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Entries from November 2009

I Guess That Could Be Why…

November 11th, 2009 · 11 Comments

Maggie Gallagher: There is a reason the Pledge of Allegiance asks us to pledge to our country “under God.” The best American tradition has never required people to surrender their first allegiance as a condition of citizenship. Well… that’s a fair guess, I suppose.  In reality, the Knights of Columbus lobbied to have the phrase added in the […]

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Tags: Religion

Phoning It In

November 11th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Two notes on Wade Goodwyn’s Morning Edition report from the Ft. Hood memorial service. First: As the mourners walked away under a brilliant Texas sky, their mood did not match the weather. It’s embarrassing enough that he was contemplating a clichéd “their faces were as overcast as the sky” transition at all. But when the […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

Minitrue

November 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Even by Fox standards, this is pretty shameless:

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

Dear FBI: Ahmed is Not a Terrorist. Pinky Swear. Love, Al Qaeda.

November 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’m going back over the transcripts from last week’s PATRIOT hearings and still a little gobsmacked by the shameless stupidity of the remarks from grown men who actually get to decide what the law will be.  Remember, this isn’t what they say to the rubes from the stump; it’s how they talk to each other […]

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Tags: Law · Privacy and Surveillance

A Bait-and-Switch in the House on Roving Wiretaps?

November 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee marked up its version of a bill to reauthorize and reform some expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.  Plenty of interesting things happened there, and I’ll write about them elsewhere.  But I want to try to draw some special attention to a rather subtle change I only just […]

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Tags: Law · Privacy and Surveillance