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Terrorism and War

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On January 7, 2009
Debates about the meaning of “terrorism” often feature some odd assumptions, including: (1) Killing 500 civilians while making some attempt to avoid killing them is less morally problematic than killing five civilians while attempting to kill many more. I suppose this may be true, but it hardly seems self-evident. (2) While blowing up a 19-year-old […]

Upon further review

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On January 3, 2009

Since my beloved Michigan Wolverines just suffered their first really bad season since the Johnson administration, I’ve discovered that what fans do in this situation is review highlights from g

Eyeless in Gaza

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On January 2, 2009

I’ve been writing an opinion column for ten years, and something I’ve noticed about what that role does to you (meaning me) is that it more or less impels you to talk about stuff you don&#

A billion here, a billion there . . .

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On December 23, 2008
A back of the envelope calculation indicates the New York Yankees are now committed to approximately $875 million in guaranteed salaries over the next several years. To wit (all numbers in millions): ARod: $250 St. Derek: $37 Rivera: $30 Posada: $40 Damon: $13 Matsui: $13 Cano: $22 Sabathia: $161 Burnett: $82 Tex: $180 The way […]

Religion versus religiosity

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On December 18, 2008

Barack Obama has always claimed his religious faith is one of the most important things in his life, and essential to his identity. It’s therefore all the more disappointing that his choice of R

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Bizarre hiring decisions, college football edition

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On December 15, 2008
This is the weirdest coaching switch I’ve ever seen: Auburn fires Tommy Tuberville, who prior to this year had gone 42-9 in the SEC over the previous four seasons, including a perfect record in 2004, and replaces him with Gene Chizik, whose entire head coaching record consists of going 5-19 at Iowa State over the […]

Charlie Weis, Tyrone Willingham, and structural racism

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On December 3, 2008
It’s being reported that Notre Dame is going to bring back Charlie Weis for a fifth season, despite the fact the team racked up the most losses in any two-season stretch in the 109-year history of the program in Weis’s third and fourth years. Weis’s record is, by any reasonable measure, worse than that of […]
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