This article, by University of Chicago law professor M. Todd Henderson has been making the rounds a bit, describing the likely effect of letting the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000 per year expire. I felt like taking it apart.
This diary is inspired by seeing him on "Fox News Sunday" this a.m., where somehow Chris Wallace neglected to ask him any questions about his upcoming primary challenge, the fact that he assigned a staffer convicted of domestic violence to cover "womens' issues" and lied about it, denied abortion was a "womens' issue," made extremely sexist comments about Rachel Maddow, and his generalized patronage of prostitutes.
A lot of attention has been given over to the fact that this is the bicentennial year of Frederic Chopin. On Tuesday, another Romantic composer will also turn 200, and his music, and his life, are as interesting if not more so than Chopin, even if his music is less universally beloved.
I grew up outside of Philadelphia for the first 21 years of my life. If I still lived there, I would have voted for Joe Sestak. But, since Arlen Specter is out after 30 years, I wanted to put up a diary highlighting why I appreciated his service to Pennsylvania.
I am not sure where the debate about whether someone could love the art but hate the artist became transformed into a debate about whether if we love the art we can give the artist a rape pass, but it seems to have come to that when various filmmakers signed a petition defending Roman Polanski from extradition.
Andrew Sullivan can rest easy, having had his criminal marijuana case dismissed yesterday. But, not before being on the receiving end of a scathing opinion by U.S. Magistrate Robert B. Collings. (Opinion here).
I found a website that automatically generates anagrams from individuals names, and it is the world's greatest time suck. (Certainly, I'd prefer to have come up with these anagrams by my lonesome, but it would be even more time consuming, with less guarantee of amusing results.) What I found is that some political and historical names yield amazing things:
Sam Stein and Ryan Grim have a must read piece in the Huffington Post about Kent Conrad's opposition to the public option.
It goes through all of the key points -- his selective budget hawk views, the extent to which North Dakota is not representative of the nation in terms of health care delivery, and his financial support from the insurance and drug lobbies. But the real gem is at the end, where Sen. Conrad is quoted responding to criticisms of his half-baked co-op scheme:
"They have no votes on the floor of the United States Senate. And I am dealing with votes in the Finance Committee and the floor of the United States Senate. I am frankly not terribly interested in what these myriad groups all think. I am interested in what people who vote think[.]"
In this sentence, Senator Conrad encapsulates everything wrong with the health care debate, the Senate, and American democracy, in general.
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