Pajamas Media: News Digest – 30th April 2011

From Pajamas Media.Com

DIGEST Saturday April 30, 2011

Do We Want To Be Fooled?

by Bruce Bawer

The recent 60 Minutes expose on Greg Mortenson, the author of the bestselling Three Cups of Tea, has prompted me to reflect on the question: why was this guy a household name and international hero?

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Governments Rot When Their Citizens Let Them (Part I)

by Dan Miller

We get the worst government we’re prepared to tolerate.

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The Way We Live Now, a continuing series

by Roger Kimball

A police spokesman tells the press, “If a victim believes that an alleged crime is racially aggravated, the police will treat it seriously. Investigations into this incident are continuing.” The incident in question? A pub singer belting out the once-innocuous ’70s hit, “Kung Fu Fighting.”

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U.S. Government, Media Completely Wrong on Egypt, Now Advising on Peace Process

by Barry Rubin

No apology for being wrong about the nature of the Egypt protests. Do we really want their two cents on Abbas and Hamas now?

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In the LAPD, the Cream Rarely Rises to the Top

by Jack Dunphy

To Deflect and to Swerve: Inside the not-so-elite ranks of the LAPD’s Officers Club.

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Wikileaks: U.S. Funded Syrian ‘Liberal, Moderate’ Islamists

by Ryan Mauro

In an effort to undermine the Assad regime, the State Department gave millions of dollars to what they define as “liberal and moderate” Islamist groups.

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Tornado Deaths Tragic, but Not Unprecedented

by Art Horn

More media hype: this is not remotely the most deaths we’ve seen in a season, and the total reported number of tornadoes will drop as we figure out which reports were of the same twisters.

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