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Legislation

Democrats Should Be Glad Republicans Killed Their Student Loan Bill

So yesterday the Senate failed to pass Elizabeth Warren’s attempt to negotiate student loan debt down on the backs of a tax increase on millionaires. Democrats are chiding Republicans for voting the bill down, but it’s not clear to me why they would do that.

Music

The Killers: An Exploration of Lyrical Mediocrity

I have an ongoing discussion with a good friend over the terribly awful lyrical ability of the rock band The Killers. Musically, the band is actually quite talented. However, they should be required by law to hire a lyricist before they are allowed to produce another song. If that doesn’t happen, in the words of

Government

Alabama Town Ready For War

A while back I posted a piece about the acquisition of an armored personnel carrier by the Salinas California police. Today brings news that the tiny town of Troy, Alabama (population 18,000) has also acquired a tank.

Pop Culture

The Real “Dark Side” in Star Wars

So I stumbled on this cartoon the other day and it has really been bugging me. As a guy who does communications for some reviled industries, I have always said that every side of every issue has an equal right to tell their story and let the people decide.

The Internet

The Government’s Broadband and Video Competition Quagmire

I have been having discussions on several listservs about broadband and video competition over the last few days. They have led me to the inescapable conclusion there is a tremendous amount of misinformation around telecom. It is also apparent that proponents of net neutrality are doing all they can to muddy the waters.
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Politics

More Perspective on Slate’s “News” Reporting

Remember that Slate article that questioned the integrity of Mobile Future while using only advocacy groups funded by Ford to make its case? Well, it turns out that Slate reporter is funded by Ford as well. Take a look.

Politics

How the Professional Left Operates: Foundation Funding and Bad Reporting

If you want to understand the web of incestuous self-referential support through which the professional left operates, look no further than this article from Slate. In an article that could be the poster child for demonstrating the left’s funding process, it seems Allan Holmes is unwilling to disclose the common thread running through his writing. That common thread is the Ford Foundation.

Gaming

Thoughts on Titanfall

The first big title for the Xbox One, and the latest challenger to the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises, might just be the best first person shooter ever. It not only meets the hype head on, it beats it down and stomps on its face.

Craziness

The Militarization Of Police Forces

Welcome to Salinas, California. It’s a community of only 150,000 people and the owner of the military assault vehicle seen here. That’s right, a city of less than a quarter million owns a rolling death machine complete with a machine gun turret on top. Now what the hell would they need that for?