URLs du Jour


  • A WaPo blogger says that the mud is starting to fly in our fair Granite State:
    Billy Shaheen, the co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign in New Hampshire, raised the issue of Sen. Barack Obama's past admissions of drug use in discussing the relative electability of the Democrats seeking the presidential nomination today.
    "Billy" is the husband of ex-Governor Jeanne Shaheen, who's running for Senator against incumbent John E. Sununu.

    It's more than a little amusing to have a Clinton operative worry out loud about embarrassing questions being brought up about another candidate's past behavior. (Via, sigh, Andrew Sullivan. Andrew, I wish I knew how to quit you. Really.)

  • We occasionally rant against US farm policy. In depressing news, Cato's Daniel Griswold reports on the fate of a mild reform amendment before the Senate:
    … the amendment would have repealed Depression-era farm programs that deliver huge subsidies to a relatively small number of farmers who grow so-called program crops—corn, cotton, rice, wheat and soybeans—and import protection for sugar and dairy. The amendment would have replaced those programs with a generously subsidized system of insurance. While still far removed from the free market, the proposed alternative would have been less costly and market-distorting than the current system.
    … and that amendment went down to a resounding defeat, 37 to 58.

    New Hampshire's senators both voted on the losing side, a small comfort. Expect to pay for this vote both on your taxes and at the supermarket.

  • But that's enough politics. Pixar movie fans will want to check out Jim Hill's collection of the studio's clever recurring "characters." The Pizza Planet delivery truck really gets around. (Via, where else, BBSpot.)

Last Modified 2012-10-15 3:47 PM EDT

Breaking News: Al Gore Still a Pretentious Blowhard

Back in March, Pun Salad pointed out Al Gore's propensity to incorrectly claim that:

In the Kanji characters used in both Chinese and Japanese, "crisis" is written with two symbols, the first meaning "danger," the second "opportunity."
Over at Language Log, Ben Zimmer notes that, oops, he did it again, this time in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Apparently Al's not a fact-checker. Quelle surprise!

In the interest of fairness: John Tierney has a nice word for Al Gore. Or so he claims. I'm sure it's in there somewhere.