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Tommy says the best part about playing is the daydreaming (and the winning too I’d guess). So what are you daydreaming about today? How you would you spend your jackpot wad? Me? I’d buy Greece. More

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In his latest column, Mr. Delingpole says, “What people in Britain want more than anything right now – regardless of which political party they belong to – is for the economy to recover so that they can keep their jobs (or get jobs), pay their bills and save for their retirement.” Given the fact, if […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Calling Mssrs. Epstein, Yoo and Rahe, Or, Paul Krugman Asks a Good Question

 

In his column in today’s New York Times, Paul Krugman frames what I take to be one of the two central questions before the high court. (I’m hoping to get to the second in a post this weekend.) Could the masters of close reasoning around here take a look, then let the rest of us know a good, succinct, and proper answer?

Here goes:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. UNC Tar Heel Readers Need a Tutorial in Satire

 

On the back page of its March 29 print edition, UNC’s Daily Tar Heel published the following syndicated editorial cartoon from Tribune Media Services about the death of Trayvon Martin.

Caption: This wasn’t about race. I shot because I felt threatened…Skittles are full of high fructose corn syrup.

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I trust Justice Kagan as far as I can throw her which is about five feet. Given the slippery nature of Chicago crooks I would be astounded if there were not signs and counter signs arranged prior to this ruling. Obama needs to position himself according to this ruling so watch what he says and […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Now That’s How You Welcome Home a Soldier

 

Nick is a soldier who recently served an eight-month tour in Afghanistan. Here is a video of how Chuck, his dog, welcomed him home.

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Stephen Green, whose drunkblogs of the Republican debates have been hilarious, has written “Why I’m a Conservative” in response to a DailyKos member’s offering, entitled “Why I’m a Liberal”. Who said conservatives aren’t funny? More

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Interested in stealing an election? One terrific way to rack up hundreds of bogus votes is to recruit out-of-state students on college campuses. Register to vote on campus–and vote by absentee back home. It’s easy! It’s fun! And you can be guaranteed that nobody will ever check. Think state Voter ID laws will prevent this? […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Observations on ObamaCare: Taxation, Regulation, Krugman, and Fried

 

There are a number of constitutional and logical slips in the seductive argument that Paul Krugman puts forward in favor of the constitutionality of the individual mandate. First, the question why any form of health insurance involves a question of “interstate commerce” at all. Under the current elastic and indefensible definitions of interstate commerce, any form of local activity that influences the quantity and price of goods in interstate commerce becomes itself a form of interstate commerce, at which point there is precious little that lies outside that domain.

Note the potential reach of this argument by the standard definition that Krugman embraces, getting sick and buying insurance influences the ability of the United States to deal with foreign nations, so that Congress can presumably regulate it as a form of commerce with foreign nations. More impressively, since the health of their populations influences health in this country, why not say that the Constitution gives the Congress the power to expand the health care benefits that Canada, Great Britain and the rest of the world supplies to their own population. It is a form of constitutional newspeak to treat all these local activities as though they were commerce among the several states, when they are, most emphatically anything but.

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The Chairman gave a series of lectures over the last two weeks as part of a course on the Fed offered by George Washington University. The first two lectures cover the origins and history of the Fed. The third lecture looks at the financial crisis and the last one looks at the aftermath. I hope […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. How I Plan to Celebrate Earth Hour

 

Tonight, as I am sure you’re all aware, is Earth Hour. I hope you all intend to take this event as seriously as I shall. First, I shall raid my attic for my last stash of rarer-than-hen’s-teeth incandescent light bulbs – you know, the kind without mercury in them; the kind that lights up a room; the kind that doesn’t give you headaches – and plug them into every available socket. Then, during Earth Hour, I shall light up my house like a Christmas tree, while turning on every conceivable electrical appliance, perhaps even to the point of opening my freezer door and melting the ice with a blow heater.

