TALLEYRAND TRANSLATED [Andrew Stuttaford]
OK, OK. Numerous people have written in to complain about my failure to provide a translation of those words by Talleyrand. Je m’excuse. I was lulled into linguistic insensitivity by the virtuosity of all the Corner readers who tackled the translation challenge posed by those cheese-eating surrender monkeys (recent efforts have included Greek, Hawaiian, Esperanto, Hebrew, Persian and a blatantly faked ur-language).
Anyway, Talleyrand’s phrase (“Ils n’ont rien appris, ni rien oublié.”) translates as “they have learnt nothing and forgotten nothing”, appropriate words to read in conjunction with de Villepin’s remarks about “an old country that does not forget”.
Talleyrand’s original comments, of course, referred to aristocrats forced to flee France in the early years of the French revolution. They are a reminder that while France may be an “old country”, the structure of its government is relatively novel. Despite a tricky patch in the early 1860s the US has operated under the same system since 1788, a time when France was still a monarchy. As a reader points out, since then, France has restored its monarchy once, been an empire twice, and a republic five times.
Posted at 08:08 PM
"PEACE" PROTESTERS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
On the local news tonight, the police commissioner of New York reported a one police officer and horse both beated and kicked in the head by protesters. And so that's just peace for dictators?
Posted at 08:02 PM
THE SECOND TIME AS FARCE [Andrew Stuttaford]
Unlike the Hungarian gentleman I referred to earlier, these folk appear to have no knowledge of history. Either that, or they are world-class satirists.
Posted at 07:14 PM
A 'BRAINWASHED CORPORATE STOOGE' WRITES... [Andrew Stuttaford]
A reader writes with his account of the protests in Manhattan. To his disappointment, he discovered that trying to discuss matters with the demonstrators proved to be fruitless (a feature of these events is their frivolity: there are serious questions to be asked about the current US policy towards Iraq, but, as we both discovered, you would not have heard them today).
As he recalls, “At some point, someone behind me said I was just a brainwashed corporate stooge, so arguing was pointless. As to the latter, I couldn't have agreed more.”
Unlike me, he saw some “sporadic violence” (pushing and yelling). The biggest drama I witnessed was a noisy (but completely peaceful) incident when a couple of policemen ordered two demonstrators down from a tree.
As the two failed Tarzans eventually began to swing down (well, clamber down rather awkwardly) from the branches, the commentary from two fifty-something women standing near me was hostile:
“New York City cops always behave like a**holes”.
I wonder if that is what they were saying on 9/11.
My correspondent also noted how the NYPD’s mounted police seemed “to arouse more ire than the foot units actually wearing riot gear. Many protesters called the police a bunch of fascists, and one called the mounted officers Nazis. When I asked how it was that they were Nazis, he replied that they were dressed like Nazis. I asked how they were dressed like Nazis, and he said they were wearing helmets and uniforms.”
That wasn’t a good thing to say to my correspondent (a retired army officer, whose old field jacket had already prompted more than a few sneers). It was also a little ironic, given the affection that so many of today’s demonstrators were proclaiming for the UN.
As I found out today, the NYPD’s mounted police wear light blue helmets.
Posted at 06:50 PM
GUNS FOR PEACE [Andrew Stuttaford]
Demonstrators have (the Washington Post reports) been out in Baghdad too, marching for, er, peace, Saddam-style:
"In Baghdad, tens of thousands of Iraqis, many carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles, demonstrated to support Saddam Hussein and denounce the United States. "Our swords are out of their sheaths, ready for battle," read one of hundreds of banners carried by marchers along Palestine Street, a broad Baghdad avenue."
Posted at 05:22 PM
MEMORIES FROM EUROPE [Andrew Stuttaford]
One immaculately dressed old man, watching the proceedings from his wheelchair, was not impressed. “Neville Chamberlain,” he announced to no one in particular, “peace in our time,” he jeered at the demonstrators.
Intrigued, I went over – it’s not often you hear the names of mid-twentieth century Tory prime ministers being shouted out in a Manhattan street. The heckler turned out to be Hungarian, a survivor of that other Europe’s hideous past. “I’ve seen this, I’ve seen this before” he explained, “the Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. You can’t negotiate with Saddam. You can only negotiate with real countries, with Canada, with Mexico. Not with Saddam. You can’t negotiate with a cockroach.”
Tell that to the French.
Posted at 05:03 PM
POSTER BOYS - AND GIRLS [Andrew Stuttaford]
Most of the other placards were predictable – many variations on the familiar ‘no blood for oil’ blather, and the usual attacks on Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney. Some demonstrators were calling for a ‘free Palestine’, but none, so far as I could see, for a free Iraq.
Amongst the better efforts: “Fuggedaboudid – Brooklyn for peace”, “duct tape for peace” and, in a nod to today’s weather, “freezing my ass off for peace”. More mysteriously, “Lisa is against the war!” and so are the “Women in Black.”
Women in black? If they were searching for aliens, they wouldn’t have had to look far. At 11.30 this morning “Raelians for peace” could be found at 52nd and 3rd.
Posted at 04:25 PM
LEFT TURN [Andrew Stuttaford]
Large crowds in the neighborhood, but from the vantage point of a dense mass of people jam-packed in Second Avenue in the high 50s, it was quite impossible to say how many. Trying to get anywhere near the ‘official’ demonstration site on 49th Street and First Avenue was beyond me and, it seemed, many others.
Plenty of ANSWER banners and, in a surprising echo of countless demonstrations in the UK, placards bearing the logo of the Socialist Worker Party – stalwarts of Britain’s hard left happenings for decades.
Also there for the picking, leaflets from the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement. Their “vital Marxist-Leninist-Maoist viewpoint?"
“There is growing anger, rebellion and resistance around the world – and this is excellent!”
Posted at 03:54 PM
FRANCE LOVES TYRANTS [Dave Kopel]
Zimbabwe News reprints an article from the Guardian detailing how France is unilaterally undermining the European Union's attempt to put pressure on Robert Mugabe. The French policy can't be explained as stemming from anti-Americanism, since the U.S. is uninvolved. France is not merely an old country, it is senile.
Posted at 12:39 PM
POPULAR FRONT [Andrew Stuttaford]
If there’s one thing that the French can agree on it’s their dislike of America. In anticipating today’s demonstrations in France the Financial Times notes that “members of Mr. Le Pen’s National Front are also expected to join the protests alongside Greens, Socialists and the three main trade union federations.”
Posted at 11:44 AM
SOUVENIRS DE PARIS [Andrew Stuttaford]
Dominique de Villepin was proud yesterday to say that the stance he was taking in the UN came from “an ‘old country’, France, from a continent that has known war, occupation, barbarity; an old country that does not forget.”
Speaking of the French ruling class of an earlier time, Talleyrand, a somewhat shrewder French diplomat, put it rather better:
“Ils n’ont rien appris, ni rien oublié.”
That is, clearly, still true. Or as the French like to say:
“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”
Posted at 11:37 AM
CHE! [Andrew Stuttaford]
To say that all today’s anti-war protestors have an agenda far removed from the ‘peace’ that they proclaim would, of course, be unfair. Still, it says something that the first two demonstrators I saw this morning (I live not far from where the New York City protest is scheduled to take place) were two tatty ageing veterans of the 1960s both wearing tatty ageing symbols of that era’s carnage chic - badges honoring Che Guevara.
On second thoughts, this was, perhaps, only appropriate. Guevara was a warmonger and a terrorist and he was, it has to be admitted, rather popular with the French.
Posted at 10:49 AM
DOGGONE JOE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A reason for Jonah to warm to Joe Lieberman.
Posted at 10:06 AM
D.C. NOT FIRST [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The push to push up their primary--to the first in the nation--is dead (to the relief of the DNC).
Posted at 10:02 AM
GROUND RULES FOR WAR COVERAGE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The Pentagon releases rules for journalists.
Posted at 09:57 AM
A READER POINTS OUT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
It looks like I was sending a subtle message through the frame head on this page from yesterday.
Posted at 09:47 AM
TO BE IN THE MIND OF A WASHINGTON POST EDITOR... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The Washington Post's love story for Valentine's Day: a the (kinda) lesbian love affair of a transsexual with a "FREE LEONARD PELTIER" bumper sticker. They were "mistakenly" Maryland's first same sex union...except not really.
Posted at 09:32 AM
KINDA AMUSING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Watching antiwar protesters in Paris, marching past a GAP.
Posted at 09:12 AM
AL QAEDA IN IRAN?!!!???!!! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Shocking! Bill Gertz reports.
Posted at 07:54 AM
RE: PEACENIK CRUNCHIES [Rod Dreher]
<----(That sounds like what Girl Scouts in Vermont sell at cookie time.)
But Kathryn, Julie fought back. She told them some people in the CSA believe in this war and enjoy delicious organic produce, so knock off the politicking on a veggie listserv. She was seconded by a woman with a New York Times e-mail address, who said she didn't agree with Julie on the war, but very much agreed that the organic veggie list was no place for political propagandizing. I say crunchy-cons gots to fight for the right to be Right!
Posted at 12:43 AM
Friday, February 14, 2003
ORANGE MADNESS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Rod, I don't know if this would make you calmer or more anxious: travelling through midtown Manhattan and beyond tonight I saw exactly once law-enforcement authority of any type: a girl cop on the phone in an enclosed booth outside one of the tunnels. (The only time I was especially bothered by it was when the Ryder truck illegally parked outside Grand Central Terminal and no one was around to check on it!)
Posted at 11:20 PM
TARIQ AZIZ SNUBS ISRAELI JOURNALIST [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 11:19 PM
RE: PEACENIK CRUNCHIES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Rod, Can I say I told you so? I so saw that coming the day i said "geez, that's so lefty!" (For close crunchy con watchers, that was an outing. If you have no idea what we are talking about, go on with you life and forget about it.)
Posted at 05:42 PM
FUNNY, THEIR BORDERS WEREN'T ALWAYS CLOSED [Rod Dreher]
Austria won't let us transport troops across its territory. Austria says their constitution won't let them do this without UN approval. Maybe so, but it occurs to me that Austria hasn't always been unwelcoming to foreign armies. When Nazi troops marched across the Austrian border to absorb that nation into the Reich, Vienna swooned. Hitler recalled his reception thus: "Certain foreign newspapers have said that we fell on Austria with brutal methods. I can only say; even in death they cannot stop lying. I have in the course of my political struggle won much love from my people, but when I crossed the former frontier (into Austria) there met me such a stream of love as I have never experienced. Not as tyrants have we come, but as liberators."
Posted at 05:39 PM
SOUNDS LIKE A COCA-COLA COMMERCIAL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Bill Clinton wants Hans Blix to bring the world together.
Posted at 05:34 PM
WHEN CRUNCHY MEETS CON [Rod Dreher]
Uh oh, it seems like the crunchy is meeting the con in my neighborhood. Our community-supported agriculture group is starting to send out peacenik info on the listserv. I was not aware that an appreciation of delicious organic fruits and vegetables implied a position one way or another on the war. Leave it to the Left to politicize everything, including broccoli.
Posted at 05:32 PM
THE GRUNT PADRE [Rod Dreher]
Tired of wusses in the pulpit, and ministers who sneer at soldiers? Check out the life story of Fr. Vincent Capodanno, a Marine Corps chaplain who died a hero in Vietnam, beloved by all his men, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. I just talked to his biographer, Fr. Daniel Mode, who told me that in researching his book, he was astonished by the veterans, both Catholic and non-Catholic, who have such vivid, powerful memories of being in the presence of brave Fr. Capodanno. In his final moments, during a firefight, the chaplain had had his face wounded and his hand nearly blown off, but he refused treatment so he could pray and attend to the wounded and dying. He died on the battlefield, taking care of a wounded Marine.
Posted at 05:15 PM
HOW MANY DIVISIONS HAS THE POPE? [Andrew Stuttaford]
I may be missing something, but why exactly is the US so worried about what the Pope may have to say about the current crisis? Regardless of any other considerations (and there are quite a few) as to why this seems like a relatively irrelevant concern, Saddam Hussein's propagandists will, doubtless, attempt to portray any invasion of Iraq as the latest in a long series of Western crusades against the Muslim world. Under the circumstances, a papal endorsement would seem to be, well, rather counter-productive.
Posted at 05:00 PM
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Get ready to shovel. (My weather forecast for the weekend.)
Posted at 04:49 PM
CAN'T SAY "FRENCH" ANYMORE? [Dave Kopel]
If the plan to replace "French fries" with "victory fries" works, does that mean that when people osculate with their tongues, we have call it "victory kissing"? That the Valentine's Day activity known as "Frenching" will henceforth be called "victory"?
Posted at 04:07 PM
SILENCE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Looks like no one in The Corner can top all your news this week, Jonah.
Posted at 03:51 PM
SO WEIRD... [Jonah Goldberg]
Robert Chambers, AKA "The Preppie Murderer," went home today from prison today. I never knew him but I knew lots of people who did. I also dated Jennifer Levin, the girl he murdered, for a while in high school. It's bizarre to think that he's been in prison for essentially both of our adult lives. I don't feel sorry for him, but it does make me appreciate a bit more that jail time is a real punishment.
Posted at 02:52 PM
"DOLLY" HAS BEEN KILLED [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Born by cloning, killed by euthanasia. How does PETA come down?!
