- Warning: 700 Texas Laws Take Effect Today – The Right Side of Austin
- Conservatives pushing to keep Democrats from picking replacements for Perry and Dewhurst – Aman Batheja, PoliTex
- Expansion of managed care for Medicaid patients coming to Rio Grande Valley. Will Texas see the expected $300 million savings? – Mark Lisheron, Texas Healthcare Report
- Branch: No Hearings Planned on A&M Conference Switch – Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune
- Parents, taxpayers can't see if Houston school contracts are awarded fairly because of Texas' ethics rules loopholes – Mike Cronin, Texas Watchdog
- We Read Rick Perry's "Fed Up!" So You Don't Have To – Texas Tribune
It’s good to see someone took Stanley Kurtz’s advice. Probably still best to read it for yourself, though.
- Perry to Conservatives: My Past Will Not "Embarrass" You – Jay Root, Texas Tribune
- Ron Paul’s Nonsense – Peter Wehner, Commentary
- Seduced by the Cult of Experts – Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online
There are no more devout members of the cult of expertise than mainstream journalists. They rely on experts for guidance about what is “mainstream” and accurate and what is not. Sometimes that’s fine. Surgeons are extremely reliable sources to explain how a heart attack happens. They’re not as reliable at telling you who will have one, save in a statistical sense, and even less reliable at telling you when a specific person will have one.
That’s because prediction is hard. Experts — in politics, economics, climate — are very, very bad at telling people what will happen tomorrow, let alone next year or next century. How many of the economists who tell us what to do now failed to see the mortgage debt crisis coming? Nearly all of them.
Something to keep in mind when the state’s lockstep political media editorialize authoritatively via the words of “experts” on big topics like climate or constitutionalism.