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Would Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales have done this for Fox News or the Washington Times? And if he had/has, wouldn't the New York Times editorial page blast him for colluding to suppress information from the public? Read the whole NYTimes' piece. Note especially how a Times editor used Wikipedia (and the Times' own website) to... Read More
Web slime.
William Beutler investigates.
Who's vandalizing Wikipedia?
The hot new site of the week is this Wikipedia edit scanner, invented by Caltech graduate student Virgil Griffith, which searches the list of edits at Wikipedia and ties them to known IP addresses of groups and organizations. Yes, you can now identify and track Wiki vandals at, say, the NYTimes or Al Jazeera. Very... Read More
Via the BBC:
Mystical Nativity by Sandro Botticelli For unto Us a Child is born Unto Us a Son is given And the government shall be upon His shoulder And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6 Merry Christmas, dear readers. Hope your day is... Read More
Attention, congressional staff members on both sides of the aisle: Please have your bosses read this Dean Barnett Sunni-Shia Cheat Sheet over the holidays in order to avoid another Jeff Stein gotcha moment. While you're at it, The Truth About Muhammad would make an informative gift for the clueless. Bryan Preston offers his recommended reading... Read More
Left-handers of the world, unite! We left-handed people have a special bond. At book signings, left-handers always make a point of noticing that I'm one of them. Fellow left-handers will ask which hand I shoot or bowl with (right-handed--but I crochet and sew left-handed). We all have stories of elementary school persecution. We have the... Read More
Like I said earlier today, information wants to be free. And freedom is something Iran is just not going to tolerate. Via The Guardian (hat tip: Greg Tinti): Greg writes: "There's a good quip to be made about Iran banning The Times I'm sure, but it's evading me at the moment." Indeed, there's something richly... Read More
Rebuffed by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the NYTimes puts out a desperate editorial this morning asking someone, anyone--paging Nancy Pelosi!--to help protect them from accountability for protecting illegal leakers and reporters accused of tipping off terrorist charities: The "right" the paper claims is neither absolute nor iron-clad (see Branzburg v. Hayes). As for the "great... Read More
Two simple, little reminders about the things that matter most. The first is from the Times of London: "Mother in coma laughs at her children's jokes." A mother of two who has spent two years in a coma has started chuckling at her children’s jokes. It was the first sound Andrea Brushneen, 31, had made... Read More
Howie at The Jawa Report points me to Juba Online, an apparent jihadi sniper site that glorifies the murder of our American soldiers. They've been around for a year. The site affiliates itself with the Islamic Army, which happens to be the same group that supplied CNN the Global Sniper News Network with its terrorist... Read More
Meet Alberto Fernandez: State Dept. apologist for jihad Alberto Fernandez, director of public diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the US State Department, is al Jazeera's favorite pet tool. He has been praised as "sassy" and is a fixture on Arab TV. From a Newsweek profile published in August, which proclaimed him... Read More
Disgraced GOP Rep. Mark Foley's instant messages with an underage page are absolutely appalling. He was a 54-year-old man abusing his position of power with a 16-year-old boy. Based on all the reporting so far, and there may yet be more to come, Rep. Foley was exactly the kind of sexual predator--"sicko," in his own... Read More
Apostasy. The last time I visited the subject, an ex-Muslim man's life was at stake in Afghanistan. Remember Abdul Rahman? Now, meet Lina Joy. Like Rahman, she was born Muslim, converted to Christianity, and is facing death threats for abandoning Islam. She wants to marry a fellow Christian man in her native Malaysia. A Muslim... Read More
Via London Telegraph Answer: Nothing--unless you are a British Passport Office worker who fear the wrath of Muslim fanatics offended by a little girl's bare shoulders. Her passport application was rejected by bureaucrats who told the girl's mom "that the exposed skin might be considered offensive in a Muslim country." I suppose if the girl... Read More
