Gail Collins on Texas Tea Parties

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Another brilliant skewering by Collins. [NY Times]

Have you ever noticed that the states where anti-tax sentiment is strongest are frequently the same states that get way more back from the federal government than they send in? Alaska gets $1.84 for every tax dollar it sends to Washington, which is a rate of return even Bernard Madoff never pretended to achieve. Yet there they were in Ketchikan waving “Taxed Enough Already!” signs and demanding an end to federal spending.

Also, have you noticed how places that pride themselves on being superpatriotic seem to have the most people who want to abandon the country entirely and set up shop on their own?


Link Rodeo

Friday, April 17, 2009

I apologize for posting so sporadically. Here’s some of what I’ve been reading lately:

Record unemployment in NC and California. Rising everywhere else. [Calculated Risk]

Bond market warning of worse to come. [WSJ via The Pragmatic Capitalist]

One month T-Bill at .01%. Hmmm? [Zero Hedge]

Gripping account of an effective U.S Army ambush of the Taliban in Afghanistan. [New York Times]

The anti-Goldman Sachs. This guys is being sued by GS and is counter suing. Juicy reading. [GoldmanSachs666.com]

What do women want? (This is a few weeks old now) [New York Times]


Capsule Critique: Her Body, My Baby

Monday, December 1, 2008

Her Body, My Baby by Alex Kuczynski was the cover story in the magazine section of the New York Times this weekend. It was about the gestational surrogacy of her baby. Here is my capsule critique:

1) It’s not in the top ten most-emailed articles. There can only be one reason for this. Women didn’t read it. It’s a rare process so maybe they couldn’t relate, but my guess? The cover turned them off. Here it is for your viewing pleasure. One glance and you can see the mental claws come out.

2) The cover gives a fair approximation of the entitled sensibility of the article. I learned that AK had a wonderful experience and not too much angst (but some) over the whole thing, and has the side benefit of still looking great. She is married to a wealthy investor (with two previous marriages under his belt) who is twenty years older than her. They have homes in, at minimum, South Hampton, Idaho, and New York City (with a big Steinway in the Manhattan pad).

3) She also had a number of miscarriages and failed IVFs. In that sense, many women can relate to her.

4) She now has a healthy baby boy.

5) You cannot read this article without some sense of hatred for this woman. Whether it’s the photos, the small, unnecessary indications of her wealth, or her carefully concealed and yet inescapable condescension, it feels like a triumphal lap meant to provoke envy.


CBS/NY Times: Obama +11

Thursday, October 30, 2008

From the New York Times:

A growing number of voters have concluded that Senator John McCain’s running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, is not qualified to be vice president, weighing down the Republican ticket in the last days of the campaign, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

All told, 59 percent of voters surveyed said that Ms. Palin was not prepared for the job, up 9 percentage points since the beginning of the month. Nearly a third of voters polled said that the vice-presidential selection would be a major factor influencing their vote for president, and those voters broadly favored Senator Barack Obama.

Palin 2012!


Pew Poll: Obama +16

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

This is a well respected poll.

In it, Obama is +19 among those who have already voted.


Wingnut Insanity

Sunday, October 26, 2008

There are millions of people in America who believe this woman’s questions are totally sane:

In their world, Obama is a Marxist because he used the phrase “spread the wealth.”

Truly an alternate universe.


Newsweek: Obama +12

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I remember a while back that fat, drug fiend Rush Limbaugh stated that Obama would need to be up by 10 points in order to win.

Limbaugh was channeling his own bigotry and extrapolating to the American public at large. The logic behind the statement was that people wouldn’t admit that they wouldn’t vote for Obama because he’s black, so the polls would be skewed.

Newsweek at Obama +12, is the latest poll to reflect a double digit lead for Obama. Pew, CBS/NY Times, and NBC/WSJ all show leads of +10 or greater. ABC/WaPo shows +9.