January 18, 2006
Mr. Active Liberty, crime and punishment

The other day Clarence Ray Allen, a convicted murderer who ordered the deaths of four people who had testified him at trial was executed early Tuesday morning. Allen was 76 when he went to meet his maker, 59 years older than one of his murder victims, Josephine Rocha. As his scheduled execution neared, his lawyers […]

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January 18, 2006
I'm surprised there's any horse left

Today's New York Times revisits the 2003 State of the Union address again and reveals nothing new. Before I quote the Times story, let me pose a hypothetical. Let's say that I want to get a date with actress Jessica Alba. Let's say that I go ahead and call her agent and try to arrange […]

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January 18, 2006
Pull the other one

Tom Daschle, formerly minority leader of the Senate, is considering a run for president. Of the United States. No, not the local Elks Lodge. President. Yes. Of the United States. Yes, he lost his re-election bid in 2004. Yes, he was minority leader at the time. Yes, he's lost his mind.

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January 18, 2006
All about the Benjamins

It's ironic that Benjamin Franklin's 300th birthday was yesterday and we once again encounter a big business behaving badly. Major League Baseball, which most recently switched from juiced balls to juiced players, is claiming that it owns the copyrights to its statistics. Your favorite player went 2-for-4 last night with a double? If you want […]

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January 18, 2006
Dumber

The New York Times' decision to put its columnists behind the Iron Curtain of TimesSelect was dumb. Where once people like Nick Kristof, Paul Krugman and David Brooks played an influential role in the public debate, now they are seldom if ever discussed. Unread, they've become largely irrelevant. But if that move wasn't bad enough, […]

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🧵Please indulge me more on this topic: Yesterday's Bloomberg article misrepresenting Thune's comments on entitlement reform is part of a broader issue:
Most media coverage of Social Security, Medicare & unsustainable debt has long been narrative-driven and, yes, dishonest. (1/)

More broken accountability at the International Fact-Checking Network (@factchecknet) and the @Poynter Institute.

The IFCN allows people to register complaints about the its stable of "verified" signatories to its code of principles. @Google and @YouTube $hould pay attention.
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