UPDATE: N.Z. Bear emails:

The hue and cry James thoughtfully responded to in his post isn’t a reaction to a new revelation that people are figuring out how to game the Ecosystem. It’s a reaction to the fact that I’m figuring out ways how to stop them. There will always be new approaches people will try to artificially inflate their rank in any system such as mine, but believe it or not, I’m actually quite optimistic about staying, if not one step ahead, then at least not far behind those who would try to rig the system in their favor.

But I need help: the blogosphere is a community, and the more the community as a whole shuns stunts such as “open trackback parties” that exist for no reason other than to exchange link counts, the less I’ll have to worry about figuring out the latest algorithmic way to filter such exploits out. I can handle the obvious out-for-profit spam blogs — it’s the “real” bloggers who like to skirt the grey areas that I need the community’s help to dissuade from bad behaviour.

Indeed.

ANOTHER UPDATE: LaShawn Barber has thoughts, too.

November 26, 2005

SHIFTING POSITIONS at The New Yorker.

November 26, 2005

ED MORRISSEY: “Senator Joe Biden writes an op-ed for today’s Washington Post that gets the entire war on terror fundamentally wrong — and demonstrates why the Democrats have entirely failed to provide any leadership on Iraq and the wider war.”

November 26, 2005

A USEFUL COLLECTION of urban legends about the Iraq war. (Via Rand Simberg). Also, here’s a look at the New York Times’ shifting editorial positions on Iraq. It’s almost as if partisan politics are behind them.

November 26, 2005

THE INSTAWIFE looks at vegetarianism and pacifism.

November 26, 2005

CHINA COVERING UP avian flu outbreaks among humans? Not implausible in light of the SARS experience.

UPDATE: Not implausible, but not necessarily true, either.

November 26, 2005

FRED LAPIDES sends a link to this cool French cooking site.

Also, Bill Quick’s weekend cooking thread is up.

In answer to his question, this book is probably my favorite cookbook of the moment. And in response to a reader recommendation I ordered this one, but I haven’t made any of its recipes yet. Just flipping through it, though, I can see why it’s considered a classic.

November 26, 2005

RETAIL SUPPORT BRIGADE SITREP:

More so than during last year’s post-Thanksgiving rush, people jammed stores early, with more than a few testy shoppers scuffling in a rush to grab coveted, limited-quantity bargains.

Several major retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) – Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Macy’s (NYSE:FD) ‘ as well as mall operator Taubman Centers Inc. (NYSE:TCO) estimated they drew bigger crowds for the official holiday season launch compared with last year.

Lena Michaud, spokeswoman at Target Corp., which had a strong holiday season a year ago, said traffic was at least as heavy.

Online shopping seems to be picking up.

November 26, 2005

BIKING IN LOS ANGELES: “One day, I found myself biking down an empty little access road next to the notorious 405 freeway during the evening commute. The freeway, as usual, was paralyzed, and I noticed I was actually moving faster than the cars. That’s when the revelation hit: Over the past few months, I had discovered a different Los Angeles.”

Actually, I’d think that L.A. would be good bike territory: It’s mostly flat, it seldom rains, and it’s usually not dreadfully hot.

UPDATE: Much more on this, from The Cycling Dude.

November 26, 2005

I WISH I’d written that, too.

November 25, 2005

WELL, YEAH:

Hellyer warned, “The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. He stated, “The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide.”

And the invasion of Iraq was all about securing control of a crashed alien spaceship that had landed in Saddam’s territory. Duh.

Then there’s the alien reality TV angle. Luckily, we haven’t thrown away our lead in orbital mind control rays.

And forget your tinfoil hats for stopping them. Those are worse than useless! (Note the use of Reynolds foil. Yes, I’m in on the whole thing! Bwahahaha!)

UPDATE: More on the conspiracy, here. And wait until we roll out America’s Secret Weapon. Are you seeing connections here? You should! I mean, do I have to spell things out for you people?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Here’s an actual photo of the moonbase, which has apparently been there since at least 1999.

MORE: “I can’t wait to hear what Mark Steyn has to say.” Indeed.

November 25, 2005

SOMEBODY TELL WALTER DURANTY ABOUT THIS: “Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko wants the world to recognize the famine that killed one-quarter of the population as Soviet-sponsored genocide.”

November 25, 2005

TOM MAGUIRE is confused by Andrea Mitchell’s confusion.

