Lying About the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy

Should you lie to your kids about holiday fantasy characters?

Are You An Almost Alcoholic?

A new book would classify most of us who consume alcohol as “almost alcoholics.”

Dumb Jocks and Student-Athlete Propaganda

The student-athlete fairytale is true. Except where you would reasonably expect it to be a lie.

Newt, the Trayvon Martin Shooting, and Race

Solutions come from understanding, not denial or political posturing

Murder or Self-Defense: Florida Case Raises Questions

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin met on the night of February 27th. Martin died, and a firestorm has erupted.

Time Running Out For GOP?

2012 may be the last chance for the current Republican Party to win the White House.

Military’s Lock-Step Promotion System

The military promotion system does not reward top performers rapidly enough.

Kimberly Webb Joyner, 1970 to 2011

My wife, Kimberly Webb Joyner, died this morning in her sleep from unknown causes. She was 41.

Police Violence and Perpetual War

Why we shouldn’t be surprised that police are using tools of violence against protestors.

Why College Graduates Don’t Write Good

Michael Ellsberg argues that “Trying to Learn Clear Writing in College is Like Trying to Learn Sobriety in a Bar.”

Why More Americans Don’t Major in Math and Science

A dwindling proportion of students are majoring in STEM fields. They’re likely making the wise choice.

Obama’s Millionaire’s Tax

President Obama is proposing a special tax rate for millionaires.

Education Colleges Academic Slums

Schools of education attract the weakest students and give out the highest grades on campus.

Make Professors Teach!

A new study finds that college tuition costs could be cut in half if lazy professors got off their butts.

Racial Gerrymandering and Idiots

Cynthia Tucker regrets her support for majority-minority districts.

California Must Release 40,000 Prisoners

Prisons can be so overcrowded as to constitute cruel and inhuman punishment.

Terry Jones and What We’re Fighting For

The duty to defend “hateful, extremely disrespectful, and enormously intolerant” expression.

Political Vitriol and Political Violence

The relationships between inflammatory rhetoric and political violence is complicated.

Why America’s Best Officers Are Leaving

The American military personnel system works against keeping the best and brightest officers in the service.

Obama’s Citizenship and the Chain of Command

Civilian control of the military means, oddly, that civilians control the military. And it means precisely that the military does not get to decide which civilians run the country.

Parking Space Economics

Free parking is a very inefficient use of land resources that wouldn’t exist without government mandates and subsidies. Is it time to end the practice?

Conservative Media Bias

Conservatives have long complained about liberal media bias. But conservative media seems to be much worse.

Daily Kos Suing Former Polling Partner

Markos Moulitsas gets a lesson in caveat emptor from his former pollster.

Military Sodomy Ban Under Review

Having long since gotten rid of rum and the lash, I suppose this day was inevitable.

Meritocracy’s Limits

America may be the land of opportunity but it helps to have a head start in the rat race.

Would Reagan Recognize Today’s Republican Party?

It’s been three decades since Ronald Reagan was elected and both America and the Republican Party have changed.