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Glenn Reynolds has kept adding updates to his “seize the oilfields” post, including a response to my post that managed to entirely miss my point. (Invading Iraq has reduced its oil production.) The resulting post is rather confused. Fortunately Jim Henley has decoded it and connected it to the collapse of belief in small government…

Plan B

Glenn Reynolds: Of course, if we seized the Saudi and Iranian oil fields and ran the pumps full speed, oil prices would plummet, dictators would be broke, and poor nations would benefit from cheap energy. Yeah, because that’s pretty much the way it worked out in Iraq. Update: Rob Sama on the same Reynolds post:…

Tim Blair grasps at a straw, I mean perfume sprayer: Frank Gaffney is interviewed by the ABC’s Tony Jones, who confidently deploys the “Saddam had no WMD” argument: TONY JONES: Except for the fact as it turns out — I’m sorry to interrupt you there — except for the fact as it turns out, he…

Port and Dog Blogging

Here’s Silas standing in front of one of the ports that have been sold to Dubai Port World. Don’t worry, he’ll protect us from the terrorists! Unless they gave him food or something. See Dennis the Peasant or Kevin Drum for a more serious treatment of this matter.

To deceive is Devine

Test yourself: can you detect what is dishonest about this argument in a Mirada Devine column about RU486 published in the Sydney Morning Herald today: And, despite the hype about a gender divide in the Senate last week, about the same number of men (21) and women (24) voted in favour of removing Abbott’s authority.…

“Stupidest Man Alive” Idol

Hello! And welcome to SMAI: Stupidest Man Alive Idol. Here’s how it works: our contestants perform for you, the audience. And then you, the audience, judge them and you can be as unfair as you like in your comments. Our contestants today are Donald Luskin and Tim Blair. Luskin goes first, with Brad DeLong providing…

Dirty Tricks by “Sunday”

If you are interested in serious discussion of the Australian government’s proposed new “anti-terrorist” laws, you should read the posts by Senator Andrew Bartlett, Mark Bahnisch, Ken Parish and Tim Dunlop. One place where you won’t find it is on channel 9′s “Sunday” program who interviewed my friend and colleague Waleed Kadous for an hour.…

Mark Steyn, Creationist

Mark Steyn gets this email : ARE YOU A CREATIONIST? I enjoy your various articles in the Speccie, torygraph etc and agree with most of what you say and your support for Right views. But I am concerned with your right-wing mates in the US and UK who seem to be on the intelligent-design rubbish…

Mark Steyn digs himself deeper

After falling for an obvious hoax, Mark Steyn has refused to correct his error. Instead he just keeps digging himself deeper and deeper into a hole. (My previous posts on this topic: 1 2 3). In his latest effort Steyn complains about how the meanies at Media Watch asked him what checks he made to…

Mark Steyn, in a hole, digging

Some of the readers of this Mark Steyn column might have wondered why he seems oddly determined to dispute one date in the 9/11 Commission’s time line: they seemed oddly determined to fix June 3, 2000, as the official date of Atta’s first landing on American soil Of course, those people who heard how Steyn…