November 25, 2005

IT’S FRIDAY BEER-BLOGGING over at John Cole’s. Beats catblogging, if you ask me.

November 25, 2005

BILL ROGGIO is now reporting from Iraq.

November 25, 2005

TIGERHAWK looks at the stock market, and press coverage thereof.

November 25, 2005

IN THE MAIL, a copy of Peter Menzel and Faith D’Ailuisio’s book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. The story is interesting, the photos are beautiful, there are recipes, and it’s a perfect Thanksgiving-weekend book.

And, speaking of food and cool photos, check out The Cook’s Cottage, an illustrated blog about Indian food. How can I be hungry again?

November 25, 2005

THIS SCANDAL over Korean cloning expert Dr. Hwang Woo Suk and his lab seems like pretty small beer to me. Yes, you don’t want egg donations to be coerced, but the fact that junior researchers donated eggs doesn’t demonstrate coercion to me. There’s a long tradition of scientists participating in their own experiments, and I wonder if there isn’t a trace of sexism in the notion that junior female researchers must have been coerced. Would we say the same thing if they had been male donors who had donated sperm? (Sure, egg donation is more intrusive, but that’s not what the “ethics” rule is about). I don’t see anything wrong with paying for donations, either — the rule against it seems more like a self-protective cartel on behalf of scientists who’d rather get things for free than anything involving actual ethics.

At any rate, this seems more like a strike at Dr. Hwang than a serious ethics problem. (What’s a serious ethics problem? The Tuskeegee Syphilis experiments.)

I also wonder how much increasingly elaborate “ethics” rules, often created by non-scientists and often having nothing to do with actual ethics, are holding back scientific progress today, at considerable if hidden social cost. I wish the discussions of this case paid more attention to that question. More on this subject here.

November 25, 2005

BILL QUICK, who has brought his CNN investigation to an interesting close, has posted some thoughts on the difference between mainstream and blogospheric reporting.

November 25, 2005

LOTS OF BLACK-FRIDAY FASHIONBLOGGING over at Almost Girl. Just keep scrolling. More here. And Virginia Postrel has thoughts, too, including this: “The bad thing about fashion markets today is how many empire-waist tops and dresses they sell. I don’t care how cute, young, and skinny you are. Those things make you look pregnant.”

UPDATE: A typically passionate black-Friday defense of Wal-Mart.

November 25, 2005

REPEAL THE CHARITABLE TAX DEDUCTION? I’m inclined to agree with this suggestion. The 501(c)(3) sector is bloated, unaccountable, and a source of considerable political distortion. And efforts to police the politicization of that area just lead to troubling questions about the IRS and political speech. Better to just get rid of the deduction, except for charitable hospitals and the like, and let the market sort things out.

November 25, 2005

AUSTIN BAY looks at the growth of realism in the Middle East.

UPDATE: Pejman Yousefzadeh looks at attitudes in the Arab world and suggests that terrorists are defeating terrorism.

November 25, 2005

THE ABRAMOFF SCANDAL CONTINUES TO WIDEN: Here’s a Wall Street Journal story (free link) that brings things up to date.

November 25, 2005

A NOT-SO-HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Augusto Pinochet.

November 25, 2005

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: I never bought the nano-pants, but I cooked (and ate) all day yesterday in this “Nano-Tex” stain-resistant shirt and, well, it works — it looked just as fresh and new when I took it off as when I put it on. Given my character as a messy cook, that’s no small accomplishment for modern technology.

November 25, 2005

TOM MAGUIRE ON JOE WILSON AND SCOOTER LIBBY:

And secondly, what was it with Libby and Joe Wilson?

You can guess the rest – some old appearances of Wilson at least allude to the sort of dual-loyalty issue that seems to be a part of the neocon/anti-Semitism debate. I run them below. And let’s be crystal-clear: I am *NOT* alleging that Joe Wilson, Chris Matthews, or anyone else is anti-Semitic. I am speculating that Lewis Libby may have thought so.

Interesting. It’s progress of a sort, of course, if we’ve reached a point at which suspected antisemitism can arouse such ire in the White House, something that certainly hasn’t always been the case.

November 25, 2005

DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT is impressed with new German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

November 24, 2005

lamb.jpgTHE LAMB TURNED OUT WELL this year — most people thought it was the best ever. I think that’s because I was really careful with the meat thermometer (ignore those little popup things!) to be sure it didn’t get even slightly overdone. That’s really important.

