MAKING WRONGS REICH [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Otto Reich is kinda sacked, but kinda not, from his State Department Latin America job. The stubborness of Senate Dems made him impossible to get confirmed and his recess appointment is now expired as of the Senate session's close. Powell's made him a special envoy (unclear what that means), but the White House plans to renominate him in the new, more reasonable Senate. He--and we--deserves nothing less.
Posted at 11:06 PM
"ONE MAN...CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE" [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Oh no...NBC has a new political drama joining its lineup come January: Mister Sterling, starring Josh Brolin. An "independent" who keeps inspires the hacks of the Senate, it seems...
Posted at 09:22 PM
"BOMB CANADA" [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
That's another reason to subscribe to NR on Dead Tree, to read Jonah's piece that started an international incident.
Posted at 08:38 PM
CANADA TAKES A STAND [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Chretien is not accepting his "moron" communication director's resignation. Seems to think the whole thing is funny. Is he not aware this could start a war?
Posted at 08:30 PM
KKT HAS MOVED TO CANADA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
See for yourself.
Posted at 08:17 PM
THIS ONE'S FOR STANLEY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Joe Bob Briggs on "draft insanity."
Posted at 08:09 PM
HAS COKE FILED A SUIT YET... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...against Mecca Cola?
Posted at 07:59 PM
ANOTHER REASON TO SUBSCRIBE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
If you had a subscription to NR on Dead Tree, you would already know all about New York City's silly cabaret law, having read about it in a Deroy Murdock piece in NR on Dead Tree a few years back (I'm too lazy to look up the year, etc.).
Posted at 07:40 PM
BEWARE, IF YOU'RE GOING OUT ON THE TOWN TONIGHT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
In response to the article I linked to earlier about the London pubs getting fined for unlawful half-dancing, a reader writes:
I read your note about dancing in London pubs being subject to heavy fines with a bit of amusement. These things happen in New York City too. A few years ago, in 1997 if my memory serves me correctly, a bunch of friends (now scattered across the globe) assembled for our annual Thanksgiving weekend gathering. It’s usually a long night that ends up a bit bleary eyed at P. J. Clarke’s on Third Avenue (they are open to 4 AM and serve a good hamburger.) This particular evening was no exception and a group of about seven or eight of us stumbled in at around 3 AM or so to wind down the evening. We were in "high spirits" but still well enough behaved. Someone put some Patsy Cline on the jukebox and I asked one of the girls with us to dance. Seconds into our turn on the barroom floor one of the ancient bartenders yelled at us to stop dancing. We looked at him and laughed thinking he was only kidding. How wrong we were! He then proceeded to scream that we "Either stop dancing or get the Hell out!" Faced with the choice of either denying ourselves one last beer and a hamburger or compromising our artistic integrity we chose the latter. We sat in stony silence eating and drinking, not wanting to further anger the Saloon gods. The stern bartender sensing that we were a bit taken aback came over and told us that they didn't have a cabaret license and that they could be fined if a cop walked in and saw any dancing. That a license was needed in order to dance was even more unsettling than the yelling but an important lesson was learned. If you want to dance in a NYC bar make sure they have a cabaret license.
Posted at 07:32 PM
MARK STEYN HITS GOLD AGAIN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
His latest. Just a taste: This is the real war aim -- or it should be, if we're to have any chance of winning this thing: We have to change the hearts and minds of millions of Muslims, too many of whom are at best indifferent to great evil. "Changing" isn't the same as "winning the hearts and minds," which is multiculti codespeak for pre-emptively surrendering and agreeing not to disagree with them. For over a year now, nothing has been asked of Muslims, at home or abroad: you can be equivocal about bin Laden and an apologist for suicide bombers, and still get a photo-op with Dubya; you can be a member of a regime whose state TV stations and government-owned newspapers call for Muslims to kill all Jews and Christians, and you'll still get to kick your shoes off with George and Laura at the Crawford ranch.
Posted at 07:28 PM
JEEPERS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I really miss Andrew.
Posted at 07:22 PM
NOT A DRUG DEBATE [Jonathan Adler]
Jonah raises a very good point that bears emphasizing. All too often, advocates of a given policy position are unwilling to acknowledge that their policy may have negative consequences. This is intellectually sloppy and it can undermine one's credibility. To use our current example, those of us who advocate an end to drug prohibition do ourselves no favors by ignoring the possibility that that aggregate drug use could increase. We may feel that the benefits of ending prohibition outweigh such risks, but it is disingenuous to pretend that such risks are absent. By the same token, defenders of drug prohibition should acknowledge that such policies increase violent crime, lead to more potent narcotics, and so on. Neither policy is perfect. Even the most ethical policy position will have its costs. All policy choices have both positive and negative consequences. Conservatives and libertarians are quick to point this out when puncturing the prescriptions advanced by our adversaries. We should all remember it when advancing prescriptions of our own.
Posted at 07:16 PM
QUELLE FROMAGE [Rod Dreher]
Q: What do they serve on Ritz crackers at Voice of the Faithful meetings? A: This. Har de har har.
Posted at 08:47 AM
EMPTYING OUT JORDAN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Non-essential U.S. personnel are leaving Jordan, due to security concerns.
Posted at 08:25 AM
THE RIOTS... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...do continue in Nigeria, despite the relocation.
Posted at 08:23 AM
FOOTLOOSE LONDON [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Miss Worlders ought not casually dance in any London pubs while they're over there.
Posted at 08:21 AM
THE MISS WORLD CONTESTS WILL NOW BE HELD IN LONDON [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I hope Muhammed doesn't care what happens in London.
Posted at 08:17 AM
DEFINING TERRORISM DOWN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Andrew Sullivan points out the cover of this week's City Paper, a free D.C. weekly: "Alleged Killer, Proven Killer," with photos of John Mohammed and the Prince William County prosecutor. You know, of course, where I'm going with this. Again, no, everything didn't change after 9/11, nor after the sniper, either.
Posted at 08:09 AM
BY THE WAY... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...remember a few weeks ago when folks up and down the Democratic party were whining that we were losing the war on terror (sorry, hate to kick Tom Daschle when he's down)? Well, about that time we caught a top al Qaeda boss, who evidently is doing a lot of talking. Who are the losers again?
Of course, Al Gore has been overheard saying similar things this week. Dems may want to rethink the blind-leading-the-blind strategy of having Gore as their man again.
Posted at 07:39 AM
MAYBE THE CORNER SHOULD RULE THE WORLD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Report finds U.S. ignored Saudi 9/11 links. Now if investigating the Saudis--the Kingdom where the majority of the terrorists came from--was not a no brainer, I don't know what one is.
Posted at 05:36 AM
IF YOU THOUGHT SWEDEN WAS BAD... [Rod Dreher]
...check out what's going on in Canada. They are close to making proclaiming the Bible's teachings against homosexuality a hate crime.
Posted at 03:31 AM
Friday, November 22, 2002
HATE SPEECH IN SWEDEN [Rod Dreher]
Touchstone magazine's blog has some fascinating and troubling information about a new law ratified by the Swedish parliament, which criminalizes "disrespecting" or "insulting" homosexuals. Some Christian churches fought the law (unsuccessfully), fearing that peacefully and respectfully proclaiming traditional Christian moral teaching on homosexuality could get pastors arrested. Fears were raised even higher when a cabinet minister speculated favorably that the day is coming when churches will be forced to perform gay weddings. Sweden's justice minister has calmed the waters a bit -- but he won't be justice minister forever, and the law will remain on the books.
Posted at 06:42 PM
NEITHER SHAKEN NOR STIRRED [Rod Dreher]
Jonathan V. Last of the Weekly Standard razzes the new James Bond film, and explains why Bond movies have stunk for the last 20 years.
Posted at 06:13 PM
MORE CANADIAN EMAIL [Jonah Goldberg]
I know said I'd stop posting Canada email. But this one just came in. I love it:
Dear Mr. Goldberg,
While I consider your article (Nov 15, 2002) to be typical of American propiganda and distortion of fact, I do cherish your right to express yourself. I for one voted for PM Chrteien because he is anti-American and for no other reason. As you probably know, we have an extremist hate group/fascist political party here called the Canadian Alliance. They are actually the official opposition and garnered something like 17% of the vote in the last fderal election (though completely concentrated in the racist and intolerant West)... (See attached Word document of hate quotes by the party MP's and leaders) The Alliiance projects many American style policies. I feel that our rejection of their ideology is more a rejection of their racism, sexism, homophobia, war on the poor, and desire to make Canada a christian autocracy. Please remember that when we claim to be anti-american, most of that sentiment lies in the fact that we are anti Canadian Alliance; this political party has forged a synergy between being a radical nazi hate group and pro-American policies.
Posted at 05:53 PM
A BETTER MAN THAN I [Rod Dreher]
Gary Witheral, the widower of the martyred Christian missionary, forgives her killer(s). Said the poor man: “We don’t care about the politics. We just wanted to put our arms around people and say ‘Hey, you know what? There’s hope’. The people of southern Lebanon are poor and suffering.”
Posted at 05:42 PM
GREEN HYPOCRISY (CANADIAN STYLE) [Jonathan Adler]
Herb Dhaliwal, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources is pushing Canada's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. So what does he drive? According to this report, he has four -- yes, four -- vehicles: Two volvos and two SUVs. Small, fuel-efficient cars? They're just for the little people.
Posted at 05:34 PM
IT'S NOT PORN! IT'S NATURAL [Jonah Goldberg]
This is one way to skirt K-Lo's no porn in the Corner rule.
