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    In Honor of the Release of the RotK Extended Edition

    Dave Barry, as he does every year, has released a Holiday Gift Guide. Most of the items are your typical Dave Barry fare – an aquarium toilet tank and inflatable potty are good examples. One item, however, stands out for me: TALKING GOLLUM DOLL $22.98…
    Locker Room contributor, December 15, 2004
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    Seems obvious to me

    Townhall.com links to the organization U.S. English, which has released a report which found — gasp — that Mexican and Central American immigrants are far less likely to become proficient in English and seek citizenship than any other immigrant population. USE has ideas about why this is, and…
    Locker Room contributor, December 15, 2004
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    60 Years Ago

    Former Hendersonville City Councilman Joel Wright recounts his experiences during the Battle of the Bulge. How did he survive?…
    Locker Room contributor, December 15, 2004
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    But What About the Programs?

    Amazing. The editorialists at The News & Observer actually came out on an issue that actually favors the taxpayer (with regard to car taxes) instead of government. And with no qualifiers like “what will they do without all this revenue for desperately needed programs” or “lawmakers will need to…
    Locker Room contributor, December 15, 2004
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    Merry Exmas

    C.S. Lewis’ 1954 discovery of a lost chapter of Herotodus describes the curious customs of Exmas among the Niatirbians: In the middle of winter when fogs and rains most abound they have a great festival which they call Exmas and for fifty days they prepare for it in…
    Locker Room contributor, December 15, 2004
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    Re: Yes, We Know What Causes That

    Hal’s post reminded me of an e-mail message from several months ago from friend Charles Bevel, who lives in Lumberton. He was writing about how Germany suddenly realized the folly of limiting family sizes, and their desire of some Germans to reverse that trend: The Germans (at least their…
    Locker Room contributor, December 14, 2004
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    A Case Against Regulation

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, there is an article about the Federal government’s new mandate that requires the disclosure of trans fats in food sold in grocery stores. Assuming that all the test data to date about the harmful affects of too much trans fat in our diets is correct,…
    Locker Room contributor, December 14, 2004
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    Yes, we know what causes that

    David Brooks’ NYT column in today’s Raleigh News & Observer but also readable here, looks at a “natalist” movement of couples who are quite willingly raising large and growing families. While I’ve never used the term for myself, like Martin Luther accused of following Jan Hus, if the discussion…
    Locker Room contributor, December 14, 2004