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Via subsidies, Korea is effectively doling out unconditional foreign aid to the USA. So why is Uncle Sam griping?
Suppose that your neighbor showed up one day and offered to take over the landscaping of your yard, free of charge, for the next year. Seeing that he's done good work on his own lawn, you waste little...
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What if, starting tomorrow, the government removed itself entirely from the field of education, and especially from the K-12 years, including taxes, funding, and all laws pertaining to curriculum and compulsory attendance? Would disaster ensue, with parents ceasing to educate their younguns and instead sending them back to the coal face to earn a few extra nickels for the family? Or might we begin to see the emergence of new paths to becoming an "educated person?" In this scenario, what would education look like in 2022, or 2052? 
Suppose you could hop aboard a time machine and travel back to 1850s America. Upon arrival, you shanghai the first Man on the Street you meet and return with him to 2012, just to get his opinion on ou...
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I have, shall we say, a conflicted relationship with Christmas.
I have, shall we say, a conflicted relationship with Christmas. An avowed atheist, I find secular Christmas music unlistenable (how the hell does one "rock" around a Christmas tree?) but keep my favor...
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Earlier this year, I read and offered my thoughts on Escape from Camp 14, the story of Shin Dong-Hyuk, a North Korean refugee who was born and raised in a North Korean gulag and who finally escaped in...
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By all means, please tell me again why the "maybe it's a scandal, maybe it's not" story of Benghazi is more important than what's happening in Mexico. Now THAT'S a scandal.
Amidst all the hoopla and bellyaching surrounding the U.S. presidential elections last month, it was easy to overlook the fact that Mexico recently went and got itself a new president, too. Enrique Pe...
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I like Harry Shearer's notion of a Newtonian "Conservation of Taboo," which he mentions in this video. We humans, it seems, simply have a certain Outrage Quota that must be filled regardless of the era.

Good conversation here...
Two veterans of Hollywood, Rob Long (a producer/writer who got his start on Cheers) and Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap) are as famously friendly as they are opposed in their political outlook...
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In the five days since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, I've managed to resist writing anything - even in the form of tweets or Facebook status updates - abou...
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To this question, the average "Citizen on the Street" would likely respond that governments ought to refrain from playing favorites, as any distinctly favorable or unfavorable treatment toward a parti...
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Last week papers were handed in in which the passive voice was used, even though it has been indicated that this is unacceptable. I was not made happy. The passive voice is most often used by governme...
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