Monthly Archive: December 2012

Clearing Wind

A typical Montauk winter weather pattern involves a Low Pressure System (LPS) rolling up the coast ahead of a cold front. As the LPS moves offshore the wind switches to the northwest quarter. When...

Best ‘Post of the Year’ Nominations

Via DougJ over at Balloon Juice, it’s time to submit nominations for the best blog posts of the year over at Vagabond Scholar’s annual Jon Swift Memorial.  All of the posts must be nominated...

Prejudice Isn’t The Issue Here

The question on the floor is whether an offensively stupid remark that is now fourteen years old, made by a man who was at the time a member of the United States Senate, is now...

John Boehner: Liked but Not Well-Liked

National Review‘s Robert Costa has a behind-the-scenes report on Speaker Boehner’s failed effort to get his caucus to pass his “Plan B,” an entirely political, ultimately feeble attempt to confuse the issue and insulate Republicans from incurring...

January 3rd

So, what happens on January 3rd? On January 3rd, the House of Representatives holds its next vote for Speaker of the House.  You need to have a straight majority to win. Historically, this is...

Float, goddamn you.

Float, goddamn you. Donald K. Ryan, Oil, 60″ x 36″ I have mentioned previously that my father grew up in Jersey City, the son of Irish immigrants; that he was a Marine Corps officer;...

Approximating Evil

Describing “Empathy for the Devil,” Noah Millman writes: As for me, what I find most terrifying about stories like Adam Lanza’s is . . . that I can all too easily imagine what it...

Help an OG out

Our good friend and league founder Scott Payne is embarking on a new initiative, and he could use our help. He is applying for a new job with SumOfUs.org as their Canadian Campaign Manager....

A Message from Senate Republicans

Dear New Jersey, Staten Island, and Long Island: We know you are some of the biggest net donor regions in the country, with NJ getting back only 55 cents on every dollar you send...

I got a new camera.

A misty morning in Montauk Harbor In Tony Comstock’s post Why I don’t make movies anymore (and what I’m doing instead) I laid out how my family and I are responding to the changing...

Wednesday Night Jukebox

I love Christmas carols and I love Sufjan Stevens, so…

The First Contemporary Culture Warrior

On July 1, 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated U.S. Circuit Court Judge Robert H. Bork to the United States Supreme Court and while this nomination was not the first politically controversial nomination to the...

Today

Regular readers know me as the League’s ‘gun guy’. I am not the only writer at the League experienced with guns, but I am definitely the loudest, and so that means I have some...

Ugly Guns Make America an Uglier Place

  I was not quite 15 when President Reagan was shot, and for me, the defining image of that day is the one you see above; Secret Service agent Robert Wanko brandishing an Uzi. You...

How to Join a Social Circle & Make Friends in a Group

~by Rod Engelsman Note: I’d been mulling over a guest post on this topic for the last several days. Given the rumors surrounding the mental state of the perpetrator of last Friday’s horror in Connecticut,...

The Grand Bargain, Revisited

Before describing himself as “agonizing” over whether to support it or not, Paul Krugman tries to distill the pro/con of the latest potential Grand Bargain: So is what Obama gets out of this — basically unemployment...

Thoughts on Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum

This post is in large measure a summary of yesterday’s discussion hosted by Tamara Cofman Wittes, Director at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, with Khaled Elgindy, a fellow at the Saban Center,...