Meanwhile, here’s the InstaWife with the turkey cake.

November 24, 2005

ED DRISCOLL goes inside the childhood-industrial complex with James Lileks.

November 24, 2005

SANCTIONS on the Mugabe regime? Sanctions tend not to do much good, but at least it’s something.

November 24, 2005

MARINES IN ACTION IN SYRIA? I wouldn’t be surprised, but I don’t trust Debka as a source.

November 24, 2005

WHAT’S WRONG WITH OSM PAJAMAS MEDIA and what to do about it — it’s the topic of a real-time BlogJam among some members of the editorial advisory board. My first post is up, a bit early.

November 24, 2005

IT’S ANOTHER Giuliani-Rice blowout over at Hugh Hewitt’s GOP 2008 straw poll.

November 24, 2005

“A PARTY GIRL LEADS CHINA’S online revolution.

November 24, 2005

IT’S NOT JUST THE STOCK MARKET THAT’S UP:

Online retailers are expected to have a cheerful holiday season thanks to legions of new shoppers buying gifts over the Internet, say two new forecasts.

Sales will grow 18 percent over last year to $26 billion, according to a report released Monday by JupiterResearch. . . .

The forecasts show that the e-commerce is still strong 10 years after the founding of industry giants Amazon.com and eBay. Shoppers continue to migrate online, lured by convenience, a proliferation of free shipping offers and the prospect of saving money by driving less — given the current high gasoline prices.

Yes, and there’s also the traffic, which I hate: I was at the mall yesterday morning and it was surprisingly uncrowded, but I figured that was the last day it would be tolerable for a couple of months. That’s why I’m going to do as much shopping as I can over at old reliable!

November 24, 2005

JIM LINDGREN REMEMBERS the first Thanksgiving, and its recreations.

November 24, 2005

IT’S LIKE MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, only with giant inflatable Underdog blimps: Jeff Goldstein and Hillary Johnson will be liveblogging the Macy’s parade at the PJ Media site starting in about half an hour.

And I just noticed that there’s an Underdog Boxed DVD Set. (Purists, however, seem miffed at the way it was put together). But I had thought that show was lost in the mist of time; I can’t remember ever seeing it on TV in reruns. Still no Addams Family on DVD, though, which means the Insta-Daughter’s TV education remains sadly incomplete.

November 24, 2005

AN ORANGE REVOLUTION brewing in Kenya?

UPDATE: More on Kenya from Austin Bay.

November 23, 2005

STOCK MARKETS hit 4 1/2 year high. Good news, I guess.

November 23, 2005

DONALD SENSING has thoughts on the Democrats’ strategy:

So, knowing that the plan was to redeploy troops beginning next year, the Democrats decided to get in front of the wave: Demand the troops be sent home NOW and then when the Pentagon announces the plan to redeploy, take credit for it.

It’s the Ralph Nader strategy, I guess.

November 23, 2005

N.Z. BEAR has set up a Thanksgiving topic page collecting Thanksgiving posts from all over.

November 23, 2005

IT’S A THANKSGIVING STRAW POLL for the Republicans over at Hugh Hewitt’s.

November 23, 2005

MARK STEYN was on Hugh Hewitt’s show, talking about Iraqi and American politics. Here’s a transcript.

November 23, 2005

FIRST IT WAS JEFF JARVIS, now Eugene Volokh reports “appalling service from Dell.” As I’ve noted before, my own experiences have been good, but they were less recent. Somebody at Dell needs to get to work on these problems.

November 23, 2005

TAMMY BRUCE posts a recipe for cranberry sauce. Rod Dreher posts a recipe for the “world’s best” cornbread dressing. And here’s my recipe for roast Thanksgiving lamb.

1 semi-boneless leg of lamb (about 8 pounds)
2 cups merlot
1 cup each worcestershire and teriyaki
2 cloves garlic, crushed (more is better!)
1tbsp sugar
2 oz. olive oil
rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper to taste
Disposable aluminum roasting pan.

Mix merlot, worcestershire, and teriyaki, plus sugar, and marinate, preferably overnight. Heat a covered gas grill to high temperature on one side, low on the other.

