The more things change…

They ask “God, can you imagine if this were published today?”. Yeah, these days it would have a picture of Saddam or Bin Ladin, and some anti-Islamist (or perhaps simply anti-Muslim/anti-Arab) epithet. But wait, there’s more! Fortunately popular media isn’t pushing the “war on terror” the way it did real wars.

The 335 Year War…

Historical trivia at its best… On 17 April 1986 a remarkable event occurred in the Isles of Scilly – something overlooked by history books and the Guinness Book Of World Records – the longest war in history was ended. … War was declared in 1651. … In 1985, local historian-come-Chairman of the Council, Roy Duncan,… Continue reading The 335 Year War…

r- versus K-selection in politics.

Via a guest-blogger posting on Bitch.Ph.D, we get an link to Affordable Family Formation–The Neglected Key To GOP’s Future The key reason why some states vote Republican, I’ve found, can be summed up in the three-word phrase: Affordable Family Formation. In parts of the country where it is economical to buy a house with a… Continue reading r- versus K-selection in politics.

“You’ve heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates…?”

Finish the line, and you’ll describe these guys: “Sith” Fans Maimed in Lightsaber Mishap The Force–let alone common sense–was definitely not with them. Two British Star Wars fans sustained critical injuries after constructing their own lightsabers from fluorescent light tubes filled with liquid fuel.

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On the disconnect between Congress and real people…

From Stephan’s blog: I’m running for congress. its got great benefits Yes congress people pay into SS fund. Members of Congress under FERS contribute 1.3 percent of their salary into the FERS retirement plan and pay 6.2 percent of their salary in Social Security taxes. but they don’t tend to collect SSI. Why? Because federal… Continue reading On the disconnect between Congress and real people…

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Reason to be less pessimistic…?

Monday’s NYTimes column by Paul Krugman: After November’s election, the victors claimed a mandate to unravel the welfare state. But the national election was about who would best defend us from gay married terrorists. At the state level, where elections were fought on bread-and-butter issues, voters sent a message that they wanted a stronger, not… Continue reading Reason to be less pessimistic…?

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The mark of a true gentleman.

Opinion: A Gentleman Never Discloses… I must say, the quality of discourse in this country has taken a sharp plunge of late, not only among the ruffians and ne’er-do-wells from whom one expects coarse speech, but among gentlemen of letters and esteem. I have, with my own ears, several times in the past week, heard… Continue reading The mark of a true gentleman.