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  • Helen Thomas Goes Home

    07/22/2013 7:06:25 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 46 replies
    Wall Street Opinion Journal ^ | July 22, 2013 | James Taranto
    An eerie silence descended on American journalism's attic Saturday morning. Elsewhere the house was loud with cries of mourning for 92-year-old Helen Thomas and of celebration for her life. This columnist was anything but an admirer of Thomas, and normally we'd give the subject a rest out of respect for the recently departed. But the over-the-top encomiums demand a critical examination because they exemplify a moral and intellectual rot within the journalistic profession
  • WSJ’s James Taranto On Media’s Emotional Investment In Racial ‘Show Trial’ Of Zimmerman

    07/02/2013 2:32:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 2, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    On Monday, Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto expanded on themes he recently wrote about relating to Florida’s thin case against George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin in 2012. Taranto told WSJ’s Mary Kessel that the prosecution of Zimmerman, in the words of one Slate columnist, was supposed to serve as a “referendum” on racial privilege in America. “There’s a word for a trial that is held as a referendum – it’s a show trial,” Taranto said. “We don’t do show trials in this country.” “Why has the press been so convinced from the very beginning that...
  • WSJ:Opinion:Obama Scandals: Worse Than Watergate

    05/27/2013 11:40:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 46 replies
    Wall Streeet Journal Video ^ | May 21, 2013 | Staff
    Mary Kissel and James Taranto discuss the current scandals facing the White House and put them into recent historical perspective
  • Taranto: ‘Obama Presidency Has Given Liberal Media Bias a New and Dangerous Form’

    05/25/2013 1:08:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 25, 2013 | 14:21 | Brent Baker
    “Liberal media bias is an old complaint,” the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto noted in his “Best of the Web Today” column this past Monday on responses to the Obama scandals, before warning: “The Obama presidency has given it a new and dangerous form. Never has the prevailing bias of the media been so closely aligned with the ideological aims and political interests of the party in power.”He recognized “the American media remain free and independent, or you would not be reading this column,” but zinged, “to a large extent they have functioned for the past few years as if...
  • Power Constrains - Why "community organizer" tactics don't work for the president

    04/30/2013 4:32:18 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 2 replies
    WSJ Blog ^ | 4-29-2013 | James Taranto
    "The Democrats have lost on sequestration," Journolist founder Ezra Klein declares ..... (snip) Reader Harriet Hart is on to something with this observation: So far I haven't seen any commentary on the correlation between Mr. Obama's training as a community organizer and the sequester fiasco. Community organizers' main efforts are to stir up public sentiment to achieve special goals without implementing any solutions. Solutions are the province of someone else. The present administration has used this tactic endlessly, most noticeably with the White House tour shutdown during spring break and now flight-controller furloughs. This is definitely not an effort to...
  • Jaws ’12

    11/24/2012 8:29:08 PM PST · by chessplayer · 6 replies
    FORGIVE THE MIXED METAPHOR, but did the mainstream media jump the shark this summer? The expression “jump the shark” comes from the long-running 1970s sitcom Happy Days. In the 1977 fifth-season premiere, Fonzie (Henry Winkler) dons water skis, swim trunks, and his trademark leather jacket and launches over a trapped shark. The episode marked the point at which the show’s writers ran out of ideas and began substituting extravagant gimmicks in place of the solid plots that had made it a success in the first place. “Jumping the shark” has since become a metaphor for the beginning of such a...
  • Candy Crowley Not in ‘Cahoots’ With Obama; He and Axelrod Used Her

    10/20/2012 1:07:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | October 20, 2012 | Brent Baker
    The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto on Thursday offered a plausible explanation for why President Barack Obama, during Tuesday night’s debate, felt confident he could count on moderator Candy Crowley of CNN to back him up on how he had uttered the phrase “acts of terror” the day after the Benghazi attack. On her CNN State of the Union show back on September 30, Crowley interviewed David Axelrod and during that segment she was as incredulous as Mitt Romney was at the debate that Obama had initially referred to “acts of terror” in any relationship to Benghazi. In “Was Candy...
  • James Taranto: Brush With Liberal Opposition To Free Speech Solidified Me As A Conservative

