STEYN ON THE RECALL [Andrew Stuttaford]
Here’s Mark Steyn on the European response to Arnold’s election. His conclusion?
”California's problem was that it was beginning to take on the characteristics of an EU state, not just in its fiscal incoherence but in its assumption that politics was a private dialogue between a lifelong political class and a like-minded media. It would be too much to expect Le Monde and the BBC to stop being condescending about American electorates. But they might draw a lesson and cease being such snots about their own.”
Posted at 02:49 PM
IT'S SATURDAY... [Jonah Goldberg]
So I get to post a self-serving email to:
Posted at 01:09 PM
AHA! [Jonah Goldberg]
I've discovered why so many foul-mouthed buffoons are sending me this hysterical, unhinged nonsense about Dean (I don't mean the correction stuff, that's fair game. I mean the aggressive stupidity and crudity).
They're typical "Atrios" readers. My apologies to Dean fans. It turns out Dean-support isn't the common denominator at all. It's the sort of folks who think it takes a lot of cleverness to write like a ninth-grader who just learned the F word.
Posted at 01:03 PM
DEAN - CORRECTION [Jonah Goldberg]
I've gotten a lot of email from Dean supporters saying I got it wrong about his "gaffe" with the Hispanic questioner. Apparently Dean had conflated answers to two different questioners. His reference to "your income level" was a reference to a previous question. I relied on the Hotline for the facts, something I am -- and will continue to be -- completely comfortable doing. The Hotline, if you didn't know, is an entirely non-partisan Washington tipsheet owned by the National Journal (which costs quite a bit to subscribe to). But in this case they got it wrong and therefor so did I.
What I find hilarious, however, is the near hysteria of the Dean emailers. I can't print many of them because of the language. But here's two that will give you the flavor:
And this one sent to the Corner:
Posted at 12:01 PM
"COWBOY UP"--DREAM ON!! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The ways of the dictionary men.
Posted at 10:30 AM
SOME LIFE IS "NORMAL" IN IRAQ [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Paul Bremer reports Iraq is back at prewar levels of water, power; schools and hopsitals are open and running. All that and no evil tyrant and his gang of depraved thugs (and sons) to fear. More from Bremer here.
Posted at 10:22 AM
GIDDY NEOCONS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Check out the al Jazeera choice of Cheney/Rumsfeld shots.
Posted at 10:14 AM
CLIFF MAY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
has an excellent column (his syndicated--get your local newspaper to pick him up! [along with Lowry and Goldberg, of course!]) on the Condi shakeup and the long road in Iraq.
Posted at 10:07 AM
RE: AP BEING THE AP [Tim Graham]
Two reactions. First, reporters feel they are being objective when they put everything a politician does through the microscope of what he's trying to achieve for himself. But it's one thing to do in the body of a story -- explaining the "why" -- but in the first six words? It deprives politicians of idealism. That said, I'd bet a Big Mac or two that AP didn't do this "seeking to pander" line as much with President Clinton.
Second, if Clinton ever pandered to Cuban Americans, what did they ever get? On the other hand, several years ago, the Bush administration put together a task force a couple of years back to study how Iraq would make a transition to democracy. Fidel Castro might see this story and want to re-check his exile options.
Posted at 09:50 AM
Friday, October 10, 2003
THE AP BEING THE AP [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
WASHINGTON (AP) - Eager to please a key Florida constituency, President George W. Bush directed his secretary of state and his Cuban-born housing secretary Friday to recommend ways to achieve a transition to democracy in Cuba after 44 years under Fidel Castro.
Posted at 06:40 PM
RUSH AND NBC [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
It's Brokhaw's first story?
Posted at 06:34 PM
NYT "POLITICAL SHORTHAND" [Tim Graham]
MRC's Clay Waters shows me how the N.Y. Times man in London, Warren Hoge, explains those strange types who revere law and order at the latest Conservative Party conference:
Beyond its leadership battle, the party confronts longer range problems. It is deeply split between a traditional law and order wing known in political shorthand as authoritarians and a group with a more tolerant attitude known as modernizers who preach "compassionate conservatism."
Posted at 06:33 PM
THE COOLEST THING… [Rich Lowry]
..so far about the championship series has been the shots of Cubs fans in a mad, mosh-pit of joy scrambling after the ball out on the street (avenue) every time a Cub hits one out of Wrigley.
The picture of Sosa’s ninth-inning shot in Game 1 was particularly (to use the cliché of the hour) priceless. Should be good baseball this weekend…
Posted at 06:25 PM
RE: RUSH [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Heard his announcement while in a NYC cab as he was going off the air. I was struck by how intent he was on taking responsibility; "I am not a victim." "I am not a role model." It's just what we'd expect from him.
Posted at 06:22 PM
ARAFAT'S MALIGNANCY [Steve Hayward]
Rick's comment below that the doctors should find a more hospitable locale for Arafat's cancer recalls to mind Evelyn Waugh's quip about Randolph Churchill, who had undergone surgery to remove a tumor that turned out be benign: "Typical of modern science," Waugh said, "to find the one little bit of Randolph that is not malignant, and remove it." Obviously with Arafat, the question is, how can the doctors tell where the cancer begins and ends?
Posted at 06:19 PM
RICH'S FISHING--PC OR NO? [Steve Hayward]
But Rich, the big question is: did you release your minnow, as you're supposed to, or did you take it to a taxidermist to have mounted on your big game wall?
Posted at 06:19 PM
RUSH [Rick Brookhiser]
Anyone who has had post-op experience with painkillers must sympathize with Rush. I had major abdominal surgery in 1992 to pry out a tumor, and I was put on Demorol, a form of morphine, for several days. For the first few I was too out of it to notice much of anything, but I well remember that the when I got my last couple of doses, I thought, "What a nice warm snuggly feeling--this is goood." Happily the treatment was brief enough that no possibility of danger arose.
You're a great man, Rush. We're all pulling for you.
Posted at 06:18 PM
I GUESS "HISPANIC" IS SPANISH FOR "POOR" [Jonah Goldberg]
From the Hotline:
Making An Ass-umption? In answering a question from Spanish-speaking Ernestina Escobar, who was introduced as "someone in our audience who has experienced the American dream." Dean responded: "You would have prescription benefits if you moved to Vermont, because a third of all our people, especially at your income level, are eligible for prescription benefits without help from the federal government." She never mentioned her financial situation.
Imagine if a white, preppy Park Avenue Republican had made this gaffe?
Posted at 03:18 PM
RUSH IS GOING INTO REHAB... [Jonah Goldberg]
For thirty days. To kick his addiction to painkillers. He just announced on air.
Posted at 02:54 PM
ANGLER CONFUSION [Rich Lowry]
Last week, I posted an item about my fly-fishing jaunt in Southern Utah. It was only my second time fly-fishing, but I was delighted actually to catch a fish. I described it as 2 ½ inches long. Some people wrote in to me that I MUST have meant 2 ½ pounds. I want to dispel all confusion on this question. It was one of the smallest fish I have ever seen outside a goldfish fishbowl or a can of sardines. On a lot of fishing trips, this thing would qualify would bait! If you look closely at this picture, you will see a very young, unhappy, and SMALL brown trout...
Posted at 01:09 PM
KRUGMAN... [Rich Lowry]
...today outs that notorious out-of-control partisan hatchet-man Charles Krauthammer. Another ridiculous Krugman column. . .
Posted at 12:52 PM
GO MARINES! [Rich Lowry]
I had the pleasure and the honor to anticipate this year again on a panel here in New York City sponsored by and for the Marines about relations between the media and the military. The issue of bias came up again this year. I was the moderator so I didn't have to get into it myself (last year I had a nasty clash with Dan Rather), but instead root for MSNBC's Jerry Nachman, who said utterly commonsensical things about the "Upper West Side" culture of the media, prompting angry reactions from some of his fellow panelists. For many in the media, their objectivity is a matter of quasi-religious faith. Which is one of the reasons I say: thank God for Tim Graham and the Media Research Center. Anyway, it's always a joy to be around the Marines (the only thing like it is speaking to a Young American Foundation audience or any audience in Texas). They gave me a Marines hat and t-shirt ("pain is weakness leaving the body"), and many NR fans in the audience had kind words. Special thanks to great patriot and wonderful guy Major Jerry Wiffler for inviting me. (I mention him every year because it gives him a thrill and make his little brother Dan insanely jealous...)
Posted at 12:50 PM
CRYING BABIES ARE STILL NONHUMAN, TOO? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 12:32 PM
CAUGHT JUST SOME OF THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE... [Rich Lowry]
...after the Red Sox-Yankees game. Quick impressions:
***The most likable Democrats are Carol Moseley-Braun and Al Sharpton. She's pleasant, he's funny. I agree totally agree with my colleague Jay Nordlinger about how appalling it is that Sharpton is now accepted in polite company. But there are you. The really weird thing about Sharpton's candidacy is that he is always talking about the need for Democratic unity and pragmatism to beat George W. Bush--fringe candidates are supposed to be about principle.
***The criticisms of Wesley Clark strike me as simply devastating. There were times last night when I couldn't entirely make out what he was trying to say about his position on the war. And his vote-to-take-the-issue-to-the-U.N., but-not-to-go-to-war position seems ridiculous. Why even bother to go to the U.N. if force isn't an option? And the upshot of this position is clear-- the French get a veto over American national-security policy.
***I take what Byron York says about Dick Gephardt's performance at the end of the debate (I had turned it off by then), but Gephardt seems to have more mo-jo in recent debates, with his chest-thumping denunciations of Bush. Maybe this mo-jo goes nowhere, but at least he seems livelier these days.
***The attacks on Howard Dean as an opponent of Medicare are demagogic and absurd. It's hard to see how anyone can take them seriously. On the other hand, maybe they create just enough doubt about Dean--at the same time other candidates are aping his position on the war and his anti-Bush rhetoric--so his appeal gets blunted somewhat.
***Dennis Kucinich is the court jester of this race, an absurd irrelevance who is speaking important truths-namely, showing the Democrats where the logical conclusion of their anti-war rhetoric leads: ignominious retreat.
Posted at 12:28 PM
NBC: DO CATHOLICS KILL? [Tim Graham]
Lester Holt to William Donohue this morning on Today: "Promiscuity happens around the world, so who's putting more people in danger right now: the Catholic Church's advice not to use condoms that they don't protect, or the World Health Organization that says use them, they're at least 90 percent effective?"
Posted at 12:27 PM
DEFEATISM & OED [Jonah Goldberg]
I've gotten quite a few like this from political science prof:
The OED has the first English use of "defeatism" in the Observer of 9 June 1918, the quotation being "Irish Nationalists will henceforth support Pacifism, and that means defeatism." But Andrew Stuttaford may be on to something when he suggests a French origin--the OED has the French "défaitisme" as the derivation. And surely Lenin, like other educated Russians of his day, knew French.
If anybody has anything more detailed or conclusive, please let me know.
Posted at 12:11 PM
ANOTHER PBS "PROSECUTION" [Tim Graham]
Sorry, I missed the scintillating CNN debate last night, but I was on the job. Colleagues who have voted me Most Likely to Tolerate Public Broadcasting handed me the N.Y. Times review of the PBS "Frontline" documentary airing last night, titled "Truth, War, and Consquences." They insisted I forego baseball and watch it. Compared to some of the uber-biased Bill Moyers screeds and "October Surprise" mythology this odious series has put forward, last night's show was a festival of balance. Lots of chat from Richard Perle and Iraqi exile Kanan Makiya. But they were not the point.
Alessandra Stanley of the Times grasped the point: PBS "does not provide new information so much as it richly illustrates the case against the Bush administration -- a prosecution brief enhanced with charts, photographs, and a thick leather binder." In short, the taxpayer dollars of the Bush half of the electorate are being transferred to make the campaign arguments of the Gore half.
And don't listen to anyone who tries to claim that "Frontline" only watchdogs whoever's in the White House. Their biggest concern in the first Clinton term was a documentary on how Clinton had failed his liberal promise.
Posted at 11:09 AM
DEFEATISM [Andrew Stuttaford]
Jonah, 'Defeatism'? Not a word that the English would have known, at least back then. It's probably a translation from the French.
Posted at 11:06 AM
RE: CHINESE TRANSLATION EXERCISES--SOLUTIONS [John Derbyshire]
I posted the following exercise yesterday from Marc Miyake's blog (while comprehensively mis-spelling his name--sorry, Marc):
The following are literal translations of the Chinese names of fast food chains. Can you guess their English names?
Posted at 11:02 AM
"DEFEATISM" - BLEG [Jonah Goldberg]
I just came across an item while researching my book. An author says the word "defeatism" was first coined by the Russian revolutionaries during WWI as an explicit policy for the defeat of ones own country. Through quick googling and such I've been able to find all sorts of references to Lenin's doctrine of "revolutionary defeatism" but that would suggest that the word "defeatism" already existed. Anybody have a definitive answer on this? Derb? Readers?
I'm not looking, by the way, for all sorts of stuff about Lenin at Finland Station. I'm looking for the etymological skinny.
Posted at 11:01 AM
ONLY IN THE CORNER... [Jonah Goldberg]
Will you find a letter like this:
Posted at 10:46 AM
DREAM ON [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Andrew, dare I take a browse through the Corner archives? Who knows what you say on the weekends!!! :-)
Posted at 10:43 AM
DARE TO DREAM [Andrew Stuttaford]
Orrin Hatch is, obviously, quite right on this, although I have to say that I have never liked Washington very much....
Posted at 10:41 AM
MORE LEAHY AND SCHUMER [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
You can't read that letter right now, by the way, unless you've GOT DIGITAL.
Posted at 10:39 AM
LEAHY AND SCHUMER: NYER SPEAKS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
You know, Schumer doesn't bother me half as much as he should simply because HE IS NOT HILLARY. I know it's ridiculous, but, well, I have strong anti-Clinton feelings.
Posted at 10:38 AM
LEAHY VS SCHUMER [Jonah Goldberg]
A letter to the editor in the latest issue of NR (which you'd have already if you subscribed to NR Digital) takes me to task for saying Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy is the both the nastiest and most arrogant Senator in Washington. Andrew Scott Waterman of Olean, NY says that everyone knows New Yorker Chuck Schumer is the nastiest Senator. Mr. Waterman seems content to let the "most arrogant" prize stay in Leahy's column. Waterman makes a strong case for Schumer, but it seems to me the only way to settle this is a vigorous debate in the Corner and perhaps a poll?
Posted at 10:23 AM
A PROBLEM LIKE AH-NULD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Perhaps there is a case to be made for Orrin Hatch’s amendment to make immigrants eligible for the U.S. presidency. Talking to an astute friend yesterday, this point was made: Arnold is worse for conservatives than other liberal Republicans because he has no higher political ambition (since he can’t). Someone like a Rudy Giuliani was worth the bad stuff because there was always an insurance plan with him: You knew he was ambitious and so he would never poke conservatives in the eye too much. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, there is no such guarantee, since he simply has no national constituency.
Posted at 09:35 AM
JUST CURIOUS: NOBEL QUESTION [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
In a piece announcing the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Reuters says this morning: "Many researchers say that the pope's opposition to birth control, pre-marital sex, homosexuality and female priests seemed intolerant and outmoded to many in liberal Norway -- especially women." Is Muslim Shirin Ebadi for all these things (female imams!?)?
Posted at 09:25 AM
RE: A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Overheard in the Beltway yesterday: Conservatives discussing the Arnold win: How bad will he be for conservatives:
Conservative #1: Well, he has read Hayek.
Conservative #2: He may have read Hayek, but he sleeps with Maria.
Posted at 09:19 AM
HERE'S A STORY.... [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From CNN's website.
Posted at 09:17 AM
SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA? [Tim Graham]
NBC is tenderly greeting how the First Lady of California will do her occasional turns on "Dateline NBC" on Laci Peterson or botox injections. Media ethicists are doing spins. But what about everything she's done before?
Remember the Reagan-killed-AIDS-kids line? Telling Hillary she's comparable to Nelson Mandela? And then explaining she worked for three weeks to make sure it wasn't an "Oh, you're so wonderful interview"? Touring with Castro and noting "the level of public services was remarkable"? All of these should have meant someone put Maria in a closet and not let her do anything political...
Posted at 09:09 AM
THERE'S A NEW [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
"Fever Swamp" today--Meghan Cox Gurdon's new NRO column.
Posted at 09:03 AM
EU REFERENDUM [Andrew Stuttaford]
French prime minister Raffarin gets it.
Posted at 08:55 AM
OUR INEPT CIA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
by Mark Steyn.
Posted at 08:14 AM
PROFILES IN BUFFOONERY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
If you missed the debate, here are the highlights: HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.
Posted at 07:10 AM
THE DEBATE - FASHION NOTES [Andrew Stuttaford]
Yes, what was that with the uniformly shirtsleeved look? Faux folksiness (a disease from which the Bush family is not, ahem, exactly immune) is a curse of our time and who's fooled by it?
Posted at 06:41 AM
Thursday, October 09, 2003
RE: NAME-DROPPER OF THE DAY AWARD [John Derbyshire]
Well, I did not get to have dinner with Tom Wolfe after all, for reasons too complicated to go into (but not to anyone's discredit). I did have a nice chat with him, though, about... stock car racing.
Posted at 10:20 PM
TIME FOR AN UPGRADE [Andrew Stuttaford]
It's time that Swampy and Swimmy are sluiced into the sewers, Rod. I don't know about wimpy, Dr Pepper-sipping Dallas, but here in New York no apartment is complete without an alligator and a tiger. Our pets view your pets as small, and far from satisfactory, snacks.
Posted at 09:23 PM
I CONFESS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I have not been watching the debate. But readers are reacting: "The debate tonite is so pathetic that I feel that the draft Hillary movement just got a huge tailwind." and "'I can out-populist you!' Notice all the rolled-up sleeves in the debate."
Posted at 09:17 PM
BEER WARNING [Rod Dreher]
One of the NRO-niks who says he's coming to the conservative beer-a-palooza I'm putting together for Dallas sends this vital warning to all and sundry. Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.
Posted at 09:14 PM
VERY COOL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I just saw a letter to the editor cross my eyes about an article in the Oct. 27 issue of NRODT--the issue we just put to bed not 48 hours ago. So exciting. If you subcribed to Digital (or Dead Tree) you can read that issue RIGHT now. So, why leave yourself out of the cool crowd? GET DIGITAL!
Posted at 08:51 PM
ARAFAT'S STOMACH CANCER [Rick Brookhiser]
Sorry for the slow reax, but in the name of sheer pity, won't someone operate on Chairman Arafat and put that poor cancer into a cleaner environment?
Posted at 08:21 PM
NICE TURTLE PARENTS [Susan Konig]
That is so much nicer than my dad telling my mom he buried Myrtle in Central Park when he had actually pitched my turtle down our apartment building's incinerator.
I've recounted this childhood trauma in detail in my forthcoming book, Why Animals Sleep So Close to the Road and other lies I tell my children.
You and your wife obviously fall into the wonderful category of Parents Who Lie. God bless you both.
Posted at 07:03 PM
RE: DREHER'S TURTLES [Rod Dreher]
Well, there's a story there. We have a little boy who wanted a pet. We can't have cats because wife is allergic. She and Boy are also allergic to dogs. Wife brings home little green turtle one day to make boy happy. Boy names him Swimmy, is happy. Two weeks later, Boy and I come home from mass in a separate car from Wife. Wife has left note on door: "SWIMMY DEAD. DON'T LET HIM GO IN BEDROOM. GONE TO PET STORE." I distract Boy. Wife comes home from pet store hiding emergency back-up Swimmy in bag. Wife makes handoff to me, and I slip into Boy's bedroom to replace defunct turtle in aquarium. Moments later, I summon Wife to witness miraculous resurrection of Swimmy, who had just been sleeping. We invite Boy in to greet Swimmy's new pal. Boy names him Swampy, is happy.
