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Behold The Pentaquark



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Five quarks make a pentaquark. I know there’s a pun in there somewhere but I can’t find it.

A**



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I hear ya K-Lo. But in my own defense, I was abbreviating the word I really wanted to use.

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Um...Jonah...



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Even if, theoretically, one could accuratedly/defensively be described as an, ahem, a**, I’m not sure we want to say that in The Corner. –Your Mother Superior

Web Briefing: July 10, 2014

Mickey and Jimmy



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Here’s a letter from Mickey Signorile to the Poynter Institute whining that I wouldn’t appear on an NPR show with him. He’s right, I wouldn’t. I didn’t want to do the show in the first place but I agreed to and so I was willing to honor my obligation. Then the producer told me late in the day that Signorile would be on with me. And I said, screw it I’m not doing it. My reason: Signorile is an ass. I’m sure Mickey sincerely thinks I’m afraid of him, but the truth is I simply have better things to do with my time than drive downtown and be civil to someone whose idea of serious commentary is to call me a fat bigot. No biggie, I told the producers, I don’t want to book their show so I will gladly be the one to beg-off and they can go with Mickey. They said no, no we have someone else instead. I said fine. I have no idea what they told Mickey, and since I think he’s fundamentally dishonest and egocentric I’m sure he heard things in the most self-flattering light possible. Still, next time the opportunity comes up I guess I’ll say yes to appearing with him, because if I set a policy of never appearing with asses I would rarely do media and lord only knows how many liberals would refuse to appear with me.

As for Romensko, it’s kind of funny. This guy — who claims to run some sort of authoritative, objective blog on the media — never sees fit to print my name when I write serious pieces about the media in places like the Wall Street Journal while he’ll be all over some storry about a cat stuck in a tree in the Food Giant Shopper). Yet, when one of his leftwing gay friends wants to vent, Romensko offers him a digital shoulder to cry on. I guess Andrew Sullivan is right. Romensko is a partisan hack.

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Bush On Marriage



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At a press conference after announcing his new AIDS inititative coordinator, President Bush said that he does not know yet if we need a federal marriage amendment. He said lawyers are still looking at the full implications of the Supreme Court ruling. He then emphasized that what he does support is marriage defined as between a man and woman.

No Pass For Dean On Clear Skies



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Ramesh – The problem with Dean’s statement is that he assumes that projected emissions reductions will be achieved on schedule under current law. This is nuts. As Gregg Easterbrook commented when environmentalist groups made the same charge: “Anybody who today thinks that existing Clean Air Act power plant rules for future decades are going to be implemented exactly on time either doesn’t know the history of air pollution control or is bluffing for reasons of doomsday spin.” Central to the Bush Administration’s argument is that Congressional adoption of the Clear Skies initiative will provide more certain emission reductions at lower cost than business as usual — a perfectly reasonable assumption. Even though I have some misgivings about Clear Skies, I believe the administration is correct that their plan will produce greater emission reductions than one can reasonably expect to actually occur under current law.

“Canned Hunts”



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Animal welfare types (including NR alum Matthew Scully) love to criticize “canned hunts” — hunts that occur within enclosed areas. The image is always of a big animal, trapped in a tiny enclosure with no where to run. As it happens, most so-called “canned hunts” are nothing of the sort. While fishing in New Mexico, I visited a private game park that offers elk hunting. The park spans 3,000 acres of wooded and hilly terrian and is home to an estimated 1,000-plus elk. Because the park is surrounded by an 8-foot fence, hunts there would qualify as “canned” as defined by anti-hunting types. Yet one can drive through the park and scarcely see an animal. To be sure, one attraction of such parks is that the typical hunter will get ample opportunity to shoot an elk over the course of the standard five-day hunt, but the idea that such an experience is “canned” is absurd.

Gone Fishing



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It seems I missed all the fun last week as the Supremes finished their season. I was fly fishing in New Mexico. Alas, I missed the chance to comment on Lawrence, Nike, the post-Michigan spin, the non-retirements, and all the rest, but it was worth it.

Got Summer Reading Books?



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You might want to check to see what Ramesh, Rick, John, Stutt, JJM, Danielle Crittenden, Roger Kimball, and more are reading this summer. Here’s our summer reading list.

