Kick ‘Em While They’re Up, Kick ‘Em While They’re Down

Here’s one of my favorite stories about how the mind of a government official works. A few years ago, I was in a grocery store in Charlottesville when I overheard a conversation between two shoppers, one of whom was clearly in some position of authority (the City Council, I believe). This was right after the […]

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The Twitter Manifesto of Ben Trovato

It was inevitable. Once I dragged Ben Trovato—the mysterious King of the Narrative—into public notice, it was only a matter of time before he started his own Twitter feed. Incidentally, I did a little research and found that there are a couple of different folks out there operating under the name “Ben Trovato”—a humor columnist […]

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People Should Know the Consequences

To helpfully explain the Charlie Hebdo attack to us, USA Today published a guest “opposing view” column from Anjem Choudary, a British radical Islamist preacher who is described as “a lecturer in sharia,” Islamic law. And boy does he provide an illuminating little lecture. He clears everything up right off the bat, letting us know […]

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Dear Senator Paul: Tell Dad to Shut Up

If Rand Paul wants to have any chance of running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, not to mention the presidency itself, there is one thing he needs to do immediately. Tell Dad to shut up. In response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, Ron Paul took a break from his usual […]

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Europe, Welcome to the ISIS Era

The “cartoon jihad” has returned, and this time around it has claimed four French cartoonists. This morning, the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French newsmagazine, were attacked by gunmen who shouted the usual “Allahu akbar,” but also: “We have avenged the prophet.” Among the killed were four of France’s most famous political cartoonists: […]

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Peak Leftism

A recent study that has been making the rounds argues that “academic psychology once had considerable political diversity, but has lost nearly all of it in the last 50 years.” The paper examines historical data and concludes that party and ideological affiliation in university psychology departments used to be split close to 50-50. By the […]

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What to Look for in 2015

We’ve already counted down the top stories of 2014. But what can we say about what’s likely to happen in the new year? What are the big stories to look for in 2015? As the old saying goes, predictions are hard, especially about the future. The biggest stories are usually the things we can’t predict. […]

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Person of the Year: Ben Trovato

As the year winds to a close, it is traditional to pick a “man of the year,” or in our more enlightened age, a “person of the year.” I’ve never done that before, but this year there is one candidate who has left his mark so indelibly on 2014 that I would be remiss if […]

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Democratic Party Death Watch

Top Stories of the Year: #1 Over the past week, I’ve been counting down the top stories of the year. For the #1 slot, there is really no competition: it’s the Republican wave in the mid-term congressional elections—and, just as important, the unprecedented Republican wave in the statehouses, which may have an even greater impact […]

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The Wish-Fulfilling Prophecy

Top Stories of the Year: #2 Some of us have been warning for years that President Obama is undermining all the pillars of US foreign policy, which would lead to disaster. This second biggest story of this year is that the disaster has arrived. America’s foreign policy collapsed in many small ways, and in two […]

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