Religion and political parties

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I’ve written repeatedly that the Democratic Party is at best a little antagonistic toward religious believers. At worst, the Democrats are too often seen as downright hostile and unserious. During the 2004 election, presidential hopeful Howard Dean tried to reach out to religious believers by sharing the fact that his favorite New Testament book was […]

What are they learning in J-school?

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And more importantly, who is teaching it. I check out JournalismJobs.com periodically just to see if my dream job is available. I don’t usually click on the teaching jobs, because I don’t have a M.A. and don’t much care to get one — let alone a Ph.D. Honestly, advanced degrees aren’t very useful in the […]

Must-read article

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Dale Franks over at QandO has an excellent piece on global warming and public policy. My problem with the idea of making policy decisions based on what we know now about global warming is that, before you can solve a problem, the dimensions of the problem have to be defined, then a clear-eyed look at […]

I can't make this stuff up

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In the biggest waste of scarce journalistic resources in the history of mankind, the New York Times has hired a perfume critic. The New York Times announced today the appointment of Chandler Burr as its first columnist to review and rate fragrances. Mr. Burr, a longtime magazine writer and the author of “The Emperor of […]

Credibility deficit

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Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth had an op-ed piece published in the Jerusalem Post earlier this week condemning Hezbollah for its “Indiscriminate Bombardment” of civilian areas within Israel using katyusha rockets. Why did so many Lebanese civilians lose their lives to Israeli bombing? The government line is that the IDF was doing the […]

The appearance of impropriety

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Well, it turns out the judge that ruled the NSA terrorist eavesdropping program unconstitutional, immoral and high in saturated fats has a connection to one of the groups that brought the lawsuit — the ACLU. Some legal ethicists interviewed said yesterday that while Taylor’s role as a trustee at a nonprofit group supporting the ACLU […]

Pig wrestling

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There’s an old saying that goes something along the lines that you shouldn’t wrestle with pigs because all that ends up happening is you get dirty — and the pig likes it. Taking that into account, I’m going to keep my comments on the post below to a minimum and here’s the minimum. First, it’s […]

How they found it I'll never know

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A couple weeks back I slammed the East County Democratic Club for sponsoring a showing of the 9/11 conspiracy movie “Loose Change.” If you ever wanted evidence that the nutroots are not to be trusted with national security, then their embrace of a film which blames a massive conspiracy for the 9/11 attacks and not […]

A brief moment of fame

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I finished reading Prof. Stephen D. Cooper’s book “Watching the Watchdog: Bloggers as the Fifth Estate.” The book isn’t written for popular appeal. At its core, the book is a college textbook on media criticism — a very good college textbook. However, good textbooks don’t necessarily make for something that’s going to fly off the […]

More on that NSA ruling

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Early on I noted that despite their feelings on the legality of the NSA’s terrorist surveillance program, legal scholars almost unanimously panned the opinion as heavy on rhetoric and light on the law. I also thought it was worth noting how two of the nation’s most respected newspapers thought about the opinion. Demonstrating once again […]