Posted at 05:11 PM
GOOD POINT [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Doesn't her response prove your point since, I believe, the earlier posting referenced a picture of the Magazine staff having only white people in it. All white photo, but not all white Mag. All white photo, but not all white school. She corrected your reaction to the Mag photo and then went on to assert an interpretation of the school photo.
Posted at 04:59 PM
I DIG SPACE [Jonah Goldberg]
Andrew -- Derb thinks there's no point to space. I'm totally down with the whole program. Cathedrals in space, elevators to the moon, terraforming, etc. I will be bummed if I depart this mortal coil before hearing a presidential candidate contend that we have to extend Mars' tax-free status.
Posted at 04:48 PM
"PLAY ROSIE!!!" [Rich Lowry]
From Kevin Cherry: "Hey Rich, I was at the final show of the Shea tour. It was very non-political, especially compared to what I heard happened the other nights (e.g., bringing up Al Franken as a truth-teller . . .). The last show had Dylan guesting, which was a nice surprise, although it really disrupted teh flow of the concert. But it barely comes in among the five best Bruce shows I've ever seen (Philly 8-11-03 was easily the best). If I had been there when he brought up Franken, I would have gone ballistic. My favorite part of the Shea show was the drunk guy behind me screaming "Play Rosie!" during every song. Including Rosalita."
Posted at 04:40 PM
CHINESE TRANSLATION EXERCISE [John Derbyshire]
Here is another wee quiz, which I have taken (after being alerted by Mike Zorn) from Mark Miyaki's blog www.amritas.com/031011.htm#10090054 . Mark is a former professor of East Asian languages & linguistics.
The following are literal translations of the Chinese names of fast food chains. Can you guess their English names?
Posted at 04:36 PM
RE: NAME DROPPER OF THE DAY AWARD [John Derbyshire]
Personally, I think Tom Wolfe should get it... but hey.
Posted at 04:35 PM
I WAS WRONG BUT... [Jonah Goldberg]
I shouldn't have said that the American Prospect was all-white. I assumed that from some of the earlier blog posts about the magazine's racial make up. Sorry about that.
The fact that it is not all white was brought to my attention by Melanie Alston-Akers. She writes:
"....Well, I'm not white and neither are others on our staff. If Goldberg's going to fling absolutes around, he should get them right.
My responseSorry, I really don't buy it. One person's feelings -- or many people's feelings -- do not have an alchemic effect on the motives of others. If the ad makes a black person feel unwelcome -- or if it makes them feel like a giant frilly duck for that matter -- that doesn't speak to the intent of the person(s) who designed the ad. If you think the effect of the ad was racially insensitive why assume the intent was racially insensitive? I know liberals are fond of pointing at things like disparate impact and then backfilling racist intent to explain why the impact is disparate. But I think such arguments are often ludicrous.
Plus, while I'm not familiar with Melanie Alston-Akers, I'm skeptical of her claim that such inferences have nothing to do with her being a liberal and everything to do with her being black. I'm sure it's possible that other blacks of different political persuasions, including conservatives, would draw the same conclusion as her about the ad. I am also sure that many blacks would not (I know this because I heard from some). I do not think those blacks are any less authentically black. In other words, what explains Ms. Alston-Akers inference is not her skin color but the ideological, political and culture views she brings to the table. Simply because she instantly felt unwelcome might be good proof Hillsdale shoud rethink its ad campaigns, but it counts for exactly zero toward Richard Just's still-outrageous assertion that Hillsdale is cynically racist in its appeals.
Moreover, if Ms. Alston-Akers can't bother squeazing into her "agenda" the time it takes to actually read the words in the ad before reading the minds of those behind them, maybe she should get into a business that doesn't require relying on words for a living.
Posted at 04:29 PM
WOW, DALLAS ROCKS [Rod Dreher]
The e-mails are rolling in from Dallas-area NRO-niks who want to get together to raise a pint. Subscribers who want in -- digital, dead tree, whatever -- keep writing, and I'll send out a big e-mail to you all tomorrow so we can figure out a time and place.
Posted at 04:21 PM
TURN BACK , COLUMBUS [Andrew Stuttaford]
Jonah, no point in putting people in space? Good grief, dream a little. Where you are right, however, is that it does not need a vast bureaucracy to send them there (at least these days it doesn't), but that's an entirely different discussion.
Posted at 04:15 PM
OUR FRIENDS THE SAUDIS [John J. Miller]
Now they've managed to boot Stephen Schwartz from a panel sponsored by The New Republic.
Posted at 03:56 PM
JOHN DERBYSHIRE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
gets the name-dropper of the day award.
Posted at 03:56 PM
RE: RE: MAN IN SPACE [John Derbyshire]
...Although the U.S. manned space program has one thing to be said for it: It gave us a terrific book by Tom Wolfe... with whom I shall be having dinner this evening.
Posted at 03:55 PM
RE: RE: CHINESE IN SPACE [John Derbyshire]
Although, for the benefit of our Chinese readers (and not forgetting our Tibetan, Uighur and Inner Mongolian ones, too), I offer the following joke from around 50 years ago. First Russian: "Have you heard the news? The Communists have invented a device to take them to the Moon!" Seond Russian, breaking into a broad smile: "What, all of them?"
Posted at 03:54 PM
RE: CHINESE IN SPACE [John Derbyshire]
Jonah: I guess that over the next 10-15 years the ChiComs are going to learn the thing we learned: That there isn't actually a lot of point putting people in space. It costs a ton of money; you lose crews and spacecraft at regular intervals; your people soon lose interest in the whole business and grumble about all the stuff you could spend the money on back home; when you get to be a democracy (God willing) there are no votes in it; you need a whole new vast, expensive, and incompetent govt. bureaucracy to oversee the thing; you're better off with Star Trek reruns. Oh, here comes Ed Burke: "Experience is the school of mankind, and he will learn at no other."
Posted at 03:53 PM
RE: EXPECTING ADAM [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
And that touching book (I read it awhile back) is written by a Harvard-educated, Harvard prof. type--so it even gets favorably reviewed in the New York Times, etc.
Posted at 03:49 PM
EUPHEMISM [Rich Lowry]
This morning on CNN, their medical correspondent discussed a new test that picks up Down Syndrome earlier in the womb, and he said something like “so that parents can do with that information what they will.”
Posted at 03:43 PM
NRODT-NIKS IN BIG D? [Rod Dreher]
Any new NRODT subscribers in Dallas? E-mail me and I'll host a beer-a-thon at some sports bar while we watch the Yankees-Red Sox series. I'm not buying the beer, unless Ed Capano ponies up, but I will goad the group on. Or forget the sports, let's just drink beer, talk politics and make merry.
Posted at 03:36 PM
ANOTHER BOOK [Rich Lowry]
I read part of the book mentioned below for my Shorty column. It's truly marvelous (Rod--it's a book I think you would particularly enjoy). "Rich, I just finished reading a book by Martha Beck called Expecting Adam. It is at times unbelievable, but the message of love and caring is amazing. Everyone she and her husband encountered was horrified that they had chosen not to terminate the pregnancy. Her son became an awe inspiring child, and they thank God every day for their decision to have him. It would be great to post this link in The Corner, so other people can experience this wonderful book."
Posted at 03:34 PM
SUPER-NICE IN L.A. [Tim Graham]
Jennifer Harper of your Washington Times notes that the L.A. Times is still classy after the recall vote: columnist Steve "No Relation to K-Lo" Lopez (formerly a writer for the also-"unbiased" Time magazine) is calling Arnold "Der Gropenfuhrer."
Posted at 03:34 PM
DREHER'S TURTLES [Jonah Goldberg]
Note: I do not agree that only weird people own turtles. My father's only pets as a boy were two turtles (I think they lived two weeks) and my wife is determined to get a pet turtle. Nonetheless, from a reader:
Could someone please point out that Dreher tossed in "Feed Turtles" in his morning routine? I like Rod Dreher, but I've had my suspicions about him before (the Rapture stuff scared me). Now I can confirm my suspicions, only weird people own turtles. You, of all people, can not let someone slip "Feed Turtles" into their morning routine without saying something. That's like me writing up this routine:
Posted at 03:33 PM
NEWSFLASH: KATE GOES TO THE VATICAN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
NR’s Kate O’Beirne is part of the U.S. delegation headed to the Vatican next week for the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s pontificate and the beatification of Mother Teresa.
Posted at 03:19 PM
THE PINCER [Rich Lowry]
Jim Hoagland describes today the European effort to defeat Bush, not just on a U.N. resolution or on the public relations front, but really defeat, as in run him from office next year. Their strategy makes a lot of sense, unfortunately. The more Europeans and the U.N. resist Bush, the more talking points it gives the Democrats to oppose him here in the U.S. This dynamic was at work on the debate over the ABM treaty a couple of years ago, and now is even stronger in the foreign-domestic pincer to punish and defeat Bush for so aggressively pursuing the war on terror. The best way for Bush to counter is to point out this confluence of interests, and how Democratic foreign policy is now made in Paris. . .
Posted at 03:12 PM
DERB… [Rich Lowry]
..thanks for the advice regarding lucite. If I were you, I also would have so preserved Jonathan Yardley’s rapturous review of Coolidge. Meanwhile, I’m waiting on pins and needles here to see how Cosmo receives Legacy…
Posted at 02:58 PM
BOOK PLUGS [Rich Lowry]
Two quick book plugs (and not even for my new book, Legacy!). Matt Miller was in here the other day pitching his arguments in his new book The Two Percent Solution. Interesting stuff, and Miller, a very nice guy, enjoys argument in the best sense of the word. Also, just wrote a column off of No Excuses, Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom’s very important indictment of the public schools.
Posted at 02:55 PM
ROSEMARY'S BABY (RE: JOHN PODHORETZ) [John Derbyshire]
John: You're a class act. Guy Woodhouse? No way I could have remembered the guy's NAME! I was just asking for the MOVIE...
Posted at 02:48 PM
THE BOSS AT SHEA [Rich Lowry]
Went to one of the Springsteen shows last weekend. The show was really marred—with my apologies to Kevin Cherry--by his sophomoric attempts at political commentary. At one point someone in the audience even let loose with Laura Ingraham's battle cry, “Shut Up and Sing.” It was also cold, and almost all stadium shows by definition are terrible. But hearing some of the songs from The Rising performed in New York City was moving. And he delivered rousing—are there any other kind?—performances of Badlands and Rosalita…
Posted at 02:42 PM
RE: SPOUSAL PRIVILEGE & THE CORNER [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The bond of conservative sisterhood always (well, most of the time) beats colleague loyalty.
Posted at 02:35 PM
NR AND A FREE LUNCH [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Jon Miles, a reader from Franklin (as in Benjamin), N.C. writes to me:
I own the local Dairy Queen and will buy lunch for any new subscribers to NRODT with the zip code 28734. I will buy a small blizzard (okay, medium) for any new NRD subscribers with the same zip code. Okay, okay, I'll throw in dessert on top of the lunch for new NRDOT subscribers.Hey, how about it?
Posted at 02:29 PM
MY WORK IS NEVER DONE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Tim, where the heck is the link to NR DIGITAL in your post? What's the point of having (making) any fun without a link?!
Posted at 02:25 PM
SHE WON'T, BUT I WILL [Tim Graham]
K-Lo didn't want to join this discussion, but here is her morning routine:
3 am Plug NR Digital...6 am: Plug NR Digital
Posted at 02:23 PM
PLEASE NO [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A reader writes in response to the morning-ritual posts (in which I will not engage, because it’s bad enough I am letting it occur): “I AM jealous! To add insult to injury, I think you should have everyone describe the END of their day in tomorrow's Corner.” KJL’s memo to colleagues: NO.
Posted at 02:15 PM
RE: MORNING HAS BROKEN [John Derbyshire]
Numerous readers wish to express their amazement that my kids are awake and out of bed a full ten minutes before they start fighting.
Posted at 02:14 PM
QUIT TO GET AHEAD [Andrew Stuttaford]
More details of the California results here. Interestingly (and ignoring any absentee effect) there must (I think) have been a swing to Arianna Huffington (she received 0.6% of the total) after she quit the race (when she was polling at 0.4%, not that far above Gary Coleman's final tally). Perhaps she should have pulled out earlier.
Posted at 02:12 PM
FOR THE RECORD [Jonah Goldberg]
A) I'm kidding, of course. B) I think this is a very dangerous, dangerous precedent to set. Spousal privilege must be sacrosanct in the Corner.
Posted at 02:11 PM
WHAT THE....? [Jonah Goldberg]
Who unhandcuffed you from the radiator!?
Posted at 02:08 PM
ARAFAT'S CANCER [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Here is the link.
Posted at 02:07 PM
SO.... [Jonah Goldberg]
Derb - What are we to make of the Chinese-in-space news?
Posted at 02:06 PM
RE: SUSAN KONIG'S MORNING RITE [Mrs. Jonah Goldberg]
Sister, I feel your pain.
Posted at 02:05 PM
I WON ON JEOPARDY [Kathryn Jean Lopez ]
would have been the proper title for John Pod’s post there, in retrospect, since he has.
Posted at 02:03 PM
ANSWER TO DERB’S QUESTION [John Podhoretz ]
The character is Guy Woodhouse, the husband who arranges for his wife to have the devil's baby in exchange for worldly success in Rosemary's Baby.
Posted at 02:02 PM
RE: CONVENTION COVERAGE [Tim Graham]
Jonah, don't get the ball rolling on the media in '00 and "the illusion of inclusion." Is the daily work of Rice and Powell and Paige and Martinez and so on "illusion"? You're dead right on they're damned if you do, damned if you don't approach.
In the wake of the Schwarzenegger groping investigations, where too many partisans have swapped sides in a fancy square dance, this should be one of our nearly scientific principles about the observation of media bias: The people expect liberals and conservatives to sometimes switch sides in public controversies for political convenience. What people do not expect from an "objective" press is that they leap to whatever side the liberals are on this minute.
Posted at 02:01 PM
MORNING ROUTINE [Rod Dreher]
Oh, this is easy. Get up at 7. Pour the first of three giant cups of coffee. Go to curb to pick up Dallas Morning News and New York Times. Turn on Fox News in background while checking e-mail, The Corner, Drudge, Amy Welborn, Mark Shea and other favorite sites. After 10 minutes of Fox, change channels to The [censored] Wiggles, at request of Wiggleophilic four year old boy who has just awakened. Imagine vivisecting Dorothy the Dinosaur and Henry the Octopus. Fetch boy his coffee milk. Read papers. Shower, dress, feed turtles, awaken wife, drive to work. Blog. Rod Dreher
Posted at 02:00 PM
RATZ & THE EPISCOPALIANS [Rod Dreher]
Here's the text of the letter Cardinal Ratzinger sent to the conservative Episcopalians here in Dallas: I hasten to assure you of my heartfelt prayers for all those taking part in this convocation. The significance of your meeting is sensed far beyond Plano, and even in this city from which Saint Augustine of Canterbury was sent to confirm and strengthen the preaching of Christ's Gospel in England. Nor can I fail to recall that barely 120 years later, Saint Boniface brought that same Christian faith from England to my own forebears in Germany.
The lives of these saints show us how in the Church of Christ there is a unity in truth and a communion of grace which transcend the borders of any nation. With this in mind, I pray in particular that God's will may be done by all those who seek that unity in the truth, the gift of Christ himself.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me that this has approximately the same kind of impact as if Colin Powell sent a message of solidarity to a meeting of the Parti Quebecois gathered to consider splitting their province from Canada.
Posted at 01:59 PM
TIME MAG: YASSER ARAFAT IS BELIEVED TO BE SUFFERING FROM STOMACH CANCER, SOURCE INSIDE COMPOUND SAYS [Rich Lowry]
Posted at 01:56 PM
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Posted at 01:47 PM
REGARDING HENRY [Andrew Stuttaford]
Executing a wife or two, bloody plots, executing an adviser or two, more bloody plots, six wives, breaking with Rome, dissolving the monasteries (yessss!) is not, apparently, enough for today's jaded viewers. A new British TV show dedicated to that reliably entertaining psychopath better known as Henry VIII includes an entirely fictitious rape scene. Clio, it seems, is a victim as well as Anne Boleyn.
Posted at 01:32 PM
SACRAMENTO VS. BRUSSELS [Andrew Stuttaford]
Meanwhile, the debate continues over the EU's draft 'constitution' and as to whether it should need to be approved by referendum (of course it should). There's some good background here. It's worth contrasting the anguished discussion as to whether to allow EU voters a say on this matter with the recall vote in California. There may indeed be some problems with the recall procedure, but, credit where credit's due, it reflects a political culture far more democratic than anything found in Brussels. I know which I prefer.
Posted at 01:30 PM
BLACK ADS [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Have any black people spoken about the ad? I am curious. As a black person, and one whose friends, a majority anyway, are black, we never thought that all school photos need blacks in them to be non-racist or that all white ones implied racism, especially photos from schools in the middle of no where. OK, maybe no where is wrong, but certainly not the center of the black population. If montana colleges have brochures without blacks in it so what? Its more offensive when they make the 1 or 2 black kids who go there appear in every photo, like we are a significant presence at the school. We realize, unlike liberal whites, that we are not everywhere... we do get annoyed when tv shows in NYC show no blacks, hispanics, or asians and we are a huge percentage of NYC's population. If Montana, North Dakota, or those midwest states most people have a hard time placing on a map have schools or any school for that matter, want to have a pic without blacks so what. Now if the university of mississippi did that same add, I might think something was up given its actual history.
Posted at 01:21 PM
MORNING RITES [Susan Konig]
All right, I can't stand it...Here's my morning...
6:15 AM dog barking because stray dog is outside the window. He's in love with her because he's not neutered and she was supposed to be at 6 months but she got mange and had to have injections before she scratched all her hair off. "Oh, she's too young to go into heat," says vet. Oh, really. Now stray is sleeping on our porch (cute, shepherd mix, sweet but irritatingly enamored).
Posted at 01:15 PM
THE WHIZZINATOR [Jonah Goldberg]
Who says the drug war is bad for the economy? Without it who would have come up with the whizzinator?
Posted at 12:31 PM
DRINKING GAMES [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Slate has posted the rules to a Democratic-debate drinking game. Which reminds me of a drinking game I came up with for watching the West Wing. There were only two rules: 1) You had to take a drink every time something that would never actually happen in Washington happened, and 2) Aides being improbably attractive didn't count. It made the show much more enjoyable, although you should make sure you have Gatorade on hand.
Posted at 12:31 PM
NRODT & DIGITAL 101: INSTRUCTIONS FOR CURRENT NRODT SUBSCRIBERS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
NR's circulation goddess Terry Maloney explains just how to get Digital if you are a NRODT subscriber:
NR print subscribers can access NR/D by clicking on the "Download NR Magazine Here" link at NRO's homepage. You will be prompted to enter your account number from a recent magazine label...so it's helpful to have one handy. After your account number is validated, you will create a unique username and password which will allow you access to NR/D at anytime.Now, the newest issue will be available tomorrow--Friday. So don't go looking for that until I say go tomorrow.
