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September 2003

Mark Steyn at his absolute best. "I see Howard Dean now wants to launch a major new mental health initiative. Given that he's turned a handful of hitherto dull but sane senators into gibbering, frothing lunatics, it's the least he could do."

Read the whole thing.


Joesph Stiglitz is a Very Distinguished Economist who should be accorded a lot of respect. And even if he weren't, the press can misquote people. Those things conceded, Wired quotes Professor Stiglitz as follows:

"The majority of innovation comes from public investment. Where did the Internet come from? The government. Radar? Jet engines? Publicly funded."

Yup, it's a little-known fact that the innovations of John Deere, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Bessemer, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Charles Kettering, the Wright brothers, Willis Carrier, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, Bill Gates, and Sam Walton were all made possible by government money.


A presidential advisor who should be invited to quit and to advise Al-Qaeda, instead: Leon Kass, a professor at the University of Chicago and chief bioethics adviser to President Bush, who the NY Times quotes as saying society should "resist the siren song of the conquest of aging and death."


A portion of the broad-minded, insightful, well-crafted analysis of my wife's blog e-mailed to her by a Liberal:

"You suck dick. You are obviously an uptight Dr Laura wannabe. . . . I would cite you on my blog, but you're too small potatoes for me to address (plus, I don't want to give you any hits). I hope when you and Rush Limbaugh are dead that your duty in hell is to attend to the boil on Limbaugh's ass (you know, the one he used to get out of the draft)."

I'm sure this passes for great wit among the unemployed actors at the West Hollywood Starbucks.


Two nice posts from William Sjostrom:

He quotes economist John Palmer of Western Ontario to the effect that "economics [is] like a mid-life crisis: it [is] all about lost opportunities." (Happy 47th birthday, Professor Sjostrom!)

UPDATE: Professor Palmer generously informs me via e-mail that the current version of his observation is "Economics and old age have much in common: Both dwell on foregone opportunities."

And he replies to Paul Krugman, among other liberals, who think the U.S. should be more like Europe. You mean like Sweden, where Oprah is censored? Or Germany and Switzerland, where it's very difficult for immigrants to become citizens? Or Scandanavia, Germany, and France, where there are national churches? (My wife adds: or like France, where some kids are forced into the vocational track?)