    08/31/2012 8:10:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged, you might say that James Taranto became solidly conservative when his free speech was mugged by liberals. Taranto is the author of the inimitable Best of the Web Today column at the online edition of the Wall Street Journal. In a wide-ranging interview with NewsBusters at the RNC yesterday, Taranto—asked how he became a conservative—described his experience as a college student-newspaper editor. He had written a column defending the free speech rights of a college journalist at another university who had been suspended for published a politically-incorrect cartoon regarding affirmative...
  • Slippery Cenk Suggests Public Employees Need Unions To Negotiate With 'Corporate Executives'

    02/23/2011 6:54:03 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 5 replies · 2+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    James Taranto could be the best columnist around. Every day at his Best of the Web at the Wall Street Journal online, Taranto turns out an original, often unconventional, conservative take on the news, managing to leaven it with humor. Rush today rightly extolled Taranto's column of yesterday, in which he made the point that there is a vast, inherent difference between private and public sector unions. In the former case, unions are negotiating against corporate interests. In the latter, unions are, by definition, organizing against the interests of the public itself. Surely even Cenk Uygur understands this. So when...
  • Can Sean Bielat Beat Barney Frank?

    10/09/2010 6:20:55 PM PDT · by Dayvester · 42 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 9, 2010 | BY Daniel Halper
    James Taranto profiles Sean Bielat, the congressional candidate in Massachusetts who is seeking to defeat Barney Frank in November's election: A native of Rochester, N.Y., Mr. Bielat caught the "political bug" as a teenager, when he did a stint as a House page. After earning a master's in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, he went to work as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. and an executive for iRobot Corp., a defense contractor based in Bedford, Mass. He's also a new father; his wife gave birth to their son, Theodore, over the summer... Can he win? In...
  • The Taranto Principle Vindicated Again

    05/20/2010 4:23:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 769+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2010 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- The exposure of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as a hoaxster boasting of a nonexistent record of service in the Vietnam War is a splendid example of what is known as the Taranto Principle. Someday the Taranto Principle will be taught in all the journalism schools, assuming one or two survive the present detumescence of journalism. Formulated by the inimitable Wall Street Journal editorialist James Taranto, the principle posits that when the liberal mainstream press indulges a liberal politician's deceits or fails to hold the politician accountable for his misbehavior, it encourages the politician to ascend to a...
  • James Taranto Ignores The 800-Pound Genocidal Gorilla In The Room

    02/02/2009 7:09:16 AM PST · by theothercheek · 3 replies · 374+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | February 2, 2009 | The Stiletto
    In Friday’s edition of “Best of the Web Today,” James Taranto writes this analysis of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan giving Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres a tongue-lashing during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos: “One obvious point is that Turkey is hardly in a position to criticize Israel for responding firmly to terrorist attacks” (referring to repeated Turkish air and ground incursions into northern Iraq to go after the Kurdish Workers' Party), and “[a] less obvious point is that Erdogan might have killed whatever chance his country had of becoming a member of the...
  • James Taranto: Tempest in a Teacup

    01/27/2009 4:32:10 PM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies · 600+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 27, 2009 | James Taranto
    One of the greatest rewards of being a journalist is that every now and then, you get to tell the world about an act of heroism that might otherwise go unheralded--the story of an ordinary person who, confronted with an injustice, takes a stand and helps, in his own small way, to make the world a better place.
  • South Side Veterans for Truth

    09/08/2008 1:27:17 PM PDT · by Nervous Tick · 6 replies · 235+ views
    ...But Obama did not decide only that "community organizing" was not for him. Judis reports the future senator took part in a September 1989 symposium in which he "rejected the guiding principles of community organizing: the elevation of self-interest over moral vision; the disdain for charismatic leaders and their movements; and the suspicion of politics itself." Later, Obama "would begin to construct a political identity for himself that was not simply different from his identity as a community organizer--but was, in fact, its very opposite."...
  • Krugman's Wager

