Monthly Archives: March 2013

Thinking About Fred and Ginger

The glamour was all faked. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers didn’t really fly down to Rio, and it wasn’t a lovely day to get caught in the rain in London. All that happened on the soundstages at the old RKO … Continue reading

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The Geography of Freedom

March Madness was supposed to be confined to college basketball – who would make it to the Sweet Sixteen, and then the Elite Eight, and then the Final Four, and who would come out on top – but this year … Continue reading

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When Things Actually Change

A few weeks kicking around alone in Paris each December can be bad for you. There’s too much history there, involving far too many philosophers, who spent far too much time sitting in cafés being world-weary, in a sophisticated deeply … Continue reading

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Gideon’s Trumpet Again

Anthony Lewis recently passed away – the man who made America actually pay attention to the Supreme Court. Someone had to explain what was going on after the 1954 Brown decision that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white … Continue reading

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Determining Standing

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but as they say, anyone committed to an institution ought to be. That’s a joke, or maybe it isn’t. People get divorced all the time, and remarry, often again and again, hoping to get it … Continue reading

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On Stopping History

William F. Buckley once said that a conservative is “someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.” That was … Continue reading

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Correlating in the Dark

It’s pretty simple stuff – correlation does not imply causation. A correlation between two variables does not necessarily imply that one causes the other. That your team wins every time you wear that funky old flannel shirt doesn’t mean that funky shirt causes your … Continue reading

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