Posted at 05:27 PM
MLDEF RESPONDS [Rod Dreher]
Farhan Memon, spokesman for the Muslim Legal Defence & Educational Fund, sends this response to my piece today: "Mr. Dreher has misinterpreted our point regarding the number of casualties among minors in this conflict. We said, 'Islam forbids the taking of any innocent life and we abhor and disavow any action by any party in this conflict that indiscriminately targets non combatants. Children have paid a heavy toll in this conflict. According to the Israeli Human Rights group B'Tselem since the beginning of the 2nd Intifada in September 200 approximately 78 Israelis under 18 have been killed by Palestinians and 293 Palestinians under 18 have been killed by Israelis. It is with this senseless death toll in mind that we have filed a complaint with the Mass of Board of Bar Overseers against Alan Dershowitz. There is enough death created by those in the region, [to dissuade] someone from advocating the wholesale destruction of villages, but this is what Prof. Dershowitz is suggesting.' In citing the above statistics we are not saying that one child's death is worth more or less than another child's death. Simply that there have been too many children that have died in this conflict on all sides. Additionally while there have undoubtedly been some Palestinian children who have died whilst throwing rocks there have been many others who have died as a result of being indiscriminately shot by the Israeli Army according to B'Tselem. Simply put it is in circumstances such as this that we find Prof. Dershowitz's advice as putting more fuel on the fire."
Posted at 05:19 PM
TODAY'S G-FILE [Jonah Goldberg]
Should be up in a minute. The fault is all my own. When I finished writing around 2:00 PM, I discovered it was over 4,000 words. Even for an especially long and good G-File, this would be unforgiveable (And I am not so sure this one is any good). So I had to cut it down, and I kind of got lost. So, if you're waiting for Shecky Goldberg stuff, go home. The only Simpson's reference is in the on-deck notice on the homepage.
Posted at 05:05 PM
OUR FRIENDS THE SYRIANS [Rod Dreher]
A pro-Syrian newspaper in Syrian-occupied Lebanon, where nothing happens without Damascus's implicit or explicit approval, compares President Bush to Adolf Hitler.
Posted at 04:21 PM
BOSNIAN MUSLIMS [Rod Dreher]
A friend of mine who served with the U.S. military in Bosnia has nothing but good things to say about the Bosnian Muslims. A reader backs him up: "I spent a year (1999) in the eastern Bosnia town of Gorazde as a member of the peacekeeping mission. This Muslim town was both welcoming and friendly towards Americans. They had a keen appreciation of American foreign policy, having been saved in 1995 by US jets . Many times people would spot the Flag on my shoulder and thank me profusely. 'F-16, Boom boom!' as one old man put it. Several of the people whom I got to know told me that the US was the only reason they were alive. Europeans were noted mostly as people who sat around and watched the Serbs work. Dutch couldn't even get served in many places. As far as Islamic countries went, they told me that there was lots of money for rebuilding mosques but nothing else. They absolutely bristled at being compared to middle easteners. It's terribly sad for me to read about all the strife around the world, because I really enjoyed the hospitality of that little town. Not every Muslim is our enemy and I think that is a message that ought to get out more."
Posted at 03:46 PM
RESPECT IS A TWO WAY STREET [Jonah Goldberg]
In a generally thoughtful and constructive essay on NRO today, Randy Barnett offers some advice to conservatives on how to keep libertarians inside the Republican tent. I agree with many of his prescriptions (particularly on federalism), but I couldn’t help but notice the second to last item on his 7 point plan. He writes that conservatives should:
Stop making snide gratuitous remarks about libertarians. Nothing turns off libertarians more than the sort of wholly gratuitous snide remarks about libertarians in conservative publications. By gratuitous I mean they show up even in articles about policies with which libertarians and conservatives agree. The more libertarians feel unwelcome in the coalition that is the Republican party, the more they will vote Libertarian.Now, I don’t know if he had me in mind when he wrote this, but he might as well have since it’s no secret that I indulge in Cato and libertarian jokes from time to time. Some quick responses: first, respect is a two way street. Libertarians at Cato and Reason, to name two leading libertarian institutions, regularly take pot-shots at conservatives as quasi-bigoted, prudish and/or religious zealots. Libertarians also have an infuriating habit (I’m not referring to Randy here) of implying that conservatives are morons for not agreeing with them. And last, if we are going to talk about electoral politics here – which is a bit different than the rarefied world of think tanks and magazines – libertarians might work a little harder at policing their own movement a bit more. I for one will stop making fun of the Libertarian Party when it stops fielding Druids and blue-skinned candidates and its rank and file looks less like this.
Posted at 03:30 PM
RELAX! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Andrew Stuttaford assures me that the NR crusie has not been subject to such a cruel fate as these other cruise ships.
Posted at 01:52 PM
CHINA: SLIDING INTO FASCISM [John Derbyshire]
A chilling report by the BBC's man in China.
Posted at 01:38 PM
RUSH VS. DASCHLE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Tom Daschle's breakdown has inspired a classic Rush Limbaugh moment. He just did a parody of a Tom Daschle radio show. Hysterical and right on.
Posted at 12:56 PM
THIS WILL KEEP THE WEEKEND SHOWS BUSY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The chief justice has a fall.
Posted at 12:42 PM
GROVELING IS NEVER PRETTY [Rod Dreher]
Here is the apology to Muslims published by the Nigerian newspaper ThisDay, which regrets its light-hearted comment that the Prophet Muhammad might have wanted to marry a beauty pageant contestant. The remark sparked anti-Christian riots which are still going on. Over 100 people are dead, an untold number wounded, and churches destroyed -- all by the hand of Muslim thugs. It makes me angry that the newspaper gave in to this kind of bullying and intimidation, though it's too easy for me to judge them, sitting in the United States of America, which does not have a 50 percent Muslim population, as does Nigeria. And there are American Muslims who wonder why some people in this country fear their presence.
Posted at 12:36 PM
PEACE-LOVING RIOTERS [Rod Dreher]
After Friday prayers, the Peace-Loving Muslims of Nigeria went rioting in the capital city, attacking churches and beating anyone they suspect of being a Christian.
Posted at 12:17 PM
PEACE IS FLOWING... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...the Miss World riots in Nigera.
Posted at 12:05 PM
CONTEST [Joel Mowbray]
Earlier this week, someone in the White House told a meeting of political appointees that there were no Clinton holdovers left in the current administration. The person who made this remark is a conservative, but most political appointees tell me he is mistaken on this point. Here's the contest: please send in to me any Clinton appointees still alive & kicking in this administration, and let me know of any examples where those individuals helped undermine decisions made by the White House or simply acted to make really bad policy decisions that a conservative never would have made. E-mail your names and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. The best examples will be featured in an upcoming story by yours truly - and everyone else will have the knowledge that they did their patriotic duty...
Posted at 12:00 PM
COSMO THE WONDERDOG.... [Jonah Goldberg]
is definitely not a fan of the Jehova's Witnesses considering his reaction to their visit a few minutes ago. He's still barking and they're half-way up the block already.
Posted at 11:32 AM
AHEAD OF THE CURVE [Jonah Goldberg]
Now everyone's getting in on the anti-Canadian bandwagon. Just remember where you heard all of this first.
Posted at 11:27 AM
MORNING PHONE CONVO [Jonah Goldberg]
WIFE: [sarcastically] I'm just so proud.
Item on site:
Posted at 11:20 AM
DOGS [Jonah Goldberg]
A fascinating series of studies on the origin and nature of dogs.
Posted at 09:37 AM
I WANT A BROWNIE, WELL I WANT A LAVA LAMP [Jonah Goldberg]
Pot might cause schizophrenia.
Posted at 09:35 AM
COULDN'T THEY JUST SUBSCRIBE TO HBO & SHOWTIME [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Arizona taypayer money pays for Sex Workers Arts Festivala>
Posted at 08:51 AM
BLEGGING, AGAIN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Anyone have any experience with the PTA and its ideological tendencies? Email me at email@example.com with "PTA" in the subject line. Thanks.
Posted at 06:57 AM
QUOTE OF THE DAY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From John Podhoretz: "Daschle refused to climb out of the sandbox and become a fully functioning political adult during a time requiring the utmost seriousness from America's politicians."
Posted at 06:17 AM
Thursday, November 21, 2002
RE: POTENCY [Jonah Goldberg]
Jonathan, I think I conceded some of that point already, and I do want to apologize for forcing you into a drug argument when you didn't really want to get into one. And, to all of those folks who've emailed me about the social costs of keeping the Drug War going, I hear you. I wasn't trying to deny that there are social costs to the drug war. I was making a different point. If you are willing to say that consigning X percent of Americans, many of them children, to the perpetual slavery of narcotic addiction because it's not worth the costs to society to prevent it, I can respect that intellectually even if I disagree with it. What I cannot respect are the people who say there will be no negative consequences to a drug war surrender (I am not referring to Jonathan or NR generally here). There are simply some people -- mostly overly ideological college kids and certain breeds of libertarians -- who argue that if something is ideologically right, there cannot be anything wrong about it. That's childish and it perturbs me when I hear it. Anyway, I could argue about this all day, but that's not what Jonathan was looking for so I will wait for Ramesh and Rich to come back from their cruise so I can yell at them. Unless, that is, Jon wants to keep going.
Posted at 05:50 PM
RE: KOPP [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Rod, I can't say I am surprised a murderer would also be a lout. Let it be said this was not a "hate crime" against abortionists. This was not a pro-lifer who just believed in his cause a little too emotionally. This guy's a murderer. And both sides of the abortion debate should treat him as such.