    08/05/2008 5:40:33 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 22 replies · 129+ views
    WSJ ^ | August 5, 2008 | JAMES TARANTO
    Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman weighs in with an argument to DO SOMETHING!!!! about global warming: It's true that scientists don't know exactly how much world temperatures will rise... While there's a chance that we'll act against global warming only to find that the danger was overstated, there's also a chance that ...the results of inaction were catastrophic. Which risk would you rather run? It wasn't so long ago that global warmists were ...likening skeptics to Holocaust deniers. Now they are reduced to saying we really don't know if global warmism is true ...but since the consequences are so dire...
  • Independent Journalist Fakes Interviews, Quotes

    09/17/2007 4:58:44 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 2 replies · 159+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | September 17, 2007 | The Stiletto
    In the ABC News blog, "The Blotter," Brian Ross reports that the list of luminaries who say that they were the subjects of fake interviews written by former ABC News consultant Alexis Debat, 35, and published in Politique Internationale is growing exponentially.In addition to Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) who said an article published in the June issue French foreign affairs journal was a fabrication, the list of faked interviews now includes: Former President Bill Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Microsoft founder...
  • Evil Genius(Rove Derangement Syndrome)

    08/21/2007 2:30:01 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies · 910+ views
    Opinion Journal (Best of the Web ) ^ | 08/21/07 | James Taranto
    Karl Rove may be ending his stint as White House deputy chief of staff, but that doesn't mean we can say goodbye to his slash-and-burn approach to politics. A pair of news stories show just how far he is willing to go in order to win. ---snip--- Rove isn't just vicious, he's also stunningly ingenious. The Los Angeles Times reports that he has invented a diabolical strategy called "reverse psychology":
  • Journalist Jailed Over Faked Story

    08/15/2007 7:08:38 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 162+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | August 15, 2007 | The Stiletto
    A Chinese court sentenced reporter Zi Beijia, 28, to a year in prison for faking a hidden camera television story about cardboard-filled pork buns, reports The Associated Press. According to testimony at Zi’s trial, he paid four migrant workers from Shaanxi province to make the buns according to his instructions, which included stuffing the dough with cardboard softened with caustic soda and a small amount of fatty pork, and then edited the footage at home. A freelance reporter for Beijing Television, Zi’s motive for faking the story was to advance his career. Unfortunately, it is not unheard of for freelance...
  • Genocide Denial Shocks Genocide Denier: Part II

    08/06/2007 4:30:35 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 162+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | August 6, 2007
    The fallout from Armenian Genocide denier James Taranto’s July 26th column, "It Didn’t Happen," continues over these charges of countenancing genocide against Barack Obama and of genocide denial against John Kerry: Barack Obama's latest pronouncement on Iraq should have shocked the conscience. In an interview with the Associated Press last week, the freshman Illinois senator and Democratic presidential candidate opined that even preventing genocide is not a sufficient reason to keep American troops in Iraq. …One may take the position that genocide would not be the likely result of an American retreat from Iraq. That is the view of Mr....
  • Genocide Denial Shocks Genocide Denier

    07/27/2007 4:34:48 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 4 replies · 174+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | July 27, 2007 | The Stiletto
    In a commentary ("It Didn’t Happen") and this video ("Iraq’s Vulnerabilities Overlooked") OpinionJournal’s James Taranto decries Barack Obama’s comments on the possibility of genocide in Iraq and John Kerry’s contention on C-SPAN’s "Washington Journal" (RealPlayer required) that genocide did not engulf the region after the U.S. left Vietnam: "Senator Obama gave an interview last week to The Associated Press, and made a comment, that in my view really ought to shock the conscience. He said that preventing genocide is not a good enough reason to leave American troops in Iraq. … [I]t’s OK to allow the genocide of Arabs and...
  • Wannabe Pundit: Part IV

