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Sic et Non
Call me a “Denier”, it does not offend me. I am proud of it, and here is why: There is the grand truth about Nathaniel Hawthorne. He says No! in thunder; but the Devil himself cannot make him say yes . For all men who say yes , lie; and all men who say no ,...

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An Apology
Dear Stanley, and our Gentle and Loyal Readers: I am terribly sorry that I have posted so little in the past few weeks. I shall endeavor to to do better in the future. Yr Hmbl & Obdnt Srvt. Oliver Hardy, Esq.

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I Could Quibble, So I Will
The quotes are from Stanley's post The Establishment Clause below “want to live under the Constitution as written. Most of us don’t” I do. I know a number of other estimable gentlemen who do as well. I would really like to know what I would missing in such ...

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Antidisestablishmentarianism
Every time I read about "establishment of religion", I think of the word that is the title of this post, which delights all young children who discover it due to its aura as perhaps the longest word in the English language. It also bothered me at that age b...

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Antidisestablishmentarianism
Every time I read about "establishment of religion", I think of the word that is the title of this post, which delights all young children who discover it due to its aura as perhaps the longest word in the English language. It also bothered me at that age b...

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Antidisestablishmentarianism
Every time I read about "establishment of religion", I think of the word that is the title of this post, which delights all young children who discover it due to its aura as perhaps the longest word in the English language. It also bothered me at that age b...

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Starting On Foreign Policy -- Ukraine and NATO -- Part I
The Russian actions in Ukraine of the last few weeks have lead to repeated calls from the punditariat to get the band back together and to do something about it. [See, e.g. " Doubling Down On NATO : The United States needs to respond to Moscow’s partition o...

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Stanley, I Love You, But ...
Stanley wrote: I still find
Obama’s instincts on domestic policy too leftish for me (there is something to
Republican complaints that he is a “class warrior”), but he seems generally
thoughtful and cautious, especially on foreign policy, Thoughtful and caut...

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Stanley!
"radical groups in American politics, such as the Tea Party conservatives." "The Tea Party" can only be counted as radical if fiscal probity and a less intrusive Federal Government are radical ideas. Calling them radical means that Obama was mouthing radica...

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Extremism
     Today’s David Brooks column contrasted the usual Africa
story—poverty, disease, genocidal violence—against the underreported progress
of the last few years—poverty down, education and life-expectancy up. Brooks noted
that Boko Haram (the fanatical Isla...
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