Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 7:00 am
Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer atThe Weekly Standard.
Mitt Romney, in jeans and a blue and white oxford, stood just to the right of the stage at Baker's of Milford Banquet Hall, nodding his head slightly as an enthusiastic soloist with a wireless microphone belted out the first verse of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A." The former Massachusetts governor smiled and joined most of the crowd for the chorus. "I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free."
"Linsanity" is the magical byword of this basketball season. As anyone who is even semi-conscious knows, Jeremy Lin, the NBA's first Taiwanese-American player by way of Harvard, was passed over for college athletic scholarships and ignored in NBA drafts. Then, he landed with the New York Knicks and has since proved to everybody that athletic prejudice against Asians is Lincredibly stupid. Except, as journalist Jim Yardley points out in his new book on basketball fever in China, Chinese players and coaches happen to endorse that prejudice.
Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 9:10 am
What do Google's computers and Facebook's, and Amazon's, and Verizon's, and all the other Internet servers know about me?
They know a lot, says Mark Rigely of San Francisco. His strangely beautiful video shows how emails, ISP data, weblogs and voice data are being used to paint our portraits, and how, with time, those portraits become dense with detail, pattern and personality.