***Scroll for updates*** I went to bed last night after blogging about the Dearbornistan terror arrests and the still missing 8 Egyptians. Twenty minutes after I went to sleep, the news broke about a massive terrorist plot to blow up several aircraft mid-flight between the United States and Britain using explosives smuggled in hand luggage.... Read More
I'm getting lots of moonbat mail from people who finally discovered the Seattle P-I's article mentioning that accused Jew-killer Naveed Haq had reportedly been baptized at one point at an evangelical Christian church. Yeah, I noted that two days ago, Sherlocks. (Thought: Have you heard of taqiyya?) I also noted that the article reported that... Read More
***updated...10pm Eastern-new details about Haq via AP - he "forced his way through a security door by holding a gun to a 13-year-old girl's head"...told 911 dispatcher, "These are Jews and I'm tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East..."*** ***new photo of Haq via... Read More
***update: Kerry-Feingold defeated 86-13. Levin-Reed defeated 60-39.*** Ouch. Like the hapless Simpsons' character who can't stop walking into rakes, the Democrat Party is set to thwack itself in the head again today with two votes to pull out troops from Iraq with no regard for the conditions on the ground. WaPo:
Hot Air has a special correspondent in Las Vegas for the "nutroots convention" convened by The Daily Kos. An excerpt from Dispatch 1: That descriptive paragraph provoked an excitable response from Andrew Sullivan--you know, the guy who called America a "rogue nation." Our correspondent adds some anthropological commentary: Oh-one always wants to know whether the... Read More
Oh, dear Lord. A jihadist plot, possibly of global scale, possibly imminent, unravels in Canada...and what do law enforcement officials do? Try to whitewash the obvious jihadi profile from the public's mind. At the press briefing held by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police today, the suspects who appeared in court--all sporting traditional Muslim male beards... Read More
In response to the "Nuestro Himno" illegal alien anthem nonsense, I thought it would be nice to celebrate the history of our national anthem--instead of rewriting it to pander to ethnic grievance-mongers who don't respect Amerian laws or traditions. Via Wikipedia, here's a copy of Francis Scott Key's original manuscript of the "Star-Spangled Banner" poem:... Read More
***scroll for updates...1230pm EDT Looks like the problem may be resolved, though several blogs still down...Glenn Reynolds confirms the attack originated in Saudi Arabia, as I suspected...Mary Katherine Ham of downed blog hughhewitt.com is guest-blogging over at Wizbang...Hugh's back up...looks like most are back up...update on Aaron's CC below...513pm EDT update several blogs reporting they... Read More
I posted last night on the moonbats' ambush on military recruiters at UC Santa Cruz. The San Francisco Chronicle has a follow-up: Here is a Quicktime movie of the recruiters being forced off campus. More from the Chronicle: ...University officials had been aware for weeks that Students Against War planned a protest to prevent military... Read More
Hey readers - I'm taking a few days off for an overdue family mini-vacation. While I'm away, I'm pleased and honored to hand over the keys to the one and only Allah Pundit as guest-blogger. If you followed his brilliant work over the past few years--especially during the 2004 campaign--he needs no introduction. For the... Read More
This story deserves much more attention than it's getting. Via VOA News (hat tip: Doug at Below the Beltway): An Afghan man who recently admitted he converted to Christianity faces the death penalty under the country's strict Islamic legal system. The trial is a critical test of Afghanistan's new constitution and democratic government. The case... Read More
A tipster e-mailed me last night: Here's some background on how the bidding war between Dubai Ports World and the other competitor to buy out British-based P& O's port operations, Singapore’s PSA (the more experienced and established of
Guess which side they chose? To Denmark and the European newspapers that published the cartoons: I just want you to know that the State Department does not speak for me and countless other Americans. It never usually does. Contact the State Department here. *** Reader Poul E. e-mails me from Denmark with a question: Ouch.... Read More
Power Line blows the whistle on the MSM's favorite whistleblower Coleen Rowley, who is running for Congress in Minnesota on a platform of advocating "ethical decision-making." Her idea of ethical decision-making? Photoshopping an image of her GOP opponent, Rep. John Kline, as bumbling Nazi Col. Klink. Her campaign website replaced Rep. Kline's military uniform (he's... Read More