Posted at 02:08 PM
"GIVE PEACE A CHANCE" [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Dominique de Villepin is getting his talking points from the protesters outside the U.N.
Posted at 02:04 PM
TARIQ AZIZ PRESS CONFERENCE [Jonah Goldberg]
He sat quietly as an Israeli reporter asked a polite question politely. Aziz then responded that he would not answer any questions from Israeli media. Some journalists jeered and hissed and it seemed like a few walked out. It would have been nice if the next reporter asked the same question or, better still, asked him why he wouldn't answer the prior reporter's question or, even better, if they all refused to ask any more questions.
Posted at 02:02 PM
D.C. COLLEGE KIDS PROTEST FRENCH [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 01:55 PM
MR. FISCHER IS SAYING... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...with a straight face that he does not know where one can find a material breach.
Posted at 01:45 PM
CHINA'S CHOICE [Andrew Stuttaford]
The sins of the father should not be blamed on the son, but Peking's choice of "urban planner" for the 2008 Olympics is, perhaps, a touch ironic.
Posted at 01:43 PM
A GOOD SOLDIER [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
McCain's good, again.
Posted at 01:34 PM
FINAL WARTIME FOOD POST [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Reader Josh Mercer sends this: "OR MAYBE VICTORY FRIES: Chips might not take off as a substitute for fries, unless we re-name potato chips as potato crisps. What might work better is what we did during WWI. We renamed frankfurters to be Victory dogs, which then became hot dogs. Think about it: French bread = Victory bread, French toast = Victory toast, French fries = Victory fries, etc."
Posted at 01:33 PM
ENCOURAGING [John J. Miller]
Yes, Rod's post below is discouraging. But follow the link and scroll down the page. There's a poll on which president deserves to be added to Mount Rushmore. When I checked, Ronald Reagan was crushing the competition, with 67 percent of the vote. Now that's good news.
Posted at 01:10 PM
PAGING RICH LOWRY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
O.K., I totally want a boat waiting for NRO on the Hudson or East River.
Posted at 01:02 PM
BLIX TODAY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I asked Jed Babbin for his assessment of the Blix report this morning. Here’s his Corner exclusive analysis:
Chief Inspector Blix threw another smoke grenade at the U.N. Security Council today. Though his experts' found that Iraq's al Fatah and al Samoud-2 missiles were both capable of exceeding the limits that the U.N. imposed, he only said that the missiles "could be" a prima facie case that Iraq is in material breach of Resolution 1441. And he took great pains to pooh-pooh Colin Powell's evidence by saying that the movement of decontamination equipment from a suspected chemical weapons site could be "incidental" and isn't proof that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. No one will ever confuse Blix with Joe Friday.
Posted at 12:52 PM
CULINARY REALIGNMENT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A reader writes: "I was listening to Jimmy Buffett's "Cheeseburger in Paradise" when it occurred to me that to call something that good a "french fry" gives unmerited glory to the French. Maybe we could go to calling them chips, as a tip of the hat to our good friend Tony Blair?"
Posted at 12:50 PM
NOT ENCOURAGING [Rod Dreher]
U.S. News and World Report says that Congressmen have been told that it would be a good idea to send their families back home.
Posted at 12:38 PM
JP2 VS. GWB [John J. Miller]
For a pope who understood the hard realities of the Cold War, this report is discouraging.
Posted at 12:25 PM
DEBATING ESTRADA [Melissa Seckora]
C. Boyden Gray debates the Alliance for Justice's Nan Aron on Tuesday at the Nat'l Press Club, sponsored by the Federalist Society.
Posted at 12:08 PM
THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Last installment of Jacoby vs. Krikorian is today.
Posted at 11:53 AM
CATSKILLS REPORT [Rick Brookhiser]
This was said by an old hippie chick in the Jewddist (Jew + Buddhist) of the Catskills: "I am tired of hearing about Eve Ensler and her vagina." Even up here, your feelings are shared, Kathryn.
Posted at 11:31 AM
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS [Jonah Goldberg]
I'm off to bring the baby home.
Posted at 11:04 AM
STAR CHAMBERS [John J. Miller]
K Lo, Pacepa isn't the first ex-Commie spy to write for NR, of course. I'm thinking of the indispensible Whittaker Chambers.
Posted at 10:58 AM
SPEAKING OF FISCHER [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I highly recommend the Ion Mihai Pacepa piece on NRO today. I, of course, recommend everything on NRO, but it's not everyday we have a high-level ex-Communist spy chief....
Posted at 10:34 AM
SECURITY COUNCIL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Watching (or hearing--I have CSPAN on via my computer) Joschka Fischer chair the Security Council meeting is enough to give up on the U.N.
Posted at 10:31 AM
CARL LEVIN (D., GERMANY) [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 10:26 AM
VOX POPULI ON WHEATON [Jonah Goldberg]
I didn't make a big deal out of it, but Wheaton's blog really is worth investigating. Here's one reader's response:
I'm reading this guy's blog and two thoughts come to mind: What a pansy and Who the [#$%!] is Will Wheaton? Then I read this in another part of his site:
Posted at 10:02 AM
RE: NYPOST COVER [Rod Dreher]
Oh, that is beyond wonderful! The Post has had its legendary columnist Steve Dunleavy, a thin, pompadoured Aussie made of gristle, who lives on cigarettes and booze, to France. He's going around the country carrying a stuffed weasel under his arms, sending back dispatches filled with abuse and invective against the French. I understand even Le Monde has taken notice.
Everybody knows about the HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR cover headline, but the Post is always coming up with great ones. Two of my favorite Post covers (or "woods," as tabloid jargon has it) were as follows: 1) reporting the conviction of a computer nerd who met a kinky sex partner online, and was later charged with torturing her, the headline read: JURY TO OLIVER: "YOU'VE GOT JAIL!" And 2) reporting the divorcing Carol Channing's contention that her husband withheld affection from her, the headline, over a picture of Channing shrugging her shoulders and looking comically disappointed, screamed: NO SEX FOR 30 YEARS: 'HELL NO, DOLLY!'.
Just one of the many reasons to love New York...
Posted at 09:51 AM
OH NO! [Jonah Goldberg]
Someone tell Will Wheaton -- AKA Star Trek's Wesley Crusher -- to turn down the volume on his internal monologue. Nobody wants to hear it.
Posted at 09:28 AM
SADDAM OPPOSES WMD! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Iraqi President Saddam Hussein Friday issued a decree banning weapons of mass destruction.
The decree was issued about two hours before a crucial briefing from the two chief U.N. weapons inspectors to the Security Council on Iraq's compliance with Resolution 1441, which demands Baghdad rid itself of its alleged weapons of mass destruction.
Saddam also issued the decree shortly before the Iraqi parliament was to convene in an "extraordinary" session.
Posted at 08:48 AM
CHEESE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Is NRO officially boycotting French cheese yet? I'm, not a fan, so it's no sacrifice for me, I confess.
Posted at 08:46 AM
DAVID FRUM ON VALENTINE'S DAY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
David's brilliant, a masterful scribe--we know all that. He's also really good guy. Check out his Valentine's Day message, in his diary (he's got other stuff about Hans Blix and such, too). Then, of course, BUY HIS BOOK!
Posted at 07:21 AM
MORE BAD NEWS FROM RUSSIA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
China gets a delivery.
Posted at 05:16 AM
HAVE YOU SEEN THE COVER OF THE NYPOST? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 05:10 AM
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY [Dave Kopel]
The great poet of liberty, in "Feelings of a Republican on the Fall of Bonaparte", still has contemporary relevance -- for Saddam, and perhaps for others:
I hated thee, fallen Tyrant! I did groan,
To think that a most unambitious slave,
Like thou, should dance and revel on the grave
Of Liberty. Thou mightst have built thy throne
Where it had stood even now: thou didst prefer
A frail and bloody pomp, which Time has swept
In fragments towards oblivion. Massacre,
For this, I prayed, would on thy sleep have crept,
Treason and Slavery, Rapine, Fear, and Lust,
And stifled thee their minister. I know
Too late, since thou and France are in the dust,
That Virtue owns a more eternal foe
Than Force or Fraud: old Custom, legal Crime,
And bloody Faith, and foulest birth of Time.
Posted at 12:00 AM
Thursday, February 13, 2003
MORE MILITARY CHAPLAIN BLEGGING [Rod Dreher]
Thanks to all of you, military chaplains and friends of military chaplains, who responded to my first post. I've spent the last couple of days having some amazing conversations with some very fine men serving their country and their God in the chaplain corps. Some of the things they've lived through ... well, you'll just have to buy the next issue of NRODT to read about it (so subscribe already). Their stories, and their dedication, are definitely are the antidote for wimpiness in the pulpit.
I have another request, this one for veterans or currently serving military personnel: Has a military chaplain ever touched your life in a profound way? Helped you through a serious crisis? Shown you to a deeper faith in God? Been an example of courage and goodness and the light of God in a dark place? Write me and tell me about it. Assume that anything you send me will be quotable, unless you explicitly tell me not to use your name. Send to email@example.com.
Posted at 11:30 PM
FOOLED? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Orange alert triggered by bogus info.
Posted at 09:44 PM
WE ARE ALL ISRAELIS NOW [Rod Dreher]
Late this afternoon, I made my daily coffee run a block and a half away. Standing outside the coffee shop were three members of the NYPD's elite anti-terror squad, wearing masks and holding submachine guns. A bomb-sniffing dog was at their feet. Nobody stopped to ask what was going on, because those boys didn't look like they were in the mood to talk. This is the new normal, I suppose. In New York and Washington, at least, we are all Israelis now.
Posted at 07:52 PM
"GALLISTIC" [Rod Dreher]
Kudos to Andrew Sullivan for blogging on a column from Brit Boris Johnson, who introduces a terrific neologism, gallistic, which means going hog-wild with French-bashing. Here's Johnson in the Telegraph explaining why French perfidy is bringing the English public around to supporting the war:
"Just as everyone was laying into the Number 10 spin machine, the French did something so disgusting, so selfish, and so French, that the British media have had no choice. The press has dropped Alastair Campbell's dodgy dossier, in favour of that time-honoured staple of the British journalist - the orgy of frog-bashing. Confronted by French treachery, previously fence-sitting newspapers such as the Daily Mail have suddenly seen the merit of the war, and the downmarket tabloids have gone gallistic. You know the kind of articles: they involve references to Vichy, tanks with reverse gears, garlic-guzzling peasants, women of loose morals cosying up to the Boche, and they traditionally end with the cry: 'And they eat our children's ponies!'"
Posted at 07:47 PM
DEBATES DEBATES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Holler with feedback about the debates we've had, and what you would like to see next, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted at 04:59 PM
BEST NEWS OF THE DAY [Rod Dreher]
Robert Novak ponders the extreme fabulousness (from a conservative point of view) of Al Sharpton's run for the presidency. He quotes a New York Democratic operative saying that the Democratic Party presidential hopefuls "have no idea what they're in for." Truer words, my friends, truer words... .
Posted at 04:26 PM
MAYBE JEDIS DESERVE SOME RESPECT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
There seems to be many of them in the U.K.
Posted at 03:37 PM
MORE SOLID MCCAIN TALK [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
"Containment failed yesterday in Iraq. Containment fails today. And containment will fail tomorrow. We would be placing hope before experience to think otherwise, and we will have bequeathed to our children a much more dangerous world. For if you embrace containment, you must accept proliferation, and proliferation -- not just unchecked but accelerated -- will make the violent century just passed seem an era of remarkable tranquility in comparison."
Posted at 03:29 PM
BESIDES BEING VULGAR [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
VM is also really boring, imh. Once you get over the shock of someone sitting there talking about, well, that, that's all it is! (Well, that and a lesbian statutory rape scene and such.)
Posted at 03:21 PM
THE ORIFICE THAT WON'T SHUT UP [Rod Dreher]
On the road with a talking vagina? Why does this concept sound like the nut of a joke that starts out "So a guy walks into a bar..."?
Have any of you Cornerites seen The Vagina Monologues? Not me, but I bought a copy of the script, and read it a couple of years ago. It's as vulgar and stupid as you might imagine. It's like reading a concentrated issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, except Cosmo doesn't have pretensions to art. It is beyond me why any woman would see this kind of meretricious trash as liberating, or even meaningful. But to hear the show's fans go on, you'd think that they were the new suffragettes, bravely defying all those vicious Patriarchal Penis People who want to deny women the opportunity to sit around and talk about their cooches. I mean, please.
Posted at 03:11 PM
HOLY VAGINA MONOLOGUES! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler went to the Mideast to talk genitalia in December.
Posted at 03:07 PM
SO.... [Jonah Goldberg]
I was just on this public radio show, "To The Point." The subject was, you guessed it, the French. For the first part, I was paired with this French academic who insisted I wasn't worth responding to; that National Review isn't worth responding to etc. Everything I said was based in "ignorance" everything he said was an objective fact. He played his part perfectly, right up through the moment he hung up and ran away from the debate. I don't mean to be unsportsmanlike, but this guy was unbelievably arrogant.
Posted at 03:04 PM
BILLBOARDS [John J. Miller]
K Lo, I saw a big V-M billboard in New London, Conn., last month.
Posted at 02:47 PM
YUCK [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A reader writes: "there is a HUGE billboard advertising the "traveling" show of Vagina Monologues, right on I-70, in Columbia, Missouri (site of University of Missouri). How embarassing. "
Posted at 02:28 PM
GOOD SENSE FROM HARVARD LAW [Jonathan H. Adler]
A thoughtful student's take on the Estrada confirmation controversy.
