Archive for June, 2010

Executive Power: A quick note from the Kagan hearing

June 29, 2010

In response to a question about executive war power and the detention of enemy combatants, Kagan said that the Obama administration (through the Office of the Solicitor General and the DOJ) has grounded its opinion of its power not under inherent Article II powers, but instead under the statutory powers granted by Congress under...
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RIP: Robert Byrd

June 28, 2010

Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia passed away early this morning. He will be remembered for many things, some good and some bad. He was the longest-serving Senator in American history, having served over 51 years. He was a staunch institutional defender of Congress in an age of Presidential supremancy, perhaps the last true...
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It’s a jump-to-conclusions mat. You jump…to conclusions!

June 25, 2010

I was going to title this post, “In which I give away $1 billion,” but that’s just  a recipe for huge snark. Nevertheless, I do think the following idea is a potentially Youtube-esque payday for whoever has the time, perseverence, and risk tolerance to quit their job and form the startup. If I were...
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“Last thoughts before I ring me a hearse.”

June 24, 2010

The greatest live-blog ever written. Complete with English turns-of-phrases: A poor sucker at the Guardian, reporting on Wimbledon the day a set goes 120 games. Begin at 4:05pm for nonstop Isner-Mahut, or read the whole thing to watch the descent of a writer in real-time.
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…Your Yankee Bluejeans

June 23, 2010

Question: If you had to come up with a list of the top 50 or Top 100 or Top 1000 rock acts of all-time, how many of them would be British? A lot.  Just off the top of your head, you’d probably say: Beatles, Stones, Who, Zeppelin, Queen, Clash, Pink Floyd, Clapton, Bowie, Radiohead,...
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Facts that Stun

June 21, 2010

In the past three weeks I’ve read two books — The Best and the Brightest and The Big Short. Despite being written 40 years apart and dealing with utterly different topics (foreign policy in the 60′s and Wall Street in the 00′s, respectively), the books are fundamentally about the same thing: ostensibly smart people...
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Will our children even understand this ad?

June 17, 2010

Still one of my all-time favorites, but for better or worse, its once-commonplace ideology is quickly fading into America’s past: Three other World Cup thoughts, none of which I’ve seen in print, but none of which I would even remotely consider novel:
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In which I buy $22.10 worth of groceries for $4.95

June 15, 2010
In which I buy $22.10 worth of groceries for $4.95

So, I’ve always been fascinated with the coupon mavens, the people who allegedly save 80% at the grocery store by skillfully combining store coupons, manufacturers coupons, and sale prices.  But I was always either skeptical or lazy or figured it took too much effort, so I never tried out their strategies. Until today. Here’s...
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Research Note: Investigating Disasters

June 11, 2010

Presidential Executive Orders creating, and final reports of, commissions on… …the assassination of President Kennedy (EO #11130, 11/29/1963). Final Report. …the Accident at Three Mile Island (EO #12130, 4/11/1979). Final Report. …the explosion of the Challenger (EO #12546, 2/3/1986). Final Report. …the oil spill in the Gulf (EO #13543, 5/22/2010). Final Report. Note that...
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On Strasmas…

June 9, 2010
On Strasmas…

Given the absolute glut of media attention regarding Stephen Strasburg’s remarkable debut for the ‘Nats last night, I’m not sure I have anything meaningful to say that hasn’t already been said. But let me try. The moment that got me was when he struck out Delwyn Young in the 2nd. (The link has all...
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Getting your way: lessons from pick-up hoops dispute resolution

June 7, 2010

I play a lot of pick-up basketball, mostly at a park near my house that has a bunch of full-court setups, lights for night play, and almost always at least one decent game going during any hours I’m thinking of playing. The competition is good, and there are enough regulars that the rules and...
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Swinging on America’s J-Curve

June 4, 2010
Swinging on America’s J-Curve

I think I’m going to lose it if I have to listen to one more person talk about how America’s fiscal problems are a “failure of the political class.”  You hear this every Sunday on the major talk shows, David Brooks writes some variation of it every other week in the back of the...
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Perfection calls Perfection…

June 4, 2010

Vin Scully calls the 9th inning of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game, September 9, 1965.
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On Jim Joyce and this generation’s Harvey Haddix…

June 3, 2010
On Jim Joyce and this generation’s Harvey Haddix…

I’m pretty sure that everyone who grew up playing baseball has been supremely jobbed by an ump at least once in his life. I was standing on second base at Krank Park in Albany when the 1989 county little league championship game ended. My West Albany Little League lost 1-0 to City American Little...
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On southern nationalism…

June 1, 2010

There’s a house in my town that prominently flies the confederate battle flag on a flagpole in the middle of the front yard. Now, that’s not something you see every day in northern Virginia. Sure, seemingly every highway here is named after Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, or Robert E. Lee. And yeah, many of...
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