Category Archives: Debt-Limit Debate

Appropriate Despair

Medea gets pretty ticked off at Jason and murders her two children by him, but then the gods descend and carry her off, which is a bit ambiguous, but that’s still one hell of a tragedy. Oedipus kills his father … Continue reading

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Inadequate Risk Assessment

Teenagers ought to be great drivers. They’re young and have great reflexes – those only go downhill after the teen years – so if something unfortunate happens, quickly and unexpectedly, they should be able to swerve out of the way … Continue reading

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Lights Out

“The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” That’s what Sir Edward Grey may or may not have said on the eve of the First World War. No one’s sure, but he was … Continue reading

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Embracing Theoretically Creative Destruction

Don’t argue with dead European economic theorists. They’re dead. What they say may not pertain now, but then one can’t escape them, and the Austrians are the worst, probably because these days all totally-unregulated-free-market conservative thinkers claim to be members … Continue reading

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It Gets Worse

That anti-bullying thing, the It Gets Better project, was petty nifty. Almost everyone did a public service spot, save for Michele Bachmann and the crew at Fox News. Traditional values regarding the inherent evil of even acknowledging vaguely homosexual tendencies … Continue reading

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Being Exceedingly Clever

Inauguration Day is over and yes, Beyoncé lip-synched the Star Spangled Banner – or she didn’t – because the Marine Band said Beyoncé did not actually sing during the inaugural and then backpedaled – so there’s some dispute, as if … Continue reading

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Moderation Revisited

It wasn’t supposed to be this way – a prolonged cold snap in Los Angeles, with overnight lows near freezing and cold winds from the north all day, even if the sun is still shining as ridiculously as ever. Yeah, … Continue reading

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