Posted at 05:40 PM
LIAR [Rod Dreher]
Former fugitive James Kopp has now admitted that he murdered abortionist Dr. Bernard Slepian. Why, then, did he allow this thing to remain up, spreading the lie of his innocence to the pro-life community, and allowing pro-lifers of good will who believed in his innocence (N.B., not me) to risk their credibility defending him? What a disgrace.
Posted at 05:34 PM
GET 'EM WHILE THEY'RE YOUNG [Emmy Chang]
Berkeley recruits its newest class of antiwar protesters: preschoolers.
Posted at 05:26 PM
EXCUSE ME? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Adler, what exactly are you suggesting about other subsciption plugs (PLEASE, P-L-E-A-S-E, PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. IF I DON'T SELL MORE SUBSCRIPTIONS THIS YEAR, I'M OUTTA HERE. I HAVE CHILDREN TO FEED. PLEASE NOW. SUBSCRIBE HERE.)
Posted at 05:23 PM
DID I EARN MY KEEP? [Jonathan Adler]
I tried to make the subscription plug a bit less-than shameless.
Posted at 05:19 PM
DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT [Jonathan Adler]
I'm not the only one to make these potency arguments. Indeed, interested folks should check out Dick Cowan's article from NR OnDeadTree: "How the Narcs Created Crack" from the December 5, 1986 issue. (See, if you don't subscribe, you could miss articles like these.)
Posted at 05:18 PM
POTENCY, PART III [Jonathan Adler]
Drug prohibition proponents make a mistake when they only focus on the behavior of users. The real drive for more potent (and dangerous) drugs comes from producers and dealers. The illegal nature of the business encourages the production and distribution of more compact and more powerful substances. It was easier to hide a bottle of grain than a case of beer. The same dynamic is at work for drugs today.
Posted at 05:17 PM
TOM, GO HOME [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Tom Daschle just reiterated his Rush comments on CNN. He's completely lost his mind. He's back in the minority. Jumping Jim doesn't even like him anymore, so he's picking on Rush Limbaugh, who's much happier than he is today. Doesn't Daschle have staff? The man is self-destructing again and again. Can't someone stop him? Saddam Hussein is watching CNN, for goodness sake.
Sorry, I'm getting emotional listening to Tom Daschle. Does he realize his words have consequences?
Posted at 04:10 PM
ONE MORE POINT [Jonah Goldberg]
People keep emailing me to ask sarcastically, Potato chips (or some other snacks) are addictive so why not outlaw them too? This is a response I get from college kids all the time and, frankly, I find it absurd and a little offensive. If you knew drug addicts, as I have, who stole from friends and family and ruined their lives and -- in one case died in jail -- all out of a desire for one more fix, you wouldn't make the comparison. Heroin makes you irrational in a way that potato chips simply do not. And to say there isn't a difference between UTZ pretzels and smack is to trivialize a lot fo tragedy for a cute debating point. I've never seen anybody steal their mother's jewelry or become prostitutes for some Pringles.
Posted at 03:32 PM
YEAH...MAYBE [Jonah Goldberg]
Jonathan - I'm not so sure I buy that. You're talking about "mean concentrations" and "shares" of the market, which might be a bit misleading because the market grew when prohibition was repealed. In a growing market a greater share of consumers might drink milder drinks while at the same time the total number of hard drinkers increases. Even alcoholics drink beer and wine in social settings if beer and wine is more socially acceptable. And, the repeal of prohibition widened the market to people who didn't miss their occassional beer or glass of wine when they were outlawed but were willing to indulge a little when it became legal. So of course they won't be buying rot gut just because it's legal. The question I have is, Did the number of hard liquor drinkers go up in absolute terms? And I would guess yes.
Similarly, I have no doubt that if you legalized all drugs the "average drug user" would be an occassional pot smoker not a PCP hound. But the relevant question isn't necessarily what the "mean drug user" looks like but whether the rising tide of drug-use lifts all boats. My main peeve with legalization folks is that they are so often unwilling to admit that repeal of prohibition will mean more, not less, drug use and addiction. I don't think everyone who uses drugs becomes an addict. But an irreducible fraction of human beings do become drug addicts after trying them once or a few times. If you make the products safer, better, cheaper and more available you will increase the size of that irreducible fraction.
Posted at 03:21 PM
CANADA'S LOSING IT.... [Jonah Goldberg]
A senior member of the government calls Bush a moron.
Posted at 02:54 PM
POTENCY (CONTINUED) [Jonathan Adler]
Jonah, you make some good points. I agree addicts are irrational and that strong substances will still exist. My claim is simply that the mean concentration of alcoholic beverages increased during prohibition and declined thereafter, and that we would expect the same to occur with drugs. More people make and drink beer and wine; fewer make and drink the most potent concoctions. Grain -- which typically has double the alcohol content of most fine whiskeys -- is still made, but very few drink it. A street wino may buy grain because one little bottle will pack a greater punch, but most of the alcoholics I've encountered are content to overdose on shots, martinis, and the like. Grain was much more the alcohol of choice under prohibition. With an end to drug prohibition, I believe more people would smoke pot, but fewer would smoke crack. This doesn't mean that the hard-case addicts wouldn't still run after the strongest stuff -- satisfying a bad addiction might lead folks to the strongest stuff, just as I want the best painkillers possible when I get a migraine. Nonetheless, I'd be willing to bet that the most potent (and dangerous) stuff would account for a smaller portion of the drug market.
Posted at 02:51 PM
RELIGION OF PEACE UPDATE [Rod Dreher]
An American Christian missionary who provided medical services to Palestinian refugees and other Muslims had her head blown off today in Muslim-dominated southern Lebanon. No one has been arrested in the killing, though Muslim clerics have criticized the mission where she worked for corrupting youth through the promotion of Christianity. Meanwhile, in Nigeria, Muslim youths are rioting and burning down churches because of a beauty pageant.
Posted at 02:45 PM
OF DOGS AND PRINCES [Sarah Maserati]
The Mirror, a Left-wing British tabloid, ran this surprising defense of the United States. Here’s a little taste of it: “The anti-American alliance is made up of self-loathing liberals who blame the Americans for every ill in the Third World, and conservatives suffering from power-envy, bitter that the world's only superpower can do what it likes without having to ask permission. The truth is that America has behaved with enormous restraint since September 11…. I love America, yet America is hated. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle. But I would rather be a dog in New York City than a Prince in Riyadh. Above all, America is hated because it is what every country wants to be—rich, free, strong, open, optimistic.”
Posted at 02:34 PM
BREAKING, FROM AP [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, al Qaeda's chief of Persian Gulf operations, has been captured, U.S. government officials say. He was arrested earlier this month.
Posted at 02:31 PM
I THINK I'M IN LOVE [John Derbyshire]
Here is Michelle Malkin being interviewed in the current (11/18/02) issue of Human Events. HE: Estimates of the number of illegal aliens in the United States run as high as 11 million. Are you ready to quite literally deport every one of them? MM: Yes. Either our laws mean something or they don’t.
Posted at 01:39 PM
OTOH [Rod Dreher]
On the other hand, cautions a reader, that "good news for Terrell" poll was commissioned by the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life PAC. It may be accurate, but there's reason for skepticism, he says, given that the poll results are favorable to the group's interests. He's right; I hadn't noticed when I read the story that the group -- which does great work, by the way -- sponsored the poll.
Posted at 01:30 PM
WOULD YOU LEND MADONNA A DIME? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 01:27 PM
THE DIFFERENCE [Rod Dreher]
Thinking this morning about the Death Cult that passes for society among the Palestinians, consider this passage from a Larry Miller commentary in the Weekly Standard: "My friend Kevin Rooney made a gorgeous point the other day: Just reverse the numbers. Imagine five hundred million Jews and five million Arabs. I was stunned at the simple brilliance of it. Can anyone picture the Jews strapping belts of razor blades and dynamite to themselves? Of course not. Or marshalling every fiber and force at their disposal for generations to drive a tiny Arab state into the sea? Nonsense. Or dancing for joy at the murder of innocents? Impossible. Or spreading and believing horrible lies about the Arabs baking their bread with the blood of children? Disgusting. No, as you know, left to themselves in a world of peace, the worst Jews would ever do to people is debate them to death. "
Posted at 01:11 PM
RE: COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT [Rod Dreher]
Jonah, in that telephone press conference this morning, Sareer Fazili, a member of the group's board, took note of the suicide bombing this morning that killed Israeli schoolchildren. But he did so by indulging in the moral equivalency these Muslim groups do constantly. He said that around three times more Palestinians under the age of 18 have been killed in the current conflict than have Israelis. Ah yes, children sitting on a schoolbus versus 16-year-olds throwing projectiles at armed soldiers. The Israelis are not specifically targeting Palestinian youth, which in any case are part of this sicko death cult the Islamists among the Palestinians propagate. Why are these people complaining that Palestinian kids are dying when they argue that to die for Allah by the hand of Jews and Crusaders is the greatest of all possible honors?
Posted at 12:52 PM
TERRELL ON A ROLL [Rod Dreher]
New polling in the Louisiana Senate race shows GOP challenger Suzanne Terrell with an eight-point lead over Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The numbers show that Terrell's base is excited, but Landrieu's is not, which is going to put Landrieu in the difficult position of having to run more to the left. Over 40 percent of Democratic voters say they're for Terrell, which is certainly good news, but it means less than you might think. Under the state's open primary system, party registration doesn't mean anything. I once asked my dad, a registered Democrat, who was the last Democratic presidential candidate he voted for. "JFK," was the reply. That's pretty common in the Bayou State.
