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Pestering a Busy Statistician By Anna Wilde Mathews And Peter Wonacott

The Wall Street Journal

Pestering a Busy Statistician
By ANNA WILDE MATHEWS in London and PETER WONACOTT in Moradabad, India
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
December 27, 2005; Page A1

In 1992, the British Medical Association's flagship journal published a study led by Indian doctor Ram B. Singh with a striking finding: Heart-attack victims who ate more fiber, fruits and vegetables for a year cut their risk of death during that period by almost half.

A year later, Richard Smith, the journal's editor, received two letters questioning the findings. What followed was an extraordinary inquiry stretching over a dozen years and 5,000 miles. Along the way, Dr. Singh contended that termites had eaten crucial data and Dr. Smith spent four years begging a busy statistician to deliver a report.

RushLimbaugh.com: Senator Larry Craig Defends His Patriot Act Vote

From www.RushLimbaugh.com:

Senator Larry Craig Defends His Patriot Act Vote
December 21, 2005

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We have with us Senator Larry Craig from
Idaho, one of the four Republicans who voted with Democrats the
other day to prevent the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, and we
posted his name and the three others on our website. He wanted to
call and explain his vote, so here he is. Senator, it's great to
have you with us, and welcome to the program.

SENATOR CRAIG: Well, Rush, thank you, and thank you for allowing me
on. It is a very important debate, and something that I think has
-- certainly by Harry Reid and others -- been dramatically miscast
as it relates to the intent of some of us who have constantly
worked to assure that the Patriot Act did not tread on the rights,
the constitutional rights, of law-abiding American citizens. You
know, I've been here a little while, and I remember Janet Reno, and
I remember Waco and Ruby Ridge, afnd I fear the day that we get a
president, not this president, who has a very liberal attorney
general and sees the opportunity, uh, to leap through the holes
that are crafted in the Patriot Act, uh, that could tread on our
civil liberties. I say that having once voted for the Patriot Act
and -- and will vote for it again, and we're working very hard at
this moment. We've been visiting with the White House the last few
hours along with Democrats and Republicans to try to resolve this,
because there is no question that a majority of the Senate, which
includes some Democrats, do not want to see the Patriot Act expire.
At the same time, we see this as a once-in-a-two-or-three-year
opportunity or four to make sure that it never gets misused. That's
permanent law we're talking about, not just something that we keel
with on a day-to-day basis.

Genocidal Fantasist By Mark Steyn

Genocidal Fantasist

BY MARK STEYN
December 12, 2005

Good news! On Thursday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, who recently called for Israel to be wiped off the map, moderated his position. In a spirit of statesmanlike compromise, he now wants Israel wiped off the map of the Middle East and wiped on to the map of Europe.

Christians Afoot By William F. Buckley Jr.

CHRISTIANS AFOOT

By William F. Buckley Jr.
Fri Nov 25, 8:12 PM ET

I am mindful that Samuel Johnson enjoined the preachers of his time not to inveigh against those who were absent from church on Sundays by scolding those who were not absent. Notwithstanding Dr. Johnson's stricture, I here berate those who fail to heed the atrocities in China and North Korea, by appealing to those who have heeded these barbarisms, drawing attention to the inattention that the Christian world seems to be paying them. There is no means of putting away from memory the experience of the Jews in the last century, objects of discrimination of various and imaginative kinds, culminating in genocide.

Reality In Iran By Eli Lake

Reality in Iran

BY ELI LAKE
December 1, 2005
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/23836

Earlier this week, following a story in Newsweek that America will restart talks with Iran on stabilizing Iraq, the chief of Iran's revolutionary guard gave a revealing press conference. According to Iran Press News, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi told reporters in Tehran that America has tried since 1979 to "thwart the export of the revolution." But, he said, "the activities in Lebanon, Palestine, and present-day Iraq, as well as Islamic and freedom-seeking nations of the world proved the opposite."

