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Conspicuous Compassion

wsj.com — Nicholas Kristof reports from his hometown of Yamhill, Ore., on the sad life and early death of his high-school cross-country teammate Kevin Green, who was laid to rest Saturday: "The doctors say he died at age 54 of multiple organ failure, but in a deeper sense he died of inequality and a lack of good jobs."

Palinoia, the Destroyer

wsj.com — Why does their hatred of her burn so hot? Ask them, and they'll most likely tell you: Because she's a moron. But that is obviously false. To be sure, her skills at extemporaneous speaking leave much to be desired. But that can be said of a good many politicians on both sides of the aisle, including George W.

The Assassin’s Veto

wsj.com — (Note: We'll be off Monday, returning Tuesday.) "Common ground" is vastly overrated as a political virtue, and USA Today demonstrates why. In a pair of the paper's recent op-eds one finds common ground between an Islamic supremacist and the dean of an American journalism school.

See You in the Funny Papers

wsj.com — The vice provost of California State University, Northridge, retires today. Ordinarily that would be unworthy of a national newspaper's notice, but Cynthia Rawitch was a formative figure in your humble columnist's professional and intellectual development.

Why Is This Man Smiling?

wsj.com — No one can call Jim Inhofe a "climate change denier" anymore. The senior senator from Oklahoma was not among the dissenter in yesterday's 98-1 vote "to express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax." That would be Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

7 Down, 1 to Go - WSJ

wsj.com — In four of the past six midterm elections, voters have administered what is sometimes called a "shellacking" or a "thumpin' " to the sitting president's party. In 1994, 2006, 2010 and 2014, the president's party lost seats in both houses of Congress and the majority at least one.

Justice Ginsburg Bristles

wsj.com — (Best of the tube tonight: Catch us on Fox News Channel discussing the State of the Union at 8:30 p.m.ET and then again after the speech.) Judging by the howls from the left, you'd have thought the world was coming to an end last summer when the U.S.

Freedom to Hate - WSJ

wsj.com — Ponder, if you will, this sentence from the New York Times: "Recent court cases in Paris have raised accusations of a double standard, with one set of rules for cartoonists who skewered religions of all kinds and another for supporters of the gunmen who killed them." Crazy, huh?!

Taxman Shrugged - WSJ

wsj.com — As a protest against an ideologically hostile mayor, officers of the New York City Police Department staged a work slowdown, in which they refrained from enforcing laws against misdemeanors and noncriminal offenses. "This has been the best time ever to urinate on a street, sneak onto the subway or run a red light," observed Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times.

Call the Cake Police!

wsj.com — The New York Times's Frank Bruni is indignant that anyone would see "me and my evidently menacing kind," meaning "men who have romantic relationships with other men and maybe want to marry them," as a threat to religious freedom. That turns out to be a straw man.
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Jan 26, 2015

“If a journalist says that he feels threatened, it’s important to publish his whereabouts.” nytimes.com/2015/01/27/wor…

Jan 26, 2015

RT @iowahawkblog: Remember New Yorkers laughing about Iowans using bread wrappers to line their snow shoes? Good times.

Jan 26, 2015

RT @DanHannanMEP: I love the way the BBC describes Syriza as "staunchly" Left-wing but its coalition partner as "unashamedly" Right-wing.

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