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Iraq needs liberty, not democracy

Much has been made of the goal of democracy in Iraq. The blogosphere is full of "Support Democracy in Iraq" side-banners. Read more »

One step forward, one step back

Egads, every time I try and fix the dang template, something else pops up. Its like a game of whack-a-mole, except I'm not getting any prize tickets.

I'll be happy when the "user friendly interface" for MT comes a-knockin'.

Although, to be fair...

I have to say that on the whole, I appreciate Jim Henley's UO and the approach he took to expressing his anti-war sentiments, such as marching with pro-capitalist (yet anti-war) signs during ANSWER rallies (to both repudiate the odious ANSWER and the WWP while maintaining his principled stand against the war). As well as the general sentiment that the US should get itself out of the world as much as possible (in terms of military reach, boots on the ground, etc). Read more »

Jim Henley has lost it

..or at least temporarily so, with his latest posting damning all of his political enemies to hell for the crime of not having succeeded ultimately and utterly. Read more »

Jane Galt on Krugmanesque Inanity

Jane over at Asymmetrical Information has a very lengthy and amusing take-down of a rather inane post from Salon that compares the one year cost of various social programs to the full (10 year) "cost" of the most recent tax cut voted into existence. Jane calls this approach "Krugmanomics" because:

[it] uses the same technique recently popularized by Paul Krugman: it compares the multi-year cost of a tax cut with the one year cost of something else.

Mathematical analysis of Bill O'Reilly

From the Progressive Review:

In the first mathematical analysis of Bill O'Reilly ever done, the Review has incontrovertibly proved what was previously believed only anecdotally: O'Reilly is a bully and a jerk.

More rigorous analysis and graphs here.

On Sex & the Harm Principle

The Volokh Conspiracy churns out another gem, this time a lengthy discourse on the "Harm Principle" (defined by Eugene Volokh in the post as being "People should be free to do what they please, so long as they don't harm others [except consenting adults who freely agree to be exposed to the risk of harm]") and how that principle does or does not apply to questions of sexual morality.

And we're back...

from the server outage earlier this morning. Our legion of fans and readers will no doubt sigh in relief at our return.

[crickets chirping]

Oh yeah, we're still in beta mode with no main links to anywhere...

No discipline for college

Arnold Kling (from the Econoblog at the Econlib) gives us a discussion question for today, referring to his post on the academic job market.

In another industry, if there were an excess supply of workers, a competing firm might offer a lower wage in order to cut its costs. Why does this not happen at colleges and universities?

Come to think of it....

our current layout is reminiscent of The Matrix, at least in terms of color scheme.