You’re the lucky one under the sun

Here's an issue on which The American Prospect, The National Review, Mother Jones, The American Spectator and The Nation all agree: a 20-percent postal rate increase for small magazines would be a devastating blow to freedom of the press and to the diversity of our national conversation. Avedon Carol provides several links of importance to [Read More...]

The worst

When the nor'easter relented enough Monday evening for PECO to get the power back on, I learned about the horrible news from Virginia Tech. Just awful. The tragic facts stream through the prism of cable news. The studied somber tones that barely mask the eager excitement over the Big Story. From every outlet, giddy superlatives. [Read More...]


Sixty years ago today, we started fixing something that was broken. AP file photo of Brooklyn Dodgers teammates (from left) John Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, Ed Stanky and Jackie Robinson on April 15, 1947. [Read more...]

No effect

This is what a waste of money looks like: That graph is Figure 1 in the final report, "Impacts of Four Title V, Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs (.pdf)." Mathematica Policy Research summarizes their findings: Findings indicate that youth in the program group were no more likely than control group youth to have abstained from [Read More...]

Friday the 13th

A classic from The Onion: "Cheney Returns to Camp Crystal Lake" [Read more...]

Blogger ethics panel

So the news comes on after House,* and the local Fox affiliate leads with a story about Rep. Chaka Fattah's first TV ad in his run for mayor of Philadelphia. This post isn't about local politics, but you'll need a quick sketch of the background here. The Philly mayor's race is decided in the Democratic [Read More...]

OK, then, “intent”

One nice thing about blogging is it gives us ordinary citizens the same prerogative that members of Congress enjoy to "revise and extend" our remarks. Several commenters argued that the previous post blurs the distinction between "motive" and "intent" — and that rather than use these terms interchangeably, I ought to have used only "intent" [Read More...]

Mahmoud & Dinesh, BFF

Well this is good news: "Iran Says 15 British Captives Free": TEHRAN, Iran – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a surprise move that defused escalating tension in the Middle East, announced the release of 15 captive British sailors and marines Wednesday in what he called an Easter gift to the British people. Ahmadinejad also took the [Read More...]