CONTACT ESPN [Jonah Goldberg]
Posted at 03:45 PM
THE ADL SHOULD APOLOGIZE [Jonah Goldberg]
Ramesh - I hadn't seen that. Foxman's being absurd. Frankly, I've often found the way the ADL deals with these things to be a bit embarrassing. Does Foxman really think a Senior Editor at the New Republic(!) is somehow holding back a more forthright apology for sinister reasons? If the ADL did anything to foment a climate at ESPN or Disney which resulted in this decision, he should apologize to Easterbrook. Indeed, creating a climate where offending Jews automatically results in your termination will do far more to hurt Jews in this country than anything which might have resulted from Easterbrook's original comments.
Posted at 03:34 PM
EASTERBROOK [Ramesh Ponnuru]
I think what he said was foolish. Reasonable people can differ about how offensive it was. But the Anti-Defamation League is not being reasonable. It is saying that Easterbrook's apology is "insufficient." Abraham Foxman is suggesting that Easterbrook was saying that Jewish executives are especially greedy. That's not a fair reading of his initial comments, and it is a meaning that Easterbrook specifically disavows in his apology. Easterbrook deserves better. So do foes of anti-Semitism, and of defamation.
Posted at 02:33 PM
BOOO! [Jonah Goldberg]
Gregg Easterbrook has been fired by ESPN over this whole Hollywood & the Jews thing. I think that's absurd. Instapundit has details. Since I thought his apology was over-the-top I certainly think his dismissal is outrageous. What is wrong with these people? My first guess is that it has less to do with his comments about Jews and more to do with the fact that he criticized Disney which owns ESPN. But I don't know much about that one way or the other. All I can say is that this strikes me as extremely unfair.
Posted at 02:29 PM
ON SECOND THOUGHTS... [Andrew Stuttaford]
...is, of course, quite correct. At least it is over in Blighty.
Posted at 01:32 PM
ONE QUESTION [Jonah Goldberg]
The Times version of my column says "On second thoughts" not "On second thought."
Is the plural "thoughts" A) a typo B) the way the British say it or C) is the way everyone says it except me because I'm an ignoramous.
I await Mr. Stuttaford's help.
Posted at 12:11 PM
LONDON TIMES [Jonah Goldberg]
My column is up today, but it remains well-hidden by the high financial barrier they put up around it. The first half is recap about Rush. Here's how it ends:
On second thoughts, maybe it's silly to think Limbaugh hatred actually has much to do with what he says. After all, compared with his many copycats, Limbaugh's rhetoric is fairly tame. No, the reason Limbaugh infuriated so many is that people listened to him. He was an alternative information source to what was until recently a liberal media monopoly. For all the excitement about the internet challenging "Big Media" in America, AM talk radio beat it to the punch by more than a decade.
Posted at 12:09 PM
RE: NPR'S STUNNING VERDICT [Tim Graham]
An e-mailer suggests about NPR's ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin admitting liberal bias: "The stunning verdict (and it really is stunning) might have something to do with the fact that NPR is having a fund drive on now, although, it may only be the NYC affiliate."
No, Washington's WAMU is also hounding listeners for cash. An intriguing theory, although if I had to bet a Big Mac, I'd bet not. After all, we could say admitting liberal bias is a bad tactic at fundraising time....or is it? Pledge drives are always a time when balance goes out the window. Wouldn't it be nice to have 20 minutes for us to tell listeners why they SHOULDN'T contribute? You might not start with Terry Gross's bias. You might start with her salary of $85,000. And look at the other ones: Bob Edwards, $229,754? Jonah, look at the schmundo in "nonprofit" radio!
Posted at 11:37 AM
BROOKS NAILS IT [Jonathan H. Adler]
Today's David Brooks column nails the divisions in the Democratic party over Iraqi reconstruction. It ain't too pretty.
Posted at 10:52 AM
I AGREE TOTALLY WITH THE SENTIMENTS IN THIS E-MAIL... [Rich Lowry]
...which a friend shared. He sent it a while ago to a Red Sox fan friend: "I'll tell you what I told one of my neighbors at a bar last night as we watched the Yankees defeat the Red Sox - - I with a huge smile on my face and he dumbstruck and pouting.
`You guys gave as good as you got,' I said to him as he seemed not to breathe. `You tested us at every minute in a match-up that should make you proud. You made us fight for this victory from beginning to end. Congratulations.' And then I shook his hand.
