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Defend and Evade

Resist Criminal Attacks

Are you ever too old to stop a mugger? Not if your mobility scooter is ready to go. This conclusion is informed by the example of 92-year-old Eileen Mason, who was with her 75-year-old friend, Margaret Seabrook, when a mugger tried to make off with the contents of a scooter

Upside Down World View

Who Are the Bigots Now?

“Why did Rolling Stone . . . so massively screw up” in “falsely accusing a University of Virginia frat of gang-raping a freshman girl?” asks Alex Griswold of The Daily Caller. “[I]f you work for liberal magazine The New Republic, the answer is that they were too right-wing.” Most of

Privilege

My Privilege Isn’t White

“White privilege” is all the rage . . . on college campuses. But is there anything substantive to the notion? As long as some folks view individuals as nothing more than their race, I suppose one can accrue a few advantages simply by being part of the largest racial group.

Kivalina,

Millions to Move 400 Villagers

Apparently, it takes a federal government to move a village. Thinning ice sheets have made it hard for the people of Kivalina, a seaside village in Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle. The Iñupiats who live there have lived off the sea, especially bowhead whales, for a mighty long time.

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Herd Immunity to Violence

I praised Juan Williams the other day. Let me balance that out. On Tuesday’s The Five, a Fox news opinion chat show, in the wake of the Mall of America terrorist threat, Greg Gutfeld decried “gun-free zones” advancing the “more guns, less crime” argument that economist John Lott has more

Why The Tiny Domicile by Paul Jacob

Why the Tiny Domicile

he “tiny house” movement has gained momentum. More and more people — especially young people and childless people — see the virtue of very small houses. They are cheaper, can be made energy-efficient, have an almost necessarily smaller “environmental footprint,” and are mobile. And I can see the attraction. For

Learning from Defeat

Coach Michael Anderson and the girls on his team did too well. At least according to officials at Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino, who suspended him for “running up” the 161-2 score. Here we go again. Anderson is, alas, apologetic. But there’s nothing morally wrong with winning —

Finding a Mission

Iraq War vet Daniel Gade is a lieutenant colonel, professor of public policy, and triathlon competitor with a message for fellow veterans: disability pay may be doing you more harm than good. Having lost a leg in combat himself, he submits that he is a messenger somewhat harder to dismiss

Sack Lunch

On the face of it, the idea that the federal government should be involved in school lunches is . . . weird. And yet Congress and a long line of presidents have pushed the notion of federally funded and controlled lunches; recently the First Lady, Michelle Obama, made a big

Book-Cooking with Extra Salsa

Lately, governments have sought to seem more fiscally responsible by re-confabulating how they calculate a measure of economy-wide economic strength called Gross Domestic Product. (The principle involved is ancient. It’s been denominated “fudging.”) One of the crassest number-jugglers is the Italian government. Italy wants to comply with a European Union

Mercy as a Calling

The cause of immigration reform hit a huge speed bump in recent weeks, with the arrival at the border of thousands upon thousands of children from war-torn Central America. War-torn? Yes. Gangs — micro-governments in the olden style — fed by drug money have turned the Latin American states to

Bong Hits, Car Misses

Two social developments are about to collide — for our good? First up, the relaxing of the Drug War approach, at least against marijuana use. The Drug War didn’t work. Increased drug use, even in prisons, suggests there was something fundamentally wrong with the strategy. With medical marijuana legalized in

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