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The New Puritans

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This Yglesias post reflects a group of beliefs regarding public health that tend to cut across ideological lines, probably because they resonate with some deeply embedded cultural puritanism that affects both the right and the left in America. To simplify somewhat (but not much), the argument is roughly that health care costs so much because […]
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Free to be me

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On April 30, 2009

My wife just received a certified letter alerting me to the odd news that I’ve somehow received tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor. This is great news for a variety of reaso

libertarians and women

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On April 30, 2009

Will Wilkinson approvingly directs me to Jason Kuznicki’s half-hearted defense of Peter Thiel’s unfortunate musings about the tragic consequences of women’s suffrage. Kuznicki basica

Why Do People Say Stupid Things?

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Condoleeza Rice explaining why the use of harsh interrogation techniques was justified against Al Qaeda suspects, but not World War II German POWs: With all due respect, Nazi Germany never attacked the homeland of the United States In fact, the German Kriegsmarine sank approximately 600 US and Allied merchant vessels in and around US territorial […]

A River In Texas

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On April 30, 2009

Shorter John Cornyn: Having more congressional races where we’re uncompetitive is a good thing, because it will save us money! And while Al Franken continuing to win against Norm Coleman’s

On Minority Party Status

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On April 30, 2009

If you don’t want to read uninformed, pointless speculation on the future of the Republican Party, skip this post… Let me start off by saying that, while the Specter defection does create

The Law Enforcement Model

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On April 30, 2009

This is a kind of interesting clip about the British approach to fighting terrorism. We recently had a speaker at Patterson knowledgeable of British intelligence organizations, and he made more or les

Is New Hampshire #5?

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On April 29, 2009

It’s up to John Lynch now. The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 13 to 11 in favor of the bill, but only after a last-minute amendment strengthened language granting legal protections for relig

Bachmann’s dreams take wing

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On April 29, 2009
The best reaction I’ve seen to Michele Bachman’s undilutedly stupid musings on the “Hoot-Smalley” tariff: I hope she makes history lessons a regular part of her work in the House. I want to hear about how the Second World War II began when the Japanese bombed our base at Pearl Bailey in the Hawaiian Tropic, […]
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