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Science, Religion, and the First Amendment

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On August 25, 2008
Following up on Rob’s post, if a public high school biology teacher teaches his or her students that there is no evidence for the existence of God (or, in what amounts to the same thing, that science provides no evidence for the existence of God and the only valid evidence on that question is what […]

Joe Biden, Drug Warrior

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On August 24, 2008

Radley Balko points out that Biden’s voting record on drug issues in particular and civil liberties in general is quite bad. (Edit: As a couple of commentators have noted, Biden’s overall

McCain’s Housing Crisis

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On August 21, 2008
I haven’t developed any strong feelings about Obama’s VP choice, but I sort of like this guy’s style. It would have been better if he had pointed out McCain’s idea of a housing crisis is not being able to remember how many houses your Sugar Mama has bought for you. Update: “At least four” apparently […]

Roe v. Kuhn

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On August 20, 2008

One way of sorting out peoples’ politics of law is to ask them if they find Harry Blackmun’s opinion for the Court in Roe v. Wade or Flood v. Kuhn more jurisprudentially offensive. (Flood

What’s a normal body?

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On August 20, 2008

One of the strangest aspects of the moral panic over fat in our culture is the bizarre concept that having a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is “normal.” It certainly isn’t normal in the s

Old Man Look at My Life

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On August 19, 2008
Cheap Abe Simpson humor aside, one issue that the media seem to be treating with extreme delicacy so far is McCain’s age. It of course is a legitimate concern, given that from a purely actuarial point of view, which doesn’t take into account the special health risks associated with being president, he has a 15% […]

A Long Way Down

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On August 13, 2008
I recently saw Eric Steel’s 2006 documentary film The Bridge, about people who commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Steel got permission from local authorities to set up cameras on public land that would allow him to film the bridge for an entire year during almost all daylight hours. What he didn’t […]
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