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Mark Steyn can get fooled again

Last week the gullible Mark Steyn was busted by Media Watch for basing a column on Johnelle Bryant’s crazy story about being visited by Mohammed Atta in early May 2000. She said that Atta threatened to cut her throat and wanted a loan to buy a crop duster. Unfortunately for her story, Atta wasn’t in…

Mark Steyn relates a story told by Johnelle Bryant: Bryant is an official with the US Department of Agriculture in Florida, and the late Atta had gone to see her about getting a $US650,000 government loan to convert a plane into the world’s largest crop-duster. A novel idea. The meeting got off to a rocky…

On spelling flames

The Jargon Dictionary says: spelling flame: n. [Usenet] A posting ostentatiously correcting a previous article’s spelling as a way of casting scorn on the point the article was trying to make, instead of actually responding to that point (compare dictionary flame). Of course, people who are more than usually slovenly spellers are prone to think…

Good electricity news from Iraq

Congratulations to blogger Arthur Chrenkoff for getting an article in the New York Times based on his “Good news from Iraq” posts. I thought it would be interesting to look at all the good news from Iraq on one topic so we can see how things have progressed over the year that Chrenkoff has been…

David Horowitz spams me

I got some spam from David Horowitz asking for donations to fund his lifestyle or something. Brad R. at Sadly, No, got the same spam. (Except that where his had “Brad” mine had “Tim”.) So who is this Horowitz fellow? Via Ralph Luker I found a discussion he had with Tim Burke. Burke began with:…

Lott and Glassman on Felon Voting

Lott and James Glassman have a piece in the New York Post arguing that felons should not be allowed to vote. Well, I can’t claim to know anything about the issue (for that, see Kevin Drum and Julie Saltman), but this is John “98%” Lott and James “36,000” Glassman, so you just know their numbers…

The Misinformationosphere

Roy Eccleston has an article on blogs in The Australian. He is startled to find that thanks to blogs, some Americans believe an entirely false story about how Diana Kerry interfered in the Australian election, based on a contrived reading of an story that Eccleston himself wrote. He writes (my emphasis): “You’re Australian aren’t you,”…

On Glenn Reynolds

What Max Sawicky says. Update: Reynold’s response? He doesn’t link or rebut or even give his readers a clue that he is responding to a particular post, no he just likens Sawicky to a monkey. Real mature. Update 2: John Holbo has a longer response.

No arguments allowed

Tim Blair posted this accusation that the UN was lying about the tsunami relief effort: Via Diplomad, some comments from the UN’s Jan Egeland: In Aceh, today 50 trucks of relief supplies are arriving. <…> Tomorrow, we will have eight full airplanes arriving. I discussed today with Washington whether we can draw on some assets…

An innumerate pundit

Via Pandagon I find an appallingly innumerate article on polls by Michael Barone: Blogger Steven Den Beste has prepared an interesting chart. Den Beste charges that pollsters “deliberately gimmicked” the results, “in hopes of helping Kerry.” I don’t agree with that at all. But he has made another interesting observation. Eliminating some of the peaks…