Posted at 12:25 PM
BLACK HURRICANES [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
To most people good old days + education = well scrubbed and behaved kids learning the three Rs after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Anybody who can see a picture of a bunch of white kids and immediately think racism is probably almost incapable of framing anything outside the context of race. Like that woman who said the weather service was racist because there were no hurricanes with "typically black names". These are the most egregious of racists because they insinuate race into everything while standing on what they see as the moral high ground.
Posted at 12:22 PM
CONFESSORE JUMPS IN [Jonah Goldberg]
Nick Confessore -- who I respect -- jumps into the fray. His defense of the American Prospect on the staff photo thing works for me. Or at least, I don't think it's worth arguing about. However he sums up his larger position thus:
To recap, for Jonah's benefit: Pictures of white people: Fine. Pictures of white people paired with tag lines that seem to hearken back to the "good old days" of de facto school segregation: Questionable, at best.
And there it is. Even a school which has virtually no history of segregation -- unlike all the of the wonderful Ivy Leagues which churn out so many white liberals -- can never, ever, show pictures of white kids and speak of the good old days without it being a reference to segregation. Even when they provide a couple hundred words defining explicitly what they mean by "good old days." In other words, Tapped's position is just so much PC nonsense. And, according to them, if you break the PC language -- or in this case symbollic code -- you get no benefit of the doubt and are immediately assumed to be racist or at least practicing such poor judgement as to make racism a reasonable conclusion.
This is the sort of Catch-22 the left loves to create for conservatives. Remember when the GOP served a rich ethnic cocktail at the 2000 convention? They were lampooned as hypocrites across the liberal media spectrum. However, if they'd just trotted out white folks, they'd have been condemned as a bastion of white privilege. Next we're going to hear that we need an "honest dialogue" on race and the first conservative guy who opens his mouth will be denounced as a racist.
Well, I'm not buying it. I think Just should admit he was venting a knee jerk response and apologize. People sometimes speak too quickly when blogging. Lord knows I have. It seems to me at least that circling the wagons around a wrong and nasty jab is the wrong way to go.
Posted at 12:17 PM
RE: LEGACY. READ LEGACY, YES, BUT BUY LEGACY FIRST [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Jonah, you ain't never gonna get that raise the monkeys petition for if you don't link to the book so peeps can BUY IT. Because I know you paid good money for your copy, as did I, and so it is only fair that everyone does! The book's Legacy, and let me tell you: Bill and Hill don't want you to read it, folks. That's LEGACY by RICH LOWRY. LEGACY, the book you want to read. LEGACY, the book you want to give for Columbus Day (so, it comes out the day after, so they wait a day or two. It's worth it.).
Posted at 11:46 AM
MORE JUST [Jonah Goldberg]
Lots of email from readers who think I was too soft on Just. For example:
You let Mr. Just off the hook too easily.
The crux of his defense is the phrase: "in an age where the conventions of educational advertising, like them or hate them, mean that most schools use such photos as a chance to show off their diversity."
In other words, Just feels that being racial bean-counters is REQUIRED in order to avoid the charge of racism. That's the essential difference between his liberal/racist position, and yours.
Posted at 11:44 AM
GLOBETROTTER WORDS [Jonah Goldberg]
"I have dollars."
Posted at 11:34 AM
LEGACY BY RICH LOWRY [Jonah Goldberg]
FYI: I just got my copy yesterday. After leafing through it last night, I must say it looks great. Cosmo's got it now and I'll try to really get through it in a bit. But congratulations, Rich. My envy cannot be contained in time or space (a finished book!).
Posted at 11:29 AM
NEW JOBLESS CLAIMS [Jonah Goldberg]
Lowest in 8 months. I guess it's time for the Dems to switch back to weapons of mass destruction again.
Posted at 11:15 AM
READING JUST [Jonah Goldberg]
Okay, I'm off the radio. Let's take a look at Richard Just's defense. He starts by recounting all sorts of negative things from Hillsdale's past in an effort to show that my own accounts of Hillsdale's past are a bit rosey. Sounds fair. Except, the problem is that my observations (and Aaron Bailey's) were on point. They spoke directly to the fact that Hillsdale's own "good old days" were decidedly un-racist. In fact, Hillsdale's record of inclusiveness shames Princeton's (Just's alma mater). Meanwhile, Just's clips are mostly irrelevant chatter applicable to almost any college campus (what school hasn't been called "Stalinist" by someone?).
Moving on, Just gets to the meat of his defense, which is worth reprinting here. He writes:
What do they mean by the phrase "the good old days"? It's impossible to know for sure, of course, but Goldberg doesn't offer any possibilities to counter my suggestion. By itself, that phrase could mean anything. Taken together with an all-white picture (in an age where the conventions of educational advertising, like them or hate them, mean that most schools use such photos as a chance to show off their diversity) and the ad's rather glib denunciation of "politically correct" revisionism, it's enough to make you wonder whether there is a racial subtext at play here.
I know it comes as a shock to the brand of (all-white) liberals who staff the ramparts at the American Prospect, but most conservative parents don't think of Jim Crow when they hear about the "good old days" in education. If Just thinks white conservatives can never speak of the "good old days" without providing a cast that looks like America, he should just say so and defend his position.
Also, Just is now back-peddaling. Initially he said the racist implication of the ad was essentially obvious and "not too thinly veiled." Now he's merely saying it's not absurd to hold out the possibility that such was the intent. Sure, sure it's possible. But it is neither probable nor aparrent. And when things are not obvious they must be argued, not asserted. This is especially the case when more plausible and less slanderous explanations are available. For example, it seems to me that a far more likely explanation is that Hillsdale had no idea such an interpretation was possible since its conscience is clear and its own record on the issue is so exemplary. Reagrdless, if we could just get liberals like Mr. Just to employ Occam's Razor when it comes to issues of race this country would be a lot healthier.
Indeed, the fact that Mr. Just's first instinct is to assume racism on the part of others -- rather than, say, read the text -- reveals he's the one fixated on race, not Hillsdale.
Posted at 11:04 AM
LUTHER [John Derbyshire]
propos Thomas Hibbs' piece on Luther this morning, here's a quiz question. Which creepy character in which classic horror novel/movie was a stage actor who got his start in a play named Luther?
Posted at 10:45 AM
ANOTHER KIND OF CONSERVATISM [John Derbyshire]
Andrew: Yes, political parties are coalitions... but built around a core of common values. A political party is rather like a human personality--always lots of idiosyncracies and contradictions, probably some skeletons in the closet, capable of surprising us now and then, but presenting an overall gestalt to the world that will attract some, repel others, and be acceptable or unacceptable to yet others depending on their inclinations and circumstances, and the temper of the times. On the matter of third parties, though: remember that Labour was once a third party....
Posted at 10:44 AM
MORNINGS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Guys, methinks you're making readers jealous.
Posted at 10:35 AM
MORNING HAS BROKEN [John Derbyshire]
Oh, we're trading morning-ritual stories? Here's mine.
Posted at 10:33 AM
PONDER THIS SENTENCE [Tim Graham]
From the L.A. Times home page: "Loyalists to the outgoing governor ponder the prospect of job hunting in an iffy economy."
Posted at 10:26 AM
RE: HITCHENS [Andrew Stuttaford]
John, I read that article too - with a lot of interest. You were right that it was brilliant, but it was also quite wrong. All parties are in essence coalitions, as the California result reminds us, and unless the right is happy to retreat into sectarian obscurity they will need to continue to be so. More seriously, as you know, the nature of Britain's 'first past the post' voting system makes it very difficult for any third, let alone fourth party to do well. For all the faults of the Tories, their structure (tottering, rotten and entirely laughable though it may be) and the residual loyalty that it continues to enjoy still make it the best base for a right of center party. That said, I'd agree that the party does need to change its approach (although not always in ways that Hitchens might approve). To start with, it needs to understand one thing. Being in opposition means more than recommending what Labour does, only less so.
Posted at 10:23 AM
ANOTHER KING AMONG MEN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Meet Michael Young, Bloomington Jefferson High School's homecoming king.
Posted at 10:14 AM
RICHARD JUST RESPONDS [Jonah Goldberg]
I just saw that Richard Just at TAP has a very long post responding to my sundry (and, in fairness, sometimes equally long) assaults on him yesterday. I'll respond in a few but I'm about to talk to the guys at KSFO in San Francisco (at 10:05 California time). My short response is: I am underwhelmed.
Posted at 10:03 AM
MUSLIMS INVITE A NEO-NAZI [Jonah Goldberg]
Shame on U Penn.
Posted at 09:57 AM
RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: (?!) WAIT A SECOND [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Dude, I was totally not scolding you. Ok, I lie. But WHOA what a guilty conscience! And rightfully so--besides, if you are checking Da Corner, you also see that dandy NRO Today bar that picks up all the latest-posted pieces (see, handy, for the workingman and woman!). And, on Fridays, your schedule should totally include reading NR Digital, thank you very much. That's NR Digital; tomorrow morning, NR Digital subscribers can read the latest issue (just to bed yesterday). If you subscriber to NRODT, you can get a headstart on your reading while waiting for the postman. It's a hard life, Jonah, but what rewards!
Posted at 09:56 AM
IDIOTIC [Jonah Goldberg]
Apparently all of the words "every globetrotter should know" are in French.
Posted at 09:53 AM
RE: RE: RE: WAIT A SECOND [Jonah Goldberg]
Kathryn - Here's how most mornings work for me. I get up. Deal with baby as needed (needs dictated by fair Jessica). Brush teeth etc. Check email, Corner, National Review homepage. Take Cosmo to park and ponder what I should say in Corner upon my return (usually while listening to NPR or C-Span on walkman). Then I come home. Clean off Cosmo's paws. Give Cosmo a pill. Compliment lil Lucy on her outfit. Drink coffee, if available. Surf web, look at papers, Post to Corner.
I suppose I should insert "re-check homepage" after "drink coffee, if available." Then again, I should also insert "do 200 push-ups," write "10 pages for my book" and "clean up my office."
Posted at 09:37 AM
TOMMY MCC, CONT'D [Peter Robinson]
My friend here at Stanford, Clint Taylor, offers the other view of McClintock:
"Peter, saw your Corner post-mortem and I might disagree on your assessment of McClintock. It is, I think, a good thing that he has kept himself "untainted" from Schwarzenegger's campaign. After all, Arnold has a tough row to hoe. I have talked to Democrats determined to make something of these groping charges. The economy might get restarted--but maybe not. Things may not look as good in the next election.
"McClintock has stood above populist politics and impressed a lot of people, even some staunchly liberal friends of mine. He may have preserved his position to sweep in for a comptroller or senator or governor spot, and if he's not in Arnold's office no one can blame him for the current problems. He can say 'I told you so.' Wise as a serpent, I think."
Posted at 09:20 AM
POCO CARTON, A KING AMONG MEN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Down Syndrome has come up a few times in here the last few days. (Be sure and read Rich’s review of that wonderful-sounding movie, Shorty, if you haven’t.) Today there is an AP story about a blessing who could have easily been just another statistic, another person never allowed to see the world. All of this is anecdotal, I realize, but consider this: In the abstract of a study published in 1998, at one Boston hospital, 86 percent of parents aware that their unborn children were likely to be born with Down Syndrome had abortions (between the years 1972 and 1994). I'm not pretending raising a child with a disability is easy, but think of the Shortys and Poco Cartons we've lost.
Posted at 09:19 AM
ANOTHER KIND OF CONSERVATISM [John Derbyshire]
I spend a lot of time trying to explain the difference between British and American conservatism. For a brilliant essay on the former, see Peter Hitchens's article in the current Spectator.
Posted at 09:18 AM
WHEW [Tim Graham]
After the heavy-breathing liberal bias of last week, it's refreshing to see the morning news shows go back today to Kobe Bryant, Siegried and Roy, and the deadly bear attacks.
Posted at 09:15 AM
RE: RE: WAIT A SECOND [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Who am I kidding? "Little"??? Hah! It's a movement! It's TAKING OVER THE WORLD (WIDE WEB).
Posted at 09:12 AM
RE: WAIT A SECOND [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Jonah, that's exactly the question Byron York delves into this morning on a little website called National Review Online.
Posted at 09:11 AM
WAIT A SECOND [Jonah Goldberg]
For six months the California election was, according to Democrats, a "hostile takeover by the radical right." It was a conspiracy of a small bunch of zealots aiming to unseat a democratically elected governor. Now, overnight, it's an example of widespread popular discontent? How does that work?
Posted at 09:03 AM
RE: NOMENCLATURE [John Derbyshire]
Interesting couple of leader page articles (LPAs) in the London Telegraph this morning. In one, our own Michael Barone muses on whether the California result has any lessons for Tony Blair. He notes, in passing, that it is unlikely the Tory party will come up with an action-man superhero candidate like Schwarzenegger. In the other LPA, Boris Johnson, Tory MP and editor of the Tory Spectator, comments that Sir Sean Connery would make a great Tory (Sir Sean's current allegiance is to the Scottish Nationalist Party). He then drops a large hint that Sir Sean is an avid reader of the Spectator. Hmmm.
Posted at 08:53 AM
RE: NOMENCLATURE [John Derbyshire]
Rick: I suggest "coots."
Posted at 08:44 AM
TURKISH OUTRAGE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Ralph Peters comes down hard on Turkish troops in Iraq:
Bush's desire for Turkish forces is craven. Hoping to reduce U.S. troop commitments as an election looms, he verges on throwing away the practical and moral achievements won with our soldiers' blood.
Posted at 08:43 AM
I LOVE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
George Will today on the recall.
Posted at 08:30 AM
GOLDEN GATE RIDGE [John J. Miller]
Now that the California election is over, our Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, should announce the administration's take on Gray Davis's decision to sign a bill allowing illegal aliens to obtain drivers licences. Ridge couldn't have spoken out before now, or at least not easily: The White House would have been accused of meddling in California's election and the controversy would have shifted away from the actions of Davis and toward the behavior of the administration. But that would not be true now. If the integrity of identity documents are an important part of defending the homeland, then the California decision must be reversed--and Tom Ridge should say so. People would believe him. The polls are already on his side. How hard could it be? We'll have to intrepret silence as an endorsement of what Davis did.
Posted at 06:23 AM
HOLY COW! [Rod Dreher]
Attendees at the gathering of conservative Episcopalians here in Dallas heard a surprise greeting sent to the convention Wednesday from none other than Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the Vatican's chief doctrinal official. It's buried in the ABC story I've linked to, but this is very big. It shows that at the highest levels, the Roman Catholic leadership is showing solidarity with the conservative Anglicans. It's a big ecumenical back of the hand to American Episcopal leaders who have ratified the ordination of the gay bishop. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is said to have politely been read the riot act by top Vatican officials last week, and told that if the consecration of Gene Robinson, the gay American bishop, is allowed to stand, relations between the Anglican Communion and Rome will be in trouble. The conservative Episcopalians here are on fire, and it's going to be amazing to see what happens in England next week when the Archbishop meets with Anglican prelates from around the world. The Africans and others have already told him they're having none of Bishop Robinson and the liberal American church that ratified his election.
Posted at 12:57 AM
Wednesday, October 08, 2003
GOOD POINT, TIM [Ramesh Ponnuru]
but let's not overlook the possibility that Sullivan's made an innocent mistake.
Posted at 06:09 PM
MARRIAGE AND CONGRESS [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Conservatives in Congress are unsure whether to push ahead with a Federal Marriage Amendment, or what form that amendment should take if they do. One alternative approach that is being discussed is that of Rep. John Hostettler. He would strip the federal courts of jurisdiction over challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act. That 1996 both defines marriage as heterosexual for the purposes of federal law and allows states not to recognize other states' same-sex marriages.
I'm sympathetic to Hostettler's bill because it would focus narrowly on the dangers of judicial abuse rather than also limit state legislatures' freedom of action (as the FMA would). But the bill leaves judges so much running room that it's hard to see what it would accomplish. The Supreme Court could order states to recognize same-sex marriage under any one of several constitutional theories; neither DoMA nor this protection of it would block the court. State courts in all 50 states could impose same-sex marriage, too, and the bill wouldn't block them. If the idea is to ensure that same-sex marriage comes only to states that choose it democratically, Hostettler's bill doesn't do it.
Posted at 06:06 PM
SULLIVAN'S PLAYING GAMES [Tim Graham]
Jonah, I'll let Ramesh or Stanley take on each goofy point where Sullivan compares gays to blacks, murderers on Death Row, and in an odd overgeneralization, "single people without family support." But he is playing fast and loose with the USA Today poll, which he says "found that 67 percent of the 18-29 age group believe that gay marriage would benefit society." USA Today actually reported that "67% of those ages 18 to 29 and 53% of those ages 30 to 49 say gay unions would have no harmful effect or might make society better." In the overall poll, only ten percent of respondents say it would "make society better." Everyone else is in the "no effect" camp.
Posted at 05:30 PM
"YES" FOR THE $87 BILLION [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
In the issue of NR just going to bed, NR editorializes on the Iraq bill. Read it here. (Hint: Steve Moore and Rep. Feeney won't be fans.)
Posted at 05:27 PM
PRO-CHOICE BUT PRO-LIFE, CONT'D [Peter Robinson]
A reader sends along this quotation from John Paul II's encyclical, Evangelium Vitae:
A particular problem of conscience can arise in cases where a legislative vote would be decisive for the passage of a more restrictive law, aimed at limiting the number of authorised abortions, in place of a more permissive law already passed or ready to be voted on… when it is not possible to overturn or completely abrogate a pro-abortion law, an elected official, whose absolute personal opposition to procured abortion was well known, could licitly support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by such a law and at lessening its negative consequences at the level of general opinion and public morality. This does not in fact represent an illicit co-operation with an unjust law, but rather a legitimate and proper attempt to limit its evil aspects.The italics are mine, and I think they clear things up. Der Arnold may favor parental notification, and that is no doubt all to the good, but he remains publicly pro-choice all the same. Bishop Weigand, call your office.
Posted at 05:21 PM
MAYBE THERE'S NOTHING LEFT TO SAY? [Jonah Goldberg]
I'm surprised by the radio silence around here on Sullivan's Wall Street Journal essay on gay marriage. Maybe's there's no point in my repeating myself either, but I do find the essential point of Sullivan's argument quite compelling, even if I don't endorse gay marriage. Providing no social space for monogamous relationships among same sex couples while at the same time condemning homosexual promiscuity strikes me as not only an unfair Catch-22 but misguided on a number of practical fronts. But again, we've been through all of this already.
Posted at 04:41 PM
SHORTY [Rich Lowry]
I have gotten many wonderful e-mails about my column on the movie "Shorty." Here is one: "My son has Down Syndrome. He is eight years old, is in regular school,takes the same tests as all his classmates, and out performs many of his `typical' classmates. He plays soccer, basketball and T-ball. He is the most outgoing and lovable child in the world. He has had health problems in the past, but overcame every one of them. When he was two and a half years old, we had him at the doctors for a well visit. After the exam was over one of the nurses became fascinated with him. She asked me if I would mind if she called her daughter to come meet my son. I said of course she could meet him. Her daughter and future son in law came over and spent about an hour with my son, they were amazed at how smart and funny and just cool he was. They left and we went home. Later we found out that her daughter was pregnant with a Down Syndrome child, and after meeting my son decided to keep the child. They moved away before I could find out if they were glad they did. I don't know what happened or if they are happy, but I can only hope they are as happy as our family is. I wish everyone could meet my son, he truly touches the hearts of almost everyone he meets."
