Blog

  • liar-liar-pants-on-fire
    You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!
    Posted in: Media

    Lately, the phrase “You can’t make this stuff up” has been getting a lot of air time and, in many instances is attached to a “fact” that is 100% made up. Not only that, it is often attached to ideas that are, in reality, the very first thing you’d make up in order to slander someone. Take, for example, this tweet

  • tuckercarlson_300x375
    Check My Privilege? What privilege?
    Posted in: Class, Education, Gender, Race

    As a former college Republican myself, I had great sympathy for Tal Fortgang, Princeton student conservative, Fox News guest, and author of Why I’ll Never Apologize for My White, Male Privilege. I could hear myself saying some of those same things. And I ached with embarrassment. And so for his good and for mine, I’m […]

  • obama_sotomayor
    That’s Reverse Discrimination!
    Posted in: Gender, Race

    Perhaps the best reaction to accusations of reverse discrimination is “so, what?”. White men oppressed and enslaved the world for a thousand years. Would it really all come crashing down if Latinas had a leg up for a few decades?

  • The Sage of Omaha
    Governor Stupid: “Warren Buffett should write a check and shut up”
    Posted in: Economics, Environment, Taxation

    In response to Warren Buffet’s revelation that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary, Chris Christie said that Buffet should “just write a check and shut up.” That is, if Buffett wants to pay more taxes, he can. What Christie resents is that Warren Buffett wants to force others to pay more taxes to support his favorite programs. Liberals, including thisweekinstupid, disagree.

  • landscaping_crop
    Appendix: Public Goods
    Posted in: #BecauseMath, Appendix, Economics, Taxation

    When it comes to public goods, a little math goes a long way toward appreciating that opinions about public spending are a continuum and that pretending the market is always right (or always wrong) has real consequences.