1:04 PM, Jul 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Adam J. White, inspired by the boss's baseball post, takes a break from perusing Supreme Court opinions and reflecting on the greatness of Justice Alito, to write:
While you're thinking about baseball, don't miss three great new(ish) articles about the joys of minor league baseball, all odes to perseverance:
• First, at the terrific "Sports on Earth" web site, there's a great essay on the independent Atlantic League, where more than a few major leaguers (and longtime minor leaguers) try to rescue their careers.
• Second, at Grantland, there's a profile of Mike Cervenak, now in his 15th season in the minors.
• Finally, the Miami New Times -- last seen blowing the lid off the Biogenesis scandal -- features an ode to the modern renaissance in minor league baseball.
Another great reminder that, for all of the joys to be found at Nationals Park, there's a lot to be found down at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, too. And just wait until next year, when the independent Atlantic League finally comes to Loudon County, too!
Independent baseball in rural Virginia -- if that's not at the heart of "Independence Day," then I don't know what is.
10:21 AM, Jul 6, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
"Because of the way in which baseball links the generations it has been a channel through which vital traits of American character are instilled. The health of baseball concerns all of America, and the health of America — perhaps especially the American family — finds itself reflected in the state of our national pastime. Baseball is a mirror of American liberty and of the virtues necessary to sustain it."
—Diana Schaub, "America at the Bat," National Affairs, Winter 2010.
The Constitution is imperiled from the bench. Sep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02 • By TERRY EASTLAND
Our government is not a pure democracy but a constitutional republic, meaning that we govern ourselves in accord with the Constitution, which provides for a Supreme Court with the authority to review and strike down laws that are in conflict with the Constitution. In Cosmic Constitutional Theory, J. Harvie Wilkinson III argues that the Court has nullified many more laws on constitutional grounds than it should have. The Court has been activist when it should have been restrained, displacing democracy in each of its unwarranted rulings.
A mismatched academic responds to Aristotle.
Sep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02 • By MARK BLITZ
Answers for Aristotle intends to help us improve our lives. Its method is to see what science can now teach us about philosophical questions, but also what it cannot. It joins the current gaggle of semi-popular works meant to inform the eager, but ignorant, about what neuroscience and psychology say about this, that, or the other thing.
Sometimes it’s a Good Thing to be bad. Feb 20, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 22 • By JOHN SIMON
Let’s start with a kind of syllogism. Philosophers write books of philosophy. Emrys Westacott teaches philosophy at Alfred University. Therefore his book, The Virtues of Our Vices, is a book of philosophy. And so, worse luck, it is.
Hey you, be courageous....11:45 AM, Mar 16, 2010 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
"We need courage," President Obama said in Ohio yesterday, imploring Congressional Democrats to pass his health care bill.
Gratifying though it is that the president is taking his talking points from
THE WEEKLY STANDARD editorials, one might make this obvious point: It's
easy for him to say "we" need courage. He's not on the ballot this November.
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