Birthright Citizenship debate

Professor John Eastman from Chapman University School of Law has a great summary of the argument against birthright citizenship from a constitutional standpoint in National Review Online. His article is here. It is in reply to an article by Professor John Yoo (of Cal Berkeley School of Law — linked below:

Birthright citizenship has […]

We're From The Government and We're Here to Help

The Smithsonian has a new story up about how a central planning failure in Brazil turned into a horrific catastrophe that cost thousands of lives and destroyed untold miles of pristine Amazon rainforest:

…the story of Rondônia kicks into gear in the late 1970s, when tens of thousands of agricultural workers found themselves out […]

Remembering Pearl Harbor

The backlash against and hand-wringing about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945 began shortly after cessation of hostilities. The debate got hot enough for Henry Stimson, FDR and Truman’s Secretary of War to write an explanation of the decision to drop the bombs in Harper’s Magazine. While I wholeheartedly […]

The Good Old Days

The 1950s were so boring and cookie cutter. Or were they? Here’s a great article from Acculturated exploring whether the 1950s were actually more diverse than today in most metrics:

In the last sixty years America has become a more tolerant country. But has it become more diverse?

In terms of race, the […]

From The Trailer Park - The Finest Hours

Stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, Ben Foster

Saturday Song

No Independence Day is complete without our national anthem. Carl Lewis’ version from over 20 years ago is the most memorable (sorry Whitney). Charlie Steiner (then of ESPN) goes with this version like peanut butter goes with jelly.

Sunday Open Thread

From the Amazon description:

A gripping intellectual adventure story, Sailing from Byzantium sweeps you from the deserts of Arabia to the dark forests of northern Russia, from the colorful towns of Renaissance Italy to the final moments of a millennial city under siege….

Byzantium: the successor of Greece and Rome, this magnificent empire bridged […]

Saturday Open Thread

Frederick the Great tries to school the aging master. Bach is having none of it.

Tuesday Open Thread

I love this book — fascinating read by Max Boot.

Friday Open Thread

If you follow the link you can get this for $15.00 on (or free with their 30 day trial). David Straithairn plays Abraham Lincoln and Richard Dreyfuss is Senator Stephen Douglas in these readings of the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858. They really come alive and they also highlight just how far our […]