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Back to Mencken's America

Believing in my bones, as I do, that both<p>Hillary ClintonandDonald Trumpare unworthy and unqualified to be president of the United States has drawn me more and more to the writings of the legendary H.L. Mencken and less-than-legendary Albert J. Nock. The two Tory anarchists, as some called them, …

Political Science

The Second Amendment, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution

In 1803 a distinguished Virginia jurist named St. George Tucker published the first extended analysis and commentary on the recently adopted U.S. …

Rights & Freedoms

Tall Tales Gun Grabbers Tell

One might hope that after the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, Democrats would get serious about protecting Americans from the …

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Is Finally Kicked to the Curb

Her replacement, a Clinton campaign hack, offers only a facade of progress<p>DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has turned over her duties to Brandon …

Public Health Gun Control: A Brief History—Part I – Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership

By Timothy Wheeler, MD<p>In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school mass shooting, many have called for new restrictions on gun owners. The blood at …

Guns

Public Health Gun Control: A Brief History—Part II – Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership

Timothy Wheeler, MD<p>In Part I of this three-part series I laid out the background and general intentions of public health gun control activists in the …

Gun Rights Activist: NYT Distorted My Views On Gun Registration

First it was Katie Couric, who blatantly doctored a video in order to smear gun owners in a new documentary. Then came HBO’s Bryant Gumbel, Couric’s …

Guns

The Chilling Effect of Fear at America's Colleges

The coddling of students’ minds has resulted in grave restrictions of free speech on campus—but academic leaders are also to blame.<p>No great universities exist in the world without a deep institutional commitment to academic freedom, free inquiry, and free expression. For the past 60 years, American …

Higher Education

In attack on Trump, Clinton accidentally admits drone killing of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki may have been a war crime

Hillary said murder of terrorists’ family is war crime—yet Obama admin may have done this to Abdulrahman al-Awlaki<p>In her self-declared "major" foreign policy speech on June 2, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton indirectly admitted that the U.S. government's drone killings of family members of …

The 9 Best Tips On Writing From Ernest Hemingway

Write what you know, leave out unnecessary words, and don't do it to be famous.<p>Ernest Hemingway was one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. His most popular work, <i>The Old Man and the Sea</i>, earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1953, and in 1954 Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for Literature …

Handout or no? Swiss mull $2,500 monthly income for all

GENEVA (AP) — Would you accept about $2,500 from your government every month, no questions asked?<p>Swiss voters get a choice Sunday in a referendum that, while not specifying a figure, asks if they want "unconditional basic income." Experts estimate a minimum of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,560) per month …

A Med Student Decides To Be Upfront About Her Mental Issues

At first Giselle wasn't sure what to put on her medical school application. She wanted to be a doctor, but she also wanted people to know about her own health: years of depression, anxiety and a suicide attempt. (We're using only her first name in this story, out of concern for her future …

Mental Health

How to Explain the Sanders Campaign to an Idiot, Paul Krugman or a Clintonite in 8 Sentences

<b>Sentence #1:</b> If a Democratic primary candidate can win 59 percent of the Party's "pledged" (primary- and caucus-won) delegates or more, the primary is decided by pledged delegates; if a Democratic primary candidate fails to meet that threshold, they are considered by DNC electoral processes to be a …

All Politics is Local: Understanding Boko Haram | Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective

Two years ago the world was gripped when Boko Haram kidnapped 279 school girls from the Nigerian town of Chibok. Despite the international attention, …

Africa

Bombing Hiroshima changed the world, but it didn't end WWII

President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima on Friday has rekindled public debate about the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan — one largely suppressed since the Smithsonian canceled its Enola Gay exhibit in 1995. Obama, aware that his critics are ready to pounce if he casts the slightest doubt on the …

Harry S. Truman

No longer ‘junk DNA’ — shedding light on the ‘dark matter’ of the genome

The LIGR-seq method for global-scale mapping of RNA-RNA interactions in vivo to reveal unexpected functions for uncharacterized RNAs that act via …

Genetics

Obama's Hiroshima Visit Is a Reminder that Atomic Bombs Weren't What Won the War

U.S. President Barack Obama's forthcoming visit to Hiroshima offers an opportunity to reconsider some of the myths surrounding the historic decision to use the atomic bomb. Such reconsideration also helps focus attention on how we can avoid any future use of weapons that are now thousands of times …

Half of the People Taking Antidepressants Aren't Depressed: Study

Millions of people take antidepressants as a way to treat depression, but a new study reveals that some physicians are prescribing antidepressants …

Sanders’ impressive activist DNC platform committee could help transform U.S. progressive politics

Bernie selected Cornel West, Keith Ellison, Bill McKibben, a pro-Palestine advocate and a Native American activist<p>Bernie Sanders has run a close race with Hillary Clinton — although media reports and the Democratic Party itself have frequently distorted this fact.<p>"There’s something absurd when I …

Facebook Bans Conservatives For Complaining About Censorship » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

<b>Just days after Facebook met with conservatives over concerns about the social media giant’s left-wing bias, conservative pages are still being</b> …

Federal Judge Tells D.C. to Stop Demanding a 'Good Reason' for Carrying a Gun

Yesterday a federal judge ordered the District of Columbia to stop enforcing its requirement that a resident seeking a license to carry a gun outside …

Guns

Racist Black Student WAILS on White Student. Leftist Media Silent… » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

<b>If a non-black person so much as looks at a black person the wrong way, mainstream media jumps on it with a vengeance. This black student viciously</b> …

Antibiotics that kill gut bacteria also stop growth of new brain cells

Antibiotics strong enough to kill off gut bacteria can also stop the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus, a section of the brain associated …

Neuroscience

House would ban Confederate flags on VA cemetery flagpoles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted on Thursday to ban the display of the Confederate flag on flagpoles at federal veterans' cemeteries.<p>The 265-159 vote would block descendants and others seeking to commemorate veterans of the Confederate States of America from flying the Confederate Battle Flag over …

Department of Veterans Affairs

Researchers discover actual cause of GERD

For more than 80 years doctors have believed that stomach acid backing up through the esophagus causes the damage to the lining of the esophagus in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Dallas VA Medical …

Medical Research

Is the US Ready for Socialism? An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky sits in an audience during a lecture at Harvard University on April 1, 2010. (Photo: Jeanbaptisteparis; Edited: LW/TO)<p>Bernie Sanders' …

Middle-class

Allegations of fraud and misconduct at Nevada Democratic convention unfounded

Supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are furious over the results of Nevada’s state Democratic Party convention in Las Vegas.<p>Sanders supporters …

Government

Could We Just Lose the Adverb (Already)?

I’m cursed with a mind that looks at a sentence and sees grammar before it sees meaning. It might be that I’m doing math by other means, that I …

Language

Watch the rapid evolution of the American diet over 40 years, in one GIF

The average American eats a little less beef — and way more cheese — today than in 1972.<p>At Flowing Data, Nathan Yau collected 40 years of data on Americans' eating habits from the federal Food Availability Data System, which tracks how much Americans eat. Here's 40 years of diet evolution in just …