Tommy the Driving Brit Visits Stata
College Stata-tion may never be the same....
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Credibly promising to be irresponsible...since 2004!
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For some blue-state conservatives who honed their political skills by continuously debating liberal peers, mingling with attendees presented unique challenges. Jesse Eiseman and Tyler Trumbach, who came from Columbia University to attend the conference, interrupted a spirited debate over the fall of the Roman Empire to complain to The Daily Beast about the anti-intellectual bent of fellow conservatives at CPAC. 'They have an opinion, but they don't give evidence to back it up, they don't use logic,' Trumbach said. Eiseman added, 'In a lot of ways I feel closer to left-wing intellectuals...I love the populists, I agree with them on many things, but I am scared of what happens when people stop thinking.' The two quickly took to hiding their name badges showing their college in order to avoid ridicule after speakers trashed academic elites onstage. 'There are a lot of anti-Ivy Leaguers around,' Eiseman said....For all the differences between them, however, most attendees said they felt little tension with their fellow conservatives on a personal level.
Holy half-wit, Batman! This person has zero concept of opportunity cost.
People, meet Freda Rosenfeld, the "breast whisperer".
This is so great in so many ways. Thank you Mr. Reuters!
The Texas billionaire’s pregnant bride: An evolutionary interpretation of
Wow, talk about bad timing. People could the entire Euro sovereign debt crisis be the universe's way of sticking up for its most favored sons and daughters (economists)?
The accuser in the case, Crystal Mangum, was arrested in Durham last night:
Anonyman writes that the CORRECT answer for investment, and monetary policy, in my Fox Business fiasco, would have been something like this. So, let me address the gold / silver / fiat money question.
More info on Google case, dismissed for lack of standing.....
Robber with box cutter found hiding inside a box.
I have blogged before about television. It's a bad gig. Don't like it, and clearly not good at it.
Some links. No rhyme, no reason, but some links.
From some dude allegedly named Glenn Thrush:
So last night was game one of the Caron Butler error, whoops I mean era, for Dallas.
Lost the STOP GOOGLE! suit. Darn.
We are now awash in pleas to "fix the broken Senate", with particular emphasis on getting rid of the filibuster.
Envy, Altruism, and the International Distribution of Trade Protection
Man, people. Democratic politicians are, how shall I put this politely, PUSSWEILLERS!!
It's been a while. But the Grand Game is back! It turns out that the folks who run England's criminal justice system would prefer to prosecute homeowners who try to defend themselves. It makes some sense, I have to admit. Homeowners can't run, and the state can hold them hostage because the state controls title and transfer of title.
Sorry for so many basketball posts. I guess I have Thunder fever. Here's one more.
And here I will list four reasons why.
What product are you making? "It doesn't matter." Actually, it probably DOES matter.
A short (one question) Valentine's quiz on level of marital understanding for men. Your wife comes downstairs in the morning, pours the tea (which, thank God, you made for her), and stares over the cup at you with a look of pure hate.
The Dallas Mavericks have acquired Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson from the Wizards.
The Eschaton, The Micro-chip. Quite an article, about the Virginia Legislature.
Brendan Nyhan makes people really, REALLY mad.
Wow, what a scum-bucket. Dr. Greenspan...really?
Here is a picture of the house of a friend in Montana:
A parody of Hitler's reaction to Hitler parodies.
Remember when Gary Hart challenged reporters to follow him, and then was amazed when they did, catching him in "Monkey Business"?
We have two book winners...drawn from a capacious Mungowitz-sized hat!
Over at Econobrowser, the usually excellent Menzie Chinn has posted a couple of graphs that he says are "particularly relevant in thinking about the US fiscal situation". I think they are too, but in the exact opposite way that they are being presented.
At a certain point in a marriage, the woman exhausts her sympathy for the man's injuries.
The mighty House of Saud has no love for Valentine's day. The holiday is banned in the magic kingdom and:
Members of the feared religious police were inspecting shops for, heart-shaped products or gifts wrapped in red, and ordering storeowners to get rid of them, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
Red-colored or heart-shaped items are legal at other times of the year, but as Feb. 14 nears they become contraband in 3rd Century.. The kingdom bans celebration of Western holidays such as Valentine's Day, named after a Christian saint said to have been martyred by the Romans in the
Wow, so the Wahhabi dudes think that the date of Valentines day is a surprise to their citizens? That they wouldn't just buy their evil red items the week before?
