Posts Tagged ‘Revolutionary War’

Paul Shirley Doesn’t Like The Beatles

Et tu, Paul?

Listen Mr. Shirley, we like you here at NPI. We like sports. We like books. We like people who write good books about playing sports. You even tweeted at Tim. But if forced to choose between you and the Beatles, well, we’re gonna have to go with the Beatles.

Now, I have no problem with unconventional stances; in fact, I like them a lot. And I have no qualms with someone’s personal tastes. It’s also true that people who don’t like the Beatles are unfairly maligned (you guys should form a support group with people who don’t think The Godfather is that great and people who think Shakespeare is overrated).

 

Some of what you say is certainly true: “[T]he mythology that surrounds the Beatles has overwhelmed rational humans’ ability to judge the band by its music.” There is no denying that when you are brought up and essentially conditioned to think something is good, that is going to affect your judgment of that thing, whether your judgment is positive or negative. Continue reading

Ranking the Bill of Rights, Number 6: The Third Amendment

I recall as a four-year old child during the Persian Gulf War being worried that some stray soldiers would knock on our door and demand a place to sleep (According to my conception of world geography at the time, the Persian Gulf was adjacent to Long Island). Luckily, my parents assured me, the 3rd Amendment guarantees that we would not have to quarter those soldiers in the absence of some statutory law. Boy, was I relieved.

The Third Amendments reads: “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
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