Posted at 02:13 PM
RE: MILITARY TRADE UNIONS [Jonah Goldberg]
From a former Naval officer:
Posted at 02:05 PM
READ IT AND WEEP [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The Cardinal Newman Society has the goods on the 42 Catholic colleges participating in the V-Day nonsense. (It was 43 until the College of New Rochelle dumped plans.)
Posted at 02:05 PM
DARN! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I was totally wrong about V-Day. I just wasn't paying attention. (Gosh, when my types don't obssess about it...!) Here's the list of participating colleges.
Posted at 02:01 PM
ESTRADA UPDATE [Byron York]
Senator Orin Hatch, chairman of the Senate judiciary committee said today that Republicans would keep talking “until hell freezes over” as long as Democrats keep up their filibuster of judicial nominee Miguel Estrada.
Hatch told reporters today that it is likely the Senate will go into recess next week. Because two Republican senators cannot be there for personal reasons, Republicans will not have a majority to keep the Senate in session. But, he said, when the Senate returns from the Presidents’ Day recess, he expects lawmakers to return immediately to debating Estrada
Posted at 01:48 PM
WHICH REMINDS ME... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...Fight back against "V-Day" the Ensler way on campus, if you are stuck with such nonsense...
Posted at 01:37 PM
V-DAY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Is it me, or is there less Vagina Monologues nonsense this year?
Posted at 01:36 PM
MAYBE "NEVERMIND" RE FRANKS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 01:25 PM
GUN OWNERSHIP AND HUMAN RIGHTS [Dave Kopel]
In support of the United Nations disarmament program, many academics campaign against gun possession by "non-state actors." In the latest issue of the Brown Journal of World Affairs, the Kopel-Gallant-Eisen team argues that gun ownership by citizens is a foundation of human rights. We detail the horrible consequences of disarmament campaigns around the world.
Posted at 01:19 PM
SUPRME COURT TO RULE ON GUN OWNER PRIVACY [Dave Kopel]
On March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Treasury v. Chicago. In that case, Chicago argues that the Freedom of Information Act compels the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to release the names of gun owners in various federal databases. I preview the case in the forthcoming issue of the American Bar Association's Preview of Supreme Court Cases. (PDF version.)
Posted at 01:12 PM
MILITARY TRADE UNIONS [Jonah Goldberg]
Interesting piece in today's WSJ (no link) on how Europe's NATO members let their militaries falter. One factor I didn't know about is the pervasiveness of European military trade unions. They make reform exceedingly difficult. Apparently, Belgian soldiers held a protest rally which had to be dispersed by the police with water cannons. Something tells me that if the Marines decided to riot, the Washington police would ask someone else to bust out the water cannon.
Posted at 01:09 PM
CYANIDE WARNING IN NYC? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 01:00 PM
FRANKS IN CHARGE? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The post-war plan in Iraq.
Posted at 12:41 PM
MONKEY BUSINESS [Andrew Stuttaford]
Danish, eh, Jonah? Be warned that, since my last post on those translated apes, new versions of the phrase continue to pour in. Amongst the highlights - Turkish, Estonian, Georgian, Russian, Arabic, Pidgin and an approving comment that one of the rival Polish texts cited on Monday used the term 'Malpiszony', a diminutive - and thus, apparently, additionally insulting, way of describing our cheese-eating friends. Another revelation was the discovery that the Polish term for monkey wrench literally translates as 'French key', not inappropriate when one considers what Chirac has thrown into NATO's machinery.
Posted at 12:29 PM
SIMPSONS, THE FRENCH ET MOI [Jonah Goldberg ]
From a good piece in the Philadelphia Inquirier:
Creator Matt Groening has been skewering Gallic mores since the show's first season. In the 1990 episode "The Crepes of Wrath," Bart goes to France as an exchange student, only to be exploited by unscrupulous wine dealers.
Posted at 11:44 AM
GUESS WHERE MUGABE IS HEADED? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 11:36 AM
WHITE HOUSE ESTRADA LETTER [Jonathan H. Adler]
The PDF version of White House Counsel Al Gonzales' letter responding to Senate Democrats on Miguel Estrada is now online here.
Posted at 11:35 AM
DUCT [Jonathan H. Adler]
Posted at 11:32 AM
PSYCHIATRIST/HISTORIANS WANTED [Jonah Goldberg]
I'm noodling something. I was wondering if anybody knows whether paranoid delusions about the government pre-dated the welfare/national security state. In other words, did people in the 19th (or 14th) century believe the government was watching them? I would assume not, but I simply don't know. I'm wondering if certain forms of paranoia -- religious, superstitious, demonic etc -- have been transferred to fear of the state. I know this isn't an entirely new idea. After all the whole idea of the "anti-Communist witch hunt" -- the quotation marks are necessary since there were real witches in our midst -- is predicated on the notion that government-enabled hysteria is a real fear. But what I find interesting is that even real mental cases think the CIA bugs their brains, talks to them through receivers in their heads etc. I know that there are real physiological reasons for this, but what form did these physiological manifestations take before there was a CIA? Was it the devil? God? The Masons? (Before we imagined rectal-probing aliens were constantly visiting us, what malevolant forces were making us sing moon river?)
I ask, because maybe it's possible that one of the major historical factors explaining the rise of secularism and liberal society -- among other things -- is that the State replaced other forces as the object of our fears and hopes. Anyway, it's just something I'm noodling.
Posted at 11:13 AM
MARY MCGRORY [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Last week, she wrote that Colin Powell persuaded her that Saddam Hussein "is more of a menace than I thought," and that while she is "not ready for war yet" she understands "that it might be the only way to stop a fiend, and that if we do go, there is reason." She trusts Powell because he's not one of those Bush warmongers. This week she spends more time bashing those alleged warmongers, and encouraging various worthies to go to Baghdad to act as human shields for Saddam Hussein--i.e., to deter Bush from bombing. So the president's policy may be necessary, but meanwhile let's throw sand in the gears? If we're to read these columns as representing a coherent point of view, which is admittedly a stretch with McGrory, we would have to conclude that shielding Saddam is a more hawkish position than she would have taken before Powell's presentation. Amazing.
Posted at 10:50 AM
I REST MY CASE [Jonah Goldberg]
Scroll down to the tenth cartoon, "An American in Paris."
Posted at 10:49 AM
BUT.... [Jonah Goldberg]
If I don't think the French are being cowardly, why do I keep using the phrase? That's the question several reporters and interviewers have asked me over the last week or so. The answer is simple: They keep asking me to. It's become my own "Whatyoutalkingwillis?" or "Well, excuuuuse me!"
I did one live debate for British TV a couple weeks ago and the host of the show, went out of the way during the commercial break to ask me to say the words for his audience. It's very weird.
Posted at 10:43 AM
DUCT AND DUCK [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
An answer to the big question of the week: Is it duct or duck?
Posted at 10:32 AM
"OSTE-ÆDENDE KAPITULATIONSABER" [Jonah Goldberg]
That's Danish for -- you guessed it -- cheese-eating surrender monkeys. I learned this because one of Denmark's leading newspapers, Berlingske Tidende, translated the phrase for their readers. In the last few weeks the Economist, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, The Times (London), the Straits Times (Singapore) and a half-dozen other newspapers and magazines around the world have mentioned the Oste-ædende kapitulationsaber, usually giving me credit for popularizing the phrase. I've got a piece coming out in this Sunday's LA Times explaining my actual position on the French. But, in the meantime, let me say that I've been wronged by all of them, including Rich Lowry. I have never argued in the current context that France is afraid of Iraq. Yes, yes, yes, I have referred to the Chee....er...the Oste-ædende kapitulationsaber on more than a few occassions. Yes, I was Frog-bashing before Frog bashing was cool. But many people, Rich and Mark Steyn included, have conjured the CESM phrase, attributed it to me in the context, and then asserted that I think France is being cowardly. I don't think they're being cowardly. I think they're being jerks, but not cowards.
Posted at 10:31 AM
RE: I HAVE RETURNED [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
In other words, the magic has returned to The Corner! (By the way: We're still collecting Lucy messages at email@example.com.
Posted at 10:21 AM
I HAVE RETURNED [Jonah Goldberg]
Baby Lucy and Momma Jessica are doing great, but still in the hospital until at least tomorrow. So, I'm clearing the decks, getting back in gear etc. Thanks to everybody for their kind notes, advice etc. You might not be surprised to hear that I haven't been able to respond to many/any of them, but I am still reading and saving them for Jessica and Lucy to read (though probably not at the same time). Anyway, I might address everything I've learned about fatherhood in a column later on, but in general I am not inclined to make my daughter into regular column fodder. I mean, what would my couch and my dog think?
Posted at 10:18 AM
SADDDAM HUSSEIN - ECO-CRIMINAL [Jonathan H. Adler]
Maybe this will convince some environmental groups to support regime change in Iraq.
Posted at 10:15 AM
GEEZ, ROD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I don't know why I didn't think of this yesterday: Ever consider the silence in the subway was people in shock from the Millionaire cliffhanger?
Posted at 10:08 AM
"DOOMSDAY HAS BEEN DEMOCRATIZED" [Rod Dreher]
Krauthammer today. Powerful.
Posted at 09:46 AM
NO WAY! [Rod Dreher]
Not before I find out if that mouth-breathing Joe Millionaire lug chooses the nice girl or the hoochie mama!
Posted at 09:19 AM
PARENTS PREFER ABSTINENCE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
According to a new Zogby poll: --73.5% of parents approve or strongly approve of abstinence-centered sex education. --61.1% of parents disapprove or strongly disapprove of “comprehensive” or “safe sex” education. --75.3% of parents disapprove or strongly disapprove of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sex education curriculum. (More info here.)
Posted at 09:04 AM
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Posted at 06:08 AM
CHECK THIS OUT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr.:
The truth is that Democrats want to make an example of Miguel Estrada, whose appointment to the bench could make Hispanic voters look more favorably on the Bush administration. They also want to send a message to the White House that when it comes to confirming federal judges, there are some things they simply will not tolerate. Apparently at the top of the list: Independent-minded Hispanic hotshots who don't go around thanking liberals for everything that the nominees have accomplished on their own.
Posted at 05:58 AM
RIGHT-WING KISSING [John J. Miller]
Read this before Valentine's Day.
Posted at 05:56 AM
COLUMBIA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Good point re Columbia, John. You'd think if he were alive he would newsdrop like that just to reassure his posse and scare us.
Posted at 05:55 AM
DIRTY BOMB TV [John J. Miller]
Rod, the PBS show NOVA is rushing a dirty-bomb program through production right now with the hope of airing it by the end of March. I've been promised an advance tape when they're available. Will try to report on the contents before the program runs.
Posted at 05:37 AM
TURN OFF TV [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Coming on the heels of Rick's advice, I got a press release last night for Turn Off TV week, coming in April. Perhaps Rick should be spokesman--he'd make it last a lifetime.
Posted at 05:33 AM
OSAMA TV [John J. Miller]
I haven't seen the new bin Laden video or read a transcript of its message, but a friend makes an interesting point. If the recording were of very recent vintage, wouldn't bin Laden mention that an Israeli died aboard the Columbia, in some wrath-of-Allah context? Apparently he doesn't. Just a thought.
Posted at 05:31 AM
DIRTY BOMB PRIMER [Rod Dreher]
Here are the basics on the health risks posed by a dirty bomb, from a Federation of American Scientists document. The (relatively) good news is that it probably wouldn't kill a lot of people, aside from those who die from the explosion. The bad news is it could effectively destroy a city by rendering it too radioactive to inhabit permanently. Brink Lindsey says well what turning New York or Washington into a ghost town would mean economically and psychologically -- and why we have no choice but to crush Islamofascism while there is still time.
Posted at 01:51 AM
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Posted at 12:54 AM
BACK TO ESTRADA... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...at 11am...good night. (P.S. Wasn't Harry Reid the perfect lullaby?)
Posted at 12:48 AM
THIS WAR'S HANOI JANES [Rod Dreher]
Spike Lee and Edward Norton are disgraceful, despicable men. As mentioned earlier in The Corner, they are in Germany now at a film festival, trashing their country in wartime. "It's nice being in Europe this week," Norton told reporters in Berlin. "Almost everyone in Germany and France is in sync with the governments. I almost forgot what it's like to be proud of my government." If I said what I really felt, K-Lo would ban me permanently from the Corner. If Al Gore were our president, I would feel exactly the same way. You just don't do that to your country. Use the link to read the whole story, and see what these and other shameful Celebrity-Americans, pampered Hollywood prisspots all, are saying abroad.
It is not unpatriotic to dissent from your government's policy. It is unpatriotic and indescribably vile to go stand in the former capital of Nazi Germany, before the children and grandchildren of the SS and the Gestapo, and trash your American president and your American nation.
This should not be forgotten. Somehow, I don't think Rush will let it pass without comment.
Posted at 12:47 AM
THERE ARE MORE LEFT-WING HISPANIC & OTHER RELATED GROUPS THEN I COULD HAVE EVER DREAMT UP [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Thanks, Harry Reid, for reading off that long list after midnight.
Posted at 12:29 AM
BIN LADEN HEADED HERE? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
New tape purportedly from him says he will die as a martyr against his enemy in the next year. "I pray my demise isn't on a coffin bearing green mantles. I wish my demise to be in the eagle's belly." Got this from Drudge.
