Implied Dissent

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Little Puffs of Smoke

The mind of a regulator.


I agree that some of the things he supports are wrongheaded, but saying that Ron Paul is dead to you, "now and forever?" It seems a bit excessive for the best member of the House of Reps. Maybe I'd feel differently if I were gay, but I still think he's great.

Burst Through the Hole

Continuing on with our look at the 2004 NFL season, in this column running backs are highlighted. While teams do not need a dominant running back to win a Super Bowl as evidenced by the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, from a fantasy standpoint stud backs are the best way to win a league. Here are five topics to help shed some light on the running back crop of 2004.
Best Running Back: LaDanian Tomlinson. Tough choice between Tomlinson and Priest Holmes but the Chargers running back gets the slight nod due to age. Also, Tomlinson is the complete fuel that sparks San Diego, only can only imagine how awful the team would be without him.
Worst Starting Running Back: Travis Minor. No doubt this was an easy selection to make. Ricky Williams sudden retirement left the Dolphins in quite a lurch but the team has been far too passive in seeking a quality starting running back. It is unacceptable for Minor to be the Dolphins starting running back.
Running Back Most Likely to Break Out: Thomas Jones. Jones is in an offense designed for him to put up big numbers and he has no excuses this year. If Jones doesn’t get 1,000 yards rushing this season, he never will.
Running Back Most Likely to Regress: Marshall Faulk. The wear and tear should only continue with Faulk. No longer capable of playing a full season nor seemingly rushing for a 1,000 yards. At the age of 31, Faulk has already seen his best days.
Rookie Who Will Make the Biggest Impact: Julius Jones. He has clearly outplayed Eddie George in the preseason and that trend should only continue once the games count for real. Bill Parcells loves to run the ball and Jones should benefit the most from that philosophy.
Quick Thoughts: If Deion Sanders is returning as a nickel back, he no longer can be called Prime Time…Apparently the only other qualification besides speed needed to play for Lovie Smith is the ability to pull a hamstring…Michael Vick is showing all the guys who held out this preseason another way to avoid practice…Even with a 200 million dollar rotation the Yankees still have a below average rotation…The greatness of Barry Bonds cannot be overstated…Something is still not right with Mark Prior…The Kurt Warner era will not last long in New York…Look up manager in the dictionary and it is defined as Bobby Cox…If the NCAA truly cared about student athletes, wouldn’t Mike Williams be playing for USC this season?… I can honestly say I saw about an hour worth of Olympic competition.

Monday, August 30, 2004

I'd dispute the word viable...

but otherwise, sounds good to me.

Want to get a job with Microsoft?

Here's a guide to the job interview. (I haven't looked at it myself, so I can't vouch for any of it. I mean, it's fricking long, and I don't want to work for them.)
via Newmark's Door.

Sunday, August 29, 2004


The Onion on TGI Friday's.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Ah... L'Amoure

I'm not sure if this
is scary or sad or just plain funny.

Ah, what an...incredible've...discovered!

Great near-disasters in casting.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Order is restored

Eugene Volokh explains the trick behind the geometry.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

He's really smart in some ways...

but Walter Williams don't know shit about foreign policy. Just one of his errors is thinking that Libya gave up its weapons programs due to Bush's wars. Libya had been trying for a few years to get out of the doghouse, we just hadn't let them until recently. I guess you could argue that neither Bush nor Clinton felt they could let Libya back into the family of nations without a Nixon-to-China type of situation, but if that's the argument, say it. Most likely, Williams just swallowed the administration claim unquestioningly that they basically put the fear of Bush into Qaddafi.

Innovative charity

From Modest Needs.

Get paid for doing this shit?

Fuck yeah!

There is someone dumber than Bush and Moore

His name is Duane Meiser.

Do it yourself

Outsourcing, that is.

This looks...