Posted at 12:44 PM
TWO CAN PLAY THIS GAME [Sarah Maserati]
Yale students have put together a petition to counter the movement to get Yale to divest itself of assets in companies doing business in the state of Israel. The website is www.yaledontdivest.org.
Posted at 12:43 PM
THE EQUATOR RUNS THROUGH TEXAS AND FLORIDA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
This could help explain the aforementioned National Geographic survey.
Posted at 12:14 PM
COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT [Jonah Goldberg]
Rod, I know I'm preaching to the choir, but I've got to tell you, I would have a lot more sympathy for pro-Palestinian groups who bemoan collective punishment if they were a bit more upset about blowing women and children on buses and at discos and pizza parlors. Surely that qualifies as collective punishment too? The argument Hamas or Hamas apologists make is that all Israelis are equally guilty for living on Palestinian land. Okay. But if that's the case, you can hardly expect Israelis to accept that reasoning.
Posted at 12:02 PM
BASHING DERSHOWITZ [Rod Dreher]
A Muslim lawyers group affiliated with CAIR is petitioning the board of governors of the Massachusetts Bar to discipline Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz for proposing, in response to suicide bombings, the demolition of entire Palestinian villages known to harbor terrorists. The idea is that collective punishment is forbidden under treaties to which the United States is a signatory, and therefore Dershowitz is encouraging lawbreaking. One of the Muslim lawyers pursuing this action told reporters this morning: "When you are advocating outright violence against what could potentially be a tremendous number of innocent civilians, then the time comes when one must take responsibility for what they [sic] are saying. ...Those of us who are members of this profession have certain responsibilities in conducting ourselves, in how we act and especially in how we speak. … Here, the advocacy of out and out violence against potentially numerous innocent people is, with all due respect, something lawyers have a duty to prevent." Can anybody come up with examples of lawyers practicing in the United States who have advocated illegal violence on behalf of Muslim goals? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted at 11:53 AM
SURPRISE, SURPRISE [Rod Dreher]
A reader writes: "Is it any wonder that Bat Yeor and David Littman were roundly for their speeches considering some of the people Georgetown has on its payroll?"
Posted at 11:35 AM
OH.... [Jonah Goldberg]
And I wouldn't worry too much about getting into a drug legalization debate. You, at least, are on the side of National Review on this one and I'm the dissident. Besides, where else are you going to find such a debate?
Posted at 11:22 AM
ZINFANDEL NARCOTICS [Jonah Goldberg]
Jonathan - An interesting and fair point, and I guess I can concede it in some respects. Certainly, pot (which I think should be legalized or at least de-criminalized) has become more potent due to prohibition. And it's an interesting point about crack. Three factors, however, mitigate your point.
First, many illegal drugs are very impure basically because criminals sell them. Dealers "step" on coke and dilute heroin because they want to make as much money as possible by parting with as little of their commodity as possible, and honesty is not much of a consideration. In a legal market such lying would -- presumably -- be illegal just like any other false advertising or other efforts to mislead consumers. So, the products would be purer, which -- you're right -- doesn't necessarily mean more potent but it doesn't necessarily mean less potent either.
Second, in a market where cocaine or PCP would be sold like cold medicine, competition and niche marketing would encourage some venders to sell "Extra Strength" heroin just as they sell Extra Strength Tylenol today (in fact, try to find regular strength Tylenol at an average store -- it's not so easy). Your points about the post-prohibition alcohol markets notwithstanding, we can still buy grain alcohol, whiskey (including God's elexir, Jamesons) and other very potent spirits. And, I'm told, alcoholics drink these products regularly.
Which brings me to my last point. Sure, in a free and legal market there would be a broader range of lower potency drugs -- call them zinfandel narcotics -- which many of us could enjoy responsibly. But there's something special about drug addicts: they're addicts. And addicts often seek ever-greater highs and ever stronger drugs. Which brings me back to the begining. They are not rational actors.
Posted at 11:17 AM
PROHIBITION AND POTENCY [Jonathan Adler]
I don't want to open a full-scale debate on drug legalization on The Corner (at least not today), but I found one of Jonah's comments a bit curious. Below he suggests that legalization would mean that drugs would not only be cheaper and easier to get, but more potent as well. The former are obviously true. The latter, however, seems quite unlikely, at least if history is any guide. The trend with all mind-altering substances has been to become more potent when made illegal. Thus, during prohibition, alcohol consumption shifted from beer, wine, and weaker spirits to moonshine, grain, and the like. After prohibition, the trend reversed. The experience confirms what economists would predict, namely that Illegality creates incentives to deliver greater potency in a smaller dose. This appears to be occurring with illegal narcotics as well. Indeed, it could be argued that without drug prohibition, no one would have bothered to create crack.
Posted at 10:58 AM
THIS IS YOUR BOYFRIEND ON DRUGS [Jonah Goldberg]
The fundamental assumption made by many pro-drug legalization advocates is that people are rational actors who can weight their interests on their own without the aid or hindrance of government or community. Admittedly, not all advocates of legalization make this assumption, but even they have a rosy optimism about what cheaper, more reliable access to more potent drugs would do to society (I include some NR editors here). It's a rich argument. But whenever I read stories like this , I become even more unconvinced they're right.
Posted at 10:24 AM
DID YOU NOTICE... [Jonah Goldberg]
That pretty much everything Karl Rove said he was going to do and needed to do actually got done? Kind of amazing. GOP won 65% of the Hispanic vote in Fla., including a majority of the non-Cuban Hispanic vote.
Posted at 10:12 AM
SO... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...the axis of evil countries aren't actually members of NATO yet, correct? Saudi Arabia--up for consideration, perhaps?
Posted at 10:11 AM
THE SENIOR SENATOR. PERIOD. [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Strom Thurmond has been in the Senate longer than National Review has been in print. He took his seat in 1954. WFB first put an issue of NR to bed in 1955. Thurmond, who ran for president in 1948, turns 100 in two weeks.
Posted at 10:06 AM
THIS IS NOT A NORMAL CITY [Jonah Goldberg]
A body at the morgue had a pulse.
Posted at 10:04 AM
CLINTON VS. GINGRICH [Byron York]
John Fund points this out in opinionjournal.com this morning, but it's worth repeating. In late October, Bill Clinton flew to Hawaii to campaign for Democratic candidates. At one rally, someone in the crowd yelled, "Liar!" Clinton responded by saying, "Newt Gingrich once told me, 'I'm sorry we have to be so mean to you, but if we fought fairly, we'd lose every time." (Readers who want to see a complete account can read this story in the Honolulu Advertiser; link is here.)
Gingrich told Fund that Clinton's anecdote was "completely untrue," and Fund concludes, "Does anyone believe that a seasoned politician like Mr. Gingrich would have told his chief adversary such a thing?" The answer to that is no. But it will be interesting to see if Clinton's claim receives any press attention.
Posted at 10:00 AM
SLOUCHING TOWARD EAST GERMANY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A new documentary on East Germany under tyranny is "especially pertinent today" given "U.S. security measures resulting from the war on terrorism slowly infringing on people's privacy," according to this New York Post review.
Posted at 09:43 AM
THE COOL SITE OF THE DAY HAS RETURNED [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
You survived its hiatus. Send nominations for cool site of the day to email@example.com.
Posted at 09:09 AM
ONE MORE THING ON PEOPLE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Turns out Secretary Rumsfeld was named the sexiest Cabinent member. Seems a little backhanded there. Isn't that a little like being the tallest building in Topeka, Kansas? SecDef deserves better. Andrew Stuttaford, of course, knew that way before People.
Posted at 08:01 AM
STUPID, CRAZY RUSH LISTENERS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Tom Daschle really needs a vacation.
Posted at 07:16 AM
MADONNA'S CURTSEY [John Derbyshire]
Sorry to be late with this, Rod, been out of town. No, Madonna doesn't have to curtsey, nor does anyone else. I mean, they don't cut off your head if you fail to curtsey. It's just courtesy (which is what it means, of course). If my American wife were presented to the Queen, I hope she would curtsey. If I myself were presented to the Emperor of Japan, I'd bow. It's what they're used to, it's polite, & it's not degrading (like the kowtow Lord MacCartney rightly refused to make before the Chinese Emperor). To pointedly refuse to do these things would be to make a spectacle of oneself and cause unnecessary embarrassment to pleasant and harmless people who, after all, have no political power. Constitutional monarchy is one of the better, more sensible forms of govt, and we should support and encourage it.
Posted at 07:12 AM
WACKO [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Rod, maybe you're being to hard on Michael Jackson. After all, Liza Minella's defending him.
Posted at 06:47 AM
TEACHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...better be pulling out maps and globes today. Eleven percent of 19-24-year-olds could not locate the United States?! 29 percent could not locate the Pacific Ocean. 69 percent couldn't find the UK. Less than 15 percent knew where to find Iraq and Israel.
Posted at 06:45 AM
11 DEAD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Another homicide bombing in Jerusalem. Schoolchildren among the dead and injured.
Posted at 05:45 AM
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
EVERYBODY HATES JACKO [Rod Dreher]
Michael Jackson's sick baby-dangling stunt is front-page tabloid news in New York today (see here and here). It occurs to me that this odious freak probably rarely handles his children (which is a good thing). Nobody who has kids holds babies like that going down the stairs, much less standing at the edge of a balcony. You learn quickly that little bitties wriggle so much that they could easily slip such a casual grip. Only a man with little experience holding babies would make such a stupid mistake. Another thought: if Jackson had held a puppy out over the crowd like that, it would have been an even bigger scandal. A third thought: why was a handkerchief hiding the kid's face? What kind of grotesque experimentation is Jackson's team of mad cosmetic surgeons performing on the child?
