December 2, 2008
Selling stupidity

I've pointed out before that "thinker" Deepak Chopra is a snake oil salesman. The Wall Street Journal's Dorothy Rabinowitz shows that Chopra knows global geopolitics as well as he knows basic physics. If the Mumbai terror assault seemed exceptional, and shocking in its targets, it was clear from the Thanksgiving Day reports that we weren't […]

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December 1, 2008
First thing we do is kill all the lawyers

Yes, wholesale killing of lawyers isn't the most reasoned or practical approach to solving the problems that face society today. However, when lawyers start suggesting ideas like this one, I may just reconsider. Stephen Hockman QC is proposing a body similar to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to be the supreme legal […]

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December 1, 2008
Rewriting history

President-elect Barack Obama isn't even in office yet and some in the punditocracy are already giving him credit for having won the war in Iraq. The New York Times' Thomas Friedman: In the last year, though, the U.S. troop surge and the backlash from moderate Iraqi Sunnis against Al Qaeda and Iraqi Shiites against pro-Iranian […]

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December 1, 2008
Obama's national security/foreign policy team named

President-elect Barack Obama announced the people he plans to nominate for a variety of positions in his administration earlier today. Oddly enough, it appears that he is going to pay Hillary Rodham Clinton less to serve as Secretary of State than he would just about anyone else for the same job. (See the "Saxbe fix" […]

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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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