Rub the lamb with olive oil, garlic and other spices. Place the roasting pan on the “low heat” side. Place the lamb on the “high heat” side of the grill and sear; rotate until all sides are browned. Move to the roasting pan, and turn the “high” side down to low as well. Close the grill cover and cook. If the lamb seems to be browning too much, cover with aluminum foil.

Cook until a meat thermometer inserted all the way to the center reads 140-145 degrees. (Don’t overcook, or the lamb will be dry and tasteless; the outside can be pretty crispy, but the inside should be rare). Remove, let cool for a few minutes, and serve. Juices will make an excellent lamb gravy, especially if you add more merlot.

UPDATE: More recipes from Sensible Mom and (via an emailed link) Michael Graham. And from Rand Simberg. It’s like a mini-carnival here.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Here’s a recipe for pumpkin chocolate crunch pie from Michelle Malkin.

MORE: SKBubba takes exception to the “world’s best cornbread dressing” claims. He writes: “That recipe sounds pretty good, but it can’t possibly be the ‘world’s best.’ It only has 1/4 lb. of bacon. That’s just not right. Proper cornbread dressing has at least 1 lb. of bacon. That’s how the Mrs. makes it and hers is indeed the ‘world’s best.’ The bourbon is a nice touch, though.”

It usually is!

STILL MORE: Reader Barry Pike emails that he tried the Lamb and Guinness Stew recipe I posted a while back:

Made it yesterday for Thanksgiving Eve for the first time. It was excellent and wildly applauded by the clan. At the onset I was trepidatious about the combination of Guinness, turmeric, and paprika, but it was really superb. Thanks, and a happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Likewise! And I agree with Nigella Lawson that turmeric is an underappreciated spice.

November 23, 2005

OMAR AT IRAQ THE MODEL has thoughts on an Iraqi proposal for a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops. All I can say is that I think that an agreement to withdraw as a democratically elected Iraqi government wants, and in a fashion that ensures it can handle the insurgents, is very different from an immediate unilateral withdrawal at the behest of U.S. politicians who say the war is “unwinnable.”

Before it’s over, of course, I suspect it’ll be the Sunnis who want us to stay longer, for fear that without us they’ll face rather severe action on the part of the Shia and Kurds.

November 23, 2005

JOBS, LAYOFFS, EUROPE AND AMERICA: Will Franklin has some thoughts.

UPDATE: Reader Jim Uren notes that Europe is in the same boat as GM, being forced to cut health care spending or go bankrupt.

November 23, 2005

I’M PRETTY SURE that the whole CNN “X” thing is just a technical glitch, but Bill Quick has been doing actual reporting on the subject.

November 23, 2005

HEH.

November 23, 2005

MICKEY KAUS:

Warren Beatty and Rob Reiner aren’t nearly as popular as their backers thought they were, according to the latest Field Poll. Beatty’s rating is 40% unfavorable/27% favorable–among Democrats! Yikes. .. Reiner is at least more popular than unpopular within his own party, but overall his unfavorables outweigh his favorables among independents (34/24) and overall (41/25). … Prediction: The eye-opening poll will get little coverage in the LAT. Too interesting!

It’s not that surprising.

November 23, 2005

HERE’S A REPORT that Nicolas Sarkozy is posting comments on blogs. That’s cool, if true, though his time might be better spent dealing with domestic insurrections.

November 23, 2005

OOPS: Demand for biofuels is destroying rainforests.

November 23, 2005

THE IRAQI OIL TRUST IDEA, pushed here for years, is getting another push in today’s Wall Street Journal. It’s a subscriber-only link, but here’s a bit:

Privatizing Iraq’s oil assets, and vesting all citizens with shares, can provide incentive for every Iraqi — including Sunnis, the insurgency’s core — to view commerce as a better path than violence. Ownership would provide 28 million citizens with a prospective increase in per-capita income of about $5,800, substantially raising their present income. This is unlikely to persuade hard-core terrorists to change course. But turning all Iraqis into stockholders of the nation’s oil wealth can win over the support of the bulk of the Sunni population that now backs the insurgency through provision of foot soldiers, intelligence, cover, safe houses or passive acceptance. . . .

At present, oil assets are a government monopoly. Privatizing them and giving every Iraqi an equal share in ownership can be accomplished by turning over the assets to private companies — two in the south and one each in north and central Iraq — and vesting all citizens with equal shareholdings in each company, e.g., 5 or 10 shares issued to each Iraqi in each company. Shares could be traded at market-determined prices, but trading would be limited to Iraqis, at least for an initial period of 5-10 years, after which the market might open to foreign participation.

