Conflict update, January 8 2017

Iraq Iraqi counter-terrorism forces in east Mosul say they’ve reached the eastern bank of the Tigris River. Some Iraqi politicians are claiming that as much as 88 percent of the eastern half of the city has been liberated, which is probably a substantial exaggeration, but it’s impossible to dispute that the offensive has made significant… Continue reading Conflict update, January 8 2017

Rand Paul’s war on basic honesty

Senator and soon-to-be presidential primary drop-out Rand Paul, who (full disclosure) has guest-blogged here in the past (we’ve also carried the full text of his speeches), has an ongoing problem, which is that he doesn’t seem to grasp the difference between “telling the truth” and “lying.” There was that whole thing where he decided to… Continue reading Rand Paul’s war on basic honesty

Fareed Zakaria, plagiarist?

A couple of years ago, you may recall, Fareed Zakaria, “one of the top 100 global thinkers,” was caught lifting material from somebody else’s column for one of his pieces. After an exhaustive review a somewhat thorough review a review who the hell knows what, both Time and CNN suspended Zakaria for a month and… Continue reading Fareed Zakaria, plagiarist?

If you wouldn’t cite it in a term paper, don’t copy from it for pay

I think Wikipedia is great. I could spend all day traipsing through obscure entries learning about this or that. It’s even useful, say when you’re writing about history as I tend to do here from time to time, in a couple of ways. For one thing, it’s a great source for images and maps that… Continue reading If you wouldn’t cite it in a term paper, don’t copy from it for pay

My situation is a lot like the plot of the 1999 film “Bicentennial Man” (guest post by Senator Rand Paul)

We’re very fortunate to have been asked to provide space to Senator Rand Paul so that he may respond to recent allegations that he has been plagiarizing his speeches from Wikipedia. Here is Senator Paul’s statement in its entirety, unedited: Recently it has been alleged that, while speaking at a rally for Virginia gubernatorial candidate… Continue reading My situation is a lot like the plot of the 1999 film “Bicentennial Man” (guest post by Senator Rand Paul)