Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Libertarians and Abortion

Ezra Klein muses on the appeal of Ron Paul amongst Libertarians:

"it's a bit hard to square the immense affection Ron Paul receives from putative civil libertarians with his intensely restrictive attitude towards such issues as whether a woman will be forced to use her body as a vessel for childbearing."

Klein is asserting that libertarianism and restrictions on abortion are at odds. I disagree. While libertarians view government as having a limited role, they do accept that it has a role, such as to provide for a legal system, policing, military, all of which at some level have the function of preventing one party from infringing upon the liberties of others. At some point that clump of cells in a woman's body is a life. Now, if one insists that it is not a life till it exits the womb, well, then sure, Mr. Klein's comments are correct, and I am guessing that that is his presumption. However, to the extent one describes a fetus as being more than a clump of cells and actually ascribing life or the qualities of a person to the fetus, it follows necessarily that it has negative liberties, which an abortion would infringe upon (or terminate). If you equate a fetus with life than preventing its termination would be a proper role for the state even in the eyes of a libertarian.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Suck It Detroit!

Last week Sports Illustrated published an article concerning Detroit being known as “Hockeytown U.S.A.” and how deserving Detroit is of this title. Sports Illustrated concludes that “in Detroit in 2007 the Hockeytown moniker seems as appropriate as, well, dipping a beef taco in a glass of milk.” And guess what city they named as the city that should be known as Hockeytown U.S.A…none other than Saint Paul, Minnesota.

For those of us living in the Twin Cities this should come as no surprise considering that the Minnesota Wild, in my opinion, is the best run professional sports organization in the country and between all of the Division I hockey and High School hockey statewide we basically live and breath hockey here. However, it is nice to get a little national recognition every now and then.

Luckily the Wikipedia entry for Hockeytown has already been updated.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Bold Christmas Gift Prediction

The worst gift you can make is anything involving HD-DVD or BluRay. I consider this so for several reasons:

1. you may very well be buying an obsolete format
2. In the event you bet on the right format, by the time the format war is settled there is very likely to be a shift towards download services for High Definition products, in fact this is already underway on a small scale with Vudu and Netflix.

And last but not least, don't give your friend or loved one a gift certificate, give them cash, the most efficient gift there is.

Note: My track record as to predictions is piss poor. I stated unequivocally that the SmartCar would be a terrible failure which prompted a commenter to inform me that there were already 20k preorders for the SmartCar at the time of my post.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Anti's Big Come Back...Coming Soon

Come Thursday night my finals will be done and my long awaited return to the blog will finally be complete. Until then, however, I thought I would post a quick video and dedicate it to our founding father the Pied Piper himself...you know why Piper.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

CBO Blog

The Congressional Budget Office now has a directors blog (Peter Orzag is the CBO Director). Ooops. Something just happened in my pants. This is super duper cool for those of us who are policy geeks.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

McCain

He is currently being left for dead but I actually think he has a decent shot at winning the Republican nomination. If Romney fails to win in Iowa I think his campaign will be perceived as cratering. McCain doesn't bear any burden of high expectations in Iowa, quite the opposite. I don't really envision Huckabee doing all that well in New Hampshire. That leaves Giuliani and Thompson. Thompson's campaign cratered before it even started in full and Giuliani has also been losing ground of late. This is not to say that McCain has been doing particularly well in the polls, but against this crowd anybody has a shot.