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Having never read any of her columns before I have no idea about this woman’s politics. I can only say I agree with every word of it. Salena Zito writes in The Pittsburgh Tribune: More

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Imagine a line in front of a movie theater ticket office for a smash hit where 10-20 people cut in front of everyone else to get in and the theater’s employees let them get away with it even though they saw them do it.  Imagine an income tax system where 95% of the people file […]

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…from the Iran nuclear weapons deal. Russian Foreign Secretary Sergey Lavrov said this yesterday, following the announcement of the deal: We all probably remember that in April 2009 in Prague President Obama said that if the Iran nuclear program issue is sorted out, then the task of creating the European segment of the missile defense […]

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Have you been around the recent political discussions on Ricochet? Lots of people seem ok with the opinion that only net contributors to the public fisc should be allowed to vote. The name for that is, of course, oligarchy. All these men, of course, are convinced that the criterion would never ever become more restrictive–say, […]

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shutterstock_111393362It is a well-worn trope of the left — from the mere ‘liberals’ to the looniest of the loony left — that politics should not be the art of the possible, but rather the art of making the impossible possible. No less a deep thinker than Hillary said “The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.”

Who can doubt that the left has been spectacularly successful at this? To take only the last few years, compulsory state adoption of SSM, ObamaCare, and executive amnesty have accomplished what was routinely declared impossible within the lifetime of this website.

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“The reason Capitalism gets a bad rap is because it holds you accountable.” .  – Milton Friedman. More

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Considering that religious preference can be a poor predictor of political leanings, and my Facebook page is focused on conservative politics, I thought this exchange with a guy who requested friendship was interesting. It’s a daily struggle to persuade the politically ambivalent that Republicanism doesn’t promote theocracy, but guys like this don’t help. (note: his […]

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Miss Berlinski once asked, on a whim, a rather dangerous question: What do you believe to be true that no one else believes to be true? That is the way to start a civil war. Happily, I am a stranger, so I believe I can afford to answer that question–not without all due apologies, not […]

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Senator (R, FL) and Presidential candidate Marco Rubio stands accused by The New York Times of having splurged $80,000 of his money on a luxury speedboat. An image of a “luxury speedboat” of the same make and model he selected is below. A couple of thoughts occur to me about this. One concerns actual luxury […]

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I subscribe to NBC’s daily First Read email update on the “know-thine-enemy” principle. Last week, its discussion of Bernie Sanders’s presidential launch contained this paragraph (emphasis mine): In his presidential kickoff speech yesterday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called for “a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially, and environmentally…The issue of wealth […]

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One of the many troubling issues during last year’s big GOP Senate primary in Mississippi between the incumbent Thad Cochran and the Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel was the scandal involving the photographing of Sen. Cochran’s invalid wife Rose at her nursing home outside the state capital of Jackson. Part of that story was the […]

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Lin’s revenge. That thought kept recurring when I first read Flashback, a novel by the inimitable Dan Simmons, published back in 2011. Who is this “Lin” of whom I speak? Lin Zexu: a scholar and law enforcement official in Qing Dynasty-era China, assigned to the city of Guangdong as an imperial commissioner in 1838 to […]

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RNC officials are getting nervous about the presidential primary debates. It’s not that the party lacks good candidates, but that it has so many. To date six GOP hopefuls have announced, four have leaked that they will announce, and six have launched exploratory committees. Even more names are being tossed around in the news, prompting Republican officials to hint at limiting the number of debate participants:

A broad consensus is beginning to take hold among Republican party officials that the presidential primary debates shouldn’t include any more than a dozen candidates — despite the fact that there might be as many as 19 declared candidates by the time the primary debates start this August.

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The scenario: You’ve just been given a magic machine.  It has two buttons. When you press the red button, you get to name the one foolish thing that Republicans could do between now and November 2016 that would be guaranteed to end the most important political alliance–and the magic machine will make sure they won’t do it.  (You get to name the most important alliance–SoCon and FiCon, Con […]

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Here in Pennsylvania, we figured our state legislature had gerrymandered us out of having any interesting Congressional races until 2020. In particular, you’d expect Rep. Bill Shuster of the ninth district to be safe. He’s a Republican in the state’s most Republican district. He’s chairman of the Transportation committee, following in the footsteps of his father, […]

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In 1946, American anthropologist Ruth Benedict wrote a study of Japanese culture. Her landmark work, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, introduced to the public the concept of “guilt cultures” and “shame cultures.” Her audience was familiar with (American) guilt society, in which personal conscience keeps people voluntarily on the straight and narrow. In contrast, she characterized (Japanese) shame society by the threat of ostracism for the appearance of wrongdoing. It’s a useful analytical distinction. Today, it’s common to see it applied to Muslim vs. Western societal norms.

Where do shame and guilt come from? Both types of societies invoke the idea of honor — but the term means different things in each case. For example, “honor killing” is an oxymoron in the West, but a perfectly coherent idea in tribal cultures. That’s because in shame societies, “honor” means honor of the family, tribe, or group. It is judged by other people. Guilt societies, on the other hand, understand “honor” to mean individual honor before God. It is the root of conscience: What you do in private, too, is witnessed and under scrutiny. In shame cultures, one works to preserve appearances; in guilt culture, one works to preserve the truth.

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Those of us who love Milt Rosenberg’s program did not have to suffer complete withdrawal pangs, thanks to his website and Ricochet. Still, the thought of Professor Rosenberg returning to a live show for two hours each weekday gladdens the heart. Robert Feder has the details on his Chicago Tribune media blog: More

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As a libertarian, I believe the proper role of government is to deliver the mail, defend the shores and get out of the way. But if the last decade has made anything obvious it’s that even that, apparently, is asking too much. More

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