Last year, when the U.C.

Last year, when the U.C. Berkeley Speech team stayed with me during the AFA national finals, we visited the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum. Jake and Jenni tried to convince me that the moon landing was a fake. I didn’t believe them. Thanks to this link (thanks to Happy Fun Pundit), now I do.

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Today is Bastille

Today is Bastille Day which commemmorates the storming of the Bastille and the overthrow of the French monarchy. Consider a picnic which includes French wine. Personally, I am going to mark the occasion by reading about wines that I cannot afford on a regular basis — Chateua Y’quem, the world’s finest white wine and the greatest wine I’ve ever tasted; and three of the five “first growths” of Bordeaux: Chateau Margaux Chateau Latour Chataeu Haut-Brion

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TAPPED is doing

TAPPED is doing quite a job spotting factual errors in Ann Coulter’s book Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right. Scoobie really plays it up. Now, Coulter doesn’t seem to be a Michael Bellesiles — but she ought to acknowledge her errors. They matter. Coulter’s argument is that the tenor of discourse is different for liberals than it is for conservatives — that conservatives use facts and logic while liberals scream, rant, and engage in character assassination. Sloppy facts undermine her argument. The truth is that “both” sides see the other as evil or stupid. If only one’s opponents would give logic a chance they would see the error of their ways! Conservatives, like liberals, need to look in the mirror and be honest with themselves about their discourse. (I’m not the first right-of-center person…

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A brand new, best-ever bonus

A brand new, best-ever bonus for signing up for the Starwood American Express. Up to 10,000 bonus miles in the first year of card membership — 4k with your first purchase, 1k for your first hotel stay at a Starwood property, and 500 bonus points for each of the next 10 stays in the first year. First year of card membership remains free, with a $30 fee thereafter. This is a richer offer than the old offer, which didn’t include the 4000 points for making a first purchase. This is the best mileage-earning card. First, because Starwood (W, Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis) is a great hotel program and there are no capacity controls on awards — if there’s a hotel room open, it’s yours. Second, because your points convert 1:1 (as opposed to 5:1 with…

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Here’s a tip that’s really

Here’s a tip that’s really a two-fer: First of all, it’s worth signing up for Travelocity Fare Watcher. You list city pairs customized to your needs and they e-mail you when the fare changes. That way you can nab the best fares for your upcoming itineraries. Second, after you book your itinerary it’s still worth checking those emails that Travelocity sends you. That’s because if a fare drops after you have already purchased your tickets (that is, if a cheaper fare is available for your specific itinerary), you should call the airline — they will give you a credit voucher for the difference. Bet you didn’t know that, huh? 🙂

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Andrew Sullivan notes

Andrew Sullivan notes “AND NOW THEY WANT OUR COFFEE: The puritanical left – having tried to take away our booze, porn, and cigarettes – is now after our lattes. Okay, guys, this is serious.” I’ll leave the legal questions (about whether Berkeley can restrict trade in this manner) to law professors at The Volokh Conspiracy and Instapundit. My personally selfish reaction is that fair trade coffee is more expensive than and doesn’t taste as good as the coffee that I enjoy. I think that is more important than most people will give credit to. Enjoyable products at a low price matter However, it isn’t morally persuasive if my latte creates misery for others. The truth is, though, that “fair wages” isn’t as simple as proposition as its proponents would contend. We can’t simply decide that…

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