All Those Myths Surrounding Benghazi

So, in last night’s debate Romney decided to steer clear of the Benghazi affair. I certainly wouldn’t have, in his shoes, and I haven’t seen any good reason from the press to expect that this would be a loser for Romney. Take this case in point from Juan Williams, writing in The Hill. According to…

When are Religious Banners Allowed in School?

Some minor corrections for an article in Spiegel Online regarding a recent case in Texas in which a local school inspector banned high school cheerleaders from bringing out banners with Bible verses on them during football games. The inspector claims that he is not personally anti-religious, but after consultation with lawyers decided that the practice…

Keeping the Peace in Europe

You wake up in the morning, pour your coffee, and open your (metaphorical) paper to find that the European Union is this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. A number of thoughts probably go through your head, few of them charitable. But at some point you have to face the fact that someone, somewhere,…

One Vote for Keynes, and Three Against

As a Libertarian, I am expected to renounce John Maynard Keynes and all his works. Orthodox Libertarians adhere to the Austrian School of Economics, a school which holds, at least in the crude version, that you cannot understand economics without studying individual decision-makers, as all economic decisions are made by people. It is thus opposed…

The Racism Charge

Every even moderately fair person in America is getting tired of people implying that racism is a factor in any criticism of Obama. I have the impression we’re seeing more of this in the press the closer we get to the election, and my favorite example so far is Gary Younge’s What Race has to…

The Eurozone: when no one is right

Yesterday it came up in discussion that someone could understand why the average German voter might think of the Greeks with disdain. After all, it can’t be fun to have to pay taxes to support their failed social welfare policies. I started to speak to the other side but somehow got drowned out under a…

Contra Gee Whiz

So the joke’s on me. A couple of days ago, I wrote the inevitable tiresome Ruby vs. Python comparison – coming down in favor of Team Python. Today, I come across another Ruby vs. Python comparison – this one on Team Ruby, but for largely the same reasons I’m on Team Python. His version in…

All Talk on Civil Rights

Conor Friedersdorf recently published a column explaining why, as a left-leaner, he cannot vote for Obama. It’s because he’s concerned about Obama’s record on national security, which he believes is both immoral in its own right and a dangerous erosion of due process, among other constitutional protections. Specifically, he mentions drone strikes in Pakistan, Obama’s…

Python is Greater than Ruby – my take

In my last post I mentioned that in spite of Ruby’s arguable superiority in a number of areas, I still like Python better. This is my justification for that statement. What are Ruby’s advantages over Python, and what are the mitigating factors? The advantages are simple: consistency and power. The consistency point should be obvious…