Posted at 04:32 PM
IT'S OFFICIAL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Don Rumsfeld is one of the sexiest men alive, according to People.
If only I K-Lo were actually J-Lo, NR would be subject to much free publicity. Alas. (Ben Affleck is the sexiest man alive, according to the magazine.)
Posted at 04:30 PM
GOOD NEWS/NOT SO GOOD NEWS [Rod Dreher]
The good news is a French court has dismissed the request of Muslim groups that Oriana Fallaci's book critical of Islam be banned. The not-so-good news is it was dismissed on a technicality -- hardly the ringing endorsement free speech in France needs from a court.
Posted at 03:27 PM
SORRY JIM [Jonathan Adler]
This is simply precious.
Posted at 02:45 PM
COOLNESS FACTOR [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Jonah, You know I love Steve and all, even linked to his football article this morning. But he's got a long-running match going with looney-tunes Moyers. Meanwhile, you're hated by all of Canada. Come on, who's cooler, really?
Posted at 02:44 PM
PRINCIPLES. LEADERSHIP. JEFFORDS. [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
That Jim Jeffords is quite the leader. Dems in the majority, he caucuses with them. GOP in the majority, he offers to hang with them (why he rarely did when he was one?)--just so long as he gets to be a chairman.
Posted at 02:42 PM
STEVE HAYES OF THE WEEKLY STANDARD WRITES: [Jonah Goldberg]
I got the full Ivins treatment. And she used my name. The inescapable conclusion? I'm way cooler than you are... sfh
Posted at 02:01 PM
ONE LAST POINT ON IVINS [Jonah Goldberg]
I don't actually read Molly Ivins columns, who does? But since I was forced to this time by her name calling, I thought I should note one thing: She's a buffoon. After calling me "some juvenile jerk," she writes "In the first place, that kind of arrogance is exactly what creates terrorists." Well, first of all, she clearly didn't read the article in question. But that's cool. But does she really believe that American "arrogance" (i.e. Americans) are to blame for the creation of terrorists? I thought we'd gotten past this sort of asininity. If whatever creates terrorists is wrong, I'm sure she'll be in favor of shutting down Hollywood and stopping all aid to Muslim countries -- two things which clearly piss off the al Quaeda crowd more than sarcastic comments about declaring war on Canada. I'm sorry I haven't read Ivins more regularly, that way I'd at least know whether it was five or ten years ago when she became a caricature.
Posted at 01:57 PM
PERFECT [Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear....]
Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear.
Posted at 01:48 PM
HERE YOU GO... [Jonah Goldberg]
The G-File is up.
Posted at 01:42 PM
DAN PIPES ON THE CASE [Jonah Goldberg]
Daniel Pipes raises a great point. When we talk about war with Iraq we talk with specifics and confidence, about who we're after, why we're after, how we'll do it, why we'll do it etc. When we talk about the war on terrorism, it's a muddle -- because we are (i.e. Bush & Co) afraid or unwilling to admit that we're not at war with an abstraction so much as a specific group of terrorist who subscribe to radical militant Islam.
Posted at 01:30 PM
SULLIVAN@AEI [Jonah Goldberg]
Unfortunately, I missed Andrew Sullivan's Bradley lecture at my old stomping ground, The American Enterprise Institute (I spent more than five years working in and around AEI and I still revere the place for giving me what will have to pass as my graduate education). I'm still reading his talk, it's basically an Ode to Oakeshott, but it's also really fascinating stuff.
Posted at 01:05 PM
ONE VOTE FOR LATE G-FILING [Jonah Goldberg]
A reader responds:
I tried to take the survey, but was denied (surely for some IT-speak "technical difficulty")! So I add my two cents directly: I for one happen to enjoy the fact that you consistently miss your deadlines. I eagerly await your creative reasons for not making yet another deadline, and ashamedly admit I keep them on file to use when I'm late getting work to my boss. Furthermore, I'm certain the added stress of not knowing when your G-File will arrive is responsible for Kathryn keeping her edge.
Posted at 12:46 PM
WORST COLUMN EVER! [Jonah Goldberg]
Dozens of regular readers of my syndicated column despise, loath, revile, reject etc my latest column -- in which I argue that we are more free than at any time in American history. They are disappointed with me and hope it was an example of failed sarcasm. It wasn’t. We are freer today, on the whole, than pretty much any time in the past. I’m speaking as broadly and as inclusively as possible. That doesn’t mean some freedoms haven’t be tragically curtailed – property rights the most obvious example -- but other freedoms have been expanded, most notably freedom of speech. As someone who doesn't consider the mazimization of freedom for its own sake to be the ultimate aim of politics, I'm willing to say that we're not necessarily better for our greater liberties.
Regardless, I have to assume many Corner readers will also despise the column. If you want to tell me so, fine. But please give me concrete examples of how your grandparents were demonstrably more free. Also, please no long diatribes about positive law versus natural law and all that. On a theoretical level you might have a good case, but on the practical level such arguments constitute an attempt to ignore the real circumstances of peoples’ lives in favor of an abstraction (somewhere some Randian just spat orange soda out his nose).
Posted at 12:44 PM
THE CUSTOMER COMES FIRST [Jonah Goldberg]
One of the chief complaints offered in the reader survey was the tardiness of G-Files. In order to make amends I filed the column before noon today. Unfortunately the demands of NR OnPaper may interfere with its timely posting -- but don't blame me. Just so you know, it’s about the "New" Al Gore. Which reminds me, do you think Al starts his days with this?
Posted at 12:22 PM
THE HOMELESS & NR EDITORS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
HMMM. A whole new subscription base the suits can explore, I suppose.
Posted at 12:18 PM
ACTUALLY.... [Jonah Goldberg]
Molly Ivins calls me "some juvenile jerk" not just a "juvenile jerk." The implication being that she's never heard of me. It's a useful tactic and I've used it before myself. Of course, when I've used it I actually hadn't heard of the person before. My guess is that Ivins has heard of me but believes even mentioning my name is beneath her. That's cool, it's the sort of dishonest pose you'd expect from fossilized, out of touch and self-parodying liberals.
Posted at 12:10 PM
I'M JEALOUS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Molly Ivins calls the large editor a "juvenile jerk."
Posted at 11:46 AM
SHOPPING WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Just a thought to go along with Planned Parenthood's remarkably repulsive store (A little chocolate to nibble on with your birth control? : The government gave Planned Parenthood more than $200 million in 2000.
Posted at 10:48 AM
HARVARD REINVITES POET WHO WANTS JEWS "SHOT DEAD" [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
After bad press (including by Tom Gross on NRO), Harvard's English Department disinvited poet Tom Paulin--from speaking on campus. They've reversed themselves.
A highlight reel from Paulin: "They should be shot dead. I think they are Nazis, racists, I feel nothing but hatred for them...I can understand how suicide bombers feel. . . . I think attacks on civilians in fact boost morale."
Posted at 09:50 AM
RAMADAN ATTACK? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
After you read Mark Riebling warning you of an imminent attack on New York and/or Washington, read Glenn Reynolds's (a.ka. Instapundit) citizen's guide to facing the terror threat.
Posted at 09:42 AM
HOME ALONE--PART TWO [Julie Crane]
Even though all the pages of "The Week" have been blown down and scattered on Lex due to our dangling them Michael Jackson-style out the windows, we'll throw something together and get to press on time, so the real party will begin around noon. Have all your food and beverage orders in by 10, the Palm is accepting an NR MBNA card and delivering. The band from downstairs will be here early to set up. And will someone please try to find my cat (she's been lost in Rich's office for two days) before Jonah and Cosmo arrive!
Posted at 09:19 AM
IN THE SPIRIT OF AL GORE'S COMEBACK TOUR... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...don't you want to buy from here?
Posted at 08:12 AM
DOG STORY [Jonah Goldberg]
I have now been told by 8 billion, seven-hundred and eighteen people that the dog story I posted yesterday was actually the plot to a Twilight Zone episode, "The Hunt." Now, am I terribly, terribly, terribly embarrassed for not knowing this? Yes, yes I am. I didn't think there were any TZ's I hadn't seen. Maybe I did see it. Maybe I don't remember. Regardless, I apologize. Oh, and you may be wondering how more people than currently exist on planet Earth could correct my mistake. Well, we are talking about the Twilight Zone here.
Posted at 08:12 AM
FROM FRUM [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Have you read David Frum yet today? Today's topic: Kennedy's Magic (clearly not about KTT).
Posted at 08:10 AM
COLD BOWL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Steve Hayes wants to Super Bowl to be a cold, manly game.
Posted at 07:30 AM
ERSKINE TO SEC? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I'm not endorsing the Erskine Bowles move, but I have a thought: If Bowles went to the SEC, could we then ditch token Dem Clinton holdovers Tenet and Mineta?
Posted at 05:07 AM
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING [Rod Dreher]
But wait, there's more sicko shopping available at the Planned Parenthood online store. How about this pro-abortion onesie for infants? What the hell kind of message does that send to children?
Posted at 11:08 PM
AMERICA'S SICKEST CHRISTMAS CARD [Rod Dreher]
The sadists at Planned Parenthood are celebrating the 2002nd anniversary of history's most famous unplanned pregnancy. I wish this were just a sick joke. It's not. (Thanks to Mark Shea for pointing this obscenity out).
Posted at 10:58 PM
RE: OPRAHFICATION [Rod Dreher]
What, you preffered the Jackass-ification of The Corner? Darlin', that can be arranged. Just say the word (and the word is "gooch").
Posted at 10:54 PM
IT'S... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...the Oprahfication of The Corner with Rod Dreher!
