MANY PEOPLE WOULD RATHER DIE THAN THINK; IN FACT, MOST DO. — BERTRAND RUSSELL

February 2015

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America the ‘unaffiliated’

Three observations from this new report on religion in the United States: The ranks of the “unaffiliated” were at 22 percent and the most populated group in 13 states. Predictably, most of the “unaffiliated” people reside in the…


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Why not more conservative satire?

This article from The Atlantic is certainly worth a read, but without any hard data, I think I can offer some quick answers as to why America doesn’t have more conservative satire. In short: Reason 1…


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In defense of ‘The Daily Show’

Perhaps Jon Stewart was partially responding to Jamelle Bouie’s recent article in Slate, “Why Jon Stewart Was Bad for the Liberals Who Loved Him,” which referred to Stewart and his show as if he didn’t have…


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Cheap journalism, ‘sloppy’ journalism

Back in the fall, Gannett made the decision to cut its copy editors from The Cincinnati Enquirer staff. Forward three months, and here is editor Carolyn Washburn complaining about “sloppy copy” from her staff. What a surprise. Just…



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Corruption central

Gov. Chris Christie’s taste for extravagance seems only rivaled by his taste for corruption: Letting the king pay for his three-day weekend in Jordan back in 2012 would not have been allowed if Mr. Christie were,…