I think that this idea is worth exploring, though sadly politicians won’t want to give up this much power. After all, we could do the same thing with federal lands in the United States.

November 23, 2005

JOHN KERRY ON IRAQ: “The only exit strategy is victory.” Absolutely right!

November 23, 2005

SOME POSITIVE NEWS from Europe:

Angela Merkel made her first foreign trip as German chancellor Wednesday, calling the NATO alliance the main forum for settling world problems and saying her country must heal its rift with the United States.

Before traveling to Brussels, Germany’s first female leader stopped in Paris, where she reiterated her country’s close ties with France and signaled that foreign relations will be a priority of the coalition government she heads.

Merkel showed few signs of any shift in the foreign policies pursued by her predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, but she said the time has come for improving relations with the Bush administration that were bruised by Schroeder’s strong opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Good idea.

November 23, 2005

JACK BALKIN has more on the Padilla case. (Via Volokh.com).

November 23, 2005

HUGO CHAVEZ: Exporting revolution?

November 23, 2005

WORRIES ABOUT SEXUAL TEMPTATION at Egyptian polling places. Well, I did once write an article entitled “Is Democracy Like Sex?”

November 23, 2005

JOHN TAMMES is giving thanks. Prof. Robert Jensen is not.

UPDATE: Jonathan Gewirtz finds Jensen’s religious view of politics unimpressive.

November 23, 2005

IN THE MAIL: Joel Greenblatt’s The Little Book That Beats the Market. That’s more than my portfolio has done!

November 23, 2005

MAX BOOT:

WHEN IT COMES to the future of Iraq, there is a deep disconnect between those who have firsthand knowledge of the situation — Iraqis and U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq — and those whose impressions are shaped by doomsday press coverage and the imperatives of domestic politics.

A large majority of the American public is convinced that the liberation of Iraq was a mistake, while a smaller but growing number thinks that we are losing and that we need to pull out soon. Those sentiments are echoed by finger-in-the-wind politicians, including many — such as John Kerry, Harry Reid, John Edwards, John Murtha and Bill Clinton — who supported the invasion.

American soldiers are also much more optimistic than American civilians. The Pew Research Center and the Council on Foreign Relations just released a survey of American elites that found that 64% of military officers are confident that we will succeed in establishing a stable democracy in Iraq. The comparable figures for journalists and academics are 33% and 27%, respectively. Even more impressive than the Pew poll is the evidence of how our service members are voting with their feet. Although both the Army and the Marine Corps are having trouble attracting fresh recruits — no surprise, given the state of public opinion regarding Iraq — reenlistment rates continue to exceed expectations. Veterans are expressing their confidence in the war effort by signing up to continue fighting.

Yes, I’ve noticed this pattern myself.

November 23, 2005

BOMBING AL JAZEERA: The real answer, of course, is that since Al Jazeera is a CIA front operation we’d never bomb it. Duh.

November 23, 2005

HEH.

November 23, 2005

ERIC MULLER, who says “I suck at coming up with book titles,” is having a contest to name his next book.

November 22, 2005

TOM MAGUIRE has lots of interesting stuff, mostly of the Plame / Woodward variety. Just keep scrolling.

November 22, 2005

BRANNON DENNING AND I have a law review article on what the Raich decision is likely to mean for the future of federalism. Entitled What Hath Raich Wrought? Five Takes, it’s part of a symposium featuring such blogospheric legal luminaries as Randy Barnett, Jonathan Adler, Ann Althouse, and more. (But while they may be luminaries, our article is the only one, I believe, to invoke Emily Litella — and it also has zombies, and a subtle Simpsons reference. Plus a radical theory of the Necessary and Proper clause!) You can read our article here, and see the symposium issue with links to all the articles here.

November 22, 2005

JEFF GOLDSTEIN debates torture with Cathy Young et al.

UPDATE: Stephen Green weighs in, with a comparison to the debate over assisted suicide.

November 22, 2005

GATEWAY PUNDIT looks at the new GOP TV ad blitz.

November 22, 2005

AVIAN FLU UPDATE:

Federal health officials are seeking to update quarantine regulations, hoping changes such as easier access to airline passenger lists could better protect Americans from foreign infectious diseases, including bird flu.

