Monthly Archive: May 2013

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Voter Fraud Wheels A’ Spinning

I noted last summer how massive attempts to confront “voter fraud” were actually an example of the inherent corruption populist movements breed.  Finding a way to make voters on both sides recognize this before...

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The Worst Thing About Kids Sports Is The Parents

While other families traveled, partied and picnicked, our Memorial Day Weekend was taken up almost entirely by a lacrosse tournament, and I was reminded once again of the inverse relationship between parents who are...

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In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.) In 1974, Solzhenitsyn was arrested, deported to West Germany, and had his Soviet citizenship stripped. Apparently,...

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For the whole earth is their sepulchre.

The Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial lies at a curve in the Moselle River as it winds through the Vosges Mountains. Epinal is the final resting place of 5,255 American military dead, most of...

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Sunday Morning Atheism

The sickle cell trait. It’s often given by biologists as an example of balancing selection, which is when two different alleles (traits) are actively maintained in a population. In the case of the sickle...

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Saturday Night Jukebox and Open Thread – Racing!

So there’s a pretty big race going on tomorrow. It’s also Race Weekend here in Ottawa. And Fast & Furious 6 is in theatres. So, consider this an open thread on racing, going fast,...

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Triaxial Epistemology

By way of Popehat, Arnold Kling on a root problem with contemporary political discourse, summarized in the Wall Street Journal: Mr. Kling’s three “languages” are ways of talking about politics and government, and they...

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Leaguefest Dinner Plans!

It’s hard to believe we’re less than two weeks away from the start of Leaguefest 2013.  With the Friday schedule now set, the next step is the Saturday schedule, with the most important element...

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Some Weekend Cheer

The first video is about an injured armed services vet who couldn’t walk and a professional wrestler named Diamond Dallas Page. The second is a news report from Oklahoma that inspired me to resolve...

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How to Sustain a “Republican Spring”

Chris Ladd has written a post on how to rebuild the GOP.  In many ways, he is trying to communicate what I’ve been saying for years: the need to create a viable alternative view...

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The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

The Russian Human Rights Group Memorial is a group devoted to documenting the excesses of Russia and the USSR’s Soviet past but, sometimes, they make criticisms of current excesses on the part of the...

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The Mixed Message Economy

by New Dealer I often see two contradictory messages in the media about what is ailing our economy and why we have a so-so recovery even in the age of record making corporate profits....

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The NYPD: Always Giving 110% (UPDATE!)

“The civil-rights group found records of 168,126 instances in which an African-American male between the ages of 14 and 24  was stopped by police last year — a number that NYCLU officials said exceeds the...

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Friday Jukebox: Presidential Precedent

(Please read my disclaimer here to get a bit of a sense of how I approach music.  Or don’t.  Just know you’ve been warned.) Today, the Jay-Z remix of Young Jeezy and Nas’s “My...

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Cars in Singapore are expensive

And now you know that too. And so do the cast of Fast and Furious 6.* Car prices in Singapore can be attributed to one very basic policy move: Artificial restriction of supply. So, wonky question...

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The Obama Doctrine Reborn

No Driving Blind today. Instead, everyone should take some time to read and consider the President’s speech on foreign policy from earlier. Full remarks below,