A Dialog on Liberty and Equality Wanders into the Guns In America Symposium

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Guns In America. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. John Howard Griffin (a stalwart friend of the Ordinaries) and I have been discussing Liberty, Equality, and What Would Libertarians…

Announcing The Upcoming Opposite Day Symposium!

Last year, we had a delightful time writing a handful of posts for opposite day. (Here‘s the original kickoff! James K wrote about The fallacy of separation of powers. Murali made a case for Democracy. Tod Kelly unravelled the mystery that is Kenny G. Jason Kuznicki explained how every market transaction is a swindle. Burt Likko’s dear…

Game Of Thrones Appendix!

The astucious MikeSchilling has put together a spectacular essay detailing the breeding habits of the Spanish Royalty. If you’re familiar with how Game of Thrones is pretty much a retelling of the War of the Roses, kinda, you won’t want to miss this shout out to the family that always pays its debts.

No, but it would help

Mitt Romney and the Republican Party got slapped down yesterday but, if you ask me, that’s not the most interesting thing that happened… After all, *SOMEONE* was going to win the election and if it wasn’t this guy, it’d be that guy, and if it wasn’t that guy, it’d be someone else. Even in the…

Election Day Jukebox And Open Thread

Tell your voting stories here. Was it a touch screen? Was it a punch ballot? Was it a scan-tron kinda ballot? Tell the rumors you heard about other people’s voting stories here. Heck, everybody knows that the person who comes in first will be this guy or that guy and the guy who comes in…

Trademarking Tebow

This is going to backfire. From the article: The devout Christian says his representatives filed on his behalf not for financial gain, but “to just control how it’s used, make sure it’s used in the right way.” Parody is protected speech, dude. All you’re going to do is prevent people who are *NOT* mocking you…

I Have Outlived My Father

While I cannot find *ANY* confirmation of this on the net, I’m going to go ahead and say anyway that Warren Zevon once said that the hard part of coming up with any song was coming up with the title. After you’ve got that, I’m sure I remember hearing him say, it’s smooth sailing. His…

Just trying to get a general feel, here…

We’ve seen Kazzy’s post about teaching with regards to personality type and saw, once again, my assumption that we’re all INTPs or INTJs. Well, this is one of those things that is a *HUGE* assumption on my part and, heck, I’m probably wrong. BUT!, I asked myself, how can we *DEMONSTRATE* that Jaybird is wrong?…

Comment Rescue!

In Russel Saunders’s “We Are The State” essay, there was a delightful exchange that deserves to be highlighted. Impavid commenter Snarky McSnarkSnark points out: I made the following observation a few days ago in another post, but I think there is a notion among our conservative and libertarian friends that the “State” is a monolithic…

Talking about Things that Happened

A few months back, before The Avengers movie came out, I had a pre-movie open thread in which I discussed why the Captain America movie made me a little bit uncomfortable. Behind the cut, I’m going to explore a little bit of that discussion again and then recommend a Captain American comic to you all:…

On The Counting Of Heads

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Democracy. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. Over reading the posts from the Democracy Symposium from everyone else so far, I couldn’t help but notice that Democracy,…

Looking Backwards The Sequel: Backwardser

In the aftermath of Aurora, The Dark Knight, and Aurora in light of The Dark Knight, I’ve been thinking about our relationship to our religion, our God(s), and the extent to which superheroes have become our surrogate gods that allow us to talk about Morality The Way We Think It Ought To Be (basically, assuming…