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libertarianism is just like socialism

they both look so good on paper, but in practice, they suck.

please save ‘easy money’

ok party people, everyone must drop all their tv watching habits and immediately start watching “easy money” on the CW. i am singlehandedly trying to save it from cancellation. in 2 minutes i am going to write a letter to the CW. seriously. if you’re still watching BS shows like fringe and heroes, but not this, i will judge you. in fact, i’m judging you right now.

laurie metcalf, otherwise known as roseanne’s sister in roseanne, is rocking in the red wig, and the story of a loan shark family, with a son who was repo’d from a sadsack borrower, is the best show that’s going to get canceled and make me cry.

if you like shows that are smarter than they have any right to be, just watch this. TRUST ME.


the “facepalm” is one of my favorite bloggisms, and someone’s gone and made it all topical w/ “THE BROKERS WITH HANDS ON THEIR FACES BLOG.”

i feel guilty engaging in schadenfreude, but whatever. it’s funny when you watch it in fast succession.

if you’re feeling down

nice find, maura.

fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice …

i’m no economist paul krugman, but doesn’t it seem crazy that we all care what the completely insane stock market is doing right now? after a week of ridiculous ups and downs, hasn’t its temperament completely lost relevance at this point? plus, why are we gauging the economy based on what a bunch of wall street frat boys think and do? aren’t they the ones who got us here in the first place?

in related news, i clicked on a new york times link about a high school football player dying. this is not a story i normally would click on, i just needed to not read about what the dow was doing in the past 10 minutes. sign of the times.

gordon brown is going blind

the prime minister of the UK will probably soon lose all his sight.

Insiders also revealed that Mr Brown’s memos are in huge print and triple spaced while his own handwriting is getting larger. One senior official said: “If I want him to reply to an email, I always make sure it’s in at least 36 point.” That is five times as large as standard print size.

i just sent an e-mail to myself in 36 point font.


Let’s talk about

this very serious

financial crisis.



thanks, jimmy, for the tip.

columbus day: who knew?

dc is seriously the only city i’ve lived where a huge number of people actually get columbus day off (same goes for presidents day). i remember activists in ann arbor protesting columbus day, saying how horrible it is we celebrate a rapist and murderer w/ a federal holiday, and i always thought those people were stupid since, dude, we definitely didn’t get that day off from school. if we still have to go to class, how much are we really celebrating him anyway?

it wasn’t until last fall that i realized that columbus day was a real holiday (just another excuse for lazy gov’t folks to not go to work), and i am in fact a little offended we give columbus his own day that’s treated equivalently to memorial or labor day. is he really as honorable as all the people killed serving in the military or the people who work hard in this country? he sucked at geometry and didn’t even mean to discover those islands.

another thing i’ve discovered while in dc is how awesome holidays are in general. both the parents are docs, and since people get sick whenever they feel like it, we didn’t, as a family, have set days off we could plan around. in fact, the nontraditional schedule is why i didn’t want to be a doctor. the logical alternative choice, of course, was journalist. thank goodness news NEVER happens on the weekends or during that tricky week between christmas and new years (benazir bhutto, anyone?)

in conclusion, having columbus day off is super weird. so weird, that i haven’t figured out what to do with that extra day, which may explain why — instead of the infinite number of normal things i could have done — i went to the antietam battlefield yesterday. a regular person would go get wasted on their porch or use the long weekend to head up to new york. not me. i don’t have a proper porch and traveling sounds tiring, so i took a day trip to a civil war battlefield to learn about horrific death and carnage and talk extensively about food policy w/ two other nerds. proof i was there:

today’s reading: words, writing, and wizards

i think the accelerating destruction of intelligent discussion and language is the reason i hate politics. basically, it’s all a bunch of BS. from the new yorker:

It was Orwell, of course, who first explained the relation between decadent language and corrupt politics. “In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible,” he wrote in “Politics and the English Language.” “Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging, and sheer cloudy vagueness.” In our time, the corruption takes a different form. Instead of defending the Soviet purges with Latinate words like “liquidate,” politicians and journalists use clichés mainly borrowed from sports, war, and rural life in order to seem to be saying something tough-minded when in fact they’re saying nothing. Instead of Orwell’s intellectuals and bureaucrats clouding their true, sinister meaning “like a cuttlefish squirting out ink,” we have television personalities disguising the emptiness of their thoughts with a set of pre-baked homespun idioms, or else with a technical campaign vocabulary that gives a false impression of privileged knowledge.

next up: yes i realize this first-person account of psychotropic drugs and mental illness is from may, but it’s new to me. this guy is very young, but if you liked the infamous david carr piece, you’ll like this.

For the first week, I refuse to go the mandatory group therapy session. Instead I read books in my bed. My routine: wake up, breakfast, take pills, return to bed and read, lunch, read in bed, dinner, read, watch TV, meds, bed. Repeat. One day I read “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” It gives me an amusing perspective on my situation. I begin referring to a condescending and tyrannical staffer who wears too much eyeliner as Nurse Ratched. I meet a giant Native American with a long ponytail who has frequent seizures and anger problems. I call him Chief to everyone but not to his face. I am told to get out of bed and attend groups or my visitor privileges will be revoked. From then on, I just carry the books with me.

then there’s gilbert arenas, who is easily one of the most entertaining pro athletes, in a charming anti-vince young/T.O. way. the nonexistent relationship with his mother that he describes in his blog is gilbert-rrific candid. i know he probably didn’t type the letters into the computer himself (he has people), but this is definitely him:

So, back to the comment. When the commenter goes, “How come you never gave your mother a second chance?” I thought about it. That’s not a question you need to be asking me, that’s a question you need to be asking her.

You give somebody a second chance when you’ve cut them off in the past. Like, if I fire somebody, for instance, I could give them a second chance. She left me. She should have given me a second chance. That’s how I look at the situation.

There’s going to be one day when I knock on that door and say, “Hi, I’m Gilbert. I’m your son.” But not while I’m playing basketball. I don’t want nobody coming into my life while I’m a pro because there’s been all these years when I wasn’t and no one came into it.

and lastly, if that’s too serious for you, just read this gilbert interview. just skip to the short answer portion, where you’ll find gems like this:

SLAM: What do you know about Sarah Palin?

Gil: That she’s a female Bush. Retarded. I’m not that into politics, I try to stay away until things get closer. But just from what I can tell she’s a moron. She can’t bullshit yet. As a politician she doesn’t know how to bullshit. She’ll just run around the question. “Who’s better, Kobe or LeBron?” “Well you know D.Wade, he’s been looking nice lately, so those are tough choices.” What the f*ck are you talking about?!

i think gilbert has said he’s voting republican (b/c he’s rich) in his blog before, but he may have changed his mind by now. i’d say who cares, but i think he lives in virginia, a swing state. gilbert: if you want the GOP to win, do us a favor. don’t vote.

thanks kent and jimmy for some of these links.