It’s time to demilitarize the police. Long past, actually. And what’s the “conservative” position on this?
The Chilean earthquake shortened the day by 1.26 microseconds.
…from the editorial board of the LA Times:
…if the court would identify an important individual right — in this case, the right to bear arms — and then deny that it applied to the states, those who never accepted the incorporation doctrine might try to “de-incorporate” other rights. That’s not a risk worth taking.
A lot of the gun grabbers want to have it both ways — that the Second Amendment shouldn’t be incorporated, but that other rights do. At least the Times recognizes the inconsistency of this, even if they don’t understand the meaning and purpose of the amendment.
Mickey Kaus (who I talked to for a while at a party in Santa Monica a few weeks ago, though he didn’t mention this plan at the time) is running for the Democrat Senate nomination against Her Highness, Babs Boxer. It would be hilarious if he beats her.
[Update a few minutes later]
As Mickey says, the LA Weekly spoiled his campaign rollout. I wonder how they got the scoop?
[Late morning update]
I’d pay good money to watch him shred her in a debate. The IQ difference would be at least forty points.
[Early afternoon update]
I hope he calls her “Ma’am” when they get together. I hear she really likes that. 😉
If it wasn’t before, health-care has certainly become an ego trip for Pelosi and Obama.
It looks like a Republican is likely to be running the state next year. I wonder what the legislature will look like?
More water has been found on the moon. At the north pole this time.
Although the total amount of ice depends on its thickness in each crater, it’s estimated there could be at least 1.3 million pounds (600 million metric tons) of water ice.
You could make a lot of margaritas with that.
[Monday evening update]
Here’s a lot more from Paul Spudis (who more than almost anyone should know).
There’s a new book out on the “space race” between the US and China. It has an Ares I on the cover…
Actually, if the Chinese were really racing an Ares I, they’d have nothing to worry about. They should be a little more concerned now, though, assuming they’re racing at all (which they aren’t).
The end of the card catalog in Ann Arbor. I spent a lot of time in the basement of the grad library.
Worth reposting here:
Ms. Chana Joffe-Walt and Mr. David Kestenbaum
All Things Considered
National Public Radio
Dear Ms. Joffe-Walt and Mr. Kestenbaum:
Your excellent February 26, 2010, report on the history of how government officials chose the different methods that Medicare has used over the years to determine doctors’ pay is frightening because…
… in your report, Joe Califano, a chief architect of Medicare, admits that the first method of determining doctors’ pay was chosen for political reasons, namely, to buy doctors’ support for Medicare.
… you report that Mr. Califano, LBJ, and Congress were genuinely surprised by the rapid cost increases sparked by this first method.
… you reveal that much of the treatment that Medicare paid for was previously provided free by physicians; that is, Medicare crowded out a sizable chunk of private-sector philanthropy.
… you tell how attempts to change this first method of paying doctors were deeply influenced by skilled lobbyists working on behalf of doctors.
… in describing the development of the method currently used for determining doctors’ pay, you (perhaps without realizing it) reveal that this current method is the product of a comically childish labor-theory-of-value analysis – the same sort of analysis that is at the foundation of Marxian economics.
… your report ends with the admission that, because the current method isn’t working so well, Uncle Sam – 45 years after Medicare was launched – is still searching for a sound method for determining physicians’ pay.
Given this history, what reason is there to suppose that Obamacare is a good idea?
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030
Because this time, it will be different.