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Minaret Ban

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On November 30, 2009
I think the ban on the hijab in public schools and other public places in France and elsewhere is deeply misguided at best, thinly veiled racism at (much more likely) worst, but at least in that case, I understood the plausible rationale behind the policy. I’ve read several discussions of Switzerland’s Minaret ban, and have […]

Pishtacos

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On November 21, 2009

From the “subplot excised from The Road for being too disturbing and creepy” file: Four people have been arrested in Peru on suspicion of killing dozens of people in order to sell their fa

November 11

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On November 11, 2009
Two QOTDs:Jacob Levy: A Veteran’s/ Armistice/ Remembrance Day observed on November 11 in particular shouldn’t just mean a gauzy and somber honoring of live veterans and fallen soldiers. It should be in part a day of anger and horror about the particular war that ended on this day, the stupid brutality of it, and the […]

Laicite

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On November 5, 2009

I’ve always found the approach to religious neutrality employed by (amongst many other countries) France, which includes a ban on religious headscarves in public schools, to be deeply misguided

Plebiscitarianism run amok

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On November 3, 2009
In the process of voting, I find myself pondering “King County Charter Amendment #1: Repeal of Section 350.20.30 and Portions of Article 9 – Transitory Provisions” Here’s the text in full: Shall those no longer relevant portions of King County Charter Article 9 relating to the county’s prior transition to a home rule charter and […]

Death Penalty blogging

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On October 29, 2009

At the horror show that is death penalty jurisprudence in the state of Texas has been getting some attention around here, I remember that I have been remiss in not giving a plug to a unique and excell

Contrarianism

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On October 22, 2009

Daniel Davies clearly knows a thing or two about playing the contrarian. His rules for contrarians post is, unsurprisingly, a must-read: The whole idea of contrarianism is that you’re “attacking t

The GOP Speaks

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On October 8, 2009
Via Rick Perlstein, I Conor Freidersdorf has a new blog, The GOP Speaks. He’s sent seven innocuous, straightforward questions about the future of the Republican Party to County Republican Party leaders and officers. Their responses are posted without any further commentary or editing. Share

Heckava Job, Baucus

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On September 16, 2009

You’ve found the sweet spot; a compromise bill that everyone to the left of Snowe and to the right of Jay Rockefeller can support. I have no idea if Rockefeller would really vote against this bi

Goldberg on HRW

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On July 17, 2009

Matt Duss has a nice post on Jeffrey Goldberg’s recent silliness regarding Human Rights Watch. Yesterday Goldberg, following up on a WSJ editorial, gave the impression that by talking about thei

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