Monthly Archive: February 2012

The Koch brothers and rightwing fusionism

The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch are often painted by the left as anti-worker elites working in the shadows to undermine labor unions, the middle class, and the New Deal. This is only...

Sub-blog site stats

All sub blogs should have stats working once again. Sorry for the delay. It may take a few hours before they’re tracking. Let me know if you have any questions.

A Little Bit of Light-Hearted Nerdery, and a Question

Sorry, folks. I got a little burned out from all the talk about lady-parts that dominated this place for a couple weeks, and then I completely went off the radar over the weekend, so...

The Price of Nations…

Dear readers, the posts by both Blaise and Burt have put me into a contemplative mood. The mention of the Romanovs and Massoud put that germinated into a thought: What does it cost to...

Mindless Diversions Extra!

(This blog post was originally intended for Mindless Diversions but, upon publishing it there, I immediately had visions of the political and/or religious comments that would follow. As such, I think that the Front...

Afghanistan: what might have been.

Burt Likko says we have no legitimate claim to Afghanistan, using the example of Peter the Great, waging war on the old boyars of Russia. I question this business about being Invaders in Afghanistan....

Bitter Hospitality

In his powerful biography of Peter I Romanov, Robert Massie puts words in the mouth of the czar: “I will drag you, kicking and screaming if need be, into the modern world.” Peter could...

Some boat building pictures.

I got to spend about two hours with James Poulos yesterday; just the two of us, in person. I enjoyed my (all to brief) visit with James very much and hope I’ll have the...

Clarifications on a comment culture

In the handful of years this site has been active, we’ve banned four users and a couple dozen IP addresses. Trolls are persistent and take on many identities. It requires some work to ban...

My Year of Guns

The first time I shot a gun, I got a black eye for my troubles. My father, who was the consummate outdoorsman, had taken me to a shooting range so that he could properly...

Sunday Blognado: Metablognado!

Today I want to do a round-up of my blognado experience. First, allow me to explain the origin of the name.  There was a short-lived TV series called The Middleman.  It was perhaps the geekiest show...

The 14th Amendment vs. Plato

Did the ratification of the 14th Amendment in the 19th century abolish “traditional” morality in the 21st? Yes, says a growing body of judicial review. District Judge Jeffrey White’s opinion in Golinski v. United...

Dear Governor: I Am Well Qualified For This Position

At Outside the Beltway, Doug Mataconis points us to a governmental job for which the regular consumption of alcoholic beverages is not only not a problem, but a job requirement. Almost makes me want...

Roleplaying, Policymaking and Game Masters….

Hello dear readers. Having taken a detour into state formation in fantasy worlds, I’m now going to bring fantasy into policy making. Perhaps a week or so ago, I noticed that Sully brought up...

Saturday Blognado: Taxes and Welfare

This post is something of a coda to my Tuesday post on taxes, this time taken from the other direction. The most common objection to welfare system is that it discourages work, leading to protracted welfare dependency.  This can...

The Retroactive Table of Contents : February 17 – 24

Attention Leaguers! Starting this week, we will be introducing a new feature here at the League: the Retroactive Table of Contents Subscription. If you wish, each Friday or Saturday we will send you via...

Where Gentlemen Go

The Manliest Town in America *ahem* The endorsements just keep coming.