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People play games for different reasons. People are looking for different things out of the experience. There are many variants and shades of motivations, but broadly you can cut it down to two categories: I’m here to have fun. I’m here to win. Now real people are never only one thing or the other. Myself […]

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“They say American’s don’t play fair.” -Harry S Truman This coming from the man who dropped the atom bomb. Along those lines though, I don’t see how playing “fair” would have helped us fighting Imperial Japan or in our struggles with the Soviet Union. Preview Open

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“It is not half so important to know as it is to feel.” -Rachael Carson. For those of you who are trying to put a face to the name, Rachael Carson wrote the book Silent Spring, about the dangers of DDT. The subsequent DDT ban prevented malaria from being eradicated elsewhere in the globe like […]

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“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” -Thomas Edison These cards are coming from a game of mine. That line is solid life advice, but it’s also sound strategy for the game. When you have no cards in play, no tricks up your sleeve, you can still talk. “Actually, in your situation I’d […]

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“Law is whatever is boldy asserted and plausibly maintained.” -Aaron Burr This is a proposition I turn over quite a bit in my mind. Is a law a law as it’s written on the books, or as it’s enforced by the state? Is a supreme court decision necessarily correct? What if one side was just better […]

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Samuel Johnson once opined on the prospect of a hanging, and the salubrious effect is has on one’s concentration. When a definite end is in site you stop worrying about all the things that you want to do, or need to do, or ought to do. You realize the few things that actually need to […]

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There’s an old joke about two Hungarian gentleman who made a wager: who could think of the largest number? The first one thinks, and thinks, and says “Eighty-six”. The second one thinks, thinks, and then thinks some more, finally he says: “You win.” When contemplating infinity, one runs up against much the same problem as […]

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Walker Activates Wisconsin National Guard

 

Via the WSJ:

MILWAUKEE—Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in Milwaukee on Sunday and activated the state’s National Guard, a day after violence erupted in the city spurred by the fatal police shooting of an armed man following a traffic stop. At a Sunday news conference, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn identified the man who was shot by police as 23-year-old Sylville K. Smith, who, according to court records, was African-American. The 24-year-old officer who shot Mr. Smith is also African-American, according to Chief Flynn. The chief said he has reviewed the body-camera footage of the incident and said it shows Mr. Smith holding a gun. The footage hasn’t been publicly released.

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For the past couple days I’ve been attending GenCon, the largest gaming convention. This has been a wonderful experience, from seeing people play Robo Rally with actual LEGO robots to acquiring a rare, out-of-print expansion for a game of mine in the dealer hall. Wonderful things, but if you want to hear more about them […]

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Brexiters Should Not Fear a Do-Over

 

brexit-658338It has been four days since 52 percent of British voters chose to leave the European Union. From almost the moment the networks declared victory for the Leave campaign, the Remainers have demanded a second referendum — a do-over to get a different result. Demanding a do-over is the oldest trick in the book for sore losers. It’s also something Brexit supporters should be unafraid of. Just ask Gov. Scott Walker.

In the United States there is a legitimate process for a do-over in the form of a recall election. A recall is designed only for extreme circumstances and can easily backfire if used inappropriately. An appropriate recall campaign will work to unseat an incumbent for reasons of incompetence, malfeasance, or corruption. It is a last-ditch way to remove an elected official who is objectively unfit to remain in office until the next regularly scheduled election.

A recall campaign waged for nakedly partisan political purposes is a dangerous weapon that can be turned against those who wield it. Walker was elected governor of Wisconsin in 2010. Halfway through his term, Walker was subject to a recall election based mainly on his having done as governor exactly what he said he would do if elected.

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Today I went to a ribbon cutting ceremony for a pregnancy resource clinic in River Falls WI called Options for Women, that is intended to be an alternative for pregnant women in need in our college town and the surrounding counties. It has been nurtured and brought to life by a caring and convicted group of […]

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Misguided Judge Invalidates Wisconsin’s Right-to-Work Law

 

WalkerIn these turbulent times, it is quite amazing how rapidly the fortunes of the political wars can shift, especially on matters of labor law. Earlier this year, the question before the United States Supreme Court in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association was whether teachers had a constitutional First Amendment right to steer clear of mandatory union membership. During the oral argument it was clear that five members of the Supreme Court believed that the association improperly forced unit workers to contribute to a cause in which they did not believe. Four members believed that the traditional accommodation under Abood v. Detroit Board of Education (1977), made it permissible for the state to distinguish between economic matters for which dues had to be paid, and political matters on which union members could opt out. The cases ended, without a decision in a 4 to 4 vote, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Left standing until another day was the decision in the Ninth Circuit that rejected the First Amendment challenge.