Too Late



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“Bush Asks Congress for $30 Billion to Help Fight War on Criticism” is the lead headline in The Onion. Actually, they already passed that law. It was called campaign-finance reform.

Is Howard Dean Fibbing



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about Bush’s “Clear Skies” Initiative? Spinsanity thinks so. The environmentalist critique of Clear Skies is that it slows down planned reductions in pollution levels. Spinsanity scores Dean for implying that Clear Skies would actually increase pollution (“The Clear Skies Initiative … basically allows you to put more pollution into the air”). I’m inclined to give Dean a pass. If the initiative results in there being more pollution in 2012 than current law would allow, that means that it is allowing more pollution–right? For the same reason, a person who supports the cancellation of a scheduled tax cut can reasonably be accused of wanting a tax hike, because he wants taxes to be higher than they otherwise would be. What do you think, Prof. Adler?

Taxing Outrage



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At the recent hearing on Title VI funding for Middle East and other area studies centers, the higher education lobby tried to dismiss stories of egregious bias against U.S. foreign policy as isolated and atypical anecdotes. Well, Martin Kramer has turned up yet another story of outrageous bias paid for by your tax dollars. It seems that a Title VI center at Georgetown University held a workshop on the war in Iraq for Washington area teachers. On the very day that Saddam’s statue was pulled down in Baghdad, 140 K-12 teachers were addressed by five speakers, each of which was bitterly opposed to the war in Iraq. One even proposed a Marshall plan of aid for Iraq. Trouble is, the plan included keeping Saddam in place. As for the higher education lobby’s denial that Edward Said is still influential in area studies, Kramer shows how the Georgetown Title VI center has been pushing Said on its students. This is a real “smoking gun” of an entry by Kramer.

Korea



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With the Title VI battle unexpectedly heating up in the midst of the emerging gay marriage controversy, I’ve barely had time to keep up with some of my other issues–especially Korea and our too small armed forces. I blogged on Korea yesterday. Now Frederick Kagan has done us all the good turn of frankly stating that our armed forces are too small for the challenges we face. I hope the many hawks who populate the web will take up Kagan’s challenge and confront this issue. I’ve been harping on the point for almost two years. Finally, our occupation of Iraq forces us to face it. Unfortunately, Kagan doesn’t say how we’re supposed to expand our forces. I had a piece out in the April 21 NRODT that detailed a scheme that might allow us to expand our military without a draft and without too much expense. One way or another, as Kagan shows, if we don’t expand our armed forces, we’re in big trouble.

A Date With Newsweek



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Remember that today at noon Newsweek is holding an online discussion of its (ludicrously biased) cover story on gay marriage. Meanwhile, blogger Tom Sylvester comments on the cover story.

Get Saudi Kidnappings to Justice



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A Wall Street Journal editorial proposes taking juridiction from State to Justice:

The only real way to end this “never-ending conversation” is by shifting this portfolio from State to the Justice Department, which presumably would take a more aggressive approach to affronts to U.S. law and sovereignty.

Emily’s List’s Worst Nightmare



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Hong Kong



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On the subject of good photographs, check out the picture chosen by the Telegraph to illustrate this report on massive demonstrations in Hong Kong yesterday. Communists have never seen a freedom they did not want to crush, and the people of Hong Kong are trying to fight back. They deserve to prevail.

July 1, 1916



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July 1st was the 87th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme, one of the most tragic – and heroic – days in the history of the British army. It was marked with a ceremony in London yesterday – and some welcome news. The government is making a substantial contribution to a fund to help buy Thiepval wood, one of the starting points for the big push, and a place where many Tommies were to meet their death. There’s a good report on this in the Daily Telegraph. It includes a wonderful photograph – of William Stone, 102, a sailor of the Great War.

In The Name of Science



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Purely in the name of science, famously ascetic journalist and blogger Stephen Pollard (scroll down to find the story) agreed to test Nootropil, a supposedly ‘miracle’ hangover remedy. After fourteen glasses of wine, three ports and three whiskies the results, unlike the drinks, were mixed, but not for Stephen for whom matters ended badly. His mistake, I reckon, was the port. For the rest of us, there may be hope.

Fallout From June Diary (Cont.)



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