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Criticizing the President is great, but it’s important to remember that the office insulates its holder from the impact of some amount of criticism. That’s why it’s important to go after the accomplices too. People like Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon ought…
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As we prepare to inaugurate a president who failed to win the popular vote, either by majority or plurality, the normal background noise about eliminating the Electoral College is being amplified. It feels more momentous this time, in part, I think,…
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With the election of Donald Trump, I’ve seen a lot of questions flying around about the “alt-right.” These are the five best articles I’ve read describing the group or its development. If you have any others, please feel free to share. A good explainer…
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It happened again!  See https://notruescotsman.net/2015/09/09/chickens-say-balk/ I have a very demanding travel schedule coming up over the next month or so, and this project has generally been on the back-burner regardless, but I expect it to come back…
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Not much to say about this, really, but the website it well done, and the thesaurus is great. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/thesaurus/ It’s a bit of a trap though. While it’s great if you need a thesaurus, it can threaten to take up hours of your…
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One category of old joke includes law firm names like “Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe.” Most of these jokes are not very good, and I prefer the baseball stathead jokes from Parks & Rec. But once in a while, you come across something perfect. Like the fact that…
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A remarkably stupid sentence: “Even if confirmation bias is in play, that means there’s something to confirm.” -Barry Petchesky, On Philadelphia Fans, Deadspin.com, 4.19.2016, available here. The author seems to have a rudimentary understanding of…
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For the first time in nearly a decade, I’m starting the baseball season with optimism. I’m sure the Mets will find some way to make me regret that, but for now, here’s a distinction most baseball fans ignore: When a batter hits a ball into fair territory,…
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A while back, I wrote a post on the term “Pittsburgh Rare,” and said that the origin of the term was listed without any citation. But at least one source now confirms the story.
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  “I am a New Yorker, and 7:00 A.M. is a civilized hour to finish the day, not to start it.” -Justice Sotomayor, (source)
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