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"Thank God Cory Lidle's a Lousy Pilot"

...says Denny Hastert.

Wow. I mean come on CNN. Isn't there anything else to talk about?

If Mr. And Mrs. Smith from Brooklyn had been flying that plane we wouldn't be hearing anything about it at all. Read more about "Thank God Cory Lidle's a Lousy Pilot"

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Rove's Mighty Wurlitzer tells them what to write...

and idiots like this simply take dictation.

Ah, the subservient beltway press corps, huh?

My goodness, could you have a more obediently reproduced Karl Rove press release than this "First Read" thing on Read more about Rove's Mighty Wurlitzer tells them what to write...

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Just what kind of person is Glenn Reynolds?

You know, I knew that Glenn didn't have any ethics or moral center, but this really takes the cake.

That is so beyond the pale I don't even know what to say. Anything to advance the Republican agenda, huh "Libertarian" Glenn? Read more about Just what kind of person is Glenn Reynolds?

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The Responsibility Party

Ah, the classic way of attempting to evade personal responsibility for bizarre sexual behavior: "I'm a drunk and I was sexually abused as a child." Read more about The Responsibility Party

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Hastert won't resign

Since Hastert has now said he won't resign, it seems to offer a great opportunity for Democrats.

I can see the picture of Hastert on a TV ad with a caption like "There's apparently only one way to fire this guy. Read more about Hastert won't resign

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Now that it's too late, the NY Times Speaks Up

Here’s what happens when this irresponsible Congress railroads a profoundly important bill to serve the mindless politics of a midterm election: The Bush administration uses Republicans’ fear of losing their majority to push through ghastly ideas about antiterrorism that will make American troops less safe and do lasting damage to our 217-year-old nation of laws — while actually doing nothing to protect the nation from terrorists. Democrats betray their principles to avoid last-minute attack ads. Our democracy is the big loser.

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Holy Cow! Someone at the WaPo understands!

As events would have it, though, our nation is led by men who have carefully avoided both war and literature. By men devoid of a sense of the nation's and their own moral fallibility. By men who have led us into a moral desert and aren't even looking for a way back home.

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Harvard and Yale must be embarrassed -- yet again

I assume you've all been following the latest damned foolishness that John Yoo has unleashed upon an unsuspecting American public, right?

John Yoo, the former administration official who wrote the "torture is okay" memos and other scary things like them AND is a Cal Berkeley law professor AND is an AEI scholar, actually said that the president's powers were curtailed by congress in the 1970s because, get this, there were "no serious national security threats" to the United States at the time. Read more about Harvard and Yale must be embarrassed -- yet again

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Say it isn't so!

Oh my goodness.

You mean USC has got a crooked football program!

Shocking! They've never had a crooked program in the past, right? Read more about Say it isn't so!

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Maybe they'll know it when they see it


I've been reading all of the stuff about ABC's hackumentary "Path to 9/11" with interest. This summer, I taught an upper-level course about history and film. In this class, the students watched certain movies outside of class and then we discussed them. In light of that experience, I think I should comment. Read more about Maybe they'll know it when they see it

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How Many #2s?

As I mentioned in my earlier post, we've been told many, many times that they've captured the #2 lieutenant in al-Qaeda.

How many times, you ask?

39 times as of yesterday.

I knew someone had kept up with this.

How stupid are the people in our press corps to keep reporting the same transparent propaganda over and over and over again? Read more about How Many #2s?

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Cognitive Dissonance


Ah, we've captured the al-Qaeda number two in Iraq for about the bizillionth time!


How many number twos does al-Qaeda have anyway?

I'd love for someone to tell me how many times we've heard a story like this one!

A leadership crisis among the al-Qaeda folks in Iraq, huh?


How many folks have died in Iraq this week?

It seems to me they're doing just fine, unfortunately. Read more about Cognitive Dissonance

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He's Baaaaaack.

Oh my goodness. Missouri Republicans are looking for an objective social scientist to prop up their arguments for their Voter ID law.

So, who do they bring in?

Why, that paragon of Social Scientific virtue, John Lott!

I was reading over some of the entries in Tim Lambert's blog and reminiscing about the good old blogging days, fake surveys, the unmasking of Mary Rosh, etc., etc. Read more about He's Baaaaaack.

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More on the one that (didn't) get away

I didn't realize it but I was mentioned (in a vague fashion) in a news story about the Tolzmann case back in May:

At the time, the review seemed to draw little attention. UC apparently didn't know about it, and neither did HNN. "It just flew under the radar," said HNN editor Rick Shenkman.


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