    07/20/2007 5:12:02 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 113+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | July 20, 2007
    In Wednesday’s edition of "Best of the Web Today" (BOTWT), James Taranto takes The Associated Press to task for its "accountability journalism" approach being a "departure from its old-fashioned just-the-facts style of journalism."Taranto also seizes upon this quote by Newsweek assistant managing editor Evan Thomas in an article published in American Journalism Review about coverage of the Duke "rape" case: "We just got the facts wrong. The narrative was right, but the facts were wrong." "The narrative was right, but the facts were wrong." This is reminiscent of the "fake but accurate" defense of CBS's Bush National Guard hoax. If...
  • Still a Fool( Best of the web today

    07/19/2007 2:25:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 526+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | July 19, 2007 | James Taranto
    Here's a fascinating story from today's New York Times: For more than a year, the leader of one the most notorious insurgent groups in Iraq was said to be a mysterious Iraqi called Abu Omar al-Baghdadi. As the titular head of the Islamic State in Iraq, Mr. Baghdadi issued incendiary pronouncements. Despite claims by an Iraqi Interior Ministry official in May that Mr. Baghdadi had been killed, he appeared to have persevered unscathed.On Wednesday, the chief United States military spokesman here, Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner, provided a new explanation for Mr. Baghdadi's ability to escape attack: he never existed....
  • Wannabe Pundit: Part III

    07/13/2007 4:03:56 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 137+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | July 13, 2007 | The Stiletto
    It’s been a month since James Taranto and his wannabe pundit joined together in Best of the Web Today (BOTWT) to gangbang Harvard University terrorism expert Jessica Stern with erroneous accounts in the New York Sun and BOTWT about her remarks on religious extremism at a conference organized by security think tank EastWest institute.As of yet, Taranto has not seen fit to:† Correct the shoddy reporting he cited from , on which his shoddy analysis was based;† Disclose* to BOTWT and OpinionJournal readers why he did not verify the facts in the Sun article himself, instead of relying upon the...
  • Wannabe Pundit: Part II

    07/09/2007 4:07:55 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 119+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | July 9, 2007 | The Stiletto
    James Taranto’s "Best of the Web Today" (BOTWT) on Thursday, July 5th, led off with an item about how the suspects in the failed London and Glasgow terror plots were depicted by The Associated Press ("[t]hey had diverse backgrounds, coming from countries around the globe, but all shared youth and worked in medicine"), which bent over backwards to sidestep the incontrovertible fact that the countries from which they immigrated to England are overwhelmingly Muslim.Then to buttress his case that it is disingenuous – and dangerous - to pretend that the terrorists aren’t all Muslim, Taranto adds: Why would that matter?...
  • The Stiletto Gets Results (Sorta)

    06/19/2007 4:16:02 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 170+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | June 18, 2007 | The Stiletto
    James Taranto spotlights a piece about an EastWest Institute conference from the New York Sun in Friday’s edition of his "Best of the Web Today" column (curiously, he did not include this item in a new feature he calls "Wannabe Pundits" - but this is a whole ‘nother story that’s long and convoluted and has an expanding cast of characters, so The Stiletto must leave it for later). In a recent post, The Stiletto suggested that Taranto has been somewhat remiss in making disclosures ethical journalists typically make when they have a particular interest or stake in something they are...
  • James Taranto Outs Himself (Again)

    05/22/2007 4:46:44 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 11 replies · 662+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | May 21, 2007 | The Stiletto
    In a classic example of misleading by omission, OpinionJournal.com editor James Taranto’s bio states, "He attended California State University, Northridge." In a commentary about Marilee Jones, who had lied to her bosses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology about her educational credentials for 28 years, Taranto belatedly fills in the blanks: I left high school after my sophomore year; and although I spent several years in college, I never bothered to graduate. Noting that "[b]y all accounts Marilee Jones did an excellent job," Taranto brushes aside the central issue in her dismissal - "[o]stensibly Ms. Jones was forced out because she...
  • The Shots Heard Around The World

