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Free Speech Battles

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Bono on Jesus

An old college of mine posted this on her Facebook… interesting. You can tell he’s read C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity”.

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 [...]

Amicus Humorem

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a bit of P.J. O’ROurke around these parts… Today’s P.J. comes from strange quarters… an amicus (“friend of court”) brief filed by the Cato Institute in the pending U.S. Supreme Court case Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus scheduled for argument next month (and presumably decision this June). The [...]

Not Putin Up With It

Russia Today is a Russian English-language news outlet in the U.S. that is a mouthpiece for the Russian government (similar to Press TV and Iran or the various Chinese “news” channels). Liza Wahl, one of their anchors, quit on air today. Good for her.

Ukraine — Another View

Here’s a piece from Mart Helm, a former Estonian Ambassador to Russia entitled: “Moscow understands only force and the willingness to sacrifice human lives.” via a blog I‘ve been reading lately called The XX (20) Committee:

Was Hitler done with the Anschluss? No. Neither will Russia be satisfied just with Ukraine. And after Ukraine, Russia [...]

Sunday Open Thread

March 2, 1836:

The Unanimous Declaration of Independence made by the Delegates of the People of Texas in General Convention at the town of Washington on the 2nd day of March 1836.

When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are [...]

Sixteen Miles on the Zombie Canal

Some ideas are so bad they just won’t die. From Wired.com:

By the end of this year, if a Chinese entrepreneur gets his way, digging will begin on a waterway that would stretch roughly 180 miles across Nicaragua to unite the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Giant container ships capable of carrying consumer electronics by [...]