Posted at 09:29 PM
DR. ATKINS VINDICATED (SORTA) [Rod Dreher]
We've all by now heard about the study that says Dr. Atkins high-fat/low-carb diet may actually be good for you. The American Heart Association begs to differ. Here's what I think. I couldn't handle all the fat on the Atkins Diet, but I'm a big proponent of the low-carb regimen. Don't buy a diet book, just do this: 1) cut all but minimal amounts of bread, rice, potatoes and pasta from your diet; 2) eat lean meats; 3) eat green vegetables; 4) drink lots of water; 5) eat only minimal amounts of sugar. Warning: the first 10-14 days are tough, as your body detoxes from its carb cravings. After that, it's a cinch -- and you'll say you've never felt better. (Sorry crunchy cons, granola is not allowed -- but steel-cut oatmeal is the breakfast of champions!)
Posted at 07:32 PM
WHAT WOULD JESUS DRIVE? [Rod Dreher]
Not an SUV, says a Christian group. Of course He wouldn't. The Lord would drive this chariot of the gods.
Posted at 05:22 PM
HE EVEN DRANK ALCOHOL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A portrait of one of the 9/11 hijackers, from his girlfriend's court testimony in an suspected accomplice's trial.
Posted at 05:16 PM
FREAKENSTEIN RUN AMOK! [Rod Dreher]
Help, help! Somebody call the police! A monster has stolen a baby, and has taken him to the bell tower!
Posted at 05:11 PM
CAT'S AWAY, CONT. [Richard Brookhiser]
Just to assure our regular readers, and Rich, Jay & co., if they get e-mail in their pleasure dome, that the Week is coming along smoothly. I especially liked Rod's edit, "At Least Luther Wasn't a Kiddie Rapist: Why We Need a New Reformation." Fr. Neuhaus's 20,000 word response--"The Catholic Church is Always Always Right (Always)"--will be in by 10:45 tomorrow, which will give us ample time to copy-edit. David Kopel has sent an excellent article, "A Second Amendment Solution to Saddam's Nukes: Privatize Them!" We can still get it on the cover, can't we?
Posted at 03:58 PM
STEYN, KING OF COLUMNISTS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
He eviscerates liberal-chick electoral chic in his latest Sun Times column.
Posted at 03:29 PM
SLOW FOOD IN NATIONAL REVIEW [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
David Klinghoffer wrote about the movement Rod mentioned earlier in NR on Dead Tree a few years ago. We just posted for your reading pleasure here.
Posted at 02:07 PM
I LIKE THIS STORY [Jonah Goldberg]
A man arrived at the Pearly Gates with his dog and was told, "You may enter, but dogs are not allowed." The man declined to enter because he couldn't leave his dog behind. He wandered down the road and eventually came to another set of Pearly Gates. The gatekeeper invited him to come in. The man replied that he wouldn't enter without his dog. The gatekeeper told him that his dog was certainly welcome to enter also. The man said, "But the fellow at the other gate up the road said dogs weren't allowed". To which the gatekeeper replied, "Oh, that was actually the gate to hell and you were being screened. Anyone who would leave his dog behind doesn't deserve to enter heaven".
Posted at 01:43 PM
ANIMAL SOULS [Jonah Goldberg]
Lots of email from readers about dogs and souls and stuff. Reminds of a joke my mother-in-law told me (as best I can recollect):
A man is chased by a grizzly bear. There’s no way he can get away. He drops to his knees, clasps his hands and prays to God, "Oh Lord, please make this bear a Christian!" The bear suddenly stops and clasps his paws and says, "Thank you oh Lord for this meal I am about to receive…."
Posted at 01:40 PM
ATLANTIC MONTHLY, DECEMBER 2002, PAGE 41... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...is a must-read for Jonah Goldberg and Jonah Goldberg fans. Alas, it is not online.
Posted at 01:33 PM
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Posted at 01:21 PM
INTERNS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The first few hundred Monica jokes were mildly amusing. On to the serious applicants now.
Posted at 12:37 PM
COSMO WILL GO TO HEAVEN SAYS WFB [Julie Crane]
Good news for Jonah and Cosmo from WFB's "Nearer, My God": "He [a priest] had been approached by a devout elderly woman who asked whether dogs would be admitted into Heaven. He replied no, there was no scriptural authority. "In that case," said the lady, "I can never be happy in Heaven. I can only be happy if Brownie is there."
"I told her," the priest said, "that if that were the case, why then Brownie would go to Heaven, because what is absolutely certain is that in Heaven you will be happy."
Adds your boss WFB: "I have never found the fault in that syllogism."
Posted at 12:21 PM
TOO FAR [Stanley Kurtz]
Having condemned the viciousness and hypocrisy of Peter Kirstein, I must say that I think St. Xavier has gone too far by relieving Kirstein of his teaching duties, even if only for a semester. The best way to combat Kirstein’s outrageous statements is by making arguments and issuing condemnations, not by banning him from the classroom. True, the case against punishment is not iron clad. Professor Kirstein’s outrageous letter did violate the standards of professionalism promulgated by the American Association of University Professors. It would be perfectly fair to take Kirstein’s actions into account in a tenure decision, and a teacher who grievously and persistently insulted his students in class could not be allowed to continue with impunity. But in a case like this, while punishment may not be categorically illegitimate, it is nonetheless best to act on the principle that the best remedy for offensive speech is more speech. Punishing Kirstein will only license craven and politically correct administrators to silence the speech of anyone who dares defy campus orthodoxy, not matter how politely they speak.
Posted at 12:19 PM
WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON, JONAH? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Who is going to want to be intern in my oak-paneled office after an offer like yours?!
Posted at 12:13 PM
BUT PLEASE READ KREEFT [Mike Potemra]
Peter Kreeft is an intelligent and engaging writer, and he points out some important truths. At the core of all religions are the common moral truths implanted in the human heart-and, despite the political incorrectness of saying so these days, we should insist on the fact that this does actually offer a common ground among the religions. (I would go further, and say that these common truths exist also in the hearts of those who call themselves atheists or agnostics, but that's a discussion for another day.) I recommend Kreeft, and especially his fascinating dialogue Between Heaven and Hell.
Posted at 12:11 PM
ECUMENICAL JIHAD! [Mike Potemra ]
Ignatius Press is a genuinely countercultural institution, publishing as it does a very impressive line of theological and literary classics in the conservative Catholic tradition. Being countercultural, it runs the risk of offending against political correctnesses of various kinds; and so I was curious about how their new catalog would deal with their backlist title Ecumenical Jihad, by Boston College professor Peter Kreeft. I expected Ignatius to stick to its countercultural guns, and I was not disappointed: "Documenting the spiritual and moral decay of our times, Kreeft issues a wake-up call to all God-fearing Christians, Jews and Muslims to unite together in a 'religious war' against the common enemy of godless secular humanism." What a verbal minefield! In just one sentence, it offers marvelous fodder for both Islamic radicals who hate freedom ("Look! Osama's war is really just the same as Jerry Falwell's!") and secularist liberals who hate religious conservatives ("Look! Jerry Falwell's war is really just the same as Osama's!").
Posted at 12:09 PM
SORRY STATE OF HIGHER ED [Stanley Kurtz]
The case of Peter Kirstein, of Chicago’s St. Xavier University says a lot about the sorry state of the professorate. Kirstein was one of the professors who protested the supposed suppression of free speech by Dan Pipes’ Campus Watch website. In sarcastic solidarity with his colleagues from Middle East studies, Kirstein demanded to be listed by Campus Watch as a supposedly biased radical who worked against American interests. But when a student from the Air Force Academy sent out an e-mail asking for help in publicizing a student assembly featuring political discussion, Kirstein answered with a deeply vicious letter calling the student a baby killing disgrace to his country, censuring an open discussion of ideas, and demanding that the student resign from the armed services. Looks to me like Pipes’ critics are the real enemies of free speech. And they certainly don’t give a whit for the defense of this country.
Posted at 11:50 AM
DOG SOULS CONT'D [Jonah Goldberg ]
Thomas Williams, a philosophy professor at the University of Iowa writes:
I hate to get into this, but Aquinas, like all medieval Aristotelians (a large and impressive bunch), held that not only all animals but all living things have souls. This view has absolutely no implications regarding an afterlife; oak trees do not go to heaven. It requires special argument to show that the human soul (or any other sort) survives the death of the body. In other words, for any follower of Aristotle, soul implies life, but not necessarily everlasting life.
Posted at 11:33 AM
ANOTHER CHANCE OF A LIFETIME [Jonah Goldberg ]
Do you live in the Washington DC area? Are you excited by the prospect of getting me sandwiches and playing with my dog? Would you love to understand how I can spend all day on my couch? Do you like rubbing feet and cleaning up empty beer cans? Would you be interested in listening to me make unholy sounds while I nap during the day? Would you love to hear me scream at the TV and crumple the newspaper? Would you laugh with me as I dodge calls from Rich Lowry and ignore his deadlines?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can be an intern at my house!
Posted at 11:20 AM
WAR V. LIBERTY, THE FINAL ROUND [Jonah Goldberg ]
My latest and last response in the War V. Liberty series at TechCentralStation is up. Frankly I'm delighted to be done with it. But now that I am, I think I won. Though I am sure many libertoids -- and fretters of government in all parties -- will disagree.
Posted at 11:14 AM
CHANCE OF A LIFETIME: BE AN NRO INTERN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Are you a conservative college student in New York City, excited by the prospect of making coffee in the offices of the magazine William F. Buckley Jr. founded? Does your day begin and end in The Corner? (Actually, please don’t answer that one—an answer in the affirmative might get you committed.) Would you love to learn firsthand how the premier conservative webzine comes together?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you might be exactly who we are looking for in our NRO intern search. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume, cover letter telling a little about yourself and why you would like to be an NRO intern, and available days of the week for the “spring” semester if you are interested. The subject line of the e-mail should read “Internship.”
