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Insane: Stocks Markets Rally On Economic Disasters

Eurozone’s economy is basically in recession. Walmart lowered expectations. Again. The world is teetering on the edge of World War. The US is launching Iraq War 3.0: Mission Accomplished Accomplished. Germany’s economy is flat, and Italy and France are getting worse. Risk is high. Corporate debt is staggering. The Fed’s balance sheet is a sea…

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We Might Be Doing Criminal Trials Backwards

Is it possible that we do criminal trials backwards? In the United States, criminal trials have two parts: Determination of guilt or innocence Determination of penalty Does that make sense? What if we did it the other way around? What if, first, the prosecutor and defense attorney had to convince the judge or jury of…

The Arena

How Do You Justify the Death Penalty?

I’m not being judgmental or rhetorical with that title. I’m curious how other people deal with capital punishment. Here’ my story: Once upon a time, I advocated for the death penalty. Loudly. Shrilly, at times. In the 1980s and into 1990s, I read a lot. Philosophical. Religious. Legal. Historical. Lots of angles, but few perspectives.…

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3 Simple Questions for Chairman Priebus

On Saturday, I raised a concern about Erick Erickson’s handling of Reince Priebus at Erickson’s annual RedState Gathering. Today, Erick responded to widespread criticism of his decision to protect the GOP Chairman from questions about tactics in the Mississippi Republican Senate Runoff. Here’s the heart of Erickson’s answer: But there was more to it than…

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The Number One Reason People Hate Elections

I wrote previously that I hate elections. I have many reasons for hating elections. One reason, though, seems pretty common: horrible, insulting radio ads. Two ads really stick out: The negative ad that mentions the sponsoring candidate’s opponent(s) five times as often as it mentions the candidate you’re supposed to remember at the poll. The…

The Missouri Torch

Check Out The Missouri Torch

If you don’t get The Missouri Torch delivered to your inbox every day, you’re missing out. Duane Lester has built a fantastic blog. The Missouri Torch captures the most important Missouri political news every day and sends you a convenient link list. Plus, Duane’s original pieces are crisp, smart, witty, and dead on. And, like…

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7 Fascinating Results In The Missouri Primary

CORRECTION: My sincerest apologies for an inexcusable error in this post earlier. I erroneously congratulated my friend Martin Baker in the US House 1st District primary. I understand that Martin was about 500 votes short. I failed to verify information I received on the race, and I apologize for my irresponsibility. Well, this got people…