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Kerry's Joementum

Just when it looked like the Botox candidate was going to sweep through the Democratic party's primary process and win the nomination with no problems; when it looked like the Democrats were cruising towards their own Bob Dole moment (nominating the senator that "deserved it" and giving an otherwise vulnerable incumbent president a lock on re-election); Just when all hope for an interesting campaign season seemed to be dashed...

(via Drudge): Read more »

Dean Remix

Friedrich the Great

(via AskBrendan)

So says Virginia Postrel in her latest Boston Globe article on Friedrich Hayek.

On inalienability and contracts

We can remember it for you wholesale

The Guardian reports on something that is both interesting and potentially very horrifying if the wrong people start reading 1984- the claim of a UC Irvine researcher that "We can implant entirely false memories".

Missing the point

Tyler Cowen, upon reading the latest blurb from the scientific community about DNA repair relative to X-ray dose, thinks that his "crank theory" that low level X-rays are worse for you than high level has been vindicated. Read more »

Can't resist...


(via Rand Simberg)

Back in <i><b>my</i></b> day...

Jeffrey Tucker points out a rather amusing and telling anecdote about making one's own soap over at the Mises Blog. He runs into an older man who educates him about the use of an oversized pot- to render pig fat into cornbread additives, lard, and ultimately lye soap.

Given that "doing it the old ways" is often advanced as a way to help preserve eroding mainstream values and character, Jeffrey asked the man: Read more »

Psychology, Economics, and Stock Bubbles

Examining the stock market bubble of the late 90s, Jane Galt wonders how it came to be, and comes to a conclusion that, basically, we did it because we're hard-wired to and thus it really was "irrational exuberance" that caused the problems. Read more »

Closing the First Amendment Loophole

(via The Agitator)

Julian Sanchez takes us down the merry path of politicians dealing with that pesky problem of free speech.

What's bad for the EU is good for Europe

Kevin Drum is marvelling at Andrew Sullivan's glee at the recent bust-up of the EU constitutional summit, and wondering why it is that some folk think that "anything that causes pain for Europe is good news for us?"

Karl Marx captured

top saddam.jpg

Sorry for being cheeky in the light of a great moment for the Iraqi people (and for the hardworking folk of the US Armed Forces that have had to chase Saddam around while enduring the harassment of his hardline dead-enders), but when I saw that picture on CNN, "hey, its Uncle Karl" was the first thing to come to mind. Read more »

One step forward, two steps back...

[via Agitator]

Lieberman remains true to his social conservative roots by taking on the evil Jelly Donut, the scourge of America.

Are there any grownups on the Democratic candidate side?

Parliamentary, not plebiscitary

Over at Unmedia, Aziz posts on the abuses of power and House rules going on amongst the GOP leaders to push through favored legislation.
While I agree with the post's point, I think that Aziz has his terms backwards. He says that the House has gone from a parliamentary democracy to a plebiscitary democracy- in reference to the bullying of rank-and-file GOP congressmen to vote en masse for a bill. Read more »