Posted at 11:12 AM
DOGS HAVE SOULS? II [Jonah Goldberg]
In my defense, JP II did say in 1990: "Also the animals possess a soul, and men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren." And that animals are "fruit of the creative action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect." They are, he asserted, "as near to God as men are."
Posted at 10:58 AM
DOGS HAVE SOULS? [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Please be so kind as to point out to Jonah that John Paul II did not declare that dogs had souls. In fact the most eloquent proponent of the matter was St. Thomas Aquinas who explained that all animals have an "anima" i.e. a soul. However It would also be important to note that the souls of animals are not immortal as are the souls of Humans. This is a big distinction that requires more theology than the Corner is probably apt to allow. The short of it is simply that, although Dogs will not be a part of the Beatific Vision, which immortal souls experience if they the make it to Heaven, they will be with us, as will all creation, at the New Creation, the fulfillment of all time in Eternity.
Posted at 10:54 AM
WHILE THE CAT'S AWAY, CONT. [Richard Brookhiser]
That party in Rich's office was fine last night. The boilermakers went down very smoothly. Rod was inspired to ask the staff of the rap magazine downstairs to come join us, though things got a little tense when Mike asked them if they wouldn't like to be real journalists. The damage in Rich's office should be easily repairable.
Posted at 10:37 AM
CANINE CIVILIZATION [Jonah Goldberg]
My NR Canine Civ. piece is done, but it had to be way too short for me to get into the argument in depth. Instead, I argued that owning dogs as pets is a staple of westernization and development around the world, perhaps even more so than women's liberation. Regardless, I found a whole bunch more stuff about how the West is inherently pro-dog unlike the Middle East (dogs are "unclean") and Far East (dogs are tasty).
According to one Islamic tradition, for example, every day you own a dog a big chunk of your good deeds are subtracted from your spiritual ledger. Last August,
Posted at 10:32 AM
STAY THERE, MADGE [Rod Dreher]
There are worse things in the world to worry about, but I'm still cheesed that Madonna, who fakes a British accent these days, met Queen Elizabeth last night and curtsied. One hates to correct the trollopy, fading pop star on the rare occasion she behaves like a lady, but as I understand it, Americans are not subjects of Her Majesty, so curtsying is inappropriate. Right? Derb?
Posted at 09:04 AM
DISTRACTING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Al Gore just said the conventional line on The Today Show (I am sure he said worse, but I checked in late): that Iraq is distracting us from the war on terror. It's a common refrain and makes the likes of Kenneth Pollack's book---for a Clinton guy--as Stanley has noted early and often, all the more important.
Posted at 08:18 AM
CATHOLIC BISHOPS AND WAR [Rod Dreher]
Conservative Catholic theologian George Weigel explains why the U.S. Catholic bishops are wrong to conclude war against Iraq is immoral. Andrew Sullivan agrees with him (scroll down), but doesn't understand why Weigel and his lot aren't guilty of hypocrisy, given this "dissent" from "Church teaching." What Andrew doesn't appear to understand is that in Catholicism, there are levels of Church teaching, and not all of them carry the same claim on the individual Catholic's conscience. Mark Shea offers a short tutorial (scroll down). This is a crude analogy, but it's sort of like the difference between a cop ordering you not to cross the street, and suggesting that crossing the street now would be inadvisable.
Posted at 08:18 AM
NUKES IN SPACE [John J. Miller]
Getting started on an article about what would happen if a nuclear bomb detonated in low-earth orbit. Would appreciate hearing from anybody with expertise in this area. Write me at email@example.com.
Posted at 07:25 AM
SNIPPY ABOUT FOX [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The New York Times and, of course, CNN are reveling in FOX's supposed outing as a conservative network for white, middle class, religious, Republicans.
Posted at 04:19 AM
NO ROOM IN THE COURTHOUSE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The Ten Commandments must leave an Alabama courthouse, a federal judge rules.
Posted at 04:10 AM
ONE MORE FOR THE R COLUMN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Republican wins in Alabama governor's race.
Posted at 02:27 AM
INSIDE SADDAM'S... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 01:01 AM
NOWHERE SAFE [Andrew Stuttaford]
Even here on the NR cruise there's no escaping the idiocies of the "paper of record." Every morning we receive a digest of the day's New York Times ("some of the news that's fit to print?"). The headline of one article, "On Magazine Covers, a Full Racial Palette is rare," caught my attention, as did its generally gloom-filled text. One statistic in the piece, however, reveals an entirely different story -- the results of a survey commissioned by the gray lady, which revealed that about one in five of the 2002 magazine covers included in the survey depicted ethnic minorities. One in five? That's hardly "rare" and it is a significantly higher number than the 12.7 percent share revealed in a similar survey a few years back. When it comes to the New York Times and "diversity," the glass, it seems, is always half-empty.
That reminds me, my glass is half empty -- time to hit the 'Lido Deck'...
Posted at 12:55 AM
FTR [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I'm not blasting McCain this time (stop the e-mails!), just noting, considering all the party-switching speculation of late.
Posted at 12:51 AM
MCCAIN VOTES WITH THE DEMS... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...on homeland security.
Posted at 12:39 AM
Monday, November 18, 2002
THE POWER OF POP CULTURE [Rod Dreher]
Several Rapture-believing Christians wrote to say I was wrong and insulting to say in today's piece that the Rapture isn't a doctrine widely held by Christians. But I am correct: worldwide, the number of Christians whose churches do not profess belief in the Rapture dwarfs those who do. These writers fall for the parochial error known as the Kael Fallacy, attributed to the late Manhattan critic Pauline Kael, who legendarily observed, "I don't know how Nixon won; I don't know a soul who voted for him." On the other hand, never underestimate the power of pop culture over the pulpit, especially when preachers are silent about the real-life concerns of the congregation. Kevin Orlin Johnson, author of "Why Do Catholics Do That?," writes to say: "I speak so often to groups of Catholics who are ready and waiting for the Rapture -- a doctrine their own Church doesn't profess. After all, they've had no catechesis whatsoever, these fifty years, and they figure that The Rapture is just part of Catholic teaching because they hear about it on the TV."
Posted at 07:11 PM
VIVA SLOW FOOD [Rod Dreher]
Crunchy-cons who value tradition and high standards in the food they eat will want to investigate the world of the Slow Food movement. Corby Kummer tells you what it's all about (hint: it's a way of looking at food that's really at the heart of the crunchy-con approach to life)
Posted at 06:35 PM
PUTTING THE X IN XMAS [Rod Dreher]
Everybody knows that the Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to one of the largest and most observant conservative Christian communities in the country. So you have to wonder what the editors at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram were smoking to send to review a bus-and-truck version of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes' Christmas show a writer who is offended that the show is about -- clutch the pearls -- Christmas! On the other hand, you can hardly blame the guy for being startled by a Christmas show that was actually about Christmas. My wife's family was in NYC from Dallas recently, and saw the show at Radio City. My wife was pleasantly surprised -- thrilled, even -- by how old-fashioned and overtly Christian the show was, given the obnoxious trend to desacralize public observance of traditionally Christian holidays. (Thanks to James Taranto at OpinionJournal.com for the link -- but he misidentifies the clueless reviewer as a Dallas Morning News writer.)
Posted at 05:13 PM
LANDRIEU VS. TERRELL [Rod Dreher]
Gov. Mike Foster (R-La.) has finally endorsed GOP Senate candidate Suzanne Terrell. Meanwhile, Terrell and incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu debated to a draw yesterday on Meet the Press. Get more info on this and other stories related to the Senate race at www.lapolitics.com.
Posted at 04:49 PM
MAYBE IT WAS THE SNL SKIT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Phil Donahue's comeback days are numbered.
Posted at 03:32 PM
BOB HANSSEN & AL GORE [Rod Dreher]
The Media Research Center complains about the following lines spoken by William Hurt, playing Soviet spy Robert Hanssen in the recent CBS movie: “Anybody who ever voted for Gore ought to be shot. The very thought of Gore daring to be President, toitering up to that psychopath and sociopath Bill Clinton for eight years. Makes my blood boil.” I see why the MRC is upset, but I have to tell you, I had a phone conversation with Hanssen that wasn't far in tone and content from that. This was several years ago, before he was exposed. He was a source of mine for a story I was working on about the politicization of the FBI under Bill Clinton. He spoke in this manner about Clinton and Janet Reno, and was particularly outraged over what he called Reno's forcing the FBI to hire lesbians. He told me gruffly that if Gore were elected, he was going to retire, because the lesbian left was going to complete its takeover the Bureau. His vehemence and intensity made it a real Strangelovian moment.
Posted at 03:31 PM
PHEW! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Even the thought of Jonah leaving or scaling back dramatically has me headed for the bottle. Monkeys, please, never say such things!
Truth be told, we made me editor so that I can more easily torture latecomers. Rich Lowry found an old book of spells and figured I'd fit the witch role well when necessary.
Posted at 03:31 PM
A BIG WIN FOR JUSTICE [Jonathan Adler]
The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review has handed the Justice Department a major victory, overturning a judgment by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and expanding the federal government's wiretap authority. The initial FISC ruling was trumpeted by the Administration's critics, so it will be interesting to see how this decision is received. For links to the opinion -- the first such opinion ever -- and other related info, check out How Appealing.
