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Murder Most Foul

I might have mentioned that I live in Chardon, Ohio.  The other day, the boy who shot six of his classmates, killing three and wounding three others in differing degrees of severity, was up for arraignment.  His defense attorney was able to gain a delay for the trial as they prepare an . . . . Continue Reading »

The Press, the News, and Public Preference

In a post below, I used  quote from Coolidge about “the chief business of the American people is business” and the context of the quote was the intimate relationship between the press and American business, since the press is American business.  This sparked a good comment . . . . Continue Reading »

Choose Your Own Victim

The other day,  John Hinderaker, on the Powerline blog , wrote in “George Zimmerman, Not Guilty” about the mounting evidence apparently exonerating Mr. Zimmerman.  I wrote a comment that generated a positive response.  I am still trying to figure out what Postmodernism is . . . . Continue Reading »

Whither the Post-Healthcare Realignment?

Over at Cato, Julian Sanchez has written a post about how the aftermath of healthcare reform could reveal faultlines in existing political coalitions and trigger realignment: There’s no intrinsic commonality between, say, “left” positions on taxation, foreign policy, and reproductive . . . . Continue Reading »

Tea & Tom

The best way to counter the Tea Party movement, which is all about stopping things, is with an Innovation Movement, which is all about starting things. [ . . . ] Obama should bring together the country’s leading innovators and ask them: “What legislation, what tax incentives, do we need . . . . Continue Reading »

National Affairs

The heir to The Public Interest , a new journal by the name of National Affairs , is now living and breathing and live on the web. The sharp and judicious Yuval Levin has brought together a team of great minds, including Adam Keiper, Reihan Salam, and a Publications Committee full of heavies like . . . . Continue Reading »

If Hobbies Were Horses

I take the first of several laps around the track with Conor Friedersdorf, who’s doing interviews on Big Ideas for The Atlantic . I’m especially delighted to be able to speak with some coherence about a few concepts that I’ve been kicking around for a while now. First up, our bad . . . . Continue Reading »


The results of two studies indicate that people who are high in openness to new experience and high in neuroticism are likely to be bloggers. That from a study forwarded along to Richard Florida by Cambridge ‘personality psychologist’ Jason Rentfrow. Dig deeper, and the following . . . . Continue Reading »

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