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This week’s articles of note

“Why Chinese mothers are superior,” Wall Street Journal, by Amy Chua “Social animal: how the new sciences of human nature can help make sense of a life,” The New Yorker, by David Brooks “Got dough?: public school reform in the age of venture philanthropy,” Dissent, by Joanne Barkan  “Population 7 billion,” National Geographic, by Robert Kunzig “The political power […]

Palin and British wishful-thinking

The word on this side of the pond is that some Brits are filled with glee from “news” stories like this one in the Guardian (“Sarah Palin hit by fallout from Arizona shooting spree”), which predict that the Arizona shootings will result in the demise of Sarah Palin. I believe these Brits are misinformed, and as guilty as the liberal commentators over here in jumping to wishful-thinking conclusions. […]

Most Americans believe Tucson shooting unrelated to rhetoric

Many liberal commentators have put forward that heated rhetoric and the political “climate” were important factors that explain Jared Loughner’s shootings in Tucson, Arizona on the weekend. Well, a majority of Americans don’t agree. According to a CBS News poll out today, 57 percent of people said the harsh political tone had nothing to with the Arizona shootings, while 32 percent said it […]

Falsely accusing the Tea Party of murder

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Liberal commentators’ rush to blame the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords on heated political rhetoric exposes their censoriousness and intolerance. Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“The rise of the new global elite,” The Atlantic, by Chrystia Freeland “The man who spilled the beans,” Vanity Fair, by Sarah Ellison [On Julian Assange and collaborating newspapers] “Cyberspace when you’re dead,” The New York Times Magazine, by Rob Walker “A question of character,” Boston Review, by David M. Kennedy [Review of Made in America: […]

Football and a nation of wusses

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The trend in American society in recent years towards risk-aversion and excessive safety-first concerns are undermining an American institution known for toughness: football. I was nearly knocked over by last week’s news that, for the first time in its history, the National Football League called off a game because of weather. A game in Philadelphia between the local […]

San Francisco bans fast-food toys, introduces “Crappy Meals”

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c San Francisco’s Happy Meal Ban Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> The Daily Show on Facebook Here is the Daily Show’s take on the San Francisco council’s banning of toys in Happy Meals at McDonalds and at other fast-food […]

PC version of Huck Finn removes the word “nigger”

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New South Books plans to publish a new, PC-sanitized edition of Mark Twain’s classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, reports Publishers Weekly. It replaces the word “nigger” with “slave”, and makes similar edits to other words deemed offensive. This is lunacy. PW writes: ” For decades [Huckleberry Finn] has been disappearing from grade school curricula across the country, relegated to optional […]

Shield bill is a threat to free speech

In an op-ed in today’s New York Times, University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone sounds a warning over the threat to free speech posed by the so-called Shield bill. The bill has been introduced in response to the Wikileaks disclosures, and would amend to Espionage Act of 1917 to make it a crime for any […]

27 million reasons to cheer: more babies and immigrants keep population rising

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Guest Post by Alex Standish   In 2010 there were 27 million more Americans than in 2000. This is a good sign. It shows that America is still a vibrant, dynamic society, even if the rate of growth (9.7 percent) is slower than the rate in the 1990s (13.2 percent). Any country that is adding […]

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