The Limits of Credulity

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You GOPs created the conditions for his Ascendency; he’s YOUR original sin, not mine. But gee, all these Ayn Rand Rugged Individualists, these Atlases, these John Wayne Self-Made-Bullies are screeching that collective action must be taken to stop the Barbie-Hairian at Their Gates? Continue reading

The Limits of Privacy

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We have been used to this notion that the Constitution is an eternal, never changing document, frozen in time and circumscribed by its language. Some had even maintained that said contract MUST be interpreted according to the understanding of those who wrote it. … It is rare that we actually GET a case of someone yelling “FIRE!” in a crowded theater, but here, we DO.

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Much Ado About Not Much

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For the Republicans, Iowa has been a bust. Consider last time (2012): “Mitt Romney” WON the Iowa caucuses. Oh wait. RICK SANTORUM won, but by the time it was known it was too late to do Santorum any good. The media buzz (and that’s all Iowa actually supplies) had already gone to Romney, the ultimate loser. Continue reading

Hiroshima — Seventy Years On

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… Because of the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Mutually Assured Destruction forestalled World War III and became, instead, a “Cold War” in which the loss of human life was miniscule compared to what might have happened were the Eastern Bloc and the Western Powers NOT constrained by that horror. Continue reading