Tuesday, August 24, 2004

A little Fantasy Football Preview, QB Edition

With the 2004 NFL season looming and having just completed my fantasy football draft, I figured it was time to begin analyzing the individual positions and handing out awards. In this column, we will look at QBs; the next one will be RB, and the one after WR, before making overall team predictions. Ideally, this will all get done before the season begins, but if not we will still do them anyway. It should only help make my predictions more accurate. So without further ado…
Best QB: A tie between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Manning couldn’t win the MVP outright last year, and he is sharing this award as well. If you were starting a team from scratch, Manning would be the guy. As a pure passer he is the guy. However, Brady has to be here too. Not only did the Patriots win 2 of the last 3 Super Bowls, but Brady lead them both times on the winning drive. He is the money QB when it comes to leading a team on a two-minute drive. Plus, he scores points for being nice to the Commander.
Worst Starting QB: I may be cheating ever so slightly on this one, but I am going with Ken Dorsey. Sure he is only probably going to start due to the multiple injuries suffered by Tim Rattay, but Dorsey still wins the award because he will be under center come week 1. The guy is going to be thrown to the wolves. For a guy who rarely lost in college, Dorsey will experience the exact opposite in the NFL.
QB Ready to Make the Leap to the Next Level: Mike Vick. A healthy Vick, in his fourth season, should be ready to dominate. Losing Dan Reeves did wonders for John Elway’s career and Vick should reap similar benefits. The most exciting player in the game, here is hoping Vick can make it through a season and start 16 games.
QB Ready to Regress: Jake Plummer. Yes many are on the Snake’s bandwagon, but frankly I don’t see it. He has never been consistent and does not have a great group of wide outs to throw to this year. Before he starts receiving accolades let’s see cut down on his turnovers and stay healthy. The luster is off Mike Shanahan’s genius.
Rookie Most Likely to Make an Impact: Philip Rivers. Even with the late signing, he should make the greatest impact of the three rookies. Eli Manning is in a very tough division with strong defenses. Ben Roethlisberger may barely play this season. Odds are Drew Brees will only remain the starter for so long in San Diego. For better or worse, Rivers is going to be thrown to the wolves this season.
Quick Thoughts: Good to see the U.S. Hoops team really stick it to Angola…I think Adrian Beltre has earned himself one fat contract this off-season…Johan Santana will win the AL Cy Young…The MVP award might as well be renamed the Barry Bonds award…Even Eric Gagne is human.

A couple of fools

Moore and Timmins have a war of words over Timmins kicking Ronstadt out of Aladdin. I don't think either one has any idea what being an American means.

A peak into the future

Thanks to the editor of Harper's.

Who da men?

Stewart and Corddry, of course.

We and They

From Kipling.

Monday, August 23, 2004

On false bravery

Tom Palmer (director of Cato U, and a very good speaker) on McSleazy, er, McGreevey.

An almost perfect system

Ok, that's an exaggeration, but for dealing with emergencies, it is the best one we've got.

I guess it makes sense in a weird kind of way. If you're crazy.

Bush: I also have reservations about the constitutionality of the broad ban on issue advertising, which restrains the speech of a wide variety of groups on issues of public import in the months closest to an election.
And then, he signed the bill.

The perfect analogy

From Dave Barry, of course.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

PJ and Powell

I found this interview of Colin Powell by PJ O'Rourke fascinating. I'm still trying to figure out what I think of Powell; is he part of the problem in the administration? Or is he the voice of reason that keeps them from really going crazy?

The South Park Boys present

Team America: World Police

Sometimes things just come together

I coincidentally found this column on the Swift boat veterans and this piece on spotting liars just a couple of minutes apart.
Update: Also read this.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Wow! Fafblog gets W to sit down for an interview. How do they do it?

Friday, August 20, 2004

They sure are paranoid.

Russell Roberts chimes in on the Tabarrok mini-controversy.
Deroy Murdock has some advice for John Kerry. I'm guessing Murdock is more for Bush, but, regardless, he's right, Kerry should release those records.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Tabarrok follows up on his initial post here and here.
It looks like the NY Times inadvertently caught Kerry in a lie about the economy.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Alex Tabarrok poses a thought experiment and some questions on regulation of apartment rentals. Atrios misinterprets him, but raises some decent points. The people in his comments section then proceed to misinterpret Tabarrok even more and make some really stupid statements. Here's my take:
First, I'd bet less than half of the commenters even read the post. Second, Tabarrok never says requiring hot water to be provided is bad. We can't say a priori that it either is or isn't. When looking at regulations of this sort, we need to consider costs and benefits to all parties (leaving aside whether or not the government has the right to require these things, which some do dispute). In some circumstances it's good, in some it's bad, in some it doesn't matter much. For example, requiring it in 1800 Boston would be a very bad idea, the costs would far, far exceed the benefits. We simply weren't rich enough to make it wise. On the other hand, if economic progress proceeds, in the year 2100 it won't matter at all, the costs of provision will be tiny and information flow will be great enough that assymetric info won't be a problem. Determining the wisdom of these sorts of laws isn't just a matter of them sounding like nice things.

