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Pat H

Can’t forget the TSA

After a couple of weeks with a higher than average number of firearms being found by TSA agents, the period between April 27th and May 3rd, 2012, was quieter. Firearms: 23 - 22 loaded; 1 unloaded 1 artfully concealed prohibited item found at checkpoints Blogger Bob…

TSA today, yesterday and four years ago

Here’s what the TSA’s website tells us they found in the week between April 20th and 26th, 2012: Firearms: 31 - 29 loaded; 2 unloaded 1 artfully concealed prohibited item found at checkpoints Among the items displayed on the TSA Blog are a plastic dagger found…

The horse race: Obama v Romney

James Fallows over at the Atlantic (yes, him again) had a recent post about Samuel Popkin‘s just-published book, “The Candidate: What It Takes to Win – and Hold – the White House”. Dr Popkin has consented to “several rounds of online…

You say you like puzzles?

If you’re up for a real challenge, the 1940 US Census Community Project has millions of them for you. On April 2nd, the National Archives released the 3.8 million digitized pages of the sixteenth census of the United States, after the…

Don’t forget the TSA!

I guess more of our air travelers must have been feeling threatened during the period between April 13th and 19th, 2012, because there were a lot more loaded guns found, according to the TSA‘s weekly accounting. Firearms: 30- 26 loaded; 4 unloaded 3 artfully concealed prohibited…

“Bad things happened…”

“…and then everyone was happy and went to the seashore,” That’s how Melina Mercouri’s character Illya always ended the ancient Greek tragedies she retold in Never on Sunday. One of our own great national tragedies is chattel slavery, based on race. (The other is…

How to become an American

Charles Pierce has a suggestion: To me, you become an American when you acknowledge within yourself that the country doesn’t belong to you. That it is something held in common by the Italian butcher, and the French-Canadian mechanic, and the…

BSE: We’re all mad here

Well, not all of us (yet), but an animal that recently died on a dairy on California has been found be infected with “mad cow disease.” The cow was tested by the rendering plant that collected the carcass and was…