Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Late Night

Rock on.

Evening Thread


Younger Than Reagan '80

Not sure I'll ever get over Paul Begala (who I think is actually a good guy) playing nice with Erick son of Erick.

The Final Days Of Colbert Nation

I might be over-interpreting, but since the Letterman gig announcement I think he's been sticking the knife in just a little bit deeper and having fun doing it.

Generation Lead

A suggestion that Kevin (or somebody) should look specifically at domestic violence. That's probably a tough one as changing cultural norms (sadly) are going to impact actual data on that, but my take is that it isn't so much that lead turned people into "criminals," it's that it turned them into violence-prone assholes. Obviously violence is generally a criminal act and domestic violence is hopefully treated as a criminal act, but I guess the point I'm trying to make is that relative to the frequency other violent crimes it's probably a pretty direct measure of "violence-prone assholeness."

I Feel Fine

I'm weirdly an optimist about climate change, or specifically the degree to which it will usher in an era of global devastation. Don't get me wrong, I think it'll be serious and costly, but I also think the time frames generally given give us time to adapt. It's hard to resettle coastal city inhabitants in a 10 year time frame, it's less hard to do so in a 50 year time frame.

My optimism is only relative, of course, and I in no way claim it's correct or that I think we shouldn't be doing something about the issue.

The Worst Person In The World

Fred Hiatt.

Wealthy White People From Good Backgrounds Are Never Involved In Crime

And suburban high school students from good schools never take drugs! This WaPo article is a parody of the genre.

They called the operation the “Main Line take over project.” In terms of intricacy and ambition, it appears more suited for the business pages than the crime blotter.


In all, they look like everyday, if wealthy, teens and 20-somethings — perhaps characters out of “The Social Network,” the movie about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s birth. Not the sort to be caught with what investigators say they found: eight pounds of marijuana, 23 grams of cocaine, 11 grams of ecstasy, three grams of hash oil, $11,000 in cash, two AR-15 rifles, one handgun and loads of ammo.


“This is a huge story because of the prestige of the schools involved,” one of Brooks’s friends, who requested anonymity, told The Washington Post. “It’s not like this is the first time there has been a drug bust. It’s the uniqueness of the perpetrators.”


“The shoulder injury put him down the wrong path,” said the friend, who visited with Brooks at a January party after Brooks had learned prosecutors were investigating him. “His friends were off at college, and he was chilling at home and got bored. The idle mind is a dangerous one.”

And of course newspaper commenters are suddenly sympathetic.

Shit Is Fucked Up And Bullshit

It's a total mystery why people don't buy cars, houses, fancy clothes, or play golf anymore.
For students who borrow on the private market to pay for school, the death of a parent can come with an unexpected, added blow, a federal watchdog warns. Even borrowers who have good payment records can face sudden demands for full, early repayment of those loans, and can be forced into default.



Monday, April 21, 2014

And In The End

Trial balloons are floated to see who tries to pop them, but we can hope.

Whatever Pisses Off Liberals

The thing is, the reverse isn't true. I really don't see liberals supporting or opposing things because they imagine it'll piss off conservatives. Oh, sure, we all have a good laugh when Rusty freaks out about something, but I don't think any of us ever think,
"Increased MPG standards will sure piss off Limbaugh! Let's vote for that!"

It's somewhat unrelated, but I'm reminded of when the Last Honest Man In Washington, Joe Lieberman, briefly floated Medicare buy-in at 55 as a kind of compromise for the public option in the ACA. I pleaded with everyone I knew to STFU about it, because of course liberals would have taken that deal. I knew that the instant the greatest man who ever lived got wind of the fact that liberals would actually love that deal he'd back off supporting it, because liberals. And he did.

Afternoon Thread


It isn't too surprising that only "suckers" have been showing up for jury duty all this time, though I'm surprised that there aren't more suckers.

Of course I think people should report for jury duty when it's asked, though I admit I'm not entirely sure what the consequences for not reporting should be.

Lunch Thread



Um, what?
Thus, “MTP’s” meltdown has sounded alarm bells inside NBC News and attracted the attention of its new president, Deborah Turness, who arrived from Britain’s ITV News in August. Gregory’s job does not appear to be in any immediate jeopardy, but there are plenty of signs of concern.

Last year, the network undertook an unusual assessment of the 43-year-old journalist, commissioning a psychological consultant to interview his friends and even his wife. The idea, according to a network spokeswoman, Meghan Pianta, was “to get perspective and insight from people who know him best.” But the research project struck some at NBC as odd, given that Gregory has been employed there for nearly 20 years.

Deep Thought

Remember about 5-10 years ago, when adults warned their children that they shouldn't get a college education?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Late Night

Rock on.