Monthly Archive: January 2013

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Barack Obama 2.0 = the Left’s Mitch McConnell

(Alternate Title: “Trolling the Republicans: Obama’s Elephant Gambit”) It’s 2013, just days before a presidential reinauguration. Do you know who your president is? The blogosphere contains myriad cottage industries inspired by Barack Obama’s supposed...

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Kathryn Bigelow Trolls Zero Dark Thirty Critics

Kathryn Bigelow’s op-ed in the L.A. Times rebutting criticisms of her film is about more than Zero Dark Thirty. The piece also demonstrates a tendency that’s only all to frequent when it comes to the...

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Hmmmm…

Regarding the prosecution of Aaron Swartz, the New Yorker’s Tim Wu writes: “It’s one thing to stretch the law to stop a criminal syndicate or terrorist organization. It’s quite another when prosecuting a reckless...

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Announcing the Beowulf & Grendel Book Club

Starting the week after next, the League will be hosting the Beowulf & Grendel Book Club*.  Everyone and anyone is invited (nay, encouraged!) to participate. For those not familiar with either work, Beowulf is...

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Thank God For People With Time On Their Hands

Fresh Prince: Google TranslatedWatch this video on YouTube Unlike the other thought-provoking writers who fill this space with philosophical considerations, I exist mostly to waste your time. With that, I present the above. I’d...

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It’s Time to Rethink Head Start

Last month on the Friday before Christmas as people were preparing for the week of upcoming festivities, the United States Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation quietly released a report on the effectiveness of...

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Conservative Kaelism

by M.A. As I read through the responses to the question of whether Rubio and Ryan are serious about inequality, I stumbled across a hidden gem by Mark Boggs regarding the question of polling, “unskewed...

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I’m No Mathematician, But…

Is anyone else a little boggled by the choice of actors in this new “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” movie?  The titular characters are played by Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, ages 42 and...

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The Dream of Azawad.

Precis: While no two wars ought to be compared to each other, the latest flare-up in Mali is only the latest jihaadist insurgency in the Sahel, going back into antiquity. In its turn, the...

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Django Unchained: Mini Review In A Nutshell

Holy crap, Quentin Tarantino has extraordinary talent. I wish he had something to say. (Additionally: Christoph Waltz got nominated for best supporting actor but Samuel L. Jackson should have been nominated instead.) More (including the most minor...

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The League Of Ordinary Gentlemen In 2012

If you’re interested in just how many people visited The League in 2012, who the top commenters were, or what our  most popular posts happened to be, check out this nifty Annual Report that...

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What Would Liberals Do?

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Guns In America. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so...

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Excusing the NRA, Remembering Ourselves

Now that the fiscal cliff fight is over, (for a spell) now that the inauguration is almost upon us, we’re finally ready to have the national conversation about guns (maybe, unless fighting over Chuck...

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The Most Amazing Marriage Proposal Ever

Really, this is not only sweet and moving (and yes, I laughed…I cried…) it’s also entirely unfair. For those poor saps not yet married, there’s simply no way they’ll ever top this. For those...

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A Well Regulated Militia

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Guns In America. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far,...

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Now That’s More Like It…

There is undoubtedly a great deal to be concerned about when it comes to the culture that surrounds football, particularly big time college football.  But every now and then, you read about a remarkable...

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The Knock-Down, Part 3: Certainty and Uncertainty

(Previously: The Knock Down, Part 1 and Part 2,and a Placeholder) James Fallows, after Aurora, The Certainty of More Shootings: “[T]he additional sad, horrifying, and appalling point is the shared American knowledge that, beyond any doubt, this...

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My Three Sons

Forgive me for not having an upshot with this post. It’s just a jumble of thoughts about the relationship that my sons have with each other, a topic I wrote about briefly once before....

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Remembering Dr. J. Blaine Hudson (1949-2013)

I was saddened yesterday to hear that my favorite professor from my time at the University of Louisville passed away over the weekend. I was lucky enough to see him last year at a...