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"I already brought it, bitch! I brought it, set it down on the table and opened it, bitch!"

-Eric Cartman


for the poor souls studying for the LSAT

Here's a good paralell-the-reasoning thingy:

Mother: It's every Jew's duty to ensure the [racial] continuity of the Jewish people.

Abu Gingy: I shouldn't spend more to eat lunch out because it will contribute to inflation.


why I love my alma mater

We always had a way with words.


I love Corporate Finance class more than this guy

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the lobe-damaged Christians who are trying to destroy America

The always thoughtful DJ Waletzky weighs in on the politically coercive wing of the evangelical movement.


My Greatest Hits

It's too difficult to rank them, but I believe that these are my top 10 blog posts of all time. This is what I have to show for my efforts:
1.30.2005 advice for those contemplating law school in their darker moments
2.07.2005 my newest moneymaking scheme
4.30.2005 how is sex trading against the dollar?
5.08.2005 abu gingy eviscerates a crazy troach
6.23.2005 list of supreme court justices whose driveways I would like to shit in right now (I selected this not for its intrinsic value but for its prescience; two people have since started projects to expropriate the New Hampshire homes of Justices Souter and Kennedy.)
6.19.2005 profiles in unabashed pigfucking: Sen. Robert Byrd
6.18.2005 in my country, there is problem
7.04.2005 the shit i get on friendster
8.16.2005 my armchair psychoanalysis: Chuck Schumer is a hypomanic
9.06.2005 frontal lobe damage, insanity and retardation rolled into one


if you have a T-Mobile sidekick...

Do NOT use your wireless internet while roaming in Canada. They will charge you $10/MB of data. If you get a lot of e-mails and IM a fair amount, that adds up to about $10 a day. They charged me $50 but I just called them up threatening to take my business to Sprint, and I was able to christian them down to $20.

Israel and the Arabs sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G?

Earlier this week we read about King Abdullah speaking to an audience of Rabbis in Washington, over the weekend Musharraf spoke to the American Jewish Congress. Qatar's FM recently met with his Israeli counterpart. Is this the beginning of a thaw, or just political posturing? After all, it doesn't seem to be coming from the ground up, at least in Jordan, where 100% of the population holds anti-Semitic views according to a survey this week. Still, one has to admire their efforts. All these Islamic heads of state are always dodging assasination attempts. Now that they are talking with Jews, they certainly have the fate of Anwar Sadat looming large in their minds.
There's a lot of scenarios that could make this thaw DOA: Netanyahu getting elected, a large scale invasion of Gaza in response to incessant terror attacks, Sharon getting to final status negotiations and not putting half of Jerusalem on the table, or worse yet, offering a very disappointing deal on the West Bank. Something tells me that, although Sharon is serious about peace, he would never be willing to make the kind of sacrifices that the Abbas would need to sell his people on a deal. At that point we have another intifada and any thaw will be put on hold and probably reversed.



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Read it and weep, bitches.  The Yankees have finally taken first.  The best part is that the Red Sox are not only half a game behind the Yankees, but they are also a game behind the shitty Cleveland Indians for the wild card!


the Texas Taliban strikes again

This was the last straw. I just joined the ACLU.
Early last month, the bureau's Washington Field Office began recruiting for a new anti-obscenity squad. Attached to the job posting was a July 29 Electronic Communication from FBI headquarters to all 56 field offices, describing the initiative as "one of the top priorities" of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and, by extension, of "the Director." That would be FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

Mischievous commentary began propagating around the water coolers at 601 Fourth St. NW and its satellites, where the FBI's second-largest field office concentrates on national security, high-technology crimes and public corruption.

The new squad will divert eight agents, a supervisor and assorted support staff to gather evidence against "manufacturers and purveyors" of pornography -- not the kind exploiting children, but the kind that depicts, and is marketed to, consenting adults.

"I guess this means we've won the war on terror," said one exasperated FBI agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity because poking fun at headquarters is not regarded as career-enhancing. "We must not need any more resources for espionage."

Full Story at Washington Post

Related: Saudi Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice

Are my friends so innocent, or am I just exceptionally perverted?

Female friend: i want a canon powershot
Abu Gingy: i can give you a canon powershot
Abu Gingy: oh you mean the camera
Female friend: when did you get it?
Abu Gingy: puberty


President Bush is gay?