Okay, here's the deal: Liberal blogs are buzzing over NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell's interview with NYTimes reporter James Risen, which was posted at MSNBC.com. Acording to left-wing Americablog, a transcript of the original interview was altered to remove a question from Mitchell that suggested the Bush administration was eavesdropping on CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour. And,... Read More
Russ Vaughn is a Vietnam vet and wonderful poet whose work is well-known and widely published by milbloggers. Bill Faith of Small Town Veteran keeps an archive of Vaughn's work here. Vaughn's latest poem is so good and so timely, I'm reprinting it in full: Force Multipliers Wikipedia: force multiplier-a military term referring to a... Read More
***135pm EDT update...Al Sharpton calls President Bush "evil...James Crow Jr., Esquire...broken levees are weapons of mass destruction...Our people are dying in Iraq and being drowned in New Orleans...We'll be in Baton Rouge on the 29th...this is the beginning of the regeneration of the movement for our people..."*** If you tune into C-SPAN right now, you... Read More
*see updates below* Inside Air America: An Investigative Blog Report Part 1: A Trail of Debts By Michelle Malkin and Brian Maloney michellemalkin.com/radioequalizer.blogspot.com August 17, 2005 *** It's not just the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls that's knocking on Air America Radio's door looking for lost money. According to court records obtained by Radio Equalizer/MichelleMalkin.com,... Read More
The ACLU and other civil libertarians don't seem to mind if a public swimming pool sets aside time for the exclusive use of Muslims. But they'll scream holy hell if a city swimming pool enforces a dress code that requires everyone, including Muslims, to wear a swimsuit. Update: Reader Scott L. quips... And Robert Spencer,... Read More
Several readers write with a reminder that today is the 36th anniversary of Mary Jo Kopechne's death. Myrna Blyth's remembrance from last year is worth re-reading. R.I.P. *** Update: Gullyborg notices some macabre advice on the Massachusetts government website today. (Update 500pm EST. The page has been pulled, but it's cached here.) Ankle Biting Pundits... Read More
London mayor Ken Livingstone earned praise yesterday for his stalwart statement condemning the 7/7 attacks. "Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail," he said, addressing the terrorists directly. There are some things you should know, though, about Mayor Livingstone before you applaud his steadfastness against evil. Despite his strong words lambasting terrorism,... Read More
Apology, schmapology. Sen. Dick Durbin is still blaming the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for his ills. Illinois-based Marathon Pundit reports that Durbin is telling local press there that it's all dastardly Bob Novak's fault! Does Reynolds Wrap have an endorsement deal with the Democrat Party or what?
The Young America's Foundation has a helpful new list of the top 10 conservative colleges: * Hillsdale College * Grove City College * Franciscan University * Indiana Wesleyan University * Thomas Aquinas College * Harding University * College of the Ozarks * Liberty University * Patrick Henry College * Christendom College More details here. Wish... Read More
Jacques Derrida, father of deconstructionism, is dead. Deconstructionism, alas, is still alive and thriving. Dan Flynn has a great chapter on Derrida in his new book. Check it out.
A few days ago, I blogged on the Philippines going wobbly in the face of threats by Islamofascists who kidnapped a Filipino truck driver in Iraq. Now, just as I feared, it looks as though President Gloria Arroyo has fallen over completely. According to Reuters: Seguis ends his pathetic bleat with this statement to the... Read More
The liberal conventional wisdom seems to be that dark-horse Kerry veep possibility Tom Vilsack, governor of Iowa, ruined his chances by signing a state law making English the official language in 2002. Vilsack may or may not be Kerry's pick, but the notion that he would hurt the ticket because of the English language law... Read More
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The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
Talk TV sensationalists and axe-grinding ideologues have fallen for a myth of immigrant lawlessness.
Which superpower is more threatened by its “extractive elites”?
How a Young Syndicate Lawyer from Chicago Earned a Fortune Looting the Property of the Japanese-Americans, then Lived...
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