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Greek Priorities


Via Reuters:  Despite crisis, few Greeks ready to forgo coffee “Greeks are ready to cut anything else, but not their coffee. Customer traffic is stable,” said Kleanthis Kanellos, 34-year-old manager of the packed Old Flo cafe in a working class district of Athens. Well, one has to have one’s priorities straight (although their propensity toward […]

Tech 1776


Via Shelly Palmer:  7 Hottest Tech Trends in 1776

Trump and the Polls

Trump Announcement

He’s second in national polls!

Friday Foto

A new feature from me:  a weekly photo. This week:  Savannah Sunset: More from Savannah, GA here.

Metro Photos

And now for a deviation from battle flags and SCOTUS rulings. I was recently in DC for a few days and here are some photos I took in DC Metro stations. I always find the combination of architecture, geometry, and lighting to provide for some interesting photographic opportunities.

Moore Prepares for Battle


In week a that has seen discussion of lost causes, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Surpreme Court appears poised to fight one last battle.

On Constitutional Language


Wherein I take the view that as our understanding of language changes, so too does our application of the Constiution.

Pro-Battle Flag Rally in Montgomery


Via WSFA:   Rally held at Alabama Capitol to protest removal of Confederate flags According to the Sons of the Confederacy, the rally is to send a message that the Confederate flag is about heritage, not hate. I am really tired of that formulation.  What specific heritage?  Fighting a war to preserve slavery?  A symbol […]

Roberts Blackmail Plot!


Wayne Root, former Libertarian VP candidate asked a provocative question:  Was Supreme Court Justice John Roberts Blackmailed? His concern:  Roberts’ vote in the PPACA cases. His evidence? Doubt me? On the same day that Justice Roberts and the Supremes upheld Obamacare – again – the key IRS watchdog reported to Congress that the IRS purposely […]

Silly Legislative Tricks


Via The Hill:  House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges. [...] Babin’s potential legislation would only let the federal government provide healthcare to the Supreme Court and its […]

Google Comes to Bama

While the state continues to deal with its past, the future looms as well. Via CNBC:  Google makes a big bet on… Alabama? The Internet and technology giant plans to build a new data center in the state at the site of a former coal-fired power plant. In a blog post Wednesday, Google said the […]

Confederate Flags Removed from Alabama Capitol Grounds


Via WSFA:   Confederate flags removed from Alabama Capitol grounds Alabama Governor Robert Bentley ordered the removal of all Confederate flags from the Confederate Memorial Monument that stands on the grounds of the state Capitol, making him the first Southern governor to completely remove the flag from the state capitol. The four flags (three national flags […]

The Stories we Tell Ourselves (Battle Flag Edition)


An important tenet of the internet is “don’t read the comments.” Well, I have violated that rule of late–which means more musings on the symbols of the CSA.

Because it’s Fun to Stay at the YMCA When you’re in the Navy…

As I contemplate weightier subjects that I am having a hard time writing about at the moment, I give you Vladimir Putin as every member of the Village People.

In Case you Want to See What Hyperinflation Looks Like…


…take a look over at the BBC:  Zimbabwe dollars phased out. Zimbabwe is phasing out its local currency, the central bank says, formalising a multi-currency system introduced during hyper-inflation. Foreign currencies like the US dollar and South African rand have been used for most transactions since 2009. Local dollars are not used except high-denomination notes […]

The Warrior v. the Guardian


Some interesting insight on the McKinney pool party confrontation:  A Former Cop On What Went Wrong In McKinney The two officers in this brief video represent two different policing styles, two different mindsets that officers use as they interact with civilians: the Guardian and the Warrior. As a former police officer and current policing scholar, […]

Comparative Military Bases


This series of maps is worth a look:  What we can learn by looking at where world powers have military bases. Here are two of them, the US and China: While such maps do not tell all one might need to know they do undercut two arguments often made in the popular press. First, it […]

And the Hyperbole Prize Goes to…


…Rod Dreher: A number of you have sent me the Edward Schlosser essay on Vox, headlined, “I’m a Liberal Professor, And My Liberal Students Terrify Me”. It cannot fail to bring to mind the horrors of China’s Cultural Revolution, in which Mao turned the fervor and idealism of students on their professors, creating generational warfare […]

No, College Professors are Not Afraid to Teach Millennials


One more on this topic.

Coburn Hearts Rubio…


..the other GOP contenders, not so much:  Tom Coburn On 2016: Cruz And Walker Not Ready For Primetime, America Won’t Elect Another Bush. The piece has the candidate-by-candidate run-down.

What is Wrong with People? (GOA Edition)


Larry Pratt of the Gun Owners of America: “The Second Amendment was designed for people just like the President and his administration,” Pratt told radio host Roger Fredinburg. “And yes, if the New York Times and the Rolling Stone, and whoever else wants to have a hissy fit, yes, our guns are in our hands […]

The Rich Get Richer (High Ed Edition)


Via Inside Higher Ed:  Does Harvard Need Your Money? It didn’t take long for the criticisms to begin rolling in after Harvard University announced a $400 million donation to its engineering college. The gift was proudly touted by the university as its largest-ever gift, and a significant step toward reaching the towering $6.5 billion fund-raising goal […]

Least Shocking Line of the Day


“[H]is campaign has been marked by signs of dysfunction and amateurism.” (From a WaPo piece on Ben Carson’s campaign woes).  

How Many College Students are There in the US?