Current headline on Drudge: CLINTON TURNS ON BUSH

I wouldn't judge Bush for being gay, but my estimation of him would decline (if thats even possible) if it were true that he gets aroused by tubby old Bubba. You're the president of the United States, have some standards for chrissake.


fundamentalist mussies take their jihad to Burger King

Read about it at Little Green Footballs.

It bothers me when Jews take any criticism of Judaism or Israel as anti-Semitism. Still, I can understand where they are coming from. They conflate different issues that aren't as interlinked as they would believe. But this kind of nonsense takes the cake. I remember my brother once had a pair of sneakers that was discontinued by Nike because the word "air" on the outsole looked like "Allah" to some obsessive idiot.
It seems that every time some Muslim sees a squiggle somewhere, it has to be a desecration of Allah. What do they think, that Salman Rushdie is designing their milkshake cups?

Thanks SB for the link!


in this post I contribute a memorable soundbite to the monetarist school

Trying to cool down an overheated business cycle with fiscal policy is like trying to stop a car by driving into a giant pothole.


Abu Gingy in the Blogosphere

See my comments on this post at The Kvetcher

With "peak efficiency" achieved, Republicans pat selves on back for job well done

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget.
Mr. DeLay was defending Republicans' choice to borrow money and add to this year's expected $331 billion deficit to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. Some Republicans have said Congress should make cuts in other areas, but Mr. DeLay said that doesn't seem possible.
"My answer to those that want to offset the spending is sure, bring me the offsets, I'll be glad to do it. But nobody has been able to come up with any yet," the Texas Republican told reporters at his weekly briefing.
Asked if that meant the government was running at peak efficiency, Mr. DeLay said, "Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we've pared it down pretty good."

Full story at Wash Times

For a dose of reality on the "Republican Revolution" check http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=3750


it is a moral imperative that we NUKE CHINA INTO THE FUCKING STONE AGE

People in China are being pushed to desperate measures, such as heightening surgery. Why? Many Chinese government agencies will not hire a person who is under 5'6:
With her 147 cm, Yun Yun's job opportunities are very limited. She would not be tall enough to qualify for many universities.
For example, law schools accept females only over 155 cm and males should be over 165 cm saying short advocates or judges will lack authority in court, the report said.

Full story

This is like Jim Crow on crack. We ought to grant political asylum to all Chinese under 5'6 and then nuke the whole goddamn place back into the Ming Dynasty. We can call Beijing the Richard M. Nixon Memorial Parking Lot.

Further reading on this problem:

he is neither articulate nor well-spoken

"I don't want anybody outside of New Orleans planning nothing as it relates to how we're going to rebuild this city without us signing off on it," [Mayor] Nagin said.


they had to tell us AFTER we all bought iPods

We're going deaf.


creative destruction at work

On top of that, newspapers could lose nearly all of their classified ad revenues to Craigslist, which seems to be extending its influence every day. According to Classified Intelligence, an advertising consultancy and newsletter publisher in Altamonte Springs, Fla., Craigslist's monthly unique visitors total of 10 million nearly doubled in the last year, during which it has added about 65 U.S. cities and regions and expanded into Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and South America. Its five million new classified ads each month generate two billion page views.


best of the Web

Thank you, Steve, for the pointer.


I gotta admit: Steinbrenner knows malediction

April 1, 1999: No joke. Enraged that P Hideki Irabu fails to cover 1B on a ground ball hit during an exhibition game, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner calls him a "fat pussy toad." Steinbrenner will later apologize to Irabu.



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what's the deal with "modern regression?"

Do they teach medieval regression anywhere? Oxford, perhaps?


I bought a measuring tape today

...for...uh... personal biometric purposes. It turns out I'm a 7.5-- hat size, you perv.

So long, Amtrak!

Report: Amtrak to hike rail fares
Boston Business Journal
Amtrak plans to increases fares for northeastern U.S. rail commuters, the New York Times reported Friday.
The hike may mean monthly costs go up as much as 50 percent for commuters between Boston and Washington, D.C., said the report.

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As it stands, it usually costs the same for me to fly from DC to NYC. Now that rail fares are going up, it will seldom make sense for me to take the train. Not that I planned on doing it again after my non-air conditioned, 7 hour hellride last month.


