Month: January 2008

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Presidents Believe the Darnedest Things

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On January 25, 2008
While prepping for my US Since 1945 course this week, I stumbled across a number of references to Harry Truman’s apparent conviction that “Peter the Great’s Will” — one of the great forgeries in modern European history — was genuine. “The Testament,” as it has often been known, allegedly contained Peter’s dying wishes for the […]

It’s Good to Have Dreams

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On January 24, 2008
Here’s the thing; I can’t even imagine having a job in which I personally had the capacity to lose seven billion dollars: Societe Generale SA said bets on stock index futures by a rogue trader caused a 4.9 billion-euro ($7.2 billion) trading loss, the largest in banking history. Jerome Kerviel, 31, was the trader responsible, […]

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On January 24, 2008

A prominent pro-choice activist switches from Clinton to Obama based on the former’s smears of the latter’s record. Share

Stimulus

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On January 24, 2008
Any thoughts on what I should do with my possible $6-12 per week of stimulus? I see that if I use about two weeks’ worth, I could purchase this book. Or I could just blow it all on a shiny new pony. Share

Indefensible

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On January 24, 2008

I’m generally pretty lenient in evaluating Congressional leadership, especially in the Senate. Sometimes, Reid will get heat for not making votes he doesn’t have materialize out of thin ai

There Is A Santa Claus!

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On January 24, 2008

I know it’s hard to let go of your dreams, but there seems something uniquely pathetic about combining brokered convention wankery with “Fred Thompson’s still in it although he never

Tiger Makes Other Golfers Worse

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On January 24, 2008
Fascinating. If money motivates, then the prospect of winning the top prize should bring out extreme effort in golf. But when Tiger is playing and you’re not Tiger, you face a depressed prize schedule. If you assume Tiger is going to win, then the top prize available to you is $864,000 rather than $1.44 million. […]
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Like New

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On January 24, 2008

I spent much of yesterday afternoon/evening installing a new internal hard drive into my computer. When I got my MacBook about a year ago, I scoffed at the idea that 80GB would not be enough. Well, it

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