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Literary Interests Blog Meme

By on 9.26.06 | 9:43AM

One of my favorite writers and frequent AmSpec columnist John Tabin invites me to grapple with several fun "sentence fragments with grammatically dubious question marks" on literary interests, a challenge I accept and will get to as soon as I'm off deadline. In the meantime, check out the questions (?) and Tabin's really interesting answers here.

Keys to Lott’s Kingdom

By on 9.26.06 | 9:38AM

My friend and former AmSpec editor Jeremy Lott has extended me a kind invitation to take over blogging duties at his website for the next two weeks as he prepares to head back to D.C. for a gig at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Here's my interview with The Man Himself on his book In Defense of Hypocrisy. I'll be laboring under one basic ground rule: Don't get Lott sued. Well, you know, I'll do what I can.

World To End In 2011?

By on 9.25.06 | 4:04PM

I was looking over some other stuff from the Commonwealth Fund today (see last Thursday's post) and found this in some testimony that the Fund's Assistant Vice President, Sara R. Collins, gave to Congress not long ago about health savings accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs):

The U.S. Treasury Department estimates that under current law only 14 million people will ever enroll in HSA-eligible HDHPs-still a relatively small share of the overall market.

The reference for that sentence is this Fact Sheet (PDF) from the Treasury Department. It says something a little different:


14 million by 2010 -- Treasury Department projection of HSA policies (covering 25 to 30 million people) -- based on current law.

RE: Cross References

By on 9.25.06 | 12:47PM

Paul, I think Christians should take a page from another's playbook. They should:

(1) Hold protests against NBC where they chant "Death to the NBC secularists."

(2) If NBC refuses to do the right thing, then Christians shold burn down local NBC affiliates, and

(3) Find NBC's equivalent of a nun and shoot her in the back.

Ryder Crush

By on 9.25.06 | 10:31AM

As I've noted before, here, the United States increasingly is being embarrassed in international sports competition. This year's Ryder Cup in golf (a second straight outrageously huge shellacking by Europe over the USA, 18 1/2 9 1/2) again bears that out, as does the U.S. loss to Russia yesterday in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup, with top American Andy Roddick having lost both of his singles matches. To see how distressing the American golf situation is, though, we must look past even the Ryder Cup (which featured 11 30-somethings plus a 42-year-old for the Americans) to what is coming up behind this year's Cup participants. Bad news: Only two Americans in their 20s have won more than a single PGA tournament. First, there is Ben Curtis, with two somewhat lesser tour titles to go with his British Open win in 2003. I think he may actually develop into a semi-star. Then there is Vaughn Taylor, with only two wins, both of them at the same third-tier event played opposite a World Golf Championship event. Beyond that: Zilch, zip, nada, nothing.