    01/22/2007 4:09:15 AM PST · by theothercheek · 9 replies · 511+ views
    Political Mavens/Jewish World Review ^ | January 22, 2007 | The Stiletto
    Let’s not mince words. It was a teenager who pumped three bullets into Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, 53, at the entrance to the offices of Agos, the bilingual Armenian-Turkish weekly newspaper he founded in 1996. But Dink’s execution is a direct consequence of the policies of the Turkish government concerning the Armenian Genocide, and what Amnesty International terms "a pattern of judicial harassment against him for peacefully expressing his dissenting opinion."For more than nine decades, successive Turkish governments have denied that Ottoman Turks carried out a systematic – nearly successful – genocidal plan to exterminate Armenians. The official Turkish position...
  • The Not-So Silent Scream

    01/29/2007 4:00:36 AM PST · by theothercheek · 314+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | January 29, 2007 | The Stiletto
    Last night, The Stiletto went to see "Screamers," a powerful and moving documentary that asks why genocides keep occurring – from the 1915-1917 near-annihilation of Armenians by Ottoman Turks (warning: graphic images) to today’s ethnic cleansing in Darfur. You can watch the trailer here.The title of the documentary is meant to refer to those who don’t silently stand by as genocides are unfolding, notably Harvard Professor Samantha Power, author of "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide" (2002). Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, assassinated 10 days ago in Istanbul by a Turkish nationalist sympathizer, is also interviewed.The film...
  • Dem Documentaries Coming To A Theater Near You?

    02/16/2007 5:09:16 AM PST · by theothercheek · 5 replies · 420+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | February 16, 2007 | The Stiletto
    The Los Angeles Times describes a series of mostly lefty documentaries being financed by philanthropists – filmanthropists – who "have deep pockets and issue-driven agendas. Rather than make high-class dramas that might carry some mild social message, these producers are turning out full-blown advocacy movies."The paper notes that, "in the eight months since Al Gore's global-warming wake-up call, ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ was released, the documentary film marketplace has exploded" and that these filmanthropists want to "shine a spotlight on social injustices, or government malfeasance, and even to recast history in the service of human uplift and national reconciliation."Among the documentaries...
  • First, They Came For The Writers

    03/11/2007 5:48:48 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 5 replies · 369+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | March 9, 2007 | The Stiletto
    The United States government continues to remain silent on free speech restrictions in Turkey – most notably, what the European Union has called the "infamous" Article 301 of the Penal Code. Under Article 301, more than 60 fiction and non-fiction writers have been prosecuted for "denigrating Turkishness" – typically, for acknowledging the Armenian Genocide.Turkish novelist and Novel Laureate Orhan Pamuk was prosecuted under Article 301 because he told a Swiss magazine, "Thirty thousand Kurds and a million Armenians were killed in these lands and nobody but me dares to talk about it." Another Turkish novelist, Elif Şafak, was also tried...
  • 1,400 Turks Hospitalized After Ritual Animal Slaughters

    01/04/2007 4:32:31 AM PST · by theothercheek · 22 replies · 622+ views
    Political Mavens/Jewish World Review ^ | January 2, 2007 | The Stiletto
    More than 1,400 Turks spent New Year’s Eve - also the first day of the Muslim feast Eid al-Adha (or Eid ul Adha; for some unfathomable reason, no two Muslims can agree on a standardized spelling for anything) - in hospital ERs after stabbing or otherwise injuring their hands and legs while sacrificing thousands of cows, sheep, goats and bulls. Four of the injured were crushed by the weight of large animals falling on them; three others suffered fatal heart attacks. The rite is meant to commemorate G-d having provided a ram for Abraham to sacrifice in place of his...
  • Goody Two Shoes: James Taranto Outs Himself (A Double Standard on Free Speech - From a Conservative)

