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We’re Not Listening — Lilla and Levin

I read two articles yesterday about how little the Left and Right listen to each other.  One is thoughtful, by Yuval Levin in The Weekly Standard , ” The Real Debate “, Each party is pulled into this debate by what it sees as the deeply misguided views of the other. Democrats . . . . Continue Reading »

Republicans: Character Counts

Pete Spiliakos has been complaining about Romney’s performance at the Republican convention and about the lack of definition and specification of policy in convention speakers as a whole .  It didn’t bother me.  I figured that the next week and all through the fall, Romney, . . . . Continue Reading »

What’s it all about, Romney?

All right, I do begin to wonder at the direction of our Republicans.  Sadly, my conversion was not through the good points made by my colleagues on the deficiencies of the Republican convention, neither those fierce ones of Mr. Piss and Vinegar, nor the lengthy argument I had with Pete.   . . . . Continue Reading »

Giving Postmodernism a Bad Name

From the Wall Street Journal, ” The Postmodern President “, wherein our president’s postmodernism is defined thus, “he’s running the first postmodern Presidential campaign, now organized almost exclusively around allegations about his opponent that bear no relation to . . . . Continue Reading »

Whither Petraeus?

This morning brought polling about the possibility of Gen. David Petraeus as VP.  Now I see a story on Drudge Report that tells us the president is predicting the pick.  I’m a fan, but hate to see what the press would do the man and his family for pity’s sake. . . . . Continue Reading »

Pete Spiliakos’ Birthday

How do I know?  Facebook told me.  This is my opportunity to pay a little tribute to my fellow blogger.  Below, Pete writes a post that he begins with “I don’t have the mental energy . . . ” and then he proceeds to prove that even when he doesn’t have his . . . . Continue Reading »

Aurora Colorado Mayhem

We take sympathy and sorrow for granted when people die in circumstances like the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting . Unfortunately, we can also take for granted that a chorus of voices in favor of gun repression, as if the availability of guns inspires mass murderers. You’ll hear all . . . . Continue Reading »

Flag Day

[caption id=”” align=”aligncenter” width=”490”] I know, the wind carried the flags the wrong way when I made my shot; the flag is honorable no matter which way the wind is blowing. May that be true whether literally or figuratively interpreted.[/caption] . . . . Continue Reading »

Iowa and Mercury, MN

1. Pete is turning out to be the best predictor of “caucus dynamics” ever, and without even a statistical model. Santorum, incredibly to me, is having his moment. He certainly had a confident and eloquent day, and the media is laying off his social conservatism, at least a bit, to . . . . Continue Reading »

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