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Who can you trust? Or how one Leftist may be breaking free of the Goebbels’ school of Leftist lying
  19 Apr 2011     6:01 pm

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is …

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Passover and the suffering necessary to end tyranny
  18 Apr 2011     5:30 pm

Tonight marks the first night of Passover, the ancient Jewish holiday celebrating the Jews’ release from bondage and, I think, their reaffirmed commitment to God.
I wrote the following post last year for Passover, and republished it once more a few months ago. It focuses on Iran, but I think you could easily substitute Syria, Gaza, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, or any other totalitarian regime, whether theistic or anti-theistic, and the article would be the same.
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An antisemitic Jew I know, rather than seeing the Passover ceremony as the celebration of …

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San Francisco discovers free enterprise
  14 Apr 2011     11:14 am

San Francisco is definitely up in the top five when it comes to “most Progressively governed cities in America.” No surprise, then, that the city’s finances are in a shambles. What is a surprise is the fact that, faced with a looming budget collapse, the City has suddenly discovered capitalist incentives: it’s offering the big employers tax cuts to stay in the City.
This is a smart move on San Francisco’s part. (And I can’t believe I wrote that sentence about the City that doesn’t know how.) …

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Yeah, I’m not thrilled about that J. Crew advertisement either
  13 Apr 2011     5:52 pm

The big “conservatives are evil” exhibit of the moment is conservative protests over at Fox about a J. Crew advertisement in which a mom happily paints her five year old son’s toenails pink. I think it’s worth adding here that the boy clearly hasn’t had a haircut in a while. In other words, if the ad didn’t identify him as a boy, he would be sexless — neither boy nor girl, just sexually content neutral.
The ad itself is pretty darn innocuous, but it is symptomatic of something much …

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Inbreeding and sadism — on a vast scale
  13 Apr 2011     11:26 am

I have been reading and enjoying Leslie Carroll’s Royal Pains: A Rogues’ Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds. Focusing on Eastern and Western Europe from the 12th century onwards, it’s a brisk walk through royal excesses.
Having read about half the book now, I think that “bad seeds” is the operative phrase in the title. One of the stand-out features of European royalty is the inbreeding, because the royals confined themselves to an extremely small pool of available matrimonial candidates. This meant that cousin marriages were normative. …

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Putting the sexual identity cart before the accomplishment horse
  13 Apr 2011     12:00 am

Okay, I’ll admit that my post title is awkward, but it sums up what California State Senator Mark Leno is trying to do in California public schools: namely, put a person’s sexuality front and center, with a tag-on coda about the person’s actual accomplishments. This isn’t the first time a gay California legislator has tried this.
Here’s Leno’s press release:
Senator Mark Leno introduced legislation today that helps address the nation’s bullying crisis by ensuring that historical contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are accurately …

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The Bookworm Turns — an e-book with collected posts from the Bookworm Room
  11 Apr 2011     12:53 am

I started blogging in 2004, right before the election, and was hooked.  After years of churning out legal briefs, it was an endless pleasure to write about politics, pop culture, education, social issues, national security, the media, and whatever else caught my attention.  It was wonderful, too, to develop a new writing style, one that allowed me a type of word play and wit denied the legal writer.
My first year’s posts were not memorable.  Over the years, though, after writing about 9,000 posts, ranging from minimalist (“Hey, check this out!”) …

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A post you should read at a blog you should visit
  9 Apr 2011     4:57 pm

My son asked me “Is Princeton a good school?”  I didn’t quite know how to answer that.  It’s an old school.  It’s a school with a great reputation.  It’s expensive.  It has its pick of the nation’s best students.  It also employs Paul Krugman and Peter Singer.
What!?  You don’t know who Peter Singer is, but you think he might be some old Leftist folk singer?  (No, that’s Pete Seeger.)  Peter Singer is a world renowned “ethicist,” and sits in an endowed chair at Princeton.  I’ve blogged about him before:
Peter Singer, …

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Liberals — lording it over lesser beings
  13 Mar 2011     2:28 pm

If there is one defining characteristic of liberals, it is their sense that they are better than everyone else. Nowhere was that more explicitly illustrated than in Ron Schiller’s comments:
In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives.
Schiller wasn’t unique, just unguarded. The whole point of liberalism, after all, is to put government — controlled, of course, by liberals — in charge of everyone else’s lives.
This world view requires that liberals occupy the highest rungs in the world hierarchy. Part of …

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Charlie Sheen and the bedlamite approach to insanity
  2 Mar 2011     4:53 pm

England’s Bethlem Royal Hospital, founded in the 13th Century as part of a convent, eventually transformed itself into the world’s first facility dedicated to the mentally ill. By the 16th Century, when it housed only the mentally ill, it was famous for the cruelty with which those patients were treated. The word “bedlam,” which describes a situation that is completely out of control, is a bastardization of the hospital’s name.
For centuries, Bethlem Royal Hospital was also once of London’s most popular tourist attractions. For a penny, people …

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It’s entirely possible that, when it comes to gay marriage and the First Amendment, pluralism won’t work.
  28 Feb 2011     5:37 pm

