Thursday, April 26, 2012

Read Stuff, You Should

Happy Birthday to Amos Otis, 65. Bet you didn't know (I didn't, or had forgotten) that he was originally drafted by the Red Sox, not the Mets.

On to the good stuff:

1. Sarah Binder on Bernanke, how the Fed makes decisions, and transparency.

2. A fine Paul Waldman rant on an annoying thing politicians say. American politicians, that is. In America. Only.

3. Heather Hulbert makes a key point about torture and short-term vs. long-term goals.

4. And as usual with audio pieces, I haven't actually listened, but I'll link to this one anyway: it's political scientist Christopher Wlezien talking to Gallup about 2012.


  1. Waldman either doesn't read foreign papers, doesn't have close friends from other countries, or just wanted to complain about inequality in America while focusing on a disliked cliche.

    French nationalism makes Romney's look weak. Look around the internet, liberals. Anything you hate about US boosterism is eclipsed by Chauvinism, and France isn't even close to being the most extreme.

    Cutesy, country loving phrases are endemic. Europe is not what you think it is.

  2. On Hurlburt's piece, I'm sorry, Rodriguez's statement that destroying tapes was only about "getting rid of ugly visuals" is a despicable lie. It was about destroying evidence of a crime.

  3. For my money, Amos Otis remains the third greatest Royal behind Brett and White in team history.


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