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History

President Privilege

Flop sweat

During this 50th anniversary year of the War on Poverty, that effort is being called a "colossal flop" because, 1: it has cost taxpayers a whopping $22 trillion but, 2: around 14 percent of Americans are still poor. In fact, we were doing pretty good at whittling away at poverty and the War on Poverty seemed to have stopped the progress dead.

The Great Re-Weaving

With the Industrial Revolution came the Great Concentration -- an agglomeration of territories, a centralization of capital and production that propelled the world into a new and prosperous era but also gave rise to the lunatic Marx and all who came after him. Now, with the Communications Revolution, we have the Great Re-Weaving:

The worst ever!

I confess to sometimes getting caught up in the just-short-of-hysterical reporting and commentating that seem to be the common practice these days:

A separate path

I've tried to follow the debate over Scottish independence, honestly I have. But I can't really work up enough enthusiasm to care much one way or the other. But I found this interesting:

War is war

The commentariart has had a lot to say about President Obama's apparent newfound toughness about ISIS and what he will or want say in his address to the nation on Wednesday. Guess I'll wait to see what he actually proposes and then what we actually do before I get too worked up one way or the other. I was struck by this, however:

Yes, boots on the ground can leave small footprints

Mollie Hemingay at the Federlist: Why calling Rand Paul an isolationist is and was stupid.

Just one death

Hey, James Foley was just one guy, so everybody calm down. I mean, let's not start a war over one little beheading:

Evil

I'm not going to watch the video of American journalist James Foley being beheaded. At one time in my life, I probably would have, giving some justification about "needing to see what evil looks like," but in reality just indulging in the ghoulish voyeurism of the young. Today, I don't need to be reminded of what evil looks like; we've experienced too much of it to not recognize it.

Which precedent?

Did the Supreme Court already settle the gay marriage issue, way back in 1972?

A whole lot of judges who are being asked to decide whether states may ban same-sex couples from marrying think the Supreme Court clearly gave them the answer last year: no.

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