Archive for October 2015

The beginning of a new era?

Conservatives can take heart, if former Alaska legislator Fritz Pettyjohn is correct: We have five conviction candidates, Trump, Carson, Fiorina, Cruz, and Rubio. While we can all have our disagreements over which will win the nomination, and who would be strongest in the general, or who would be most effective if elected, any of them…

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Michigan CCW Holder Overreacts, Is Charged

Woman who shot at fleeing shoplifter is charged Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez, 46, of Clarkston, Mich., is accused of shooting at the tires of a vehicle last week in the “misguided attempt to disable the vehicle to stop two reported shoplifters,” at a Home Depot in Auburn Hills, Mich., according to a news release from the Oakland…

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Spengler predicts Cruz-Rubio ticket

David P. Goldman, Spengler [I assume Goldman uses the name Spengler to refer to the theory of world history developed by Oswald Spengler (1880-1936) which holds that all major cultures undergo similar cyclical developments from birth to maturity to decay] predicts that Republicans will nominate Ted Cruz after the hoopla over Trump cools, and that Rubio would be…

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Why lots of guns in the hands of good citizens is a very good thing

Because there are a lot of bad guys out there, and as Glenn Reynolds says, A decentralized offense requires a decentralized defense. And the only people who are always available to respond are the people who are already there. The only Democrat on the stage of last night’s debate who understands this was James Webb, a…

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Today in History

From Ricochet’s Daily Shot… On this day in 1066, Norman forces under William the Conqueror defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings. It was … kind of important. (Among other things, it marked the end of Anglo-Saxon rule and has a lot to do with why Modern English is the way it is.) On this day…

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Obama on 60 minutes

In réponse to Steve Krofts assertion that people are questioning his leadership, especially on foreign policy, Obama said this: President Barack Obama: Well Steve, I got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in in order to prop up your only ally is leadership,…

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Federal mandatory minimum sentencing reform is a bad idea

You’ve certainly heard the argument. Too many non-violent offenders are getting long prison sentences in Federal court. This is atrocious, it’s creating prison over-crowding, costing taxpayers billions, and is unjust and immoral. But the whole argument that non-violent offenders are filling up the prisons is simply a mirage. It’s not a true picture, and it’s…

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False data (or no data) is scientism, not science

Andrew Ferguson writing in the Weekly Standard, Making It All Up: Either behavioral psychologists are the smartest researchers, and certainly the luckiest, in the history of science​—​or something is very wrong. And we don’t have to assume bad faith on the part of social scientists, although it helps. The last three years have brought several…

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Bishop Berkely at the New York Times

If a tree falls in the forest but nobody is there to see it and hear it, did it happen? Is the tree real? Bishop [Church of Ireland] George Berkeley (1685-1753) is best known for two books that he wrote, A Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710); and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713). Berkeley was…

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