January 31, 2011
What ails the journalism business

Reading this, I’m unsure exactly how Harper’s Magazine is supposed to make money. Publisher John MacArthur: “Our readers know that our financial independence results in uncompromised, quality journalism and writing. I don’t want to take money from people of modest incomes, and I certainly don’t want to accept corporate or foundation money that, too often, […]

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January 30, 2011
Hoystory goes to the theatre

Just got back from the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center and saw the traveling version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening.” The musical is based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind—which was understandably banned in Germany at the time. Based upon the musical, I’d be a little surprised if the play was performed […]

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January 30, 2011
We are doomed or ‘The new normal’

The Congressional Budget Office released its 10-year budget outlook last week. For 2011, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that if current laws remain unchanged, the federal budget will show a deficit of close to $1.5 trillion, or 9.8 percent of GDP. The deficits in CBO's baseline projections drop markedly over the next few years […]

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January 27, 2011
Don’t mess with the Gurkhas

This is almost an action-movie style butt-whippin’: A retired Indian Gorkha soldier recently revisited those glory days when he thwarted 40 robbers, killing three of them and injuring eight others, with his khukuri during a train journey. … The band of about 40 robbers, some of whom were travelling as passengers, stopped the train in […]

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January 26, 2011
I love true or false questions

Rep. Tom McClintock got Chief Medicare Actuary Rick Foster to answer a couple true-false questions: And the transcript: McCLINTOCK: “True or false: The two principle promises that were made in support of Obamacare were one, that it would hold costs down. True or false?” FOSTER: “I would say false, more so than true.” McCLINTOCK: “The […]

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January 25, 2011
State of the Union Liveblog

Refresh and scroll down for updates. (All times Pacific) 6:10 p.m.: This would go faster if they didn’t stand up and clap so much. Here’s the remarks as prepared. Obama’s not out of touch. He remembered that we just had an election. 6:21 p.m.: I don’t really buy this: China became home to the world’s […]

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January 24, 2011
Not serious

The Washington Post is reporting that President Obama “has decided not to endorse his deficit commission's recommendation to raise the retirement age, and otherwise reduce Social Security benefits, in Tuesday's State of the Union address, cheering liberals and drawing a stark line between the White House and key Republicans in Congress. “ This would be […]

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January 23, 2011
Horror in Pennsylvania

Last week, a Philadelphia grand jury returned an indictment [PDF format] against Dr. Kermit Gosnell alleging he caused the death of a woman and murdered 7 babies at his abortion clinic. From the indictment: This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally […]

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January 23, 2011
The vaccine hoax

I’ve purposely phrased the headline in this post in the hopes that somewhere down the line someone who actually thinks that vaccines cause autism or some other parade of horrors in children. In February 2010, The Lancet retracted a 1998 study that linked vaccines to autism. Earlier this month, the British medical journal BMJ looked […]

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January 19, 2011
Dumbest thing written about Tucson shooting yet

New York Times columnists Paul Krugman and Frank Rich are setting a high bar for stupidity, but Jose Lambiet of the Palm Beach Post takes the cake. The name of Michael Lemole, the University of Arizona neurosurgeon who’s been treating U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ brain injuries since the Jan. 8 shooting, may sound familiar to […]

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