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December 29, 2002
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Two good (though biased, of course) articles today in the Washington Post and the NY Times on one of the less publicized items in the Republican agenda – reforming the legal system to the detriment of trial lawyers. GOP lawmakers have been quietly inserting lawsuit limitation clauses in various bills, but next year they...

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December 28, 2002
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Quite enough has been said about the claim this morning that the first human clone was born. I’ll only add that this is like a bad sci-fi plot: A weird religious cult, called the Raelians, worships aliens and clones a human baby, holding a big press conference by a bimboish scientist to announce its...

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December 27, 2002
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Strong winds here in western Washington state knocked out power to several hundred thousand homes for several hours. It’s striking how dependent we are on electricity. Nothing – the phone, the stove, the computer, the radio, the telephone – worked. Traffic ground to a halt as signals went offline. The only thing to do...

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December 27, 2002
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Here’s a link to actual audio of Patty Murray talking about Bin Laden. There’s a sentence that has been left out of most newspaper quotes, since The Columbian, the newspaper that broke the story, left it out of its original article. Here’s the full quote with the missing sentence: Osama bin Laden has been...

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December 26, 2002
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Now the Taliban are using Senator Patty Murray’s comments to boost their cause. Do you think Senator Patty Murray should apologize for praising Bin Laden? Vote here and let her know.

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December 26, 2002
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Newspapers are full of reports of illegal immigrants from various Arab countries who’ve been swept up in a net after all citizens of those countries were asked to register their address with the INS. As a foreign-born legal immigrant, I’ve dealt with the INS for years. It is a sclerotic bureacracy that treats legal...

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December 25, 2002
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I don’t know how Scott Ott does it, but he keeps hitting home runs at scrappleface.com

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December 25, 2002
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The New York Times has a surprisingly glowing profile of Bill Frist, the man.

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December 25, 2002
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The Washington Post is the latest liberal paper to come out with an editorial supporting Patty Murray. The paper recognizes that Murray’s comments were “inept,” but says: Either way, this is a point worth debating, and no one should be called “unpatriotic” for bringing it up. There’s a huge problem here. No one has...

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December 25, 2002
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I’m not a christian, but Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating! It’s a good thing you don’t live in Saudi Arabia: As evinced by the atmosphere in this Riyadh gift shop, Christmas is mostly hidden in this desert kingdom, where Islam is the only accepted religion. Expatriate workers hold discreet holiday parties within...

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December 25, 2002
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Bill Frist is the new Senate majority leader. Who would have thought he’d get the support of his colleagues and the White House so quickly? The obvious reason for the quick coalescing of support – and the one I’m inclined to – is that Frist will make a terrific majority leader. In the spirit...

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December 24, 2002
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The Seattle Times has an editorial supporting Patty Murray. It’s so flawed, biased and full of ad hominem attacks that I won’t even bother countering it. This isn’t the first time a liberal newspaper has defended outrageous behavior. Just before the elections, the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran an editorial defending the behavior of the...

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December 23, 2002
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More news on the Patty Murray front. She’s been doing a tour of Washington state high schools and her comments in Vancouver, WA were apparently not the first time she praised Bin Laden! Local talk radio host John Carlson says that he’s heard from high school teachers who said that she said worse things...

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December 23, 2002
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Republicans Can be Wusses Sometimes, But That’s a Good Thing Bill Frist will be elected Senate majority leader today. Democrats haven’t let go of the race issue, though. They want to keep it alive: But largely because of the Lott flap, Democrats hope to make civil rights a key issue as they look ahead...

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December 23, 2002
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Do you think Senator Patty Murray should apologize for praising Bin Laden? Vote here and let her know.

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