November 29, 2008
Competence based solely on politics

Economist/professor Gregory Mankiw takes note of how New York Times columnist Paul Krugman defines his terms. In a post about the Obama economic team titled The Grownups are Coming, Paul Krugman writes: Seriously, isn’t it amazing just how impressive the people being named to key positions in the Obama administration seem? Bye-bye hacks and cronies, […]

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November 28, 2008
Dan Rather's defenders

It's been more than four years, and the attempts to rehabilitate former CBS newsman Dan Rather's reputation continues. Rather is currently suing CBS for violating his employment contract and that the investigation that led to CBS determining that it could no longer stand behind the National Guard memos which purported to show that President George […]

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November 27, 2008
Focusing on the wrong things

The New York Times is publicizing the fact that they've exceeded their goal of getting 100,000 ... fans on Facebook. Considering the facts laid out here regarding the company's stock price and circulation, lauding the fact that you got people to push a button on Facebook seems a little like praising the lounge act on […]

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November 25, 2008
That liberal media

Over the past week-plus there's been some candidly refreshing admissions regarding press bias -- but don't worry nothing substantive will come of them. First was this article by Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell, following up on her earlier article detailing the tilt in her own paper's presidential coverage: But some of the conservatives' complaints about […]

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November 25, 2008
Never having to say you're sorry

Needless to say, if the GOP's top tax policy legislator had as many problems as Charlie Rangel does, he'd be drummed out of town. Representative Charles B. Rangel’s legal team is reviewing his tax records to determine whether the congressman received a homestead exemption on a house he owned in Washington while living in several […]

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November 25, 2008
Beware of journalists doing math... or science

If you ever wondered why there's so much global warming hysteria in the media -- it's ignorance of science encouraged by "scientists with an agenda." Today's example of scientific illiteracy comes from the Associated Press. WARSAW, Poland – Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton […]

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November 24, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama senior adviser David Axelrod was on "Fox News Sunday" yesterday and had this to say: [Fox News Sunday host Chris] WALLACE: Let's turn to the national security team that President-elect Obama is expected to announce after Thanksgiving. And again, let's look at the key leading players. FOX has confirmed that Hillary Clinton […]

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November 23, 2008
Agriculture and American life

The class was AG301 and one of the general education requirements at Cal Poly SLO. The class was three times a week and consisted of two classroom lectures (Mondays and Wednesdays) and a "field trip" each Friday. The field trips could be eye-opening for kids like me whose encounters with farming was limited to seeing […]

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November 23, 2008
Close but no cigar

Cal Poly No. 3-ranked FCS football team would've beaten a mediocre, but bowl-bound Wisconsin if kicker Andrew "Mudd" Gardner hadn't missed three extra points. However, the 36-35 OT loss may have been enough to earn Cal Poly a playoff seed and the two home games (providing they win the first) that comes with it. The […]

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November 21, 2008
My health is good

Earlier this month I wrote that if President-elect Obama and his wife decided to send his daughters to a public school in the Washington, D.C. area, I'd have a minor heart attack. Well, no worries for my ticker: Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter confirms to CNN the Obama daughters will attend Sidwell Friends school in Washington, […]

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