Chicken Soup For The Argumentative

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When Worlds Collide

Former-Eagle Jason Babin might have uttered the quote of the year when he apparently attempted to invoke “socialism” to criticize his former team:

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Egypt post-election: now what?

Egypt’s Islamists have long prayed for a constitution around which to build their Muslim paradise. Now they have their constitution and the country’s money is fleeing. Morsi kept saying things would get better once...

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2017

The Senate can’t manage to wrangle a deal on the debt ceiling.  The Senate can’t manage to wrangle a deal on the fiscal cliff. The Senate can manage to extend domestic warrantless surveillance until...

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Inadequacy and the Problem of Misery

[Belated Preface-12/29/2012-: My original intention with sharing the below experience was to set a rather basic philosophic question in a rhetorical situation that might prove more resonant. This is about me, but it actually...

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WTF Is Wrong With These People?

There must be something decidedly but pointlessly cruel in human nature. If this study’s results are representative, two percent of people give in to that something on an impulse, with nothing to gain but...

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The FreedomWorks Coup that Almost Was

This past September, it appears the conservative lobbying group FreedomWorks was the site of what has to be one of the strangest failed coups in memory. The Washington Post published Amy Gardner’s reporting of...

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The Cheap-Ass Gourmet Cookbook Shelf

As most of you know by now, one of my on-going projects here is the Cheap-Ass Gourmet series.  The purpose of the Cheap-Ass posts is to provide a starting point for readers who are...

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What I Wish My Students Knew

There was a really wonderful and moving article in the New York Times the other day about how for poor students, getting to college is only the beginning of the battle. They often fail...

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Surely a sign of the Apocalypse…

I’m starting to wonder if the Mayans were at least in the right ballpark on the date of the whole end of the world thing. Last night my beloved and perennially hapless Seahawks destroyed the the...

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The Cheap-Ass Pantry

This past October I launched the Cheap-Ass Gourmet series, which CC added to with his most awesome homemade yogurt post.  The purpose of the series was to provide a starting point for readers who...

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Clearing Wind

A typical Montauk winter weather pattern involves a Low Pressure System (LPS) rolling up the coast ahead of a cold front. As the LPS moves offshore the wind switches to the northwest quarter. When...

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Best ‘Post of the Year’ Nominations

Via DougJ over at Balloon Juice, it’s time to submit nominations for the best blog posts of the year over at Vagabond Scholar’s annual Jon Swift Memorial.  All of the posts must be nominated...

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Prejudice Isn’t The Issue Here

The question on the floor is whether an offensively stupid remark that is now fourteen years old, made by a man who was at the time a member of the United States Senate, is now...

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John Boehner: Liked but Not Well-Liked

National Review‘s Robert Costa has a behind-the-scenes report on Speaker Boehner’s failed effort to get his caucus to pass his “Plan B,” an entirely political, ultimately feeble attempt to confuse the issue and insulate Republicans from incurring...

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January 3rd

So, what happens on January 3rd? On January 3rd, the House of Representatives holds its next vote for Speaker of the House.  You need to have a straight majority to win. Historically, this is...

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Float, goddamn you.

Float, goddamn you. Donald K. Ryan, Oil, 60″ x 36″ I have mentioned previously that my father grew up in Jersey City, the son of Irish immigrants; that he was a Marine Corps officer;...