Entries from July 2012

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

A Catechism of Gunolatry

My friends and colleagues outside the US have been appalled by the recent gun carnage in Colorado and puzzled why there is not a more vocal debate about controlling certain kinds of weapons. What they don’t understand is that the US, while it tries to maintain a separation of church and state, is dominated by […]

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Romney’s “Free Stuff”

Romney criticizes people who expect “free stuff,” but I guess that doesn’t include the salary he got in his last years at Bain Capital when he really wasn’t at Bain Capital before he retroactively resigned from Bain Capital.

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Books & Man at Yale

A recent visit to New Haven revealed that my favorite discount book outlet, Labyrinth Books, which had a very fine store on the north side of Yale, has closed that shop. Labyrinth describes itself as “an acclaimed independent bookstore for engaged readers” and observes that “Labyrinth serves Princeton University in all its course-book needs, taking […]

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Game Change or Mind Change?: ACA, Politics, Courts

In a fine analysis, “Unpopular Mandate,” in the 25 June 2012 issue of the New Yorker, Ezra Klein notes research indicating that we don’t “make up our minds” so much on the basis of evidence and logic as on our tribal affiliation (and its shifting principles and alliances). Documenting the Republicon origins of the health […]