April 19, 2014
"People who say they don’t care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don’t care what people think."

— George Carlin

April 19, 2014
Tom Sargent Summarizes Economics

Politicalprof: Tom Sargent explains economics in a graduation speech … in 337 words worth reading!

April 18, 2014
Politicalprof is alone with the kids tonight. A good time for the back yard!

Politicalprof is alone with the kids tonight. A good time for the back yard!

April 18, 2014
Today’s weird but true fact of the day …

Peter Sellers was originally supposed to play Major Kong, the pilot of the B-52 in Dr. Strangelove. He got into an argument with director Stanley Kubrick on set, and fell from the plane, which was suspended in the air. He broke his leg and was replaced by Slim Pickens, a cowboy crooner and actor who made the role iconic.

So he really did have a bum leg as he told American General Jack T. Ripper in one scene …

April 18, 2014
"I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing."

— Cliven Bundy, rightwing militia hero for refusing to pay grazing fees for his cattle in Nevada.

April 17, 2014
"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."

— Opening sentence, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Gabriel Garcia Marquez

April 17, 2014
LittleBoyProf is getting tall. And smart.

This is an increasingly inconvenient reality at Politicalprof’s house ….

April 17, 2014
Study: People of color breathe air that is 38 percent more polluted than white people’s | The Raw Story

This had never, ever occurred to me.

Cripes.

April 17, 2014
Today’s absurd but great facts of the day …

Monty Python and the Holy Grail was funded by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Elton John. 

Life of Brian was paid for by George Harrison of The Beatles.

Enjoy!

April 17, 2014
Things that cannot be true (weird dreams edition)

—It cannot be the case that my new university president has started a Tardis-like remodel of the top floor of the main administration building (where I had an office for 5 years) such that it now has hundreds of rooms with space for thousands of people, all of whom Mrs. Prof and I had to fight to get through in order to find the entirely hidden president’s office. Right? Especially while pushing strollers with Baby Prof, LittleBoyProf and a grocery cart full of groceries?

—it cannot be the case that the president’s office is now larger than the entire old main administration floor, with an anteroom filled with movie theater seats and a bunch of, for want of a better word, hobos sitting in them. Right? And that it is hidden behind a secret door that leads to an outer office that is itself larger than the old main floor of the administration building?

—it cannot be the case that after hours of searching through all this I was finally admitted to the president’s office only to discover that he was attempting to resolve a standoff in which a Chinese fishing trawler had captured a US submarine (by sitting on it) as Russian submarines arrived to try to take possession of the US submarine and American aircraft threatened from above. Right? Bringing the world to the edge of war? That my university president has to stop?

Two thoughts:

1. I chaired the search committee that led to the hiring of my new university president when he was hired to be VP for Student Affairs. He seemed like a decent guy. But probably not a Time Lord.

2. Last night Politicalprof did not sleep particularly well.