Savages

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What boundaries does a society or religion have to cross before we can condemn it for barbarity? Is this the line? Hena Akhter’s last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh’s Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. […]

Non-partisan doesn’t really mean non-partisan

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government (CREW) is a non-partisan organization—that just happens to be pro-Democrat. I say that for two reasons: First, is the complete failure of CREW to say anything about the biggest ethical scandal in Washington, D.C., over the past couple weeks Sen. Claire McCaskill’s failure to pay approximately $300,000 in […]

Maybe that’s not a good thermometer

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Those of you with even a passing interest in the scaremongering over carbon dioxide levels will remember the climategate “trick” to hide the decline. Basically, scientist Keith Briffa stopped using bristlecone pine tree rings as climate “thermometers” after 1960 because while we know from real thermometers temperatures were going up, his bristlecone pines started showing […]

On Libya

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A few quick notes on our “kinetic military action” in North Africa: Is anyone surprised that the same administration that gave us “overseas contingency operations” and “man-caused disasters” would come up with “kinetic military action” to describe airstrikes against Libya? I’ve read all about the War Powers Act (and the debates over its constitutionality) and […]

Funding NPR

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From the “I can’t make this up” file comes a commentary by Poynter.org’s Roy Peter Clark entitled “Why defenders of the First Amendment should oppose the bill to defund NPR.” Clark opens his commentary with this disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and don’t play one on TV. And that’s where he should’ve stopped writing. […]

The hypocrisy of the left

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Candidate Obama, responding to a question from the Boston Globe: In what circumstances, if any, would the president have constitutional authority to bomb Iran without seeking a use-of-force authorization from Congress? (Specifically, what about the strategic bombing of suspected nuclear sites — a situation that does not involve stopping an IMMINENT threat?) The President does […]

Media bias on display

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In the run-up to the 2010 elections, the mainstream media continually sought to portray the Tea Party movement as a bunch of nutty racists, just one dog-whistle order from Rush Limbaugh away from mowing down progressives with automatic weapons purchased from Mexican drug cartels. When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot by a conspiracy minded nutjob […]

Foreign policy mush

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Yesterday, President Obama announced that the U.S. military would support a no-fly zone over Libya with materiel and personnel. From the president’s remarks: Now, here is why this matters to us.  Left unchecked, we have every reason to believe that Qaddafi would commit atrocities against his people.  Many thousands could die.  A humanitarian crisis would […]

In Bizarro World

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I present to you (via QandO) Bizarro Nancy Pelosi (complete with odd facial structure): It’s almost as if recorded history started Monday, and nothing she and her accomplices did in the four years previous ever occurred.