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Science, celebrity, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson's tall tales

It's probably not how he planned to spend his September, but Sean Davis of The Federalist has become the go-to guy for puncturing the tall tales of celebrity scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.  Davis began noticing that several stories Tyson routinely tells during public appearances don't add up.  More specifically, Tyson appears to be fond of manufacturing quotes that make other people look stupid. Sep 22, 2014 9:42 AM PT

The War on Poverty; Failure redefined as success

We just hit the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, and the numbers are grim: $22 trillion spent, but according to the Census Bureau, a slightly greater percentage of Americans fall below the poverty line. Sep 21, 2014 12:37 PM PT

White House fence-jumper gives the Secret Service another black eye

I don't understand what's going on with the Secret Service.  For as far back as I can remember, they were one of the most respected agencies in federal law enforcement.  Not perfect, mind you, but they had a generally excellent reputation, and I'm sure many extraordinary agents are still on the job.  But for the past few years, it's been one bad story after another for the Secret Service - from advance teams tarrying with ladies of the evening in Columbia, to Friday's bizarre fence-jumping incident, reported by Politico: Sep 20, 2014 9:15 AM PT

Fallout from the Wisconsin witch hunt

As John Sexton related on Friday, the Justice Department hasn't been able to find anything liking New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the "Bridgegate" scandal (and you know Eric Holder's people were very, very keen to find such a linkage.)  It remains to be seen how the bridge affair will affect Christie's political future, which may or may not include a run at the White House.  Some think his vindication after such intense media coverage will make the story a net plus for him, at least among swing voters.  Others wonder if the special sauce from even a nothingburger scandal might have stained him; not only will the media be sure to remind everyone he was "embattled" by the story - and some sort of wheezy partisan investigation will still be limping along in the background of New Jersey politics through the end of 2016 - but voters may think he bears some lingering managerial responsibility for the people who were behind closing those bridge lanes, even though Christie acted quickly and decisively once the story broke. Sep 20, 2014 8:50 AM PT

Beat cops aren't the problem in a 'police state'

Despite all the controversy over encounters between cops and citizens after the Ferguson incident, "police states" really aren't about random meetings between uniformed police officers and regular folks going about their lives.  It's all about the steady expansion of laws and regulators, not beat cops. Sep 19, 2014 2:31 PM PT

Outlawed in America: The American flag

I'm old enough to remember when the big controversy surrounding American flags was whether or not we should make it illegal for dim-bulb protesters to burn them in public.  There was quite a bit of energy behind flag-burning bans for a while there.  Instead, it has become illegal to display an American flag, at least in certain places and times. Sep 18, 2014 9:41 AM PT

The Left has no problem with "dark money" when it benefits them

To hear the incessant liberal bleating about the Koch Brothers - Senator Harry Reid commandeers the floor of the World's Greatest Deliberative Body at least once a week to rail against them, secure in the knowledge his targets can't sue him for slander as long as he's stealing America's time for his little tirades - you'd think they were biggest source of corrupting political money in America.  In fact, they come in about sixty-eight slots down the list of big givers.  The top ten are all Democrat donors, quite a few of them labor unions. Sep 16, 2014 9:30 PM PT

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