Monthly Archives: May 2008

What Sound and Fury Signify Today

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They’re still yelling “Denver! Denver!” and the Democratic Rules Committee left an hour ago. Continue reading

Would Someone Kindly Tell the Partisan Clergy to Shut Up?

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No, not that guy you’ve seen all over Fox and CNN. This guy! Msgr. Jim Lisante, of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, delivering an invocation (!!) at the New York Republican gathering yesterday.

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Teh Nooz Sees Its Reflection

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According to the myth, the handsome Narcissus happened upon his reflection in a pond and became so enraptured with his looks that he could not take his eyes away. Eventually he withered away and was turned into the flower that now bears his name. As does a relevant personality disorder.  Continue reading

This Kid is Smarter than Your Kid

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(h/t stillman and MsLibrarian)

— or mine. No offense intended. And you, me, and they have a ways to go to make a contribution like this:

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Florida, It Figures

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Sara Posner raises a wrinkle or two in the Florida electoral calculus: Continue reading

Getting What We Paid for on the Border

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And this development was not considered?

The pattern has become familiar: Customs officers wave in vehicles filled with illegal immigrants, drugs or other contraband. A Border Patrol agent acts as a scout for smugglers. Trusted officers fall prey to temptation and begin taking bribes. Continue reading

Lieberman in WSJ: A Study in Sleaze

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As the saying goes, to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Thus many years ago, when I had the opportunity, I developed an upper-level undergraduate survey course on qualitative communication analysis. In everyday English, that would be “all about crap detection.” I figured it was a small service to humanity, and students made the course quite popular. There just isn’t enough crap detection training going on.

If there were, Senator Joseph Lieberman’s op-ed of four days ago wouldn’t have made the Wall Street Journal. It would have made the Sand Lake Advertiser, but only because the latter journal, as I recall it, generously published most anything. Continue reading