    10/14/2006 8:24:21 PM PDT · by theothercheek · 20 replies · 1,000+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | October 13, 2006 | The Stiletto
    The Stiletto wondered about James Taranto’s stance on the Armenian Genocide ... today he outed himself as a genocide denier in a stunningly hypocritical article replete with intellectual dishonesty and moral cowardice. About the new law passed by the French parliament that makes it a crime to deny that the Turks tried to wipe the Armenians off the face of the earth in 1915 (to do so is punishable by a year’s imprisonment and a €45,000 fine - the same as for denying the Nazi Holocaust - Taranto writes: "We have no opinion on whether the events of 1915 constitute...
  • Denying The Horrible Facts Of History

    03/02/2007 5:38:50 AM PST · by theothercheek · 271+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | March 2, 2007 | The Stiletto
    When The Stiletto was watching Hannity & Colmes the other day, one of the segments concerned the hateful, hysterical blog comments by posters lamenting the failure of the Taliban suicide bomber who reportedly tried to assassinate Vice President Dick Cheney outside the Bagram air force base in Afghanistan.Citing New York Congressman Charles Rangel’s 2005 remark that the Iraq War “is just as bad as the 6 million Jews being killed” and Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman’s comparison of global warming denial to Holocaust denial, one of the guest pundits denounced the over-the-top propensity of the far left to equate people...
  • Wall Street Journal Video Ends With A Parting Shot At James Taranto

    04/04/2007 4:13:03 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 173+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | April 4, 2007 | The Stiletto
    The Wall Street Journal Online has been posting video interviews with its reporters and editorial staff on the events of the day. In this one, "Edwards Campaign Continues," (under the Opinion tab, in case the balky Brightcove link doesn’t load properly) OpinionJournal.com editor James Taranto explains that John Edwards’ decision to continue his presidential quest after wife, Elizabeth, learned that her cancer has metastasized is impractical and not well-thought out because they may both be in denial. The 3:41 interview ends with an Easter egg-like surprise: After Taranto notes that the couple "is human after all," host Ed Crane praises...
  • Best of the Web Today

    02/20/2007 11:48:32 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 375+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | February 20, 2007 | James Taranto
    'Just Like in the Days of Vietnam' As Congress's majority Democrats consider their next moves on Iraq, New York's senior senator is getting nostalgic, this report from the McClatchy-Tribune wire suggests: Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats would be "relentless." "There will be resolution after resolution, amendment after amendment . . . just like in the days of Vietnam," Schumer said. "The pressure will mount, the president will find he has no strategy, he will have to change his strategy and the vast majority of our troops will be taken out of harm's way and come home." Why would anyone...
  • Best of the Web Today

    02/09/2007 1:17:25 PM PST · by rellimpank · 9 replies · 578+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 9 Feb 07 | JamesTaranto
    Denying the Future The Boston Globe's Ellen Goodman starts off a column about global warming on a loopy note: On the day that the latest report on global warming was released, I went out and bought a light bulb. OK, an environmentally friendly, compact fluorescent light bulb. Wow, Ellen, thanks for sharing! But a few paragraphs later she tries to make a serious point and ends up making a serious moral and intellectual error: I would like to say we're at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on...
  • Best of the Web Today

    02/07/2007 12:18:05 PM PST · by rellimpank · 1 replies · 451+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 7 Feb 07 | James Taranto
    This Just In On June 8, 2001, the online magazine Slate published an article by Jay Forman in which he claimed to have gone "monkeyfishing" on a small island off the Florida coast where a pharmaceutical company maintained a population of monkeys for medical research: Fruits were the bait of choice. . . . Once the bait was on the hook, I watched as the monkeyfisherman cast it onto the island, then waited. Not for long. The monkeys swarmed round the treat, and when the fisherman felt a strong tug he jerked the pole. I knew he had hooked one...
  • Day In The Life Of A USAF "Villiage Idiot"

    12/12/2006 5:58:02 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 6 replies · 1,118+ views
    WJS Opinion Journal ^ | Monday, December 11, 2006 | JAMES TARANTO
    "Col. Donald Thompson, an Air Force surgeon, emails us from the front: I have been watching your Rangel and Kerry columns go by, and finally have a few moments to add my two cents. It is 2130 in Kabul. I have worked only 15 hours today, and I am tired. I may be the village idiot for choosing to be here, but I am having the time of my life."
  • Cop Killer's Caucus (Mumia Abu-Jamal)

