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I know I'm a little late on this one, but Salon's Imperfect Martyr piece from the other day was complete bullshit. Andrew O'Hehir draws a false analogy between Judy Miller's jailing and the ACLU defending Nazis, claims that the majority of liberals favor her jailing because of residual anger over the Iraq war[1]I want to see Miller punished for her misinformation laundering as much as the next guy, but the reason she belongs in jail right now have nothing to do with that., and wraps himself in the first amendment so tightly that he's in danger of suffocating. And I haven't even mentioned how patronizing and self-righteous it is...

The antidote to these "If you disagree with me, you hate the bill of rights" slurs can be found in three great articles from this week. First is this piece that Sid Blumenthal wrote for Salon...

Next up is this mea culpa[2]Latin for "my bad". from Robert Kuttner ...

The quaint and outdated talk about reporters serving the public interest segues nicely into the third, and best, article from

I know I'm a little late on this one, but Salon's Imperfect Martyr piece from the other day was complete bullshit. Andrew O'Hehir draws a false analogy between Judy Miller's jailing and the ACLU defending Nazis, claims that the majority of liberals favor her jailing because of residual anger over the Iraq war[1]I want to see Miller punished for her misinformation laundering as much as the next guy, but the reason she belongs in jail right now have nothing to do with that., and wraps himself in the first amendment so tightly that he's in danger of suffocating. And I haven't even mentioned how patronizing and self-righteous it is...

The antidote to these "If you disagree with me, you hate the bill of rights" slurs can be found in three great articles from this week. First is this piece that Sid Blumenthal wrote for Salon...

Next up is this mea culpa[2]Latin for "my bad". from Robert Kuttner ...

The quaint and outdated talk about reporters serving the public interest segues nicely into the third, and best, article from Jacob Weisberg at Slate.  Read on...


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What is a Billion?      essays & effluvia

The next time you hear a politician use the word "billion," casually, think about whether you want the politician spending your tax money.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into perspective in one of its releases.
       a.. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
       b.. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
       c.. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the StoneAge.
       d.. A billion days ago no-one walked on two feet on earth.
       e.. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government spends it.

Torture: Quite Popular      Jacob Weisberg at Slate. Read on...

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