Monday, 3 October 2005

The legendary Ed Orgeron Hummer ad

By popular demand: Ed Orgeron wants to sell you a Hummer, in H.264 format suitable for your iPod or Apple TV, and viewable on pretty much any modern PC or Mac.

Also available in DivX format, but you’ll need the XviD codec if you don't already have it installed.

Greetings to our visitors from EDSBS. Updated to add the H.264 version, which is smaller and the same quality as the original.

German elections now final

Steven Taylor notes that the disposition of the last seat in Germany’s parliamentary elections has now been resolved, giving the Christian Democrats a 226–222 edge over the Social Democrats in the new Bundestag; as a result, it appears that Gerhard Schröder is backing off his earlier insistence on remaining chancellor, although his SPD is not conceding the party’s claim to the chancellorship just yet.

On a semi-related note, today’s OpinionJournal featured article by Michael Greve argues that Germany’s election proves that proporational representation and cooperative federalism suck. I’m personally unconvinced that either is the case—indeed, the criticisms he levies against Germany’s use of transfer payments could just as easily apply to the United States. Rather, the problems Greve sees are in my mind largely the legacy of the CDU/CSU and SPD’s corporatist policies prior to reunification, which entrenched an inefficient welfare state and inflexible labor market, which have led to the need for reforms now, and effectively marginalized mass participation in politics, giving rise to both the Greens and the far right as important electoral forces.

The waiting line

October 1 has come and gone, which means the application deadlines for about half a dozen jobs I’ve applied for have now passed, with quite a few more coming in the next month. There isn’t too much to report thus far. It’s been strongly intimated in the past week that I will have an on-campus interview at an institution in the Midwest, not too terribly far from Messrs. Noggle and Fox. We shall see if this pans out, and whether others will take a similar shining to me.

Harriet Miers

I think I speak for all Americans when I say, “Who?” In other words, I’m not “less than thrilled”, I’m just very, very confused.

Then again, if the point of the exercise was to downgrade the Supreme Court (or at least its image) from an assembly of legal minds reviewing the most important legal cases of the day to a nine-member superlegislature, appointed for life, that arbitrarily and capriciously overrules the decisions of elected officials on a regular basis, I can sort of see the point.