On May 7, 1818, a veteran of the Revolutionary War named Asher Wright "personally appear[ed]" before Presiding Judge Sylvester Gilbert in the "District of Connecticut, ss. County of Tolland." Mr. Wright, "aged 63 years... doth, on his oath, make the following declaration...That he the said Asher Wright enlisted ... in the Continental Army... and served out the term of his inlistment [sic] being one year and that he is in reduced circumstances, and stands in need of the assistance of his country for support..."[i]

You expect Republican politicians to criticize Democratic administrations and vice versa. But when Democrats start criticizing Democratic administrations, that is news. Someone once said that the headline "Dog bites Man" is not news, but "Man bites Dog" is. We are now starting to get "Democrat bites Democrat" news.
We live in a world of imperfect and costly information, and people seek to economize on information costs in a variety of ways. If we don't take that fact into account, we risk misidentifying and confusing one type of human behavior with another. Let's look at it.

Ralph ReilandI don’t write a self-help column, or about household hints, but here’s a warning about how I flew out the bathtub a few days ago.

Warriors on Terror must be thanking their lucky stars for "Top Secret America and its 854,000 workers": given bureaucrats' legendary incompetence and sloth, it will probably take that many to manufacture a case against their newest trophy. Zachary Chesser is a 20-year-old Islamic convert from Oakton, Virginia. He's also a "homegrown terrorist" so ferocious that when he and his wife set out to join an Islamic army in Somalia, his mother-in-law stymied their plans by swiping her daughter's passport.

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