Monthly Archives: May 2013

Educational Fallacies

(Note:  I originally wrote this piece several months ago, when the Chicago teacher’s strike was ongoing.  In true slacker/procrastinator fashion, I held off on posting it, because I was going to submit it to a few sites for publication, which … Continue reading

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The Single Stupidest Article I’ve Ever Read

Americans and Their Military, Drifting Apart – NYTimes.com.  Whenever I’m feeling a little down on myself and questioning my ability to write meaningful political pieces, I immediately go to the New York Times Op-Ed page, confident that I will soon find some piece … Continue reading

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The Government Can’t/Won’t Protect You

  Loss Of Timber Payments Cuts Deep In Oregon : NPR. This story has been making the rounds over the last few days, with most commentary focusing on how terrible it is that funding for law enforcement was cut and … Continue reading

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Less Freedom Is Never The Solution

Moore mayor wants safe-room shelters built in all new homes, while cost of tornado damage could top $2 billion | Fox News. This headline is actually a little misleading.  The mayor of Moore, Oklahoma doesn’t just “want” tornado shelters built … Continue reading

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The Federal Echo Chamber (Veterans Preference)

As some of you may know, I was away last week, attending a week-long “separation counseling” course that is legally required by the Department of Defense for anyone who is separating from military service.  The reason it is required is … Continue reading

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News Roundup – 5/20/2013

Several stories caught my eye while I was away, here they are for your reading enjoyment! U.S. makes data available on wide disparity in hospital charges | Reuters. Well DUH.  Of course there’s a wide disparity in charges when nobody … Continue reading

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False Assumptions Roundup

To borrow a favorite phrase of John Stossel, “What we know, isn’t so.”  I ran across these two stories today, both of which expose and challenge some deeply ingrained beliefs that most of society holds that are in fact, completely … Continue reading

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