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Oh, Guardian

March 3, 2010

I know I should stop being annoyed about these things now. But I can’t! I’m easily annoyed!

Since when is an incumbent governor an outsider candidate? Since when is Kay Bailey Hutchison a moderate?

As much as it would make American politics easier to understand, this is not Massachusetts redux. This is Texas republicans voting in a primary for a federal government-hating, mainstream lunatic. This is news?

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Confirming my suspicion

February 8, 2010
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From Max Abelson’s review of Hank Paulson’s new book:

His memoir is like Tolstoy. It gives the spectacularly unsettling sense that world history is decided by an assortment of guys who are improvising, and may not be particularly good at it. Only, unlike in Tolstoy, there’s a lot of nausea.

I read Game Change this weekend and enjoyed it more than I should be admitting here. Still, the feeling I had after reading it was close to the one Ableson had about “On The Brink”. Except the nausea was all mine. Who the fuck is driving this thing?


All good things…

February 6, 2010
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and bad, come to an end.

What’s their problem?

February 5, 2010
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Insanity or stupidity? Bartlett asks the important questions here.

Fun and really fun.

February 5, 2010
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Fun.

Really fun.

Good debt vs. bad debt

February 5, 2010
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My debt feels like very bad debt. After college loans (undergrad and grad school) I’m left with barely enough to eat, see one or two films a month and pay rent.

And there is nothing going on that will markedly improve my income in the years to come. So my debt is bad.

But not all debt is created equal. Do journalists working the business pages need any background in economics? Do traders? Maybe they know something Krugman doesn’t.

Welcome to 2004

February 4, 2010

I find it so bizarre that it’s scandal-worthy that the Tories will be supplying right-wing bloggers with daily talking points as part of their election strategy. Of course they are!

What’s scandal-worthy is that there seems to be no similar progressive blogging machine on the other side.

It’s the inverse of the Bush/Kerry era, when the right wingers in the US just didn’t get the lefty blogging army, and founded sites like Pajamas Media that kind of missed the point. I used to think this said something profound about the respected ideologies, but now I just think the last decade was a good time to be in opposition, technologically speaking.