Author: Mark of New Jersey

FML

It’s no secret around here that I’m an obsessive fan of the Buffalo Bills and an only slightly less obsessive fan of the New York Mets.  This is a depressing enough combination as it...

2016: The GOP Rapture Cometh

The escalating war of words between two of the GOP’s leading 2016 contenders is a healthy sign that the Republican Party may finally be on the verge of overcoming its nihilism to build a coalition capable of governing again on a national level.

Stop. Just Stop.

This may be the Slate-iest article of all time. I’m trying to decide if it’s just idiotic or if it’s actually an indicia of sociopathy. I realize that in some circles, saying goodbye can...

Indefensible

I do not have time to write a full piece on the revelations about the Obama Administration’s continuation* – and indeed, apparent expansion – of the Bush Administration’s policy of obtaining blanket phone records...

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...

Leaguefest 2013 Update!

First, my apologies to all planning or interested in attending Leaguefest 2013 next month in Chicago; I had planned on having a schedule close to finalized for the event sometime in late April, or...

The Right to Confront

Author’s note – I recently promised myself that I would try to get better about formatting would-be lengthy comments as separate posts.  This post is part of that effort. At the 49th, Jonathan McLeod...

Some Rules Don’t Have Exceptions

Amongst the outrageous outrages being spread the last few days about the treatment of the Boston bombing suspect is that he was purportedly “prematurely Mirandized” by a federal magistrate judge at his initial hearing...

Of Bubbles and Bias

Twice the Rupert Murdoch-owned has announced that police have identified the primary suspects in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings.  Twice it has indicated that or pictured these purported “suspects” as persons of Arab descent or persons...

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...

Why Civil Marriage?

A commenter asks in response to Elias’ post on the problem with arguments against same sex marriage: As a person who is single and has taken care of one of my parents for 18...

The Times They Are A-Changin’

My fraternity days were just 15 years ago, and my house was probably more liberal than most.  But although I treasure my experience, that doesn’t change the fact that an idea like this would...