Answer:   a lot. For reasons unrelated to my post yesterday I had cause to look up global enrollment figured for US colleges and universities nationwide.  Here are the numbers from National Student Clearinghouse Research Center:   There are reasons that I find it problematic, therefore, to take basically one incident (Kipnis) or even a handful […]

Summing up the Proper Reaction to the Scare over the PC Wave in Academia


Stanford Professor Keith Humphreys writing at The Reality-Based Community: What we really know from the P.C. anecdotes that are being published is that at least some academics are feeling threatened and silenced. But we don’t know that this is happening any more now than at any other time in history, nor that it’s truly a […]

You Can’t Yell “You Did it Baby” at a Crowded Commencement (?)


It is an occupational hazard that I have been to far more commencement ceremonies than most people could ever dream of (or have nightmares about) attending.   At every one I have attended it has been asked of the audience that they hold their applause.  At every one I have attended, this request is ignored by […]

Fear and Paranoia in Academia

College Degree

I have been reading, mostly in passing, a number of pieces about an alleged new climate on college campuses in which students are raising significant complaints due to difficult or emotionally sensitive material. The latest example did not impress me.

A Good Run-down of the Hastert Situation


In terms of known facts (and some normative judgment I share–on the banking rules and Hastert’s finances), this a pretty good summary (via The Federalist):  The 4 Worst Things About Dennis Hastert’s Indictment. The conclusion is pretty succinct: Something $3.5-million-worth of bad happened in Hastert’s past, someone was paid money to keep quiet, federal criminalization of […]

In Case Anyone was Wondering…

I am not dead, have not quit blogging, and James did not banish me. I know I am not the prolific blogger that I once was and that I do disappear from time time, but I am pretty sure my recent absence is one of my longest. Despite the fact that this is supposed to […]

John Oliver Interview

Jorge Ramos interviews John Oliver:  

Lone Star Lunacy

Texas Flag

And some thoughts on how a small number of voters can influence major office-holder behavior.

Scalia Wants Those Kids off his Lawn


Or, at least, that was my basic reaction to this from the Daily Mail:   Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia believes society is eroding because women use the ‘F-word’ and thinks Facebook is ‘strange’.

Chart: Deaths from Police Shootings


I do not have a lot to say about the following at the moment, but it is still worth a look (via The Economist):   Yes, one comparative stat is not sufficient to tell the whole story (as was true when I posted on the death penalty and the US in comparative perspective).  I will […]

Headline of the Day (UK Elections Edition)


Via The Telegraph:  Student loses trousers while taking selfie with Nick Clegg. Video at the link.

An Odd Incentive in Venezuela


Via the BBC: Venezuela mango-thrower gets flat from president A Venezuelan woman has had her wish for a flat granted by President Nicolas Maduro after she made her point by hitting him on the head with a mango. Marleny Olivo threw the fruit at the president while he was driving a bus through the central […]

The Role of Police


Ta-Nehisi Coates has an interesting piece at The Atlantic that is worth a read:  The Myth of Police Reform.  While the whole piece is worth a read, I would highlight two points. First, he raises a key issue about the overburdening of police that we, as a society, have engaged in: At some point, Americans decided that […]

Mapping Languages Worldwide


Some interesting stuff via WaPo:  The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts.

Ye Olde Amendment Ploy


One of the things that a politicians can do to immediately underscore to me their total cynicism vis-a-vis their own supporters is to propose a constitutional amendment on a highly controversial subject. To wit (via Bloomberg):  Ted Cruz Introduces Bills to Stop Gay Marriage Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, […]

Stewart’s Guardian Interview

Jon Stewart

Some observations about Stewart’s interview (and some digression from me–okay, a lot of digression by me).

Kasich Contemplating a Run?


So it would seem. Via CNN:  Ohio’s John Kasich moves closer to 2016 bid Mr. Kasich’s supporters filed paperwork Tuesday with the Ohio Secretary of State for a non-profit called “New Day for America.” The next steps will be a formal announcement of his 527 tax-exempt organization, along with filing the necessary paperwork with the […]

Rubio’s Appeal to Latinos


(Or lack thereof). A really good piece by Stephen A. Nuño that is worth  read:  Marco Rubio Is The Lipstick, The GOP Is The Pig.

US-Latin American Relations

Barack Obama, Raul Castro

Some thoughts on a column by Roger Noriega on the Obama administration and Latin America,

Sound Bite Reaction (Rubio Announcement Edition)


“Yesterday is over”-Senator Marco Rubio, in announcing his bid for the presidency. So, does that mean that we are going to stop a Cuba policy firmly grounded in the Cold War (which was over roughly 8800 yesterdays ago?). Just wonderin’.

Chart of the Day: An Example of American Exceptionalism


The following charge underscores how exceptional the United States is in this policy area is when compared to other democracies (note the countries the US finds itself neighbors with, so to speak).  Source:  The Economist.

UK Poll Tracker


House of Commons elections are set for May 7th.  Here is the Economist‘s poll tracker:  click.

A History of Failed Rapprochement


Worth a read from Foreign Policy:  From Washington to Tehran: A Legacy of Failure. If this deal holds it is a very, very big deal.

Regarding the Logan Act


The following, by law professor Steve Vladeck, is worth a read:  The Iran Letter and the Logan Act.

Don’t Know Much about Foreign Policy: The Senate 47

Mitch McConnell

Amateurish? Condescending? Yes. Treasonous? No.

Photographing History (More Selma)


  Via the LAT:  Selma photographer captured history on ‘Bloody Sunday’. The photos and descriptions are worth a look. The following passage struck me: “The world doesn’t know this happened because you didn’t photograph it,” King told Life magazine’s Flip Schulke, according to “The Race Beat,” a history of media coverage of the civil rights […]

Pre-1965 Literacy Tests


For some rather remarkable examples of barriers to vote that existed prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act, I would recommend the following:  Are You "Qualified" to Vote? Take a "Literacy Test" to Find Out

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