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Steyn on Ted

Mark Steyn talks about the dead lion being lionized by the media:

Considering the nomination of Judge Bork, Ted Kennedy rose on the Senate floor and announced that “Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit down at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break [...]

Microsoft Gaffe in Poland

You have to see the picture to believe it:

Software giant Microsoft apologized Wednesday for the apparent bad judgment that led to the head of a black model being swapped for that of a white model in an online advertisement. The ad — which showed three business people, one Asian, one white and one black [...]

Pentagon Actively Trying to Manipulate American News Coverage of the Afghanistan War

According to Stars & Stripes:

Contrary to the insistence of Pentagon officials this week that they are not rating the work of reporters covering U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Stars and Stripes has obtained documents that prove that reporters’ coverage is being graded as “positive,” “neutral” or “negative.”

Moreover, the documents — recent confidential profiles of [...]

Dunne For: Dominick Dunne, Dead at 83

Longtime crime reporter and Vanity Fair special correspondent Dominick Dunne is dead at 83:

Dominick Dunne, a best-selling author and special correspondent for Vanity Fair, died today at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.  The cause of death was bladder cancer, said his son Griffin Dunne.

Dunne—who joined Vanity Fair in 1984 as a [...]

Say Hello to Mary Jo: Senator Edward Kennedy, Dead at 77

The Lion of the Senate is dead at 77:

Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a son of one of the most storied families in American politics, a man who knew triumph and tragedy in near-equal measure and who will be remembered as one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate, [...]

Psycho Doughnuts Not So Psycho Anymore

First written about here, we now have an update on the Psycho Doughnuts controversy:

It appears that sanity has come at last to Psycho Donuts.

The place still has a crazy feel. The Bates Motel sign still welcomes visitors, and the doughnuts have names like “manic malt” and “coco kooks.”

But the “bipolar” and “severe [...]

Guest Post #1

I had the opportunity to ask a man falling from a very tall building what he thinks of the poorly-administered Cash for Clunkers program, set to end tomorrow:

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Well, there you have it.  I hope he’ll be in a better mood tomorrow.

Are You Male or Female? Gender Test for South Africa’s Athlete Phenom Caster Semenya

I have never heard of a “gender test.”  But that is what star runner Caster Semenya of South Africa will undergo to prove she is a woman:

Facing questions about her gender, South African teenager Caster Semenya easily won the 800-meter gold medal Wednesday at the world championships.  Her dominating run came on the same [...]

AARP Loses 0.15% of Their Membership Over Health Care Reform

According to a recent DrudgeReport headline:

AARP Loses 60,000+ Members Over Pro- Obama Health Care Stance…

In his typically misleading way, Drudge wants you to believe that 60,000 is a large number of anti-Obama protestors.  However, when you examine the facts in their proper context, this is a non-story.  Expressed as a percentage of their [...]

Rare Large Meat-Eating Pitcher Plant Found in Southeast Asia

If you are meat, and you live in Southeast Asia, be careful where you step:

Botanists believe they have discovered one of the world’s largest carnivorous plants in Southeast Asia. The new discovery measures about 30 centimeters in diameter and are formed in the shape of a large cup, which McPherson says is full of [...]

Helen Thomas Sculpture

A museum in Dearborn may get the lucky artifact:

The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn could land a sculpture of veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas.

Spokeswoman Kim Silarski said Friday the museum, which already displays one of Thomas’ vintage typewriters, was approached by former White House photographer Susan Tinsley McElhinney. McElhinney sculpted a [...]

Last Leak: Robert Novak, Dead at 78

Brain cancer claims conservative stalwart:

Political columnist Robert Novak, a diehard conservative, pugilistic debater and proud owner of the “Prince of Darkness” moniker, died Tuesday after a battle with brain cancer that was diagnosed in July 2008. He was 78.  His wife of 47 years, Geraldine Novak, told The Associated Press that he died at [...]

Favorite Recorded Scream

That’s the title of LeRoy Steven’s compilation of musical screams:

A few months ago a peculiar item called “Favorite Recorded Scream” began to trickle into New York City record stores. Pressed on 12-inch vinyl in an edition of 500, it has little on its red cover except a list of 74 songs, each linked to [...]

Cocaine on the Cash: 90 percent of U.S. Bills have Trace Amounts

A whopping 100 percent of all cash in Detroit has trace amounts of cocaine on it:

In the course of its average 20 months in circulation, U.S. currency gets whisked into ATMs, clutched, touched and traded perhaps thousands of times at coffee shops, convenience stores and newsstands. And every touch to every bill brings specks [...]

Amateur Hour

Belatedly, the White House does the right thing:

Following a furor over how the data would be used, the White House has shut down an electronic tip box — flag@whitehouse.gov — that was set up to receive information on “fishy” claims about President Barack Obama’s health plan.

E-mails to that address now bounce back with [...]