Please read

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Wow, write columns in consecutive weeks and suddenly I need a break. Don’t worry I didn’t go searching for the truth, I already found it growing up on Michael Jordan. So I am back and stronger than ever (hopefully).
Certainly the same cannot be said for Sammy Sosa. Lost in the whole Nomar Garciaparra-Boston divorce has been the Chicago perspective. As Cubs fans embrace the fallen Garciaparra, the backlash on Sosa has only intensified. There is an amusing irony in Cubs fans showing Garciaparra how they can be much more supportive than the Boston media while booing Sosa any chance they get.
Falls from superstardom are rarely smooth and it has been rather ugly in Sosa’s case. Really nothing has been the same since Salomon Torres hit him in the head last season. After a lengthy stint on the DL, Sosa returned only to be busted for using a corked bat against the Devil Rays. It was one thing to wonder if Sosa was using a performance enhancement substance but to have evidence of him cheating was a different story. It also showed how desperate Sosa was to regain his superstar status.
No doubt Sosa had an amazing run from 1998 to 2002 that no one saw coming. He gained patience and learned how to work the count. Sosa became a hitter and as a result a top 5 player in the game. The home run chase between Sosa and McGwire swept the nation and established Sosa as a baseball icon.
Of course the higher one goes, the greater the fall. Seeing Sosa revert back to his free swinging days is sad. Watching a former superstar become mediocre is not easy. Clearly it is not easy for Sosa either. He refuses to accept his decline even though he isn’t even the 5th best player on the Cubs these days.
Fortunately the Cubs don’t need Sosa to carry them anymore. Unfortunately, Sosa still will only bat 3rd or 4th in the lineup making it harder for the Cubs to reach the postseason. When Sosa was the man it was the team that lacked the overall quality, now it is the reverse.
The solution is simple though embracing it has been rather hard. Cubs’ fans and Sosa himself have to accept the reality that he is not a superstar anymore. Sosa needs to realize that in the current lineup if he is merely a key contributor that is more than enough. Cub’s fans needs to remember all Sosa did and realize he is the greatest Cub of all-time. For now both Sosa and Cubs fans are striking out.Quick Thoughts: Clearly Dave Wannstedt broke the deal he made with the devil…Congratulations to the Chargers on showing why Eli Manning never wanted to go there… It is more interesting watching the USA hoops team lose than win…Gary Payton’s talk about not wanting to move his family would sound a little more convincing if he didn’t whine his way out of Seattle…email any thoughts to for possible use in a future mailbag column

Monday, August 16, 2004

The NY Times interviews an econometrician who predicts the outcome of November's election using econometrics. The interviewer is really annoying, such as: It saddens me that you teach this to students at Yale, who could be thinking about society in complex and meaningful ways.
More relating Hayek and gay marriage. This guy comes to almost exactly the conclusions that I did back in June. I'm not saying he ripped me off, he's probably never heard of me or this site, just that it's interesting.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Anyone who would use the word sensitivity in any context relating to war, is a pussy, and is not fit for high office. So vote him out.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Some brief analysis of the upcoming Google IPO.
Will Wilkinson on free will and determinism.
I've never heard of homophobes described as altruists, but it kind of makes sense. MYOB.