As this matter remains unresolved, a new thunderbolt has come from Dane County, WI where Judge C. William Foust held at the request of three unions that the Wisconsin right-to-work law was unconstitutional because it deprived unions of the property in their own labor without just compensation, “[b]y prohibiting the unions from charging nonmembers who refuse to pay for representation services which unions continue to be obligated to provide by law.”

In reaching this conclusion, Judge Foust first noted that the union was constrained by a duty of fair representation to treat all the workers “without hostility or discrimination,” but what he does not note is that any effort to reach this particular result has proved an abject failure in all cases that do not involve matters of race or sex discrimination. In dealing with economic claims of different workers, be it by seniority or by work classification, there is simply no metric by which anyone can tell whether that duty has been discharged, so that no one who is short-changed can maintain a viable claim.

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Brandon Sanderson is one of the most successful fantasy authors alive. He’s known for designing complex and engaging fantasy worlds and crafting elegant and interesting schemes of magic. This is not about that kind of magic. This weekend I attended Odyssey Con in Madison WI with Ricochet members Randy Weivoda and Matt Balzer. Mr. Sanderson […]

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Scott Walker Endorses Ted Cruz

 

As expected, Governor Scott Walker endorsed Senator Ted Cruz this morning, ahead of his state’s primary next week. Unlike the endorsements from Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, this was a full endorsement of Cruz, not just one meant to prevent Donald Trump from earning the nomination.

“I am proud to endorse Ted Cruz,” Walker told radio host Charlie Sykes on Tuesday. “After a lot of thought, a lot of time, a lot of prayer about this, I just really decided that after all these years of the Obama-Clinton failures, that it’s time that we elect a strong, new leader and I’ve chosen to endorse Ted Cruz to be the next president of the United States. […] I just fundamentally believe that if you look at the facts and you look at the numbers, that Ted Cruz is [in the] best position by far to both win the nomination of the Republican Party and to then go on and defeat Hillary Clinton in the fall this year,” he said.

Battleground Wisconsin

 

shutterstock_157978994If Senator Ted Cruz is to defeat Donald Trump for the Republican nomination, he must defeat him in Wisconsin on April 5th: There is no other way to read the primary calendar. For those who have followed this state’s role in American politics over the past few years, this is an end deeply ironic and yet completely fitting.

The latest poll shows a one-point race. Trump will not win any near-majority in Wisconsin (he averages in the low 30s), but he has a base. It is notable that Governor Scott Walker was among the few who took Trump seriously early on. Perhaps that insight came from his own experience with the forces propelling Trump’s rise: Walker understood the vast influence of certain voices in the conservative media, the salience of the immigration issue, the desire for a fight, and the power over the conservative imagination of the Left’s most hated enemy. In Wisconsin, Trump’s core appeal is to voters in the northern part of the state, away from the influence of the Milwaukee media market. These are largely moderates with little party loyalty, a kind of voter Walker held three times but has struggled with in polls this past year.

As Craig Gilbert explains, though, nothing is assured this year and — with Kasich dividing the opposition — Trump’s support fits the traditional profile of the losing candidate in a Wisconsin Republican primary. The outstate is overmatched by the deep-red high-turnout counties around Milwaukee and Waukesha in the southeast; i.e., Scott Walker’s political base, the anchor of one of the most effective conservative movements in the country, which has built a fundamentally different dynamic in Wisconsin politics. As influential talk-show host Charlie Sykes explains,

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This weekend I took a trip with Mr. Hank Rhody and other friends and family to the 18th annual Ice Cold Beer Fest in Minocqua, WI. It was my second visit, and despite the increase in participants this year it was still a good time, with this year’s strategy of sticking with a couple types […]

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Son of Spengler: The depression of the office is only intensified when I go to make my morning tea and realize I have to drink it out of a paper cup. Gentlemen, the game’s Office Gothic. We all know deep down where we don’t even admit it to Ask Amelia that modern life really is […]

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The Classicist Podcast, with Victor Davis Hanson: “2016 and the Race for the White House”

 

In the newest installment of The Classicist podcast, VDH takes us on a tour of the 2016 presidential race: How should we interpret Scott Walker’s departure? How plausible is a presidential candidate without electoral experience? What’s Victor’s cryptic message for Mike Huckabee? And why does Hillary Clinton have the Sage of the Central Valley quoting Nine Inch Nails lyrics? All that, plus perhaps the first in-depth analysis of the Jim Webb campaign that you’ve heard this cycle, can be heard below or when you subscribe to The Classicist via iTunes.