I meant it when I said it to him, and I mean it as I offer these sentiments to you.
2004 is another year."
Posted at 10:00 AM
EASTERBROOK'S APOLOGY [Jonah Goldberg]
I'm almost sorry Easterbrook apologized the way he did. Or at least I'm sorry it got so much play (I saw mention of it on Fox News tonight) -- because I have no doubt it was an innocent miscommunication. I criticized his comments about Jewish movie producers, but I never thought for a moment he meant anything truly sinister. Rather, I was just surprised that a guy who's always come across as such a decent and, more relevant, clear writer seemed to get tongue-tied. I have no idea if the story has legs but, even though he has spoken ill of NRO (for which he shall be punished), I have no doubt that his apology is sincere and his biggest and only mistake was writing something that was uncharacteristically vague where clarity was required.
Posted at 12:13 AM
Friday, October 17, 2003
COOL STUFF [Jonah Goldberg]
A loyal reader, Jeremy Yoder, designed this. Me likey. In fact, it gives me an idea. For the foreseeable future -- or until I discover that for reasons I can't see right now -- I will post a link to all tasteful, cool and favorable to NRO-related logos, animations, videos etc. The reward is the link and the subsequent thousands of visitors plus our admiration, our discussion in the Corner and maybe just maybe some sort of symbolic prize. Maybe we will even end up using the best entry ourselves and the quasi legal status of this whole proposition will result in lawsuits all over the place.
Sound like fun?
So: all of you web folks out there who want to get noticed or who are just bored, let's see what you can do. Put "cool stuff" in the header and send it to me or K-Lo (man, I hope Kathryn likes this idea).
Posted at 07:20 PM
ONE MORE THING [Jonathan H. Adler]
The allegations against our troops are disturbing precisely because they are OUR troops and, as such, it is reasonable to expect the best of them. They are not Iraqi troops, or Mexican troops, or Russian troops, or anything else, and should be held to a higher standard. That troops or guerillas from some other land do worse things is no excuse. Our soldiers are Americans. As such we should hope they represent our principles and ideals, even in the toughest of situations. Our forces in Iraq are on an important and perilous mission -- and we should all be grateful for their sacrifices. That does not mean we should excuse gross misconduct if (and I stress, if) it should occur.
Posted at 06:51 PM
READERS ON TROOPS BEHAVING BADLY [Jonathan H. Adler]
Lots of e-mail on the allegations that U.S. troops cut down Iraqi fruit trees as "collective punishment" for failing to provide intelligence on Baathist guerillas. First, many readers are suspicious of the source -- the Independent -- which is known for its anti-American slant. This is a fair point, and the reason I said the story was troubling "if" it was true.
Other readers accept the story, but suggest it omitted key details -- something I am willing to believe. For instance, Joseph Frye comments
I have been in contact with an officer in the Thai army that has provided myself and others with some information regarding this practice (though perhaps not this particular instance) via Thai military operating with the Coalition in Iraq.Frye's source also claims that the Iraqis in question are "compensated generously" for the loss of their trees. Assuming this is all true, it changes the complexion of the story quite significantly.
Finally, it has been confirmed to me by two sources that collective punishment is a violation of international law and is punishible under the U.S. Code of Military Justice. The questions, then, are a) whether the alleged conduct occurred, and b) whether it constitutes "collective punishment."
Posted at 06:22 PM
AMAZON COMMENTS ON LEGACY [Rich Lowry]
My favorite: "A PAGE TURNER! Lowry writes with intelligence, insight and humor."
My least favorite (although it's amusing): "It's clear this guy just hates America. Why doesn't he leave if he doesn't like it here? Bill Clinton is the greatest president in our lifetime."
Posted at 06:17 PM
I OWE MY HEARTIEST APOLOGIES... [Rich Lowry]
...to Aaron Boone. If that's what all his lack of production was building up to, it was well worth it.
Posted at 06:13 PM
STUNNING NPR VERDICT: WE SHOWED BIAS [Tim Graham]
NPR Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin has come to an opinion on Terry Gross's differing book-plugging NPR "Fresh Air" interviews of Bill O'Reilly and Al Franken, and the verdict is: "Unfortunately, the [O'Reilly] interview only served to confirm the belief, held by some, in NPR's liberal media bias."