Posted at 04:20 PM
HOWEVER.... [Jonah Goldberg]
The entire Goldberg family unit (minus Cosmo) will be going on the NR Cruise in November. You could sign up for that and meet the Fair Jessica and Lucy the Wonderbaby (See the link on the bottom of left of the homepage, I can't get a url to work in the Corner).
Posted at 03:20 PM
SPEECH DELAYED [Jonah Goldberg]
I was supposed to give a speech at Davidson College in North Carolina in November. It's been postponed because of some sort of electrical something-or-other until the Spring. Just an FYI for those I told to come check it out. As of now, I have no open-to-the-public speeches scheduled this fall. Of course, some of you deep-pocketed big-shots out there could change that.
Posted at 03:15 PM
SURPRISING FEEDBACK [Jonah Goldberg]
So far the response from readers to today's G-File has been interestingly mixed. Many liked it, many think I'm flat-out wrong. Quite a few think I'm a prude of some kind for my description of Schwarzenegger's past behavior. One guy in full spin-denial angrily asked me if I ever "touched" a woman's breast without "asking for permission first" -- which is a bit of a distortion. But most of all, I get the sense that a lot of people wanted me to do something more ra-ra for Ahnold. That's cool. It's a good thing to defy the expectations of your readers from time to time. But, the next time one of you guys want to send me an email calling me a shill for the GOP, please think twice. Also, I am fully prepared to become rah-rah for Arnold if he turns out to be a good governor. He apologized and he got elected so he gets a fresh start in my eyes.
Posted at 03:06 PM
NOMENCLATURE [Rick Brookhiser]
I have made the point before, but I will make it again, since Andrew Sullivan persists in calling Schwarzenegger an Eagle--his name for patriotic, fiscally conservative, social liberals. This is a flatfooted creature for an American political bestiary. There is no trace of mockery, as there is in Thomas Nast's donkeys and elephants (and Nast was a Republican). Gee, Andrew, why not call your soulmates Kings of the Jungle, or Unicorns, or Thrones, Dominions and Powers?
Posted at 02:41 PM
MORE PROP 54 [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I am still not saying it is enough to sway the tally a great deal, but I'm getting a lot of these emails now:
EEEk! I just realized that my husband marked our sample ballots just that way, NO on 54, and that's how I voted, because I didn't take time to look at it...I'm sure that's what he was thinking, that we were voting against the classification by race, etc.....
Posted at 02:38 PM
FROM THE SOURCE [Jonah Goldberg]
Still no apology or defense or even explanation for Richard Just's knee-jerk liberal racialism. But I did get this from Kenneth Calvert, the headmaster of Hillsdale Academy:
Posted at 02:35 PM
FRANCE SUCKS [Jonah Goldberg]
Sorry to be indelicate, but if you can come up with something more sophisticated to say after you look at this picture, I salute your temperment.
Posted at 02:23 PM
PANGLOSS IN CALIFORNIA [Rich Lowry]
Here is my from-afar and probably too-optimistic take: 1) Arnold ran a more conservative campaign then he might have, thanks to the presence of Tom McClintock in the race, and he might, MIGHT, be good for the state and the GOP; 2) Gray Davis, the representative of nearly everything that is cringe-making and wrong with American politics, is gone in a well-justified voter revolt; 3) Tom McClintock acquitted himself well and emerges with his reputation in general—if not his reputation for being a team player, as John points out—enhanced. So, maybe what you smell at the moment is everything coming up roses…
Posted at 02:20 PM
WORDS DIDN'T GET IN THE WAY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Robert Alt writes:
I disagree that Prop. 209 was "unfairly worded." The reader assumes that there is a set definition for affirmative action--either legally or in public parlance, and that therefore the use of the terms "discrimination" and "preference" is some less fair. But there is vast disagreement in both the legal and popular uses of the term affirmative action. For example, do stark quotas constitute affirmative action? While there have been lawsuits in which employers and educators have argued that programs amounting to quotas were nothing more than affirmative action, it is not clear that the general public or the legal community views such programs as "affirmative action." Thus, to use the term "affirmative action" would have been to use a term that was less precise, both as a matter of law and as a matter of usage.
Posted at 02:16 PM
AMONG GRIZZLIES [Jonah Goldberg]
From the Anchorage Daily News website:
Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- A California author and filmmaker who garnered national media attention for his films of close encounters with brown bears was killed and partially eaten by his subjects, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Posted at 02:09 PM
RED SOX VS. YANKEES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Kerry vs. Dean. Race gets nasty!
Posted at 01:53 PM
RE PRO-CHOICE BUT PRO-LIFE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I'm certainly glad Arnold is against pba and for parental notification, but, still, one of the roles of bishops is to make things clear. Abortion is an evil that a Catholic should not tolerate or aid and abet. And every election season, Catholic shepherds should be reminding people of this--candidates and voters. The making things clear thing is what gets me so mad about Panetta--what kind of message is that...anyway...you know.
Posted at 01:43 PM
PROPS AND WORDING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Another interesting email:
Your reader has a point about the unfair wording of Prop. 54 on the ballot. You should know, however, that Prop. 209 (banning affirmative action) was unfairly worded in the other direction-- the description mentioned nothing about affirmative action or even racial preferences, even though that's what the proposition was supposed to address-- it just said it would ban "discrimination or preferential treatment" based on race, national origin, sex, etc. I realize that the voter CAN figure out what that means (just as a voter COULD figure out what 54 was going to do), but an honest ballot would have said that it was an initiative to dismantle affirmative action or racial preference programs, or programs that give preferences to minorities, etc. After all, that really was what the issue was.
Posted at 01:42 PM
PRO-CHOICE BUT PRO-LIFE [Peter Robinson]
K-Lo, a reader makes a couple of good points, and makes them very well: "I am under the impression that if a Catholic politician is for an abortion regime more protective of life than the current one and takes steps in that direction he can remain in good standing with the Church. Arnold is for parentical notification (and I bet parental consent) and against partial-birth abortion and is very unlikely to be for judicial fiat on these matters. Gray Davis was for government paid abortion in all cases and without parental notification. Moreover he was for laws that would force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions or disallow them from taking over failed government hospitals. Arnold, no doubt, is not for that either. Is it your impression (which I gather from your Corner post) that the Church requires a maximalist position at all times and in all circumstances by a political office holder? I think the accurate position is that the Church requires a Catholic politician to move the law in the direction of protecting unborn life and it is for them to determine what is politically possible. While Arnold calls himself pro-gay and pro-choice in what he actually advocates on the ground, given the political possibilities, I think he is operationally pro-life and pro-family. I think the Bishop will have to wait and see what he does."
How do we answer that one? There are certainly distinctions to be drawn between Davis and Arnold, I figure, and no doubt the Bishop will indeed draw them. But Arnold has made it clear that he is pro-choice in principle, not merely because political circumstances leave him with little choice. The Bishop really ought to take him to task for that, no?
Posted at 01:38 PM
THAT HILARIOUS WASHPOST [Tim Graham]
Yesterday's front page headline: "On Eve Of Vote, California Race Remains Fluid." (Exit polls didn't exactly gibe with that bit of wishful thinking.)
Today's front page headline: "Voters Turn Davis Into The Fall Guy."
Posted at 01:36 PM
REMINISCENCE [Steve Hayward]
Jonah's query about Arnold and Jesse both becoming governor reminds me of a speech I gave in Minneapolis in 1999 as the token conservative at a conference at the Hubert Humphrey Institute. I knew that earnest Minnesota liberals were embarrassed and horrified at Ventura's election, so I decided to twit them by opening with: "Out in California were are very jealous of Minnesota for having Ventura as governor. We have boring governors like Wilson and Davis these days, and Californians look at Minnesota and say, 'Damn, why didn't we think of that?'" Well, now we have. Only I expect Arnold will be a better governor than Jesse.
Posted at 01:33 PM
RE: BISHOP & ARNOLD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Peter, I agree entirely; actually, little ol' me said just (something like) that on Vatican Radio this ayem. I'm a fan of bishops telling it like it is, to Dems and Reps alike. And, the Vatican is too.
Posted at 01:18 PM
THE BISHOP AND THE GOVERNOR-ELECT [Peter Robinson]
K-Lo, the next time you're on the horn to the Vatican, could you ask what advice they'd give to the Bishop of Sacramento? This past January, you'll recall, Bishop William Weigand let Govenor Gray Davis have it:
"[P]eople have been asking questions," Weigand said, speaking in the cathedral in Sacramento. "They asked 'how can a Catholic be in good standing and still hold [the pro-choice] point of view?' I'm saying you can't be a Catholic in good standing and hold that point of view. The governor's position is very public and contrary. ... You can't have it both ways.
"As your bishop," Weigand said, "I have to say clearly that anyone -- politician or otherwise -- who thinks it is acceptable for a Catholic to be pro-abortion is in very great error, puts his or her soul at risk, and is not in good standing with the church. Such a person should have the integrity to acknowledge this and choose of his own volition to abstain from receiving Holy Communion until he has a change of heart."
This seems to have had no effect on Davis--as best I can make it out, he's a Catholic of only the most nominal kind. But there's pretty good evidence that Schwarzenegger takes his faith much more seriously--he, Maria, and their four children attend mass every Sunday, a couple of friends who belong to their church tell me--and if Bishop Weigand confronts him, then Schwarzenegger might at the very least find himself with a troubled conscience. And to tell you the truth, I don't think the Bishop has much choice. Confront a Democrat but not a Republican? What sense would that make?
Posted at 01:10 PM
54 BIAS? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
First complaint like this I've heard, from an e-mailer. I'm oretty sure 54 would have lost anyway, but interesting:
Very unfortunate ballot heading for Prop. 54: "CLASSIFICATION BY RACE, ETHNICITY, NATURAL ORIGIN." Following that bold heading was some fine print and then the big YES/NO boxes. Even though I knew what Prop 54 was, my instinct was to check the NO box (as in "no, I would not like to be classified by my race . . ."). I had to do a double-take as a result of the visual presentation. Not to play Fla politics (I did get it right), but I'm willing to bet that heading cost the measure because the heading presents exactly the opposite of the goal of the proposition.
Posted at 01:08 PM
TOMMY MCC [Peter Robinson]
John Miller, I'm with you: I half wish McClintock had pulled out last week, throwing his support to Der Arnold. By doing so he could have a) claimed a place in Arnold's budget councils, b) ended his reputation as a loner and spoiler, and c) signalled that he intended to remain a player for years to come. And he could have earned comparison with Reagan himself. The Gipper, after all, established his basic approach to politics as president of the Screen Actors Guild. What does a union leader have to know how to do? Stake out a position--and then settle for the best deal he can get. On tax cuts, on arms deals--Reagan displayed this pattern again and again.
McClintock, alas, seems to know only how to stake out a position, not how to cut a deal.
He's still young, of course--a decade younger than Der Arnold--so he might become a force yet. I hope so. But in the meantime I'd urge him to study up on the Gospel admonition. We are called to be not only innocent as doves, but wise as serpents.
Posted at 12:55 PM
MEDIA CLUELESS ON RECALL [Wesley J. Smith]
The media is depicting the recall as just being about voters angry about the deficit. There is some truth to that, but it misses the primary cause of Davis' overwhelming loss: S.B. 60 that gave illegal aliens driver's licenses. Once that bill was signed, it was over both for Davis and Cruz. Indeed, the Democratic Party in this state now calls illegal aliens "immigrants." This is insulting to the millions who came here legally and earned their residency and citizenship. This includes Latinos who "surprisingly" voted in large numbers for the recall. Yet, the media doesn't mention it and has only barely reported the issue at all. But the people know.
Illegal immigration is a huge issue. Too bad that the political establishment refuses to address it.
Posted at 12:54 PM
IN BRIEF [Peter Robinson]
My pal Bill Whalen sums it up: "Evvvvvvvverything seemed to break Arnold's way in recall. Short election, no bruising primary. Perfect foils in Gray and Cruz, judicial arrogance by the 9th Circuit, media arrogance by the LAT, political arrogance in the form of the car tax increase. And the overall timing: CA's political earthquakes are '66, '78/'80 and '94. Recall was the right time for Arnold, if you believe that political rebellions out here are like cicadas that pop out of the earth after years in hibernation."
Posted at 12:39 PM
NYT & RED SOX [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
As many readers have pointed out to me, it does seem amazing (not the biggest issue of the day, but amazing, in its place) that the NYT wouldn't acknowledge their financial ties to the Red Sox (i.e. partial owenership).
Posted at 11:54 AM
SOCIAL CONCERN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
John Lott adds numbers to the Rush/ESPN debate.
Posted at 11:49 AM
HILLSDALE'S HISTORY [Aaron P. Bailey]
As the only Hillsdale College grad at National Review, let me point out a few things. The ad for the Academy (the College's K-12 private school) reads: "Want to Bring Back 'The Good Old Days'?" To us, the good old days date back to the College's founding in 1844. Hillsdale was the first college in the country to prohibit discrimination based on race, religion, or sex in its charter. The College sent the highest proportion of its sons, outside of the military academies, to fight on behalf of the Union in the Civil War. In 1955, the football team refused an invitation to play in the Tangerine Bowl because the event organizers would not let Hillsdale's black students play.
College administrators don't pre-arrange publicity photos with "acceptable" numbers of minority representation, like many other institutions do. As its founders declared, Hillsdale's mission is "to furnish all persons who wish, irrespective of nation, color, or sex, a literary and scientific education." Enough said.
Posted at 11:40 AM
RE: KAUS [Tim Graham]
Jonah, I'm struck by Kaus noting "For decades, goo-goo reformers have written op-eds calling on the people to rise up against the corrupting influence of campaign contributions. Well, in California the people are finally rising up against the corrupting influence of campaign contributions. Where are the goo-goos?"
On the national scene, the goo-goo anchors, who have ceaselessly pounded the ground for McCain-Feingold, were too busy pressing Arnold on pawing charges to care about how the state government is run and whether it says something about campaign financing...
Posted at 11:40 AM
1987 [Jonah Goldberg]
If you'd left the theater in that year, after having just seen "Running Man" or "Predator" would you have believed someone who said "two of those guys are going to be Governor." I could have believed that, maybe, Richard Dawson or Carl Weathers might become Congressmen. But Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger? Governors?
Posted at 10:58 AM
KAUS [Jonah Goldberg]
In today's column I refrain from recounting all the arguments against Davis because others have done it. The guy who did it the best on a daily basis (which exempts our own commentators Steinberg, Hayward and Annis) was Mickey Kaus. Today he has an excellent explanation of why he voted for Schwarzenegger.
Posted at 10:32 AM
NO HEART ATTACK? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Arafat's people are denying he had a heart attack, fyi.
Posted at 10:28 AM
READ BETWEEN THE LIES [Jonathan H. Adler]
The trailer for Shattered Glass, the Stephen Glass movie, is now online.
Posted at 10:27 AM
HERE'S AN IDEA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Gray for Pres. '04.
Posted at 10:23 AM
ANOTHER SPORTSCASTER WITH A POLITICAL EDGE [Tim Graham]
MRC's Cyber Alert notes during this week's game, Monday Night Football play-by-play announcer Al Michaels took an accurate shot at Arianna Huffington, commenting on how a player who zig-zagged through the other team's defensive line to pick up nearly 20 yards had shown "more change of direction than Arianna Huffington," an obvious crack at how she's moved from right to left.
Posted at 10:20 AM
SEND THE KIDS TO SCHOOL IN AFRICA [John Derbyshire]
A helpful reader has found the article I couldn't find. Unfortunately it needs a subscription.
Posted at 10:19 AM
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Posted at 10:14 AM
ONE MORE THING ABOUT TAPPED [Jonah Goldberg]
Those guys were indignant when a blogger tried to play the same game with the American Prospect by noting that their own staff -- as displayed in a group photo -- was as white as a Swedish high school chess club. In response, Tapped responded:
Finally, Atrios, apparently seeking to prove the white supremacist leanings of this fine magazine, posts pictures of members of our staff -- damn, he nailed us! Since the race and ethnicity of a magazine's contributors are apparently Atrios' most reliable indicator of liberal virtue and sensibility on issues of race, then he had best buy a subscription to National Review. After all, that particular journal counts Lopez and Ramesh Ponnuru, who are presumably of Latino and South Asian descent, respectively, among its senior staff.That's right. Not only are those guys rank hypocrites, but thanks to the righteousness-imbuing qualities of NR's diveristy, I get to say so.
Posted at 10:11 AM
JESSE'S PRINCIPLES [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
My favorite part of last night was on Hannity and Colmes. Jesse Jackson was outlining why he would be protesting the outcome of the election including supposed examples of people being disenfranchised or harassed. Hannity asked him directly, "If Gray Davis wins, will you contest the election?" Jesse just said, "No."
Posted at 09:59 AM
UNJUST [Jonah Goldberg]
Yesterday, Richard Just, editor of the American Prospect Online wrote this:
THE GOOD OLD DAYS. One page of National Review's new special supplement on higher education is, I think, worthy of special recognition. The supplement is filled with ads for various schools -- mostly obscure religious institutions such as Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., and Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. But on page 18, there is an ad for Hillsdale Academy, a kindergarten-through-12th-grade school located in Michigan. The top of the ad reads, "Want to Bring Back 'The Good Old Days'?" and beneath it is a photo of six white kids.
I did look at the ad myself and I drew one inescapable conclusion: I think Richard Just is a bigot. Time and again the bloggers at The American Prospect have simply asserted that conservatives are motivated by cartoonishly villainous motives. Remember their nonsense about how liberals oppose a military draft for high-minded reasons, but conservatives oppose the idea because it would make America a better and more just society? But this is just appalling. So unless he ate some bad clams, he has no excuse. And he should certainly apologize.
I don’t normally call anti-Christian conservative types bigots because I tend to think it plays into the language of victimology – something the right should avoid – and because it removes ideas from the equation. But I can’t avoid the conclusion that Mr. Just thinks “the message” is obvious because he works from the assumption that “obscure religious institutions” like Christendom College must be bigoted and a conservative school talking about the “good old days” must be referring to those rightwing wonder years when Amos and Andy were on the radio. Never mind that Just clearly knows next to nothing about Hillsdale Academy (which is not a religious school). I’ve been there. I even spoke at their graduation. This tiny school resides in rural Michigan in a county that is .4% black and a long drive from anywhere. Perhaps the lack of black students might have something to do with the fact that many black parents don’t want to send their kid to school two hours from the nearest city or can’t afford to board them there?
Whatever the reason, Mr. Just sees no need to inquire because he already knows “good old days” + “white kids” = nostalgia for Jim Crow. Well, for the record, most of the kids I met were the children of professors and other folks connected to the school. A smarter and more decent bunch of high school kids, I’ve never met. The conclusion they were racists or the children of racists or the product of a racist institution could be based only in ignorance – which liberals like Mr. Just usually insist is the cause of prejudice anyhow. The President of Hillsdale is Larry Arn, for Pete’s sake. He’s a full-blown Lincoln-worshipping West Coast Straussian.
But yes, do look at the ad in question. Look at the 7 point checklist the school includes to help flesh-out what they mean by “Old Days.” Is it so inconceivable that this is what they had in mind rather than the perfervid racial subtext Mr. Just sees so clearly?
And one last thing, would Just assume racism if he saw similar ad for a historically black college?
Posted at 09:34 AM
GOV. ARNOLD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Entertaining the world. I just did a Radio show in Rome (Vatican Radio), and the folks there confirm the wonderment.
Posted at 08:53 AM
G-FILE UP [Jonah Goldberg ]
By the way.
