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Experts and the Temple of Orthodoxy

By Danny Lemieux via Bookworm Room Most of us here in the Bookworm Room express a healthy skepticism of “experts” in general. Most of us revel in our ability to think and discourse critically for ourselves, while others lament that socially-anointed “experts” are not solemnly revered through incense, incantations and [Read More]

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Video Gaming And The 1st Amendment

By T.F. Stern via The Noisy Room Here we go again, another extremely violent video game to shock the public with graphic mutilations and sexual implications; Bulletstorm takes gaming to another level of brutality. Bulletstorm promises to reward player’s ability to mutilate, destroy or sexually assault victims in the most [Read More]

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You Keynes touch that

A study at Harvard Business School demonstrates that higher federal spending in a district corresponds with lower corporate spending (via memeorandum) A number of Council members have blogged about this. Bookwork Room observes: Business people understand what liberal policy wonks don’t: all that spending has to be paid for by [Read More]

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Governor Oil Slick

Over his career, Jerry Brown has been known for his flaky, leftwing views, earning him the sobriquet Governor Moonbeam. Council alum, Laer Peace (he of Cheat Seeking Missiles) has lately been involved in the Crazyfornia project and has written an op-ed that was picked up by the Washington Times, Jerry [Read More]

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We can’t be trusted

Charles Krauthammer’s latest column shreds President Obama’s latest foray into nuclear doctrine, Nuclear posturing, Obama-style. Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state [Read More]

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National Journal Poll 040110

The latest National Journal bloggers poll results are up, with thoughts from several council members. At issue is the expected voter anger come November and the likelihodd of a Republican takeover of the House. Debbie Hamilton (Right Truth) gets a special mention.

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The Burma test

I’ve noted elsewhere that the Washington Post, when it endorsed Barack Obama for President hailed his understanding of the world as “sophisticated” and assured us that he’d handle foreign relations with a “defter” touch. Before the inauguration, the editors of the Washington Post suggested that how the incoming administration dealt [Read More]

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Ahead of the op-ed curve

Last week council member, The Glittering Eye had a post Earth needs Women, commenting on a recent report in The Economist about the dearth of women in Asian countries, especially India and China. He actually had a rather positive observation. I’ve heard people express fears that the gender imbalance in [Read More]

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National Journal poll

As Watcher, I’d like to keep the blogging world apprised of the activities of the Council members. A number of us are polled weekly by the National Journal. The latest bloggers poll is here. The question were whether passing health care reform will help the Democrats or the Republicans and [Read More]

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Weekend Weasel: Paul Krugman and the Summer Re-Runs

The following article is crossposted from a Friday Council Member post at The Glittering Eye In reaction to yesterday’s reports of increasing unemployment, predictably Paul Krugman calls for another, bigger stimulus package: O.K., Thursday’s jobs report settles it. We’re going to need a bigger stimulus. But does the president know [Read More]

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The Declaration of Independence and . . . Chickens?!

John Trumbulls Declaration of Independence On July 4, 1776, American citizens made their Declaration of Independence known to the world. Although the bulk of the document is a catalog of very specific grievances against George III, the document is remembered for its stirring beginning, describing “unalienable” rights inherent in all [Read More]