He explained: "Although O'Reilly frequently resorts to bluster and bullying on his own show, he seemed unable to take her tough questions. He became angrier as the interview went along. But by coming across as a pro-Franken partisan rather than a neutral and curious journalist, Gross did almost nothing that might have allowed the interview to develop.
"By the time the interview was about halfway through, it felt as though Terry Gross was indeed 'carrying Al Franken's water,' as some listeners say. It was not about O'Reilly's ideas, or his attitudes or even about his book. It was about O'Reilly as political media phenomenon. That's a legitimate subject for discussion, but in this case, it was an interview that was, in the end, unfair to O'Reilly."
Posted at 05:36 PM
BEANTOWN JERKS [Rod Dreher]
I understand people get passionate about sports, but some folks need a punch in the nose. I refer to the guy here in Dallas who drove past me last weekend as I was taking my kid to soccer practice, and leaned out of the passenger side of his pal's truck to scream, "YANKEES SU-U-U-CK!" He was wearing a shirt that said the same thing. Apparently the Yanks sticker on my car bothered him. "Daddy, what did he say?" said my four-year-old son. I didn't explain. Well, today, my wife and kid stopped in a local Starbucks, and there sat a guy in a Red Sox cap working on his laptop. Guy looks up as they go in, and sees my kid wearing his Yanks cap. My kid smiles at the Sox guy -- and the guy gives a four-year-old kid a dirty look. On the way out, my kid smiles at him again. Guy just glares.
I mean, really, I know you hate that your team lost, but why be nasty to a four-year-old boy?
Posted at 04:33 PM
ARAB NEWS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
reports Mr. "Jews Rule the World" remarks uncritically.
Posted at 03:46 PM
ANAGRAMS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From an NRO reader:
You might point out that "Rich Lowry's LEGACY" has some great anagrams, likeI really could have done without that last bit of information.
Posted at 03:21 PM
RUSS LOVES PAUL [John Derbyshire]
Check out Russell Baker's paean to Paul Krugman in the current (11/6/03) New York Review of Elite Lefties (not yet up in digital form). Russ twice goes into a swoon at Paul's "courage" in writing anti-Bush stuff right after 9/11. Paul is, says Russ, "as mainstream as it gets." (For a translation of "mainstream," see my recent "Devil's Dictionary." )
Paul is, Russ wants us to know, brilliant, perceptive, fearless... George W. Bush is, of course, either a blundering moron being used as a front man by sinister "corporate interests," or an evil Mephistophelian genius ruthlessly carrying out a "right-wing revolution," depending on which paragraph you are reading. This is a little pure crystal of contemporary liberal hysteria. Warning: if you plan on reading the whole thing, have a barf bag close at hand.
Posted at 03:11 PM
FLAWS=CONSERVATISM [Tim Graham]
CBS Castigates the Pope: “His Legacy is Not Without Flaws” The flawed Pope. CBS’s Allen Pizzey on Thursday night marked the Pope’s 25th anniversary by listing some of his successes, but then Pizzey declared as fact that “his legacy is not without flaws” with policies which “have alienated many.” Not that his legacy is not without detractors or that some think his views are flawed, but that his legacy does include areas in which he has definitively been “flawed.” Pizzey, naturally, cited topics on which the Pope’s stands upset liberals -- “his staunch refusal to ordain women as priests and rigorous rejection of birth control, abortion and homosexuality, have alienated many.”
Posted at 03:09 PM
THE RIGHT THINKING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Cubs - OUT
Posted at 03:03 PM
THE RULE OF 14 [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Jonathan Rauch: "Only four candidates have a shot next year. They are President Bush, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, and Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina. The rest are history. Sorry, Dick. Sorry, John. Sorry, Dennis, Joe, Carol, and Al. Turn off the lights behind you. . . .
"With only one exception since the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, no one has been elected president who took more than 14 years to climb from his first major elective office to election as either president or vice president.
"George W. Bush took six years. Bill Clinton, 14. George H.W. Bush, 14 (to the vice presidency). Ronald Reagan, 14. Jimmy Carter, six. Richard Nixon, six (to vice president). John Kennedy, 14. Dwight Eisenhower, zero. Harry Truman, 10 (to vice president). Franklin Roosevelt, four. Herbert Hoover, zero. Calvin Coolidge, four. Warren Harding, six. Woodrow Wilson, two. William Howard Taft, zero. Theodore Roosevelt, two (to vice president). The one exception: Lyndon Johnson's 23 years from his first House victory to the vice presidency."
