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Smart v. Stupid

The 'danged fence' is a big fib

Anyone who tells you the solution to illegal migration is more border enforcement is either a darn fool or a damned liar. In this election season, politicians are seemingly apoplectic about illegal immigration. People from south of us don’t come here for our way of life or to plop out progeny. They come here for the cash.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The state of journalistic integrity

Smart v. Stupid: Bloggers seldom have the benefit of an editor, but one has to wonder if it would have made any difference to Andrew Breitbart, the man who published the salacious snip of a speech by USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, then labeled her a racist. The next day, we all found out that she was exactly the opposite of what he’d claimed.... Read more»4

Smart v. Stupid

Dave Weigel story: Free speech is dead, part II

Smart v. Stupid: When one of the nation’s most venerable newspapers gets it so wrong on free speech, one worries who might be left to speak up for personal liberty.... Read more»

World Cup: Spain's stylish play trumps rough Dutch

We should be grateful that South Africa 2010 turned out to be an alluring celebration of game and country. Hell, by Sunday the vuvuzelas had begun to sound like late Miles Davis.... Read more»2

Smart v. Stupid

Free speech is dead

Smart v. Stupid: You probably never heard of Dave Weigel, a short-timer at The Washington Post who was forced out for expressing his personal opinion about conservatives (like Matt Drudge) in private emails. But his case marks the final nail in the coffin for freedom of speech in America.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Happy independent day!

Smart v. Stupid: 30 percent of voters call themselves “independent.” We like to imagine there is a Republican right, a Democratic left, and a nice, tidy independent center, but Pew found that independents are neither centrist nor of a single mind. They are not really even “independent.” ... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Health care still festering in latest study

Smart v. Stupid: When someone says “The U.S. health care system is the best in the world,” that person is either telling a big lie, or repeating one. It turns out our system, to put it bluntly, stinks like a wet hound. If you’ve ever really, really needed health care, you probably already know this.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Meg Whitman high bids Calif. governor's race

Smart v. Stupid: I don’t think they auction jobs on Ebay, but if they did, it might look a lot like the California governor’s race. Former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman has already invested $91 million of her personal fortune.... Read more»

Exiles in paradise: Uighurs in Bermuda

So how are those Uighurs, released from Guantanamo Bay, faring in Bermuda? Check the golf course.... Read more»

Tiger seeks redemption at U.S. Open

The last time Tiger Woods played the U.S. Open at California's famed Pebble Beach course back in 2000, his performance ranked among the most memorable — Sports Illustrated called it the greatest ever — in the long history of his sport.... Read more»

Water cooler talk

Money talks as Texas doesn't walk from Big 12

As athletic conferences continue to shuffle about, one thing that is going to stay the same is the Big 10 Conference. Er, the Big 12 with ten teams in it. ... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Jan Brewer’s 'Southern Strategy'

Smart v. Stupid: A media narrative has emerged about immigration, something to the tune of “everybody agrees that 'Washington hasn’t done its job.'” Republicans like the narrative. Immigration-reform advocates like it. Gov. Jan Brewer likes it. The trouble is, it's just not true.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Is Sarah Palin America's Baghdad Bob?

New Smart v. Stupid column: I’ve never written or cared much about Sarah Palin. But her recent Twitter offensive blaming “Greenies” for the Gulf oil spill – to defend her signature line “Drill Baby, Drill!” – got me thinking about how much she reminded me of Baghdad Bob.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

It's about smart ideas, stupid

"Smart v. Stupid" may sound a little pretentious in today's wide-open marketplace of ideas. But current political debate is long on "noise" and short on substance primarily because stupid ideas go unchallenged.... Read more»3

The Squirrelly Advisor

How to avoid being shot by the police

In the event you are stopped by the police, and are unfamiliar with the rules of police encounters, The Frumious Bandersnatch has the following advice (learned years ago when we used to be followed around by the FBI):... Read more»

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