    12/07/2006 1:57:50 PM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies · 733+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2006 | James Taranto
    The House yesterday passed a resolution "condemning the decision of St. Denis, France, to name a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murder [sic] of Philadelphia Police Office Danny Faulkner." The vote was 368-31, with 8 members voting "present." Here's a list of what one might call the Cop-Killer's Caucus, the congressmen who voted against the resolution, all Democrats. [Snip] The most disturbing name on the "no" list is that of John Conyers. Granted, this is only a symbolic vote, but is it really a good idea to entrust the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee to a man...
  • Underwhelmed in Baghdad (WS Journal rips MSM for Bias)

    12/07/2006 1:51:27 PM PST · by Zakeet · 9 replies · 760+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2006 | James Taranto
    The Washington Post reports that Iraqis are not impressed by the work of the Iraq Study Group: Iraqi politicians and analysts . . . said the report is a recipe, backed by threats and disincentives, that neither addresses nor understands the complex forces that fuel Iraq's woes. They described it as a strategy largely to help U.S. troops return home and resurrect America's frayed influence in the Middle East. Iraqis also expressed fear that the report's recommendations, if implemented, could weaken an already besieged government in a country teetering on the edge of civil war. [Snip] Editor & Publisher, the...
  • How 'Integration' Became Discrimination

    12/05/2006 4:53:59 PM PST · by Zakeet · 1 replies · 539+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 5, 2006 | James Taranto
    The New York Times reports on an important case the Supreme Court heard yesterday: By the time the Supreme Court finished hearing arguments on Monday on the student-assignment plans that two urban school systems use to maintain racial integration, the only question was how far the court would go in ruling such plans unconstitutional. There seemed little prospect that either the Louisville, Ky., or Seattle plans would survive the hostile scrutiny of the court's new majority. In each system, students are offered a choice of schools but can be denied admission based on their race if enrolling at a particular...
  • It's Personal

    11/09/2006 1:28:33 PM PST · by saveliberty · 51 replies · 1,852+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 11/9/2006 | James Taranto
    On Tuesday we noted that Uwe Reinhardt, a professor of political economy at Princeton, had issued, in a Washington Post op-ed, a partial defense of John Kerry's most recent calumny against American servicemen. Although acknowledging that Kerry's remark was "uncouth," Reinhardt argued that the all-volunteer military is invidious because those with greater education and opportunities have less incentive to join up. What we didn't realize, because Reinhardt didn't mention it in this piece (though he has elsewhere), is that this matter is personal to Reinhardt. As Town Topics, a weekly Princeton newspaper, reported in August 2005, Prof. Reinhardt's son, Mark,...
  • The 'Botched Joke' Excuse

    11/01/2006 1:16:48 PM PST · by pissant · 42 replies · 1,496+ views
    WSJ ^ | 11/1/06 | James Taranto
    Pardon our morbid fascination with this story, but in a way it makes us feel vindicated. We first noted that something wasn't quite right with John Kerry way back in December 2002, but even we didn't realize how not quite right he was until this week. At a news conference yesterday, Kerry offered the latest "explanation" for his statement suggesting that the troops in Iraq are stupid and uneducated: My statement [Monday]--and the White House knows this full well--was a botched joke about the president and the president's people, not about the troops. The White House's attempt to distort my...
  • Jihadis Playing Possum

    08/08/2006 1:30:54 PM PDT · by Hazcat · 26 replies · 1,537+ views
    Wall Street Journal Best of the Web ^ | 8/08/06 | JAMES TARANTO
    Plainly this scene was staged for the benefit of the cameras, though it is important to note we know of no evidence that the photographer was complicit in the staging. It is, however, a clear example of how terrorist groups use journalists to spread their propaganda.
  • Best of the Web Today

