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  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    Not all that long ago there was an article in the Washington Post about what they put applicants for the Presidential detail through. It's brutal and the final exam is simple: you're put in a fight you have to win....
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    I expect to see Osama t-shirts in the style of Che t-shirts in 5-8 more years. What, that long? A coffee shop in the college town near me has had a figurine of an olive-skinned man with a long beard...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    On the religious side of the discussion, i imagine I can't be the only commenter who's read Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal? It takes some of the more apocryphal writings as part of its storyline, to...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    El, following those links, it looks like they're doing things like plotting gun ownership by gin deaths per state. That's not terribly useful precisely because there are so few data points and so many confounding factors. More interesting would be...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    Further on the militia, there is such a concept these days as the "organized militia", which would be things like the National Guard and during the First Tea-Related Unpleasantness would have meant bodies like the Minutemen. But note that the...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    El, over the last fifty years I don't think that relationship holds. There may have been periods where it was true by coincidence, but I've never seen anything like a statistically rigorous analysis showing it. dirk.bruere, historical usage suggests that...
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