Have you ever been having a conversation with a free-market ideologue and referred, in exasperation, to things like fire-department services and roads as examples of why some things are simply better accomplished through taxation by a government than through private "entrepreneurship?"
Well, now the industrious little gnomes at the American Enterprise Institute are even trying to take THAT one away. No, really. The article's…Continue
Oh, how FUNNY. A chance intersection of two of my most recent stories. Eric Lach over at Talking Points Memo catches the very same Judith Miller on FAUX "News" Sunday, complaining that Julian Assange is a "bad journalist," apparently "because he didn't…Continue
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Juvenal, ca 100 CE (also, Alan Moore, 1985)
Things are moving fast in the story of large government and financial interests’ moves against WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. First came the unprecedented international arrest warrant for…
Added by The Diaper Pail on December 10, 2010 at 8:14am — No Comments
The Superior Gold Group, one of Glenn Beck's reliable advertisers, has been put into court-ordered receivership based on evidence that it was ripping people off.
Putting a company in receivership is a…Continue
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This one always had the smell of BS about it, but the reason I'm taking the time to highlight it is that, well, so did the Iraq war, and so many other stories lately. And although I fancy myself as someone who has a pretty good "BS detector," it is precisely the acceptance and allowability of such "gut-thinking" itself which allows for people (myself included) to make "conclusions" without restricting them to only the facts in evidence. The very phrase "trial by media"…Continue
...in this case the issue is deadly serious; it's the public discourse that is puerile. There is plenty of room for…Continue