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Katrina Approaches

Here’s an idea of how bad it is in New Orleans right now: The Mayor has told the Fire Department to stand down. The firefighters are securing the firehouses against the storm and heading to shelter. Update: Woke up around 6am and turned on the TV. New Orleans has just lost power. In the Superdome, […]

New Orleans Weather

From Yahoo’s New Orleans Weather page: Tonight: Bands of heavy rain containing strong gusty winds at times. Low around 80F. NE winds at 25 to 40 mph, increasing to 70 to 90 mph. Rainfall over two inches. Winds could occasionally gust over 100 mph. Tomorrow: Bands of heavy rain containing strong gusty winds at times. […]

The City That Care Forgot

As I write this, Hurricane Katrina is climbing up the Gulf toward the mouth of the Mississippi and the City of New Orleans. The winds have slowed from 175 miles per hour to about 160, but the warm Gulf water could drive it faster at any time. If you’ve ever stuck your hand out the […]

The Greatest Art Of Our Time

Over on Hit & Run, they’re discussing in the comments the comparative merits of Survivor, The Sopranos, and Six Feet Under. Which of these will future art historians most admire? Which of these television shows will future historians look back on as our Madame Bovary, as our Moby Dick? I say none of them. A […]

Fighting High Prices With Scarcity

The government of Hawaii just made a terrible mistake: In an effort to gain some control over what motorists pay at the pump, Hawaii on Wednesday became the first state in the U.S. to set caps on the wholesale price of gasoline. Economists have observed that setting below-market price caps on a good causes that […]

“It’s Called Courage”

Glenn Reynolds has already linked to this, but it’s an amazing story. Independent journalist Steven Vincent was killed in Basra a few weeks ago. Professor Juan Cole at the University of Michigan (who had previously been the subject of criticism by Vincent) looked into rumors that Vincent was having an affair with his female Iraqi […]

Fast Food Predation

Here’s an unusual way to demonize fast food: In the battle against childhood obesity, well-intentioned government policies that encourage healthy eating face a daunting challenge from the proliferation of fast-food establishments right outside the schoolhouse door, a new Chicago-based study shows. The median distance from any Chicago school to the nearest fast-food restaurant is about […]

Rave Police

Police in Utah raided a rave attended by about 400 people. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the rave was illegal and the police broke it up with little violence. On the other hand, Daily Kos has a different story, claiming that the police used paramilitary tactics to shut down a legal concert, complete with […]

Did You Hear The News?

Windypundit is now page rank 5.

Because George Bush Just Isn’t Scary Enough…

“If you want to learn how to build a house, build a house. Don’t ask anybody, just build a house.” I was stunned into incoherence for about 10 minutes after seeing this…but I would love to see this guy in the debates…

Damn.

Didn’t make the list.

Prohibitionists At Work

About a decade ago, the high-school aged children of a friend of mine had a party at which they and their friends had some alcoholic drinks. My friend knew all about what her kids were up to. In fact, she hosted the party and served the alcohol herself. It seemed like a good idea. Kids […]

Whew.

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Yesterday I Couldn’t Spell Mathematishun…

I just heard a radio ad for Harper College that was…surprising. The ad lists off a bunch of pairs of things where one is greater than the other and eventually suggests that I’d be greater with a Harper education than without one. What caught my attention, however, was the very first pair of things listed, […]