In the wake of last week's tragic shooting of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords, some on the left have blamed right-wing political rhetoric for inspiring the shooter.
"My French relatives regularly denounce their country’s leaders in far more heated and pungent terms than Americans like Sarah Palin do. Founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were attacked far more vitriolically in the media than recent presidents like Obama and Bush were, as Reason Magazine points out here and here. Recent attempts to blame the shootings in Arizona on the political climate are ignorant of both America’s own history and the world beyond America’s borders."
Wyoming state legislators want to amend outdated laws which prevent poker games in bars.
The British Medical Journal has called the work of doctor Andrew Wakefield--who famously "found" a link between vaccines and autism---a "deliberate fraud."
Adjunct Scholar Michael Fumento says that Wakefield exemplifies a larger problem.
"Why does fraudulent science thrive? Better to ask, 'Why not?' It pays. Even when the fraudsters get caught they often laugh all the way to the bank. Wakefield in salary alone receives over $300,000 a year from an anti-vaccine group. And he satisfies his loyal minions by simply saying of the BMJ editorial that his findings have been 'replicated in five studies around the world.' In fact none of them show an MMR-autism link.) Meanwhile, society pays the price in fear, suffering, and death. In other words, all that’s different here is that fraudster was exposed. Otherwise, it’s business as usual."