January 2005 Page

January 31, 2005
  • TAP on Intelligent Design - Okay, once more into the fray. A reminder: I think ID is crap science, but if science is defined as... MORE...
  • Kos Engages in Republican-speak - Damn, I love Kos and I thought he had abandoned his "netroots" versus "special interests" (like unions) language a while... MORE...
  • Two Cheers for Iraqi Elections - That Iraqis would exercise their right to go to the polls is encouraging, but you have to have a skeptical... MORE...

    January 28, 2005
  • No blogging this weekend - On a trip. Have a good weekend. Remember who brought it to you :)... MORE...

    January 27, 2005
  • Failure of Chile's Pension Privatization - This will be blogged across the zone, but: [N]ow that the first generation of workers to depend on the new... MORE...

    January 26, 2005
  • Bush Plays the Race Card on Social Security - In a meeting with black leaders, most of them religious, Bush pushed his ban on gay marriage, but also promoted... MORE...
  • Lies, Damn Lies and Bush Budgets - With the $80 billion for Iraq requested by Bush, the deficit this coming year will grow to $427 billion-- hardly... MORE...

    January 25, 2005
  • Double Standards and Property Confiscation - In response to Zimbabwe's decision to confiscate the land of former white colonialists, world leaders, including the Bush administration, have... MORE...
  • Religious Conservatives Notice They're Being Used - This looks significant. Religious conservatives are finally rebelling at having their votes used to support elite economic policies, while their... MORE...

    January 24, 2005
  • On Why Roe was Bad for Progressives - In the discussion of evolution and judicial activism, the discussion jumped (inevitably) to Roe v. Wade. The fact is that... MORE...

    January 23, 2005
  • Do Privatizers Believe in the Stock Market? - By which I mean, do those pushing social security privatization believe the stock market exists as anything but an abstract... MORE...

    January 22, 2005
  • Dictatorships for Liberty - A few commentators, including Matt Yglesias, highlighted that for all Bush's paean to "liberty," our actual allies in the war... MORE...

    January 21, 2005
  • Bush Attacks States Rights/Promotes Corruption - Following up on this previous post, the federal government is still fighting to yank $250 million in federal transportion funds... MORE...
  • Economics Catches Up With Common Sense - I am all for the new investigations of "behavioral economics" or "neuroeconomics" as the hip new economic studies, detailed in... MORE...

    January 20, 2005
  • Bush's Plan B - So if the backup plan is to leverage the social security debate to argue for private savings accounts, what's the... MORE...

    January 19, 2005
  • Do We Have to Be Quiet about Genesis
    to Fight Creation-Science
    - Most reaction to my posts on evolution and the courts have focused on my condemning using the courts to fight... MORE...
  • The Bush Social Security Feint? - With social security privatization looking like such a political loser, Kevin Drum wonders what the Bush administration was thinking. Kevin... MORE...
  • There is No Crisis - I've added this link to a nice project pulling together resources debunking Bush's hyped social security "crisis." I actually think... MORE...
  • Measuring Risk: Al Qaeda v. Disease and Global Warming - In the wake of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, I made the heretical statement that "there are many other threats --... MORE...

    January 18, 2005
  • Are ID Folks Dedicated to the Truth? - A number of posters argue that the main Intelligent Design proponents, like the Discovery Institute are purely religious with no... MORE...
  • Reply to Kevin Drum - In elaborating my views on religion and the law, I didn't answer one question Kevin Drum raised, as did CharleyCarp... MORE...
  • An Aggressive Strategic Retreat on Religion - [My long followup] Many folks reading my posts on evolution misunderstand my argument as a call to be less aggressive... MORE...
  • The Well Deserved Crash of Worldcom - With the bankruptcy of Worldcom and the indictment of its executives for fraud, we've had many retrospectives like today's NY... MORE...
  • Lost in Translation - What more proof do you need that the "war on terror" is based on promoting conservative ideology, not domestic security,... MORE...

    January 16, 2005
  • NY Times: SocSec Immigration Projections Off - Emphasizing one of my favorite themes on social security, the NY Times in this piece notes that the official long... MORE...

    January 15, 2005
  • Media Idiots: The "Kos-MyDD Affair" - Atrios is right to label Chris Sullentrop a wanker for this ridiculous take on the issue of Kos and Jerome... MORE...
  • The Odd Evolution of China's Corporate Capitalism - On alternate days I wonder how seriously we should take discussion of domestic policy, since in so many ways the... MORE...

    January 14, 2005
  • More on Evolution & the Courts - Reacting to my post one commentator characterized my stance this way: You know, I realize that liberals are using this... MORE...

    January 13, 2005
  • More on Social Security Investing in Stocks - I had a couple of conservative bloggers respond to my post on why it would be better for the government... MORE...
  • Evolution & Liberal Censorship - No wonder religious folks hate liberals. Is this really an establishment of religion?: "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution... MORE...
  • Class Conflict in the GOP - The dominant power of corporations in decision-making by Bush and the GOP Congressional leadership is being roundly denounced, surprisingly by... MORE...
  • Messy Sentencing Decision Reflects Unjust Criminal System - The Supreme Court has made its ruling on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the result is... a mess. Both in... MORE...

