Month: October 2009

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The Success of Moneyball

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On October 28, 2009
Whatever the limitations of his baseball knowledge, Matt is in fact correct about Buzz Bissinger’s latest silly anti-Billy Beane screed. The biggest problem with Bissinger’s rant is that he doesn’t seem to understand that the core of the philosophy laid out in Moneyball was arbitrage: that is, teams with lower payrolls had to focus on […]

Christbeckmas

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On October 28, 2009

My friend Southern Female Lawyer is pretty excited by Glenn Beck’s Christmas book, as well as by all the touching and heralding and redeeming that will accompany it. Meantime, I’ll note th

He called it "motivationalness," but you get the point

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On October 27, 2009
“Motivation” — already one of the most useless words in the language — was apparently dragged into the woods and shot yesterday. After nine months of being nearly invisible — a big outing has been to a Dallas hardware store for flashlights — George W. Bush made his debut Monday in his latest incarnation: motivational […]

The Story, Not the Facts

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On October 27, 2009
That pretty much sums up Milbank. And the story, as always, is that it’s awful when dirty hippies occasionally have enough influence to shift policy in a very modestly progressive direction, when influence should be left to more grown-up factions. Now, the insurance companies that buy off Mary Landrieu, there are some interest groups you […]

Hack of the Day

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On October 26, 2009

Fred Hiatt. “If the cost controls from a public option go away then Congress will magically impose cost controls that affect vested interests even more directly” is a pretty impressive fea

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