Rodney King got his 15 minutes of fame for (a) getting beaten up while resisting arrest; (b) having his name attached to some horrific riots; and (c) plaintively asking “Can we get along?” The last is a great thought. I’d like to get along with people better myself. “Getting along,” though, presupposes that people have the same goals and values. In our pluralist society, even when we have differences, we mostly limp along all right. Elections shuttle different value systems in and out of power …

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Life in the nanny state
  28 Feb 2011     2:35 pm

I was reading Rick Steves’ Italy 2011 (the 2010) version, when I was surprised to learn this little fact on page 21:
Because Europeans are generally careful with energy use, you’ll find government-enforced limits on air-conditioning and heating. There’s a one-month period each spring and fall when neither is allowed.
For those of us in Marin who have been fussing about PG&E installing smart meters on their houses (something that happened to our house, will she nil she), that little paragraph is a stark harbinger of the future in the nanny …

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Conservative candidates are better looking
  23 Feb 2011     10:30 pm

You’ve long suspected it, but now we know it’s true: objectively speaking, conservative political candidates are indeed better looking:
Rightwing candidates are better looking than their leftwing counterparts, something they benefit from during elections, according to a study conducted by Swedish and Finnish economists.
The economists who conducted the study figured this out by asking people to look at candidate pictures that did not indicate the party with which the candidate was affiliated. Conservative candidates won this beauty contest.
I don’t quarrel with the study’s bottom-line conclusion. We …

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Regressives
  22 Feb 2011     12:25 am

Roger Simon, among others, has noted that the demonstrations in Madison demonstrate how old-fashioned the modern Left is, something that’s true despite the Left’s attempt to re-brand itself with the name “Progressive.” It therefore seemed appropriate for me to run again an article I wrote for American Thinker back in September 2007. My section on the unions (“Look for the union label”) seems prescient now.
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Regressives
Language is anything but static, something for which we must be grateful. It’s the dynamism of the English language that, at …

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More thoughts on Wisconsin
  19 Feb 2011     7:54 pm

The average Wisconsin teacher has a better total compensation package than the average Wisconsin taxpayer. After the proposed legislation goes through, the average Wisconsin teacher will still have a better total compensation package than the average Wisconsin taxpayer. If this was 1789, events in Madison would be the equivalent of the French aristocrats taking to the streets, attired in satins, silks and jewels, and armed with pitchforks and pikes, to stridently demand even more from France’s starved and overworked peasantry.
Let’s get serious, though. The issue, of course, …

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Thoughts about the Wisconsin teachers’ union
  18 Feb 2011     8:31 pm

[Updated to correct information about Wisconsin teacher salaries.]
As I understand it, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, faced with a $3.6 billion biennial budget deficit (for the years 2011-2013), had the choice of raising taxes in his financially beleaguered state or firing up to 6,000 state employees. He chose a third route, proposing that Wisconsin’s public sector employees start carrying a small portion of their pension and benefit load. The Heritage Foundation summarizes Walker’s proposal as follows:
Walker’s proposal would limit collective bargaining power and reform public employee benefit plans. …

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Never underestimate hate from the Left, especially when it comes to conservative blacks
  15 Feb 2011     5:07 pm

This morning, I read and enjoyed Jeannie DeAngelis’ post about a potential Herman Cain candidacy. From everything I’ve heard, including musings from our own Danny Lemieux, Cain is a person one would like to have in the White House. He may not have a political track record, but he’s still got a lot more under his belt than our current president. The latter had a few years voting “present” in regional and national senates, and a cushioned existence as a lecturer and activist. Cain has lived …

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Obama suffers an empathy failure when it comes to Israel
  14 Feb 2011     7:19 pm

Let’s think about Israel from the Israeli viewpoint for a minute, shall we? It is, by any standards, an extremely small country. Within its own borders, it is a sophisticated Western-style nation that leads the world in scientific innovation. Its political system is a parliamentary style democratic republic. Although its system isn’t perfect, no one questions the fact that it extends full civil rights to all citizens within its borders, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, or country of national origin.
Another fact about Israel? …

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Friendships in a cyber age
  12 Feb 2011     4:44 pm

Joshua Goldberg’s sudden death, at age 43, has really saddened me. I feel as if I’ve lost a friend — not a best friend, because we weren’t that close, but a friend nevertheless. What’s funny, though, is that I never actually met Joshua. I never talked to him on the phone. I never even saw him across the room. Instead, our friendship played out entirely over the internet. We emailed each other. When I needed help, he gave it. When he had …

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I now pronounce the Archbishop of Canterbury officially insane
  9 Feb 2011     12:45 pm

The Archbishopric of Canterbury used to be a pretty important job. The guy who held that position, going back to the earliest Middle Ages, was the premier leader of the English church, whether that church gave allegiance to Rome or the British Monarch. The current Archbishop, Rowan Williams is, as best as I can tell, insane.
A few years ago, he made a place for himself on the radar by supporting sharia law which is (a) anti-Christian and (b) antithetical to Western notions of human rights. I don’t …

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