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Achenblog: July 20, 2008 - July 26, 2008

My Unbiased Take

First let me note that one of my personal mantras is "Megalomania in Moderation." I think it's important for those of us with special gifts to remain modest. Like, I never would even imagine myself as the kind of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 25, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (437)
 
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The New Socialism [Updated]

[Just watched the Obama speech in Berlin. No, there weren't "a million screaming Germans," as Obama put it; just something like 400,000. (Well, 200,000. But still humongous.) Stagecraft: superior (love that chiaroscuro!). Rhetoric: Loftier even than usual. For a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 24, 2008; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (169)
 
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Yet Another Dead Zone

Potentially inspiring space picture of the day! The explanation from NASA is that this Pinwheel Galaxy dudn't have any carbon in the red patches on the outer spirals. So anyone living there won't have to worry about burning fossils...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 23, 2008; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (198)
 
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Obama's 3-Pointers

I've got a metaphor on my brain that I need to run up the flagpole. You surely saw Obama hit that 3-pointer on his Mideast trip. Media bias raised its ugly head again when the announcer said the shot...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 22, 2008; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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Media Bias!!!!!!!!!

Hysteria being the new baseline of national discourse, there are many people appalled and consternated and 100 percent atwitter today because they have learned that the New York Times has dared to reject the first draft of an op-ed by...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 21, 2008; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (281)
 
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Surging Troops

Of the many things I never learned nearly enough about are English grammar. For example, I couldn't tell you a thing about the difference betwixt an intransitive verb and a transitive one, nor do I have a preference between...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 21, 2008; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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