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Hanlon’s Razor

June 20th, 2016 Comments off

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

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A Crime Against America

June 6th, 2016 Comments off

Trump’s success thus far appears, it is true, to contradict this but the other, greater, more important truth is that his candidacy is much worse than a mere blunder; it is a kind of crime against the idea of America itself. A refutation of the ideas that, in their better moments, built the United States. Those ideas, those ideals, have often been compromised or otherwise corrupted but they still, at some fundamental level, meant something. Trump spits on all of that. No more Emma Lazarus here. N more shining city on a hill. No more anything.

The Spectator


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May 21st, 2016 Comments off

The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership

Guns are more likely to do harm than good.

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Correlation vs Causation

April 11th, 2016 Comments off

Correlation does not imply causation” is a phrase used in statistics to emphasize that a correlation between two variables does not imply that one causes the other. Many statistical tests calculate correlation between variables.

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Adam Smith Triumphant Still

April 10th, 2016 Comments off

“Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.”

–Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

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Oops! Here We Go Again

April 1st, 2016 Comments off

SC Secessionist Party to raise Confederate flag at State House in July

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Neat Metamorphosis Tricks Department

March 22nd, 2016 Comments off

Teen charged with attempted murder after turning self into Richland County Sheriff

The State, Columbia, SC



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Voter Fraud and Fairies

March 18th, 2016 Comments off

“Voter fraud is rampant” — it’s the hoariest claim of proponents of voter-ID laws, and the most untrue. As the evidence has shown over and over and over and over and over, there is no voter-impersonation fraud — the only type of fraud that such laws purport to combat.

In 2014, Justin Levitt, an election-law scholar at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, catalogued every instance of voter-impersonation fraud he could find in any election since 2000 — not just prosecutions, but even vaguely credible allegations. He found 31 — over a period in which Americans cast about 1 billion votes in federal, state and local elections.


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SCOTUS Nominations Confirmed in Last Year In Office

March 17th, 2016 Comments off

Supreme Court Nominees Confirmed in Last Year of Term, 20th Century

date of vacancy        date of nomination        Nominee/        Confirmed            President
October 14, 1911    March 13, 1912            Mahlon Pitney        March 18, 1912      Taft

January 2, 1916         January 28, 1916        Louis Brandeis        June 1, 1916       Wilson

June 10, 1916        July 14, 1916             John Clarke        July 24, 1916                    Wilson

January 12, 1932    February 15, 1932        Benjamin Cardozo    February 24, 1932   Hoover

November 16, 1939    January 4, 1940            Frank Murphy         January 16, 1940  Roosevelt

(ret. Nov. 1987)        November 30, 1987         Anthony Kennedy    February 3, 1988   Reagan


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Financial Strip-Mining

March 7th, 2016 Comments off

The “pro-business” model of capitalism is broken — and getting worse, author and activist Les Leopold tells Salon

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