Posted at 08:52 AM
BREAKING THE CODE [Jonah Goldberg]
I thought the discussions on all the cable news nets were hilarious last night. From Brit Hume's show on Fox and Larry King on CNN, everyone talked in these absurd hypotheticals "If Arnold Schwarzenegger wins, this will mean blah blah blah." "If he won, it was because, yada yada yada." "If Gray Davis turns out to be the loser tonight..." etc. Nobody ever once asked what a Bustamante or continued Davis governship would be like. You'd have to be an idiot not to figure out that Arnold one. I understand the argument that the networks shouldn't release exit poll numbers, but I find it a bit creepy that all of these journalists are pretending not to know something which is so clearly affecting their analysis.
Posted at 08:48 AM
STEVE! JOHN! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
So nice to see people in here!!!!
Posted at 08:47 AM
MORE BAIL FROM THE TIMES--THE NEW YORK TIMES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A (New York) reader writes: " I thought Coulter was breathing hyperbole about the Times till I read today's editorial hoping for a RedSox-Cubs World Series. Can we recall the editor? Or at least take the New York off the logo?"
Posted at 08:46 AM
SPEAKING OF STEVE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
If you sign up for NR Digital, you'll be able to read Steve Hayward's piece on the recall race on Friday, rather than waiting for your postman to cometh with it. (And remember that if you subscribe to the paper edition, the Digital comes with it!)
Posted at 08:42 AM
FAVORITE DEM SPIN [Steve Hayward]
It was clear early in the evening, before the polls closed but after all the networks were hinting that their exit polls showed a smashing victory for recall/Arnold, that the Democrats had worked up their talking points: This was really a message to President Bush that he's in trouble. Terry McAuliffe was already road testing this before the polls closed.
My favorite moment of the evening was when Dem uber-apparatchik Bob Mulholland tried out the party line on Brit Hume. With his deadpan delivery, Hume asked: "Let me get this straight: 60 percent of California voters voted for a Republican candidate [Arnold + McClintock], and this is something that should worry President Bush?"
Posted at 08:39 AM
FACTOID [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
learned on CNN. No Kennedy had ever won a governor's seat before now (if you count him).
Posted at 07:53 AM
BROKEN RECORD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Pro-choice Catholic Leon Panetta, one of theCatholic bishops' lay-eyes guys on their "National Review" (darn that name!) scandal oversight board, is on The Today Show talking Dem politics right now, in support of the losing pro-choice Catholic Gray Davis. (Ok, so Arnold's a pro-choice Catholic too, what can I do? I was against the recall.) Panetta's presence there on that bishops' board just continues to infuriate me--fueled most recently by Frank Keating--ex-chair of the "NR" board--revealing in the latest issue of Crisis how the bishops' conference did him in. Read the Keating story here.
Posted at 07:15 AM
TOM'S FATE [John J. Miller]
So McClintock didn't win and didn't spoil--seems he wasn't even a factor. Will he be in the future? I would have voted for him, but a part of me wishes he had endorsed Arnold last week, if only to maintain his viability within the GOP. I want McClintock to have a political future in California, but I fear that he won't have much of one now. Some folks have suggested that he run for the Senate against Barbara Boxer next year, but I've always thought this would be a mistake. McClintock's strength is on state budget matters, and a race for office in DC wouldn't play to that. He's much more suited for state controller, an office he nearly captured last year. The rap on my man all along has been that he's not a team player, and there's plenty of truth to it. His reluctance to play with the team usually has been based on sound principle, but now I'm afraid that he's going to spend the rest of his political career on the backbench. My guess is we've heard the last of him, except as an occasional speaker at right-wing confabs. This saddens me. Is anybody more optimistic?
Posted at 06:23 AM
DON'T FAINT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
But there is actually going to be a Goldberg File posted this morning.
Posted at 06:20 AM
OUR GERMAN HEROES! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- German brewer Spaten donated 600 cases of its namesake lager to the U.S. Navy Sept. 3, to thank U.S. Sailors and Marines who deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Posted at 05:15 AM
ORRIN'S BIG NIGHT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Orrin Hatch's immigrant-for-prez bill has gotten repeated mentions tonight.
Posted at 02:12 AM
"AN OUTSIDER" [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Bill Schneider saying Arnold favs have to do with outsider status. Um, a Kennedy. A multibillion-dollar star. Outside of what?
Posted at 02:06 AM
NO MORE DATELINE? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Will NBC let Mrs. Governor Shriver back? ZZZZ to the self-loving, navel-gazing media importance pieces to come...
Posted at 02:02 AM
ARAFAT HAD A HEART ATTACK [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 01:59 AM
THE OFFICIAL NUMBERS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 01:47 AM
SO WEIRD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Republican governor-elect of California hugs Sargent and Eunice Shriver.
Posted at 01:44 AM
ANOTHER OBSERVANT READER [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Browsing through the major liberally biased news websites to gloat over the CA victory, I discovered that the New York Slimes 12:53 a.m. top headline claims Arnold was "selected." Didn't read the article, but maybe they're claiming the Supreme Court intervened at the last minute, in some parallel universe, that is.
Posted at 01:37 AM
ONLY FITTING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Jay Leno is Gov. Elect Ah-nold's opening act.
Posted at 01:30 AM
YIKES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
62-38 percent seems to be the Prop 54 numbers. No wonder the Dems are dancing still.
Posted at 01:19 AM
GRAY IS CONCEDING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
"We did not win this time." You don't say...
Posted at 12:51 AM
NOONAN RULES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I just saw a few minutes, but Peggy Noonan is taking no prisoners, as they say, on Hardball, debating Lawrence O'Donnell (speaking of WW).
Posted at 12:50 AM
INSULT TO INJURY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A reader writes: "I am a long-time NRO reader and just wanted to ask if I was the only one that saw, on ABC, a scroll that said that "Bill" McClintock cast his vote in Thousand Oaks, CA. "
Posted at 12:48 AM
AT ARNOLD'S PARTY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Have you ever seen so many women on a GOP stage? Not to feed gender-gap myth nonsense, but that is so...different for the GOP, at least purely image-wise.
Posted at 12:45 AM
SO ARNOLD IS GOVERNOR [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
and Ron Silver is a political commentator? (See CNN now.) Guess once you play one on WW...
Posted at 12:37 AM
54 [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A reader writes:
I am living proof of the need for Prop. 54 to be successful. On Sunday I got an automated call from Jesse Jackson urging me to vote no on the recall, which I believe he said was a right wing power grab coup. Monday, Bill Clinton called then Al Gore. At first I was thinking they picked numbers through zip codes. Then my buddy down the street told me she received an automated call from Republican Daryl Issa. Then another neighbor said that she had only received calls from Republicans. Why are they calling me, I am a registered Republican and I have given to the GOP?
Posted at 12:34 AM
DANCING ON THE GRAVE OF 54 [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Is Bustamante giving a victory speech? That's what his concession speech sounds like, as he celebrates the loss of Proposition 54.
Posted at 12:19 AM
BROKAW'S BITTER [Tim Graham]
At about 10:45 Tuesday night on MSNBC, Tom Brokaw began to acknowledge that guest Larry Elder was right, that Californians wanted less taxes and regulations. But then he called that philosophy "political nihilism."
That's very strange if you consult Webster's, which defines nihilism as "a viewpoint the traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless." That's not "conservative." Maybe he meant the other definition: "the program of a 19th century Russian party advocating revolutionary reform and using terrorism and assassination." Perhaps Tom's spent a little too much time with the Reader's Digest feature "Toward More Picturesque Speech."
Posted at 12:16 AM
REMARKABLE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Schwarzenegger's final campaign days were filled with Nazi and groping mentions. And he STILL won big (because of?). Only in California?
Posted at 12:15 AM
"BY AN ALMOST TWO TO ONE MARGIN..." [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Arnold wins recall, it seems. quoting Wolf B.
Posted at 12:11 AM
TYPICALLY CRUDE [Tim Graham]
The DNC has actually titled their official weblog "Kicking Ass."
Posted at 12:09 AM
WHAT TO DO WITH THE HAGGIS [Peter Robinson]
Correct me if I'm wrong here, Derb, but wouldn't it be far more appropriate for Rod to preserve his haggis by putting it in a glass jar filled with whiskey?
Posted at 12:07 AM
TWO FOR MCCLINTOCK [Peter Robinson]
Kathryn, the wife and I dragged ourselves from our sickbeds to cast the only two votes in precinct 2546, which covers faculty housing on the Stanford campus, that Tom McClintock is likely to get.
Posted at 12:07 AM
RECALLED [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Doesn't this all have the feel of watching a movie?
Posted at 12:05 AM
Tuesday, October 07, 2003
PAUL BEGALA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
is convinced--or convincing-- that the recall will be recalled (on CNN now).
Posted at 08:06 PM
INQUIRING MINDS WANNA KNOW [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Peter, did you go for Tom or Arnold?
Posted at 08:02 PM
GENERAL W/O A MANAGER [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Wes Clark's campaign manager quits.
Posted at 07:56 PM
HAGGIS IN LUCITE [John Derbyshire]
Er, well, Rod... I am finding it difficult to muster up an opinion here. I do feel pretty sure, though, that if you go through with this project, you will possess the only lucite-entombed haggis in the Lone Star State. Or in the galaxy, very likely.
Posted at 07:40 PM
JESSE JACKSON GETS TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From the Washington Post:
Jesse L. Jackson was also in town to campaign for Davis, and urged, "We must say no to organized chaos. . . . This is not about competency. This is about ideology."
Posted at 07:18 PM
RE: WE BE EVIL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The author is a princess.
Posted at 07:15 PM
DERB AND LUCITE [Rod Dreher]
Derb, I hope a Corner reader in Dallas will write me to tell me where I could have one of my sacred objects encased in Lucite. It's...well, it's a haggis. My old friend Fr. Joe Wilson of Brooklyn sent me a haggis earlier this year (he's the haggis-sending sort), and while there was no chance of my eating it, it did acquire a certain talismanic quality. I kept the Holy Haggis of Brooklyn in my freezer reliquary, and later found I couldn't part with it when I moved from New York. I carried it on the plane to Texas, and installed in the freezer here. My wife, who is a heathen and a communiss, blasphemes it regularly, but I am thoroughly convinced that the reason my son has been preserved from vile and unnatural affections for the Dallas Cowboys, and that he still realizes that the Yankees are God's Team, is the unseen graces lavished upon our family thanks to the relic's presence. I would like to encase it in Lucite, so it will be permanently incorrupt, and place it on public display in my office for the spiritual edification of sundry pilgrims. Can anyone help?
Posted at 07:10 PM
MORE EXIT POLLING, OF A SORT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A reader: "The overall feeling of happiness and joy I saw at my polling place was probably not a good omen for Mr. Davis. Of course I live in San Diego county which starts out with a distrust and dislike for Sacramento. I would expect San Diego county to go heavily for Ah-nold."
Posted at 07:03 PM
VOTING THE EASY WAY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Arnold on how to vote: "Instead of going through two pages I just went through 10 pages and you always look for the longest name."
Posted at 07:01 PM
REPORT FROM PASADENA [Peter Robinson]
A reader notes that turnout in her Pasadena neighborhood seems light, and that she's only seen a couple of pro-recall lawn signs. And yet: "[T]here is a sense that quietly everyone outside the lockstep-Left is going to punch the card for Arnold. A table of gentlemen in their 90s were at a burger shop at lunch, wearing 'Arnold' buttons on their lapels. One of my neighbors was in tears last Thursday, revolted by the L.A. Times stories that day and saying that the newspaper and Democratic party's behavior has probably driven her to the Republican side for good."
Posted at 06:56 PM
VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN [John Derbyshire]
I'd feel better about these reports of high turnout in the California recall election if I were sure it isn't the illegal immigrant vote we're seeing there....
Posted at 06:53 PM
THIS JUST IN [Peter Robinson]
Bill Whalen, a colleague here at Hoover and an experienced hand at California politics, has been on the telephone with campaign operatives. He passes this along:
***Exit polling shows the recall winning by a stunning 57-43 (and that's without taking into account the absentee ballots, which are all but certain to run still more heavily in favor of the recall).
***Turnout here in the Bay Area, which is, of course, perhaps the most heavily Democratic region in the state, is running lower than expected.
Posted at 06:44 PM
SWEET SURRENDER [Andrew Stuttaford]
Tim, a “complete cultural surrender of a sentence.” Wow! To be fair to me though, my reference to sex in that white flag wording was only to electoral politics. For all I know, God may indeed “worry” about a candidate’s sex life. My point, however, is that (with some obvious exceptions) it’s better if voters do not.
Posted at 06:31 PM
EXITING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Fox NEws exit poll, Tony Snow just reported, shows Arnold comfortably ahead, with the highest favorables from everyone, including women.
Posted at 06:09 PM
GREEN LIGHT FOR DO-NOT-CALL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Appeals court overrules prior ruling.
Posted at 05:56 PM
IMAGINE (APOLOGIES TO JOHN LENNON) [John Derbyshire]
A good point on yesterday's "lack of imagination" thread, from a reader: "Since when do people on the left suffer from a lack of imagination? They can imagine John Ashcroft's jackbooted minders breaking down doors to inspect library cards. They imagine that September 11th was a Republican plot to boost business for Halliburton. They imagine that Bill Clinton was a great President! Need I go on? The problem with lefties is more fundamental. They simply cannot deal with reality. Rather than face the fact that evil men do horrible things to innocent people, their post-modern alarm bell rings, setting off a spate of apologies, rationalizations and evasions. Reality simply won't fit into their utopian vision. Imagine that!"
Posted at 05:37 PM
EQUINE SIMILES [John Derbyshire]
Numerous readers have reminded me that there is another common simile of the form "X like a horse." How do I say that I'm not going there without invoking the absurdly over-worn cliche "not going there"?
Posted at 05:35 PM
SAD BUT TRUE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The closest I've gotten to an exit poll today is Peter's post-voting post.
Posted at 05:34 PM
WORKPLACE DISTRACTIONS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Reader-manufactured adjectives, verbs, nouns...
Posted at 05:32 PM
PLUGGING MICHAEL MOORE [Tim Graham]
NBC's Today had him on where he announced to the world the um, unique insights that "There is no terror threat" and "The American public is actually very liberal and I'm very much in the mainstream of that majority of Americans."
Posted at 05:29 PM
WE BE EVIL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
If you take a quick look at American history, you will realize instantly that the atrocities committed by the Americans on their fellow man might be one of the worst in human history, and that’s saying much — one, because humanity has reached levels of evil that no other creature on earth can compete with, and two, because the very short history of the American nation makes its crimes even more shocking when compared with other, more ancient lands.
Posted at 04:49 PM
WORD TO THE WISE [John Derbyshire]
Rich: All congratulations on the forthcoming book. Just a word of caution, though. You may be tempted to have a copy of your book imbedded in a slab of lucite. I was, when Coolidge came out. Doing this with a hardback makes for somewhat too big a slab, I learned, but an imbedded paperback is great--an excellent paperweight, desk decoration, conversation piece, door stopper, and home-defense missile. (There is a firm in New York City that does the imbedding job beautifully: Doremus Advertising at 200 Varick St., 212-366-3852.) Here's the warning though: Be careful whom you tell about it. Some people will think that imbedding your book in lucite is absurdly over the top, and will laugh at you for it. Heather Mac Donald, for example. When I mentioned to her that I had done this with a book, she hooted. "You did what? I can't believe you!...." The upside, of course, is that a slab of lucite lasts around 4,000,000 years, so your book will be dug up when the archeological teams arrive from Alpha Centauri. (They won't be able to read it, of course, but I'm talking promotion here.)
And, er, speaking of paperbacks: Production of the paperback edition of Prime Obsession is now under way. It'll be available next June, and I shall definitely have a copy imbedded in lucite, whatever Heather thinks. I shall report further progress on the paperback edition. (If there is any space left on The Corner between Rich's own book promotions....)
Posted at 04:35 PM
ALMOST PARADISE? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Coalition close to Saddam?
Posted at 04:13 PM
JUST BACK FROM VOTING [Peter Robinson]
Although the wife, the baby, and I are all suffering from some sort of flu (the flu? A whole month before the rainy season? It just ain't right) we toddled along to our polling place, a Lutheran church on the edge of the Stanford campus, to cast our votes. Even in the middle of the morning, there was a line, which jibes with the emails I'm getting from friends around the state (and with Steve Hayward's posting below): turnout today is heavy.
What can this mean? Here in Palo Alto, it probably means that the anti-recall folks are all worked up--on the way to the polling place we saw a couple of dozen "No Recall" signs. In Orange County and the Central Valley it probably means the pro-recall folks are all worked up. A lovely day for democracy, one way or t'other.
Posted at 03:44 PM
PEDAGOGICAL DEFENESTRATION [Jonah Goldberg]
Posted at 03:43 PM
I MADE THE LOCAL NEWS [Jonah Goldberg]
The Champlain Channel reports:
'National Review' Writer Skewers Dean
Posted at 03:32 PM
MURAVCHIK ON SAID [Jonah Goldberg]
From an interesting interview with the Brown Daily Worker, er, I mean Brown Daily Herald:
Posted at 03:10 PM
RE: NO, JONAH [Jonah Goldberg]
$450K wouldn't be a raise, it would be a lift-off.
Posted at 02:58 PM
101 QUESTION [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I'm looking for a readable, persuasive primer on conservatism for bright high-school seniors who are not all conservative (and those who say they are conservative may not necessarily know why they say so). I'm thinking a book, but if there's a chapter or two in a book here or there that comes to mind (perhaps it converted you?), send it along. I'll share results with the group. (And yes, the best a most reliable primer is NR and NRO)
Posted at 02:42 PM
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Posted at 02:35 PM
NO, JONAH [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
you're not getting a raise!!! Suits wanted me to preempt.
Posted at 02:32 PM
CRIMINEY! [Jonah Goldberg]
$450K! If I knew there were jobs that paid that kind of shmundo for media criticism, I would have....well, I don't know what I would have done. But if there's anyone out there interested in snapping me up for something close to a half-million a year please tell me what I would have needed to do and I will start doing it! As long as I don't have to lie, break the law or have lunch with people like Arianna Huffington.
Posted at 02:23 PM
THE INJUSTICE OF THE WORLD [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Michael Wolff makes $450,000 a year as a columnist for New York? You'd think for that kind of money, he would write better stuff.
Posted at 02:09 PM
TWO-SIMILE ANIMALS [John Derbyshire]
I asked whether there is any other animal which, like the coot, shows up in more than one common simile. A reader offers the following:
---Eats like a horse, strong as a horse.
---Eats like a bird, free as a bird.
---Strong as an ox, dumb as an ox.
---Fat as a pig, eats like a pig (admittedly, kinda related).
The coot is still ahead, though. Readers from various regions have assured me that as well as being bald as a coot and crazy as a coot, you can also be drunk as a coot and (oh boy) queer as a coot.
You may also, of course, assuming you survive your baldness, craziness, drinking problem and queerness, end up as an old coot.
Posted at 02:07 PM
RE: POOR ANDREW [Tim Graham]
Andrew, I did not say a "rigorous attachment to monogamy" is the only voting factor, so we would pick Carter over Churchill. That's a straw man argument.
