Month: March 2009

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The Wanker Caucus

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On March 31, 2009
Although given my particular hobbyhorses I might have preferred a little more emphasis on the structural issues with the Senate, in his defense Chait’s article really does a superb job of pointing out just how farcical the Very Serious Centrist Democrats are. Lots of good stuff, including Democratic collaboration with the ridiculous student loan subsidy, […]

Russian Conscripts: Still a Disaster

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On March 31, 2009
Conscription in Russia continues to suck: The year 1991 also had a particularly low birth rate, which makes a huge peacetime draft even more of a challenge. The young men are also entering employment and working age — and families in the middle of Russia’s economic crisis, which is sharper than the rest of the […]

Calipari!

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On March 31, 2009

I suspect that a referendum on the hiring of John Calipari, including funding, would win by a substantial margin statewide. UK occupies a remarkably important space in Kentucky’s social and poli

I wonder if any of this is TARP money?

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On March 30, 2009
On the day GM and Chrysler are sort of going bankrupt, and perhaps being allowed to shed their “bad” liabilities (this appears to mean their contractual obligations to their workforce) it appears John Calipari is going to get $40 million over six years to coach the student-athletes at the University of Kentucky. There’s a moral […]

Worst. Bracket. Ever.

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On March 30, 2009

Ok, not as bad as that, but really not good. It appears that exactly one of the 105 completed entries picked Villanova as the NCAA Tournament Champion. It’s too complicated for me to work out ri

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