Test your knowledge of greek mythology. I answered nine correctly, but the one I missed was a real gimme, arguably the easiest one on the quiz. Overconfidence-bred sloppiness, it's a killer.
Just another reminder of why Clinton wasn't that much better than Bush. A little better, but this is pretty bad.
Here's an unusual way of analyzing the candidates, but it jives with my impressions of the two, so it's probably got something going for it.
A lot of people say that either not voting or voting for a third-party candidate is a vote for Bush. Charley Reese is one of these people. This argument is, quite frankly, retarded. First the obvious point that there is a difference in voting for Bush and not voting at all. If they were the same, Bush would happily have everyone stay home who intends to vote for him. Secondly, either voting matters or it doesn't. If it doesn't matter, since there's no way my vote will change the outcome of the election, then it doesn't matter. Vote for Bush, vote for Kerry, write-in your spouse, whatever. On the other hand, voting may matter. If I express a desire for policies x,y and z and don't vote, politicians will generally not take account of what I want. If I vote for a candidate who has no chance of winning, I'm not supporting one of the incompetent/bad/evil guys with a chance, and I'm showing I'm part of the process, that I'm a voter to woo. I am firmly convinced that Ross Perot's performance in 1992 (despite the fact that he is insane and had no chance of winning) put the deficit front and center on many politicians' minds, nudging us towards fiscal sanity. Was a vote for Perot a vote for Bush I? Or for Clinton? No, it was neither, and people weren't throwing their votes away either.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Attention comic book nerds!
Don Boudreaux on the difference between law and legislation.
A very interesting article on Brian Cashman. He may work for the source of most of the world's evil, but it's a good read.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Thomas Sowell's random thoughts, which are generally worth more than most people's fully developed ideas.
Psst. Hey...did you know that Paul Krugman used to actually be an economist who wrote worthwhile pieces, not the misleading polemics he generally writes today? (Yes I know I recently praised something he wrote, but it wasn't on economics and wasn't like most of he writes, i.e., it was good).
I have no words to describe how I fee about this.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The Red Sox have some interesting off-field plans. I tentatively support what they're trying to do.
I'm not sure if this article warrants on "oh shit", or a "bullshit", but I figured I'd pass it along.

Will Wilkinson offers a moral defense of the self-made man. You wouldn't think it'd be neccesary to do so, but apparently it is.
Deroy Murdock, whom I met at Cato University in July, on the Orwellian nature of current political discourse. I don't think it's that much worse now than it was before, but that says more about the before than the now. Of course, Deroy probably has a better perspective on the past than I do. I'm not saying he's old, just older than I am....He does have good taste in music, if his lecture on the music market is any indication. I'm pretty sure he picked the music he wanted to play and built the lecture around it, but it worked out pretty well. Ok, enough rambling.
This is pretty weird, but I like it.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Bruce Bartlett on the stupidity of a national sales tax, and on Europe's economic performance vs. the US'. I think he leaves out some important considerations in favor of replacing the income tax with a sales tax, but since I don't advocate for this change, I won't point them out.
For any Objectivists reading this, an interesting article/story relating to morality in different worlds. FYI, I'm not an Objectivist, but find they have a lot to offer, even given this.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Think nuclear power is dangerous? Check this out.
Think the minimum wage is good for the poor? Check this out.
Want to know who has the heart of a champion? You know what to do.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

So I saw The Manchurian Candidate yesterday. I haven't seen the original, so I can't really compare the two, but I thought the new version was quite good. I'm not sure what exactly the message of it was, or if there even was a message, but it does make you think. A couple parts of it I'm not sure if I liked, but I won't get specific as I don't want to give anything away. I'll just say the bathroom scene was overly explicit, and the final scene didn't seem to be neccesary to me. For another review, here you go.
I found this column on rape shield laws pretty interesting. I don't know enough to say how it needs to be done, but it seems clear to me the current system sucks, for both sides, and needs to be reformed.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Some Comedy Central news to report. Apparently Jon Stewart and Ted Koppel got into a bit of a fight at the DNC. Just words, no fists. Hopefully Koppel will take some of Jon's advice.
Dave Chappelle really can say "I'm rich, biotch!" now. $50M? Wow.
BTW, Abe Vigoda....still alive.

Will Ferrell. 'Nuff said.
I like cats, but this is enough to make me reconsider. Ow.
It may seem like a sad day, due to the Super Freak passing away, but fret not: Abe Vigoda lives!

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Balko on how to protect the environment. And an oldie but goodie on a green supply-side agenda.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

George Shultz takes on the Clinton economic record. Matthew Yglesias and Don Luskin have very different reactions. I think he overstates his case quite a bit, but isn't totally wrong.
Here's an interesting market development. Wonder if it will work.

Monday, August 02, 2004

I am Cornholio! (via Vodkapundit)

Still upset about the whole Nomar situation. Including with the media, for apparently either doing whatever the team's management wants of them now and selling out Nomar, or lying to us all these years about the real Nomar. Pricks.
Anyway, read some Sowell on discrimination here and here.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Good-bye 5.