Yes, I know – what with the price of electricity these days, due to all those eco tariffs – that this will cost me a great deal of money. But that’s the kind of guy I am. I’m doing it not for me but for the Children of Tomorrow. I want them to have a future, a meaningful future with jobs, and a functioning economy and power on demand rather than rationed according to the whim of some Lisa-Jackson-style Eco Commissar.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. “The Unborn Baby Has Spoken.”

 

That simple and eloquent sentence, by writer Danielle Bean in the National Catholic Register, says it all. An expectant mother, in the hospital with appendicitis, is told that the young life inside her has some problems and will likely be disabled somehow. She was advised to abort the baby. What if?

Some decisions in life do not lend themselves to a “do over.” A pebble cast into the water, produces unforeseen ripples, …or not, depending on the decision of the person holding it. What if this young woman had followed the doctor’s advice? She would have never known the unique gifts and beauty of that child. She would have been deprived of that person’s love, and of the joy that only that person could bring into her life. The world, for that matter, would have been deprived forever of the magnificent talent of Andrea Bocelli, because that young woman was his mother.

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I know I’m on record somewhere as saying that no one in my family ever reads a UK newspaper except the Telegraph (preferably after a member of the staff has ironed it). With that in mind, I should have known what to expect from the abysmal Daily Mirror when I was checking Google’s UK news […]

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Trying to listen to the Hinderaker-Ward Experience and the Leftcoast/Right Coast. They are really stupid. While I am all for letting age and experience count and make it a major part of conservatism I think these guys just sounds like clowns – the level of intellectual analysis is not convincing. I think HWE is scaring unenlisted people […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. My Answer to Paul Krugman

 

In responding to Peter’s request that I address the question posed by Paul Krugman, I can do no better than to quote extensively from a piece entitled What is Wrong with the Individual Mandate? that I posted last December in response to a similar question posed by ParisParamus:

There is a simple answer to the question . . . . Government exists first and foremost for the sake of our protection. Without it, our lives and our property would not effectively be our own. Government exists also to promote our well-being. For its support, however, taxation is necessary, and we have tacitly agreed that, to be legitimate, these taxes must be passed by our elected representatives. By our own consent, we give up a certain proportion of our earnings for these purposes.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. “Fist fight at dialysis clinic between Kentucky, Louisville fans”

 

I’ll be watching the Final Four from New Hampshire tomorrow night. This time of year is complicated and emotional for me. My middle daughter was born on Final Four Saturday in 2006. My father died just weeks after being thrilled by Butler’s run in 2010. It was the last great joyful experience he had; a last-ditch drug to battle his cancer, a kind of steroid, gave him the energy to watch both games and talk enthusiastically about them for days.

Tomorrow’s contest brings back another memory for me, my first ever visit to the state of Kentucky. I figured it would look something like North Carolina or Virginia, Southern states I’d spent considerable time in. But it was starkly different. I arrived at dusk, and the rolling ride over local roads wound past blue fields lined by white picket fences and across wooden bridges over burbling brooks. While there, I saw a nighttime horse race under lights. I saw Rick Pitino coach a game at the University of Kentucky. I saw The Age of Innocence in a Louisville theater and went for ice cream afterward. I visited this historic Shaker village — what native Staten Islander knows of Shakers? — in Harrodsburg and went to Dairy Queen for the first and only time in my life. I left with a determination to live forever in the state after graduating college. That was 1993. I’ve never been back.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge Special Audio Edition: Rick Santorum

 

This afternoon, Peter Robinson had the opportunity to do a quick interview with Rick Santorum as he was traveling between campaign events in Wisconsin. They discuss why he’s still in the race, the rights of the unborn, the Santorum tax plan, how Santorum plans to expand his appeal, the core differences between himself and Mitt Romney, and a up-to-the-minute state of the primary race from the candidate himself.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge Special Audio Edition: Rick Santorum

 

This afternoon, Peter Robinson had the opportunity to do a quick interview with Rick Santorum as the candidate was traveling between campaign events in Wisconsin. They discuss why he’s still in the race, the rights of the unborn, the Santorum tax plan, how Santorum plans to expand his appeal, the core differences between himself and Mitt Romney, and a up-to-the-minute state of the primary race from the candidate himself.

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