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Links to some interesting places:
R.J.Rummel's blog
Junk Science Blog and debunking discussion forum.
Pirate Ballerina
Dave Kopel's Home Page
Volokh Conspiracy
Glenn Reynolds' Instapundit
Prof Bainbridge Blog
Clayton Cramer
David Friedman's homepage
Vodka Pundit
Tiki Lounge
Jim Dunnigan's site
Cold Fury
Karl's blog

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Earlier in the year, I said that the best thing we could do for Iraqis was invade their country. Not merely because we would overthrow their fascist regime but because we would be putting a hundred thousand soldiers into their midst. Historically, American soldiers are like no other nations' soldiers and have a long history of great relations with occupied countries with few exceptions.

Here, Adesnik makes some similar points while discussing a NYT story on how low ranking US Army officers are undertaking reconstruction efforts with success.

Special headgear for Howard Dean supporters.

Monday, December 29, 2003

Steve Verdon points us to this compelling cartoon about Howard Dean by Cox and Forkum.

Glenn Reynolds points us to this strip of Pearls Before Swine that makes a stunning point about the horrific war crimes of Palestinian terrorists.

Another example of the hypocrisy of Howard Dean.

Go Dean!

Friday, December 26, 2003

As is so often the case in that part of the world, it appears that the earthquake in Iran is quite horrific in its toll. I am saddened for the victims and their families.

Wow, a not-so-subtle message from Queen Elizabeth.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Overscheduling this week means I'm not going to be able to see the last Lord of the Rings movie until next week. I consoled myself by reminding myself of the 50 reasons that LOTR sucks.

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

People are having fun today with this story about Howard Dean's misrepresentation of his brotheron RealClearPolitics, but the real story in my mind is the two manifestations of Dean's arrogance. The first is in Dean's vituperative reaction to getting caught giving that cute answer mentioned in the RCP story. The second is in this earlier story about how Dean insisted his brother's remains be treated as military. In fact, adding the two up, Dean's misrepresentation above doesn't seem accidental.

Sunday, December 21, 2003

The Man Without Qualities peruses a New York Times editorial and finds it witless.

Friday, December 19, 2003

Glenn Reynolds spends some time arguing about Condolezzi Rice's comment that the 9/11 event was unimaginable. Of course, Glenn has a point that many people did imagine the event.

I still think that some of the criticism he aims Rice's way is unfair. While its arguable that the event was "imaginable", was the only real effective counter - the destruction of the airliners by fighter aircraft - truly "imaginable" ?

John Lott writes on the silliness of the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the McCain-Feingold Act.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Sheesh, this woman was actually Secretary of State? Its unbelievable to me - and to Glenn Reynolds from whom I swiped the link - that she has the gall to criticize President Bush given her own incredible incompetence.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

While Orson Scott Card tells us where some Democrats indeed cross the line into being unpatriotic. Hmmm, more Orson Scott Card novels to buy I see.

Another Democrat displays his kookiness regarding the capture of Saddam Hussein. Despicable.

Monday, December 15, 2003

Wow, I'm going to have to make it a point to watch more John Rhys-Davies movies.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

I've not finished digesting it, but the more I read of the Supreme Court's decision upholding the major provisions of the McCain-Feingold Act, the more disgusted I become. We have a Supreme Court that cannot read its own decisions, and more importantly cannot read the actual Constitution of the United States. If you want more temperate comment, try Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy. I'm unable to write any.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

The Communications Decency Act has a specific grant of immunity from defamation laws for communications providers, which is being interpreted far too broadly, as this dissent from a denial of hearing en banc eloquently explains.

In case there was any mystery, here on LGF is more confirmation that Howard Dean is a complete freakin' loon. I'm looking forward to his nomination as the Democratic candidate for President and the subsequent disappearance of the national Democratic Party into the land of Moonbats.

Monday, December 01, 2003

Elsewhere, I've had an amusing time rebutting some of the more ridiculous nonsense about alternative energy, but here Iain Murray points out the "environmental" opposition to wind farms.

Interesting discussion of employment numbers and the unusual rise in self-employed.