- “Analysts Find Little New in Wikileaks Afghan Documents” – this “little new” came at a terrible, terrible price. I haven’t seen anyone else in the mainstream media focus on this [boldface mine]: Mother Jones’ Adam Weinstein worries about the safety of Afghan officials and individuals who meet with the U.S. in “what the military calls KLEs—key leader engagements. Military officers, as well as officials from State, USAID, and other agencies regularly meet with important players in a war zone to get their take on the situation. … If they were ever outed as collaborators with American forces, they’d be as good as dead. And Wikileaks has 16 pages of secret military KLEs with individuals and groups in Afghanistan, spanning six years. No names are redacted. In this case, what retired general James Jones, the White House national security adviser, said yesterday is correct: WL is putting some lives at serious risk with that particular data dump.”
- Jay Cost, “A Note on Gallup’s Party Identification Map” – from the article: These factors – the stickiness of old party alignments, the effect of the Bush presidency on the Republican brand in Democratic areas, the deep loyalty of the South to the Democratic party, and the Democratic tilt of a “national adults” sample – probably explain why the Gallup map bears very little resemblance to the red-blue divide we take for granted today.
- Steven Malanga, “The Muni-Bond Debt Bomb” – long with lots of depressing detail. Sometimes I wonder why we get mad at the federal government for spending – a quick perusal of the profligacy of cities and states shows many in them to have almost no sense that money borrowed has to be paid back.
- LGF, “American Spectator Published Another Dishonest Sherrod Hit Piece” – this is probably the formal end of the credibility of all of us as conservatives online, and for good reason. It isn’t just the American Spectator – I’ve been perusing right-wing blogs myself, and the amount of hate being spewed is palpable. The only way this will change is if conservatives endorse better, thoughtful, more moderate media. I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that will happen now: the crazies are dominant, and those few really are aiming to destroy the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 14th Amendment. This is hate – don’t underestimate how far it will go, because it will kill for the heck of it if it can.
- Megan McArdle, “Why Tax Estates Instead of Inheritances?” – from the article: what is the justification for taxing estates, rather than inheritances? After all, why should we care if Bill Gates wants to leave $300 apiece to millions of people?
- Liam and Me, “Say It Out Loud” – synth-rock in the style of The Killers, and they’re from Philly, and they’re gooooood. If you have Stumbleupon or Reddit or some other sharing service, put this on there please and vote it up. A friend of mine works with the band.