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    Tipping Point in Iraq?

    Today’s New York Times carries a story about a Baghdad carpenter and his family who killed a group of insurgents headed toward the family’s shop. The story by Robert F. Worth positions the action as “the first time that private citizens are known to have retaliated successfully against the…
    Locker Room contributor, March 23, 2005
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    Re: NC State Marxist

    Professor Mertz’s statement that the malaria problem in Africa is due to the fact that “capitalism is too competitive to spare a few dollars” so people can have mosquito nets speaks volumes about the state in intellectual discourse on American campuses. A man who teaches Japanese opines that the cause…
    Locker Room contributor, March 23, 2005
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    First-rate satire of this present darkness

    By Meghan Cox Gurdon at National Review online. This quotation alone should suffice to stimulate interest: “Yes. My achievement, the reason for this ? ” Screwtape gestures largely about the handsome apartment ? “is that I have managed, by appealing to man’s love of self, his vanity, to convince…
    Locker Room contributor, March 22, 2005
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    Wrong reporting on WPTF 680-AM news regarding Schiavo

    WPTF 680-AM news is reporting the results of a poll taken about the Schiavo case. I heard this at the 5:00 hour. The poll reportedly asked people if the judge was right to allow Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube removed. That’s just flat wrong. The ruling was never to allow its…
    Locker Room contributor, March 22, 2005
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    How proud can they be?

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune Editor Anders Gyllenhaal, late of the News & Observer, announced in a memo to staff today that Katherine Kersten has been hired as a Strib Metro columnist: Katherine brings a wealth of experiences and local connections to the job. In addition to writing for the Star Tribune…
    Locker Room contributor, March 22, 2005
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    A brief summation of our rights, according to American “liberals”

    Here’s what we’ve learned from them so far this year: ? Terri Schiavo has a “right to die” ? with a “dying process” being that of slow starvation ? Ward Churchill has a “right to be heard” ? Lawrence Summers has the “right to remain silent.” No, make that…
    Locker Room contributor, March 22, 2005
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    NC State Marxist: What about Ward Churchill’s “right to be heard”?

    John Mertz, associate professor of Japanese at NCSU, writes in a letter to the editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education (here’s a link, but note it’s a subscriber site) March 18 that a previous columnist seems to defend Ward Churchill’s right to speak, but he undermines Churchill’s right…
    Locker Room contributor, March 22, 2005
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    NASCAR’s Tough Penalties for Cheaters

    The North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying Reform is on a much-needed mission to inject reasonable, long overdue rules into lobbying practices. To make any changes stick, tough enforcement will be key. There must be tangible consequences that exact a painful price for breaking the rules. We can learn a…
    Locker Room contributor, March 22, 2005