But "who cares about sex?" (I'd start with "God.") That's a complete cultural surrender of a sentence. In reference to other posts today (as in: Jonah's on Sullivan), objections to Clinton were not based on "sex panic," but on the notion that Clinton always treated public office like a Howard Stern would: as a goldmine of sexual opportunity more than a public trust. From the first national scandal (Gennifer Flowers), objections to Clinton's sexual recklessness focused on how he used the power of the state for his pleasurable ends, giving Flowers a state job to keep her happy, playing peek-a-boo with state employee Paula Jones, using state troopers and then Secret Service personnel as pawns in his sex games. If Clinton was a conventional adulterer -- with a single, tight-lipped mistress without any connection to government -- none of the "sex panic" would have ever made a second on the evening news.
Posted at 02:02 PM
CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION? [Andrew Stuttaford]
More excellent reporting on the LA Times from LA Weekly’s unfortunately-named Bill Bradley:
”Senior Democratic strategists knew the particulars of last Thursday’s L.A. Times exposé on Arnold Schwarzenegger well in advance of the story’s publication, the Weekly has learned from well-informed sources. This knowledge came not only in advance of publication but also before anyone outside a close circle at the Times knew of the story’s timing and particulars.”
Referring to the LA Times sliming of Schwarzenegger, Glenn Reynolds makes this point:
"This is yet another reason why campaign finance "reform" is a joke -- this is effectively a huge secret campaign donation that just happens to be exempt from the law."
Posted at 01:48 PM
FEELS GOOD TRASHING RUSH? [Tim Graham]
Brent Baker reports Katie Couric joked about the National Enquirer allegations of a Rush Limbaugh drug habit on Leno's show Monday night. The co-host of NBC's Today offered this spiel:
When I do the Today show out here I get up at 2am because out here you have to be up and ready to go at 4 because it's 7 in the east. So I was getting a little tired, but I feel actually good because I flew out here and Rush Limbaugh sat next to me on the plane. He gave me some vitamins." She then spun her head to flip her hair as she smiled and yelped: "Whaa! It feels good!"
Posted at 01:41 PM
EPISCOPALIAN CORNER [John Derbyshire]
Two points for Episcopalians: (1) A Professor at Ball State (in Muncie, Indiana) has compiled some statistics which show that the various Dioceses of the Episcopal Church that give more and are growing--as opposed to those which give less and are declining--voted "no" on the confirmation of Bishop Robinson. (2) An open letter to Bishop Griswold from Robert Gagnon: Robert is the author of "The Bible and Homosexual Practice," a definitive book in this area.
Posted at 01:31 PM
TURNOUT [Steve Hayward]
I'm hearing from several people in California that polling places are packed.
Posted at 01:21 PM
SATISFACTION II [Jonah Goldberg]
Here's an Aussie beer commercial using the same song. It's kind of disgusting, but clever.
Posted at 01:17 PM
LA TIMES [Jonah Goldberg]
A friend of mine in California just told me that he called the LA Times to cancel his subscription. After waiting on hold for a long time the customer service rep said "You're not the first person to do that today." Apparently, the Times backlash is strong.
Posted at 12:58 PM
SATISFACTION [Jonah Goldberg]
This is a very cool, very smutty, music video about power tools. If you don't like music videos, power tools or jiggly models in suggestive poses, do not click on this link. Liking just two of the three is not sufficient. You cannot say, Gee, I like power tools and cool music videos, let's see what Jonah's talking about. You gotta like the whole trifecta. Actually, on second thought, that's not true. If you like really hot models you could watch this with the sound off and it's not like the power tools get in the way. But there's no doubt in my mind Kathryn will be cross with me for posting.
Posted at 12:35 PM
RECALL PREDICTIONS [Peter Robinson]
What matters now? Turnout. Although the groping charges don't seem to have moved Arnold's poll numbers, they've no doubt energized some Davis supporters while disheartening some Schwarzenegger backers. The former are now a little more likely to turn up at the polls, the latter a little more likely to stay home--or to vote for McClintock. Over the weekend, it looked as though the recall and Arnold would both win by double digits. I'd still predict a very substantial victory for both, but not quite a blowout.
Recall: 54 percent
Arnold: 36 percent
Bustamante: 30 percent
McClintock: 16 percent
Posted at 12:31 PM
INTERESTING POINT [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
It occurs to me that with all of the hoo-haw over the Patriot Act from the left, their stance on gun control becomes less credible. Let's say you could repeal the 2nd amendent, via a new amendment. Let's say that the liberals get control of the government again and pass a total ban on all firearms. Do you think that they realize the level of police intrusion it would take to enforce such a law? Or are they willing to tolerate it when it comes to their own pet issues? It just seems disingenuous to me that the libs would carp over the Patriot Act when a total gun ban Act would require ten times the policing.
Posted at 12:05 PM
EISENHOWER ARNOLD [Jonah Goldberg]
The Wall Street Journal offers a very good summary of what liberals have done to California over the years. It highlights, for me at least, my point (and others') about voter accountability. The problem with electing a moderate Republican like Schwarzenegger is that he will not change course enough. Rather, like Ike with the New Deal, he will make the mess that is California bi-partisan. Does anyone think he'll be able to rollback just the laws Davis has passed in the last 90 days, let alone the more entrenched programs of California liberalism? Is there any suggestion -- anywhere -- that he would be even moderately inclined to pursue such a course of action? Or will he take the path of short-term like-ability and become the Bloomberg of California?
Posted at 11:57 AM
NICKLES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 11:44 AM
ROGUES [Andrew Stuttaford]
Tim, “poor, conflicted Andrew” – my goodness! I chose the word ‘rogue’ deliberately, because it is not one that automatically implies dishonesty. Churchill, for example, was a rogue. He was also a borderline (and that’s being generous) drunk, spendthrift, heavy gambler and somewhat manic stock market speculator. Somehow I suspect that you would have rather voted for him than, say, Jimmy Carter. Remember, politics is, amongst other things, about ambition, drive (and that can often be a drive to do good) and, yes, ego, qualities not always associated with the most rigorous attachment to monogamy. Do we really want to rule out such people from electoral office?
Posted at 11:30 AM
ADJECTIVAL DERB [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Not Derbshirian – Derbish. As in whirling.
Posted at 11:03 AM
OH. [Jonah Goldberg]
You wanted political predictions. Sorry. I think the recall will happen, if for no other reason than that would be the more exciting outcome and it sort of feels like Californians are following a script. But I think the margin of recall and Arnold victory will be lower than people think. So: Recall: 52%, Arnold 39%, Cruz 30% McClintock 17% and Gary Coleman (AKA "The Other Arnold" -- which should have been his slogan) will get .9% Does anybody have any predictions about Prop 54?
Posted at 10:54 AM
CA PREDICTIONS [Jonah Goldberg]
It will fall into the ocean making Arizona and Nevada prime beachfront property just as Lex Luther predicted in the first Superman movie.
Posted at 10:50 AM
ENOUGH WITH THE COOTS ALREADY [John Derbyshire]
I now know far, far more than I ever wanted to know about coots. They are ducks. Bald, crazy ducks. Thank you.
Posted at 10:45 AM
JEB BUSH HELPS FIGHT FOR TERRI SCHIAVO [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The Jeb Bush administration has gotten involved in the heartwrenching case of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman set to be dehydrated come Oct. 15 (see here). In late August, Gov. Bush wrote a letter asking a judge to appoint an independent guardian for Mrs. Schiavo (her husband wants her feeding tubes to go, her parents and siblings want a shot at rehabilitating her). But yesterday, the governor filed a memo with the federal court set to hear her parents’ plea to halt the scheduled removal of her feeding tubes, issued in the interest of “ensuring that Terri Schiavo’s fundamental right to life is not deprived without due process of law.” The memo states: “The Governor submits that removal of the feeding tune without first determining by medically accepted means whether the plaintiff can ingest food and water on her own, with or without rehabilitative therapy, constitutes the deprivation of her life without due process of law.” Read the whole thing here.
Posted at 10:45 AM
MORE NON-SCOLDS WHO DON'T FETISHIZE ARNOLD [Jonah Goldberg]
Virginia Postrel and Roger Simon.
Posted at 10:42 AM
CA PREDICTIONS [Steve Hayward]
K-Lo asks for predictions. Here's mine: The CA recall is starting to have the same feeling as Jesse Ventura's late surge in 1998 in Minnesota (which none of the last-minute polls picked up). Between a predicted high turnout, surging GOP voter registration in recent weeks, and all the closing energy of the Arnold bus tour, I think we might even see a blowout. So I'll go out on a limb an predict recall gets 57%, Arnold 44%; Cruz 36%; McClintock 14%, with the rest going to the other 130 nut jobs.
Posted at 10:39 AM
DON NICKLES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
is not running for reelection. Link not found yet....
Posted at 10:31 AM
SULLIVAN'S SMEAR [Jonah Goldberg]
Andrew Sullivan carved out a very interesting spot for himself on the cultural-political spectrum during the Lewinsky scandal. He was simultaneously anti-Clinton and anti-anti-Clinton. He, as much as anyone else, deserves credit (or in my opinion, blame) for the widespread notion that conservatives were anti-Clinton because they were prudes. His "The Scolds" article in the New York Times magazine, which I've criticized many times over the years, was a transmission belt for this meme. In it he declared among other things, "For the new conservatives the counterattack on homosexual legitimacy is of a piece with the battle against presidential adultery."
What bothered me so much about Sullivan's argument was that, while he believed Clinton should resign, he reserved for himself a monopoly on correct motives for that position. While other conservatives had bad motives deeply bound up in sex-panic. I'm sure it's true that, as Ramesh Ponnuru and David Brooks have been arguing, many conservatives saw Clinton as a stand-in for the broader culture war. But couldn't some of us have had less grandiose reasons for thinking Bill Clinton was a bad dude. Indeed, couldn't even social conservatives have agreed with Sullivan on his reasons for wanting Clinton to resign?
Anyway, I bring all of this up because my friend is now bashing the right for not supporting Arnold Schwarzenegger enough (even though pretty much every Republican in the state of California, minus McClintock, has endorsed him as has President Bush and a host of national GOP luminaries). Arguing that Arnold represents a "cultural revolution" because he's cool and saucy, Sullivan writes: "That Arnold should represent this and the Republican Party is threatening to all sorts of people: to the joyless, paranoid scolds who run the Dixie-fied GOP."
Um, maybe that's true. I don't know. But can't someone be less than enthusiastic about Arnold without a Freudian motivation? After all, I'm not terribly jubilant about the man, but after scouring my subconscious I can't find prudishness as an explanation. Maybe Andrew could convince me otherwise if he could actually explain what makes Schwarzenegger a conservative. He's pro-choice, pro-gun control, opposed to prop 54 and his wife is a liberal Kennedy (liberal wives are problems for even the most conservative politicians).
Rather than get into a lot of theorizing about the libidinal fears of social conservatives, maybe Andrew should have looked for a simpler explanation: the guy's not that conservative and he will probably make a lousy governor, a point even Andrew concedes. Sure, this whole thing is fun and it would be a great joy to see Davis lose. But politics is supposed to be about more than fun and rooting for the "coolest" candidate.
Posted at 10:20 AM
GLORIA & ARNOLD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
How Gloria Steinem will get Arnold elected?
Posted at 10:14 AM
SORRY, NO HILL YET [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Speaking of Instapundit, he has a link up to the FEC website where it appears my junior senator (that still gives me chills) is running for president. Not so. I have it on good authority that this hasn’t happened…yet. The entry Insta’s reader found was an ID created when a draft Hillary committee registered. Dig further and you’ll find records for a draft committee in 2000, too, I believe. So, while I’m still betting the day is coming (a matter of months), when Hillary jumps in, it hasn’t happened yet. (I checked it out yesterday, after a few Corner readers emailed me the same link the cyperpunditman has up.)
Posted at 09:57 AM
TIBET, TIBET [John Derbyshire]
A few days ago I reviewed Patrick French's new book Tibet, Tibet on NRO. For a take on this book by an actual Tibetan, see Jamyang Norbu's review on the World Tibet Network here.
Posted at 09:52 AM
MOVE-ON'S LATEST LOW BLOW [Jonah Goldberg]
Their commercial takes a quote about T3 and pretends its about real life.
Posted at 09:42 AM
INSTA-RESPONSE [Jonah Goldberg]
Actually I was merely looking to highlight Patrick Kennedy's idiocy. But if we're going to talk about Dean, okay let's talk. I think there's a lot of merit to Instapundit's analysis. But I think the situation's more complicated than that. Dean isn't nearly as pro-gun as many think. The fact is his state's constitution is unequivocally friendly to gun rights, stating flat out that you can have any kind of gun any way you want it. Moreoever, Vermont's coalitional politics, require any successful politician to peal off at least a few moderates and Old Vermonter types in order to win. And those folks would not truck with seeing their gun rights tampered with. However, Dean has said in the past that he would favor any gun control measure if it could be proven to him that it would save lives. This is an easy dodge in Vermont which has remarkably low-gun crime. But if Dean were president, it's not at all clear he wouldn't be persuaded that federal gun controls would save lives in California, Illinois, Michigan etc.
I agree entirely with Instapundit that being pro-gun, or even gun-neutral, would help a Democrat more than it hurt in a general election. But I'm not sure being anti-gun control is as harmless for Dean in the primaries as Instapundit thinks. And surely it doesn't cost Patrick Kennedy (or Kerry, Gephardt, Edwards etc) to hammer him on it.
Posted at 09:35 AM
RE: RE: LA TIMES [Tim Graham]
When John Carroll sent that internal memo saying he wasn't going to tolerate liberal bias at the Times. I thought at the time that either (a) he would face a newsroom revolt and be deposed; or (b) the memo needed a laugh track. It's time for (b).
Posted at 09:27 AM
RE: LA TIMES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Yes, Derb. Here’s the scoop, on news coverage of abortion, specifically: I think The Corner was the first to report it, via Rod.
Posted at 09:12 AM
LA TIMES [John Derbyshire]
The behavior of the L.A. Times in this recall election has been absolutely disgraceful. But now hold on there a minute: Wasn't this the paper from which we heard a few months ago that a senior editor had circulated a letter to the staff insisting on more objectivity in news coverage? Am I remembering this right?
Posted at 09:10 AM
ALSO TODAY IN CALIFORNIA... [Randy Barnett]
The recall is not the only exciting thing happening in California. Today I am in San Francisco to argue another medical cannabis case before the 9th Circuit Tuesday morning. This one is Raich v. Ashcroft and you can read about it here. Three weeks ago (the day the petition for en banc review of the recall decision was due in the 9th Circuit), I argued the case of U.S. v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative. The issue in both cases is whether the enforcement of the Controlled Substance Act--as applied to these parties--exceeds the powers of Congress under the Commerce Clause, improperly interferes with the traditional police power of the State of California to protect the health and safety of its citizens (thereby violating the Necessary and Proper Clause), and improperly infringes the fundamental rights of seriously ill people to alleviate their pain and suffering and preserve their lives without any compelling justification. While this case was made possible by the Rehnquist Court's Commerce Clause jurisprudence (e.g. U.S. v. Lopez and U.S. v. Morrison) and its willingness to protect state sovereignty from federal encroachment, it illustrates how the state experimentation protected by federalism is not just for one particular ideology.
Posted at 09:08 AM
THINKING ABOUT AN ELECTION DAY TO COME [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Bush-Cheney '04 has started their blog.
Posted at 08:52 AM
WHO LOVES GRAY? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 08:35 AM
65 [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Field Poll estimates 65 percent turnout today.
Posted at 08:33 AM
WELL, LET'S HOPE SO! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From the same Times Gitmo piece: "There are also tantalizing clues that the military knows much more about at least some of the suspects than it is letting on."
Posted at 08:29 AM
TRANSLATION PROBLEMS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
American interpreters at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, who are under suspicion of espionage may have sabotaged interviews with detainees by inaccurately translating interrogators' questions and prisoners' answers, senior American officials said on Monday.
Posted at 08:27 AM
LIFE AND DEATH...IN A MATTER OF SPEAKING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A reader writes:
Okay, you did it. I hope I am the one that puts you over the top with my NRD subscription so the suits leave you alone. I'm tired. Tired of the guilt of free Corner snooping.LIVE informed. Get NRODT. Get NR Digital. Don't miss out on the magazine WFB founded in 1955. It's not all pixels, you know.
Posted at 08:24 AM
BUILDING SUSPENSE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
"It may be 24 days before we know," says Tim Russert. Concedes it won't be as exciting if it's not close, of course. All depends on turnout. Yada yada.
Posted at 08:12 AM
INSTATACHALLENGE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Jonah, someone thinks you miss the point on that Kennedy thing.
Posted at 08:09 AM
BORED WITH ESQUIRE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Russ Smith writes:
One feature in the current issue shows just how "nerdy" it has become: "The Esquire 70: As in, The Seventy Things That Make Us Very Happy to Be Alive Today." Included on this list are iTunes, Altoids Tangerine Sours, Canada, creamed spinach, the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, JetBlue, outdoor showers, Jennifer Coolidge, the New York Times, "the revenge (if there's even a shred of justice in the world) of Howell Raines," Sarah Silverman, "the nooner," Maura Tierney, deflation and Kleenex Cottonelle.
Posted at 08:03 AM
RED SOX MOVE IN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
to the California statehouse.
Posted at 07:58 AM
CNN FACTOID [Jonah Goldberg]
Over the weekend I caught a CNN factoid thing on the bottom of the screen. It read: Schwarzenegger Accused of being a "Hitler Loving Serial Groper." Give the man this: few other politicians could win a race with that label following them around (even though I think the first part is outrageously unfair and the second part sounds awfully close to the truth).
Posted at 07:58 AM
FOR THE RECORD [Jonah Goldberg]
I think Mr. Jacob radically misinterprets my view and argument. I agree that democracy is a means to an end and have said so, hmmm, ten thousand times. He clearly thinks it's absurd that I think Californians should be punished for electing Gray Davis. But he misses my point that the "punishment" is not an ends either, but a means as well. You can find my original columns on the subject here and here.
Posted at 07:52 AM
I'M AN ADJECTIVE [Jonah Goldberg]
This article uses both "JG-ish" and "Goldbergian" to describe my views. Perhaps this is the right moment for a round-robin on what adjectival form various NR-niks would like their own names to be turned into? Ponnuruan? Lowrite? Derbshirian?
Posted at 07:45 AM
CONSTITUTIONAL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Brooks writes in the Times today about the Iraq constitution. If you missed Jack Cullinan on the same topic yesterday on NRO, go here.
Posted at 07:41 AM
PATRICK KENNEDY'S BRAIN ON GUNS [Jonah Goldberg]
The Rhode Island Rep. scolded Howard Dean for his position on the second amendment:
"This is a personal issue with me, and I'm very disturbed at the fact that people are not paying attention to Dr. Dean's record" on guns, said Kennedy, nephew of President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, both of whom were assassinated by guns.Who knew that Lee Harvey and Sirhan-Sirhan were both inanimate objects?
Posted at 07:28 AM
RE: GRAHAM CRACKS [Jonah Goldberg]
John - There is an upside to Graham dropping out of the race. Now that he's not running for president, he'll be able to devote more time to writing in his little journals. Why, I hear he actually missed jotting down the details of two breakfasts and a bathroom visit just last month alone.
Posted at 07:15 AM
NICE RESPONSE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
from the White House on the Israeli strike on Syria. Here's the president: "Israel's got a right to defend herself; that Israel must not feel constrained in terms of defending the homeland."
Posted at 05:40 AM
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
you had nothing to worry about: the latest addiction....there really should be a name for Corner addictions, dontcha think?
