May 19, 2008
Morehouse College's valedictorian

Morehouse College, one of America's historically black colleges, has a first in its history -- its first white valedictorian. It's a great read, but I want to point out this little anecdote from the story. When [Joshua] Packwood applied to Morehouse, he had frequent conversations with George Gray, an alumnus who was a recruiter at […]

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May 18, 2008
You know, like ...

I post this because it will, like totally, amuse, you know, my father.

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May 18, 2008
Sen. Tom "Goldilocks" Harkin

Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat and Vietnam-era veteran, has decided to make a royal donkey's hindquarters out of himself. Republican presidential candidate John McCain's family background as the son and grandson of admirals has given him a worldview shaped by the military, "and he has a hard time thinking beyond that," Sen. Tom Harkin, […]

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May 16, 2008
Reporting techniques

The Politico Web site has been doing an awful lot of good, new media stuff and has really made an impact on political reporting inside the beltway. They've come up with a new feature, and, while it may not always pan out (this week's is pretty good), it's innovative and fun. The Shuttle: Rep. Scott […]

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May 16, 2008
We get a correction

Sort of. You'll recall earlier this week I criticized The New York Times reporting on the back-and-forth between the McCain and Obama camps over the latter's desire to have talks with Iran without preconditions. Today, we got a half-hearted and incomplete correction. An article on Saturday about Senator John McCain’s criticism of Senator Barack Obama’s […]

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May 16, 2008
Gay marriage ruling

Yesterday, the California Supreme Legislature Court decided that gays and lesbians -- but not bigamists, polygamists, first-cousins, brothers and sisters -- can marry. This may not last, as an initiative to overturn the decision is likely to make it on the November ballot. There's extensive, thoughtful coverage of the issue over at National Review's "Bench […]

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May 16, 2008
One of the signs of the apocalypse

I concur with this editorial in the New York Times. The farm bill is an abomination -- proof that no matter what party is in power, the impulse to throw around the public's money for political advantage is universal. I did chuckle, however, when the editorial writer referred to Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a "reformer." […]

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May 14, 2008
John McCain's hot air

John McCain gave a global warming/climate change speech on Monday. (The term used by the scaremongers depends on the weather the day they give their speech.) McCain favors an approach known as "cap and trade" which will have the net effect of raising energy costs for everyone. You'll need the Bush tax cuts then. For […]

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May 14, 2008
Blog upgrade

Hoystory has been upgraded to WordPress v2.5.1. As I was searching my archives for a particular post, I discovered that someone had managed to hack into some of my posts and place links to various Bob Dole-type drugs. You know the ones I'm talking about. I don't know how it was done, though I recall […]

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May 14, 2008
RIP Irena Sendler

The Jerusalem Post reports: When Germany invaded Poland in the fall of 1939, Sendler was just shy of her 30th birthday. "The whole of Poland was drowning in blood, but the Jewish nation was suffering the most, with the Jewish children the most vulnerable," she recalled. Sendler and a group of friends in the Warsaw […]

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