Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It is an historic day, indeed

So today, January 20, 2009, Barack Obama will get sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Whether you voted for him or not, today is a day to remember--and not just because Obama's an African-American, but because today shows the progress America and Americans can make. Today's inauguration was unthinkable not 30short years ago.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Now THIS is a book review

Obviously this sounds like a flippant analysis, but that’s more or less exactly what Friedman is up to here. If you’re going to draw a line that measures the level of “freedom” across the entire world and on that line plot just four randomly-selected points in time over the course of 30 years—and one of your top four “freedom points” in a 30-year period of human history is the privatization of a Nigerian oil field—well, what the fuck? What can’t you argue, if that’s how you’re going to make your point? He could have graphed a line in the opposite direction by replacing Berlin with Tiananmen Square, substituting Iraqi elections for Iran’s call for Israel’s destruction (incidentally, when in the last half-century or so have Islamic extremists not called for Israel’s destruction?), junking Iran’s 1997 call for dialogue for the U.S. sanctions against Iran in ’95, and so on. It’s crazy, a game of Scrabble where the words don’t have to connect on the board, or a mathematician coming up with the equation A B -3X = Swedish girls like chocolate.

RTWT--there are graphs correlating happiness and the size of Valerie Bertinelli's ass.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Law enforcement is NOT a war, dammit!

Do you want to know why people mistrust the police? The War on Drugs, that's why. Read the whole thing, and you'll understand why I'm glad not to be prosecuting anymore. Seige mentality + law enforcement = bad policy, bad cops, bad outcomes.

Read this too.