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Belichick the Economist?

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

I was mighty depressed at the Patriots blowing the game to Manning and the Colts. I thought they should run on 3rd and 2. On 4th and 2 (although excited) I was shocked they were going for it. “Kick the ball, you’re on the 28!” Of course they didn’t succeed on that play and lost the game shortly after. But did that mean the decision was wrong? Not knowing the future, it is any coach’s job to give his team the best odds to win. Ignoring the specific plays called was it right for him statistically to go for it on 4th and 2 on their own 28? Bill Belichick studied economics in school and might have known what these economists/columnists/statisticians know.

Burke (H/T Adam!)

Green Hawks

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Thomas Friedman writes another good column on the need for a carbon tax and what you have to believe to not support one.


So either the opponents of a serious energy/climate bill with a price on carbon don’t care about our being addicted to oil and dependent on petro-dictators forever or they really believe that we will not be adding 2.5 billion more people who want to live like us, so the price of oil won’t go up very far and, therefore, we shouldn’t raise taxes to stimulate clean, renewable alternatives and energy efficiency.

It certainly isn’t David versus Goliath

November 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry debate two Catholics way over their heads on whether the Catholic Church is a force for good in the world. Money quote:

Fry: “It’s the strange thing about this church: it is obsessed with sex, absolutely obsessed. Now they will say, we with our permissive society and our rude jokes are obsessed — no, we have a healthy attitude: we like it, it’s fun, it’s jolly. Because it’s a primary impulse, it can be dangerous and dark and difficult. It’s a bit like food in that respect, only even more exciting. The only people who are obsessed with food are anorexics and the morbidly obese, and that in erotic terms is the Catholic church in a nutshell.”

Did political correctness allow a massacre?

November 9, 2009 Leave a comment

A disturbing news story from The Daily Telegraph.

He also told colleagues at America’s top military hospital that non-Muslims were infidels condemned to hell who should be set on fire. The outburst came during an hour-long talk Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, gave on the Koran in front of dozens of other doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington DC, where he worked for six years before arriving at Fort Hood in July.

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One Army doctor who knew him said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim soldier had stopped fellow officers from filing formal complaints.
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