Three items from the NYT:
1. A reader of The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid claims he NYT has
earned me an ‘excess return’ of about $25,000 on my capital over the past five years, adding about 5% more to my portfolio annually
by actually betting against Paul Krugman’s predictions. The Conspiracy also links to Harvard professor of economics Greg Mankiw‘s post on Robert Reich’s latest tax theories. The Consipracy notes that
As Mankiw continues his new career as a blogger, he’ll quickly realize that liberal columnists like Reich and Krugman never create their own economic content. They feed on economic talking points provided by think tanks cum lobbyists like CBPP [Center on Budget Policies and Priorities] — accepting them uncritically and adding their own particular gloss of literary style.
2. Captain’s Quarters looks at a NYT front-page Memorial Day article by Kate Zernike on John Kerry’s attempt to re-engage on the Swift Boat campaign. Thomas Lipscomb, who was nominated for a Pulitzer prize for his coverage of the Kerry campaign, fisks the Zernike article to shreds (emphasis added):
Tedd Peck, accompanied Kerry’s PCF 44 on his PCF 57 from Cam Ranh down to their new assignment at An Thoi where they arrived on December 8, 1968. Peck served there with Kerry until he was wounded and med-evaced out on January 29, 1969. Douglas Brinkley states that “Kerry liked Peck.” So what does Peck have to say about secret missions out of An Thoi to Cambodia? “There never was one. And I never saw a Navy Seal at An Thoi the whole time I served there with Kerry”
What does it take to wake up a good reporter that there are some issues here besides one junior lieutenant’s latest assertions on the basis, once again, of totally undisclosed records? It isn’t simply a matter of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth “lies.” The facts recited by Kerry make no military sense, fly in direct opposition to authoritative testimony, and are yet to be backed by any records anyone has seen. And Kerry keeps changing his story.
Anyone see the lucky hat yet?
3. The Times’s reviewer, Scott Ott, calls Al “planetary emergency” Gore’s movie “One of the most exciting and essential movies of the year”. Iowahawk has pondered the emergency and, being properly excited over the essential movie, has come up with an Iowahawk planetary Action Alert-o-GramTM (hat tip Pajamas Media).