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Saturday, July 31, 2004
  The New York Times > Opinion > Guest Columnist: Breaking the Silence: "In fact, there are more board-certified black cardiologists than there are black professional basketball players. " 
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
  Salon.com | Right Hook: "Gallagher might be heartened by the efforts of the Presidential Prayer Team, a private organization devoted to 'serving the prayer needs of all current and future leaders of our great nation.' The group appealed to its constituents last week in hopes of alleviating a lack of qualified judges.

'Pray for godly judges to be appointed and confirmed across America. Many district appointees nominated by the President have had their appointments blocked. Pray that those whom God desires to serve in these vital judicial seats will be affirmed for service to our nation.'" 
Friday, July 09, 2004
  The Sin of Wages - The real reason to oppose the minimum wage. By Steven E. Landsburg

"y contrast, the minimum wage places the entire burden on one small group: the employers of low-wage workers and, to some extent, their customers. Suppose you're a small entrepreneur with, say, 10 full-time minimum-wage workers. Then a 50 cent increase in the minimum wage is going to cost you about $10,000 a year. That's no different from a $10,000 tax increase. But the politicians who imposed the burden get to claim they never raised anybody's taxes.

If you want to transfer income to the working poor, there are fairer and more honest ways to do it. The Earned Icome Tax Credit, for example, accomplishes pretty much the same goals as the minimum wage but without concentrating the burden on a tiny minority. For that matter, the EITC also does a better job of helping the people you'd really want to help, as opposed to, say, middle-class teenagers working summer jobs. It's pretty hard to argue that a minimum-wage increase beats an EITC increase by any criterion. "
 
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
  Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / The anatomy of a smear campaign: "In South Carolina, Bush Republicans were facing an opponent who was popular for his straight talk and Vietnam war record. They knew that if McCain won in South Carolina, he would likely win the nomination. With few substantive differences between Bush and McCain, the campaign was bound to turn personal. The situation was ripe for a smear.

It didn't take much research to turn up a seemingly innocuous fact about the McCains: John and his wife, Cindy, have an adopted daughter named Bridget. Cindy found Bridget at Mother Theresa's orphanage in Bangladesh, brought her to the United States for medical treatment, and the family ultimately adopted her. Bridget has dark skin.

Anonymous opponents used 'push polling' to suggest that McCain's Bangladeshi born daughter was his own, illegitimate black child. In push polling, a voter gets a call, ostensibly from a polling company, asking which candidate the voter supports. In this case, if the 'pollster' determined that the person was a McCain supporter, he made statements designed to create doubt about the senator.

Thus, the 'pollsters' asked McCain supporters if they would be more or less likely to vote for McCain if they knew he had fathered an illegitimate child who was black. In the conservative, race-conscious South, that's not a minor charge. We had no idea who made the phone calls, who paid for them, or how many calls were made. Effective and anonymous: the perfect smear campaign." 
Monday, July 05, 2004
  The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Their George and Ours: "But it is the final sentence of the declaration that deserves the closest study: 'And for the support of this Declaration . . . we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.' Today, those who believe that the war on terror requires the sacrifice of our liberties like to argue that 'the Constitution is not a suicide pact.' In a sense, however, the Declaration of Independence was precisely that." 
  The New York Times > Health > Wakefulness Finds a Powerful Ally 
  Def Cab for Cutie - Toyota's subversive anti-car. By Mickey Kaus

"Drive a Scion for a few days and you'll see other cars the way Humbert Humbert saw college girls—as repulsively over-ripe."

So basically, driving a scion is like having sex with a little girl?  
Thursday, July 01, 2004
  The Capitalism of Soccer - Why Europe's favorite sport is more American than baseball. By Daniel Gross
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"But Kemp got it exactly backward. For when you look at the business of professional sports—in both Europe and the United States—American sports are virtually all socialistic while the European soccer leagues more closely resemble the entrepreneurial capitalism we Americans fetishize.

The Austrian-born economist Joseph Schumpeter—a tennis player, not a soccer fan—developed the concept of creative destruction, the touchstone of American-style capitalism. Schumpeter famously likened the elites of a society to a hotel, one in which rooms are always occupied but by an ever-changing roster of guests. The hotel concept almost precisely describes the soccer leagues of Europe. Every year, the worst-performing teams—three in England, four in Italy—check out. Relegated, they must play the following year in the next-lower division. Meanwhile, ambitious upstarts who have succeeded at lower levels check in. They are promoted."

It must be pretty interesting to follow soccer. A lot going on it seems.  
  The Capitalism of Soccer - Why Europe's favorite sport is more American than baseball. By Daniel Gross: "Congressman Jack Kemp opposed an anodyne congressional resolution to support U.S. efforts to play host to the 1994 World Cup: 'a distinction should be made that football is democratic, capitalism, whereas soccer is a European socialist [sport],' the former quarterback said."

Republicans are idiots.  
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