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Patterico: The Carl Levin Interview

Filed under: Humor — Patterico @ 2:42 pm

(With apologies to Jeff G. of Protein Wisdom. This post is little more than a blatant ripoff of Jeff’s Ted Kennedy interview, which is much funnier. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery . . .)

Levin Portrait

Carl Levin was born in 1934, in Detroit, where he graduated from Central High School. In 1956, he graduated with honors from Swarthmore College, and from Harvard University Law School in 1959. He practiced and taught law in Michigan until 1964, when he was appointed an Assistant Attorney General of Michigan and the first general counsel for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. He won election to the Detroit City Council in 1969, becoming President in 1973. In 1978, he won an upset victory over the number two Republican in the U.S. Senate. He was re-elected to a second term in 1984 and to a third term in 1990, and his fourth term in November of 1996.

Levin is the senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and a member of the Small Business Committee. He also serves as the ranking member of the Government Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, as well as of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. An outspoken critic of the war, Levin agreed to sit down with Patterico recently. Here is the interview:


Filed under: Humor — Patterico @ 11:25 am

A commenter to this Radley Balko post quotes a radio DJ as follows:

“Al Qaeda, Al Jazeera, Al Sadr, Al Gore, Al Franken, hey — I notice a pattern here!”

Time Compression

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Patterico @ 10:45 am

Interesting post by Charles Hill on time compression — the concept that “as you get older the years get closer and closer together.”

Charles quotes another blog called Perfidy, which makes this point:

“The Breakfast Club”. Yes, the movie. We’ve all seen it. Brian and his soup. I distinctly heard a ruckus. Moličre really pumps my ‘nads. You remember. It was released in 1985.
There is a brief scene in “The Breakfast Club” where Judd Nelson’s character, the stoner earring guy, mimics the signature riff from Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love”. He knew it, we knew it; he dug the song, we dug the song.

Which brings me to “Disraeli Gears”, the Cream record where that song first appeared. It was released in 1967.

The distance between “The Breakfast Club” and today is about 19 years, give or take the vagaries of release dates and premier venues and such. The distance between “The Breakfast Club” and “Disraeli Gears” is about 18 years.

We are farther from Judd Nelson’s stoner earring guy than he was from Cream’s first record.

You can come up with your own examples. The wife and I were discussing this last night, and realized that the first Jellyfish album was the same distance from today as it was from the Bicentennial.

If you have an interesting example, let me know in the comments.

Economics Lesson

Filed under: Economics — Patterico @ 9:38 am

This is for everyone out there who is distressed at the disparities in wealth that they see in our society.

Let’s pretend that I create a society in which the wealthiest 17% of the population has five times the income of the bottom 17% — and 25 times the accumulated wealth of the bottom 17%.

Does this society sound “fair” to you? Please answer before you read further.

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