Archive for December, 2009

Guest Post — Defeating Terrorism

Monday, December 28th, 2009 by Middle Blue

Let’s defeat terrorists by literally dropping a million satellite-linked internet devices directly into the hands of people around the world.

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Amazon and I thank you for buying OOBonomics

Sunday, December 20th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

I just looked at Amazon.  The overall ranking for OOBonomics is no longer expressed in exponential notation.  More importantly, it ranks as the #84 release in the business book category.   This is quite a feat considering that (1) it is not a business book and (2) it hasn’t been released.
For those of you who aren’t [...]

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ANOTHER ROUND OF STIMULUS? PROOF THAT WE ARE IN A “METHADONE ECONOMY”

Sunday, December 13th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

I hate to be one of those I-told-you-so guys (not!) but way back in April I predicted a second round of stimulus, in 2010. I pointed that that the housing bubble was like heroin, and the first stimulus was like Methadone to prevent the economy from going “cold turkey” after the housing bubble burst.  (That [...]

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Why not have term limits only for bad politicians?

Thursday, December 10th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

For about 30 years term limits have regularly popped up as a solution to get rid of ossified corrupt politicians who don’t do anything for the public good, in order to replace them with impotent freshman back-bench legislators who can’t do anything for the public good. 
What if there were a way to have term limits apply only [...]

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Newsweek picks up “dual pool” abortion compromise idea

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

This “dual pool” concept provides free abortion coverage if desired without paying for it out of federal funds. If adopted, this propose would remove the House-Senate schism over federal funding. (This assumes that Stupak is watered down in conference.)

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An “Outside Of the Box” solution to Gay Marriage Debate

Friday, December 4th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

This posting is reprised from February, when New Hampshire did the same thing that New York just did yesterday.   Both legislatures missed an opportunity to come up with a “radical centrist” answer that would satisfy all but the extremists on both sides.
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With all the major problems the country faces, I hate to use up valuable electrons by [...]

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SF Chronicle Op-Ed On “Dual Pool” Abortion Compromise

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/artlist.cgi?key=ED&d=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2009%2F12%2F02

Remember, this is a COMPROMISE to convince a few of the 60 Senators to set aside their objections to an abortion rider fait accompli to support health reform.  (Curiously, I myself am quite ambivalent about health reform itself– but if it dies, it should be on merit and not due to a solvable issue left unaddressed [...]

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