January 30, 2003
A crack user?

A friend suggested to me that former South African President Nelson Mandela has been smoking crack? Why? Apparently my friend saw some recent quotes from an address to the International Women's Forum. Mandela suggested that freeing the people of Iraq from a similar oppression that blacks in an apartheid-ruled South Africa faced is tantamount to […]

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January 29, 2003
Sometimes you just want to slap them

The New York Times editorial page, when it comes to taking positions on judicial nominees, now appears to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ralph Neas and People for the American Way. The Times uses lame and specious arguments to attack Estrada, a Latino American with a brilliant legal resume and an inspiring story, as being […]

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January 28, 2003
OK, I'm in love

I'm watching MSNBC right now, mainly because it's about the only major news channel that's LIVE right now and they've got radio talk show host Kim Serafin on. To quote Steve Martin from "Parenthood": Gil Buckman (Steve Martin) to his son: What do we say when we see a pretty woman? Son: Hubba, hubba. The […]

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January 28, 2003
France and the Web

Sometimes it's just fun to mock France -- a country whose leadership is convinced that it is the best thing that's happened to the modern world. It's not real -- but it certainly is funny. (Image via National Review Online.)

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January 28, 2003
It is better to be thought a fool...

...than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. Actress Susan Sarandon has a commercial out opposing the war with Iraq. Now, there are some reasonable and principled arguments to oppose a war, but it wasn't too long ago that liberals disliked tyrants. Certainly Slobodan Milosevic and his attempted ethnic-cleansing of Muslims in Albania qualified. […]

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January 28, 2003
State of the Union

I didn't get to watch much of the State of the Union speech tonight -- I was working on designing editorial pages for tomorrow's paper. But I've read it and I have to say the line of the night was near the end of the speech: "The liberty we prize is not America's gift to […]

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January 28, 2003
The only polls that matter

Are those held on the first Tuesday of November every two years. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman offers a preview of tonight's State of the Union speech, and declares it lacking. Krugman points to polls showing that support for Bush has "plunged over the last two months." He continues: A year ago he was, […]

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January 27, 2003
An unlikely ally

Author John Irving has a solid and persuasive critique of the implementation of Title IX -- the implementation that has vastly reduced the number of minor mens sports at universities across the nation. How many days will it take before the militant feminist lobby turns on Irving, the longtime abortion-rights supporter? I predict a press […]

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January 26, 2003
Liberal bias and the academy

The San Diego Union-Tribune last week ran an article entitled "Some see widespread liberal bias at colleges." Surprised? I didn't think so. The article isn't really anything that people who read National Review or The Weekly Standard or heck -- went to college -- didn't know before. What is surprising is some of the letters […]

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January 26, 2003
George Will's diversity test

If you missed columnist George Will's proposed ideological diversity test for the University of Michigan, then take it here (scroll down). I scored a 130. (I don't believe Ohio State is part of the axis of evil and I wasn't home-schooled.)

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The @sdutOpinion Editorial pages used to be fairly mainstream conservative. When I applied for a letters editor opening there in the mid-00s, I was asked if there's an editorial I wouldn't write. I replied: a pro-abortion one. 1/

Supreme Court: “The Second Amendment is not a second class right. States can’t use subjective criteria when issuing carry permits.”
California: “But what if we added in illegal viewpoint discrimination, and violated the First Amendment at the same time?”

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