Brent Logan

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Category: politics

  • How many is 180,000 dead?

    The United Nations estimates that 180,000 people have lost their lives in Darfur from killings, disease, malnutrition, and lack of shelter. Understanding such a large number can be difficult. Maybe these few illustrations will help. Gather 180,000 dead bodies. Start in New York City and, heading southwest, set them down, head to toe, one after […]

  • Guns AND Butter

    I wrote yesterday about President George W. Bush being the biggest spending president since President Lyndon Johnson. I based this on information from the Cato Institute’s recent paper, The Grand Old Spending Party: How Republicans Became Big Spenders. The paper compares Bush with prior presidents, slicing the data from different directions to see whether military […]

  • It’s a Grand Old Party and Can Spend if it Wants To

    “George W. Bush” and “fiscal conservative” in the same sentence? Not likely. The Cato Institute recently published a policy analysis paper comparing the spending proclivities of W’s administration compared with the preceding six presidents. You can get the paper here: The Grand Old Spending Party: How Republicans Became Big Spenders. From the paper’s executive summary: […]

  • How did Jesus fight the culture war?

    I’m pretty good at seeing connections. I took the Graduate Record Examination twice, and I remember questions like this: “Dog is to peanut butter, as cat is to _______________.”a. Apple butter b. Martha Stewart c. The International Space Station. I won’t tell you what the answer is, but I got it right. Thus starts Michael […]

  • The politicization of judicial nomination confirmations, part 2

    In my final comment to my post, The politicization of judicial nomination confirmations, I implied the Republicans started the judicial confirmation battle during Clinton’s presidency. A little analysis shows I was wrong. The chart shows a pattern emerging during Reagan’s second congress and continuing for the second congress of each presidential term following. Where will […]

  • The politicization of judicial nomination confirmations

    Gerry at Daly Thoughts posted an analysis on the percentage of circuit court nominations confirmed by the Senate. A reasonable interpretation on that chart is that, starting with Reagan, the process began to become politicized. The Democrats became even more aggressive at this during George H.W. Bush’s term. The Republicans then upped the ante a […]

  • Where Are The “Culture of Life” People on Darfur?

    Mike Cohen raises a valid point in response to my last post on the Darfur conflict. So.. the deaths of 50,000-300,000 Africans are less important than the death of one brain-dead American woman. I don’t see any of the “culture of life” people getting their knickers in a twist about this. Mike compares the lack […]

  • What happened to “never again”?

    A human tragedy is taking place in the Darfur region of western Sudan. Odds are, you haven’t heard much about it. It’s time to change that. Here are some valuable resources to get up to speed: Wikipedia – Darfur conflict Darfur Genocide Human Rights Watch: Africa Save Darfur USAID: Darfur Hmanitarian Emergency Coalition for Darfur […]

  • The Blogosphere — Cracking It Open To 1

    The blogosphere is exploding. Technorati is tracking 7,264,863 weblogs and 869,827,508 links. More than 14 million Americans have posted a comment on a blog. These are impressive numbers. Set Godin asks: My question, which I have no answer for, is what happens when the volume goes up to 11? When there is just too much […]