Even the AP can call BS on this:
Each year, the religious police mobilize ahead of Feb. 14 and descend on gift and flower shops, confiscating all red items, including flowers.
Many Saudis, who still want to mark the popular Valentine's, do their shopping weeks before the holiday.
See this is why you have to put rational expectations in your model. Otherwise you get these silly "fool people systematically" results that defy common sense. As bad as people think macro is with RE, trust me it was way worse before RE.
PS: Maybe what's really going on is that the Wasabi-Wahhabis just don't want to pay for their Valentine swag, so they "ban and confiscate" on the eve of the holiday.
1. The Federal government is closed for the 4th straight day!
One more day until the FAAAAAABULOUS prize is given away.
The Bishop reminds me in an email that Robert Heinlein, in "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress," actually describes our friend's ID experience pretty well:
As loyal KPC readers know, our man Mungowitz was the Libertarian candidate in the most recent NC governor's race. While he clearly succeeded in his goals of (1) getting his message out, (2) getting the LP automatically on the next election's ballot, and (3) getting investigated by the election commission, alas, he did not win.
Estimating Production Efficiency in Men’s NCAA College Basketball: A Bayesian Approach
So, Mrs. Angus and me eat lunch in our offices on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This usually requires using a microwave, and in our department, nothing is a better illustration of the tragedy of the commons than the department microwave. Sticky, filthy, smelly, AND a line of grad students waiting to use it!
My friend and ex-student Josh Koster, of Chong and Koster in DC, talks about their plan. The piece was published in "Campaigns and Elections' POLITICS" Magazine.
I feel SO SPECIAL. My campaign for governor is being investigated by a special inquiry of the State Board of Elections. I have FINALLY arrived as a real politician.
Ezra Klein has his silk prancing pony boxers in a slip knot over the following:
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Study finds focus on abstinence in sex-ed classes can delay sexual activity
Binge drinking can hurt grade performance, study says.
There's nothing confusing about this outrage. The job of "health inspectors," and in fact the job of all government regulation, is to protect the politically and economically powerful. In this case, restaurants that use expensive prepared foods made in factories from low-nutrition sources need protection from the little people who might actually use fresh, nutritious food. We can't have THAT, right? Excerpt:
Interesting controversy. If the idea of "soul food" has any meaning, then it can't be inappropriate for Black History month.
One of Brown's commercials from the Mass Senate race.
Poor Girl, couldn't stop laughing.
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Joe Stiglitz, Robert Reich and Paul Krugman are all beating the drums for a second stimulus, more spending, and no current fiscal re-trenchment.
Frequent Commenter* Scott writes:
My man Michael Gillespie, questioning the status of sports, cited by David Brooks.
The sovereign debt crisis is heating up in Europe. The so-called PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) have weak economies, very large deficits, and no national monetary policies to ease their sufferings. Many are skeptical of whether or not they can internally resolve this problem and if they can't whether the EU can or will bail them out.
A little while ago, we heard the first installment of the "No ID why yew cain't git service" saga. The second edition is even better, or worse but funnier, or something. I'll let our intrepid correspondent tell the story:
Okay, not always.
Our northern neighbors are hosting the latest G-7 Finance Ministers meeting this week. In Iquluit Nunavut!
People, check out Kevin Durant's stat line for the month of January:
Just when you think things couldn't be worse, word comes that an "all star cast" is re-making 1985's abomination "We are the World", this time for Haiti.
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Went to a seminar at the Law School today. Speaker was the irrepressible, and quite irredeemable, Mat McCubbins (yes, one "t")
People, it's exactly 0 dollars and 0 cents. If I was king, getting rid of NASA would be one of the first things I would do. Instead, President O has found room somewhere in his newly announced 3.8 trillion dollar austerity budget to bump NASA's funding up to 19 billion dollars. Now I know 19 billion doesn't amount to a hill of beans when considered in the light of a projected 1.6 trillion dollar deficit, but hey, you gotta start somewhere.
One of the many things I have learned from Tyler is an appreciation of calypso music from Trinidad especially the founding fathers, Roaring Lion and Attila the Hun.
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Collective Hallucinations and Inefficient Markets: The British Railway Mania
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