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The Clintons, In the Rear-View Mirror

Great post from Andrew Sullivan. This is not a man who is hoping for a Clinton cabinet appointment. I wish I could write as well as he does (though, would if I wrote as well as him, would I choose to write so much? It’s a question we’ll never answer.) Will I re-read this post […]

House to Bush: Get a Warrant!

I’m delighted that the House found the backbone that was so mysteriously missing in the Senate.The “Protect America Act” has been a continuing source of horror and amazement to me.  I mentioned this last month. To review: The government wants information that it isn’t legally entitled to demand. The government asks the telephone companies to […]

Fearmonger in Chief

A co-worker pointed me to this colorful description of the “Protect America Act.”  I don’t endorse his partisan rhetoric, but it is nonetheless a good exposition of the foolishness of the PAA and the deplorable tactics employed by the current administration. While we’re on the topic: Why on earth is the Senate granting immunity to […]

Why I’m Not Voting for Hillary Clinton

I don’t think I’ve ever voted in a meaningful presidential primary. I’ve assumed that my primary vote wouldn’t matter unless I moved back to New Hampshire. But here I am, 10 days away from the primary, and the outcome is in question for both parties. I’m a registered Democrat these days (I know that’s news […]

Small Handful of Small States

Ned ranted about silly parts of the presidential election.  I agree with 90% of what he says, but that last 10% . . . I started to respond in a comment on his blog, but the comment got long-winded enough that I decided to post here instead.  “The whole focus on early primaries seems completely […]

No, I’m Not Voting for Huckabee

But his Chuck Norris endorsement ad cracks me up, so I’ll put it up on my blog for free.

Is Ron Paul Running for President?

I’m not going to vote for Ron Paul. He’s wrong on too many issues. Still, I’m glad he’s running. He talks about issues that make most candidates uncomfortable. They’re issues that deserve to be debated. The problem is, he also makes the press uncomfortable. He scares the press, and then they try to pretend he […]

Bush butt probed, Cheney in charge

My friends and I often play a game called “Real or Onion?” One person posts a headline, and the rest of us have to guess if it’s a real headline or one from the Onion. Today’s entry was real.

Free Speech is Academic

An untenured professor in Boston, apparently directed by college administrators to “engage” students about the massacre at Virginia Tech, did exactly that. As he relates the story, he “opened the discussion by summarizing nonviolent philosophies before holding up a marker and asking the class to acknowledge that it was not a weapon.”   Nicholas Winset […]

On Fire in Cheshire

The Globe wrote earlier this week about a Homeland Security grant to Cheshire, MA. The town wanted a new firetruck, but instead got money for salaries – $626,000, to be more specific. The Globe cites that as 26 times the annual fire department budget. To put that in perspective, that would be like Arlington getting […]