Thursday, May 17, 2007

New Hit

Heard a new country song last night.

"I want to check you for ticks!"

That's the title. Yes, it is.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Poo, But No Christopher Robin

I don't read often....

...but the discussion on the Comparative Jobs blog (actually, American and Comparative Jobs, but on the Comparative side) is so appallingly juvenile that I have to recommend it.

One person even gives us: "Anonymous said...
Fight! Fight! Fight! I want to see you guys square-off by the bike racks.

5/16/2007 10:25 AM "

At least SOME one has some sense of proportion. Well done, 10:25 am.

And then the posts that follow:

Anonymous said...
Ooooh. Good poo-flinging there. 9:51--your turn.

5/16/2007 10:46 AM

Anonymous said...
I may be a second-rate political scientist, but I'm a first-rate lover.

Ask your wife if you don't believe me.

5/16/2007 11:26 AM

Anonymous said...
OOOOOOOOH! Snap! Oh no you di-int! Excellent poo return volley. Back to you, 10:33. May I suggest a "yo momma so fat" joke?

5/16/2007 11:43 AM

Anonymous said...

What kind of sicko are you? Get out of here before we reveal your IP address!

5/16/2007 12:06 PM

Anonymous said...
Oh no! Juvenile threats against the guy who is pointing out how juvenile this entire discussion is. Well played, 12:06. I will go cower in shame now while you grown-ups return to your serious debates as to whose department can beat up whose. Oh, by the way here's my IP#: Do you want my e-mail address too? Blood sample? Writing sample?

5/16/2007 12:28 PM

Anonymous said...
As always on the Interweb, opinion + public forum + anonymity brings out the assholes.

You have GOT to read this. Fascinating. I predict heavy involvement by 2nd and 3rd grad students at "top" universities, who don't yet realize they will never publish anything in a good journal in their entire lives. Pride goeth before a fall in the poo. Say hi to Tigger for me. TTFN.

Qualifications for HIgher Office?

"I've regretfully come to think the key to presidential campaign success
isn't the candid 'authenticity' that took John McCain so far (but not far
enough) in 2000, but a ruthless message discipline--a complete unwillingness
to take the media's bait. That's the instinct displayed by George W. Bush in
2000 and 2004, by Hillary Clinton right now, and by Mitt Romney a few
minutes ago when he more or less ignored a question about why he
flip-flopped and endorsed a no-new-taxes pledge. Romney's steely discipline
makes me think he's a real contender."

-- Michael Crowley, The New Republic

So...the ability to focus on the television, to ignore the point of questions, and to pretend that you cannot load the dishwasher, even if shown how repeatedly? In other words, a studied incompetence so highly developed that questions don't even make it through the outer abrasion shields?

That means the best training for running for Prez is: TWENTY YEARS OF BEING A HUSBAND!

So THAT'S why Hillary is so good at this!

(Nod to KL, who certainly ignores all MY questions, and rightly so)

Pee Your Pants for the Brewers

Tofe sent me this last week, but I was skeptical.

It's still up, though, so it must be legit. Or, as legit as something like this could be.

Pee your pants for the Brewers!

I have never seen a full Brewers season where they make the playoffs. Born in July 1982, I missed that amazing World Series run. It’s been a long 24 years- the longest playoff drought in baseball. With a young team of quality stars and shrewd management, we’re boldly making our move. I get so excited thinking about the Brewers now, a little pee comes out. In fact,

When the Brewers
make the playoffs
I will pee my pants

(Nod to Tofe. If the Brewers win, he'll use one of those big plastic Duke cups, rather than his pants. He has standards)

Philadelphia Leads the Nation in Electoral Innovation

Need cash? Target the campaign of the self-made millionaire on election day!
Especially juicy since get out the vote efforts in Philly depend on
"Walking Around Money." Apparently, these crooks wanted to taxi around,
or perhaps take a limo?


(Nod to RL, a gentle soul with a cruel sense of humor. Except for the gentle soul crap, a pretty good guy.)

Why Do We Hate Market, But Trust Politicians?

From Slate:

The price of human eggs is rising. Average U.S. donor compensation: $4,217. One clinic says it pays $15,000. Students at top colleges are being offered "tens of thousands of dollars." An expert quotes high-end fees of $50,000 to $60,000. Reasons: Low supply, high demand. Maryland legislators are proposing to ban egg sales. Objection to rising prices: The money is becoming so good that potential donors can't rationally evaluate the health risks. Rebuttals: 1) Drop the paternalism. 2) The price is set by supply and demand, so if you limit the price, you'll make it impossible for some couples to get eggs and have kids.

The money is becoming so GOOD that donors can't rationally evaluate? Why not, the money is becoming "good" because some couples are desperate to have children, and
we are preventing transactions that, if allowed, would produce enormous increases in human welfare without harming ANYONE?

(Nod to Anonyman, who has excellent gluteal bulges, all on his own. No, really: they're real. I've felt them.)