World update: April 23 2018

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian military kept up its bombardment of Yarmouk for another day on Monday, though it says it targeted only areas still under ISIS control. Apparently some of the group’s fighters are refusing to leave despite the surrender agreement they negotiated with the Syrian government late last week. YEMEN The Saudi-led coalition… Continue reading World update: April 23 2018

Good talk

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Rand Paul’s war on basic honesty

Senator and soon-to-be presidential primary drop-out Rand Paul, who (full disclosure) has guest-blogged here in the past (we’ve also carried the full text of his speeches), has an ongoing problem, which is that he doesn’t seem to grasp the difference between “telling the truth” and “lying.” There was that whole thing where he decided to… Continue reading Rand Paul’s war on basic honesty

And another one is about to bite the dust

Rand “No, Not As In ‘Ayn Rand’” Paul is polling at a whopping 2.4 percent in the Republican primary, behind such other noteworthy People Who Will Never Be President as Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie. Next week he plans to “turn his attention” to raising money…for his Senate reelection campaign. And today we found out… Continue reading And another one is about to bite the dust

About to be proven wrong

Folks, in times past on this here web log, and at Medium, yours truly has maybe had a little fun at the expense of one Senator Rand Paul (R-VonMisesInstitute), and some of his more ardent fans. Specifically, I might have mentioned the fact that the senator’s brave and principled (and very public) stand against America’s… Continue reading About to be proven wrong

Here are a bunch of crazy things that got said in the GOP debates yesterday

Despite feeling like I would much rather have been regrouting the bathroom tile or mulching my yard or something, I really did try to watch both of the Republican debates yesterday. I guess I could try to write some kind of analytical thing about what was said, but as that would risk imparting a level… Continue reading Here are a bunch of crazy things that got said in the GOP debates yesterday

Rand Paul is the most important something who ever somethinged, you can be sure of that

The great unveiling of Rand Paul’s “conservative realism” foreign policy last night went about how you’d expect: Paul offered his usual confused mishmash of contradictions and platitudes, carefully designed to maximize his 2016 appeal to Republican primary voters without sacrificing his more non-interventionist cred with the general electorate. I had a few thoughts that I… Continue reading Rand Paul is the most important something who ever somethinged, you can be sure of that