January 9, 2009
A fool or a tool?

Our worst ex-president had an op-ed piece in yesterday's Washington Post that must be read to believe. Carter accuses Israel of starving the people in Gaza and accepts Hamas' explanation that the only way that they can fight back is to launch thousands of rockets into Israel. Apparently Hamas can't smuggle in food, but they've […]

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January 8, 2009
RIP Fr. Richard John Neuhaus

Father Richard John Neuhaus, one of America's great pro-life thinkers and religious public intellectuals has died. He will be greatly missed, for writings such as this: We are born to die. Not that death is the purpose of our being born, but we are born toward death, and in each of our lives the work […]

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January 8, 2009
California's IOUs

Thanks to the Los Angeles Times, we have the number I was curious about last week. Among the first to get IOUs instead of payments would be business and individual taxpayers who are expecting refunds, local governments and recipients of grants from the California Student Aid Commission. Last year, more than 10 million taxpayers received […]

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January 6, 2009
Moral vacuousness

Over the past week-plus Israel has been attacking Hamas in the Gaza strip. First using precision-guided munitions and, since this past weekend, with ground troops. After five years and more than 7,000 rockets launched with the sole aim of terrorizing Israeli civilians, Israel decided it had finally had enough. Instead of being lauded for their […]

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January 5, 2009
In search of Abe

Andrew Ferguson's "Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America," isn't so much about America's 16th president as it is about how America's views of Lincoln have changed over the decades. Ferguson starts the book with the dedication of a statue honoring Lincoln in Richmond, Va. -- the heart of the Confederacy -- and the controversy […]

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January 5, 2009
Not serious about intelligence?

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former Clinton chief of staff Leon Panetta to be director of the CIA. You can find Panetta's bio here. Panetta's only relevant experience appears to be two years in the Army with no readily apparent combat service. I think Panetta would be a good choice for just about any post […]

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January 3, 2009
How to make Keith Olbermann look competent

NBC didn't have Keith Olbermann in the studio for this evening's Wildcard game in San Diego. Instead, they had former Detroit Lions GM Matt Millen providing "insightful" commentary. Yes, the same Matt Millen who did more to drive Detroit into the ground than the Big 3 automakers combined. In other news: Chargers win!

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January 3, 2009
This week's sign of the apocalypse

The Huffington Post has an article up attacking Al Gore and his global warming alarmism. Go read it before it's gone.

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January 2, 2009
Maybe the people I owe money will take IOUs too

The California legislature's runaway spending spree of the past decade -- with the assistance of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Gray Davis before him -- has brought us to the point that the state is going to run out of money. In the midst of a housing market that is in the tank and an […]

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January 1, 2009
Happy New Year!

Here's hoping that 2009 is better than 2008 -- but don't hold your breath. For a little tickle of the funny bone, I offer you this from Iowahawk: Iowahawk Guest Opinionby Rosa OrtizChief of Housekeeping StaffEstate of Caroline Kennedy Buenos dias! I am Rosa. I twelve years work for Senora Caroline Kennedy and her family […]

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“Assault weapon” and “hate speech” are similar in that both don’t mean anything specific and the term exists mainly to try to limit rights.

“I don’t want to ban guns, just ill-defined assault weapons.”

“I don’t want to ban speech, just ill-defined hate speech.”

Reading through Donald McNeil's account of his ouster at the times and amused by his "God and Adolph" anecdote. I had a similar sort of experience at the SDUT.


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