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Call to Arms

Call to Arms

I think conservatives are justifiably upset by the Department of Homeland Security’s recent report on right-wing domestic terrorism. It’s not that I find the idea of violent extremism totally implausible (I don’t!), I just think that releasing something like this in the midst of a tumultuous political climate is unnecessarily provocative, particularly when the report…

tech bleg

tech bleg

So I’m the kind to always build my own PCs from parts, cause I hate paying a premium, tend to build higher-end systems (where the economic advantage is highest), don’t want to pay for bundled software, cannibalize my old system for fans, optical drives and hard drives, network cards, etc. Anyway I’m looking at stuff…

There's GAAP and then there's GAAAP

There’s GAAP and then there’s GAAAP

When I was in my graduate finance program many years ago, the accounting professors told us that the meaning of the acronym GAAP was Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.  When I took my class in financial statements analysis two years later, the professor laid out his case that GAAP meant Generally Anything At All Possible (our…

Correctly Political: Tea and Sympathy for the Devil You Know

Correctly Political: Tea and Sympathy for the Devil You Know

“Children’s Tea Party,” Morton H. B. Bly, 1919 by jfxgillis R.S.V.P. Wednesday, April 15th, Tax Day (reminder to self: file tax return or else), is also the day designated by grass-roots conservatives as a day of protest, the “Tea Party” movement. Intriguingly, the Tea Parties have inspired much discussion and debate–but almost none of which…

Fragmentation

Fragmentation

Esteemed co-blogger Chris Dierkes has a challenging post on the democratic process. Here’s a decent summary: In our late modern (or postmodern if you like) world, with the proliferation of many interests and sub-interests, causing fragmentation across society (”the long tail” phenomenon), aligning interests becomes nearly impossible. There are too many interests, too many too…

The Practical Art of Possible Interests

The Practical Art of Possible Interests

Señor Payne a few posts down shrewdly argues that political hyper-partisanship is a outgrowth of laziness.  He documents lo the many ways this is the case. A better approach in his mind is the following: That the practice of politics might lead us to an improved quality of life dates back to the original political…

Sunday Poem Series, on Easter

Sunday Poem Series, on Easter

from Poems of the Naming of Places by William Wordsworth …we advanc’d Along the indented shore; when suddenly, Through a thin veil of glittering haze, we saw Before us on a point of jutting land The tall and upright figure of a Man Attir’d in peasant’s garb, who stood alone Angling beside the margin of…

Cute, but...

Cute, but…

Nice try… Then we have to rip our eyes away from the inferior distractions like the League of Ordinary Milquetoasts and muster at the Tea Party for some principled, Constitutional opposition. I’m sorry, but I like Freddie’s description of Robert as a “tedious nothing” to be a bit more my cup of tea.  Asshats would…

A Meditation for Good Friday

A Meditation for Good Friday

The strangest (and perhaps sickest it could be argued) thing we Christians say is that this day is good.  Why?  What sense does it make to call a day in which you remember how a loving person was brutally tortured and executed by a crushing imperial state good?  How on earth is there anything good…

When Should Judges Defer?

When Should Judges Defer?

Note – Will and I exchanged a few emails on judicial activism, cultural change, and the courts’ public legitimacy in the wake of the Iowa gay marriage ruling. We’ve published an edited version below: Will: I’ve enjoyed your and Dave’s posts on originalism – are you familiar with Rosenberg’s “hollow hope” argument against court-instigated progressive change?…

Palms

Palms

The following images I found rather startling, actually – which is largely due to the fact that in America men walking about in white pointy hoods generally denote membership to certain rather ugly groups.  This is apparently not the case in Spain.

Catholicism as a Diploma

Catholicism as a Diploma

I’m late to this, I know, but I just caught Christopher Buckley’s post on Newt Gingrich’s recent conversion to Catholicism: Mr. Gingrich’s brain is a 24/7 phenomenon: Half the time, you sit there just dazzled, the other half you want to stuff a baguette-end in his mouth to make him shut up. In the old…

Observe and report.

Observe and report.

Observe and Report is going to surprise many people who go see it this weekend. And perhaps not in a good way. From the TV spots for Seth Rogen’s new movie, you might think he’s revisiting the irresponsible-yet-good-hearted cop character he played in Superbad (i.e. the irresponsible-yet-good-hearted character he’s played in all his movies so…

The Business of Conflict

The Business of Conflict

“When conflict becomes a business, a nation’s business becomes conflict. When mighty industries are built on war, only a fool will expect peace.” –Philip Primeau Philip’s larger point – that a privatized national defense, and a national acceptance of mercenaries as a tool for the public defense is very, very troubling – is one worth…

Pandora Conundrum

Pandora Conundrum

I long ago gave up buying or even downloading music in favor of streaming it for free on Pandora – a free online radio station that does a pretty impressive job of tuning its stations to your own tastes.  The mechanism it uses to do this is a simple thumbs up/thumbs down on each song.