Posted at 05:36 AM
GRAHAM CRACKS [John J. Miller]
Bob Graham’s decision to quit his presidential campaign is bad news for the GOP because it means he’ll probably run for re-election to the Senate next year, and I doubt there’s a Republican in Florida who can beat him. A few months ago, it looked like the GOP was possibly headed for a really big year in the Senate, but the failure to recruit top candidates in Arkansas and Nevada--and what looks like a forthcoming Graham decision that will slam the door on another opportunity--means that picking up just a couple of seats is about the best Republicans can hope for. Losing seats isn’t out of the question, either.
Posted at 05:25 AM
IIIITTT'S RECALL DAY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Peter? Steve? Care to predict numbers?
Posted at 05:02 AM
IT'S OFFICIAL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Graham's out of the race.
Posted at 12:04 AM
Monday, October 06, 2003
NOW SAYS NO [Tim Graham]
WMAL's Chris Core was having some fun in his evening drive-time slot Monday night, reading from a very harsh California NOW press release attacking Arnold as an insensitive, unqualified idiot and asking: why would NOW be aw-shucks supportive of abortion-enabling Bill Clinton, but pound away at pro-choice Arnold? He said both NOW D.C. and California NOW refused the opportunity to come on and explain their meandering standards.
Posted at 10:43 PM
RE: PURITANS AND ROGUES [Tim Graham]
Derb, I was mocking the “thin-lipped puritan” caricature because it IS a caricature, one that you suggested comes from James Carville (as you mentioned Ken Starr). The idea that the meanest thing someone can say about you is that you dress nice and love church services ought to bend one in half with laughter. I simply do not get how we get from A to B here – from disapproving of Schwarzenegger’s alleged sexual crudities to forcing Holy Mass on the multitudes. It’s about as plausible as suggesting Gray Davis favors mandatory marijuana breaks in the high schools. This cartoon was just as silly when Carville was foisting it on supportive reporters in 1998. Tom McClintock is not proposing a theocracy. He’s suggesting that one doesn’t prepare for serious political office by acting out like a spoiled teenager on “rowdy” movie sets when you’re supposed to be an adult, and then a husband, and then a father. The media (including Drudge) found the news in his suggestion of resignation, but McClintock has also been appropriately suspicious of the late-hit nature of these allegations. Forgive him if he’s not exactly rooting for Arnold to run away with the vote, and hoping his political future might reside in building a strong poll number on Election Day rather than genuflecting subserviently at every turn to the smell-the-name-ID pragmatists.
And then there’s poor, conflicted Andrew, who in one line says “All we should ask of our ‘leaders’ is competence, honesty and a certain amount of brains,” and a sentence later, insists “As to their sex lives, who cares? On the whole, it’s better to be ruled by a rogue than a saint.” You can’t prefer rogues to straw-man “saints” and then expect “honesty” as a strong point, unless of course, you expect to elect a Howard Stern-type character, who’s honestly horny and adulterous and doesn’t care who knows. I’m sure there are more qualifying traits in a politician than simply building a successful marriage (See Reagan, Ronald.) But Andrew’s sounding a little bit like he’s studying with Joe Klein at the Don Henley School of Statesmanship, where infidelity qualifies you for office, and having a very sloppy and checkered extramarital “love” life makes you interesting, even envied, as one of the boys, not so nerdy-geeky and Starr-like.
Posted at 10:41 PM
DERB CATCHES UP [John Derbyshire]
OK, I have just--four days after returning from a one-week trip away from home--caught up with all my e-mail. Many, many thanks to readers who wrote in. Just to get through it all, I had to abandon my usual reply algorithm.* Everything got read, though (everything ALWAYS gets read, unless from obvious lunatics or the really tedious sort of lefties), and I appreciate the trouble people go to to write me. An extraordinary number of people got pleasure from my "Dispatches from a Real War on Terror" piece last week & emailed in to tell me how much they liked it--way, way outnumbering the half dozen readers who e-mailed in to tell me I was crazy as a coot.** Thanks to all. I promise to take the syllogismobile on another trip sometime.
* Which is: (1) Always reply to a reader who has bought one of my books. (2) Time then permitting, reply to any reader who identifies him/herself as an NRODT or DNRODT subscriber. (3) Time still permitting, reply to any reader who asks a serious question to which I know, or can quickly find, the answer. (4) Time still permitting, reply gratefully to all flattery. (5) Time still permitting, reply at will to any non-abusive e-mail that takes my fancy.
** The coot turns up in two common English similes: "Crazy as a coot," and "Bald as a coot." Considering that no more than 0.01 percent of the population of the English-speaking world has ever actually seen a coot, I think this is amazing. Does any other animal occur in more than one simile? What is it about coots? What the heck are they, anyway? Other than bald and crazy, I mean.
Posted at 07:09 PM
MOVE ON? [Andrew Stuttaford]
Tom McClintock seems like a good guy, but I’m with Derb on this one, and not only on the grounds of electoral necessity. The Presidency may be an exception (as a combination of monarch and prime minister the President can be said – in theory – to embody the nation more than an ‘ordinary’ politician), but, generally speaking, if we’re looking for politicians to act as ‘role models’ (ghastly phrase) in all aspects of their lives we are looking in the wrong place and, not so coincidentally, elevating the status of those who presume to govern us to a far higher level than it needs to be. All we should ask of our ‘leaders’ is competence, honesty and a certain amount of brains. If they can inspire, so much the better, but it’s not essential. As to their sex lives, who cares? On the whole, it’s better to be ruled by a rogue than a saint.
Now, the reports (if they are accurate) of Schwarzenegger’s boorish behavior make unpleasant reading, to say the least, but, unless we really want a society prepared to criminalize every piece of hopeful pawing (and ‘investigate’ it - often years after the event), his apology (and the implicit undertaking on future conduct that comes with it) really should be enough.
I await the wrath of Ramesh.
Posted at 07:08 PM
ROD [Ramesh Ponnuru]
your post reminded me of an editorial cartoon from a dozen or so years ago. It depicted three professorial types. One was saying, "Political correctness is a myth!" The second something like, "There is no climate of intolerance here!" And the third: "And anyone who says different is a racist right-winger who should be run off campus!"
Posted at 05:53 PM
FAILURE OF IMAGINATION, PART III [Peter Robinson]
From a reader: "Peter, I left Cuba with my family many years ago. Your Corner post about your wife's family reminded me of my father's admonition before we left the island. He said we should never tell anyone what we had experienced. Those lived through it would already know. The rest would never believe it."
Posted at 05:13 PM
RASHOMON [Rod Dreher]
I've gotten a lot of response to my Dallas Morning News column of last week in which I talked about how difficult it can be for conservatives in American newsrooms, and how the first thing conservatives will notice upon being hired is how oppressive the liberal groupthink is there. My mail is so split you'd think I was writing about parallel universes. Journalists who are liberals all say, one way or another, "It's not true, and you right-wingers are whiners." Self-described conservative journalists, on the other hand, say, "It's all true, thank you for saying it, and let me tell you what it's like here." Part of the problem I described in that column is a refusal by newsroom liberals even to acknowledge that anti-conservative bias is a problem at all. I wrote in a subsequent blog about N., a friend of mine who works in network news, and who is a closet Christian out of fear that the same colleagues who routinely trash Christianity in editorial meetings will retaliate if the truth were known. I hear the same thing from practicing Christians in secular newsrooms all over the country. Isn't this shocking? It ought to be. News executives ought to ask themselves how it is that some of their employees have come to believe that such a climate of fear exists in their newsrooms. If a gay employee were afraid to come out because he had had to sit around and listen to bigoted anti-gay comments from his colleagues, it would be an intolerable situation. Do conservative Christians, or political conservatives, feel the same way? Do editors and producers even bother to ask?
Posted at 05:11 PM
RE: THIN-LIPPED PURITAN WATCH [John Derbyshire]
Tim: I yield to nobody in my love of hymns, and have blogged at length on the topic--here, here, and here , for instance. (Though I seem never to have mentioned my favorite web hymnology resource .) Let's face it, though, not everyone is as keen on hymnns as you are and I am. I wouldn't force anyone to sing a hymn that didn't want to. A lot of people believe that this is the kind of thing conservative Republicans DO want to do, though; and a wise politician in a difficult race will avoid reinforcing that impression. That's one reason McClintock's move was dumb. He should have said nothing.
Posted at 05:09 PM
THE 'CHICAGO CUBS' [Andrew Stuttaford]
A reader asks me to mention the success of a sporting team known as the 'Chicago Cubs'. As he's a good guy, I'm pleased to, but who knew that the hockey season had started so early?
Posted at 03:58 PM
ANOTHER SEMI-GIRL POINT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Notice the simple, but obvious, crucifix around Maria's neck today.
Posted at 03:37 PM
SOME GIRL POINTS ON SCANDALS DU JOUR [Kate O'Beirne]
Ladies, did you also think that no man that age should wear his hair so long the first time you saw Joe Wilson decrying the outing of his wife? And, I'll bet you also thought, "She's not his first wife." (We've since learned she's his third, but we knew, didn't we?) If your career was allegedly ruined, would you be just a bit put out that your husband was so clearly having the time of his life?
When Maria Shriver leaps to Arnold's side to tell us we should ignore his crude assaults, sub rosa: as she has, does it occur to her that she's getting more out of a bargain with her boorish big guy than we are? She's living the life a movie star can provide and has four kids with the guy. Why the heck should the rest of us overlook what she has? The wife's defense never works for me. . .
Posted at 03:31 PM
BRACE YOURSELF, RICH [Peter Robinson ]
This summer, Rich, when I was mentioning my book, How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life, just as often and shamelessly on this happy Corner as I very much hope you mention your book, Legacy, I found that I could count on getting at least one annoyed email a day, telling me to knock it off. I'd also get half a dozen thanking me for bringing the book to everyone's attention, but the daily complaint began to worry me even so. I turned to my buddy, Hugh Hewitt, who gave me a word of advice that I pass along to you: When a new book comes out, you've got about a month to promote it--one month, and then it's over.
So for 30 days, Rich, put your head down and Legacy away.
Posted at 03:29 PM
FAILURE OF IMAGINATION, CONT’D [Peter Robinson ]
My wife is Cuban, and after her father got the family out of the country, he turned over his house to a South American embassy, making it, technically, foreign territory, and therefore, by Latin diplomatic tradition, a place of sanctuary. The grounds of the house were soon crowded with Cubans seeking to escape Fidel's regime. Whereupon some of Fidel's soldiers drove up, mounted a machine gun on the back of a Jeep, and opened fire.
Here in Northern California, we have quite a few friends who think Fidel is just dandy--all that universal health care, don't you know--and a couple of our acquaintances have even urged their children to visit Havana as social workers. When we tell them what took place at my father-in-law's house just days after he himself escaped, they almost always look at us blankly for a moment, then change the subject. They simply cannot imagine it.
Which leads me to a question for our readers. Some famous person or other once said something like this: "Understanding what took place in the Soviet Union requires not only historical knowledge but an act of imagination." Can anyone tell me who said that--and where I can find the actual quotation?
Please place "Imagination" in the subject heading.
Posted at 03:28 PM
SPEAKING OF POLLITT [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Here's how her latest column starts--I rather like the second graph:
"What's the matter with conservatives? Why can't they relax and be happy? They have the White House, both houses of Congress, the majority of governorships and more money than God. They rule talk-radio and the TV political chat shows, and they get plenty of space in the papers; for all the talk about the liberal media, nine out of the fourteen most widely syndicated columnists are conservatives. Even the National Endowment for the Arts, that direct-mail bonanza of yore, is headed by a Republican now. Never mind whether conservatives deserve to run the country and dominate the discourse; the fact is, for the moment, they do.
"What I want to know is, Why can't they just admit it, throw a big party and dance on the table with lampshades on their heads? [When is your next party, Jonah?--ed.] Why are they always claiming to be excluded and silenced because most English professors are Democrats? Why must they re-prosecute Alger Hiss whenever Susan Sarandon gives a speech or Al Franken goes after Bill O'Reilly? If I were a conservative, I would think of those liberal professors spending their lives grading papers on The Scarlet Letter and I would pour myself a martini. I would pay Susan Sarandon to say soulful and sincere things about peace, I would hire Al Franken and sneak him on O'Reilly's show as a practical joke."
Posted at 03:17 PM
JOHN POD ON DAVID KAY [Peter Robinson ]
John Podhoretz's column today in the New York Post draws attention to something so important and obvious that all the reporting on the appearance before Congress last week of David Kay, the man charged with searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, simply left it out.
"Even the bulkiest materials we are searching for," Kay said, "in the quantities we would expect to find, can be concealed in spaces not much larger than a two car garage." So far Kay and his team of 400 have managed to search only 10 of the 130 Iraqi ammunition dumps, some of which "exceed 50 square miles in size and hold an estimated 600,000 tons of artillery shells, rockets, aviation bombs and other ordinance."
Kay did his best, in other words, to tell Congress that the search for WMDs has only just begun--and the major media outlets did their best to pretend otherwise.
Pod, I salute you.
Posted at 03:12 PM
YUCK [Ramesh Ponnuru]
I guess it falls to me to speak up for the thin-lipped puritans among us. I think Schwarzenegger’s conduct has been disgusting. I agreed with a lot of what Katha Pollitt wrote in the Nation about this race. (Definitely not a sentence I’ve written before.) I also agree with Steve Sailer: Gov. Schwarzenegger means that you won’t be able to tell your sons that taking steroids won’t get them anywhere. I’m not denying that McClintock has made a mistake in jumping on the front-runner as hard as he has. Nor am I even saying that I wouldn’t vote for Schwarzenegger if I were a Californian. He may be the best available choice, but it’s a shame California couldn’t do better.
And I still think that the state could have done better. If the party establishment had not swooned for Schwarzenegger months ago, why couldn't the state's Republicans have unified around someone else? I could see the argument for moving left in California to get 51 percent. To go left to get 38 percent seems gratuitous.
Posted at 03:12 PM
REVIEW OF PRIME OBSESSION [John Derbyshire]
Very nice review of PRIME OBSESSION in the current (Oct. 3) issue of SCIENCE magazine. It's here as a PDF file. The reviewer is Brian Conrey, a fine mathematician and an expert on the Riemann Hypothesis himself; though on an aspect of it I barely touched on in my book, which makes this review all the more generous.
Posted at 03:04 PM
THIN-LIPPED PURITAN WATCH [Tim Graham]
Derb, we're all afraid of the media image of "thin-lipped puritans who want to stamp out all horseplay and make everyone dress in suits and sing hymns"? Eek. If that's a scary image, what was I doing in a suit singing hymns yesterday? Boo, Derb, boo!
As my friend Tim Lamer as pointed out everywhere (including the Wall Street Journal), the Puritans were quite fond of sex within its usual marital boundaries, so that image is a little short on historical accuracy. (As if historical accuracy instead of hysterical rhetoric was the media's point.)
I have no doubt Tom McClintock's appeal to social conservatives would not be helped by him staying silent on Groper-gate and the character issue therein. I'm guessing McClintock might have said unfavorable things about Clinton's affairs, so perhaps he (unlike Gray and Terry Mac and most Dems) is trying to stay consistent. I'm not sure it will hurt him.
Posted at 03:03 PM
RE: TAKING COLLEGE FOOTBALL SERIOUSLY [John Derbyshire]
The REAL moral of the story (from a--somewhat partisan?--reader): "The actual moral of the football story you blogged is: 'Don't associate with the toothless inbred vermin of Tuscaloosa.' Shame you couldn't have made it to Auburn instead on your Alabama trip. War Eagle!"
Posted at 02:55 PM
RE: MCCLINTOCK [John Derbyshire]
From a reader: "I think you underestimate the extent of Mr. McClintock's misstep. McClintock's strength rests on his strong principles. He voids this strength if he piles on Arnold over this. This is especially true, since the emerging picture is that the L. A. Times is all but campaigning for Governor Davis. Many of McClintock's natural backers are likely considering voting for Arnold to spite the Times. I'm in this group. If McClintock were to do something like endorse Arnold now, Arnold and the California Republican centrist establishment would owe him big-time. He would be certain to have the full support of the Republican party to run against Barbara Boxer in for the U. S. Senate next year."
Posted at 02:38 PM
FAIR WARNING: NO PROMISES [Cosmo]
Posted at 02:25 PM
BROKAW'S GROPING FLIP-FLOP [Tim Graham]
Tom Brokaw to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the spouse of a long-time colleague, last night on Dateline NBC (and again on Today this morning, and let's safely assume, NBC Nightly News this evening): "Part of the problem for a lot of people is that a lot of these women have made very specific accusations about grabbing them sexually and making lewd suggestions. You've described it as playful and rowdy, and the kind of mischief that you engaged in when you were a younger man. But based on their descriptions, in many states, what you did would be criminal, it would be a sexual assault of some kind."
Tom Brokaw on why the Paula Jones allegations, which became a very large legal problem for Bill Clinton: "Why didn't we put it on earlier? It didn't seem, I think to most people, entirely relevant to what was going on at the time. These are the kinds of charges raised about the President before. They had been played out in the Gennifer Flowers episode. The American public had made a kind of decision about his personal conduct and whether it had relevance in his personal life. And it seemed at that time it didn't have the news weight." That's Brokaw on the CNBC show "Tim Russert," May 9, 1994, on avoiding the Jones allegations for three months.
Posted at 02:25 PM
DERB BANNED IN 2 COUNTRIES [John Derbyshire]
I have always nursed the ambition to be banned from a country. Well, my dreams have come true. "Meng Long Guo Jiang" has been banned in Finland and Sweden. Why not in Norway, though? That would have made a full set.
Posted at 02:16 PM
ARNOLD, BY DOUBLE DIGITS [Peter Robinson]
Spent a piece of the weekend exchanging emails and telephone calls with friends, including a couple of political scientists and a couple of people close to campaign staffs. (Yes, I know. I could use a wider circle of friends.) Here's the way it seems to size up:
1. Gray Davis will be recalled from office by a margin that will fall in the high single digits at the very least-and maybe by as much as 20 points.
2. Arnold will win big, probably by a margin in the double digits, since
a. None of the groping charges has moved Schwarzenegger's numbers
b. The undecided vote, which as recently as a week ago still amounted to some 23 percent, appears to be breaking Schwarzenegger's way. In the words of my Hoover colleagues David Brady and Morris Fiorina, who have been conducting polls throughout the recall, "[Our] survey team concluded that undecided voters gravitate to the most visible candidate - the candidate with name recognition." The candidate with name recognition is, of course, Der Arnold.
c. McClintock's supporters appear to be drifting from McClintock to Schwarzenegger. When it comes right down to it, evidently, a lot of people would prefer to vote for the winner. McClintock's support, which peaked at about 18 percent last week, has fallen to about 14 percent. (I wipe a tear from my eye as I report this.)
Posted at 02:13 PM
FAIR WARNING—LEGACY… [Rich Lowry]
My book, LEGACY: PAYING THE PRICE FOR THE CLINTON YEARS, is officially released in about a week. Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up about the shameless book promotion that will be going on in this space. None of my postings will be complete without a reference to Legacy. Kathryn Lopez won’t be allowed to sleep until she’s made a few mandated Legacy references a day. Cosmo will be pictured with a copy of Legacy (I hope treating it with appropriate respect—no chewing or peeing!). It might be as annoying to some as the relentless column blegs that characterized the time when I was writing the book. Just wanted to give everyone fair warning, and thank everyone for their forbearance in advance…
Posted at 01:40 PM
MCCLINTOCK SAYS ARNOLD SHOULD DROP OUT IF GROPING CHARGES ARE TRUE [John Derbyshire]
This is a seriously dumb move by McClintock. His big plus has been that he is a serious, capable guy, who knows how to fix things. This image has been sufficiently well cultivated to take people's minds off the BRN--Big Republican Negative, viz. that we are thin-lipped puritans who want to stamp out all horseplay and make everyone dress in suits and sing hymns. It puts McClintock in Ken Starr territory--in CALIFORNIA, yet!! Bad, bad, with floating voters and persuadable Democrats. Bad, too, with Republican voters--he is taking sides, however justifiably, with the enemy. Bad, bad, bad.
