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School Choice Reaches CO Supreme Court

By on 3.31.14 | 12:44PM

As education scholars at AEI put it, Douglas County, Colorado is the "most interesting school district in America" as it "tests the limits of education reform." And like any good reforms, Douglas County's revolutionary changes (which are likely important factors in making DougCo one of the fastest growing counties in the country) are being attacked by teachers unions, the ACLU, and other statist and anti-religion interests.

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The Beer Spectator Welcomes Spring With Four Ales

By on 3.30.14 | 7:04PM

Yes, the rain has arrived in D.C., and that means it's springtime. Which, for me and many other beer drinkers, gives us an opportunity to dive into sessions and farmhouses. 

Conventionally, I'm an IPA drinker. However, last night I made the conscious decision to drink fewer of those palette-blasting beers, in favor of sweeter stouts and malty pale ales. You know what that means: more choices and more varieties to explore.

Over the next two weeks, I will explore these types. 

Springs at Villanova University on the Main Line in Pennsylvania were the most beautiful I've ever experienced. San Francisco doesn't have seasons, so it doesn't compare. Washington attempts to compete with its cherry blossoms, but Villanova will always hold a place in my heart for its arboretum-esque atmosphere. When spring came, everybody knew: The blossoms sprang out, the grass grew green, and co-eds returned to the fields to throw frisbees and baseballs. 

At that time, I drank what everybody else drank: the conventional light beers that quenched my thirst. Your Natty Lights and Bud Lights, and Yuengling when I was sick of those. 

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Cabrera’s Contract Fishier Than Trout’s

By on 3.29.14 | 6:10PM

Cabrera’s Contract Fishier Than Trout’s

 

In the space of the past 24 hours both Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout have signed significant contract extensions were their respective teams.

On Thursday, Cabrera (who had been under contract through 2015) signed an 8-year contract extension worth $248 million. The Tigers have vesting options for both the 2024 and 2025 seasons. The contract is worth $292 million without the vesting options and $352 million with them. He is now the highest paid player in the game. Cabrera has won back to back AL MVP Awards and in 2012 became the first player to win the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski did so for the Boston Red Sox in 1967. Cabrera has also won three consecutive AL batting titles. He has driven in 100 or more runs for 10 seasons in a row.

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The Left’s War Over #CancelColbert, And Mine

By on 3.29.14 | 5:51PM

Yesterday, I weighed in on the controversy surrounding comedian Stephen Colbert, who is under fire over a tweet many have suggested was insensitive to Asians. I particularly singled out fellow conservative blogger Michelle Malkin--who, let me say again, is not only brilliant, but a personal inspiration--for her support of a wrongheaded Twitter protest against Colbert which is using the hashtag #CancelColbert. In my post, I explained why it is a bad idea to push for those whose speech we find disagreeable to lose their jobs. Judging from the comments, some of you missed the point. And like Malkin, you are, well, wrong.

The comments of one reader, who posted under the name Lockstein13, are a pretty good encapsulation of the arguments against me. He wrote:

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Baseball Returns to Montreal (Oui! Oui! Oui!)

By on 3.28.14 | 11:57PM

I have been in a wonderful mood since I learned on Friday morning that the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays would be playing two spring training games this weekend at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. It marks the first time professional baseball has been played in Montreal since the Expos left at the end of the 2004 season for D.C.

During lunch, I went over to the Harvard Coop and was greeted by a new book about the Expos written by Montreal native Jonah Keri titled Up, Up & Away: The Kid, The Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, Le Grand Orange, Youppi!, The Crazy Business of Baseball, & the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos. That is the longest title for a book I’ve ever seen. I nearly read the first 100 pages of the book this afternoon. It only whetted my appetite.

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Obama to Putin: Move Back Troops from Ukraine Border; Putin to Obama: Yeah, You & What Army?

By on 3.28.14 | 2:23PM

In an interview with with CBS News anchor Scott Pelley in Rome today, President Obama called on Russian President Vladimir Putin "to move back those troops" from the Ukrainian border and engage in negotiations with the Ukrainian government. 

Putin hasn't formally responded, but I'm sure it will be something to the effect of "yeah, you and what army?" After all, Obama has already ruled out a "military excursion" where it concerns Crimea. If Obama is unwilling to use force to back up his words, then they will have no meaning to Putin nor to anyone else be they friend or foe.

Obama told Pelley, "What I have repeatedly said is that he may be entirely misreading the West. He's certainly misreading American foreign policy. We have no interest in encircling Russia and we have no interest in Ukraine beyond letting the Ukrainian people make their own decisions about their own lives."

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Talkers.com Targets Savage

By on 3.28.14 | 2:14PM

Well. This is interesting. Over at Talkers.com (here) and Mediaite (here) Michael Savage is at it again. Saying, among other things,  that he has “stomped” Sean Hannity in the ratings. But the Talkers story is particularly instructive since Talkers is devoted to the business of talk radio. In fact, the publication makes a point of saying that as a rule of thumb, precisely since it is devoted to promoting the institution of talk radio, it doesn’t like to get into what Talkers calls “personal vendettas” between hosts. So it is striking that this story appears at all — and obvious as to why it does. Writes Talkers:

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Media Malpractice by a Conservative Against a Conservative

By on 3.28.14 | 12:33PM

Even though I'm not a social issues conservative, nor a Christian, I find myself frequently standing up for both (most often those traits are found together) because those people, unlike so many liberals, are standing on principles and deep-seated beliefs.

So, for example, when debating Christopher Hahn on Sean Hannity's radio show on Saturday on the subject of the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court (in which a private company wants to assert its constitutional right of free exercise of religion and not provide birth control in its health insurance policies), Hahn said that it was only "wackos on the right who object." I told him "I'm a not-very-religious pro-choice Jew, and I'm extremely upset about what the government is doing because it's about freedom."

It's one thing to hear a dishonest argument from the other side (although just because it's dishonest doesn't mean that many liberals don't actually believe it), but it's something else entirely when a nominally conservative writer or pundit says something which is both harmful and utterly wrong about a conservative candidate for political office.

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Morning Round-Up 3-28

By on 3.28.14 | 10:10AM

Feature of the Day: Chemists Endorse Marinating Meat With Beer

Morning Headlines

Domestic                                                          

Associated Press

1.   Poll: Obama Health Law Fails to Gain Support

2.   FBI Sting Shows San Francisco Chinatown Underworld

3.   Court Hands Setback to Texas Abortion Law Critics

Politico

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Michelle Malkin Is Wrong

By on 3.28.14 | 1:55AM

I am a big fan of blogger Michelle Malkin. She mastered the incisive internet takedown years before anyone else and remains one of the best in the game. But today she got it wrong in her response to an offensive tweet from comedian Stephen Colbert. Well, partially wrong.

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