Hackety Hack Hack

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Let me start of by saying that I don’t think there’s a single person who gave money to the Clinton Foundation who saw the organization as a charity. No one gives money to the Clintons thinking it’s charity, at least, not primarily. It’s pay-to-play. It’s the same reason NBC gave Chelsea Clinton a $600,000 job […]

What science looks like

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I was browsing Ars Technica this morning when I came across this article about allergies. It’s an interesting read, but the thing that struck me this: [Ruslan] Medzhitov is currently turning his attention to a question that could change immunology yet again: why do we get allergies? No one has a firm answer, but what […]

Obama's Faith Pt. 2

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The original “Obama’s Faith” post I wrote nearly 7 years ago. At the time I noted that I am always hesitant to opine on the state of another individual’s relationship with God, but a lot of time has passed, truths have been revealed and while I will not pronounce judgment on the status of Obama’s […]

Journalism 101

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I’ve said before that the longer I’ve been out of newspapers and the news business, the more disdain and outright hostility I feel for too many of those who remain in it. It’s not petty jealousy. It’s the fact that when all I see is the crap they produce and don’t deal with them as people […]

What Obama wrought

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It was never really up for debate that President Obama’s immigration executive orders turning “prosecutorial discretion” into amnesty for 5 million illegal aliens was unconstitutional. After all, Obama himself said for several years that he couldn’t do what he just did because he lacked the power. He said it in public. More than 20 times. […]

This week in George Orwell

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I saw this last night on “Special Report” with Bret Baier on Fox News. It features ABC’s White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, but ABC didn’t find it newsworthy enough to broadcast. The White House has taken the position that Jordan should not do a deal with ISIS where they trade a convicted bomber participated in […]

Snowmaggedon 2015! Everybody panic!

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I realize that many will believe my casual dismissal of the big storm hitting the East Coast is a result of today’s the temperature here locally on the Central Coast of California where it reached a balmy 75 degrees today. However, I want to assure our New England readers that I feel your pain. It’s […]

Most American journalists are cowards

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With the notable exception of the small class of American war correspondents, the vast majority of American journalists are, to use the Texas phrase: “All hat and no cattle.” The assassination this morning of ten satirists at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo along with two police officers by adherents of the “Religion of Pieces” has once […]

Guns are "special"

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It’s always interesting to see lawyers, judges and gun control advocates lobby for restrictions on gun ownership—a fundamental constitutional right—that they wouldn’t tolerate for a moment were it applied to speech. I was pointed (via Twitter) to this article in the Hartford Courant from last week on a hearing before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on […]

What good journalism doesn't look like

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Many years ago when I was a copy editor/page designer at the North County Times we had a reporter that had gotten an interview that everyone on the San Diego area news media was angling for. A local man had gotten into a serious car accident across the border in Mexico and, because he didn’t have […]