Month: June 2009

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Um, no one cares what Jose Maria Aznar thinks, but this is an especially useless effort. The comparisons between Iran and the Soviet Union are delivered with the stupidity that’s customary for the genre; it’s hard, for example, to know where to begin his claim that Western support for Soviet dissidents (a) made Soviet leaders […]

Murdering Journalists

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On June 28, 2009
This had slipped my mind, until I finally found it skulking in one of my Google Reader folders. Ralph Peters: Although it seems unthinkable now, future wars may require censorship, news blackouts and, ultimately, military attacks on the partisan media. Perceiving themselves as superior beings, journalists have positioned themselves as protected-species combatants. But freedom of […]

The Mao Zedong?

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On June 27, 2009
Fascinating; the unscientific popular choice for the name of China’s first aircraft carrier is Mao Zedong: But which was the runaway favorite in two polls conducted earlier this month? Mao Zedong. He may have been a monster to you and me. The number of Chinese who died as a result of his policies runs into […]

Now that’s What I Call a Punchline…

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On June 26, 2009
Dan Barry, in the New York Times, on the contemporary John Birch Society: The coordinator was Chris Nowak, 24, a substitute math teacher who said he joined after his father, a longtime Bircher, re-educated him about American history; for example, he now understood that the United Nations was founded by President Harry S. Truman “and […]

Beware!

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On June 26, 2009

For your weekend irritation:Something worth noting: We often think of anti-gay bigotry as a pre-existing social fact that is, slowly but appreciably, slipping into history. But that’s not quite

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Gambling in Casablanca

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On June 26, 2009

The only surprising thing about this stuff is that none of these bigwigs (including a law school dean — apparently she never learned to think like a lawyer) can ever seem to remember that govern

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