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Watch the ad. I am no grammatical genius, but I count three grammatical errors by ‘poster-child’ parents who (while I oppose the common core) might benefit from some standardized testing. I realize the errors are there to add ‘authenticity,’ but it certainly doesn’t speak to prior educational priorities working out for New Jersey. More

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Phony feminist outrage isn’t as authentic as it used to be. Take, for example, the anger at International Women’s Day falling on March 8 – daylight savings day. A day with only 23 hours in it. One feminist demanded to know what man had arranged this slight to all women so that she could “kick him […]

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In addition to the American and European examples, the Founders also looked at the classical examples of Rome -and the Founder’s invocation of Separation of Powers and Federalism again were intended to prevent a repeat of the Social Wars and the Late Republican Civil Wars, each driven by the unbridled power of the people -shaped, […]

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In addition to the American experience in the Revolution and the Critical Period (Shay’s Rebellion in particular), the Founders were aware of what had passed before in Europe, and so they tried to safeguard against those -predominantly religious -wars. The First Amendment was an obvious one, but they also hoped Federalism would prevent a repeat […]

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Here at Toad Hall, we love watching Jewish holiday videos from AISH. Don’t know much about the group other than that they make some rockin’ videos to some trashy pop music that are always much better than the actual music they are parodying. Here’s this year’s offering: More

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I drew an unlikely connection to property taxes while reading Jon Rauch’s take on Indiana’s RFRA bill. In a story about a lone-dimwit-voter initiative, the Washington Post tsk-tsked that many initiatives are “undeniably misguided.” The lead example: California’s Prop 13, a limitation on property tax increases. While the initiative process is not an ideal way to govern, this was a […]

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Despite being one of those parents who let their kids struggle with homework, the struggle has gone on and on…so, I’m abusing the member feed and asking for help. How do you create a QR code for images? It needs to work with no logging in, and can’t be temporary. More

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You may remember Adam Smith. No, not the philosopher — the CFO who took a stand for same-sex marriage and against Chick-Fil-A by filming himself acting like a complete tool at a drive-thru while receiving a complementary glass of water from the young girl working the window.

He posted his righteous indignation video online, it went viral, and his employer showed him the door. Well, according to ABC News, the hits just keep on coming for him. Three years later, he remains unemployed and has been reduced to accepting food stamps to feed his family.

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I write all day. The day job I work as a tech writer. Evenings and weekends I am a freelance writer. For me, rest is not writing. So I won’t. More

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No competition: bacon. Any challenges to my assertion? I’m ready to march into Tehran and declare “Bacon rules!” More

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In the middle 1960s Nassar went into Yemen with at most 70,000 troops. He backed a faction that was fighting a faction backed by the Saudis. With the terrain against him and a much less mobile capable armed force he was dragged out in the conflict and as every trivial left wing pundit has repeated […]

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Netanyahu obama israelIsrael’s enemies have always made the mistake of underestimating the Jewish nation.

One of those enemies is Barack Obama. According to a recent Jackson Diehl column in the Washington Post, the Administration is contemplating bringing the Israeli-Palestinian question to the United Nations in the form of a U.S.-backed Security Council resolution, stipulating that Israel hand over the West Bank as well as Gaza to a new Palestinian state, with Jerusalem divided between the two.

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The conventional wisdom is that major SCOTUS cases are decided 5-4, with the four “conservative” Justices (Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito) on one side, the four “liberal” Justices (Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan) on the other, and Justice Kennedy in the middle, breaking the tie. The true dynamics of SCOTUS are more complex, however, as illustrated by […]

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The Indiana Constitution, Article One, Section 3 states: No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience. More

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Foxconn makes 70% of all iPhone 6 phones as well as an unknown percentage of iPhone 6S units. Foxconn has more manufacturing plants in the People’s Republic of China than in any other country. Further, Apple does big business selling in China selling hardware, running Apple Stores (18 in China vs 2 in Indiana), as […]

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I just read this observation by the conservative thinker Irving Babbitt (early twentieth century): “When one considers . . . the multitude of those who have hoped to combine peace and brotherhood with a return to nature, one is forced to conclude that an outstanding human trait is a prodigious and pathetic gullibility.” More

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RFE/RL–earning its keep these days–ran a fascinating interview with a professional pro-Kremlin Internet troll. Really worth reading in full:

More and more, posts and commentaries on the Internet in Russia and even abroad are generated by professional trolls, many of whom receive a higher-than-average salary for perpetuating a pro-Kremlin dialogue online. There are thousands of fake accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, and vKontakte, all increasingly focused on the war in Ukraine. Many emanate from Russia’s most famous “troll factory,” the Internet Research center, an unassuming building on St. Petersburg’s Savushkina Street, which runs on a 24-hour cycle. In recent weeks, former employees have come forward to talk to RFE/RL about life inside the factory, where hundreds of people work grinding, 12-hour shifts in exchange for 40,000 rubles ($700) a month or more. St. Petersburg blogger Marat Burkhard spent two months working at Internet Research in the department tasked with clogging the forums on Russia’s municipal websites with pro-Kremlin comments. In the following interview, he describes a typical day and the type of assignments he encountered.

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trevor-noahComedy Central has named a replacement for Daily Show host Jon Stewart and, no, you haven’t heard of him. Trevor Noah is a 31-year-old South African comedian who has appeared on American TV a handful of times and hosted a late-night show in his home country.

The most important question on the minds of The Daily Show faithful: “Is he progressive?” Upon the announcement of his new gig, Noah assured reporters that he won’t waver from liberal orthodoxy. “We are both progressives,” he said about Stewart and himself. “I’ll bring something different because I’m different, but because it’s a team, it’ll be the same as well.” The same but different; that’s a relief.

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I watched ‘soon to be retired’ Jon Stewart seldomly and most of his shows I have only seen online. He is funny, sarcastic and certainly made those he skewered (Conservatives) look idiotic. As a Conservative, I only felt little animus toward him, as I acknowledge his talent and simply voted with my remote. More

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