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Veritas odium paret
Consider, for example, the recent spate of self-righteous indignation over Stephen A. Smith’s “provocation” comments or over the Israeli Defense Forces’ ongoing military operation in Gaza. Why do people disagree with the simple truth in either case–i.e. most violence is provoked, which, … Continue reading
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Memo to Murrieta
Nous somme tous américains …
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#Say no to racism!
Why are there so many angry faces in this picture? The next time these citizens complain about “illegal aliens” taking over our country, they should ask themselves two simple questions: (1) did your ancestors come to our country legally?; and (2) was our nation’s war of conquest … Continue reading
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Will Baghdad fall next?
Solve for equilibrium …
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Seriously, since Republicans have a solid majority in the House, and since the House has the sole power of impeachment under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, what is the probability that the House of Representatives will, in fact, draw … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Current Affairs, Law, Politics 4 Comments
When should you negotiate with terrorists?
From today’s NY Times: “The lone American prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, captured by [the Taliban] nearly five years ago, has been released to American forces in exchange for five Taliban detainees held at [the US military prison in] Guantánamo … Continue reading
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Pop quiz: where’s the hypocrite?
Is he hiding somewhere in Moscow, or is he in plain sight in Washington, D.C.? US Secretary of State John Kerry recently called out our man in Moscow, boy-wonder Edward Snowden, for being a “traitor” (for divulging an unconstitutional mass surveillance program) … Continue reading
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TV news = evil ratings vultures?
This photo, in a nutshell, tells you what the news media–except for The Daily Nexus (UCSB’s student paper)–are not reporting. Photo credit: Kenneth Song, John Clow, or Eric Swenson (we aren’t sure which)/The Daily Nexus.
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Sanctions schmanctions …
Article 6 of Chapter II of the United Nations Charter states that “a Member of the United Nations which has persistently violated the Principles contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the Organization by the General Assembly upon … Continue reading
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In defense of Aldon Smith
TMZ Sports was the first to report that police officers in Los Angeles had arrested NFL linebacker and defensive end Aldon Smith at LAX last Sunday afternoon (13 April 2014) for becoming belligerent and making a false bomb threat before boarding his flight. But before we rush … Continue reading
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