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08:17 PM ET (US)
You know, considering who our state governor is, I think it would be hard to use the phrase "celebrity-obsessed left" without the listeners bursting into laughter.
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11:02 AM ET (US)
I would probably be remiss in my efforts if I did not follow up my comments on Suzanne Fields' take on liberal humor with a comment about Michelle Malkin's take on Gwyneth Paltrow. You know, for all of the bizarre accusations by "conservatives" that the left is "obsessed with celebrity".... Malkin's comments boil down to, "Because 'Gwynnie', who dresses funny and occasionally gets a weird haircut, is uncomfortable with jingoistic displays of patriotism, opposes Bush, and is concerned about U.S. unilateralism, she's sneering at America. Oh - and I also hate Johnny Depp, Madonna and Cameron Diaz."

Wow. What an indictment of the celebrity-obsessed left.
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09:24 AM ET (US)
Walter Williams released an explanation for the winnebago urban myth in his idiotorial:
My having fallen for this "urban legend" points to more due diligence to fact-checking. Without making any excuses whatsoever for my lapse in due diligence, let's look at it.

Thirty, 40 or 50 years ago, no one in their right mind would have believed the Merv Grazinski urban legend possible, but not so today. Personal responsibility has taken a back seat in our increasingly immoral and litigious society.
Okay - so if I understand this, it is okay that he presented pure fiction as fact, because if a lot of people believe something it must be true. So I'm sure Mr. Williams will tell us that slavery was a very good thing back in the days when the majority of Americans defended that practice, and that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion would not have found such a receptive audience had they not revealed important truths. (Yes, kids, that was obvious sarcasm - but I'm disclaiming just in case.)
11:11 AM ET (US)
More accurately, that not everyone embraces the message, or has the good grace to timidly pretend to go along with it. In the US, though, that means Jews primarily (Hanukkah falling at that time of the year) and occasionally Muslims, when Ramadan is in December.
Aaron LarsonPerson was signed in when posted
01:43 AM ET (US)
I think in Diana's specific case, it is less about anti-Semitism and more about anti-"anything but Christianity". Firmly convinced that Christianity is the One True Way, and that all other faiths are false, she resents that not everybody welcomes her message.
12:18 AM ET (US)
I really wonder if morons like Diana aren't simply using whining about Xmas as a cover for thinly veiled anti-Semitic (and anti-Islamic) feelings: how dare those annoying Jews remind us that we are not all happy celebrators of the birth of Jesus! It's such a pain in the ass to have to recognize that we live in a--shudder--multicultural society!
09:49 PM ET (US)
Of course, AIDS occurs in female homosexuals at a far lower rate than in female heterosexuals or males of any sexual orientation, so one might argue that lesbians ought to get reduced insurance premiums. I don't think an editorial 'writer' who can't be bothered to check Snopes would be able to process that without his head exploding, mind.

What will be interesting is in a decade (or less), when India finds itself on the losing end of the "race to the bottom." If I were running a developing nation, I'd sure be investing in sending my best and brightest to the US for tech training, so my countrymen could provide tech support and basic programming for even less than Indian engineers.
Aaron LarsonPerson was signed in when posted
10:32 PM ET (US)
Perhaps I'm being unfair to Debra Saunders. After all, she may think that a "solon" is one of the evil robots from Battlestar Galactica....
Aaron LarsonPerson was signed in when posted
09:16 AM ET (US)
An update on Rich Lowry's idiotorial. Today, Bob Herbert explains:
The problem is that we are not creating many jobs, and the quality of those we are creating is, for the most part, not good. Job growth at the moment is about 80,000 per month, which is not even enough to cover the new workers entering the job market.

And when the Economic Policy Institute compared the average wage of industries that are creating jobs with those that are losing jobs, analysts found a big discrepancy. The jobs lost paid about $17 an hour, compared with $14.50 an hour for those being created.

He then notes that "after years of shipping manufacturing jobs out of the U.S. to absurdly low-wage venues, we are now also exporting increasing numbers of technical and professional jobs."
Edited 12-16-2003 10:33 PM

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