Monthly Archives: May 2011

Prison Overcrowding: It’s Like the Army!

“The three-judge court ordered the premature release of approximately 46,000 criminals — the equivalent of three Army divisions.” — Justice Alito On Monday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 that California’s overcrowded prisons violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and … Continue reading

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Obama’s Call for Israel to Base Negotiations on Pre-1967 Borders (Part II): A Military Assessment

In yesterday’s post, I indicated my desire to reflect upon President Obama’s proposal rather than fall prey to my deeply visceral initial reaction. In this post, I decided to tackle what I know best first: the situation’s military dynamics. From a military perspective, the … Continue reading

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Obama’s Call for Israel to Base Negotiations on Pre-1967 Borders (Part I)

I have delayed responding to Obama’s speech last week, which called for Israel to revert back to its pre-1967 borders as a precondition for talks. Being the Rational Republican, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the situation rather than fall prey … Continue reading

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Daniels Is Out

Mitch Daniels, one of the more promising candidates in the Republican field, announced today he would not be running for the Republican presidential nomination. His rationale centered on family considerations. It seems Obama’s reelection victory appears increasingly likely as one … Continue reading

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Leverage Social Media as a Distribution Platform: Ten Lessons From Four Months of Blogging (Part V)

Another way to reach the broadest possible audience is to leverage social media. After my first four months of blogging, social media accounted for slightly over 40% of the referrals to my blog. Of those referrals, Facebook has been responsible … Continue reading

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War Experiments

Yesterday, I wrote about Eli Pariser’s intriguing new book, which argues that social media like Facebook and search engines like Google are creating filter bubbles. In turn, he maintains these filter bubbles result in increased political polarization among Americans. Pariser has … Continue reading

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The Butcher’s Bill

There is no doubt that al Qaeda has wrought havoc throughout the world over the past two decades. However, actually seeing the number of people the terrorist organization has killed really brings home its destructive nature. Several weeks ago, The … Continue reading

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The Filter Bubble: Why Your Internet Reality May Be Different From Mine

I have often argued that one of the reasons that Americans have become increasingly partisan over the past several decades has a lot to do with the end of military conscription. No longer are Americans from different backgrounds, races, geographic … Continue reading

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Stewart Takes on O’Reilly

I missed this interview by about three days, but I thought I would post it here because it is so surreal. Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly could not be any more different. A very bizarre interview, but entertaining, nevertheless.

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Title for Search When You Search for a Title: Ten Lessons From Four Months of Blogging (Part IV)

Search engines are another huge vector for site traffic. Serious bloggers should always register their sites with Google, Bing, and Yahoo!. According to Experian Hitwise, these three account for nearly 95% of all search engine volume globally, with Google taking … Continue reading

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