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Nov. 26 2002 7:21 AM

Flat Taxes and Taxed Servers

Readers respond to Robert Shapiro.

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Bush and the Republican leadership are eager to fight global terrorism abroad, and they are eager to defend Texas Stadium, Disney World, and various Confederate monuments. But they are not hot to spend an enormous amount of money defending cities that aren't on Salt Lakes.

(Lest we forget the prolonged authorization process, Dreamworld promises to hold Democrats accountable for any future attacks here.) ...

Colorful Greenspan ideas Fray furiously: The Moneybox Fray has little to say about the airline bailout, but plenty of juice for Daniel Gross's piece on Alan Greenspan, "The Maestro is a Hack." There is an excellent thread discussing Greenspan's mistakes beginning in 2000 here (Will_Jacobs, PhilfromCalifornia, and ChasHeath are in on it.) ... 10:40 a.m.

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Friday, Nov. 22, 2002

Everybody in the Fray loves Brad Garrett: Nothing has inspired more TV fraying than Virginia Heffernan's subtitular remark that Everybody Loves Raymondis "Seinfeld for Catholics." W.V. Micko parses the difference here:

Seinfeld's whack jobs were too crazed to be scary, and I laughed myself to tears. But "Raymond?" "Raymond" is Seinfeld's final episode, over and over and over again: strange, creepy, suffocating and depressing.

Anya Fanya kicks off a great thread of future Heffernan articles. Her best: Touched by an Angel: CSI for Baptists. The Max Fischer Players cannot bring himself to love Raymond: "too many Remington Steele flashbacks whenever Doris Roberts is on screen."

And they gave my red hat to a donkey!: While Zathras and Lee agree with Michael Steinberger that Beaujolais Nouveau is worth skipping, they are on opposite side of the paradox of the mass market. Zathras defendsFrench negociants for raising American interest in wine:

The truth is there would be no American market, or at least not nearly as big a one, without this kind of wine, not just from Beaujolais but from California and Chile as well. You just don't see great crowds of really knowledgeable wine drinkers besieging wine shops in November to get the hands on the latest Nouveau; what you see instead are casual wine drinkers and some who are just beginning to drink wine.

Lee thinksthat interest has destroyed the French tradition it was built on:

The original idea of the "new wine" releases was to generate excitement about what the wines of a year would eventually be, once they matured a bit. Bicycle messengers would race down from the vineyards with bottles of new wine for fans of a particular vintner. The tasters would evaluate the new wine and decide whether it was going to be a good vintage, and make up their minds about how many cases they would purchase.

Of course, something this charming, this quaint, this provincial, would get commercialized and marketed in America, land of Wal-Mart ... 11:50 a.m.

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