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College football fever

Since I was traveling recently, this is my first full Saturday of college football this season. I've got the fever and am making a full day out of it - College Gameday to start with, VT-JMU early on, Washington State-ND and UCLA-Colorado in the afternoon, Florida-Miami and Oklahoma-Alabama in primetime, and LSU-Arizona in the nightcap, with chow and beverages, and even the occasional blog in between. What a day, what a day.

The problem with principles


Some sense on the 'obesity epidemic'

A sensible article by Fred Barbash on the hysteria over the 'obesity epidemic' appeared in last week's Washington Post Outlook section. Read more »

Quote of the Day


My flow, my show brought me the doe

That bought me all my fancy things

My crib, my cars, my pools, my jewels

Look nigga I done came up and I ain't changed

- 50 Cent on reciprocal exchange

The problem with educational standards

foreheadThe most common criticism of education in America, other than the pervasive calls for "more money", is that very little choice exists. Probably the second most common criticism is lack of enforced standards. I wholeheartedly endorse the first criticism, but do not share the second one. Read more »

Words to live by

If there are three words that need to be used more in American journalism, commentary, politics, personal life... it's the magic words "I don't know."

- P.J. O'Rourke, in The Onion interview, via Matt Welch at Hit and Run

Return of the Gangsta

Attention Idea Shoppers: Andrew Chamberlain is back in business.

Things that make you go hmmm

Not only does Dennis L. Evans have the wrong idea about homeschooling in today's USA today [link via Mises Blog], but he also gives us the headscratcher of the week:

One of the strengths of our educational system is the wide range of legitimate forms of public, private or parochial schooling available for parental choice.

Quote of the Day

Neither one answered. "Speak up, speak up!" urged the doctor. "What are you going to study?"

Jim said, "Well, I don't know. I'm interested in aerography, but I like biology, too. Maybe I'll be a planetary economist like my old man."

"That's a big subject. Ought to keep you busy for a long time. You, Frank?"

Francis looked slightly embarrassed. "Well, uh - shucks, I still think I'd like to be a rocket pilot."

"I thought you had outgrown that." Doctor MacRae looked almost shocked.

"Why not?" Francis answered doggedly. "I might make it."

The paradox of gift

Will Baude responds to my previous post, The Social Construction of Matrimony. Read more »