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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Why the Public Option Matters, Really | Politicker NY
Tom Smith

The standard talking point from proponents of the public option is that, contrary to the Republican fear-mongering, it is absolutely not a stalking-horse for an eventual shift to a single-payer health care system.

via www.politickerny.com

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RealClearPolitics - Roman the Rapist
Tom Smith

He had sex with a 13-year-old girl. He got her to go to Jack Nicholson's house by promising that she would be in a photo shoot. When she got there, he fed her a Quaalude and alcohol -- champagne for a 13-year-old, how enticing -- and then he raped her.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

Susan Estrich finally has written something I agree with.

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Does Obama care what economists say?
Tom Smith

If Paul Rahe is trying to get me worried, it's working.

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Jewel Is a Girl's Best Friend - Mark Steyn
Tom Smith

If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But… f—ing, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to f— young girls. Juries want to f— young girls. Everyone wants to f— young girls!

via corner.nationalreview.com

It's just another thing your parents were right about. It has ever been true, hasn't it, that the arts community, actors, writers, artists etc. has had a moral depravity problem, for want of a better term. It's not new. You could find a lady of character on the stage in 1810 or whenever, but you'd have to look hard. There's probably some explanation for why this is so, but it seems to be so. The new thing is that with media growing so important, people with disorderly morals seem to becoming ever more influential, and that's no so good.

Just to be clear, I'm not saying all artists are moral degenerates.  I just think it's obvious that the mean of the normal distribution of moral quality in some professions is significantly offset in the direction of moral laxity.  There are doubtless many morally upright actors, novelists and so on.  I just think as a percentage they would be smaller than the similar class of say, dentists.  A parent who has a child who has her heart set on dental school need not worry about sexual exploitation in the same way as a parent whose child's heart is set on Hollywood.  Someone who said, The dental profession is a moral cesspool! would be thought odd or perhaps in possession of some peculiar bit of knowledge.  Someone who said Hollywood is a moral cesspool! would be stating a truism.  All that is going on with this Polanski thing is that people are getting an unusual look at the distorted moral (or not very moral) lens through which people in a certain network view the world.  In a similar way, you would probably get expressions of surprise and outrage among the world of bouncers, professional fighters, and hangers on over the prosecution of a guy who beat somebody up for stealing his parking spot.  Who wouldn't beat somebody up for doing that?  Lust, anger, everybody has their favorites.  For avarice, try Wall Street.

See also this.  The French aren't all bad.

What we need is some Swiss lawyers or others with knowledge of the relevant law and institutions to blog about this.  My sense is Polanski is in very deep trouble.  The Swiss and the Swiss legal profession in particular are pretty well steeped in rule of law values.  If you are thinking, what about tax evasion, you are being naive.  You used to be able to evade taxes in CH precisely because of their strict enforcement of certain laws.  The Swiss also recently take a dim view of pedophilia.  My guess is Polanski will sit in a Swiss jail and then be extradited to the US, as per the treaty.  Among other problems, it's hard for a notorious fugitive to get bail.  If the Swiss are smart, and they are, they will see that their reputation as a jurisdiction that takes its treaty obligations and its own law seriously is far more important than its reputation as a venue for international playpersons.  But we'll see.

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Revealed: The ghost fleet of the recession anchored just east of Singapore | Mail Online
Tom Smith

The tropical waters that lap the jungle shores of southern Malaysia could not be described as a paradisical shimmering turquoise. They are more of a dark, soupy green. They also carry a suspicious smell. Not that this is of any concern to the lone Indian face that has just peeped anxiously down at me from the rusting deck of a towering container ship; he is more disturbed by the fact that I may be a pirate, which, right now, on top of everything else, is the last thing he needs.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

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Did The Great Depression Have A Silver Lining? Life Expectancy Increased By 6.2 Years
Tom Smith

ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2009) — The Great Depression had a silver lining: During that hard time, U.S. life expectancy actually increased by 6.2 years, according to a University of Michigan study published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

via www.sciencedaily.com

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Dan Rather's $70M lawsuit against CBS thrown out
Tom Smith

NEW YORK – A New York court on Tuesday dismissed Dan Rather's $70 million breach of contract lawsuit against CBS Corp., noting that the network continued to pay the anchor $6 million a year even after he left the evening news broadcast.

via news.yahoo.com

How refreshing to see a contract enforced.

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How Japan plans to have more babies
Tom Smith

Tokyo – After Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's debut on the international stage last week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the premier is back home to tackle daunting tasks. One of the most intractable problems his country is facing is its falling birthrate.

via news.yahoo.com

There are worse ways to spend your time.

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USMC Battling for the Future - Defense News
Tom Smith

Virtually everything important to the service's future is up for grabs, from its core amphibious assault missions to its vehicle, ship and aircraft programs, current and former Marines say. And it's all happening as the Pentagon responds to intense budget pressure that has already forced the cancellation of several high-profile weapon programs belonging to its sister services.

via www.defensenews.com

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I am shocked
Mike Rappaport

to learn that the 2007 NIE for Iran was wrong and was known to be wrong at the time.  (via Instapundit).

Ron Rosenbaum casts blame on many of those who were at fault, including the intelligence community and the MSM press.  The problem I have with Rosenbaum's account is that it lets the Bush Administration off the hook.  They could have responded to the NIE and explained many of its mistakes.  But, as usual, they were inept and inarticulate.    

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