Clearing my spindle

I’ve been saving a number of items to write about that I want to present for your information without further comment. In one way or another, they are interesting and informative.
Over the past two weeks that John Hinderaker has been trying a lawsuit in Chicago, we’ve especially missed John’s updates on the global warming hoax. Items that John probably would have brought to our attention include Christopher Booker’s “Pachauri: The real story behind the glaciergate scandal” and Ben Webster’s “Climate chief was told of false glacier claims before Copenhagen.” See also Jililan Kay Melchior’s “Ignoring ‘climategate'” and Tim Blair’s “The despair of Orville Schell.”
The American historian Howard Zinn died this week. Zinn wrought incredible damage on the study of American history. Last month Ronald Radosh took a timely look back at Zinn’s work in “The Zinning of America.” After Zinn died this week, Radosh posted the more abbreviated “America the awful — Howard Zinn’s history.”
Lee Smith is the author of The Strong Horse, a new book on the Middle East. I found Smith’s column “They dig us” to be of interest, as well his interview with Michael Totten.
What can we learn from the vile Jack Abramoff? I am so glad not to have had to think of Abramoff for the past year or two. In 2004, before the roof fell in on Abramoff, Andrew Ferguson profiled him in “A lobbyist’s progress.” This past week Susan Crabtree returned to the scene of the crime in “Man who blew whistle on Abramoff tells story of how he did it.” What a disgrace.
On the other hand, Fox News rocks. it has earned bragging rights to the most trusted name in news. Not surprisingly, its ratings for the president’s SOTU address this week dominated the cable news ratings.
Poliitical science professor Clifford Orwin considers Obama’s first year in office in “Change, yes, but not the change Americans wanted.” Michael Barone takes us inside Obama’s SOTU speech and Jay Nordlinger provides 39 observant, occasionally humorous notes on it in “Scribbles on the speech.” Number 22 made me laugh: “Sen. Ben Nelson and Lieberman are sitting next to each other — sort of interesting. And Nelson’s rug is atrocious. Does it have to be so big? It’s, like, as big as Nebraska” (emphasis, I should add, in original).

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