Was out this weekend. Description of what I was doing forthcoming. Still catching up with news.
- “Battles around Nation over Proposed Mosques” (nytimes) – conservative bloggers are whipping up a lot of hysteria over Islam, and yes, the hysteria is dangerous. The immediate result? A certain Ms. Serafin, quoted from the article: “As a mother and a grandmother, I worry,” Ms. Serafin said. “I learned that in 20 years with the rate of the birth population, we will be overtaken by Islam, and their goal is to get people in Congress and the Supreme Court to see that Shariah is implemented. My children and grandchildren will have to live under that.” “I do believe everybody has a right to freedom of religion,” she said. “But Islam is not about a religion. It’s a political government, and it’s 100 percent against our Constitution.”
- “Republican Party starts to kill its own: S.C. Rep. Bob Inglis ousted for not hating Obama enough” (via LGF) – I’m not sure about this particular loss, actually. I probably would have wanted Bob Inglis out because of his opposition to the surge. I’m interested to know more about the guy who beat him. If that guy turns out to be an absolute nutcase, we’ll know this article is spot-on. I obviously have no argument with the article’s description of the climate Bob Inglis and all the rest of us are working in: things are insane right now.
- Megan McArdle, “Should we raise taxes on the rich?” – from the article: The other question is, isn’t there some upper limit on tax brackets for the wealthy? When the Bush tax cuts expire, that top rate will go to 39.5%. Then there’s the 2.9% Medicare tax, and the 0.9% Medicare surtax we just enacted. There are, for those living in places like New York, New Jersey, California, or DC, state and local income taxes that can add an extra 5-10% onto the tax bills. We’re now well over 50% marginal rates before we’ve even considered things like property and sales taxes.
- Emory Rowland, “Why I Use Foursquare” – after reading this article, I’m very tempted. This looks like a ton of fun.