November 30, 2009
A new start

On a Saturday in early June 1994 I graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a degree in journalism and a passion for newspapers. Two days later I started work as a reporter at the 8,000 circulation, 6-day paper The Lompoc Record. For the next 15 years, I did almost everything you can do in a […]

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November 24, 2009
You’re kidding, right?

Whomever the officer is who decided to press charges should be drummed out of the military. Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured […]

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November 23, 2009
Letter of the day

From Peter M. Hekman of San Diego, in The San Diego Union-Tribune re: nuclear power. Read the whole thing, but this is the paragraph that won it: I can factually state that more people died in the back seat of former Sen. Ted Kennedy’s car than have ever died as a result of an accident […]

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November 23, 2009
But the doctors were so sure…

This is downright scary. A car crash victim has spoken of the horror he endured for 23 years after he was misdiagnosed as being in a coma when he was conscious the whole time. Rom Houben, trapped in his paralysed body after a car crash, described his real-life nightmare as he screamed to doctors that […]

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November 23, 2009
Will CNN fact-check this?

It’s a little on the vulgar side, but “Saturday Night Live” went after President Obama again over the weekend. If you’ll recall, a month ago SNL attacked the president for failing to really accomplish anything – something that was so outrageous that CNN spent 10 minutes fact-checking the video. While it’s unlikely that there’s anyone […]

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November 21, 2009
Global warming’s “Pentagon Papers”

A few days ago more than 60 megabytes worth of e-mails and other documents hacked from a computer server at the University of East Anglia in Great Britain were posted on a Russian server. The University of East Anglia is one of the top “global warming” research universities and the e-mails – which appear to […]

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November 19, 2009
This is inevitable

You know this sort of thing is going to happen, but let me assure you that I do feel an overwhelming amount of schadenfraude over the event.

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November 19, 2009
All kinds of stupid

Following up on Attorney General Eric Holder’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday comes this bit of stupid from chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy: If the U.S. captures Osama bin Laden, there's no need to interrogate him, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of that committee, […]

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November 19, 2009
Holder’s defense

Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to defend his decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other 9/11 plotters in federal civilian court. He didn’t do a good job.   Two bits of the transcript: SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM, (R-S.C): Can you give me a case in United States history […]

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November 17, 2009
Who you gonna believe? Me or your lyin’ eyes?

The Atlantic magazine’s Andrew Sullivan embarrassed himself and his publication during last year’s presidential campaign when he continually aired irresponsible and false claims that GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin wasn’t the mother of Trig. Sullivan suggested that Palin was covering for her oldest daughter Bristol. Once it was revealed that Bristol too was pregnant […]

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"Cybersecurity experts say the California Department of Justice apparently failed to follow basic security procedures on its website, exposing the personal information of potentially hundreds of thousands of gun owners."

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