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Where is Gordon Gekko when you need him?I’d settle for the ghost of Ayn Rand.What happened to our economic freedom?A brave new world of serfdom is at hand! No, no, we don’t want no ‘Bama!No, no, we don’t want no ‘Bama!No, no, we don’t want no ‘Bama!We don’t want, we don’t want no ‘Bama! Preview […]

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The New Slang

 

Language changes all the time, linguists like to say. What they tend to leave out is how ugly it can be. “Monetization on mobile queries right now is a significant fraction of desktop,” Larry Page of Google recently said at a press conference.

It’s interesting to me how many parts of this statement, which was presented as a summary quote on the front page of the business section in the New York Times two weeks ago, could not have been uttered 10 or 15 years ago. It’s also interesting that I had to read the sentence about a dozen times in order to merely approach what I take to be its basic meaning: Google is making much less money on mobile ads than it does on desktop ads.

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Approximately 96 percent of the likely voters have made up their minds long ago. They don’t need convincing. Roughly half that number is for Obama (47), and the majority for Romney (49). The remaining 4 percent will base their choice on whether if Romney is a viable alternative to Obama, and not whether who they […]

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It’s pretty simple: FEMA doesn’t “manage” disasters for local agencies. The rules are really clear, and regardless of the NYT’s fantasies about about how all-knowing tecnocratic experts Would Do Better Than The Locals in dealing with disasters, it really boils down to a few things: 1) FEMA’s rules, structure, internal  and external training make it […]

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Nationalism is on the rise across Europe and the Left is to blame. While Americans are distracted by impending elections and politics, an event drawing little attention on this side of the Atlantic took place in Poitiers, France. Last week, over 100 French youth stormed a mosque in Poitiers chanting demands for immigration reform and […]

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From “Mesopotamia”, Rudyard Kipling, 1917. “They shall not return to us, the strong men coldly slain   In sight of help denied them day to day:But the men who edged their agonies and chid them in their pain,   Are they too strong and wise to put away? Preview Open

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Welcome David Skinner

 

Here at Ricochet, we’re always grateful when a distinguished writer agrees to join us for a week. But our newest visitor deserves a special measure of gratitude. David Skinner was originally set to come onboard at the beginning of the week, but he encountered a small hiccup: Hurricane Sandy. It would have been perfectly reasonable for him to have rescheduled or cancelled on us outright, but he followed through and is now here for your reading pleasure. And we’re delighted to have him.

Mr. Skinner is the author of the new book, The Story of Ain’t: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published, a relentlessly engrossing look at the story of Webster’s Third dictionary, published in 1961, which set off nothing short of a firestorm in the world of letters. The AP’s review calls the book “An immensely entertaining history…[that] manages to transform this somewhat arcane lexicographical dispute into a real page turner.” Having started it myself, I have to agree. The book is, to put it briefly, marvelous.

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I posted this information on Peter’s Main Feed Thread dealing with polls, but felt this was worthy of its own post. If you look at the RCP polls for today you’ll see CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac polls that show Obama ahead in Florida (+1), Virginia (+2), and Ohio (+5). Preview Open

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Argo is a 2012 American thriller film directed by Ben Affleck and written by Chris Terrio. The movie is based loosely on former Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez’s historical account of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. There were 52 hostages taken by the Iranians, and it took them a little while […]

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I’m a big fan of horror films of all stripes – from the terrifying to the terrible, from gory to goofy and everything in between. I frequently participate in a podcast discussing “scary” films, and my students enjoy some of the cartoonish monster toys decorating my desk. I’m wondering which are the films you enjoy […]

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“The Democratic Party today announced that it is changing its symbol from the Donkey to a Condom because it more accurately reflects the Party’s political stance. A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of dicks, and gives you a sense of security while you’re actually being screwed!” Believe it or not, saw this […]

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On October 25, DocJay posted an entry titled God Bless Texas, wherein he spoke of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s threat to arrest United Nations election observers if they attempted to enter polling places in Texas on November 6 without proper authorization. Today, we have news that Iowa has followed suit: Preview Open

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