    January 12, 2005
  • Social Security: Why Government Investing in Stocks Beats Personal Accounts - Even if you believe that you can shore up Social Security's future by diverting some of the trust fund into... MORE...
  • Culture Wars Circa 1828 - More from FreeThinkers: What gay marriage is to 2004, delivery of the mail on Sunday was to 1828-- an issue... MORE...

    January 11, 2005
  • Death Squads in Iraq and the Murder of Hadi Salih - Elections where major social leaders have been gunned down in the streets can't be taken seriously. Even if the bullets... MORE...
  • New Feature: Quick News & Links - Okay, it's been there for most of the week, but some of you may not have paid attention. On the... MORE...
  • Raising Cap No Increase in "Investment" for Most - Reacting to my post on raising the cap on earnings taxed for social security, Cold Spring Shops wants to pretend... MORE...
  • IBM: Bold Plan for Free Access to 500 Patents - Innovation is increasingly stifled by fears that patent claims will bury any new idea under lawsuits. Despite conservative odes to... MORE...
  • SS Easy to Fix: Remove the Cap - I originally posted this on October 20, 2003-- the numbers needed to be slightly updated but the point is clear... MORE...
  • 9/11 Over- America Hates NYC Again - 911 does feel so distant, with conservatives free to vent their disdain for New York City without even a hint... MORE...

    January 10, 2005
  • Red and Blue States Circa 1793 - I'm currently reading Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan Jacobs, a fascinating history of dissent from religious orthodoxy... MORE...
  • Saving Money on Health Care - Matt retreats a bit and admits that improving health in society does, as I noted, save society money by saving... MORE...
  • More on Black Bigotry - Ricky in comments just doesn't think it's kosher for black liberals to call Armstrong Williams an uncle Tom for pimping... MORE...
  • The People v. the Media Elite - Forget Blue versus Red states, the Peoples Choice awards reflects a schism between grassroots passion from both sides of the... MORE...
  • Matt Y Misses the Costs of Illness - Matthew Y doesn't think good health saves money: everyone (who doesn't die violently, or in accidents or natural disasters) gets... MORE...
  • Why the Liberal Focus on Torture? - In attacking Alberto Gonzales' nomination to be Attorney General, why is the focus almost exclusively about his role in promoting... MORE...

    January 09, 2005
  • Why are Conservatives Obsessed with Black "Racism"? - After the attack on Steve Gilliard as a "racist" for his view on Armstrong Williams, this Freerepublic attack on a... MORE...
  • Poor in Crosshairs of Bush Budget - Bush's first term was four years of fiscal irresponsibility, as highlighted by this graph: Having created this fiscal mess through... MORE...

    January 08, 2005
  • Oscars: Model for Democracy - As a big fan of using proportional representation in elections to better reflect the diversity of political viewpoints, I was... MORE...
  • Love When White Folks Call Blacks Racist - Jonah Goldberg has declared blogger Steve Gilliard a racist based on Steve essentially calling Armstrong Williams an Uncle Tom for... MORE...

    January 07, 2005
  • Liberals Reluctantly Wise Up - Kevin Drum is -- or at least does a good job of playing one -- the epitome of the decent... MORE...
  • Wedge Voters on Pro-Corporate Judges - When most liberals think of the courts, they think about abortion and hot-button social issues. But when business looks at... MORE...
  • Declining Social Mobility in the US - All men are created equal. The conceit of conservatives is that equal outcomes are not needed in the US, since... MORE...
  • How Racist Ideology Works - The savage African, the trope of global racism, was carefully nurtured by European and American writers for centuries. In the... MORE...

    January 05, 2005
  • What is Wrong w/ Reid & Pelosi? - Apprently Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, the top Dems in Congress, are supporting former Congressman Tim Roemer for Chair of... MORE...
  • CIA Now Complete GOP Hack Operation - New CIA Director (and former Florida Congressman) Porter Goss has now eliminated every former top official in the CIA and... MORE...

    January 04, 2005
  • Regular Comments Working, Finally! - After much struggle, I've upgraded to Moveable Type 3.1. After lots of fiddling, comments seem to be working. Under the... MORE...
  • False Immigration Assumptions for Social Security - The vision of the future painted by the social security crisis mongers is pretty dark: an aging nation unable to... MORE...
  • Tsunami Relief to Cut Funds for Other Poor Countries - Guess what? That $350 million for Tsunami relief is not going to be new money in the budget, but is... MORE...

    January 03, 2005
  • Social Security: No Crisis - This is a first in a series discussing social security The biggest trap for progressives in challenging Bush on Social... MORE...
  • Rehnquist and Judicial Impeachment - In what may be his swan song, Chief Justice Rehnquist in his 2004 year-end report on the federal judiciary lays... MORE...

    January 02, 2005
  • Bush Budget Lies - The things about Bush lies is that just when you don't think he can do soemething more intellectually corrupt and... MORE...

