• So Says the Brit

    Ian Duncan Smith, leader of Britain's Conservatives from 2001-2003, has penned an excellent op-ed counseling America's conservatives to keep minority right's sacrosanct, lest they find themselves eventually marginalized and steamrolled, much as their British counterparts have. It's far and away the most convincing broadside I've read against the nuclear option, take a look .
  • That Heroic Volokh

    In the aftermath of Volokh's descent into barbarity, I've seen more than a few bloggers rejoice that this should deny him the judgeship he's rumored to be shortlisted for. Probably true. But Volokh knew that. And the truth is, the guy's been pretty damn brave in the face of it. Back when I began blogging I, like most young activists, hoped one day to run for office. And so a friend who worked for Gray Davis told me this maxim: Never write it if you can say it, never say it if you can imply it, never imply it if you nod it, never nod it if you can nudge it, and never nudge it if you can wink it. A long trail of written statements is not exactly conducive to a campaign, nor a nomination fight. Eugene is no kid, he knows that full well. And so I have to give him respect for hanging out in the blogosphere, enriching what we do he here (except when talking about strangling folks), and doing it all with a stunning lack of regard for his future prospects. Maybe he doesn't want a judgeship, I...
  • The Immokalee Workers Get a Raise

    Eleana Berkowitz reports that the Immokalee workers have won their ongoing campaign against Taco Bell, receiving their long-demanded raise of a penny per pound of tomatoes. Yeah, you read that right. They've spent the last 8 years organizing against the contractor, and turned their attention towards Taco Bell (who buys from the contractor) in in 2001. And yet the chain fought their miniscule demands tooth-and-nail. Be honest -- would you even notice if they added a cent onto the Chalupa? Of course not. Those things are so cheap that my friends and I pause before we eat them to check for rat meat. But now the tomatoes in them, picked by immigrants who haven't received a raise since the 70's (and have watched their real income plummet because of it), will have some modicum of compensation, Si se puede! Pero todavia presionando. This win holds particular significance for me. My first self-directed political act ever, as a senior in high school, attending an Immokalee march. I brought...
  • Weekend Roundup

    Stuff you may have missed: • The Center for American Progress's Progressive Problem. • The Unbearable Lightness of Wal-Mart's Fine • Why Punting Schiavo Back to the Courts is a Stupid Idea for Democrats.
  • Unanimous?

    I'm going to quote the Rude Pundit in full on this one: the AP story , the CNN story , the Fox "News" story and others all say that the Senate "unanimously" passed the thank-Christ-we're-not-talking-about-Social-Security Terry Schiavo bill. Technically, this is true. But all these articles fail to mention what the Miami Herald does distinctly note : "Only three members were on the floor and the bill's prime sponsor, Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida, served as presiding officer." And those three members proudly raised their voices, and yes, technically the bill passed unanimously, just as technically Terry Schiavo is still "alive." Welcome to the circus.
  • Six Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Rather Commission

    Final Update: So I spent some time tonight reviewing the end of the Killian scandal and looking into CBS's report myself. My conclusion, for what little it's worth, is that Goodall's article (which I summarized in the post) was misleading, if not wrong. Anyway, my original piece follows the jump, so you can read it there. Goodall's analysis is interesting as a review of CBS's report itself, but not reliable as a guide to the controversy over the documents.
  • Well Time-Warner

    That's quite a list of holdings.
  • New Block, Old Kids

    Have you visited Big Brass Blog yet? Why not?
  • Divide My Government. Please.

    Last night, over an extraordinarily good Italian dinner , a buddy of mine explained to my girlfriend and me why ideology doesn't matter, only partisanship. His point was a Kossian one, that the party need not bother itself worrying about conservative Democrats and liberal ones, just whether they're committed to the cause. And at this juncture, that's probably true, the Bush administration's interest in Democratic opinion hovers between "not there" and "are you fucking kidding me". But it presents a pretty large problem: this country, so long as its political parties remain in the state of flat-out warfare they're in, is screwed. Because so long as a single party controls all levers of power, there's no reason for the minority party to negotiate, only to obstruct. Worse, the majority party need never look for counsel, as their inclination is to round up their votes and pass the most ideologically pure legislation they can pen. Caught amidst those dynamics, any issue that Americans care...
  • Bah!

    So Pete's just sold the last multigrain scone. And it wasn't to me. Those things are like crack! Denied my fix, I have no idea what to do with my Sunday morning. Should probably blog. Or study for finals. Or...bah.