Sources of Inexplicable Wealth

January 14, 2009

Bravo to the Washington Post for at least attempting to write about corruption in Afghanistan. But really, what a pansy-ass, flimsy article. Everyone in Afghanistan knows where the elite get their money, pretty much everyone in the West knows (except the ignorant), and yet the standards of journalism (or the failure to have truly rigorous digging/investigating done) prevent them from getting as deep and specific as they should. Or maybe I expect too much.


You Think?

January 14, 2009

One way to tell that the US tax code is way too complicated: when the nominee for Treasury Secretary can’t get his tax returns right and it’s quite plausible it was an honest mistake.


Watching Petworth Grow

January 14, 2009

My neighborhood is getting a big new development. It’s about two blocks from my place (directly over the Metro stop) and now sports bigger horns than Moses coming down off the mountain.

Bonus points to anyone who lives in Petworth and gets the reference…


Dream Job?

January 14, 2009

Sometimes I think I’m happy to have graduated because I spent ten semesters as an undergrad and it’s just nice to have a job and an income, that my college experience wasn’t that atypical. Then I read stuff like this that makes me remember how being there really sucked.


A Colossal Oops

January 13, 2009

(said the Founding Fathers


Sad But True

January 13, 2009

Patrick Swayze on “alternative medicine”.


Credit Where It’s Due

January 13, 2009

What will be Bush’s greatest positive legacy? I think PEPFAR is a likely candidate, despite its flaws. I can’t think of any other program initiated by Bush that has helped so many people.


Yum, Sea Kittens

January 13, 2009

PETA renames fish ‘sea kittens’.


Things Must Be Bad…

January 11, 2009

…if the Wall Street Journal is publishing editorials saying that Israel has committed war crimes in its bombing and invasion of Gaza.