Posted at 12:13 AM
HAVE YOU SEEN... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...this pro-Estrada commercial?
Posted at 12:05 AM
FIND IRAQ IN BREACH AGAIN... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...and take time to study before taking action.
Posted at 12:01 AM
Wednesday, February 12, 2003
WORTH MANY LOOKS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I don’t often advertise blog sites, simply because there are so very many. But NRO friend and frequent contributor Ross Douthat has one with Policy Review-er Steve Menashi, and it is worth reading. I look forward to telling people next week when Ross is rich and famous--which he will be, mark my words--that he was an NR intern once. Here it is.
Posted at 11:58 PM
SPECIAL OPS ALREADY AT WORK IN IRAQ [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Tom Ricks reports.
Posted at 11:53 PM
"WEAPONS OF MASS OBSTRUCTION" [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Sen. Hatch very proud of that one.
Posted at 11:49 PM
WHAT IS GOING THROUGH THE K-LO MIND [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Not that you asked. But then you never do. And Jonah's not here to make this a magical mystical kingdom, so I will blather. So, what I am thinking: Hatch does this, at midnight, without caffeine. That's amazing.
Posted at 11:47 PM
"I'LL STAY UP ALL NIGHT IF I HAVE TO" [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Orrin Hatch to my senator Schumer right now. (I'm watching via c-span.org, fyi.)
Posted at 11:37 PM
BUMMER [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
C-SPAN II, which carries the Senate, now goes off from my cable system around 5 or so, since our carrier switch the lineup earlier this month!
Posted at 10:01 PM
GONZALES FOR THE DEFENSE [Jonathan H. Adler]
White House counsel Albert Gonzales has penned a devastating response to Senators Daschle's and Leahy's explanation for their obstruction of the Estrada nomination. The White House has not posted the letter on the web as of yet. Fortunately, Howard Bashman has here. (Word has it a PDF version should be linked here sometime on Thursday.)
Posted at 07:40 PM
THE MOSELEY-BRAUN BID [Jonathan H. Adler]
Call me a cynic, but I see the Moseley-Braun presidential bid as nothing more than a scarely transparent effort to drain support from Al Sharpton so as to dilute his impact on the nominating process.
Posted at 07:35 PM
SUBWAY ATTACK? [Rod Dreher]
A New York reader suggests this explanation for why people were so grim on the subways today. Seems that a NYC newstalk radio station ran with an item this morning saying that a member of the House Intelligence Committee told her daughter, who lives in NYC, to stay out of the subways. When asked about it, the Congresswoman, Jane Harmon, didn't deny warning her daughter, but said it wasn't based on intelligence information (follow the link to the reader's blog for more information). A friend of mine heard the same radio broadcast too.
Pardon me, but the Congresswoman's explanation is hard to believe, given her position on the Intelligence Committee. Anyway, if the authorities have serious reason to believe there's going to be an imminent attack on the city's subways, then they should tell us, and let us plebes make our own minds up about whether or not to use the trains. Me, I'm going to keep using them (like six million other New Yorkers, I've got no choice), but not during rush hour, if I can help it.
Posted at 06:39 PM
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Carol Mosely Braun is running for president?!?
Posted at 06:22 PM
MOONLIGHTING [Robert A. George]
For those NRO fans wondering what I do in my quote-spare time-unquote, catch this little nugget in the New York Observer (scroll down to second story)
Posted at 05:39 PM
FROM THE HOUSE LIBERAL [Rick Brookhiser]
My wife's advice on buying duct tape: Put it over the mouths of the people urging us to buy duct tape. (Jeanne is a liberal Democrat, but a tough one.)
Posted at 05:02 PM
ANOTHER REASON TO CHILL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Maybe people are just taking long President's Day weekends, thus the fewer people on the subway--that will certainly be an easy explanation tomorrow if crowds are thinner than usual?
Posted at 04:35 PM
BY THE WAY... [John J. Miller]
Does anybody still think it's a bad idea to build a missile defense system? The limited version the Bush administration is planning has the North Korean threat specifically in mind.
Posted at 04:10 PM
KIM'S MISSILES [John J. Miller]
The North Korean missile threat is old news. Check out this National Intelligence Estimate on ballistic missiles from December 2001: "The multiple-stage Taepo Dong-2—capable of reaching parts of the United States with a nuclear weapon-sized payload—may be ready for flight-testing. The North probably also is working on improvements to its current design. The Taepo Dong-2 in a two-stage ballistic missile configuration could deliver a several-hundred-kg payload up to 10,000 km—sufficient to strike Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of the continental United States. If the North uses a third stage similar to the one used on the Taepo Dong-1 in 1998 in a ballistic missile configuration, then the Taepo Dong-2 could deliver a several-hundred-kg payload up to 15,000 km—sufficient to strike all of North America. A Taepo Dong-2 flight test probably would be conducted as an SLV with a third stage to place a small payload into the same orbit the North Koreans tried to achieve in 1998."
Posted at 04:08 PM
LA RAZA ON ESTRADA [Melissa Seckora]
"The National Council of La Raza is troubled by the increasingly strident tone of the debate over Miguel Estrada's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals. While NCLR remains neutral on the nomination itself, we urge the two sides on this issue not to engage in name-calling and accusatory language but to focus on the substantive issues and merits of this nomination. In particular, since the Latino community is clearly divided on the Estrada nomination, we find the accusation that one side or another is "anti-Latino" to be particularly divisive and inappropriate."
Posted at 04:07 PM
RE: 51ST AND LEX [Rod Dreher]
A reader from Washington, DC, writes:
"I sympathize with your experience. The train to work this morning was only 3/4 full, very strange for Wednesday morning rush hour. A lot of gallows humor in the building, too. Talk like I hope it's chem (it's really windy today) or bio (cold, too) and not radiological. Speculation about potential blast sites and the length of time for a Stinger to acquire and home to target. Not your usual shop talk."
I'm wondering if Americans elsewhere are equally anxious as those of us who live in cities targeted on 9/11. I know from various contacts in small towns in the heartland that people there are really worried for their own safety. I can't figure this out.
Posted at 04:06 PM
OSAMA AUDIO [Rick Brookhiser]
Why does everyone assume that the alleged new Osama message is actually from him? If His Lowness is still among us, let's go to the videotape.
Al Qaeda and Iraq could still be in bed, of course, since the tape is meant to express bin Ladenite orthodoxy.
Posted at 04:02 PM
SUBWAY REPORT [Rick Brookhiser]
My wife took the subway to Grand Central and back (from Union Square). She noted many cops in Grand Central, but no conspicuous unease among her fellow passengers.
My hunch is that we project on to crowds our own attitudes. Jeanne is not tougher than Rod, but I bet she (and I) watch less television, since we watch none. Turn off the box. It is the raving of a demented oracle. We were in greater peil on 9/10.
Posted at 03:59 PM
ADAM CLYMER TICKS OFF FEMINISTS--BIG-TIME [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
President of the Washington Press Club, some liberal chicks say he snubbed women at a recent dinner.
Posted at 03:54 PM
MORE FOR THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN POLICY REVIEW [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Spike Lee and Edward Norton.
Posted at 03:46 PM
THIS IS LONDON [Rod Dreher]
Would someone please explain to me why the Finsbury Park mosque is still open?
Posted at 03:46 PM
UNHEAVENLY VISAS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Michelle Malkin on troublesome religious visas.
Posted at 03:41 PM
RELAX, YOU'LL LIVE [Rod Dreher]
I feel better already.
Posted at 03:41 PM
MEMO TO SUITS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
NRO logoed gas masks, water bottles, and duct tape?
Posted at 03:31 PM
STILL UNWILLING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From Brussels, at NATO meeting: France, Germany, and Belgium not budging.
Posted at 03:11 PM
THANKS... [Rich Lowry]
...for all the fascinating autism e-mails. It seems to be a mixed bag, and too complicated for me really to delve into at the moment, but I may have been too categorical when I briefly discussed this on C-SPAN. Here are two representative e-mails (sorry for the long post):
--"Rich, There is a body of work initiated by a British researcher who contends that the increased incidence of autism does originate with injections--attributed to the toxicity of the mercury-based preservatives used in MMR vaccine. MMR is administered to young children near the time of onset of speech, and symptoms of autism are typically observed shortly after that time. I have a 30 year old son with autism (his is due to Fragile-X syndrome). My wife is also a professional who provides support to families seeking services, so I am relatively familiar with this area. Some facts that bear on this issue: 1) autism is a terribly debilitating disorder, so the emotional intensity attached to the diagnosis are extremely high.
2) Diagnosis of autism has been increasing rapidly, and the cause is uncertain. Part of the reason is that many fewer children with severe developmental problems are institutionalized, so more families actively seek to understand the nature of their problems.... The overwhelming majority of autism (as well as most other diseases) is probably genetic in origin. But, autism is more of a set of disorders in developmental and neurological function as opposed to a single organic disorder (unlike, polio, for example)--so a variety of sources of damage may be responsible for a particular case....It is possible that the vaccine or other environmental factors interact with genetic predisposition to produce the disorder in some cases."
--"Rich, I went through this with my wife when we had our baby's first shots. Much of the stink is made by the trial lawyers who are suing drugmakers over their vaccines and vaccine additives (themerisol is the cause de jour). Also, the organic crowd is against them (the way they are against birthing drugs, pesticides, etc...) As to government paranoia, remember the flak at the end of the last congress about the rider that tried to protect LIlly from lawsuits if their vaccines were widely distributed for homeland security reasons. But a big Danish study came out in the NEJournal of Medicine that said there was no link between autism and the most commonly given vaccines. . News reports suggested it was pretty definitive. Critics respond those vaccines were themerisol free, so it wasn't conclusive. Personally i think it's all b.s., but, from personal experience, it has definitely succeeded in scaring young mothers."
Posted at 02:15 PM
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Posted at 02:00 PM
THE NEWS KINGDOM [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
We report, you decide: "If you love the news, this job is about as close to heaven as I expect to get," Rather says. He's unabashedly evangelical about CBS News, calling it "this magical mystical kingdom." -- Dan Rather to Philadelphia Inquirer TV writer Gail Shister, February 11.
Posted at 01:56 PM
KIM CAN REACH AMERICA [Rod Dreher]
U.S. intelligence officials now say that North Korea has an untested ballistic missile that, if it works, is capable of sending a nuclear warhead to the U.S. west coast.
Posted at 01:55 PM
MOVEMENT ON CLONING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Today the House Judiciary Committee passed the Weldon-Stupak cloning ban (HR 534) onto the full House (it was a party-line vote). It's scheduled to be on the floor for a vote during the week of February 24th. Expect to see Rep. Greenwood introduce an alternative "clone and kill" bill like Sens. Hatch and Feinstein are peddling in the Senate before the vote is held. Then onto the Senate...
Posted at 01:52 PM
LANDRIEU & ESTRADA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Quin Hillyer at the Mobile Register tells The Corner:
Landrieu is acting out of pique. She almost certainly would not have supported the filibuster if the GOP hadn't gone nuclear at her. What happened was that she already had made statements indicating she was leaning against a filbuster, and keeping options open on final confirmation. Rather than trying to work with her, quietly, to get her more fully on board [Frist's office] played hardball by releasing her campaign ad specifically to Louisiana media. Coming, as it did, on the heels of a particularly nasty campaign run against her, this hardball was too much for her to take. It was only AFTER they played hardball that she announced her decision to support the filibuster; matter of fact, there's pretty good evidence it was the hardball that tipped her the wrong way, sort of in a "I'll teach you not to mess with me" kind of way, especially considering she's not up for re-election again until 2008.
Posted at 01:38 PM
N.K. IS NOT A JOB FOR THE U.N. [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
North Korea has missiles that can hit the West Coast, according to George Tenet.
Posted at 01:31 PM
DEATH TAX [Dave Kopel]
Cato's David Boaz explains that the Social Security system is an even more pernicious form of "death tax" than is the estate tax.
Posted at 01:16 PM
OHIO BAN ON GUN CARRYING IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL [Dave Kopel]
A trial court in Seneca County, Ohio, has ruled the state's ban on the carrying of concealed weapons for lawful protection to violate the Ohio Constitution's right to keep and bear arms. A case raising the same issue, based on a ruling in Hamilton County, is pending before the Ohio Supreme Court
Posted at 01:03 PM
FORGET ABOUT WEST WING TONIGHT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Who needs The Bachelorette? From the sound of Byron's reporting (see below), it's C-SPAN tonight!
Posted at 12:53 PM
RE: CHURCH [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
If a cleric on the altar makes a congregant want to punch him, I would really suggest he have a heart-to-heart with said cleric, or find another parish.
Posted at 12:51 PM
UN AND ISRAEL [Dave Kopel]
Toronto Sun columnist Lorrie Goldstein accuses the United Nations of anti-Semitism for its obsessive campaign against Israel, as contrasted to the U.N.'s indifference towards the world's worst human rights violators.
Posted at 12:49 PM
51ST AND LEX [Rod Dreher]
Maybe it's just me, but everybody seems tense on the streets here in Manhattan today. It's hard not to be. Our local news has been filled with images of people buying duct tape and plastic sheeting. There are more cops on the street. I walked past a midtown synagogue this morning, and saw barriers around it, and a policeman standing outside. The Post and the Daily News both blare the same headline: SUICIDE ATTACKS. People are waiting, waiting. Down on the subway platform at 51st and Lexington, the place was filled with people, and everybody was ... silent. No kidding, people stood stock still and grim. The only sound, aside from the approaching train, was a lone man, a panhandler, singing "Amazing Grace" for tips. One was not comforted.
