October 18th, 2012

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You called it! Colbert goes with the Lirpa.

Yesterday, I polled you all on which format would better suit the Presidential Debate. A plurality selected: "If both survive the lirpa, combat will continue with ahn woon."

As seen in this clip from last night's Colbert Report, we called it!

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I simply do not understand the Benghazi Argument, Or The Binders Thing

I am having problems understanding this whole "it took 14 days to call it a terrorist attack" thing and why that should be devastating. I understand why "you ignored the security risks" is an argument (whether or not I agree, given the demands on resources and the nature of threat assessment, I at least understand what the argument is). But under what theory is it bad to assess what happened and only call it a terrorist attack when evidence is confirmed?

And yes, I get that Obama said "act of terror" the next day, so even the factual predicate is questionable. But I'm even more puzzled by why -- even if it were correct -- it would be some kind of amazing failure or conspiracy.

As long as I am out of touch, I just don't get why "binders of women" is such a catchy meme/gaffe. It's pretty clear what Romney was trying to say. Again, whatever one may think of the factual predicate, or if Romney followed through after he began to position himself as a Presidential candidate, I'm clearly not getting why "binders full of women" trips the meme meter as it has.
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How Antitrust and Regulation Brought $25 billion in Capital Back To The Wireless Market

My latest blog post on the recent transactions in the wireless market.

How Antitrust and FCC Regulation Brought $25 billion in capital back into the wireless market, and forced incumbents to actually invest in their networks -- thus enhancing spectrum efficiency, encouraging innovation, and creating jobs.

Short version: Over the last two years, the Department of Justice and FCC have made it clear that (a) We will have 4 national wireless carriers, dammit! and, (b) we will make sure they have sufficient access to spectrum to stay viable. This has prompted a bunch of foreign companies to dump $25 billion on competitive carriers Sprint and T-Mobile. In addition, it forced AT&T and Verizon to start investing in their own networks and getting more efficient about spectrum use. The result? More investment, more jobs, more innovation, better networks and lower prices. In other words, the complete opposite of the oft-repeated meme that antitrust and regulation can only hurt jobs.

[And people about to leap in with how regulation or antitrust can also be bad, please go back to Logic 101 and reread the part about how a proof that something is not always A because it is sometimes B does not imply that it is always B. Also recall this is a summary, so go read the actual post.]

As an aside, turning the CW on its head like this always reminds me of my favorite bit from Woody Allen's Sleeper.