    07/27/2006 5:33:08 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 4 replies · 358+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 27 July 06 | James Taranto
    BB 'C' No Evil When Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers two weeks ago, provoking the current conflagration, the Shiite terrorist outfit apparently intended to use them as bargaining chips to demand the release of prisoners. Press reports often discuss this as if there were an equivalence between the Israeli soldiers, who committed no crimes but were simply defending their own country within its borders, and Arab terrorists. So it's worth pointing out just who the "prisoners" in Israeli hands are. According to the BBC "the prisoner Hezbollah wants most" is Samir Qantar. On April 22, 1979, Qantar murdered 28-year-old Danny...
  • Best of the Web Today

    07/25/2006 3:44:52 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies · 584+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 25 July 06 | James Taranto
    Funny Money? A reader noticed something curious in a video from last night's "NBC Nightly News." Richard Engel, the network's Beirut bureau chief, is reporting from southern Lebanon, and at 1:07 in the video, as he's saying, "In Sidon, we found part of the financial district flattened," you briefly see an image of what look like uncut sheets of U.S. hundred-dollar bills. Now, it's possible to buy uncut sheets from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, at premiums ranging from 12.5% to 275% over face value--but apparently only in denominations of up to $50. Anyhow, somehow we doubt these were...
  • Great Moments in Higher Education (liberal professor doesn't know how the Constitution works)

    06/27/2006 7:10:09 PM PDT · by jimboster · 10 replies · 790+ views
    WSJ.com Best of the Web Today ^ | 6/27/06 | James Taranto
    The U.S. Senate is considering an amendment to the Constitution that would exclude the desecration of the flag from the First Amendment's free-speech protections, effectively overturning the Supreme Court's ruling in Texas v. Johnson (1989) that held burning the flag to be a form of "symbolic speech." Weighing in against the proposed amendment, in an op-ed for the Charlotte Observer, is Dr. Susan Roberts: In 1989 the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed an appellate court decision that the man was within his First Amendment rights. Wasting no time, Congress passed the Flag Protection Act just months after the ruling. Wasting no...
  • Run for Your Lives! It's a Landslide!--II [media bias]

    06/01/2006 6:46:13 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 16 replies · 1,032+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/31/06 | James Taranto's Best of the Web
    Yesterday Taranto asked "if readers could come up with news articles from 1994 that anticipated the Republican landslide that year. A reader named Pete said he tried and failed to do so at the time: Pete and his son "collected all the New York Times print versions from Labor Day through November to look for bias." After the "GOP landslide, we went back through, searching for articles referring to the Contract With America or other things that might have signaled dissatisfaction or what might be the preconditions leading to a landslide." "[H]ere's a summary recollection: "'Except for the day the...
  • Best of the Web

    05/31/2006 4:38:17 PM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 10 replies · 514+ views
    ... Run for Your Lives! It's a Landslide!--II In an item yesterday we asked if readers could come up with news articles from 1994 that anticipated the Republican landslide that year. A reader named Pete said he tried and failed to do so at the time: This comment brought to mind a senior high school project we helped our son with that year (not going to mention his name because he's in the "think-tank world"). We had collected all the New York Times print versions from Labor Day through November to look for bias in their reporting leading up to...
  • Who"s You Daddy?

    03/01/2006 1:33:40 PM PST · by johnandrhonda · 9 replies · 541+ views
    WSJ Best of the Web ^ | March 1, 2006 | James Taranto
    Best of the Web Today - March 1, 2006 By JAMES TARANTO Who's Your Daddy? In the new issue of Foreign Policy magazine, Phillip Longman of the liberal New America Foundation has a fascinating essay on demographics and politics--the gist of which is that differing reproductive patterns are likely to make Western societies, including the U.S., more conservative. Specifically, those who practice patriarchy--which Longman defines not in the crude feminist sense of men dominating women but as "a particular value system that not only requires men to marry but to marry a woman of proper station"--are outbreeding those who do...