A Man Chooses. A Slave Obeys.

Ima tell you this story before I can tell you the next ‘un. (If you’re impatient, jump ahead to 3:24 on the video.) Way back in 2008, Irrational Games came out with a first-person shooter video game called Bioshock. (If you haven’t played it, and you know that you’re inclined to like first person shooters,…

Israel, Palestine, and Cosmopolitan

One of the issues (NPI*) that has been bothering all of us ever since there were people writing blogs is the problem of how to best solve the problems that Israel and Palestine are having with each other. There are more solutions than writers, if you can believe that! The whole “go back to 1968…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

By now, I’m going to assume you’ve got your copy of The First Circle: A Novel (The Restored Text: The First Uncensored Edition) (or, perhaps, the Kindle edition). Hurray! You’re in for a treat. I’m also going to assume that there are not only folks out there who have the Unexpurgated Version with 96 chapters but…

Solzhenitsyn!

So it seems that we tested the waters and have decided to read The First Circle: A Novel (The Restored Text: The First Uncensored Edition) (get the Kindle edition here). (I’m going to be reading the First Uncensored edition. You should feel free to read the version that they have at your local used shoppe,…

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…