Posted at 12:39 PM
RE: STANDING UP [Rod Dreher]
I dunno, Kathryn, this is a tough question. I've gotten plenty of e-mails from churchgoers who sound like they're ready to punch their pastor over a constant stream of leftist-pacifist propaganda from the pulpit. (And I've received a handful of e-mails from pastors who are about ready to scream over the knee-jerk leftism of their superiors in their various churches). Some of these folks say they're on the verge of ceasing church attendance altogether over this issue -- and they accuse their pastors of politicizing the pulpit. The split in e-mail is pretty evenly divided between Protestants and Catholics, but judging from the tone of the letters, the Catholics have the edge in sheer disgust. I think I know where it comes from. Catholics are having to live with bishops and clergy who couldn't (or wouldn't) protect children from pederast priests, but who presume to lecture President Bush on how best to protect the American people from weapons of mass destruction. You just want to scream, ya know?
Posted at 12:30 PM
GOP PLANS SHOW OF FORCE ON ESTRADA [Byron York]
There's word that all Republican senators have been directed to be in their seats on the Senate floor tonight at 9 p.m. EST to discuss the Estrada nomination. It's not clear how long the show-of-force will last -- it could be for just an hour or it could go past midnight -- but it is apparently intended to show GOP resolve and unity on the Estrada issue in the face of the latest Democratic threats to the nomination (see "Dems Vow Armageddon on Estrada," below).
Posted at 12:00 PM
I'M IN SHOCK [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
There's a www.poetsforthewar.org!
Posted at 11:59 AM
DEMS VOW ARMAGEDDON ON ESTRADA [Byron York]
A few moments ago, during Senate debate on the federal appeals court nomination of Miguel Estrada, Minority Whip made the Democrats' strongest statement yet that the party is determined to kill the nomination. Referring to Democratic demands for internal Justice Department memos Estrada wrote in the 1990s -- memos the Department has said are "highly privileged" -- Reid said, "I would say that without that information, Miguel Estrada will never be a federal judge. We have talked to our members, and it doesn't matter if there is one cloture vote or 50 cloture votes, we will all be together on that....We're going to see this one through."
Posted at 11:35 AM
LIBERTARIANISM [Ramesh Ponnuru]
If all I knew about it were what is contained in this attempted defense, it would have no appeal for me. Susan Lee writes, "To libertarians. . . the model of a free market functions as a template for all things. . . . Libertarians are not comfortable with normative questions. . . . Libertarian thought promotes relativism and inclusiveness." Toward the end of her piece, Lee claims that "libertarian thought, with its fluid cultural matrix, offers a better response [than conservative thought] to some of the knottiest problems of society." You'd think she'd try to fill in the argument for that proposition. But she doesn't.
Posted at 11:18 AM
LOW [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Eric Alterman says he wishes Rush had gone deaf in the new Esquire. Limbaugh, as usual, has a classy response.
Posted at 11:13 AM
"ONE MORE MISSION, ONE MORE CALL TO SERVE" [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Posted at 11:07 AM
LEE'S LIBERTARIANISM [Jonathan H. Adler]
Susan Lee defends libertarianism in the WSJ today. It's a good piece, but she loses me when she claims that "Libertarians are not comfortable with normative questions" and "Libertarians do not concern themselves with questions of "best behavior" in social or cultural matters." This may be true of Lee and many other libertarians, but there is nothing about a libertarian political philosophy that requires normative agnosticism. I've always preferred Bill Niskanen's formulation that a libertarian is one who recognizes the difference between a virtue and a mandate, as well as the difference between a sin and a crime.
Posted at 11:04 AM
GOLDEN OPTIMISM [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Hugh Hewitt looks at California in '04.
Posted at 11:02 AM
SCHROEDER FACES CALLS TO RESIGN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 11:00 AM
NEW NRO DEBATE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Tamar Jacoby vs. Mark Krikorian on illegal immigrants and the war on terror.
Posted at 10:58 AM
N.K. [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
DIPLOMAT-IAEA BOARD DECLARES N.KOREA IN BREACH, SENDS ISSUE TO SECURITY COUNCIL
Posted at 10:56 AM
TOM DELAY ON WEASELS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From Washington Post: "I was at a celebration of India's Independence Day," he told reporters, "and a Frenchman came walking up to me and started talking to me about Iraq, and it was obvious we were not going to agree. And I said, 'Wait a minute. Do you speak German?' And he looked at me kind of funny and said, 'No, I don't speak German.' And I said, 'You're welcome,' turned around and walked off."
Posted at 10:40 AM
BLOOD FOR OIL? [Andrew Stuttaford]
Kenneth Adelman doesn't think so.
Posted at 10:36 AM
JOSCHKA FISCHER'S PAST [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Two years ago, Paul Berman wrote a long and fascinating, though also grotesque, essay for The New Republic about Germany's foreign minister. Berman wrote to defend the Fischer of today more than to condemn his past, but it is for the latter purpose that Michael Kelly uses the essay today. I wonder if Berman will protest.
Posted at 10:23 AM
WAR DEBT [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Daniel Drezner says that pro-war commentators are wrong to suggest that France and Germany should be with us because of what we did for them during World War II (and the fifty years thereafter). He's right. The state is a cold monster, after all. I would note only that Europeans (and left-wing Americans) should consider the record of the United States during the last century before charging that we are self-interested, bullying, dangerous, or a malign influence on the world. (Link via Virginia Postrel.)
Posted at 10:09 AM
DOWD'S MIND [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
"Osama's own fanaticism was forged by foreign occupations — the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan and American forces stationed in Saudi Arabia." We're occupying Saudi Arabia? We ought to do a better job then.
Posted at 09:47 AM
DO YOU HAVE YOUR DUCT TAPE YET? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 08:46 AM
ATTN MILITARY CHAPLAINS [Rod Dreher]
I'm working on a story about military chaplains for NRODT, putting together a profile of the chaplain corps on the eve of battle. I'd like to know what it's like to serve God and man within the US armed forces. What are the special challenges that set you apart from civilian clergy? What is it like on the battlefield? How do you prepare soldiers for the possibility they might have to kill, and that they might die in combat? How do you care for military families in the absence of their loved one, and what do chaplains do for soldiers and their families when they return from the front? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted at 08:25 AM
MY JIHAD VALENTINE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Target pulls "jihad" valentine cards off the shelves. The card had the words jihad and "It's Time to Be Mine."
Posted at 06:43 AM
SHE'LL SAY ANYTHING TO BE ELECTED [John J. Miller]
Jon, thanks for posting Landrieu's statement. It doesn't pass the smell test. Why would a candidate run an ad proclaiming neutrality on such a subject? Can you imagine: "Vote for George W. Bush, the candidate for president who's not opposed to compassionate conservatism." Or: "Vote for John Kerry, the candidate for president who hasn't made up his mind yet about military action in Iraq."
Posted at 05:52 AM
THE TAPE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I'm not sure there is any reason for an American network to run the whole "Osama" tape, as FOX did last night. Remember those horrific al Qaeda training tapes CNN got hold of and ran a few months back? That made sense, to see how demented and brutal the terrorists we face are. I'm not enthusiastic about CBS having aired the Daniel Pearl tape, but even that made a certain amount of sense, along similar lines. But airing the Osama bin Laden tape just seems to be a breaking-from-the-pack move that does nothing more than gets you some print news coverage for breaking with the pack. And, maybe, through the unedited, unfiltered message getting out to more people than it would have otherwise, it does damage.
Posted at 04:04 AM
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
LANDRIEU'S FLOP [Jonathan H. Adler]
During her hotly contested Senate reelection campaign, Senator Mary Landrieu ran spanish-language ads stating that she supported the confirmation of Miguel Estrada (see here). Now, her reelection in hand, Senator Landrieu is supporting the Democratic filibuster of Estrada. Landrieu explains the flip-flop as follows:
[M]y campaign ran an ad that was intended to convey only that I did not oppose his nomination, instead it read as if I had already decided to support him. Unfortunately, some of my supporters in the Hispanic community who helped us produce this commercial misinterpreted my neutrality as a statement of support. I take personal responsibility for the error and I apologize to anyone who was misled by these ads, which ran for less than 2 weeks on one radio station in New Orleans.
Posted at 08:20 PM
SPRINGER FOR SENATE? [Jonathan H. Adler]
TAP thinks Jerry Springer's potential Senate run is the best hope for Ohio. As a resident of the Buckeye state, I beg to disagree.
Posted at 06:30 PM
JUDENREIN [Rod Dreher]
It seems that the organized anti-war movement in this country hates Israel and those who support her more than it hates war. Surprise, surprise.
Posted at 05:53 PM
RE: HATCH [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
That's exactly why it's such a pain and shame when he is vociferously against us--like he is on cloning. (Sidenote: When New Jersey lawmakers brought Christopher Reeve to the statehouse to testify in support of their fake cloning ban, guess which Utah senator he invoked to round out his case?)
Posted at 05:26 PM
WATCHING HATCH [Ramesh Ponnuru]
He's on the floor talking about Estrada now. Conservatives have had their differences with him over the years, but when he's on our side he's remarkably effective. He does the more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger thing, the air of calm though tested patience, so well. He's willing to be tough, too, as when he responded (last week) to Sen. Kennedy's remark about Estrada having "a very short fuse" and not being "even tempered" by accusing the Democrat of using "code words which perpetuate terrible stereotypes about Latinos." (I've seen no evidence, by the way, that Estrada has a Ricky Ricardo temper. His reaction to hostile questioning last year was to adopt a nervous stutter.)
Posted at 05:22 PM
I WONDER... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...when Fair Jessica and [INSERT ADJECTIVE] Jonah will let Young Lucy start posting in The Corner.
Posted at 05:15 PM
RE: PULPIT PROTEST [Rod Dreher]
OK, we seem to be getting a fast-growing consensus that a church service is not an appropriate place for a protest, even a silent one. What, then? Ideas? (Just to be clear, I wouldn't feel comfortable in a church in which the pastor was pounding the pulpit backing the war to the hilt, either, and making those who are in good conscience opposed to it feel like they're morally worthless. Praying for a peaceful resolution to the crisis, and for protection and divine guidance for our leaders, seems to me to be the appropriate stance.)
Posted at 05:14 PM
PEACE IS FLOWING OUTSIDE IRAQI MOSQUES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Iraq's moving their SCUD missile launchers to outside mosques.
Posted at 05:11 PM
PRAYING FOR THE BOYS AT WAR [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I think Rod hits on something that involves more than churches. Americans don't, still, act like we are at war. In fact, we talk about the Iraq war, as if we haven't been at war since Sept. 11. Iraq's a battle in a larger war, albeit a key one. And, yeah, we have soldiers on duty and at work this very minute, as we have had for quite awhile now. Just now are we getting back to the "God Bless America"s and flagwaving we saw so much of immediately post-Sept. 11. I think the forgetting to pray for the armed forces and our leaders, etc. is just another symptom of that.
Posted at 05:02 PM
STANDING UP... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Call me a coward, but I would not stand up and turn my back because a lector or priest lead a pray that "our leaders to learn to wage peace, not war." I sent out very few Christmas cards this year, most of those I did send out read "Peace on Earth." I was not implicitly trashing the president or our armed forces. I wouldn't be embarrassed, Rod, that you didn't blurt something out or walk out that Sunday, after all, that's not the whole point of the Mass anyway--it's not a townhall meeting. But readers who encounter similar situations might say something after Mass/services, and perhaps they'll hear an addendum the following week. I'm not convinced A.N.S.E.R. is the average U.S parish. I think whoever put together the petitions probably just didn't think of it.
Posted at 04:55 PM
PEACE AND THE PULPIT [Rod Dreher]
I've gotten lots of e-mail from my piece of last Friday, re: the peacenik pastors and bishops. First, a big shout-out to the Mormons, a number of whom wrote to say, "Hey, we support the president, and there are lots of us!" Second, I've noticed that there are many people, Catholic and Protestant, writing to say they've absolutely had it with the constant peace sermons in their churches, sermons that don't even acknowledge that sometimes, force is the only way to deal with evil. They've had it with Bush-bashing from pastors. They've really had it with the refusal to pray for the president and our troops during this time of war, except to petition God to make them choose peace, no matter what.
I have an idea. It comes from my own embarrassment over sitting there in the pews a couple of weeks ago and not speaking up. I was at St. Agnes parish, a fairly conservative church in Manhattan, when the pastor recited the antiphonal "prayers of the people" during that part of the mass. His only mention of the war was to ask God to cause "our leaders to learn to wage peace, not war." Everybody said, unthinkingly, "Lord, hear our prayer." I wish I had blurted out, when the pastor finished his litany, "Lord, guide and protect our president and our soldiers during this time of crisis." I bet nearly everybody in the pews would have agreed with me. But you know how we Catholics are, always sitting there in silence, never openly objecting to anything our pastors say.
