More reactions to Ben Stein’s Expelled II. Plus FreeScore, John Hughes, Linda Douglass and more.
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THE KRUGMAN STANDARD
Re: Reader Mail’s Cancel My Times Subscription:
Reader Anthony Deutsch’s advice that Ben Stein “shouldn’t do
commercials for cheesy free credit report outfits” seems in
retrospect to be spot on. If Stein had followed Paul Krugman’s
lead, and limited his ties only to such business stalwarts as
Enron, perhaps his position with the Times would have
Shamong, New Jersey
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s When a President Lies: Why Linda Douglass Should Resign:
Why should Linda Douglass resign? She represents fittingly a president who should have another “middle” name: Mendacious.
Curious, though: If she’s so willing to publicly lie so for the
president, what possible moral underpinning would compel Douglass
to resign? Clearly, allegiance to the man wins over allegiance to
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
KIND OF WONDERFUL
Re: Andrew Cline’s John Hughes: American Rebel:
I saw a quote from John Hughes somewhere that went along these lines: Over the years, his characters went from adults to teens to babies, and that he figured he’d be working with microscopic characters before long. When I hadn’t heard of any recent work from him, I figured he dropped below the line of visibility to the naked eye.
Actually, I haven’t seen all Hughes’s movies, but the ones I
have, I enjoyed, and usually a lot.
Cape Coral, Florida
As a fan of motion pictures, I was not that big a fan of John
Hughes, having only seen Ferris and Some Kind Of
Wonderful. However, he was far better than the directors
giving us the stuff we are seeing today. To be in his films he
had a different requirement for his actors, it was called
“talent”. You knew when you went to the movie theater, it was
going to be a quality project and John Hughes was going to
deliver the goods.
— Michael Skaggs
Re: Lloyd Daub’s letter (under “Not to Die For”) in Reader Mail’s We’re Becoming Venezuela:
I have never considered Steve Martin (or Jim Carrey) to be funny.
Hyperbolic, overbearing, crass, and rude? Yes. Funny? No.
— David Shoup
Re: Peter Hannaford’s Illusions and Delusions About the Uninsured:
The 46 million represent scads of illegal aliens who already receive equal or better medical care than U.S. citizens in places such as California and Arizona.
Besides, what’s a little embellishment or two for the Obama administration?
And if they don’t like the numbers, they’ll just change them and pretend that they never gave earlier estimates, in the same fashion Obama denies what he’s said, even if it’s recorded in print and video.
Words, just words, according to Dr. Obama.
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton, West Virginia
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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