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Monday links

  • Too bad granite slabs don’t include a spellchecker
  • “Epitaph for a Four Star.” A scathing retrospective on Petraeus from a military man. (H/T EN, who knows the author)
  • Um … lessee if I understand this correctly. You can’t quit favoring women and minorities because it violates the equal protection clause???
  • The Seattle PD has done a lot of baaaad things. But once in a while they get it right. They just hired a former journalist from an alternative weekly to write a handbook to cannabis legalization. It’s called “Marijwhatnow?” Among other advice: “Hold your breath.”
  • This fascinating story about linguists and code-crackers uncovering a heretofore unknown secret society is long and detailed enough I thought I might save it for a weekend read. But what the heck; you geek types and scholars will find this an excellent way to avoid Monday morning. (H/T JG)
  • Great WSJ profile on F.I.R.E., the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, those great free-speech, anti-PC fighters.
  • Preparedness goes mainstream in the NYT. (Yes, you’ll shudder at the man exposing himself and his family in the photo.) (Tip o’ hat to Jim Bovard)


  1. EN
    EN November 19, 2012 11:45 am

    As an aside, until Obama became our overlord, Doug MacGregor routinely wrote for mainstream publications. But being critical of Obama ended all that. It was alright to criticize Bush… but heresy to criticize Obama, his will be done.

    Loved the piece on codes. What an odd, but quite inspiring, group.

  2. Claire
    Claire November 19, 2012 12:36 pm

    EN — I know much of the media worships Obama. But I’m joining those who say the media isn’t so much leftist as statist.

    Jim Bovard also used to write regularly for the same media “bigs” your friend did (NYT, WSJ, etc.). But after 9-11, questioning the fedgov just “wasn’t done” in such respectable circles. And that was during the Bush years.

    Anyhow, your friend clearly writes from personal knowledge & these days Counterpunch isn’t a bad place to be.

  3. EN
    EN November 19, 2012 12:53 pm

    Well now, Bush was not exactly known for his love of small government. While I’ll agree that the love of the state is first and foremost amongst our media, George Bush created DHS and many other abominations loved by state lovers everywhere… but Doug could write anti Bush articles with the blessing of all the MSM. Not so today.

  4. Claire
    Claire November 19, 2012 1:24 pm

    True. And nobody in the media ever said a shiver ran up their leg at the thought of Bush. OMG. Can you imagine?

    Or called him the “greatest orator of his generation.” (An appellation I’m sure the Big O earned only because he can speak standard English, which none of his three predecessors could.)

  5. LarryA
    LarryA November 20, 2012 2:34 pm

    “Rep. Mike Ritze, whose family bankrolled the display, called the typos “a simple fix,””

    I’m sure they can repair the typos, but what are they going to do about the part that says, “Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven images?”

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