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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Don’t Pick Political Fights With Pope Francis

Pope Francis is from Argentina. His political and economic sensibilities were formed in a very different context from our own. He pushes a lot of conservative buttons, but we should try to remember he’s not really trying to provoke us; there’s some mismatch of perspective here. With our homegrown liberals (and especially the Catholic ones) it’s another story. They’re baiting us. Be smart and don’t give them satisfaction.

via thefederalist.com

January 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama Blows Smoke | The Weekly Standard

The most insincere part of his speech was a monologue on his goal of keeping America as one nation, one people, and not a cluster of groups like blacks and whites, liberals and conservatives. Cynics who say he’s has failed – well, they’re just cynics, said the man known as the Great Divider. No wonder he’s famous for ducking responsibility for anything that’s gone wrong on his watch.

via www.weeklystandard.com

January 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

O to go to BSU

I guess there's no law against Obama visiting Idaho.

January 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Secret to Smart Groups: It's Women - The Atlantic

Furthermore, the predictable troupe of buzzwords you would expect to correlate with successful groups—"cohesion," "motivation," and "satisfaction"—didn't have much to do with effective teams, either. Instead, the single most important element of smart groups, according to the researchers, was their "average social sensitivity." That is, the best groups were also the best at reading the non-verbal cues of their teammates. And, since women score higher on this metric of emotional intelligence, teams with more women tended to be better teams.

via www.theatlantic.com

This must be how we got the A-bomb ahead of the Nazis. Everybody -- lean in!

January 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Pope Francis is a man of peace - and immense political power - Telegraph

For perhaps the first time, many Western liberals were disappointed with Francis – for questioning the wisdom of blasphemy. But those who truly want to understand how Muslims feel about Mohammed could learn a lot from what he had to say. And those who routinely gripe about the moral conservatism of poorer peoples should understand that Francis’s blunt traditionalism also goes down well with those struggling to get by. Gay rights just aren’t as far up the political agenda in a country like the Philippines, where a quarter of the country lives on 60 cents a day and takes spiritual sustenance from a Church to which some 80 per cent of them belong.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

January 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

American Sniper: Thank You For Your Stunt | National Review Online

American Sniper fulfills the moral query of the quasi-religious sniper scenes in Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg did not deplete the subject of war ambivalence and Eastwood does not enrich it. But Bradley Cooper does.

via m.nationalreview.com

January 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Insiders: Why Democrats are so frightened of Joni Ernst - The Washington Post

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) has been in the Senate for only a few weeks, and while she has avoided the national spotlight so far, she is about to burst onto the scene via her designation as the Republican who will give the response to the president’s State of the Union address tonight. She hasn’t given her speech yet, but it is a given that the Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media will not like what she has to say. And it is my guess that they will not like Ernst either. Predictably, she will quickly be marginalized as a right-winger — or worse — by the usual suspects on the left. But Ernst proved during the 2014 campaign that she is an articulate, thoughtful, capable leader. So why will the Democrats despise her?

via www.washingtonpost.com

Sounds like my kinda gal.

January 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka Wouldn’t Let His Son Play Football Today | TIME

Mike Ditka, the head coach of the Super Bowl–winning 1985 Chicago Bears team, says that if he had a young son today he would not let him play football.

via time.com

Says it all.

January 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pope Francis Tells Catholics That They Shouldn’t Be Breeding ‘Like Rabbits’ | TIME

“Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits — but no,” the 78-year-old Argentine told reporters while flying from the Philippines back to Rome, reports Reuters.

via time.com

Growing up LWJ knew several good Catholic families that had 9 or 10 children, and all of them went to college. That was New Canaan in the old days. Now hedge fundies have one or two super children.

January 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Henry Manne

So you have probably heard that Henry Manne has died at age 86.  A brief memory.  I was at a conference at UCLA and was speaking somewhat in response to other speakers.  This was at least 10 years ago. I was holding up the right end of the beam, so to speak.  I was looking out over a mostly skeptical, scowling audience.  But there in the front row was Henry positively beaming at me. I knew then I was on the right track. I didn't know him well though I followed his writings. I will certainly miss him. I was a student at his Institute on Economics for Law Professors (or something similar) in 1990 maybe, or thereabouts. I was even more insufferable then than I am now, but I had a really good time, in spite of the astonishing heat in Atlanta, Georgia in June.

January 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)