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“What if much of the social agitation online for Trump is manufactured?

“On radio, I assure you it is. Last Tuesday night, my radio show saw a wave of callers calling in to complain about what I was saying that very night on radio. The callers assured my call screener they were listening. The calls were coming from area codes all over the nation and they were very angry about what I had just said on the radio that very night about Trump.

“I was on vacation.”

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“Given Putin’s behind the scenes dabblings in the affairs of other countries, Trump is just the sort of man he’d want to prop up to destabilize the West.”Down the rabbit hole we go this…
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“The very idea that one can indeed write—and should write—to communicate carries with it a whole political philosophy, or at least a whole philosophy of the polis—one where society is seen as constituted by people who can passionately hold to differing views and yet can still talk meaningfully to each other, where the past is more than just something to be erased as and when convenient, and where disagreement does not always require the histrionic disenfranchising of those with whom we disagree.”
There's more to mumbo jumbo than the fact it does not actually say anything.
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“There is a lesson in this, especially for Republicans. The left is in the process of overreaching on an issue that the average voter cares about, deeply. People might be able to rationalize supporting same-sex marriage by telling themselves that, even if it’s not their thing, it makes no difference to them what gay couples do. But if you’re a woman using the locker room at the gym, it might matter quite a lot if a man who says he’s a woman on the inside is using the shower next to you.

“And no matter how progressive and fair-minded you are, if you’re a parent, you probably don’t want boys who say they’re girls competing against girls in field hockey or basketball or some contact sport where weight and muscle-mass exist independent of deep, personal feelings about identity. Come to think of it, you probably don’t want your daughter being forced to share a shower or a locker room with a boy, either.”
Last week was one of those quiet Election Days where, on the surface, nothing much happened. But the “nothing much” might actually be something. We may have seen voters begin to pump the brakes on runaway liberalism.
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“Even among careful writers, a degree of interest in punctuation is not guaranteed. William Wordsworth was happy to let others sort it out for him, and asked Sir Humphry Davy (a chemist whom he’d never even met) to correct the second edition of Lyrical Ballads for publication. You might, incidentally, illustrate Crystal’s points about the semantic and pragmatic qualities of punctuation with the parenthesis in that last sentence. Consider the different degrees of authorial sniggering conveyed if, between ‘chemist’ and ‘whom’, you interpolate a comma, a semicolon, a dash or an exclamation mark …”
Is a full stop really worth four commas? And should everybody avoid the semi-colon? This book from the popular linguist David Crystal will amuse and instruct
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Wasserman-Schultz is making Donald Trump look reasonable. I didn't think that possible.
 
This cheap and false smear of a Rubio donor as a Hitler sympathizer ignores the fact that the donor's mother was almost killed by Nazis. Very classy Democrats! http://freebeacon.com/politics/dnc-mocked-for-attempt-to-portray-marco-rubio-donor-as-nazi/
The Democratic National Committee, in what critics say is one of the lamest attacks of the 2016 cycle so far, has pounced on Republican Marco Rubio's plans to attend a fundraiser at the house of Har
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The new caption by Chimero is much better than the earlier two, IMO. Via Camden Bucey.
Everybody enjoys a good New Yorker cartoon—unless it has one of those esoteric captions you just don’t get. Until recently, for those instances, you could try to replace the caption with one of these two universal captions—“Christ, what an asshole!” (suggested by blogger Charles Lavoie in 2006) or “
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It's witchcraft!
 
The intermediate value theorem shows how to fix a wobbly table.

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“The irony is that, instead of states prosecuting women, the exact opposite is true. To protect their own hide, it was abortionists (like the cult hero and abortionist Ruth Barnett when Oregon last prosecuted her in 1968), who, when they were prosecuted, sought to haul the women they aborted into court. As a matter of criminal evidentiary law, if the court treated the woman as an accomplice, she could not testify against the abortionist, and the case against the abortionist would be thrown out.

“There are “only two cases in which a woman was charged in any State with participating in her own abortion”: from Pennsylvania in 19111 and from Texas in 1922.2 There is no documented case since 1922 in which a woman has been charged in an abortion in the United States.

“Based on this record—spanning 50 states over the century before Roe v. Wade—it is even more certain that the political claim that any woman might be questioned or prosecuted for a spontaneous miscarriage has no record in history and will certainly not be the policy of any state in the future.”
The political claim—that women were or will be prosecuted or jailed under abortion laws—has been made so frequently by Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and NOW ov
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“As long as we cannot imagine anything lasting and true other than primitive instincts, we might as well concentrate our minds on the economic, medical, psychological factors that promise to maximize our satisfaction. If we are fated to be ruled by desire, then we ought to acquaint ourselves with the logic of its circulation and adopt our postmodern roles as bureaucrats, therapists, managers, and other well-groomed functionaries trained to analyze and maintain the Empire of Desire.”

These days a man can wake up and say, “Enough! I’m tired of fighting against my innermost feelings. I’ve always felt myself to be a . . . .
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“During his first presidential campaign, Obama proposed presidential meetings with even America’s most implacable enemies, as if American foot-dragging was a principal source of global problems. It would be ‘ridiculous’ and ‘a disgrace,’ then-Senator Obama argued, for the United States to refuse to meet our enemies on their terms. With a few carefully placed concessions, so his thinking went, an Obama administration would catalyze international cooperation and transform relationships by reassuring adversaries of our benevolence. The hard realities of power politics, including the temptation to use force in places like Syria, would fade as the mesmerizing attraction of engagement took hold.”

“In each instance, Obama has wagered the prestige, resources, and moral authority of the U.S. government on the hope that he can personally bend the arc of history. Time after time, Putin has preyed on Obama’s goodwill, and cleaned his clock. Indeed, beneath all the resets and rhetoric is a fundamental truth: what matters is not just the intentions of the president; the calculations of our competitors and enemies matter, too—and must be taken seriously.”
President Obama got elected promising to always engage with implacable foes of the United States. Putin, for one, has taken advantage of Obama's outreach every single time.
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This strikes me as a fair assessment of U.S. policy in the Middle East under the Obama adminstration. Is his approach actually motivated by the view that the U.S. is the prime engine of global problems, or is he naïve about other nations and their leaders, or is there some other explanation?

Buying into Weinstein’s & Rough’s criticism doesn’t commit one to Bushian nation-building, but I do think it’s unavoidable that superpowers and near-superpowers play very different roles in the world than smaller nations. And muscularity and finesse are not necessarily at odds with one another.
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Brill. Yant.
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#Celts  opens in just one week! See these incredible objects in the exhibition http://ow.ly/Sbau8
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