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Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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3.3

While it seems to have attempted to be balanced, there is a clear error on the $27 million in earmarks for Wasilla --if it's part of a railroad enhancement from Anchorage, it's not an earmark, but the article doesn't say what it is. There's no mention of the fact that she ran against an incumbent Rep. Governor, nor are there any decisions by Governor Palin discussed in the last 2 years except firing the police chief. Surely there was a budget battle? Focus on the less important, but more easily ridiculed, Assembly of God church results in a failure to discuss her religion since 2002 in any detail--more important than the media-beloved 'speaking in tongues'.

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Tom posted and reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
4.6

First the story documents how politicians, mostly Democrats, got special deals from failed Countrywide Mortgage, including Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn) -- who expressed ignorance at getting special rates! VIP -- Friends of Mozilo (CEO). Last month Dodd "defended a $400 billion plan that would bail out the subprime lending industry — including Mozilo." Second, the story notes how the Press is keeping quiet about it.

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Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
3.6

Because the label "most liberal" is so important, though it probably shouldn't be, whether Obama is the most, or the 10th most "liberal" is an issue. The story notes how defining liberal votes or not is subjective, and how most rating agencies choose only a selection of "important votes" -- lobby groups for threatening purposes. It warns of a coming Rep attack against "tax and spend liberals", yet offers absolutely no evidence that liberals are anything else.

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Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
2.3

What spinning junk, suitable for echo chamber denunciations based on Gotcha restatements. McCain says Obama said "Constitution" when Obama said "guns"; which Parry calls a lie despite noting that McCain supports Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights. This individual right is one that every gun control nanny statist wants to take away, but gun nuts do cling to the 2nd Amendment. Of the Constitution. Later McCain's campaign says no lobbyist asked McCain to send a Paxton support letter to the FCC, but Parry says this is a lie because McCain did meet with Paxton. It's obvious both statements can be true -- but Parry never considers this in his rush to claim McCain is a liar.

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NT Rating: 4.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
4.9

President Bush is doing, and has done, a terrible job at selling the Iraq War - Operation Iraqi Freedom. This opinion piece by Rumsfeld aid Douglas J. Feith shows his view that the security threat of Saddam was not just Saddam's WMD, but also his support for terrorism. The original goal was to stop Iraq's gov't from supporting terrorism, with freedom and democracy mentioned but never the centerpiece. [In my view it should always have been more emphasized -- regimes change into something.] After the invasion, when WMDs were not found, the rhetoric changed to supporting democracy and nation-building as primary. This very short article is adapted from an important, but mostly media ignored book: "War and Decision: Inside the ... More »

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Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
3.8

It's an important story, well done and informative. But if the story is correct that housing price falls are concentrated in a few states, the big picture includes more comparison between essentially different markets. The difficulty of choosing an index to get good info was very well done.

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Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
3.1

While a good story, not enough time spent analyzing the effect of lower rates on inflation, growth, and especially exports. The falling dollar causing an increase in exports is an important growth effect. It is unfair to redefine "recession", to be whenever some elites say it is, rather than some more objective criteria -- 2 consecutive quarters of negative growth.

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Tom posted and reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
5.0

This is a brief commentary from an important excerpt of a book. Michael Totten is going to Fallujah. It's probably going to be rather peaceful. The book, House to House, is a first person soldier's account of when it was NOT peaceful. Probably a huge contrast to what Michael will see, and accurately report on. Michael Totten is the best writer independently reporting on the Middle East.

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NT Rating: 4.7 | See All NT Reviews »
Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
2.6

Too much on RAW, the parody source, not enough on the journo horse race silliness.

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Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
4.6

There is NO OTHER article about Ramadi which is better, or even as good, for Sep-Oct 2007. Neither news nor magazine. Michael Totten is there, reports interestingly what he sees and honestly what HE feels. Not biased, honest. Anybody who doesn't like this article should be comparing it to a "better" article. I haven't found any. The importance of cleanliness is an excellent, understated theme.

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Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
2.2

No discussion of mis-information from a gov't agent, no talk about complying with prior UNSC resolutions.

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Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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Tom's Rating
2.3

Some good hard facts, combined with some cherry picked ratios to maximize the vague scare-mongering, including obvious false analysis. J. Shaw of Harvard should be embarrassed. How to get America to save more, and invest more, is too important for such flimsy fluff as is most of this piece. One source, Frieden says "why the cost of housing has been going up. The reason is because the dollar has been rising” -- which is false, and yet this false fact is used throughout the piece. from memory: 2000 1 USD = 1.2 Euro, today 2007 1 USD = 0.7 Euro, a drop of more than 40% -- yet later in the article they discuss a currency drop of 40% as a catastrophe. Were I to write an article, I'd look up the facts -- which this author failed to do.

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NT Rating: 4.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
1.9

The SC opinion "may be a cause of psychiatric disorder in women." MAY. But the author then attacks the Justice as if he wrote "IS" a cause, noting that the evidence doesn't prove there is a cause. No study was cited showing that it is NOT a cause of disorder. The comments about a higher death rate of women who have had abortions makes excuses about their worse economic/ social situation. Yes, the studies don't correct for such differences, therefore they can't claim abortions DO CAUSE the problems. But the author's claim that "May be a cause" is misguided is nowhere shown. Instead, like PC thought police Nazis, Julia Frank (at least honestly) states: "The casual belief that abortion causes psychiatric disorders is rampant in ... More »

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Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
4.6

A bit long, partly to be more informative and fair.

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Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
2.8

Terrible. "The dominant political consensus appears to be that only the right can sort out the political problems of a country." After Chirac and Schroder??? This is a Poli Sci thesis, not a "fact". "you need only one partially sighted eye to see who was right." And how many eyes to see in Darfur the UN supported "NOT genocide", against Bush's 2004 declaration that it was? Failure to mention Darfur shows the hypocritical apathy to the real suffering of real people that the Left so often is full off.

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Tom reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Tom's Rating
4.1

Hari barely hides his own pro-gay agenda, but is refreshingly clear about his anti-Muslim intolerance. He feels wierdly compelled to nearly equate Catholics with Muslims "We know Catholic schools often push the most vile aspects of their faith at children;" but this is without citing a single source. I doubt that any Catholic Bishop in Europe has advocated any beating of women or gays in the last 10 years as a general rule, while still maintaining the sinfulness of fornication and homosexuality. But the failure of multiculturalism is a hugely important Euro story.

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