Get that. The man in charge of a military devoted to the violent spread of Islamic theocracy has just said his side is winning in Iraq, not to mention Lebanon and Palestine. And America now wants to engage Iran in limited negotiations to cooperate in thwarting terrorism in Iraq. Let us pause to marvel at the wonders of foreign policy "realism."

'We Are All Racists At Heart' By Amy Wax and Philip E. Tetlock

The Wall Street Journal

COMMENTARY

'We Are All Racists At Heart'

By AMY WAX and PHILIP E. TETLOCK
December 1, 2005; Page A16

It was once easy to spot a racial bigot: The casual use of the n-word, the sweeping hostility, and the rigid unwillingness to abandon vulgar stereotypes left little doubt that a person harbored prejudice toward blacks as a group. But 50 years of survey research has shown a sharp decline in overt racial prejudice. Instead of being a cause for celebration, however, this trend has set off an ever more strident insistence in academia that whites are pervasively biased.

More Stories from Joseph Wilson by Cliff Kincaid

More Stories from Joseph Wilson

November 24, 2005
by Cliff Kincaid

At this late date, Joseph Wilson is still trying to cover up the involvement of his wife in his CIA mission, apparently in order to protect a rogue element of the CIA from necessary scrutiny. After the production of the Libby indictment, Wilson wrote an October 19 Los Angeles Times article that said, "Although there were suggestions that she was behind the decision to send me to Niger, the CIA told Newsday just a week after the Novak article appeared that 'she did not recommend her husband to undertake the Niger assignment.' The CIA repeated the same statement to every reporter thereafter."

I Spy With My Little Eye . . . By Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Wall Street Journal

COMMENTARY

I Spy With My Little Eye . . .

By REUEL MARC GERECHT
November 9, 2005; Page A16

"And they [CIA employees] have to expect that when they do their jobs, that information about whether or not they are affiliated with the CIA will be protected… And they run a risk when they work for the CIA that something bad could happen to them, but they have to make sure that they don't run the risk that something bad is going to happen to them from something done by their own fellow government employees."

So spoke Patrick Fitzgerald, special prosecutor in the Valerie Plame investigation, about the need to preserve the cover of CIA case officers. His sincere concern for the woman's lost camouflage can also be heard among commentators on both left and right, even among those who recognize that Ms. Plame's publicity-loving husband, Joseph "Yellowcake" Wilson, often doesn't have a firm grip on the truth. In particular, left-leaning liberals, not well known for their defense of the CIA, have charged forward to equate the maintenance of cover for Langley's operatives (who are, let us be frank, probably overwhelmingly antiwar and anti-Bush) with the country's national security. In their eyes, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for the vice president, is thus guilty, at a minimum, of a politically motivated disregard for a clandestine public servant on the front lines of freedom.

"Gang Of Seven"

Here are the office addresses and phone numbers of the Republican members of the Gang Of Fourteen"

Senator John McCain
241 Russell Senate Ofc. Bldg.
Washington DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-2235
Fax: (202) 228-2862

Senator Lindsey Graham
290 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-5972 phone

No More Special Counsels By David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey

No More Special Counsels By David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey

washingtonpost.com
Saturday, October 29, 2005; A23

Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter"
Libby should be the final proof that the system of "special prosecutors"
is bankrupt and ought to be abandoned.

Fitzgerald, a highly respected federal prosecutor from Chicago, was given
the task of investigating whether Bush administration officials had
violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by "leaking" the
identity of CIA employee Valerie Plame.

It is clear that, at least by sometime in January 2004 -- and probably
much earlier -- Fitzgerald knew this law had not been violated. Plame was
not a "covert" agent but a bureaucrat working at CIA headquarters. Instead
of closing shop, however, Fitzgerald sought an expansion of his mandate
and has now charged offenses that grew entirely out of the investigation
itself
. In other words, there was no crime when the investigation started,
only, allegedly, after it finished. Unfortunately, for special counsels,
as under the code of the samurai, once the sword is drawn it must taste
blood. (emphasis added -- rsb)

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