Going Rogue

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It’s probably not a good idea generally to buy a book out of spite, but in some ways that is precisely what I did when I picked up Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue .  We had had a meeting at work, and several of my co-workers were amusing themselves with some anti-Palin jibes.  So at . . . . Continue Reading »

Spinning on Behalf of Obamacare

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Michael Sean Winters has put up a post on NCR Online that is a rebuttal to a Deal Hudson commentar y on abortion and the public option. Winters demonstrates that he is either wholly ignorant of the legislative and judicial process, or that he puts support for Obamacare ahead of opposition to . . . . Continue Reading »

Pro-Life Demonstrator Shot and Killed

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Horrible news : Local officials and state police are confirming that a pro-life advocate was shot and killed outside a high school in this Michigan town. The person, who is described as well-known but whose identity has not been released, was shot multiple times while protesting abortion outside . . . . Continue Reading »

Objectivism and Original Sin

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I’ve been interested in the reaction to my review of Atlas Shrugged which Chris Blosser linked to here . First of all, it might be the only thing I’ve ever written that has united both right-wingers and left-wingers (and everybody in between). Clearly, almost everyone dislikes Ayn Rand. . . . . Continue Reading »

Silver Lining Amidst the Muck

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The Rick Pitino saga is one of the sickest and saddest sports-related stories I’ve ever come accross .  Here are the major details: University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino told police that he had consensual sex with Karen Cunagin Sypher at a Louisville . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: The Lost Art of Reading

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This seems like a fitting followup to Chris’s post .  From the pen of Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain: I don’t know exactly what about me threatens them so much, other than that people are listening to me. Malkin has the No. 1 book on The New York Times bestseller . . . . Continue Reading »

Choosing Adams Over Jefferson

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Daniel Hannan, a British politician and Member of the European Parliament, writes: I gave the same message everywhere. Americans should cleave to their Jeffersonian heritage. Normally I would shoot mental shockwaves of negative energy towards any man who uttered such blasphemy .  But I read on . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: The Dying Light

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In answer to Joseph’s question , I am a little surprised by how far the President’s approval numbers have fallen and how much pushback he is getting on his agenda. I thought that President Obama would remain personally popular even if the public started expressing greater disapproval of . . . . Continue Reading »

Libertarians and Private Virtue

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There was an interesting exchange on the American Enterprise Institute’s Enterprise blog, sparked by this Charles Murray post about the concept of duty. Murray was writing in response to Mark Sanford’s scandalous behavior, and this prodded Danielle Pletka to ask why we should care . . . . Continue Reading »