URLs du Jour


  • Over at Cato@Liberty, Chris Edwards has done the math:

    New data was released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on federal employee wages and benefits. The data for 2005 shows that compensation for the average federal civilian worker ($106,579) is now exactly double the average compensation in the U.S. private sector ($53,289).

    I haven't yet heard any class-war outrage from the inequality mavens about this transfer of wealth to the politically well-connected, but <sarcasm>I'm sure that will happen real soon now</sarcasm>.

  • Mark Twain said: "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the Congress is in session." Also it turns out stock market returns are crappy at the same time. Could we somehow make a deal to double their pay if they'd just stay home? (Via CfG.)

  • I've been a Red Sox fan ever since 1975. Today, I'm a Mike Lowell fan as well.

  • And I've been a Star Trek fan since 1966. (Yep. Really old.) Today, it's announced that Matt Damon will play Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek XI.

    Speaking of doing the math: Matt Damon will be 36 in October. William Shatner was 35 when he first appeared as Captain Kirk. This is supposed to be a "prequel." So my question is: what are they thinking?

    I'll go see it anyway, though. Because I'm a Trekkie.

  • Today's wish-I'd-written is from Dafyyd, in which he refers to:

    … the founder and head of the premier anti-religion organization in the country, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State -- or United Separators, as I call them for short.

    Pretty good title on the article as well. Read the whole thing™.

Last Modified 2012-10-23 2:00 PM EDT