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Pardon Our Absence for the Week

August 4, 2014

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We Bereans, for this week only, will not be manning our posts. The world, deprived of our virtual ‘wisdom,’ may come screeching to a halt. We shall see. Why? I am so glad you asked. We are in the process of renovating our site. The new layout is definitely a design upgrade and there are […]

Guardians of the Galaxy

August 2, 2014

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There are relatively few good arguments for actually going to a theater. The crowds are noisy. Cell phones too often pierce the cloak of darkness. The concessions require a credit check. And, to be frank, most movies aren’t worth paying the premium price to see. But still, I persist. Why? There are two reasons. First, […]

Republican Presidential Field Best in 40 Years?

July 30, 2014

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John Dickerson, over at Slate, has written a piece on the emerging field of GOP presidential candidates. In it, he labels the crop of candidates as the party’s best in forty years. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, and Bobby Jindal are all rising stars in the party, and Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, and Chris […]

Do You Pay a Corruption Tax?

July 15, 2014

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According to a new study by Cheol Liu of the City University of Hong Kong and John Mikesell of Inidana University, states that have more corruption spend more money and in less effective ways. I have not yet read the journal article behind this story, but the Huffington Post provides an interesting snippet here. Most […]

Apes on Horses with Guns? Count Me In

July 15, 2014

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is better than it has a right to be. The premise, if you are familiar with the series, is the stuff of hallucinogenic extravagance. Apes talk. Apes ride horses. They brandish firearms. Mayhem ensues–and how could it not? They’re apes! Culture and community happen. Pierre Boulle, the Frenchman […]

US Senate Up for Grabs This Fall

July 14, 2014

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The U.S. Senate is at the epicenter of what is shaping up to be an interesting political year. If things hold to form, the Republicans stand a reasonable chance at gaining control of the Senate and keeping control of the House. This would effectively clip President Obama’s already fragile political wings. Let’s take a look […]

The Fourth of July

July 4, 2014

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; […]