Posted at 01:09 PM
RE: THE FACE OF EVIL [John Derbyshire]
That report Kathryn posted on the appalling awfulness of the North Korean regime demonstrates once again a thing that has occurred to me often when talking with liberals and lefties about communism. Why were so many decent, well-read people in Western countries such suckers for the old USSR, for Mao's China, for Castro's Cuba, etc.? A great deal of it is just wishful thinking combined with failure of imagination. They can't imagine these horrors, except in terms of things they know more immediately. Thus, they will grudgingly concede that the Gulag was awful: "...but look at conditions in our own prisons!" U.S. prison conditions leave much to be desired, but cannot reasonably be compared to the mass arrests of tens of millions of perfectly innocent non-criminal people, and their subsequent killing by starvation, forced labor, and beating. Yet you hear this sort of thing all the time. The truly depressing thing in that report you posted is that this kind of blank failure of imagination occurs even among South Koreans--people just a few miles away from the horrors, of the same nationality as the victims, and speaking the same language. One sometimes gets the impression that most human beings just sleep-walk through life. How difficult it is to get the truth across!
Posted at 01:07 PM
TAKING COLLEGE FOOTBALL SERIOUSLY [John Derbyshire]
The moral of the following story is: IF your Dad is a serious college football fan, and IF he likes to take a drink or two while watching a game, and IF his team has just blown a 3-touchdown lead against a hated rival, THEN you need to be really, really careful about choosing the right moment to ask him if you can have a new car.
Posted at 01:05 PM
NOT PARIS. NOT BERKELEY. DALLAS [Rod Dreher]
I stopped by a neighbor's garden party over the weekend to have a beer and mingle. I met a pleasant couple, in their late 30s, I'd guess. Wife is a corporate executive. Don't recall what the husband does. When he found out what I did for a living, he asked me, in all seriousness, if anybody in the media has investigated whether or not the U.S. Government staged 9/11 "to stimulate the economy." I couldn't believe what I was hearing. "Do you mean to tell me you really think it's possible that your government killed 3,000 people as part of an economic stimulus package?" Well, yeah, he said. I asked him for evidence, and he said he had none, but that "things, I dunno, just don't add up." Happily for all concerned, my cellphone rang, and my wife asked me to come home to do a chore. I'm still stunned by that encounter, though. In Dallas, for crying out loud! A Parisian friend said that view is fairly mainstream where he lives, so I guess I should count my blessings. Still... .
Posted at 12:33 PM
THEME SONG! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A reader inquires:
When you post a message for Corner readers to "Get Digital", are you making a play on Olivia Newton-John's song, "Let's Get Physical"? That could be your NRD theme song.
Posted at 12:26 PM
MORE QUESTIONS FOR THE WILSONS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Longtime NR reader Jack Jolis (and father of NR staffer)
1/ By what stretch of Wilson's -- or anyone else's -- imagination does it "embarrass" Wilson or "harm his credibility" to "reveal" that his wife works for the Agency, under cover or otherwise? Any normal person would conclude that such a "revelation" would ENHANCE Wilson's credibility, rather than the opposite. I mean, the whole thing's a non-sequitur.
Posted at 12:19 PM
GREAT EXPECTATIONS? [Andrew Stuttaford]
EU talks on the future of its draft ‘constitution’ are not going well. That’s no surprise – its provisions would make a straitjacket seem generously tailored. What is far more astonishing is the way that Europe’s political classes continue to delude themselves. Check out this comment from Noelle Lenoir, France’s Europe minister:
"Public expectations are extremely high and must not be let down."
Well no, Noelle. Check the polls. The vast majority of voters are indifferent, opposed or unaware, and that is why your own government is beginning to backtrack on the idea of letting the French people decide on this nightmare document for themselves.
Posted at 12:03 PM
THESE PEOPLE! [Tim Graham]
It's just a slimefest in the morning these days. NBC's "Today" featured Tom Brokaw's interview with Arnold, and Brokaw lectured Arnold that some of these groping matters could be considered criminal. Isn't that cute? Tom Brokaw could never even let the words "Juanita Broaddrick" escape his lips -- and now he's lecturing Arnold on the fine points of how he MUST submit to Tom Brokaw's tough scrutiny? Retire now, Tom. Just go home.
Posted at 11:59 AM
BANNED IN BRITAIN? [Andrew Stuttaford]
More success stories from the land of gun control.
Posted at 11:56 AM
PAELLA WESTERN [Andrew Stuttaford]
Norway is (the Guardian reports) reversing its ban on all films that were previously forbidden in that country (cue Mike Potemra and Jonah Goldberg to start arguing). Amongst the hidden masterpieces, “the British/Spanish spaghetti western A Town Called Bastard (banned 1972), starring Martin Landau and Telly Savalas.”
What a title, what a cast.
Posted at 11:51 AM
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Posted at 11:47 AM
YOU HAVEN'T DONE IT YET, HAVE YOU [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 09:29 AM
LOOK WHO'S HANGING WITH THE SAUDIS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
(Hint: He's German.)
Posted at 09:27 AM
HILLARY GOES TO IOWA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 09:15 AM
IRANIAN WOMAN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
marked for execution for self-defense
Posted at 08:24 AM
BASHAR DOESN'T GET IT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
by Max Abrahms
Posted at 08:20 AM
WHEN DOES GRAY DAVIS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 05:26 AM
CASE CLOSED 2 [Andrew Stuttaford]
Barbra endorses, ahem, “Grey” Davis.
Posted at 01:31 AM
Sunday, October 05, 2003
WORLD VS. ISRAEL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Expect a condemnation of Israel this week from the U.N. for the attack on a terror training camp in Syria.
Posted at 11:17 PM
THE FACE OF EVIL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A look inside North Korea.
Posted at 11:12 PM
LAME, CRIS, LAME [Tim Graham]
In the waning moments of the Redskins game, Fox announcer Cris Collinsworth repeated a line he said came from the Fox studio show on the Limbaugh/McNabb controversy. He said "we're all trying to move forward. It's too bad someone wants to take us back." You can disagree that McNabb is overrated. You can disagree with the reality that the media root for black quarterbacks to succeed (just as they root for more black coaches). But it's lame times ten to suggest Rush Limbaugh is for "taking us back" to all-white quarterbacks in the NFL. Since when do Fox sports announcers start sounding like Al Sharpton?
Posted at 11:04 PM
CASE CLOSED [Andrew Stuttaford]
Mumia is French.
Posted at 09:29 PM
"NO CRIME IN VERMONT? HA!" [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Just read your corner posting from a reader saying he has never locked his car or house doors. Well, I live in Burlington, and 2 weeks ago today I had my side window smashed out and my car looted. Last weekend my girlfriend left her apartment early to deliver the papers on her route and came back to find someone had ransacked her house at 5:00 in the morning. When she called the police, they came and said there has been a rash of break-ins, all drug related, and they can't find who dunnit, and told her to get a guard dog. Roughly a month ago a homeless man was found killed just outside one of Burlington's homeless camps. Around the same time several furloughed prisoners shot up a North end neighborhood, fortunatly no one was injured, but I'm sure the people there didn't sleep well after that. If you can manage to look past the dirty hippies, Burlington IS a nice place to live, but Burlington is the exception in that it is a job center (IBM, Fletcher Allen Healthcare, UVM, General Dynamics etc), but the rest of Vermont continues to bleed jobs. An interesting story lately has been the fact that towns refuse to allow cellular phone towers to be built, meaning only 20% of the state has cell phone coverage. What business would want to come here with the high tax burden (sales tax just jumped to 6% from 5% on Oct. 1st), jumping through hoops for act 250 and stormwater permitting, and with no infrastructure?
Posted at 06:52 PM
TREAT YOURSELF [NR Staff]
To an NR book. Click here.
Posted at 04:40 PM
RE: STUPIDITY (THE EMK BUSH AWARD) [Steve Hayward]
I'm not so sure that giving the George Bush Public Service Award to Ted Kennedy is quite the piece of stupidity that other Cornerites think. Consider the possibilities:
1. It shows that old man Bush has a sense of humor after all. True, it is an embarrassment for Bush to give such an award, but isn't it equally an embarassment for Kennedy to accept it? Think of all the trouble Kennedy got in with other liberals back in 2001 for going to the dance with Bush on the education bill.
2. It confirms, as if we needed more evidence, of how fundamentally clueless old man Bush was/is. A co-winner of the award is none other than Mikhail Gorbachev.
3. I notice that yet another co-recipient of the award is Helmut Kohl, suggesting that there could be weight classes for the Bush award (Kohl, heavyweight; Kennedy, medium heavyweight; Gorbachev, middleweight, etc.) This suggests there is hope for the eventual recognition of Jerry Nadler. He might croak of a heart attack if he was given the Bush Public Service Award.
4. So, in the spirit of the Bush presidential library, I think Cornerites should forward nominations in the various weight classes. I'm going to suggest that each statuette be accompanied by a lifetime supply of pork rinds, old man Bush's favorite junk food.
Posted at 04:37 PM
GEORGE PLIMPTON [Andrew Stuttaford]
Now there was a guy who knew how to throw a party. Here are some details from the New York Times . Note, however, that rather disappointing ‘anachronistic’:
“Mr. Plimpton despised guest lists; a minimalist selection of hors d'oeuvres laid out on the pool table; and an anachronistic offering of liquor that served as a kind of call-to-arms to revelry. "He would always order 38 bottles of Scotch, one bottle of white wine and a bottle of Dubonnet," said Jonathan Dee, a novelist who served as Mr. Plimpton's assistant in the 1980's. "And it was always a struggle to get him to order food."
The white wine, presumably, was for decoration, but the Dubonnet?
Posted at 04:29 PM
STUPIDITY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 01:40 PM
ABC'S ARNOLD ASSASSIN [Tim Graham]
Byron York can tell you about ABC reporter Linda Douglass, the slime merchant behind the so-called "Arnold loves Hitler" scoop. He reported in 1998 that Douglass and her husband were long-time friends of Clinton campaign manager Mickey Kantor, and once made tender attempts to reform Webster Hubbell in prison. So it should not be surprising that Douglass is the Democrats' majorette for the Nazi smear.
Posted at 01:33 PM
ARNOLD, THE HOLOCAUST, TWO HEAD CASES [Tim Graham]
Rich, the "six million" shtick was Gloria Allred's, but she was hardly the most annoying woman there. Arianna Huffington was also there, trying to keep changing the subject from Arnold's treatment of women to subjects like the environment, suggesting to Abrams somehow that these matters were intricately linked. (He doesn't like women, and he's also abusive with squirrels, deer, and trout?) She complained to Abrams that he kept changing the subject back to women. This, from the woman who had to punch Arnold with her woman-abusing quip at the debate? Abrams told her, sorry, but if Arnold loses now, it's not going to be caused by his environmental positions, but on the groping claims.
Posted at 01:31 PM
SLIME WATCH [Andrew Stuttaford]
Gray Davis, again.
And then there’s this (from LA Weekly ):
”The [LA]Times maintains that none of the women came forward at the behest of Schwarzenegger’s opponents. That claim, however, is looking increasingly dubious. One of the three women in the story says she came forward at the urging of Jodie Evans, described by the Times as a peace activist and "co-founder of the women’s peace group Code Pink." At best, this is an incomplete, misleading description.
Here’s what the newspaper should have said about Evans. She is actually a former close colleague of Gov. Gray Davis, a longtime Democratic operative and a friend of noted Democratic hit man Bob Mulholland. Evans is also the ex-wife of Westside financier Max Palevsky, the man who gave Gray Davis his first job in politics as the fund-raiser in Tom Bradley’s 1973 mayoral campaign.
Posted at 01:26 PM
WHY? [Andrew Stuttaford]
Messing with perfection?
Posted at 01:21 PM
MORE DRUG MADNESS [Andrew Stuttaford]
Ha ha ha
Posted at 01:18 PM
LOSER WATCH [Andrew Stuttaford]
Britain is unusual in Europe in that it does not face the sort of pension crisis that faces the rest of that ageing continent. One reason for this is demographic, another is that far more Brits have privately-funded pensions (even if the stock market nightmares of recent years have diminished the value of that cash pile) than is usual in the EU and the third is that, since a reform introduced by Mrs. Thatcher, the state-provided pension is no longer automatically linked to increases in average earnings. Mrs. Thatcher’s aim was to encourage people to provide for their own retirement and also to avoid burdening the state with obligations that it could not possibly meet. To his credit, Tony Blair has resisted attempts to revert to the old (earnings-linked) system, something that would (at least in the short term) be worth more than a few votes.
Now it appears that this system is facing a new threat – from the Tories no less. They are reportedly going to promise a return to the old regime so correctly abolished by Mrs. Thatcher. This reform will supposedly be ‘paid for’ by a series of spending cuts elsewhere. Those cuts would be, one suspects, illusory, but, more to the point, there is almost no chance that the Conservatives will win the next election. So, in reality what they have done is made it far more difficult for Blair to defend one of the more sensible reforms of the Thatcher era. If, as a result, Labour do revert to the old system, you can be sure that they will do so without any attempt at economies anywhere else.
Thanks a bunch, Tories.
Posted at 01:13 PM
QUAGMIRE? [Andrew Stuttaford]
There’s an interesting piece in the Observer today written by a journalist who has just spent a month in that country:
“There is something disturbing, too, about the way that post-war Iraq has been portrayed. Visceral distrust of Bush/Blair has created a disregard both for fact and for the victims of Saddam. Arab commentators have had no shame in urging Iraqis, exhausted by three wars and more than a decade of sanctions, to launch a new war 'of liberation' against their liberators. Western commentators have luxuriated in the setbacks of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), as if wishing failure upon it - and by extension, the Iraqi people.”
Read the whole thing.
Posted at 01:09 PM
ON THE OTHER HAND [Jonah Goldberg]
From an angry Vermonter:
Since I have never read anything else that you've written, nor have I seen anything in your article about my "latte" town that would lead me to believe you are anything other than a smug, over-confident, self-centered "head in the sand" conservative. I will just say this. There is no crime here to speak of (we laugh uproariously when you city folk turn on your car alarms here). We have the most beautiful sunset anywhere in North America, we enjoy nice caring neighbors, and quick access to NYC and Montreal, great hunting and fishing, and other than the few months when the students are here (and it's not 25 degrees below zero), we enjoy lots of peace and quiet. To paint our city with and wide green paint brush, proves only one thing, that you understand less about Burlington and Vermont than any other topic I've seen in the conservative press yet. But best of all, your little anti-travelogue will only keep more of you from coming here with your backwards, hypocritical, conservative "values" and trying to take over our state. You just keep painting Howard Dean as a liberal, we know the truth (he's far from it) and you will to eventually, and you'll be very, very sorry. I'm forty, a small business owner, member of the chamber of commerce, home owner, outdoorsman and I've just gotta say, if you come away from this city and this beautiful state with only negative things to say, I pity you, I really do. Your pathetic little "made in America" life must be hell on earth. And I don't mean on a "I have more things than you" level, I'm talking actual beauty and peace and respect in your life. I've never locked my doors, car or home, and I won't. I don't have a car alarm, or home defense alarm or even a neighborhood watch. I live in a city of 40,000 people and the thought of fearing someone never enters my mind. So you keep on portraying us as latte sipping intellectuals, that'll be just fine with me. That way I don't have to even consider questioning whether a customer or neighbor is a decent honest person. We get along fine here without you. Just ask Chief Justice Reinquist, he loves it here. [Name withheld] Burlington, Vermont
Posted at 10:09 AM
FORGET THE PROFS & THE LIBRARY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
What college is really about.
Posted at 08:26 AM
FAIR TRADE? [Andrew Stuttaford]
The Bush administration has already tarnished (to put it mildly) its free trade credentials. Comments from the President in Milwaukee Friday (via Reuters, but I cannot find the link) suggest that he's prepared to do so again:
”We’ve got to have free trade policy that includes fair trade…Fair trade means currency policy is fair.”
’Fair trade’ is, all too often, a euphemism for unfair tariffs, worse still, the talk about ‘fair currency’ is clearly designed to reinforce the pressure on China and Japan to let the dollar fall against their currencies, a policy that makes little sense so long as this country wants and, yes, needs (that pesky current account deficit, again) Japan and China to keep buying dollars/dollar-denominated securities.
Posted at 08:22 AM
HOMICIDE/SUICIDE CELEBRATION [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From the brother of the latest suicide bomber, in Haifa:
"But we are receiving congratulations from people," Thahir said.
Posted at 03:06 AM
THE PERFECT SANDWICH, CTD. [Andrew Stuttaford]
Judging by the e-mails I've received, there’s some confusion about the pickle that is involved. It’s this, not, yeuch, that.
Posted at 02:36 AM
A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME? [Andrew Stuttaford]
News from California:
"In another possible sign of Election Day trouble for Gov. Gray Davis, almost 40,000 more Californians registered as Republicans than Democrats during the heart of the recall campaign, according to figures released Friday by the Secretary of State's Office.
Although the GOP edge in new registrations probably is too small to swing an election in which more than 15 million people can vote, political analysts say it could be an indication that Republicans are more energized than Democrats about the recall -- and more likely to go to the polls Tuesday.
``The numbers themselves aren't terribly significant,'' said Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. ``But the Republican gains may be a strong wind of a Republican trend in the electorate. . . . That is likely to hurt Davis and help Arnold Schwarzenegger.''
Posted at 02:12 AM
OOOPS - PROBABLY [Andrew Stuttaford]
Thanks to the reader who sent me these two links. The first from Neuen Zürcher Zeitung (in German, sorry) says that the Poles have apologized to Chirac for suggesting that the missiles were manufactured in 2003. The second, from Le Monde (in French) is slightly more ambiguous. The Poles are apologizing for having released this information, but the apology seems to be focused on how they did so (it was through unauthorized channels), not on what they said. Le Monde however goes on to report one explanation for what the Poles discovered: the ‘2003’ on the missiles was the last date they were checked (by the Iraqis) not the date of manufacture. Le Monde also repeats comments from the French foreign ministry that Roland-2 and Roland-3 missiles ceased to be produced in 1988 and 1993 respectively. They could not, therefore, have been manufactured in 2003.
I hate to say it, but it looks to me as if the French are off the hook on this one.
On a different point, I’m intrigued by the name of these missiles. Could they possibly be named after this guy? If so, that may not be altogether tactful.
Posted at 02:12 AM
DIFFERENT STANDARDS? [Andrew Stuttaford]
Meanwhile, check out these comments from one ‘CodePink’ activist:
She admitted that Bill Clinton's sexual peccadilloes were as inexcusable as Arnold's.
"The difference is that Clinton was so brilliant," she said.
"If Arnold was a brilliant pol and had this thing about inappropriate behavior, we'd figure a way of getting around it. I think it's to our detriment to go on too much about the groping. But it's our way in. This is really about the GOP trying to take California in 2004 and our trying to stop it."
Posted at 02:05 AM