I'm embarrassed by my silence of that night. From now on, why don't we insist that prayers for the protection and guidance of the president and our military be allowed into our church services? What could possibly be objectionable about that, even to anti-war churchgoers? And when pastors start unfairly trashing the president and the country, explicitly or implicitly, stand up silently and turn your back to them. Or protest in whatever way seems appropriate to you. Just don't be silent out of fear of disapproval. You might be surprised by how many of your fellow churchgoers agree with you, but are afraid to say anything about it.
Posted at 04:36 PM
THE UNREADABLE WALKER PERCY [Rod Dreher]
OK, I'll cop to what amounts to heresy in my circles, but I have never been able to get past the first hundred pages of any Walker Percy novel. I like Percy's sensibility, and really enjoy his nonfiction. But his fiction leaves me cold.
Posted at 04:19 PM
HELP—AUTISM [Rich Lowry]
I was on C-SPAN the other day and got assailed by a poor woman who maintains that vaccines cause autism. I disagreed, and have been getting a steady diet of e-mails about this. Does anyone know—is there an organized group of parents of children with autism, and where does the paranoia about the federal government and vaccines come from? I sympathize with these parents, but it seems someone is playing on their grief and fear in a very unhealthy way…
Posted at 03:12 PM
THAT GUARDIAN… [Rich Lowry]
…piece also complains about NR’s latest cover. Here’s an image for those who haven’t seen it.
Posted at 03:10 PM
DEMS NON-FILIBUSTER FILIBUSTER ESTRADA [Byron York]
Just minutes ago, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle announced that Democrats will not allow a vote on the appeals court nomination of Miguel Estrada. Daschle told reporters that Estrada has not given the Senate enough information about his legal views to merit a vote. "The issue is our view that every nominee has an obligation to be forthcoming with information about his positions, with information about his record," Daschle said. "If we get the information, we will let every senator make his or her decision." If not, Daschle said, "We will continue to debate this issue."
Republicans are pledging to stand firmly behind Estrada, and they vow to debate the nomination for as long as it takes to win. A short time ago, Majority Leader Bill Frist said, "We're willing to stay today, tomorrow, tomorrow night, the next day, the next night, possibly Saturday, possibly into the recess." Frist told reporters, "I don't want to be in a position that the other side of the aisle says, 'You didn't give fair and adequate time for discussion.'" But he added that a filibuster of Estrada would have "dramatic political fallout" for Democrats.
Despite all the talk, it is still not clear whether Democrats plan to launch a formal filibuster. But there is no doubt that they plan to block the nomination for as long as possible while Daschle tries to gather the 41 votes required to uphold a filibuster. And so far, as Frist's comments indicate, Republicans have not yet decided to press the issue.
Posted at 03:10 PM
STOP THE WAR ON POT [Rich Lowry]
Well, the anti-pot warriors have now really gone too far—they busted the "Dude, You’re Getting a Dell" guy and threatened him with jail time. Fortunately, the judge has dismissed the case. But this may not be good for "Steven’s" Dell career. I hope drug czar John Walters is proud (he apparently stays awake at night worrying that young actors in New York City might be smoking pot). On the other hand, Steven was being phased out of the Dell ads anyway. But those ads have maintained their compulsive watchability. I can’t remember a time in the last year when I haven’t stopped to watch a Dell ad all the way through, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.
Posted at 02:57 PM
MEMO TO SUITS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Liechtenstein is for rent. Can we buy? Advantages: NRO stronghold in Europe. Another "nation" for the Iraq war. Stamps with Cosmo. Monkeys willing to pay really high rent to be near the Goldbergs. I'll work 365 days but will look out the window and think I am on vacation.
Posted at 02:50 PM
SAUDIS [Rich Lowry]
Here’s my latest Saudi take. Not much new, except to note that the Saudis buy the Paul Wolfowitz view of the Iraq war—it will change the Middle East, which is exactly why they’d prefer that it didn’t happen.
Posted at 02:47 PM
LIECHTENSTEIN [Emmy Chang]
The tiny principality of Liechtenstein is putting itself up for rent in a bid to attract corporate conferences and bolster its tourism industry, a local official said on Friday.
The new "Rent a State" scheme lets corporate clients symbolically take over the tiny country of just 33,000 residents tucked away among the Alps between Switzerland and Austria.
Posted at 02:46 PM
MAKE THEM VETO [Rich Lowry]
One theory of French thinking holds that they are being such a pain because they want us to stomp off and attack Iraq without going to the Security Council, thus relieving them of making the difficult choice between us and Germany. We should make them choose. Also, those of us who said a long time ago—in opposition to the Chuck Hagels of the world--that going back to the U.N. would only kick-the-can-down-the-road over disagreements about the war have been proven right with a vengeance. In retrospect, the best policy would have been to attack as soon as possible. The delay has only increased tensions with skeptical allies and allowed the global anti-war movement time to build. Most of those countries who were going to with us probably would have been with us anyway. And right now the France-German Europeans would probably be complaining about the U.S. not doing enough to re-build Iraq, rather than busying themselves with tearing up the Western alliance.
Posted at 02:44 PM
CONTAIN THIS [Rich Lowry]
Morton Halperin makes an unconvincing case for containment of Iraq in the Washington Post today. A couple of points:
1) He argues that Saddam would never use WMD against us because he can be deterred. True (more or less). But he can also deter us, which Halperin implicitly acknowledges by suggesting that Saddam might use WMD if we attack him and that this precisely is a reason not to attack him. Textbook deterrence at work. If Saddam can use his existing attenuated WMD capability to prevent us from attacking him after a decade of defiance, he obviously could use a beefed up WMD capability to deter us from attacking him in other, more dire circumstance—say, if he invades Kuwait again. It is against this possibility that we must guard.
2) Halperin argues we can keep Saddam from getting more WMD with inspections and tighter sanctions. But inspections are a function of the seriousness of the military threat against Saddam. If we back off now, that threat evaporates and eventually inspectors do too (see the 1990s). As for sanctions, Halperin is out of touch with reality. France and Russia picked apart the sanctions regime in the 1990s, and will do so again as long as they know Saddam is staying in power, because he will have oil contracts and other business to dole out (Ken Pollack’s book is especially good on this point).
3) Halperin doesn’t make this argument, but many other opponents of war do, and it's related to his deterrence point—Saddam would never give WMD to terrorists because he would be found out and we would make a devastating response. But links to terrorism are too murky for such cut-and-dry statements. Iraq may have had a role in the 1993 World Trade Center attack—we’ll probably never know. After 9/11, we suffered an anthrax attack—we still don’t know who was behind it and probably never will. Also, why would Saddam be so sure we’d make a devastating response? If we won’t follow through and attack him now, Saddam—and every other terrorist and rogue around the world—would have understandable doubts about our ability to follow through on anything.
Posted at 02:43 PM
WAIT..ANDREW... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The Guardian is still in the wrong: Jonah's long been an advocate of giving full credit to Groundskeeper Willie for "cheese-eating surrender monkeys.
Posted at 02:07 PM
ANDREW... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...someone must have been listening to Ramesh.
Posted at 02:06 PM
CREDIT! [Andrew Stuttaford]
At last! Poppa Goldberg (junior) is mentioned by name..
Posted at 02:03 PM
CRICKET AND COURAGE [Andrew Stuttaford]
Today's London Times is reporting this tale of courage. In the US this story probably won't receive as much publicity as it should. It revolves around a sport (cricket) that relatively few Americans play and a country (Zimbabwe) that, even now, too few people care about. Read the story and salute two brave men - Henry Olonga and Andrew Flower.
Posted at 02:01 PM
FAMILIES OF SUICIDE BOMBERS REWARDED WITH SAUDI ROYAL TREATMENT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From the Arab News: "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd is hosting a large number of pilgrims from different parts of the world, including 1,000 relatives of Palestinian martyrs, to perform Haj this year." MORE:
Palestinian Ambassador Mustafa Deeb said King Fahd had ordered special Saudi Arabian Airlines flights to carry the Palestinian pilgrims from the airports in Amman, Areesh and Cairo to Jeddah.
Posted at 02:01 PM
LEFT UNREAD, THOUGH NOT FOR LACK OF TRYING [Kathryn Jean Lopez ]
The talk about unread bestsellers reminds me of Jay’s Impromptus today where he talks about “great books” you don’t manage to get through. For me: The Fountainhead. Tried multiple times, could never get beyond first 70 or so pages.
Posted at 01:51 PM
“INCONSEQUENTIAL” [Kathryn Jean Lopez ]
The three countries were “somewhat inconsequential,” Rep. King told Today. “France is no longer a world power, Belgium never was, Germany started two wars in the 20th century.” France and German were “behind the times” and “yesterday’s people,” he said. “Are we looking at French culture? I mean, exactly what are we looking for with the French? I assume the French would be capable of going with us into Iraq so they could be there to instruct the Iraqis in how to surrender.”
Posted at 01:49 PM
GO PETE! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
On BBC’s Today show, Congressman Peter King (R., N.Y.), who sits on the House international-relations committee, weighs in on the legitimacy of NATO: “If you’re going to have countries like France, Germany and Belgium obstructing what I think is a logical defense of a member country, and if they seem to be incapable of carrying out a fight against international terrorism, then perhaps NATO will have to be restructured...We may have to have a new alliance of countries who are willing to do what has to be done.”
Posted at 01:48 PM
THE MANDELA-GLOVER CAMP [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
President Bush is a "racist," Danny Glover tells Brazil.
Posted at 01:32 PM
HOLD BACK THE N.J. CLONES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A victory, for the time being.
Posted at 12:58 PM
GOLDBERG: THE NEXT GENERATION [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Because Jonah has other matters to attend to at the moment, he asked me to let the world (a.ka. The Corner) know of the birth of Lucy Tighe Goldberg to Jonah and the Fair Jessica. The proud father, in his own words: "Like the women on both sides of her family, she has some mighty powerful lungs and little to no reluctance about using them. Her specific opinions on matters of state seem a bit inchoate right now but I expect that to change soon....She's a nice pinkish hue with Churchillian cheek bones. She's got huge feet, large hands and slightly more than a hint of brownish hair. She has the whole package of toes and fingers in their properly assigned locations. She likes to make a face like she's warming up to play the trumpet and she doesn't think any of my jokes are funny--yet."
For those who want to congratulate the new parents, or impart advice on the youngest Goldberg, send your e-mails to email@example.com.
Posted at 12:17 PM
THE RIGHT WING [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Patrick Ruffini is working on a show to replace The West Wing.
Posted at 12:15 PM
THE GREAT UNREAD [John J. Miller]
Rod, the book I've started twice and haven't finished--weirdly, because it isn't very long--is John le Carre's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. After hearing in recent weeks about how much he seems to hate America, though, I'm not sure I want to go back.
Posted at 12:13 PM
"UNREAD BESTSELLER" [Rod Dreher]
Reader Jason McCrory sends along a bit from WordSpy.com, discussing the useful neologism "unread bestseller." The term describes books that sell well, but few people actually get around to reading in its entirety. On WordSpy's list of Top Ten unread bestsellers: The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom, and A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. I plead guilty to having both of them on my shelf, and to having gotten through only the first sixty or seventy pages. Another one I'd like to add: Jacques Barzun's From Dawn to Decadence, his doorstop-sized history of the last 500 years of Western civilization. I've started this book several times, and really enjoy it. I can't for the life of me figure out why I never manage to finish.
Posted at 11:34 AM
CAN YOU SPELL "BIGOT"? [Dave Kopel]
A mother and father have convinced the Upper Canada District School Board to remove the word "gun" from all first grade spelling tests throughout the district.
Posted at 11:12 AM
PLOTTING [John J. Miller]
Is there any way we can get bin Laden to come out against Estrada?
Posted at 11:07 AM
OSAMA SAYS IT! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell Tuesday said a new message believed to be from Osama bin Laden says he "is in partnership with Iraq."
Powell said he reviewed a transcript of the message, which he said was to air on the Al-Jazeera Arab news network.
"(Bin Laden) speaks to the people of Iraq and talks about their struggle and how he is in partnership with Iraq," Powell said at a congressional hearing.
Posted at 10:58 AM
THE HARDEST JOB IN AMERICA... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...may belong to David Slade, "Intern Program Director, Office of William Jefferson Clinton."
Posted at 10:42 AM
THE SMOKING GUN [Rod Dreher]
Whoa! Somebody leaked to The Smoking Gun website a copy of the complaint a former child friend of Michael Jackson made as part of his 1993 sex-abuse civil suit against the singer (the one Jackson settled for millions of dollars). After TSG published this yesterday, Michael Jackson backed off his Bashir-bashing campaign. Warning: this document details the boy's allegations of what Jackson supposedly did to him. It's not for the squeamish.
Posted at 10:23 AM
A COLD WARRIOR DIES [Rod Dreher]
The Rev. Werenfried van Straaten has died at 90. The Dutch priest worked after the Second World War to build reconciliation between the German people and those they had conquered, in part by encouraging Europeans who had suffered under the Germans to offer food aid to their former tormentors. Fr. van Straten was an ardent anti-communist, and became a key advocate for and helper of churches suffering persecution behind the Iron Curtain. His religious name, "Werenfried," means "warrior for peace." The good priest knew that fighting for peace was not an oxymoron, because peace is not the absence of conflict. Rather, true peace is found only in freedom and justice, for which those of us who enjoy the blessings of liberty, must fight. R.I.P.
