This is my site. Cool, huh? If you don't like it, well, I guess it lives up to its name for you, then.

So, I was thinking the other day, what is it that really makes America great? Certainly you can read about this just about everywhere, especially post-9/11; Andy Sullivan sure talks about it a lot (or at least used to, I don't read his blog too much anymore). You hear a lot of different postulates: Our nation is great because:

  1. The freedom we have (civil liberties version – political freedom, democracy, freedom of speech, assembly, yadda yadda)

  2. The freedom we have (economic version – less regulation, allowing the free flow of capital, yadda yadda)

  3. The freedom we didn't have (this nation was built upon the backs of the slaves, and stolen from the Native Americans)

And while those arguments certainly have merit, I think it's something a bit simpler. This nation is great because of – drum roll, please – the NCAA tournament!

Don't laugh (well, not yet, anyway). I feel that the great impetus behind the USA's greatness is our superior research capabilities; certainly that is why our army can kick any other army's butt (unless they break the Geneva conventions and don't fight a straightforward war, viz. Vietnam and what was tried in Afghanistan and Iraq, and even then we will probably win – but I digress). So where is most research undertaken? In universities.

OK, that's great, but how do I connect the research departments with the basketball teams? Simple. The most prestigious universities would, one would imagine, have the easiest time recruiting professors. Oxford, Cambridge, whatever great universities are on the European Continent (go ahead, call me provincial) should have an easy go of it. But for some reason, many scientists seem to move to the U.S. to do research; for example, look at just Nobel laureates. Many of them seem to have left Europe to some to the U.S. Why is that? Sure, Harvard or some other Ivy League school can talk someone into coming over to join their staff. But the other schools, the state schools, have economic reserves to draw from that might not be available if it weren't for intercollegiate athletics. Therefore, the Michigans and the North Carolinas (and dare I say it, the Indianas) can afford to wave moolah at the brains to bring them here.

OK, you can laugh now.

Oh, in case you're interested, my professor doesn't have a blog himself, but his two sons do.
Posted between Contracts and Civ Pro/politics ]

Boy, talk about a generic blog. What can I say, I'm not a design guy. My brother says he'll design a template for me if I want...

These are the sites that I read the most:

News
instapundit (like many, many other people)
Google News
reddit
OK, OK, so I'm biased. Big deal.

Highbrow
Arts & Letters Daily
Lowbrow
Fark

The best dang writing on the web, period. (At least it was, when I set up this blog 4 years ago.)
Lileks (especially the Bleat)
Eject! Eject! Eject!

Humor
Dave Barry
Tim Blair
Worse Than Failure

Legal Stuff
How Appealing
Balkin (when I want to get mad)
Volokh & Co. (I like Phillipe the best) (where did he go, anyway?)
Lessig
Some Harvard graduate who happens to be totally hilarious.

Other interesting political commentary
Amygdala
Colby Cosh
Impromptus (and what happened to him, too?)
Best of the Web

Baseball stuff
Neyer
Hunt (What the heck happened to him, anyway?)
Viva El Birdos

Geek stuff
Greenspun
Doc

Sites I used to read all the time, but rarely visit anymore
Slashdot
Yahoo Money
Ubid
Andrew Sullivan
New York Press

Marvelous ways to waste an afternoon
Travels with Samantha (rated PG-13)
The Institute of Official Cheer
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics
The Tolkien Sarcasm Page
Wikipedia's BJAODN

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