Monthly Archive: February 2013

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Oops, I’m trying again.

Will post a proper long form post later, but just wanted to put this up here. Taking another stab at crowd-sourcing my degree. For less than the cost of an annoying NPR membership, you...

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Third World Factories Aren’t All Sweatshops…

The discussion at Jonathan’s over sweatshops and the commentary on the Thursday thread has brought my mind away from unpacking my books (I still have 5 boxes left to unpack…) and back to definitions...

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Your one-stop shop for Oscar miscellany

Jaybird and I had a simultaneous forehead smack. CRAP!!! *WE* SHOULD HAVE HAD AN OSCAR POOL!!!! Damn.  We should have. So let’s make this an Oscar grab-bag.  I’ve already posted my final Oscar predictions...

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Pastagate

On Thursday, the eyeroll news of the day in Canada was the Quebec language police’s decision that a Montreal restaurant could not have the word “pasta” on their menu. It’s a new twist on...

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Fun Constitutional Facts: Gun Rights Edition

The words “regulate” and “regulated” appear three times in the Constitution’s current text. Here they are: Article I, Section 8: “The Congress shall have Power…To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States,...

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Could Is Not Should

The rules of the game — you may pick one “could” and one “should” in italics below. First, read this recent op-ed from Jon Huntsman in The American Conservative. A few money quotes: The...

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Abolition wasn’t an Anachronism.

The state of slavery is of such a nature that it is incapable of being introduced on any reasons, moral or political, but only by positive law, which preserves its force long after the...

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Meanwhile, in my day job…

Lots of things conspire against me writing as much as I’d like around here, and one of them is my job. So I’m pleased to announce that I can at least sort of combine...

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How Much Regulation Is Too Little?

Two men comfort a third (center), who just indentified the body of his son, Wallace Manko. His son had been a passenger on the fishing vessel ‘Pelican,’ which capsized the day before. Montauk, New York,...

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Occam’s (Rent Seeking) Razor

Both RT and Reason have reported on a story that apparently got its roots over at Infowars, regarding the Department of Homeland Security purchasing paper targets for law enforcement officials to practice gunning down...

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Property Rights Are Conventional

…but that may not mean what you think it means. Property rights as enacted in the real world, not as discussed in political theory, are not imaginary. Nor are these rights “merely” conventional, as...

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Sully’s Rosetinted View of Traditional Familial Norms

I am not anti-family values. I do not think that “what a family consists of” can be endlessly reconfigured without consequence. There are causes and effects, particular familial institutions and outcomes associated with them. But I...

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The State of the Union’s Quiet Radicalism

Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast’s response to the president’s fifth State of the Union address sounds much like my own. It was Obama’s second liberal stemwinder in a row; and if nothing else, the...

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BIBI, Torture For the Cure Edition

It’s been a while since we’ve needlessly argued an impossible hypothetical, no? Imagine a scientist discovers a cure for cancer.  The efficacy of the drug at curing cancer is undeniable: it can quite literally...

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