Posted at 03:15 PM
LINING UP TO RETURN TO IRAQ [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
"This is the happiest day of my life," he said. "I'm going back to Iraq!" Thanks you, Benevolent Saddam.
Posted at 03:15 PM
FOR MY CHRISTMAS LIST [Rod Dreher]
Hey Mom, wondering what to get me for Christmas? This.
Posted at 03:08 PM
I'M NOT LEAVING... [Jonah Goldberg]
A small number of the responses to Friday's G-File have caused people to either say "Goodbye, we'll miss you" or to ask "are you leaving?" Now, I realize Friday's column was a Hieronymus Bosch painting of buffoonery, but I think people misunderstood. I'm not going anywhere. I'm sticking around NRO for the longhaul, like a skeeve outside a 7-11 whose parents changed the locks on him. It's just that we're shuffling things around a bit. Kathryn was doing too much work not to get credit, I was too large not to be editor-at-large, wait, scratch that. Think of it like I'm Deng Xiaopeng and I've given up my Communist Party leadership post and premiership, but I'm still the head of the State Athletic Commission -- or something like that. Anyway, thanks very much for the concern. As for those of you who are curious to know what, exactly, an editor at large does, I'll let you know when I find out. By the way, there will be no G-File today.
Posted at 02:58 PM
NOT AN EMPIRE [Jonah Goldberg]
Alan Wolfe has an excellent essay defending America against the charge of "Empire." He writes that there’s consensus on the Right and Left that America is an empire. I don’t think that’s right – indeed I wrote the opposite not too long ago. But other than that, I think Wolfe makes an excellent argument.
Posted at 02:03 PM
POLITICAL CONVENTIONS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Allison Hayward writes: I noticed your question on the Corner about conventions. Conventions could bite the dust if certain reforms, like makiing host committees act like political committees, and doing away with the federal subsidy, were enacted. Oh, Prohibition would have an effect, since the real purpose behind a convention seems to be to drink like a fish.
I saw this in the article you linked:
"Tampa's weakest link may be its lack of a compact area filled with hotels. Delegates like to walk or take an easy shuttle from their hotels to the convention. Hotels for a Tampa convention would be spread across several counties. Some of the best sites are on the Pinellas beaches, 30-50 minutes away. But Philadelphia and Los Angeles relied heavily on shuttle buses in 2000 to move delegates between hotels and the main arenas."
Yeah, but the buses give protesters an easy target to harass, and they were a pain even though I think the city did its best in Philly. The problem is not so much hotel to arena transportation, but hotel to hotel as people stagger from one party to the next.
The one place that has the facilities to run a proper national party convention is Las Vegas, but that's not going to happen.
Posted at 12:35 PM
SEX AND THE CITY [Stanley Kurtz]
Marriage blogger Tom Sylvester takes on Sex and the City.
Posted at 12:33 PM
WAR V. LIBERTY, THE FINAL ROUND [Jonah Goldberg]
Here’s Nick Gillespie’s final thoughts, responses etc. I will be responding tomorrow.
Posted at 11:32 AM
WHY BOTHER? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
What are the odds we revisit this whole political convention concept in the near future?
Posted at 10:25 AM
GOP BIG APPLE INVASION? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
New York is on the short list, along with Tampa, for Republican Convention in '04.
Posted at 10:23 AM
TWO WORDS, DREHER [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 10:13 AM
JONAH... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...Chairman Lowry left me with a list of unspeakable tortures for latecomers for dead tree this time. Just FYI.
Posted at 10:10 AM
RE: WHILE THE CAT'S AWAY [Rod Dreher]
Oh, I dunno, Rick, in the absence of black celebrity funerals to cover -- an inside New York joke, readers, that I DON'T WISH TO REVISIT -- I was kind of hoping to get into my long-planned seventeen-part series: "What Would Walker Do?", or Granola, Grits, Guns and the Grand Jury: a Southern Crunchy-Right Response to the Catholic Church Scandal. I'm guessing that would be the perfect Rod Dreher NRO piece. Any other guesses about the quintessential NRO essay for various writers? I envision Jonah writing, Burke, Boogers and Sen. Blutarsky: How Scatalogical Comedy Embiggens Conservative Politics.
Posted at 10:10 AM
@ OREGON [Stanley Kurtz ]
The war continues to divide college campuses. Here’s an interesting report on the battle at the University of Oregon.
Posted at 10:06 AM
DIVERSITY SEATS [Stanley Kurtz ]
The other day I mentioned the moves by conservative groups on a couple of campuses to get conservative “diversity seats” in student senates. Here’s Jeff Jacoby’s take on the issue.
Posted at 10:04 AM
MESA ON PIPES [Stanley Kurtz]
The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is getting ready to hold its annual convention in Washington, DC, where it is expected to pass a resolution condemning Dan Pipes’ “Campus Watch.” I have a piece about Campus Watch in today’s New York Post. To read more about the controversy, go to Martin Kramer’s blog, Sandstorm.
Posted at 10:03 AM
GOOGLEWHACKED OUT [John Derbyshire]
No more googlewhacks PLEASE. And, yes, there is a Schroedinger's cat in there somewhere (physics buffs will understand).
Take the cure. Restore yourself to sanity by reading a piece of really first-rate writing: Rick Brookhiser on the new Mencken biography. Sample: "He stood alongside history yelling, 'Boo!'"
Oscar Wilde: "I wish I'd said that!" J.A.McN. Whistler: "You will, Oscar, you will."
Posted at 09:25 AM
THE MISSING MEMO [Julie Crane]
Guess Rod didn't get the memo about our very own Editorial Department Cruise to Nowhere! In addition to Rick's great suggestions for the zine, the bar in Rich's office will open every day at noon, and everyone is invited to bring in gangsta rap CD's, which we'll turn up loud in Jay's office, a change from all that opera and classical stuff! Mike has suggested I bring in my cat tomorrow, in case there are any more mice in KJL's office, so we'll have a little furry friend running around. All Roman Catholics will say the new decades of the Rosary over the intercom at noon (right after the Angelus), the Episcopalians will read from the Book of Common Prayer, and we'll pipe in Jonah chanting Torah
Posted at 09:24 AM
I'M BACK [Jonah Goldberg]
I was in L.A. all weekend at a conference sponsored by the Arsalyn program. Lots of stuff about communicating and "bridging the partisan divide" and so forth. It was my last travel ordeal of the year, or so it seems and I am delighted. I have to finish a mag article and then I'll be back over here in the Corner.
Posted at 09:03 AM
WHEN THE CAT'S AWAY... [Richard Brookhiser]
In answer to Rod's post: I won't presume to offer party suggestions, but I do have ideas for The Week. John D will give us a 7,000 word edit on the sins of Sinn Fein; Mike Potemra will tell us why all religions are equally religious; I will explain what the Founders would have thought of it all (with a graph on bare midriffs--young women's, not the Founders'); and Rod will cover black celebrity funerals. Rick
Posted at 08:56 AM
HOWARD KURTZ ON THE G-MAN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Jonah and Canada.
Posted at 12:23 AM
NOBODY NOSE THE TROUBLE IT'S SEEN [Rod Dreher]
This you gotta see: it's a photographic history of Michael Jackson's nose. Oh, the humanity! (Thanks to Instapundit for the link).
Posted at 12:10 AM
Sunday, November 17, 2002
TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGING [Kathryn Jean Lopez ]
Ayatollah Khomeini’s grandson was among the protesters in Iran this weekend.
Posted at 10:40 PM
CANNUCKS ON WAR [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Jonah, they're back to protesting against the U.S. terror war more generally, rather than just you.
Posted at 10:15 PM
REPUBLICAN GUARD WILL BE LOYAL? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
That's what the Post/Herald Tribune spin is.
Posted at 10:13 PM
SAME OLD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Another former U.N. weapons inspector doesn't expect much from this new tour.
Posted at 10:02 PM
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BET? [Rod Dreher]
After today's attempted hijacking, what do you want to be there will be zero sympathy for Arab Muslims in America complaining about being singled out for extra scrutiny by airport security. It is a shame that innocent people have to have this kind of suspicion brought upon them. But that's the world their Islamic brothers have made for them, and for all of us. Not that CAIR is capable of seeing that.
Posted at 05:17 PM
THE EL AL HIJACKING [Rod Dreher]
On-board security forces foiled a hijacking attempt on an El Al flight from Tel Aviv today. The hijacker is reportedly an Arab with an Israeli airport, and tried to storm the cabin with a penknife. This is scarier than many people may realize. If you've ever been through Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport, you know how tight the security is. They search everything on virtually everybody, and give you the third degree. They have to, given the threat Israel faces. On top of that, El Al, the Israeli national carrier, has even stricter security. And still a knife-wielding Arab got on board. If this can happen on an El Al flight originating in Tel Aviv, how safe are those of us on, say, Delta out of LaGuardia? American out of DFW?
Posted at 05:13 PM
FR. DOYLE: "DO THE RIGHT THING" [Rod Dreher]
Fr. Tom Doyle, writing in today's Boston Herald, praises a Massachusetts priest who refuses to give any parish money to his diocese until the bishop stops financially supporting a child-molesting cleric. Fr. Doyle calls on other priests to follow his example.
Posted at 04:29 PM
GORE BEATS HILLARY BY 10 [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From the Time piece linked to earlier.
Posted at 01:17 PM
TERRY HOLDS ON [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 11:11 AM
AL GORE IS SO TIRESOME [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Packaging himself for a comeback, says President Bush is leading us into "big trouble."
Posted at 11:08 AM
MULLAHS BREAKING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Iranians protesting the pending execution of a dissident university professor have made progress.
Posted at 11:05 AM