October 7, 2003
Two types of arguments

Arnold Kling over at Tech Central Station pens an open letter to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman urging him to become "part of the solution, not part of the problem." For example, suppose I were to say, "We should abolish the minimum wage. That would increase employment and enable more people to climb out […]

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October 7, 2003
Do-not-call redux

A three-judge panel today put on hold a district court decision that found the FTC's do-not-call list to be an infringement on telemarketers free speech rights. According to the media reports, it appears as though the appellate court used logic similar to mine to come to its conclusion. "We conclude that the public does have […]

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October 7, 2003
Media madness

Flipped over to MSNBC as both Fox News and CNN were in commercial breaks, and watched as Chris Matthews and friends all agreed: California is a middle-of-the-road state, "like New York." Yeah, and The New York Times editorial page is centrist. Exhibit A in the case against an out-of-touch media elite.

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October 7, 2003
Polls close

At 8 p.m. the polls here in California closed. The networks took a deep breath, and they all immediately made their calls. Gray Davis out. Arnold Schwarzenegger in. Prop. 54 down. The first set of absentee ballot returns has Davis being recalled 63.4 percent to 36.6 percent and Schwarzenegger with a majority of the tally. […]

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October 7, 2003
Facts and myths

Sacramento Bee columnist/blogger Daniel Weintraub debunks a plethora of myths about today's recall election here in California. If you've followed the election closely, many of them will come as no surprise. But at least one was news to me: Myth: Many of the paid circulators were convicted criminals bused here from out of state. Fact: […]

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October 7, 2003
Get out and vote

If you're in California, today is recall election day. If you're registered and want to vote, go out and do it. If you're apathetic and uninformed -- stay home. Democracies don't have 100 percent voter participation. Never have, never will. Why? Because part of being free is being free not to vote. Hoystory endorses: When […]

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October 7, 2003
Latest recall commercial

Just caught the newest Dianne Feinstein anti-recall commercial. A couple of things struck me: First, there's no mention of any names. Not Gray Davis -- he's "this governor." Arnold Schwarzenegger also got a mention -- he's "this governor's" "opponent." Second, it casts the recall as a Davis vs. Schwarzenegger -- a tactic Davis has been […]

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It is now an inevitability that whatever the story, however complex its details, members of the American press will react by announcing who must be forbidden to speak going forward. https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/11/when-journalists-become-speech-police/

Rep.-elect John James (MI) and Rep.-elect Wesley Hunt (TX) are close friends and are first two Black graduates of West Point to enter Congress. They are even from the same class! Both Republicans. No surprise there have been almost zero national media profiles of either or both.

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