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October 19, 2005
The Good Stuff

Not all the Good Stuff, because the World O'Blog is a mighty big place, but a sampling.

Wow. Timeline of a Disaster Creation Team, from the American Street. Sometimes blogs don't have to do Original Reporting. Sometimes they just have to lay out for us the information that's already there. Thank you, Kevin Hayden.

Jim Kunstler kicks the NYTimes in the shins and, not incidentally, tries warn us that there's a big, ugly, serious energy crunch a'coming. One that will make today's already-unconvincing "debate" over whether or not there's a "housing bubble look ludicrous.

I don't know who Res Publica is, but I'm adding him/her/it to my blogroll watch-list.

Pondering Kevin Drum's analysis of the likely tax reform proposal by Bush's Bunch, I find...nothing much to like.

Eliminate the marriage penalty by making tax breaks for married couples worth twice that of individual taxpayers. Benefits: Not sure.

I can see why the government is in the gay marriage debate. It's a civil rights issue. But can we get the government out of the Marriage Promotion business elsewise? Taxes shouldn't change based on marriage status. Just the deduction(s) around having children.

David Sirota has links to a good story about "getting real" about energy.

And note that the Rightwing has succeeded in shoving oil drilling in the Alaska Wildlife Refuge into yet another piece of legislation. I guess they're going to keep doing it until they somehow shoehorn it through.

When I have a moment to read this post, I look forward to discovering if I'm a liberal or a progressive.

Hee. Hee. Hee.

(P.S. Please note: It's not that I don't care about "PlameGate" because I do. Very much. But as I look around the W O'B, I see that that one issue is getting coverage from every angle, so anything I might say or link to would be redundant.)

(Un) Employment: Okay, now two people have said they want to hire me...in January. If funding for their new projects comes through. And I repeat...very flattering, but a bit speculative and no substitute for receiving paychecks in November and December.

Also, in a case of Chinese Food Confusion today, I ate half of one prospective employer's lunch, so I might have to cross him off the list anyhow.

Posted by AnneZook at 04:12 PM


I'm a "him", and thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed my little dust-up :)

Posted by: res publica at October 19, 2005 08:21 PM

Also, in a case of Chinese Food Confusion today, I ate half of one prospective employer's lunch, so I might have to cross him off the list anyhow.

That is so something I would do. And after eating half of his, I'd be like "ooh, sorry, wrong plate!", switch the plates, and start eating.

Posted by: res publica at October 19, 2005 08:24 PM

Sigh. I thanked him very sincerely, apologized just as sincerely, and complimented him on his selection of entree. He did not appear to be amused.

Posted by: Anne at October 19, 2005 09:45 PM

Anne: in my family, nobody can really consider Chinese food "theirs": it's all shared.

Don't bother with the Huffington Post "Liberal v. Progressive" article: it's just a lame attempt to make the "DLC/DNC leadership isn't really all that liberal" argument sound fresh and slip away from that GOP-defined liberal libel.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at October 20, 2005 04:04 AM

Well, Chinese food is shared in my house, too, but that doesn't really excuse grabbing someone else's lunch at the office, does it?

I'm disappointed by what you what about the HP entry. I was looking forward to reading something intelligent and in-depth on the topic.

Posted by: Anne at October 20, 2005 08:47 AM