Ragged Clown

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Tag Archives: politics

Oct
24
2015

Government payroll exploded under Obama

Actually, no it didn’t. The federal government under Obama employs fewer people than at any time in the last fifty years. Does that surprise you? Bonus question: why does the federal government grow so much under Republican presidents?

Oct
24
2015

This one’s for Stan (2)

I had a very pleasant chat with the guys on my football team after the game today. After the third beer the topic turned to politics and I made some claims that my teammates thought were outrageous. I promised to … Continue reading

Oct
18
2015

No Dirty Tricks

My son made me watch the Democratic debate this week (a first!) and I’m glad I did. What a contrast to the Republican debate! I love to read the reviews of debates like this and, more than any other time, I … Continue reading

May
25
2014

In Which Sturgeon’s Law Explains Everything

In 1951 Theodore Sturgeon was giving a talk about science fiction when someone in the audience noted that “90% of science fiction writing was crap”. Sturgeon shot back that “90% of everything is crap”. This observation came to be known as Sturgeon’s … Continue reading

Mar
23
2013

It’s not what you think

A Harvard economist asked 5000 people how they thought wealth was distributed throughout the United States and then asked how it should be distributed. If wealth were distributed the way that most people think it is distributed, I think the … Continue reading

Feb
16
2013

Acceptable Prejudice

Usual disclaimer: discrimination against atheists is pretty tame compared to the discrimination that blacks and jews and gays have historically faced. It’s not like atheists were ever persecuted or excluded from public office [er, you sure? -ed]. This bloggingheads.tv vialog … Continue reading

Nov
4
2012

Fun with Guns

The first gun I ever fired was a Lee-Enfield, the mainstay of the British Empire for the first half of the 20th century and the weapon of choice of the Sea Cadets.  Continue reading

Mar
19
2012

Compassionate Conservatives

I wish it were possible to stay out of the culture wars. But then I go and read something like this: Halfway through my pregnancy, I learned that my baby was ill. Profoundly so. My doctor gave us the news … Continue reading

Mar
18
2012

Divided We Fall

I hate the culture wars even or, perhaps, especially when my side is winning. There are so many interesting points to make for and against a federal mandate that employers provide insurance coverage of contraception. For example, Using insurance to … Continue reading