‘Sense’ and Sensibility (In Defence of Donald Rumsfeld)

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I don’t know the man, but I’d wager that Donald Rumsfeld treasures “Top 10 Dumbest Political Statements” articles rather more than the average retired politician.Because, of course, “Top 10 Dumbest Political Statements” pieces have a reasonable chance of including Rumsfeld’s memorable declaration on 'unknown unknowns – and thus of reminding Rumsfeld that despite everything, on this particular point he was considerably smarter than his critics.Every single time I read someone dismiss the “ … [Read more...]

Follow-Up: Stiehm’s Anti-Catholic Bigotry; US News’ Silence – UPDATED

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Let's pick up where we left off with our fisking of Jamie Stiehm's ignorant and bigoted attack on Justice Sotomayor and Catholics in general. Stiehm's column is being discussed in various corners of the blogosphere, including legal ones, and all points of view are worth reading.I wondered, particularly after discovering that Stiehm suffers from what she calls a mild case of bi-polar disorder, whether I should shrug off her recent column as a one-off; every writer, after all, knows what it … [Read more...]


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