The Simpsons and Moral Hazard in Health Insurance Markets

Today's Simpsons re-run featured Homer and Lisa in sensory deprivation tanks at the new age Karma-Ceuticals homepoathic remedy shop. While they are inside, two movers representing the store's creditors come to repossess the tanks. They attempt to lift the one with Homer in it and, after experiencing difficulty, one advises the other to lift with his legs. The other guy's response? "Meh, I've got insurance."


of disasters, relief, and moderate libertarianism

One blog topic that I've had in the hopper lately is what it means to be a moderate libertarian. The other day my buddy Pete Eyre, one of the highly principled libertarians at the Institute for Humane Studies, sent me the email down below (in blockquotes). I think Pete's opinions on the government response to Hurricane Katrina illustrate, more or less, the libertarian orthodoxy on the matter.
So how do I define my moderate libertarianism?
Well, in general, libertarians believe that government will screw up almost anything worse than the private sector will. I agree with that. The more ideologically oriented types will say that we must completely avoid the slippery slope of government control beyond the extent that it is needed to protect life, liberty, and property. My problem with this slippery slope argument is that it is a contradiction for even the most principled libertarian. Government can do almost anything in the name of national security or protecting property while justifying the encroachment on liberty as "balanced." If you're totally serious about the slippery slope, you would have to be an anarchist.
I acknowledge that there is such a thing as market failure that necessitates government action (ie the environment, contagious disease, and price-fixing). There are plenty of "slippery slope libertarians" who will admit as much, but will tell you that the benefits of such regulation are limited due to public sector incompetence and outweighed by the costs of a larger government.
Libertarians place a major value on humility in policymaking. While I agree that politicians are foolhardy to try and change human nature, I think the humility hangup is overdone with regard to smaller changes. In fact, I believe that a little ambition can go a long way when kept in check. So back to Pete's e-mail:
If you have an extra minute or two and want to read an awesome analysis of the failure of government, check out Don Boudreaux's piece from Sept. 3rd on Cafe Hayek.

Also, consider that the federal government has NO authority to provide relief for natural disasters. The U.S. Constitution granted the federal government only specific powers that were enumerated. Yet, agencies such as the $4.8 billion per year Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) exist, which politicians tout as effective. In reality, FEMA harms Americans. Rather than forcing individuals to weigh the pros (great view) and cons (probably flood, earthquake, fires etc.) of building in a particular location, FEMA mitigates the possible harms since taxpayers elsewhere are forced to foot the bill when a natural disaster does occur. Also, FEMA disrupts the markets for insurance companies. The only logical outcome? Those who chose to build on a fault line, or as we saw recently, in an area that is under sea level, are rewarded. However, this has not always been the case.

The federal government may or may not have the constitutional authority to provide relief for natural disasters. I was only in law school for 2 and a half months and didn't care for it so I'm not going to focus on this particular matter. For now, let's just assume it isn't too controversial to justify FEMA as providing for the general welfare. My issue here is with the characterization of FEMA as a moral hazard. Malcolm Gladwell's "The Moral Hazard Myth" ran in August 29th's New Yorker. He quotes Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt, "You always hear that the demand for health care is unlimited. This is just not true. People who are very well insured, who are very rich, do you see them check into the hospital because it's free? Do people really like to go to the doctor? Do they check into the hospital instead of playing golf?" Does the prospect of a few blankets and a $2000 debit card really cause people to discount the risk of a cataclysmic natural disaster? As for the distortions to insurance markets, he has a point, but it's a relatively small price to pay for the benefits of assistance to people in such a desperate emergency situation.

Over one hundred years ago, President Cleveland vetoed a $10,000 bill that would have provided seeds to drought-stricken farmers in Texas and in doing so, stated that, "Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character. . . . " (http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/gc2224.html). Any chance of that happening today? No. Unfortunately our federal government has grown, under both the Democrats and Republicans, to assume authority that they were not given.

One more example for those who are not yet blown away by my rationale that federal involvement in disaster relief (and many other areas) is both unconstitutional and unproductive, consider a speech made by a U.S. Representative from Tennessee: http://www.cnsnews.com/Library/crockett.htm

