State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

nota bene
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on the other hand
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From Intolerance to Tolerance to Acceptance
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Begetting Worse Politicians
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the deception of dignity
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Friday Night Jukebox: Random Rules Edition
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A Pox on Both Houses: Honduras Edition
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The Tyranny of Mark Levin’s Liberty
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Department of Silly Inquiries
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tackling brands is tricky, tackling verbs is even harder
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Daniel McCarthy on secession
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A House of Repeal?
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One Last Thing About the Palin Inquisition
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no manning
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The comments...

+ You might, incidentally, consider the fact that "lawsuits after the fact" don't actually heal people who have been permanently injured or bring back people who [. . .]
+ So you're in effect saying that there should be no requirements for licensure to work as a personal trainer, but if you want to be [. . .]
+ Autism has been around for a while. We all know that it has turned into a global epidemic but since it is not fatal the [. . .]
Jaybird
+ So, officially, it doesn't matter what I'm asking or whether my argument is nuanced or what have you? You'll just post whatever you want and, when [. . .]
+ I wonder if you honestly think that, without municipal building codes, corrupt builders would start building houses that collapsed as soon as a toddler took [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ This whole post is about how personal attacks on candidates private lives is degrading the quality of politicians. I say....it is improving the quality, since a [. . .]
Jaybird
+ Matoko, can you find *ONE* instance of me complaining about Sullivan investigating something that actually matters? If you can’t, could you explain why you’re arguing against [. . .]
+ Google is your friend. You'll find lots of injuries and a few deaths. You'll also laugh aloud as you see the alphabet soup of different [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ oops, this got lost in the nesting. Pardon Jaybird, but Sully is an equal opportunity questioner of Palin. You seem to want Plain’s Trig-based lies to [. . .]
Jaybird
+ Matoko, can you find *ONE* instance of me complaining about Sullivan investigating something that actually matters? If you can't, could you explain why you're arguing against [. . .]
+ Can you provide some links -- this is the first I've heard of a widespread problem. Are people suing the trainers? It seems like that [. . .]
Jaybird
+ This is one of those wacky things. I wonder if you honestly think that, without municipal building codes, corrupt builders would start building houses that collapsed [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ Pardon Jaybird, but Sully is an equal opportunity questioner of Palin. You seem to want Plain's Trig-based lies to be somehow excluded from the [. . .]
+ [...] constantly annoyed that the only people who seem to notice are employed by Reason and myself. And maybe E.D. Reason’s look at his Address [. . .]
Jaybird
+ "but the process of meritocracy allows Sully to investigate her outrageous lies." This is an odd thing to point out. No one is arguing that Sully needs [. . .]
Jaybird
+ Travis, no body is arguing that Palin is the bomb diggity. No one is arguing that Palin isn't hugely flawed. No one is arguing that Palin shouldn't [. . .]
+ Sure. Can government come up with some basic standards for a certain profession, or at least nominate a regulatory body full of people who know [. . .]
Jaybird

Is there *ANYTHING* the government doesn't know how to do?

+ I'm sorry, Mike, but that's not the case. I have a good deal of experience in this area. There are literally dozens of certifications that [. . .]
+ Information is so prevalent now, I seriously doubt that with a little due diligence a consumer cannot find a trainer who is qualifed -- like [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ okfine, but the process of meritocracy allows Sully to investigate her outrageous lies. She doesn't get a by. I think she is done, anyways. I don't think Krauthammer [. . .]
+ I don't think you should have to have a license to show someone how to work out; that's unenforceable, even if we wanted to do [. . .]
+ Erik, you've often said that the League has kept you pretty busy as a blogger. I hadn't realized what, exactly, you were being kept busy [. . .]
+ the point is that Zelaya’s ideology is significantly affecting the opinions of both sides. I see your point but I don't agree a hundred percent. [. . .]
Bob

I visit Taki's Magazine once or twice a month just to catch-up with Jack.
I love that guy.

+ [...] over whether we ought to regulate the licensing of personal trainers — in the affirmative, Freddie of the League of Ordinary Gentlemen, and Conor [. . .]
Bob

"Perhaps a better way of wording it would be 'ensure that we will never again get less crappy politicians?'"

I'm pretty sure that's no improvement.

Travis
+ John McCain's running mate had a statistically higher probability of becoming president than any other VP in recent memory. McCain would have been the oldest [. . .]
+ 1. My point (and I think Prof. Fontana's) is based on figuring out where each party would stand if Zelaya's and his opponents' ideologies [. . .]
greginak

But how much is the actual cost of entry. At some level shouldn't there be a cost of entry to a field?

conradg
+ "Separately, humans eventually developed civilization." In what sense whatsoever was the development of civilization by religious people done "separately" from religion itself? Religion provided the binding [. . .]
+ The search for easy heroes and villains in Honduras might be harder than anyone wants to believe. This is what most people can't accept. [. . .]
+ But in many ways, that's exactly Prof. Fontana's point. The Honduran Constitution is not the US Constitution. The Honduran Constitution explicitly demands that [. . .]
Katherine
+ If the Democrats had managed a military coup to overthrow Bush on the justification that he was violating the constitution, there wouldn't be much question [. . .]
+ So I might say more about this later, but for now I'll just remark quickly that two of the most obvious downsides of state-enforced licensing [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ Lol, perhaps this is more accurate.... I guess then Mark might be more correct that Palin is just a petty grifter that has gotten by on [. . .]
Barry
+ "Now, one could suppose that if the U.S. had broken up in the 1860s, both regions would have cultivated their virtues instead of their vices. [. . .]
Jaybird
+ Native-born, at least 35 years old, lived in the US for the past 14 years... I'm not seeing how she's not qualified. Then again... you probably put [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ And that is the real question at the heart of this post, inspite of you throwing chaff about politician's personal lives. Sure politicians might lie.....but she [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ "I think that Palin *WAS* qualified to be President, which I’m sure will shock you." QED. Someone that thinks the WH has a "department of law" that [. . .]
+ hmmm....I like this idea, I think. Though, wouldn't that mean we might still be at war with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan? More seriously the [. . .]
+ Couldn't agree with your main point more, we sustain an environment inhospitable for decent people and then wonder why we get so many liars and [. . .]
+ Mostly because of the tone of this post, I copied, and used find and replaced to substitute terrorist for politician. Hilarity ensued. More seriously, I [. . .]
+ Katherine, public sector jobs are universally lower paid than equivalent private sector positions. The reasons are myriad but major ones are that public [. . .]

It is also possible that the union helps mitigate against cronyism.

Care to elaborate on that?

 
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