Advice & Dissent: 2005

In May I returned from an embed with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in Fallujah, having gone over with the idea that the MSM wasn't telling it like it is. Guess what; they weren't. I've filed a couple of pieces on it, here and here, of which versions appeared on Townhall. But…Read More
Economist Robert Samuelson has an excellent column (does he write any other kind?) on the hypocrisy of the European nations who signed the Kyoto Accord agreeing to cut emissions allegedly contributing to global warming and that lashed out bitterly at the U.S. for not doing so…Read More
If you're in your 40s or older, you probably remember "The Mod Squad," about a trio of cops whose only distinguishing feature was gender and color. They were described as: "One black, one white, one blonde." That's fine for TV, but in considering nominations for the highest court…Read More
For those who still believe the nation's girth growth is strictly a personal matter, this article shows it's not just the war in Iraq that's hurting military recruiting. Nearly 20 percent of men and 40 percent of women of recruiting age are too fat even to be considered. Add to…Read More
Mark Sircus, head of something called the International Medical Veritas Association, needs to learn a bit about the meaning of "Veritas." In a commentary titled "Intellectual Prostitution," he calls a whore anybody who disagrees with the proposition that childhood vaccines…Read More
How should conservatives view government efforts against the obesity epidemic? This exchange might be useful. Dear Mr. Fumento: When getting someone else's comment about your obesity article at, I heard that you are considered libertarian in your thinking. When I saw…Read More
St. Paul Pioneer Press editorial page associate editor Mark Yost penned a provocative column on media coverage of the Iraq war, noting his contacts there told him, with apologies to Johnny Mercer, the MSM are accentuating the negative and ignoring the positive. He couldn't have…Read More
Peaceniks are going gaga over the new FX series on the Iraq war "Over There." "Wow! Anybody else watch "Over There" last night?" asked a writer for the most-viewed liberal blogsite and most-viewed blogsite period, Daily Kos. " Within a few minutes, the Sarge calls their position…Read More
Say hello to my little friend, the new incarnation of In a national survey by a major marketing firm, two out of three dentists preferred this version. The most obvious change is that it's now a true hybrid website, meaning it displays and archives my articles…Read More
As per always, fat activist Paul Campos ignores the data linking overweight and obesity to illness. For example at Tech Central Station, one of my favorite websites, he writes "Consider Bill Clinton's allusion to a supposed epidemic of Type II diabetes among children. This has…Read More