Posted at 10:11 AM
ABOUT TURKEY [Andrew Stuttaford]
These remarks by Turkey's new prime minister, Abdullah Gul (quoted on Reuters), say it all: "Turkey defended the whole of Europe during the Cold War period. It was a shield for Europe. So there is no doubt that NATO must do what falls to it." Gul's roots - and the core of his support - can be found in Turkey's 'religious' parties. He has been arguing that government by a moderate Islamic party is compatible with Turkey's secular (if flawed) democracy. If that proves to be true, the implications for elsewhere in the Middle East could be very positive. Unfortunately, the position now being taken by France, Germany and Belgium over those countries' NATO obligations to Turkey (coming so soon after the recent rebuff to Turkey's attempts to join the queue for admission to the EU) will do nothing to reassure Mr. Gul that he has reliable friends in the West.
Posted at 09:01 AM
LANDRIEU ON ESTRADA [John J. Miller]
Byron mentions Mary Landrieu's 2002 campaign ad targeting Hispanics. Here's the text (in translation), according to the email GOPers are sending around: "We need a Senator that serves our community better, so we have better teachers and can offer our children a better education. We need a senator that understands the needs of our community, economy, culture and society. Mary Landrieu has worked close to the Hispanic Community. Immediately following the destruction of Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua and Honduras, Mary Landrieu was the first representative of the US to visit Honduras and involve herself with the relief effort for those affected by the hurricane and she obtained 11 million dollars in support of the affected families. Mary Landrieu ALSO SUPPORTED THE CANDIDACY OF THE HONDURAN MIGUEL ESTRADA FOR THE FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS. Mary Landrieu has always been close to our community, she has grown, socialized and worked along our side. An announcement paid for by friends of Mary Landrieu."
Posted at 08:44 AM
LOOKING GOOD FOR ESTRADA [Byron York]
Senate Republicans are encouraged by developments in the battle over the appeals-court nomination of Miguel Estrada. One encouraging sign for Estrada's supporters is that very few Democrats took to the Senate floor to denounce Estrada yesterday. For the most part, the senators who spoke out about Estrada were the usual suspects from the Judiciary Committee -- Leahy, Schumer, and Kennedy. In fact, other than Minority Whip Harry Reid, Sen. Carl Levin was the only non-committee Democrat to discuss the nomination. In contrast, Republicans not only turned out their committee members -- Hatch, Sessions, and Kyl -- but also heard from non-committee senators like Jim Bunning, Mike Enzi, Wayne Allard, and George Allen.
Estrada's supporters believe that today will be a critical day in the conflict. Democrats are scheduled to have their weekly party lunch at 12:30 today, and it is expected that they will emerge with a decision on whether or not they will formally filibuster the nomination. Some Republicans believe Democrats simply do not have the support within their caucus to mount a filibuster, and that Minority Leader Tom Daschle will reach that conclusion after today's lunch.
So far, the numbers are not definitive, but are somewhat encouraging for Estrada. Democrats need 41 votes to sustain a filibuster. They have 49 members, including the allegedly independent Jim Jeffords. Three Democrats -- Breaux, Nelson, and Miller -- have said they will vote for Estrada. A fourth, Mary Landrieu has not announced her decision, but Republicans are circulating the text of a Spanish-language ad from her recent re-election campaign in which she boasted of supporting Estrada. If she goes with Estrada, that leaves a pool of 45 Democrats from which Daschle has to find 41 willing to support a filibuster. Given the small number of Democrats who have so far been willing to go onto the Senate floor to publicly discuss the nomination, reaching 41 appears to be a daunting task for Estrada's opponents.
More will be known at about 2:00 today, after the party lunch.
Posted at 08:18 AM
KRUGMAN [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Matthew Hoy's latest screed against him is up.
Posted at 07:59 AM
GREAT BOOKS [John J. Miller]
Classic titles are still strong sellers, according to this New York Times report.
Posted at 06:45 AM
WHITEWASHING [John J. Miller]
"U-Michigan Gets Broad Support on Using Race," says a headline in today's Washington Post, for a story on the University of Michigan's race-based admissions policy. The article correctly points out that many of "America's business, education and labor leaders" support the school's color-coded admissions. What it fails to say, however, is that the university's "broad support" doesn't include the public. A recent Detroit News poll revealed that 63 percent of Michigan residents oppose the U-M policy.
Posted at 06:28 AM
ENGLER OUT [John J. Miller]
Former Michigan governor John Engler has taken a job with EDS and is looking for a house in the Washington, D.C. area. As long as he doesn't live in his home state, Engler won't be available to run for the Senate--Michigan's two seats are now held by Democrats--as some Republicans no doubt hoped he would do.
Posted at 06:19 AM
UNDERSTANDING OLD EUROPE [Dave Kopel]
"Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however unlikely, must be the truth," observed Sherlock Holmes. Chicago Boyz has now changed its mind, and agreed with Den Beste that the most plausible remaining explanation of Franco-German behavior is an attempt to cover up complicity in Saddam's WMD programs
Posted at 02:56 AM
ASIA TIMES [Dave Kopel]
Asia Times offers a pair of excellent new columns, explaining that the post-WW II order of the Arab world is passing away, and detailing France's destructive "sacred heart of darkness" in the 17th century as emblematic of the nation's inclination to vicious diplomacy and self-delusion.
Posted at 02:51 AM
A TALE OF TWO PAPERS [Rod Dreher]
The Washington Post wants to know what the hell is wrong with France and Germany. The New York Times is fretful too, but thinks the NATO split is pretty much America's fault.
Posted at 02:29 AM
CHEESE-EATING, ETC. [Andrew Stuttaford]
Rather surprisingly, there have been no attempts to translate those infamously weak-kneed simians into Turkish, but one reader has come up with “macacos que rendem-se e comem queijo” (Portuguese), while another had the, er, 'Gaul' to recall Julius Caesar’s unpleasant reference to "Caseum edentes, concedentes simiae." Speculation that Chirac has fallen out with Hans Blix over the latter’s use of the term "ostätande kapitulationsapor" is, we are sure, unfounded. In the New Europe, of course, there would no room for worrying about such diplomatic niceties. The talk in Budapest is direct, and the words that are used are, apparently, (remembering, with some anxiety, that old Monty Python sketch about the Hungarian phrasebook, I take this on trust) "megados sajtevõs majom" or, on occasion, "Sajt-evo felado majomok."
The reader who suggested that the German for ‘cheese-eating surrender monkeys’ was ‘Der French’ gets no marks at all for effort, achievement or tact.
And then there’s Polish. Should it be “ser jedzace poddajadze sie malpiszony” (Sunday's attempt), "ser jedzace poddajace sie malpiszony” or, for those with a taste for something more exotic, "serozerne malpy poddawaczki"?
I have no idea.The Corner: We report. You decide.
Posted at 12:49 AM
BONES DISSED [Andrew Stuttaford]
No, Kathryn, he'd look like McCoy. Kirk was a starship captain, not a doctor.
Posted at 12:04 AM
Monday, February 10, 2003
WHEN I PICTURE THE HOSPITAL SCENE... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
...the doctor looks like William Shatner. We were going to show the whole thing in realtime, but Fair Jessica had a few objections.
Posted at 11:49 PM
IT BEGINS [Jonah Goldberg]
I will be in the hospital all day tomorrow. There will be a G-File on Wednesday and Friday. But tomorrow is for the Fair Jessica and -- God willing -- Goldberg: The Next Generation.
Posted at 10:33 PM
STATEMENT & ADVICE [Rick Brookhiser]
For Ramesh: I herewith announce that I support everything Ramesh Ponnuru writes. For Rod: Tea, honey, & lemon juice. If symptoms persist, add whiskey.
Posted at 07:27 PM
MCCAIN GIVES EUROS HELL [Rod Dreher]
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Sen. John McCain let the appeasers have it. An excerpt:
Just as some Arab governments fuel anti-American sentiment among their people to divert them from problems at home, so a distinct minority of Western European leaders appears to engage in America-bashing to rally their people and other European elites to the call of European unity. Some European politicians speak of pressure from their "street" for peaceful solutions to international conflict and for resisting American power regardless of its purpose. But statements emanating from Europe that seem to endorse pacifism in the face of evil, and anti-Semitic recidivism in some quarters, provoke an equal and opposite reaction in America.
There is an American "street," too, and it strongly supports disarming Iraq,
Posted at 04:20 PM
TWO INVASION OPTIONS [Rich Lowry]
Everybody is now in favor of invading Iraq. The only question is what kind of invasion. A U.S.\British\Coalition of the Willing invasion to topple Saddam and, one hopes, work toward changing the status quo in the Middle East, or an Franco-German\U.N. invasion of peacekeepers and inspectors to preserve Saddam in power and maintain the current geo-political balance in the region. In other words, a pro-liberalization invasion or a pro-autocracy invasion, an invasion that increases American power or one that reduces it. The choice seems obvious.
Posted at 04:01 PM
NR KREMLINOLOGY [Jonah Goldberg]
Re: "RE: HE'S TALKING ABOUT ME"
Posted at 03:21 PM
AXIS OF WEASELS [Jonah Goldberg]
I've been a bit distracted lately -- impending progeny and all -- so I haven't followed this "Axis of Weasels" thing as closely as perhaps I should have. And maybe somebody has beaten me to the punch. But it seems entirely appropriate to point out this line from the Simpsons regarding weaseling out of things:
Marge: I know you think the junior campers are 'square' and 'uncool', but they also do a lot of neat things, like sing - alongs and flag ceremonies. Homer: Marge! Don't discourage the boy! Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals....Except the weasel.
Posted at 03:18 PM
RE: HE'S TALKING ABOUT ME [Ramesh Ponnuru]
I was glad Geoffrey Nunberg said, in the New York Times, that he was referring to something a columnist for National Review had written, rather than simply saying that "National Review wrote" something. I'm always annoyed when statements that a contributor to the magazine or the site has made are attributed to NR. The magazine does speak in its own name in its editorials. It's certainly reasonable for people to criticize NR for running a particular article, but it would be nice if people could mark the distinction between publishing an article and endorsing every detail of it.
Posted at 03:00 PM
A CERTAIN KIND OF LIBERAL [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Jay Nordlinger makes some observations today about Bill Killer's op-ed on "liberal hawks." Jay's comments remind me of NR's description of how the New Republic spent the years between 1980 and 1992: "jeering at conservatives and then agreeing with them." My sense is that TNR has moved left since then, but the style is still alive.
Posted at 02:52 PM
JUSTICE BROWN [Jonathan H. Adler]
Rumors continue to circulate on who President Bush will nominate for the first Supreme Court vacancy of his term. Robert Novak suggests Albert Gonzales' star is fading. Miguel Estrada would be an attractive choice -- but he has yet to be confirmed for the D.C. Circuit and therefore lacks any judicial experience. He'll need at least a year or two of seasoning before he's ready. Who does that leave? Newsweek reports on the boomlet of support for California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown. Justice Brown is a solidly conservative jurist and, as an African-American woman, she would be hard for the Democrats to filibuster, a point Thomas Sowell made last fall.
Posted at 02:20 PM
MORE CAMPUS WAR SUPPORTERS [Stanley Kurtz]
Here’s another student organization, this one at Brandeis University, that supports military action in Iraq.
Posted at 01:48 PM
ZAKARIA TALK [Stanley Kurtz]
In response to my posts from Friday on The Corner, Daniel Drezner has clarified his critique of Zakaria. I’m glad he’s done so. This debate has a long way to go, though. Drezner, for example, doesn’t speak to his own incautious optimism about what happened in Japan and India. And over-optimism about cases like Japan and India does not originate with Drezner, but is a widely held–and mistaken–view. In any case, this isn’t the sort of debate that’s going to have a simple right or wrong answer. I hope (and expect) that there will be many more exchanges on these issues after the war is over. Here’s hoping for a productive debate–and thanks to Drezner for an interesting kick-off.
Posted at 01:46 PM
THERA-TINI, STRAIGHT UP [Rod Dreher]
I have had it with winter. H-A-D I-T. Julie and I are both miserably sick today with colds, sore throats, the usual crap. And it's snowing outside. I'm finishing my first mug of Theraflu, and wishing it contained a shot of Ketel One.
Speaking of things Dutch, I believe it was Joshua Livestro, NRO's friend in The Hague, who once translated "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" into Dutch for us: kaasetende capitulatie-apen.
Posted at 01:34 PM
BACK TO IRAQ [Andrew Stuttaford]
According to this report in the Daily Telegraph, Kuwait is handing back Iraqi refugees to Saddam.
Posted at 12:53 PM
OXBLOGGERS FOR WAR [Jonah Goldberg]
Posted at 12:39 PM
WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON, ANYWAY? [Andrew Stuttaford]
More reaction to the French, German and Belgian action (or inaction) with regard to NATO support for Turkey: Marek Siwiec, national security adviser to Polish president Kwasniewski, is quoted on Reuters as follows: "In reality, at this stage, this amounts to support for Saddam Hussein."
Posted at 12:25 PM
D.C. CIRCUIT IN THE BALANCE? [Jonathan H. Adler]
"Conservatives are on the verge of controlling the second most powerful court in the United States." So begins Chris Mooney's TAP article on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Mooney suggests that Senate confirmation of John Roberts and Miguel Estrada to the D.C. Circuit will shift the court to the right. The D.C. Circuit is currently split between four Democratic appointees and four Republican appointees, so their confirmation would crate a 6-4 split. What Mooney doesn't say is that the Court was split 6-4 during the last few years of the Clinton presidency. Republican appointees Larry Silberman and Stephen Williams took senior status in November 2000 and September 2001 respectively. Moreover, James Buckley, another Republican appointee, heard cases as a Senior Judge until September 2000 as well. In other words, confirming Estrada and Roberts won't "tilt" the court, so much as it will restore the status quo ante.