The proposed changes, announced Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include easier CDC access to airline and ship passenger lists, a clearer appeals process for people subjected to quarantines, and explicit authority to offer vaccinations and medical treatment to quarantined people.

The changes are part of a multi-pronged attempt to guard against infectious agents from abroad. In the past 1 1/2 years, the CDC also has increased the number of quarantine stations at airports, ship ports and land-border crossings from eight to 18.

Whether or not avian flu turns out to be a threat to humans, we need to have this kind of thing squared away before we need it.

Meanwhile, mixed news from China:

China called bird flu a “serious epidemic” and pledged to step up measures to fight the deadly virus Tuesday as officials announced three new outbreaks of the disease in the country’s poultry. . . .

China has reported one human fatality from the disease and one suspected death. The country is vaccinating billions of poultry.

Let’s hope all this works.

UPDATE: Some thoughts from a U.S. expat in China, including this worry: “My fear…is if there is a pandemic outbreak and I decide to get the family out of Dodge and send them home, the US government won’t allow them access, despite being citizens. The talk of quarantines and closing access is a bit worrying. I’d hate to be stuck here with limited access to medical help and medicines.”

November 22, 2005

THE COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG has more on the Padilla indictment.

November 22, 2005

NO, I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY about the Kara Borden case. I leave that stuff to others.

November 22, 2005

NOW HE TELLS US:

A decade after Ruben Cantu was executed for capital murder, the only witness to the crime is recanting and his co-defendant says Cantu, then 17, was not even with him that night. . . .

Sam D. Millsap Jr., the district attorney who handled the case, said he never should have sought the death penalty in a case based on testimony from a witness who identified a suspect only after police showed him a photo three times.

I think he’s right, but I wish this had occurred to him a bit sooner. I don’t think the death penalty is inherently immoral, but I think that Charles Black’s argument about the inevitability of caprice and mistake is awfully powerful.

UPDATE: GWU Law Professor Bob Cottrol emails: “Remember our op-ed piece in the Washington Times ‘Greasing the Skids at the Start of Death Row’ a few years back? We were more correct than we knew. . . . Basically the system is broken. Instead of insisting on the highest possible standards in capital cases we treat them as all too routine. The post conviction review process is more concerned with trivial technicalities than determining whether all doubt has been extinquished in capital cases.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Clayton Cramer notes the absence of an undo option.

MORE: Here’s more at PrawfsBlawg.

November 22, 2005

JOSE PADILLA has been indicted. You can see a copy of the indictment here. The Volokh Conspiracy has more.

November 22, 2005

GRAND ROUNDS is up!

November 22, 2005

JEFF CORNWALL says the people are missing the story on the economy.

November 22, 2005

IN THE MAIL: Anya Kamenetz’s Generation Debt, sounding a theme I’ve heard before (“An emerging spokesperson for a new generation passionately and persuasively addresses the grim state of young people today-and tells us how we can, and must, save our future.”) It all sounds so early-1990s, but I suspect that we’ll hear it a lot in the coming election cycle. And as the whole PorkBusters thing illustrates, there’s a there, there.

Also Frank Warren’s rather cool PostSecret : Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives — based on the website of the same name, of course.

November 22, 2005

THIS SEEMS LIKE GOOD NEWS:

Despite turbulence from hurricanes and high energy prices, the economy is expected to log respectable growth this year and next, business economists say.

The economy, as measured by gross domestic product, is projected to grow by 3.6 percent for all of 2005 and 3.3 percent in 2006, according to the National Association for Business Economics.

That’s quite good, really.

November 22, 2005

CLIVE DAVIS has thoughts on Madonna, Jane Austen, and the importance of being bosomy.

November 22, 2005

ED CONE IS LOOKING FOR MIDDLE GROUND on abortion.

November 22, 2005

DANIEL GLOVER rounds up a week in the political blogosphere. Read this post of his, too.

November 22, 2005

FEMALE BLOGGER stirs up Yemen.

November 22, 2005

TEXAS IS SUING SONY over spyware.

November 22, 2005

PROTECTING INTERNET FREEDOM: My TechCentralStation column is up.

November 22, 2005

GET IT RIGHT THE SECOND TIME: OSM is going back to “PJ Media.” About time: I liked that better anyway. As the Insta-Daughter said, “Pajamas sounds cheerful. Open Source Media sounds . . . educational.

