The Hinderaker-Ward Experience #11: Sloping Foreheads

 

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Sledgehammer: More Arrests and a Human Face For You to Consider

 

Today brings the news that another 28 soldiers will stand trial in the so-called Balyoz, or Sledgehammer case. Here is how it is being reported:

The first trial in the case had opened in December with 196 defendants, among them senior commanders. Most of them remain in prison. The investigation, the toughest challenge yet to the once-omnipotent Turkish military, has landed some 30 generals, or about a tenth of the total, in jail, humbling the army after its ouster of four governments in the past.

Rick Santorum Talks About Sharia Law. On a One to Ten Scale – How Concerned Should We Be?

 

I have no doubt that Sharia law in its brutal forms is antithetical to the Bill of Rights and has no place in America.&nbsp; Although there are less violent and therefore perhaps more palatable forms of it, I still cling&nbsp;too tightly to the American form of justice (flawed though it is) to even consider replacing any of it with Islamic law.&nbsp; That I know.

There are two things (at the very least) that I don’t know:

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The relationship between Hollywood and the rest of America is a complicated one. It has always been a tangled tale of competing ideas, competing religions and competing ideas of what sells vs what should be sold in the first place. The uneasy relationships of race and religion that have roiled America throughout its history is […]

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Bachmann, Schmachmann!

 

First, Happy 4th to my friend Peter who I greatly respect. &nbsp;But on this, we disagree. &nbsp;Come to think of it, happy 4th to everyone.

Second, a plug for my new “Murphy’s Law” column in TIME. &nbsp;Topic is Michele Bachmann’s impact n the GOP Race. &nbsp;Please don’t send me any angry letters or cardboard Uncle Sam hats. &nbsp;Send them to Rob Long.

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Mr. Robinson, The California State Board of Equalization’s helpful advice on paper bag surcharges&nbsp;as related to sales tax? Is this truly the best we can do to highlight all the wisdom&nbsp;that The Golden State has to offer the rest of the Union in regards to governance? I’ll see your paper bag surchages and raise: The […]

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You don’t have to like him. But with ratings like these, you should probably try to understand him. I’m looking at you, pundits. When you have a show this successful, the only way to argue its failure is to compare it to itself.&nbsp; So, the media took the peak of our ratings, usually January of […]

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Radical Constitutionalism?

 

This, from the Economist, is mistaken:

Anyway, if one bothers to really think about it, constitutional conservativism, as construed by Ms Bachmann and her boosters, might be better labeled “constitutional restorationism”, which I think more clearly conveys the idea of a return to the system of government laid out in the constitution, intepreted as the authors intended. But this idea, if taken really seriously, is staggeringly radical. I find it hard to believe that any of the mild-mannered, stability-loving conservative Iowans who told me they want to put a constitutional conservative in the White House really favour junking hundreds of years of prior constitutional interpretation and reinterpretation along with the massive, interlocking system of institutions that has evolved along with them. Most conservatives really are conservative. They don’t favour uprooting the vast infrastructure of existing institutions that reaches into every corner of American life (even if some of those institutions are only dubiously “constitutional”). What they seem to want, even if this is not what they understand themselves to want, is to start from the&nbsp;status quo&nbsp;and add a new layer of constitutional reinterpretation inspired by certain widespread contemporary ideas about the sort of things the founders had in mind.

Clearing Up the Concept of Hypocrisy for Our Liberal Brethren

 

Is it hypocritical for a student benefiting from government loans and grants to criticize the distorting effects that those monies have on tuition?&nbsp; Is it hypocritical for an elderly retiree collecting social security checks to express that the system is unsustainable and will saddle future generations with more debt than they can bear? Is it hypocritical for a beneficiary of affirmative action policies to point out that those policies are in fact detrimental to society?

The answer, if you’re a liberal hell-bent on impugning the integrity of opponents of big government, is an enthusiastic yes.

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To the extent these people are Republicans, you know, the country-club corporate types, you will understand how I find them despicable, and I find their motives suspect when advocating for their Presidential candidate (e.g. Huntsman). H/T to Todd who reminded me of this video.&nbsp; Watch the whole thing. It’s appalling Preview Open

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How better to prepare for Ann Coulter’s chat on Ricochet tomorrow night than discuss her latest column? A liberal’s idea of being a bad-ass is to say vicious things to a conservative public figure who can’t afford to strike back. Getting in a stranger’s face and hurling insults at him, knowing full well he has […]

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Prattling While Rome Burns

 

This is what’s going on while the President wastes our time behaving in ways that cause candid commentators to waste our time parsing their vulgarities:

The World Bank today appointed Madelyn Antoncic as its new Vice President and Treasurer, hiring an experienced senior executive from the financial industry who has been active in the regulatory and policy debate.

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Terence Tunberg and Milena Minkova, professors of classics at the University of Kentucky, discuss the use of Latin as a means of communication rather than strict reading and translating. While traditional Latin classes focus on translation, classics professors contend that the language should be learned primarily through writing, listening and speaking to enhance comprehension. Watch, […]

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One of the most outrageous industry specific tax breaks is the preferential tax treatment of “carried interest” for hedge fund and private equity partnerships.&nbsp; In a hedge fund or private equity partnership, the fund managers get paid by the limited partners (i.e. investors) in two ways: an annual fee, usually 1-2% of assets under management, […]

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Over on the main feed, we’ve all been having fun identifying supposedly great novels that stink. &nbsp;In that thread, Western Chauvinist asked our thoughts on the great American novel and the best novel not written by an American. Kenneth suggested Mark Helprin’s A Soldier of the Great War as the Great American Novel and The […]

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According to a news report&nbsp;the VA is censoring the words “God” and “Jesus” from prayers at funeral services held at the Houston National Cemetery. What part of “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” is giving these people such difficulty? According to the local story, “A 26-page complaint outlines the allegations. According to the court papers, […]

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