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We Need Smith = We Need Anglos?

Any new political organization ought to be leading us away from the prejudices that have dominated American politics in the past, rather than exploiting them for its own political purposes. We Need Smith fails this test. [...]

The Baby Names of 2013 That Weren’t

The Social Security Administration has released the top 1000 girls’ and boys’ names for 2013.  Not among them:

Osama Atilla Adolph Vlad Caligula Idi Pol

And while Monica remains in the top 1000 names for girls, every year since, well, herm, the name Monica has become less popular.  Last year Monica sunk from its early [...]

Presidential Baby Names: Barack Missing, George Sinking

The Social Security Administration keeps track of the 1000 most popular boys’ and 1000 most popular girls’ baby names in the United States each year. For kicks this evening, I looked up the last name of each president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, plus the big three of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. I’ve collected data on [...]

The Jim Cook Conspiracy

Eleanore Hartz-Cook of Wickenberg, Arizona writes in to Irregular Times:

Dear Irregular Times,

I am the widow of the late Arizona Republic reporter, editor, and columnist Jim Cook.

In retirement, Jim moved to Wickenburg, AZ on the banks of the Hassayampa River, the legend of which is that if you sip from the waters of [...]

What is The Name of The Law?

“Stop in the name of the law,” they say. But…

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A Weed You’d Want to Plant

This afternoon, I’ve spent an hour or so pulling Bishop’s Weed from the beds around the house I moved into earlier this summer. Well, of course I’m pulling it out, I think to myself. It’s invasive and it chokes out any other plant that can’t quickly grow taller than it. But for some people, that [...]

A Weed You'd Want to Plant

This afternoon, I’ve spent an hour or so pulling Bishop’s Weed from the beds around the house I moved into earlier this summer. Well, of course I’m pulling it out, I think to myself. It’s invasive and it chokes out any other plant that can’t quickly grow taller than it. But for some people, that [...]

The Babbling Parkers of the Business World

Parker International, which sells bicycle supplies, is somewhat confused by the existence of another Parker International, which claims to “specialize in beef, pork, poultry, and other food items.” [...]

Magliocchetti Lobbying Investigation Namedrop Transparency Post

Yesterday’s New York Times reports on the cresting FBI investigation into coordinated campaign contributions and lobbyist favors to lawmakers on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. The Chicago Tribune and Associated Press deliver less recent background on the investigation, and Politico gives some legislative twists on implications for intra-Congressional dynamics. Were military contractors and militaristic [...]

Do Herpetologists Have As Much Fun?

Do herpetologists have as much fun as ichthyologists? The names of the animals listed on Amphibiaweb tend to be a lot less imaginative than the names of the animals listed on Fishbase. [...]