Christianity and Progressivism

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In a discussion at Citizen Tom’s excellent blog, he laments the loss of Christianity (along with politics) as even a topic of popular discussion. In the middle of a long and thoughtful post, with which I largely agree, he notes: [...]

Amendment B: Ballet Protection

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It’s been a while, with a few interruptions (some good and some not). Here’s an amendment that is controversial but where I am in complete agreement with Mark Levin. His language follows: [...]

Amendment A: Aggregate Government Service

Term limits currently apply to the president: He or she cannot serve more than 2.5 terms. (The half term would arise in cases where the role of president was taken over because of vacancy mid-term.) Mark Levin’s proposal for this in The Liberty Amendments runs as follows: [...]

Constitutional Repair

In another blog, by the estimable Citizen Tom, I engaged a pretend conservative who regularly haunts that site. The discussion post, entitled What Do We Do?, raised the issue I wrote about yesterday: How do we fix the current political problems that arise from erosion of the Constitution. Before we get into my reply to faux conservative “scout,” let’s talk about other alternatives: [...]

Constitutional Concerns

The US Constitution does not need to be replaced or scrapped, as a number of folks on the left have suggested going back to President Woodrow Wilson. It does not need to be cured of its fatal flaws, so that Obama can implement redistribution of wealth and “break free” from the negative liberties placed by the founding fathers to prevent this, as Obama said in 2001. Nevertheless, there are major problems with our current government. Some examples after a design overview: [...]

Happy Fourth of July!

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The Independence Journey Tomorrow I travel Across this great land And try to unravel How all this began I look to the mountains And gaze at the sea Are these where the fountains Of freedom might be? The fields full of crops The deep sylvan glade The bustling shops Where the future is made… [...]

Cross Out

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A decade ago, the ACLU threatened suit against the city of Los Angeles because they had a tiny crucifix visible on the city’s official seal. That had to go. The city caved in, despite thousands in the street protesting to keep the seal as it was. (By odd circumstance, I was briefly part of this crowd.) [...]

Denoting Bertrand Russell, “Red Emma” Goldman, Thomas Jefferson

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(This wound up being something of a scattered ramble on different philosophers in history.) I mentioned recently Ayn Rand’s definition of selfishness, as “concerned with one’s own interests.” It’s straightforward enough. In the ensuing discussion, I described this as less opaque than some of the definitions of Bertrand Russell. (I had miswritten his first name [...]

Sandy was Not a Major Hurricane

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One commenter asked about “major hurricanes” and why Sandy isn’t one. The term “major hurricane” is used by many to indicate those of Category 3 and up. It is used by the U.S. National Hurricane Center, which classifies hurricanes of Category 3 and above as major hurricanes, and is generally used everywhere from the weather [...]

Extreme Weather Reporting

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Sandy damaged the Northeast, but was not “unprecedented” Sandy was a very damaging storm, with widespread winds and rain afflicting a large area seemingly unprepared to deal with it. It was modest from a historical standpoint: there have been many larger hurricanes that have hit the US east coast and New England specifically, with larger storm surges, greater rain, more damage, many times more lives lost. The 1994 “Great Atlantic Hurricane” was a Category 3 at landfall (Sandy was barely a 1) and its impact was described this way (regarding the Jersey Shore): [...]