Targeted Compensation

A frequent topic of conversation lately here at The League is compensation for organ donors. Sally Satel, a recipient of an uncompensated donation, recently made the case for compensated donation at Slate. This post isn’t about the merits of that particular argument (so please, let’s not rehash it). Rather, it’s about this passage: Kidneys can be donated by the living. Indeed, roughly half of all donors are friends or loved ones of recipients. To induce more strangers to save a […]

Open-Sourcing Linky Friday

So here’s the deal: I have one Linky Friday post ready and I need two. So you are invited to provide the second! 1) Send an email to my gmail account (trumwill at). Include the link and between one and three sentences of commentary. If you have more than that to say on the article, put it in a comment. 2) Since it may not be appearing until next week, I would not recommend an article that is particularly time-sensitive […]

Pronunciation Nation

At long last, proof that southerners are the only people who use correct words and pronounce them correctly! I actually do have most of the southern affectations listed here. Some of them I didn’t know were even regional. Does nobody else know the difference between a highway and a freeway? Seriously?! And it’s definitely lawy-er,…

The Rehabilitation of Mike Tyson

The recent conversation about Chris Brown reminds me of something I have been wanting to write a post on for a little while. Ever since I saw one of the closing episodes of last season of How I Met Your Mother. Mike Tyson had a guest role helping the main character take care of a…

Unlocking Smartphones: Just a Start

I was quite pleasantly surprised when the Obama administration responded quickly for allowing cell phone users to unlock their phones. There has been some misunderstanding about what unlocking a cell phone means. It basically only means that you can prevent the phone from being carrier-specific as they are manufactured and released to be. This actually…

Northern Colorado: The 51st State?

Some counties in Colorado are unhappy with the state’s leadership and are doing something about it: {Excerpt} There are between eight and thirteen counties, total, that are looking into this. Eight are listed in the article. If these eight cities formed their own state, it would be the 42nd largest state in terms of area…

Some Weekend Cheer

The first video is about an injured armed services vet who couldn’t walk and a professional wrestler named Diamond Dallas Page. The second is a news report from Oklahoma that inspired me to resolve to give our little mutt more attention. and appreciation.

OTB Reader Survey

Outside the Beltway, one of the better other group blogs out there, is asking for ideas (and responses to ideas) for punching things up. I almost endorsed Tim Kowal to write there, but then thought “What am I thinking? He’s ours and they can’t have him!

The End of Realignment

The ACC has announced a Grant of Rights deal for conference-members to 2027. What this technically means is that any team that leaves the ACC between now and then does not retain the TV rights to their home games. What this really means is that no ACC team will receive an invitation and that conference…

Federal U & The Rising Cost of Higher Ed

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Higher Education in the 21st Century. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. Jordan Weissman thinks we can make college free without spending more on education. What would we have…

College For Not Everybody

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Higher Education in the 21st Century. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. Several years ago, I worked a job where we had a queue of assignments and…

Bleg: USPS Change Of Address

Before the big announcement and change-over, I wanted to throw this question out there: How many of you have dealt with the USPS and “Change of Address” notifications? A couple weeks ago I changed the address over to our new place to take place immediately, but last week we haven’t been getting mail at either…

A Republican Conspiracy

A disproportionate number of baby clothes designs and even toys contain elephants. None contain donkeys. I feel like my baby is being groomed to be a Republican. I kid, the likelihood that she will end up a Republican is considerably less than average. But it’s kind of odd. Elephants, monkeys, and giraffes. The baby-stuff triumvirate.…

Still Dead

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Guns In America. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. –WARNING: This post contains graphic content.– Walt and I were sitting in the bleachers of the football field…

One Sensible Step At A Time

The Newtown Massacre affected me in ways that I am not sure any of the previous incidents did. I couldn’t even tell my wife about it, I had to show her. It could just be a natural reaction due to the age of the victims. It could be newfound empathy for the families due to…

FUD That, Mr. Medicine Man

A couple weeks ago, our little daughter Lain was under the weather. She’d just gotten some immunizations and they had left her cranky, cranky, cranky. The first day was spent with her pushing away the breast and going hungry. The second day was spent with voracious hunger and trying to catch up from the day…

Bleg: Browser Filtering

Does anyone know of a good Firefox plug-in that would warn me any time I am following a link to certain designated sites? I’m mostly interested in the NYT, LA Times, Economist, and Financial Times. I want to be able to set up a list. So when I follow a link that goes to one…

Grand Old Podcast (Errr, Leaguecast)

At around 9pm EST, several of us will be doing a podcast tonight devoted to the election results and the ramifications of said results on the GOP going forward. The voices included will primarily be those with past and/or present sympathies to the party. Topics explored will include whether the loss was Romney’s or the…