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Understanding Their Grievances

If the US pulled out of Iraq and Afghanistan, will terrorism go away?

If Spain would've just kept their handful of soldiers home, will terrorism go away?

If Israel pulled behind the so-called 1967 borders, will terrorism go away?

If young men are unconvinced that the reward for killing innocents en masse is the services of 72 virgins and a luxury suite in Heaven, will terrorism go away? Read more »

London Hit Again

BBC report.

Trading Spaces

What Would the Religious Right Do?

In a Reason Hit & Run piece, Nick Gillespie passed along news from India concerning hard-line Islamic clerics who are ordering a woman raped by her father-in-law to nullify the 10-year-old marriage to her husband, and marry the rapist. Read more »


I haven't played GTA: San Andreas yet, but I enjoyed GTA: Vice City. So maybe I should be glad that Democratic senators Clinton and Lieberman are giving them so much free publicity. Read more »


One of the entertainment stories this summer has been the cinema box office slump, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Many theories are flying around as to why the tally is dwindling, and here are a few reasons why I frequent the multiplex a little less than in previous years. Read more »


The Jerusalem Post and Telegraph detail the BBC’s use of, and refusal to use, the word “terrorist” when describing the events of 7/7. Boortz also chimes in.

Move over, New Hampshire

Looks like Minnesota is aching to be the real Free State Project, if only temporarily.

Who\'s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Not exactly the surprise of the weekend, the New York Times editorial chimes in with a sympathetic nod to huffing and puffing and blowing your house down. Read more »

Two Steps Back

A new President of Iran has been elected. A hard-liner and former militia group trainer who liked to invoke the 1979 Revolution during his campaign, and hyped up the class-warfare card by promising more socialist-style wealth redistribution. And according to a BBC article, it's one culture or the highway, as Mr. Ahmadinejad plans to “resist Western decadence”.

Says Ali, an Iranian authoritarian-loving university teacher: Read more »

Relativism In Morality And Economics

Invasion of the Landsnatchers

Eminent domain abuse has made more news in the recent couple years (although not getting the attention it likely deserves in mainstream press). Two examples I've particularly come across has been the Wal-Mart example in Alabama – a situation radio host Neal Boortz hammered on frequently last year – and a local story involving a Jeep plant in Toledo. Read more »

Stayin\' Alive


From Russia with No Strong Opinion

In a nationwide poll of 1,600 Russian adults…

Respondents named Latvia (49%), Lithuania (42%), Georgia (38%) and Estonia (32%) as Russia's greatest enemies, while the list of friends includes Belarus (46%), Germany (23%), Kazakhstan (20%), India (16%), and France (13%).

Professional Sports and Diminishing Marginal Utility

You Say You Want a Revolution

While I was relaxing on a warm, humid day in Michigan yesterday, some good stuff was going on in one of the so-called "Axis of Evil" countries. In Tehran, Iran... Read more »

C\'est la Free

From the Globe and Mail:

The Supreme Court of Canada struck down Thursday a Quebec prohibition on private health-care insurance, in what members of Canada's medical profession called a "historic" decision with the potential to dramatically change the face of care in this country. [...]

"In sum, the prohibition on obtaining private health insurance is not constitutional where the public system fails to deliver reasonable services," the court found.


In the spirit of the tsunami aftermath in December (here and here), The New York Times Op-Ed column has predictably scorned the United States' "crumbs" of tax dollars for African Aid. Read more »

Sweet, Snowy Irony

Chicago Tribune (June 4):

MINNEAPOLIS -- Two Minnesota men who planned to cross the Arctic Ocean to call attention to global warming have abandoned their trek because of unexpectedly heavy snow, wind and ice.

So long and thanks for all the fish

Many thanks to all the Catallarchists for letting me hang out here for the past ten days. I enjoyed myself, and hopefully regular readers didn't find my intrusion to be too disruptive.