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RT'd an essay on PC censorship by @MarkSteynOnline. Now getting accused of agreeing w/Steyn on EVERYTHING, which proves Steyn's point.

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 16, 2014

I know Patton Oswalt is not well-liked around these parts… Heck, apart from his role as Remy in Ratatouille and his epic Star Wars rant on Parks [...]

Thursday Open Thread

Geoffrey Chaucer by Thomas Hoccleve

On this date in 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer first tells the Canterbury Tales in the court of King Richard II.

In Class With Floyd — Judicial Appointments

Tonight in my Judicial Process course we will be discussing, among other things… the politics of judicial appointments… A little of this: And this:

And this:

And this for judicial elections…

If We Can Keep It

Richard Epstein has an interesting take on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCutcheon (the campaign finance decision) at Defining Ideas (a Journal of the Hoover Institution) :

Property and Liberty in Tandem

The basic principles of American constitutional law link closely the protection of property and liberty. That point is made powerfully by the [...]

Friday Open Thread

On this date in 1930 — Constantinople was officially renamed Istanbul.

Kobe’s Beef

Kobe Bryant is not my favorite athlete. I’m ambivalent on his past rape case — only because the evidence was sketchy and despite his legal team’s (and a local LA sports talk station’s) overly aggressive posture towards the alleged victim (the word “alleged” still has meaning, but I digress). In addition, I’m just not [...]

Thursday Open Thread

Dimmitt’s Goliad flag

The Mexican Army massacred 341 Texas fighters on this date in 1836. It was the single greatest loss of life in the War for Texas Independence. Remember Goliad! Remember the Alamo! The worm would turn shortly.

Sacrifices Must Be Made

William Blake (1809), The Flight of Moloch — one of Blake’s illustrations of On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity, the poem by John Milton

What do you do with rubbish? You burn it of course.

The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used [...]

Key and Peele and Truth

One of my pleasures in 2013 was getting to appreciate the humor of comedy duo Key and Peele on Comedy Central and via YouTube (natch). In Time (remember them) Magazine’s “Ideas Issue” they have an op-ed about humor and political correctness. Here’s a bit

But what we strive for–and what we think more people should [...]

This is a Thing

Babymetal — JPop and metal