UPDATE: Some Slashdot readers think the whole thing was a publicity stunt.

November 21, 2005

THIS is encouraging: “Rumors of New Orleans falling into the sea are greatly exaggerated.”

November 21, 2005

X MARKS THE SPOT.

UPDATE: Evan Coyne Maloney says it’s much ado about nothing.

November 21, 2005

HILLARY CLINTON says that Murtha is wrong: “The New York Democrat said she respects Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., the Vietnam veteran and hawkish ex-Marine who last week called for an immediate troop pullout. But she added: ‘I think that would cause more problems for us in America.’” (Via Go4Truth.com).

November 21, 2005

N.Z. BEAR says that people are misunderstanding Murtha.

November 21, 2005

SHOW AND TELL: Michael Yon posts a photo essay from Iraq.

November 21, 2005

JEFF GOLDSTEIN ACCUSES THINKPROGRESS of some rather heavy white-phosphorus redaction.

November 21, 2005

ERIN CHAPIN does some tattoo-videoblogging.

November 21, 2005

BOB WOODWARD IS TALKING:

Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward dismissed claims that he should have revealed his role in the CIA leak case when he discussed the investigation on news interview shows.

The Post’s ombudsman, Deborah Howell wrote in Sunday’s editions that Woodward erred by publicly commenting on the case on CNN’s “Larry King Live” and on National Public Radio without mentioning that a top Bush administration official had told him the name of a covert CIA officer.

However, Woodward told Larry King on the program Monday night: “Every time somebody appears on your show talking about the news or giving some sort of analysis, there are going to be things that they can’t talk about.”

As I’ve said before, I thought we had a press to tell us things, not to keep secrets.

November 21, 2005

JIMMY CARTER encounters some angry Ethiopians. In Minnesota. No, really!

November 21, 2005

THE MUDVILLE GAZETTE LOOKS AT troop rotation plans from the pre-Murtha era. And if you missed this earlier item on troop levels from Opinionated Bastard, read it now.

November 21, 2005

A SUMMARY OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION’S PUSHBACK STRATEGY:

Clearly, the important administration arguments are beginning to coalesce: 1) Criticism of the war is not by itself unpatriotic 2) Similarly, answering anti-war critics is not challenging their patriotism 3) But opportunistic and cynical anti-war critics who are trying to walk back their own votes and level spurious charges at the Administration (they lied to take is into war) are themselves lying 4) These lies are hurting the country and the troops. 5) The burden of proof, in a post 911 world, was on Saddam Hussein to prove he’d disarmed; we could not wait for the threat to become imminent before acting 6) The cause the troops are fighting for is just and right 7) Iraq is moving toward freedom; and things on the ground are improving daily, regardless of what the MSM and prominent Dems would have us believe.

These points, taken together, form an easy, concise, and—most importantly—a factually correct counter-narrative . . . I think the narrative is a good one, but it needs to be repeated as loud and as often as the one the Dems have been peddling.

It’s also several months late, but read the whole thing. And here’s a story on Cheney’s speech today.

November 21, 2005

BETTER ALL THE TIME, a roundup of (mostly tech-oriented) good news over at The Speculist, is out early for the Thanksgiving holiday. And appropriately enough!

November 21, 2005

JAMES LILEKS ISN’T IMPRESSED with Kurt Vonnegut. “Dude. Don’t bogart the Semtex.”

I remember an old Yale Daily News item on students’ favorite authors that included the line “a few, apparently under the impression they were still in high school, named Kurt Vonnegut.” That’s pretty much always been my impression.

November 21, 2005

I HEARD THAT NPR STORY, TOO, and had the same thoughts that Eugene Volokh did.

November 21, 2005

THE CARNIVAL OF PREWAR INTELLIGENCE, with posts from lots of bloggers on the left and right about what we knew, or should have known, in the prewar era is up. Don’t miss it! You don’t usually see this many bloggers from the left and right side-by-side on issues like this.

UPDATE: Laurence Simon seems to think I omitted his entry, but it was there when I sent it in. I don’t know what happened, but here it is below, exactly as it was supposed to have appeared; as I say in the post, I wasn’t exactly strict regarding topicality, though I didn’t have to bend the rules as far for anyone else . . . . I’ll make sure it’s also up in the right place, so that no one will miss it:

Last, and probably least, Laurence Simon consults the cats.