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Monday, December 29, 2003
 

Legacy

Thinking about buying a new vehicle? Leaning towards a Ford? You might want to consider that the will of anti-Semite Henry Ford is being honored even today, with handouts from the Ford Foundation to Palestinian NGO's with nefarious objectives.
 
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Dean vs. Dean

I'm not convinced Howard Dean's nomination is a sure thing. Among other controversies arising from things he's said, here we see that in 1999 he had his own private meeting with industry officials for the sake of shaping Vermont energy policy, justified by the very same reasons Dick Cheney defends his own sessions.
 
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Saturday, December 27, 2003
 

Fraud

It's a good thing Georgia's experience with deadbeat flu vaccine vendors is now a national story because it represents a national problem I don't remember seeing in years past. How does a vaccine maker underestimate consumer demand by hundreds of thousands of doses when they know how many they sold last year? How does such a company take state money and then fail to deliver the product? How does anyone expect to get away with defrauding a state on such a large scale? Certainly more answers will be forthcoming in the days ahead...
 
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Thursday, December 25, 2003
 

Adaptation

I didn't want to take egomaniac Joseph Farah's word for it so I did a search on Kwanzaa inventor Ron Karenga's sordid past and found it's true, he is a violent felon. The FrontPage article also illustrates a few things that were wrong with UCLA in the 60's and 70's.
 
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Monday, December 22, 2003
 

Fade

There was a time when Joe Namath was America's favorite quarterback, a hero and a role model to millions of my generation. Now it appears he's losing his relevance even as a has-been.
 
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Why We Like Retrogaming

Clive Thompson at Slate has articulated many of the reasons why some of us prefer old video games to the $50 bloatware titles of today.
 
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Sunday, December 21, 2003
 

Rehabilitation

Col. Qadhafi's decision to surrender Libya's WMD programs has big implications for the region and the world, certainly, and it also leaves him free and in place; undoubtedly the defeat and incarceration of Saddam was influential in the pragmatism of the choice, as was a realization that western investment would yield far more than the tangible value of any WMDs. Qadhafi can also apply this new statesmanlike esteem to his stated vision of a United States of Africa.
 
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Thursday, December 18, 2003
 

Ego

Long Island Irish Catholic Bill O'Reilly, who often cites his Catholic school education to make points about education and discipline issues, seems to have forgotten that pride is one of his church's "seven deadly sins." Add to the mix his feud with Matt Drudge and it's easy to challenge his composure.
 
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003
 

Distinguished

The supposedly high IQ that has kept Madonna's career alive for over 20 years, despite a lack of extraordinary talent, seems to have its limits. Madonna has endorsed Gen. Wesley Clark for the Democratic nomination. Note in the story that they were introduced by none other than Michael Moore.
 
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100 Years

Despite my having a show to play tonight, the real news today is the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first successful powered flight. I was watching the C-SPAN coverage during the program and the time when they were going to attempt to recreate the flight with an exact replica but they said the wind wasn't fast enough at the time and the flght will be attempted again in a few minutes, at 2 pm.

It's also a nice note that Burbank's airport has just been renamed for Bob Hope, himself a product of the year 1903 and everything that happened since then through this year.
 
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Creative Solutions

This guy has a pretty good scheme for getting through law school, a computer game based on the search for WMD's and featuring a real treasure hunt as a promotion. This might also help people realize the enormity of the real search in Iraq.
 
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Monday, December 15, 2003
 

Whose Side are You On?

Take a look at this page and see for yourself what's wrong with Arab society in general. The Iraqi media couldn't be happier to live and work in a free Iraq with the certainty of Saddam Hussein's capture and imprisonment. These other Arab sources mostly come from state-sponsored organs of propaganda, with their editorial positions plainly against individual freedom. The Iraqi people will never forget who Saddam's supporters are, especially with the example of the Palestinians.
 
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Tim Russert's Dream

Supposedly Tim Russert saw George Tenet at a party and said he'd dreamt Saddam was captured, something Tenet knew to be fact but didn't say at the time. I think more than a few of us share the surreal feelings of the capture actually taking place. I was at a friend's watching "This Old House Classics" when the news coverage started around 5:30 am eastern time. For once, big breaking news was good news to most of us and it was actually pleasant to watch the continuing coverage and wait for new information.
 
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Thursday, December 11, 2003
 

Dow 10,000

We've been waiting a long time for the Dow Jones index to again hit 10,000 and now it has. The current economic recovery is for real.
 
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A Time for Better Presents

Thanks to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, people are now being discouraged from bringing fruitcake in carry-on luggage. In some cases this may result in happier gatherings and exchanges.
 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2003
 

Ebadi Accepts

I really don't know why it takes so long to actually present the Nobel prizes after they've been announced but today Iranian lawyer and activist Shirin Ebadi has accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. Now it is officially a first, not just for Iranians but all Muslim women, too. IRNA has actually carried the story but they've reworded it to deflect attention away from the true meaning of the award.
 
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Disgrace

You can assign my headline to any of your choice of characters involved, depending on how you feel about the Atlanta Falcons this year. Yes, the Falcons are 3-10, which should not be the case even without Michael Vick in most of the games. Yes, Dan Reeves is the only coach to ever take any edition of the Falcons to the Super Bowl. Yes, Falcons owner Arthur Blank settled his sexual harassment case out of court. No, the Falcons are not any more likely to win the remaining games of the season after firing Reeves. Everybody wants a winning team but this is hardly an atypical year for this club.
 
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Monday, December 08, 2003
 

Sophistication

So John Kerry thinks he's appealing to that elite slice of the liberal intelligentsia that is the domain of such luminaries as Michael Stipe with his eloquent comments in the Rolling Stone interview.

At some point, many thousands of veterans of the 1991 and 2003 conflicts will decide they have no obligation to care if Kerry just happened to serve in Vietnam because it sure hasn't proven compelling enough reason to trust his judgement or reasoning on any matter whatsoever, let alone the strength of his character.
 
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Friday, December 05, 2003
 

Unrest in Iran

As I post, World Net Daily has broken this story ahead of the Associated Press and CNN.
 
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Thursday, December 04, 2003
 

The Truth About Knighthood

That people like Mick Jagger get knighthoods these days ought to make it obvious the prerequisites have changed over the years. What's obvious to me is that it's for no other achievement than being one of the top taxpayers of all time in British history. Why else would Elton John get one?
 
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