Monthly Archives: September 2012

a correction and some additional thoughts

Yesterday, in talking about the drone war, I linked to this story in Esquire for the proposition that Anwar Al-Awlaki’s son, Abdulrahman, was killed in the strike that killed Awlaki himself. That’s not correct. I blame the error on sleepiness … Continue reading

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“double tap”

I’m happy that President Obama seems to be gaining in what was (and still could be) a tight race. I feel confident that he’ll continue to do a good job in many areas, and I think Mitt Romney is not … Continue reading

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two stories about abuse

Just a friendly reminder that a closed system in which young people can’t express themselves or turn to outside help is always going to be a petri dish for abuse. (If you want to be cynical, you could also see … Continue reading

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poverty — good news and bad

Matt Yglesias says, despite what we all think, we’re actually winning the war on poverty: [T]he way the government measures poverty actually by definition excludes the possibility that public programs are lifting families out of poverty. The truth, when examined … Continue reading

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Muslims, Mormons, freedom of speech, and the “first rule”

My Facebook feed has, in various ways, been blowing up with conversation about the anti-Islam video “Innocence of Muslims” and its fallout overseas. An interesting jumping-off point is this Wall Street Journal article by Bret Stephens, which a Mormon friend … Continue reading

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want to feel really good about America for five minutes or so?

Check out this terrific photo-essay at The Atlantic — “50 States in 50 Photos”:

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“he’d be very happy if America, which has 5 percent of the world’s oil, but uses 25 percent, instead used 10 percent”

Via Fred Clark, a nice post from Doctor Science at Obsidian Wings, wondering at the turn a particular strain of neoconservativism has taken in recent years: Kremer and D’Souza seem to have forgotten one of the first rules of storytelling, … Continue reading

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