Archive for October, 2004

Talib Kweli Working On New Mixtape

Friday, October 29th, 2004 reports:

Though heads have been largely disappointed with Talib Kweli’s The Beautiful Struggle LP, they are now buzzing about the second installment of his mixtape series. Once again, the mixed CD promises to be another star-studded affair featuring underground staples like Wordsworth, Jean Grae and Saigon as well as Ludacris, Ghostface, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, Kardinal Offishall, Hi-Tek, David Banner, Musiq, dead prez. The Game and Common who appeared in the first volume will once again appear on the CD.

The new mixtape is set to be titled Beautiful Mixtape Vol. 2. It will definitely be a better value than his last album.

Badnarik To Appear On Washington Journal

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

Michael Badnarik is scheduled to appear on Washington Joural on C-SPAN this Friday fro 9:30-10:00 AM. Vote Badnarik for President!

Was Abraham Lincoln Gay?

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

Dr. C.A. Tripp writes in a new book that Abraham Lincon may have been gay. Quote:

If the loving heart of the Great Emancipator found its natural amorous passions overwhelmingly directed toward those of his own sex, it would certainly be a stunning rebuke to the Republican Party’s scapegoating of same-sex love for electoral purposes. And a forthcoming book by the late Dr. C.A. Tripp — The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln, to be published in the new year by Free Press — makes a powerful case that Lincoln was a lover of men.

In his book on Lincoln, Tripp draws on his years with Kinsey, who, he wrote, “confronted the problem of classifying mixed sex patterns by devising his 0-to-6 scale, which allows the ranking of any homosexual component in a person’s life from none to entirely homosexual. By this measure Lincoln qualifies as a classical 5 — predominantly homosexual, but incidentally heterosexual.”

Now I understand the origin of Log Cabin Republicans.

Link via Dave Tepper

Ruled By Crooks And Cheats

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

Stephen Brainbridge rules that Senators routinely beat the market. He argues that this is because of inside information available to Senators such as how a tax bill will effect certain companies.

Link via Megan McArdle

Homo Floresiensis

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

NPR has an article on Homo floresiensis. Quote:

In a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, scientists have unearthed the bones of a species of human never seen before. About three-feet-tall when fully grown, Homo floresiensis resembles some of our most primitive ancestors — but lived as recently as 13,000 years ago. They made tools and hunted dwarf elephants, but were physically unlike modern pygmies.

Scientists say it’s possible h. florensiensis mingled with modern humans; they were both in the region around Indonesia around the same time. The discovery suggests we shared the planet with other species of humanity until quite recently in evolutionary terms. The findings, published in this week’s issue of the British scientific journal Nature, also suggest that humans may be subject to the same evolutionary pressures as other mammals, shrinking to dwarf size when isolated in a resource-poor area.

Terrorism As A Nuiscance

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Last week, John Kerry stated that he wanted to get back to a place where terrorism is nothing more than a nuisance. It would be great if John Kerry could make the country safe enough that dealing with terrorism would not have to be a top priority. John Kerry did not mean that preventing terrorism was not important as some conservative pundits and bloggers have insinuated.

No Evidence Of Pre-Election Attack

Sunday, October 24th, 2004

Reuters reports that Bush recently told Sean Hannity that there is no evidence terrorists are trying to disrupt the election:

Bush also told the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity and Colmes” show to be broadcast on Monday night that the U.S. government had no “actionable intelligence” pointing to a pre-election attack in the works as happened in Madrid earlier this year to disrupt the Spanish election.

“We do believe that they have — because of what happened in Madrid — that they do think about whether or not they can try to disrupt our elections,” Bush said.

He said there was “nothing specific” pointing to a pre-election attack but rather “a kind of general intent.”

Despite initial speculation that terrorists are planning to attack before the election, there is no evidence of such a plan.


Sunday, October 24th, 2004

FauxPolitik writes:

“Bush managed to get HSA’s attached to the Medicare funding bill, so at least he recognizes that a free market solution is the only long term answer to the health care question. But that’s sorta like putting a trailer for The Godfather at the end of Mickey Blue Eyes and saying you’ve made a good mob movie.”

Voting Libetarian in Solid Kerry States

Friday, October 22nd, 2004

Jeremy Lott writes that he is planning on voting for Badnarik. Quote:

“At first glance, the choice is between a candidate who would spend a lot more money, chip away at taxes, and at least whisper the right sweet nothings about Social Security reform and a candidate who would spend a whole lot more, raise taxes, and let some other president deal with the problem when Baby Boomers start to retire. Given those options, a lot of otherwise disaffected conservatives will grab a clothespin and pull the lever for Bush.

That’s not a hard vote to understand. If I had to cast the deciding ballot between the two, I’d go for Bush. The lesser of two evils is, well, less evil. But I live in Washington state, which will not cast its votes in the electoral college for the president unless Kerry’s campaign implodes. A vote for Bush here is wasted; it amounts to cheerleading for an administration that could use a stern talking to.

No thanks. I’m voting Libertarian for president this year, and I encourage all small government conservatives in solidly Kerry states to do the same. The logic behind this tactical voting is simple: If your vote won’t count toward Bush’s victory anyway, why not vote for a party — even a fringe party — that advocates a much smaller government? It would be our own small way of standing up to be counted at a time when so many of our elected leaders have decided to sit this one out.”

I understand Bush is bad but I haven’t heard a good explanation of why Kerry is better.

India And Population

Friday, October 22nd, 2004

Tyler Cowen points out India is not overpopulated.