Posted at 12:17 PM
HE'S TALKING ABOUT ME [Jonah Goldberg]
Interesting piece about French-bashing in the New York Times As seems to be the fad these days, the author cites me but won't use my name (The Economist, The Times of London, and the Washington Post have also followed this pattern in recent weeks.). But he breaks with the trend to the extent he doesn't use the cheese-eating sur....oh you know the phrase. Rather, he takes me to task for my use of the word "perfidious":
A columnist for National Review has applied the words at various times to the French Revolution, Title IX, secular humanism and the metric system — not exactly things that a Victorian heroine would be tempted to address with an epithet like "false betrayer!"
Posted at 12:10 PM
"SOLDIER OF SURRENDER" [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A tad heavy-handed, but makes the point.
Posted at 11:51 AM
MARK STEYN IS READY TO BAIL... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 11:25 AM
HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN POLICY REVIEW [Jonah Goldberg]
Posted at 11:22 AM
FRENCH EMAIL [Jonah Goldberg]
Here's an interesting one from a French email address. The asterisks are mine:
No, no, you got it wrong...We don't hate americans, we simply hate morons like you (80% of the american population...) who have never been any further than Paris Arkansas, wear an 'I love Paris' lousy T-shirt and think they can speak of the french people and look cool sh*ting on them. What you think ? You learned a few new words playing Scrabble with your grand'ma a few days ago and can't help wanking off withing your lame chronicle...All you do is show us how many senseless prick can't stop opening their mouth overseas 'F**k the Frogs, f**k the Krauts, we're so damn smart.... !!!!' Go blow your ass in 'Irakistan' if you got nothing smarter to do, you dumbass !
For the record: I've been to France a half-dozen or so times and even filmed a documentary in Paris on the history of the Notre Dame Cathedral -- just to be clear. Also, for the record, it was not a great documentary.
Posted at 11:04 AM
POETRY FROM WILLIAMS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Talking to my mother about the prospect of war makes me want to go to war. Talking to my mother about the space shuttle makes me want the astronauts deaths to have been painful, sustained, makes me want pieces of their charred bodies to have rained down on Texas in recognizable bits, more than ash, more than the airy transmogrification their end surely was.
That, from a poem appearing on a site called Poets Against the War, The author is a Williams College lecturer. You will not be suprised to learn that said lecturer/poet has written for the Paris Review.
Posted at 11:03 AM
MONKEY TALK [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I meant to post this last night. This, from Mother Goldberg: "When I run Primates capitulards et toujours en quete de fromages through my Internet translation function I get: Primates capitulards and always in cheese quete. When I run-- cheese eating surrender monkeys through I get a frozen computer." Not surprising...
Posted at 10:59 AM
BEINART ON SHARPTON [Jonah Goldberg]
Great column by Peter Beinart on Al Sharpton. Registration and a tolerance for profanity is required.
Posted at 10:41 AM
BLIX SAYS NO MORE INSPECTORS? [Andrew Stuttaford]
From Reuters: Hans Blix is rejecting European suggestions that more inspectors would help him in his work. "The principal problem is not the number of inspectors but rather the active cooperation of the Iraqi side."
Posted at 10:30 AM
NATO DELAYED [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
NATO was going to get moving putting troops in place to defend Turkey against a potential Iraq attack, but France, Germany, and Belgium are keeping them back.
Posted at 09:59 AM
(BOB) NOVAK ON POWELL [Jonah Goldberg]
I happened to catch some of Capital Gang on CNN Saturday, even though Kate O'Beirne wasn't on. Consider this exchange:
MARK SHIELDS: Bob Novak, two questions. Did he -- did Colin Powell make the case of material breach? Two, did he make the case for war?
Now, Novak is decidedly against the war and I think he's wrong. But arguing that the war isn't in America's self-interest can be intellectually and morally defensible, even if I think it's misguided. But Novak seems to be so decidedly anti-war at this point that he's willing to make the absurd statement that Powell didn't prove material breach. That's simply goofy if you ask me and makes it difficult to take Novak's substantive objections to war seriously.
Posted at 09:56 AM
"FASTER, PLEASE" [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Iran is progressing with nukes. Maybe someone in the administration should listen to Michael Ledeen.
Posted at 09:55 AM
THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
We're excited today to have an excerpt from Mona Charen's Useful Idiots , occasioned by its release today and a diary entry from David Frum on this, Mona's first book. LOTS of liberals were wrong during the Cold War. Everyone should be required to read Useful Idiots before they are listened to again.
Posted at 09:15 AM
CONTINUING A THEME [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
In reponse to my "'Borking of Augusta" post from yesterday, I have received many testimonies about how obviously off the mark Burk is about conversations among women vs. among men. This, however, is the most unique thus far (a only-at NR moment, I think): "Wow! Martha Burk and her cronies must not be married. When my wife and some of her female friends decided to have a study group of JPII’s encyclical Familiaris Consortio, they found they couldn’t make it through the first page without someone ripping on their husband. After a few meetings my wife politely asked if they could scrap the study group."
Posted at 09:00 AM
MORE RE: NOVAK [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
You can hear a long interview with Michael Novak on Vatican Radio here. Also on that page you will find a link to an interview with Father Stan De Boe, of the Conference of Men's Superiors, who complains about the Novak invitation. Fr. De Boe suggests that the State Dept. inviting a Catholic theologian to speak in the Vatican City is a violation the separation of church and state (even though he is a layman, speaking as a private citizen, and works for a secular institution). Fortunately the interviewer (Vatican Radio's Charles Collins) doesn’t let him off easy.
Posted at 08:47 AM
BREAKTHROUGH! CALL OFF THE TROOPS! THROW OUT THE PLANS!! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Hans Blix to Katie Couric on Iraqis, just now: "I do see the beginning of somewhat of an effort on their part."
Posted at 07:11 AM
DMB DMB, PT. 2 [John J. Miller]
A friend points out yet another facet of idiocy in Dave Matthews' anti-war statement. Writes Matthews: "Is [Saddam] our target because he is easier to identify than [al Qaeda's] illusive terrorist network?" According to most dictionaries, illusive means unreal, as in not existing. Perhaps the DMB frontman means elusive, as in baffling. As a college professor of mine used to say, the difference between the right word and the wrong word is the difference between chicken salad and chicken [*censored*]. I guess we know what that makes Dave Matthews.
Posted at 05:26 AM
WHEN IN ROME... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
If you are around the Vatican City tonight and are interested, NRO contributor Michael Novak's much-reported talk is open to the public. Here's the info:
He will give a public lecture Monday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. on the Just War Tradition and U.S. Policy in Iraq at the Centro Studi Americani, Via Michelangelo Caetani 32. The audience will include journalists, think tank analysts, academics, and the general public. The presentation will run 30-45 minutes and be followed by Q & A and general discussion.
And for those not in Rome, a preview will be available on NRO later this morning.
Posted at 05:10 AM
SNOW DAYS--NEVER! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
So today the snow decides to start too late to give NRO a snow day. Disappointing winter, if you ask me. All shovelling and yet no sleeping in.
Posted at 05:03 AM
Sunday, February 09, 2003
FROM CARDINAL TO RANGER [Kathryn Jean LopeZ]
Former NFL player ready to head to IRaq.
Posted at 11:44 PM
THE RUMSFELDS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Our Secretary of Defense has been disowned by German relatives.
Posted at 11:17 PM
ANTI-AMERICAN FLAIR [Jonah Goldberg]
From his name --which I've withheld-- and his proud non-American status, I assume he's Canadian. Still, he's got more style than most angry emailers.
Posted at 10:17 PM
"BORKING" AUGUSTA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The New Yorker, of all places, questions Martha Burk's crusade against Augusta, in its issue coming out tomorrow, in a piece by Peter Boyer. An excerpt:
At one point, I asked her to help me to understand the benefit to society that would result from a woman joining Augusta National. She responded with what has been, throughout her campaign, her case-closing line: "You wouldn't ask me what was the benefit to society if we were talking about excluding people on race."
Posted at 07:35 PM
DISTRIBUTION APES [Andrew Stuttaford]
Monkey mania continues. Various people have e-mailed in with suggestions as to how the perfidious primates could be translated into German. Käse essen übergeben-Affen? Käsefressende Kapitulationsaffen? Babel, I am told, turns ‘cheese eating surrender monkeys’ into 'Käse, der Auslieferungaffen ißt' (and then translates that phrase back as ‘cheese which eats distribution apes’). Add the hyphen between the ‘cheese’ and the ‘eating’ and 'Käse, der Auslieferungaffen ißt' is transformed into 'Käse-Essen der Auslieferungaffen' (which then translates back as ‘cheese meal of the distribution apes’).
In Polish, meanwhile, the translation is (and I have to take this on complete trust): “ser jedzace poddajadze sie malpiszony”.
Posted at 07:03 PM
GALLIC CHARM [Andrew Stuttaford]
There’s a good profile of Chirac in today’s Sunday Telegraph. Best anecdote:
"On one occasion [Chirac] allegedly tried to seduce the Syrian President's wife during a state visit."
Now that’s truly a French approach to diplomacy. Is there a Mrs. Saddam Hussein, I wonder?
Posted at 05:48 PM
PRISON CHAPLAINS [Andrew Stuttaford]
Dealing with the challenge posed by a hostile ideology that comes clad in religious clothing is not going to come easy in a country that has tended to see religion as an almost automatically benign presence. The visa rules for ‘religious workers’ provide one example of a program that may need closer examination in the light of the threat posed by extremist Islam. The same is true of prison chaplains – in a disturbing, and fascinating, piece (link requires subscription) last Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported on the views of Saudi-trained Warith Deen Umar, one of those responsible (until his retirement in 2000) for running New York’s Islamic prison mission.
According to the Journal, Umar believes that the 9/11 hijackers “should be honored as martyrs”. The US, he was quoted as saying, risks further attacks, and African-Americans who embraced Islam in prison would be “natural candidates to help press such [an] attack.”
There’s more of the same elsewhere in the article, but almost as troubling was its writer’s comment that prison chaplains “have operated with little supervision from state prison officials, who say that the constitutional protection of religious freedom prevents them from closely monitoring religious services”.
That, clearly, now has to change, but will it?
In a follow-up piece the Journal noted that Senator Chuck Schumer has suggested that NY State should remove all Muslim prison chaplains hired under Umar’s supervision. That looks far too hasty (Schumer cannot possibly know what each of these chaplains have been preaching) but the response by the chief spokesman for the NY prison system (that there were no plans to remove any of them) seems a little complacent, at least in the absence of assurances that these hires are being reviewed.
Posted at 05:33 PM
THOSE GRECIANS [Andrew Stuttaford]
A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal quoted the results of an opinion poll in Greece in which 87.8 percent of the respondents were opposed to military intervention in Iraq even with UN support. So far, so predictable, but it’s a striking response in a country that now holds the EU presidency and thus may have some influence in determining Europe's actions in the current crisis. More surprising were the replies to the question as to which is more democratic – the U.S. or Iraq. 34 percent of Greeks opted for the U.S, 8 percent selected Iraq (which will have disappointed Saddam “Mr. 100 percent” Hussein), and a remarkable 57 percent couldn’t choose between the two countries.
Just something to remember next time you read that Americans have no idea about the outside world.
Posted at 04:37 PM
MORE MONKEYS [Andrew Stuttaford]
A reader from Mexico writes in with this translation of, you know, those words:
"Monos rendicionistas come-queso"
I don't know enough Spanish to comment, but "monos rendicionistas" does have a certain ring to it. I wonder how the phrase translates into German - one massive compound noun should be enough to do the trick.
Posted at 04:03 PM
HERB DHALIWAL [Andrew Stuttaford]
A Canadian reader has come to the defense of Herb Dhaliwal, Canada’s SUV-owning Minister from Natural Resources. Apparently, Dhaliwal’s department originally fought against ratification of Kyoto, but once Ottawa had made its decision he was, the reader argues, obliged to go along with it. The reason? Canada is a country with ‘cabinet solidarity’. All Ministers are expected to fall in line with government decisions once they have been taken. Yes, that’s a true enough description of cabinet solidarity, but there is another alternative.
If he really was so opposed to Kyoto, Mr. Dhaliwal could have resigned.
Posted at 03:43 PM
MIRAGE (2) [Andrew Stuttaford]
If Mirage exists (the French foreign minister is, according to Reuters, denying that there is a secret plan), it has to rest on the assumption that the UN ‘occupation forces’ will be able to do their job effectively. The history of the last few years would suggest otherwise. In a recent book on UN peacekeeping (which I reviewed for NRODT) with the accurate but depressing title, Peacekeeping Fiascoes of the 1990s, the author, Frederick H. Fleitz, makes the point that UN troops have only been able to work well when they have the consent of both sides – hardly likely to be the case in Iraq.
Posted at 03:16 PM
O, SPARE US [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Chris Dodd for president?
Posted at 10:36 AM
THE PROBLEM WITH "GOD BLESS YOU" [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
David Limbaugh writes about that case on the military guardsman fired for uttering the words, "God bless you." that Jim Boulet mentioned the other day.
Posted at 10:32 AM