Monthly Archive: March 2013

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Home Construction Bleg: Hinges

So, I’m replacing a bunch of doors in the house and opted to buy blank slabs since we have non-standard hinge placement and I didn’t want to deal with re-doing the jams.  However, I’m...

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Be Proud Of The Double Jeopardy Clause

Having been acquitted on the merits, an accused defendant ought not to have to stand trial twice for the same crime. This is as true in the United States as it is anywhere else...

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In Other “News”

I was watching a TV report of a lost vial containing a virus. It reminded me of this, which everyone should see:

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Antonin Scalia is either a fool or a liar

Scalia: “I take no position on whether it’s harmful or not, but it’s certainly true there is no answer to that scientific question…” — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) March 26, 2013 This is why...

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When Principles Become Problems (UPDATED!)

In addition to my classroom responsibilities, I am also formally tasked with duties relating to supporting and promoting diversity in my school.  I receive a base salary for the former and a stipend for...

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OUCH!

“These kinds of bad health issues usually come in threes,” I remember thinking, just hours before I burned my hand to the point that it is now covered in blisters. It’s been a really...

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Seder!

[This has been cross-posted from Mindless Diversions.] by Mike Schilling In many Jewish families, there’s a Passover question that logically precedes the canonical Four Questions: where are we going to have the Seder this year? Perhaps...

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What Aaron Swartz Was Really Up Against

Prosecutorial overreach (whether you think the underlying conduct was a crime or not), the nuts and bolts of what really happens in a court, tribalism and its effects on popular culture, and most importantly,...

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“Unfit to Work”

Both of my parents worked for General Motors “on the line” as they say.  When I was about nine, Mom was out of work for two years because of muscle problems.  Dad has similar...

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What Spurs the GOP’s Conservative Base

Andrew Kohut, former Pew Research Center president and founding director, has a big op-ed in WaPo arguing that while the GOP’s intransigent conservative base keeps it competitive at the Congressional level, it at the...

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Solzhenitsyn!

So it seems that we tested the waters and have decided to read The First Circle: A Novel (The Restored Text: The First Uncensored Edition) (get the Kindle edition here). (I’m going to be...

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Wage Mastery

Is there any possible way to justify putting a cap on CEO pay? Should we be having this conversation or even be taking it seriously? If your answer is no – that we should...

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The Centre Cannot Hold: Chinua Achebe

Cowering in the back of my father’s little Peugeot sedan, I watched a mob of Hausa hack an Igbo man to pieces the day the Biafran War began in earnest. My father’s Igbo students...

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The Second Battle of Hoth

The Empire Strikes Back.. Despite an attempted coup against Emperor Klinsi, his newly appointed field general Deuce Vader leads the Empire to a hard-earned victory over the Costa Rican militia in the Second Battle...

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Real-Life Heroes, Imperfect

A front-page guest post by Kevin Blackwell from a few days ago, reflecting on his disappointment with his hero Dr. Ben Carson’s slip into Obama Derangement Syndrome, got me wondering.  What real-life people are...

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To Change or Not to Change: What’s in a Surname?

Over at The Dish, Andrew Sullivan’s readers have been discussing an article by Jill Filipovic on the traditions surrounding marital name change.* One might think that, after a few decades of feminism, more women...