Author Archives: Steve Kates


From Wikipedia: under the heading University: The word “university” is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which roughly means “community of teachers and scholars. While antecedents had existed in Asia and Africa, the modern university system has roots … Continue reading

Posted in civil society, History | 55 Comments

Western Civ

From today’s Oz: A female suicide bomber who killed dozens of Israeli soldiers has graced the front cover of a University of Sydney student newspaper, and Jewish students who ­complained about the cover have been “condemned” for ­censorship. Hamida al-Taher … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech | 43 Comments

You tell me, what is North Korea really up to?

Political calculation is an art and a gift. It cannot be taught and much of it is luck. Yet here we are with the whole world watching so who is to say whether this is right or not: All signs … Continue reading

Posted in History, International | 14 Comments

So why is Australia the last to know?

There’s an old story I heard when I first came to Australia about how the original inhabitants of Tasmania had lost the art of fishing, so lived on an island surrounded by water but never ate the fish that swam … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy | 76 Comments

Feather duster

Eight years on top but as gone as any politician has ever been. But I have to say, his supporters are more insane than is truly believable. This is the moronic Maureen Down writing in the NYT more than a … Continue reading

Posted in Politics of the Left | 82 Comments

Supply-side economics in real time

The American economy is bursting bounds almost previously unknown. From Instapundit where a discussion of the supply-side foundation for this transformation is found. THOSE JOBS NUMBERS LOOK EVEN BETTER: The Washington Post grudgingly admits one amazing thing about today’s excellent jobs … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy | 64 Comments

Harvey and Tommy

How’s he gonna get a fair trial? The banner headline at Drudge. HARVEY IN HELL RAPE CASE INDICTMENT Compare and contrast: British Media: Lockstep Lies: Did the Daily Mail’s lawyers have to check with the British government, which had placed a … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Freedom of speech, Media | 36 Comments

Are they stupid, gullible or malicious?

Or maybe they are just nuts. Political derangement is a mental disease for which the left is highly susceptible. PDT is demonstrating that every principle they have lived by is wrong, but rather than being willing to learn, they have … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Politics of the Left | 23 Comments

If only 10% of what Robinson said was correct then the barbarians have already won

The usual high minded idiocies from Janet Albrechtsen on Don’t call it censorship when Islam critic’s simply in contempt of court. If you want to find out what she said, you can buy the paper. Here are the top comments … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Media | 51 Comments

Is North Korea defying China?

Any news that reflects positively on PDT is naturally ruthlessly suppressed by the media, but the net being the way it is, we nevertheless do tend to find out if these things are of interest. Anyway, seems the June 12 … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, International | 19 Comments