A drought and a flood are literally opposite problems. New Orleans is an entire city in an emergency situation characterized by lawlessness and chaos. The city has to be stabilized somehow. I'm happy with turning over some tax dollars for a short while to hold people over so that they don't all turn to violence and looting. As a libertarian, I see it as sort of a payoff, albeit a worthwhile one. If evacuating people from toxic New Orleans will prevent a national outbreak of diphtheria, then the government is actually engaging in Coasian bargaining on our behalf (incidentally, that is why there is no good argument against universal vaccination against contagious diseases). When it comes to hurricanes, I suppose you could say I'm a fairweather libertarian.
Many of you may be asking, 'How will these people be helped if the federal government was not involved?' Simple. Private charities and non-profits would step-in. 'What?' you may ask. Think back and consider that prior to federal intervention into this and other facets of American life, private charities, non-profits, voluntary associations etc. came to the aid of those in need. Americans are the most generous people on Earth. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered tragedies (a clear example is the tsunami in Asia). Yet, rather than our current system, in which the government forces you to give them money that you have earned through your labor to be used (inefficiently) in an attempt to help others, you should be allowed to spend your money as you choose. Since Katrina, millions have given money to organizations such as the Red Cross because they know the organizations will help bring relief to those who need it most. Yet, as we saw in Don Boudrequx's article, our ever-wise federal government has restricted access to organizations when they are desperately needed.

I agree almost entirely with this. I think there is still a role for government, given its monopoly over resources like the National Guard, with its helicopters and logistics. The problem is in execution. Government, in this case, has bumbled around even more than we have come to expect. That is my objection. Perhaps the solution would be to have a couple competing FEMAs or privately contracted services (and some contractors could be non-profits too!).
I am sure many of you already give money to charities and may have already given some to help those hurt by Katrina. Don't you think you would give even more if your money was not forcibly taken (through taxes)? The whole point of this email is to make you think, to plant the seed about an idea -- that government intervention in almost every aspect of your life is unwarranted. I am not asking you to agree with my perspective 100 percent, but rather help shed some light on a perspective that is almost non-existent in our system dominated by two-parties. I hope this email will encourage some of you to discuss these sorts of ideas with your family and friends, and hopefully see that we have to work to make our society more free.

If I were democratically elected dictator for life, I would surely cut more than half of the budget. Disaster relief might even get some cuts, but it would only be by the amount that private sector donations increased as a result of the income effect from lower taxes.
Pete's e-mail raises some important points that get deliberately overlooked by the 2 party political system in this country. It certainly got me thinking.

ADDENDUM: I support emergency relief, not a massive Marshall Plan for the Gulf Coast region. Government spending on infrastructure should definitely be handled at the state level if it is going to have even a remote chance of being a worthwhile investment. It looks like we may be headed for a federal boondoggle in the name of rebuilding New Orleans. If anything, we might as well ditch New Orleans, as it only has 100 years before it becomes submerged by the ocean, if I recall correctly.

freudian slip?

Heard on FoxNews this morning:
We will have more on Dick Cheney's trip to the golf course...er...I mean Gulf Coast.


frontal lobe damage, insanity and retardation rolled into one

I'm pretty sure I just found the dumbest person on the internet via a Google News search. His name is Ariel Natan Pasko. Here is what he had to say about the causes of the hurricane devastation in New Orleans (hint: it isn't based on environmental science, meteorology, or civil engineering). I've copied some of the most brilliant opinions here and posted my commentary:
Hurricane Katrina and Katif (as in Gush) both start with a "K". Both were affected coastal areas. Before the Oslo War, Gush Katif was a known tourist destination also. New Orleans, at the mouth of the Mississippi River, had an important commercial port. Bush has been pushing for economic development in Gaza. With Israel's withdrawal, there's talk of reviving the plans to develop a port in Gaza. Does anyone remember the "Karrine A affair" (notice it starts with a K?) during Arafat's rein, when the Palestinian Authority tried to smuggle in vast amounts of weaponry on a boat?

Wow! What a mindfuck! They both start with K! How did he forget Kristallnacht? Clearly, the earthquake in Kobe, Japan was "G-D's" retribution on the Japanese for their alliance with Nazi Germany. Kristallnacht...Kobe...are we gonna split hairs?

Jerusalem Kabbalist, Rabbi David Batzri said recently that, "Divine retribution is meted out according to the principle of 'measure for measure,' just as the Jews were forced out of their homes as a result of US pressure on Israel, so too are Americans being forced out of their homes."

When I saw the name of that Batzri fellow it immediately rang a bell. Then I remembered that he was the subject of one of my very first blog posts. He put forth the theory that homosexuals are subhuman and will be reincarnated as bunny rabbits. I wonder what the New Orleans dead will be reincarnated as. I'm hoping they become cancer cells in Ariel Pasko's left nut.