    January 01, 2005
  • Posner on Why Democracy is Amoral and Ignorant
    ... and Why That's a Good Thing
    - Judge Richard Posner is guest blogging at Leiter Reports and has a post on why morality has to influence politics... MORE...
  • Open Source Expands in Developing World - Venezuela is moving its government operations to Linux: Venezuela is expected to save millions of dollars on Microsoft licence fees... MORE...
  • Best Movies of 2004 - With the caveat that I haven't seen a number of films released in the last few weeks, here are my... MORE...
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    February 21, 2007
  • Amnesia on the Death of Reconstruction - I am going to pick on Brad Delong precisely because he is a brilliant and well-educated academic-- and his list... MORE...

    February 18, 2007
  • So What if Mitt Wants A Person of Faith as President? - There's a bit of a furor that Mitt Romney declared:We need to have a person of fiath lead the country.So... MORE...

    February 16, 2007
  • States Taking Action Against Iraq Escalation - So the New York Times is covering the story that resolutions denouncing Bush's Iraq Escalation have been introduced in over... MORE...

    January 01, 2007
  • Wal-Mart Doing Good for Environment - Seriously. This initiative by Wal-Mart to promote energy-saving light bulbs is a major environmental initiative. "Compact fluorescent" bulbs fit in... MORE...

    December 22, 2006
  • Dems' Stupid Positioning on Minimum Wage - As a followup to discussing why politicians need to appeal to a broad consensus, it's worth emphasizing that it's easier... MORE...

    December 21, 2006
  • Obama and the Need for Large Progressive Majorities - I've been as disappointed as many other progressive bloggers with Obama's bad votes on tort reform and seeming trimming of... MORE...

    December 13, 2006
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    November 27, 2006
  • Ecuador Goes Left - Another country moves left-- whatever you want to say, Bush has been very good for reviving the global left, especially... MORE...
  • Building a Progressive Majority in the Statehouses - The Progressive States Network today rolled out its legislative agenda for the 2007 session and is looking to promote it... MORE...

    November 13, 2006
  • The Future Belongs to US - While the actual results seem razer-thin in this election, I'll be bold and argue that they are part of a... MORE...

    November 11, 2006
  • Pro-Labor "Conservative Democrats" - One more nail in the narrative that the victory of a few moderate Democrats means this election is really a... MORE...

    November 10, 2006
  • The Collapse of Tax Cut Politics - You can check out Progressive States rundown of progressive successes in the states on Tuesday, but I want to focus... MORE...

    November 08, 2006
  • A Good Night for Progressives - Let's be clear-- this wasn't just a good night for Democrats. It was a good night for progressives, and no... MORE...

    November 01, 2006
  • Labor Cold War Ends - New International Labor Federation - At the dawn of the Cold War, the international union movement divided up between the ICFTU, dominated by US and Western European unions, and the World Confederation of Labor, largely allied with the Soviet Union. It's taken a decade and a half, but the irrelevancy of that division will end today as the two federations merge-- bringing together 241 labor organizations from 156 countries representing 190 million workers. The new International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is a good step for a labor movement looking to globalize itself in the taking on global capital power.... MORE...

    October 19, 2006
  • Immigrant Poor Send More Foreign Aid than US Govt - The United States government spends less money on foreign aid as a percentage of its budget than almost any other... MORE...

    October 17, 2006
  • - Valuing Families:  State Legislative Models Brought to you by Progressive States and MomsRising What would a policy that really values families look... MORE...

    October 09, 2006
  • Emaciated Models, Labor Regulation - There's a bit of debate in the blogosphere around Spain's new law banning underweight models from the runways in that country. See Jordan, Amanda at Pandagon and Lindsay Beyerstein at Majikthise on whether this is an intrusive regulating violating free expression or something like that and whether OSHA safety regulations are appropriate. Just to throw my two cents in-- any broader OSHA approach would seem cumbersome and bureaucratically intrusive in a deep way. But the original Spanish proposal is brilliant in its high-impact, low-intrusion approach. Regulate only the fashion week type runways, where in a single spotcheck, models can be... MORE...

    October 03, 2006
  • Big loss for Labor-- - The National Labor Relations Board ruled today that a range of professionals are now deemed "supervisors" and thus lose all protections under labor law. That means if they say a positive thing about unions, their bosses are free to fire them at will. The AFL-CIO has more here. To put this denial of labor rights in perspective, 32 million workers or 25% of the workforce already have no right to form a union under federal, state or local law (see this GAO report and this ARAW summary). This includes: Supervisors 16.6 million workers, 8 million new supervisors plus traditional 8.6... MORE...

    September 27, 2006
  • Civil War on the Right- Dick Armey trashes Dobson - The economic business- right and the religious right are moving towards total civil war. This piece by former GOP Majority... MORE...

    September 24, 2006
  • Allen the Racist - Three college teammates confirm that George Allen regularly used the N- word: Allen said he came to Virginia because he... MORE...