Monthly Archive: April 2012


Constitutional Authority Statements

I was getting ready to write something about the new Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA for short – couldn’t get another O in there, guys?), and its intersection with the free market, libertarianism...


Wiring the Wonky Left’s Moral Compass

Thanks in no small part to Andrew Sullivan and Rod Dreher, my post last week on the “Wonky” American Left has generated some interesting discussion. Given that I’ve been unsuccessfully pushing this argument for...


Sandefur: Voting for Obama

A bit of a surprise, but his reasons are solid. Particularly on dividing the government and on judicial appointments. I’m still undecided, but the leading contenders are Gary Johnson and “don’t vote, it just...


MON TIKI project update, 4/28/12

  This weeks we got the hulls up on dollies, the beams up on the hulls and me up on the beams. It was an exiting week!


An Andy Rooney Moment

Why is it that I need to create a not-less-than-twelve-character username, consisting of at least one capital letter, at least one lowercase letter, at least one punctuation symbol, and at least one number, and...


First Quarter 2012 GDP At 2.2%

News on the economy today and it’s looking increasingly like the happy surprises which characterized the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 were  aberrations.


More on Medical Marijuana

The Nick Diaz saga, which I first wrote about here, continues: He was placed under temporary suspension when a post-fight drug test revealed the presence of marijuana metabolites in his system.


Friday Jukebox

Bob. A guitar. 1970-ish.  Hanging out in a hotel room.*  Nothing else. No one else.** ‘Nuff said. Sometimes less is more.   *IIRC. **Well, except for the guy doing the recording.


Why Are These Two Things Different?

At Rortybomb (which has migrated to Next New Deal), Mike Konczal takes arguments against lower rates on student loans to task. My only question is this: Are taxes owed to the U.S. government a kind...


Forget About Undecided Voters

Credit where it’s due — this, from the Weekly Standard‘s Jay Cost, is on-the-money: I would say that 90 percent of the vote is pretty well set. And this is the biggest reason that I...


Debt and Career Choices

The President wants to keep student loans cheap. Because I believe in higher education with all of my heart and soul, it would seem natural for me to support this proposal. As the parent...



See that fellow over there? He’s running a half marathon. He’s probably in a world of pain. Possibly, though, he’s running laps around heaven itself. It’s 6:10AM, last Saturday. It helps that I’m a...