The whole thing is worth reading.
Posted at 03:00 PM
NEWS: THE PENNSYLVANIA SKINNY: GO PAT GO! [Kathryn Jean Lopez ]
Keystone State political insiders report to NRO that the third quarter of 2003 was Rep. Pat Toomey’s “best-ever” fundraising quarter ($780,000 raised)—putting more in their pot than any other Senate challenger (either party) this year. During the same timeframe, Arlen Specter had his worst fundraising quarter this year ($1,300,000).
Posted at 02:47 PM
BOXCUTTERS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 02:23 PM
AND IN BOSTON... [Rick Brookhiser]
I was in Boston last night having dinner with longtime NRODT contributor David Brudnoy. David, who has survived nine years with AIDS, is now receiving radiation and chemotherapy for a rare form of cancer. (The prognosis seems hopeful.) David bears it with his accustomed gallantry. How nice it would be not to need gallantry, says the Sancho Panza in us all, but life does not allow it.
Speaking of the need for gallantry...I heard, in the early morning hours, roisterers outside my window. The men were shouting F***! F***! F***! I couldn't tell whether the F's were triumphal or angry. It seems to have been the latter.
Posted at 02:16 PM
IGNORE ME [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I was totally wrong about Shattered Glass. The movie is NOT based on Glass's book, The Fabulist. (Details here.) Please forgive me. Friday and I can't keep anything straight that is not in LEGACY.
Posted at 01:32 PM
SPEAKING OF TNR [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Easterbrook has apologized for his Kill Bill Jew remark.
Posted at 01:21 PM
DERB SI, DERBEZ NO! [John Derbyshire]
I just want everyone to know that I am NOT IN ANY WAY RELATED to the new Mexican foreign minister
Posted at 01:10 PM
FRANKIE'S 200TH [Rod Dreher]
For all your Franklin Pierce Bicentennial Celebration needs.
Posted at 01:08 PM
GROSS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The New Republic 's website has an ad up for Shattered Glass, the movie based on Stephen Glass's book about his plagarism at TNR. They are certainly getting money from it, but it shocks the senses.
Posted at 01:05 PM
YANKEES LOSE! [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Say it ain't so, NY Post.
Posted at 12:55 PM
WOLF BLITZER [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
called LEGACY "important" a few minutes ago, for the record.
Posted at 12:46 PM
INSUFFERABLE DEAN [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From USA TODAY:
Dean suggested his sound judgment extended to his long support for the Boston Red Sox over his native New York Yankees. The issue is of some moment in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary.Via
Posted at 12:38 PM
A PROMISE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The endless LEGACY push does actually have an end. I won't be as obnoxiously annoying next week. So bear with me just till the end of the day. Suffice it to say it a good and important book and I'd say that even if the guy didn't have the only key that deactivates the electric-wire fence that boxes me in my cage...I mean office.
Posted at 12:18 PM
YES, THEY REALLY WERE ON DRUGS [Andrew Stuttaford]
The Scottish parliament is already a joke. It just got funnier.
Posted at 12:16 PM
BIAS-BASHER PET PEEVES [Tim Graham]
Jay writes today "Although we conservatives whine a lot — and whine correctly — that the media are stacked against us." Tucker Carlson joked in the current American Journalism Review something to the effect that liberals are now outdoing conservaties in "whining about media bias."
This is a pet peeve. If "whining" is the mot juste, then don't just use it for the media bias argument, use it for every policy argument: the Sierra Club is "whining" about the environment, the NRA is "whining" about gun control, and the Concord Coalition is "whining" about the need for higher taxes.
The reason the word "whining" sticks to the media-bias argument is that it's seen as kvetching rather than doing -- an argument that could just be as easily applied to poiltical journalism in general. But as any journalist knows, kvetching IS doing. Rush, Fox, Drudge, et al have built an alternative media based on what? "Whining," and the audience created by objections to the evidence of liberal bias.
Posted at 12:12 PM
JUST SO YOU KNOW [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
we are working on a new NRODT as I write. You'll get to read it first if you sign up for NR Digital (and if you subscribe to NRODT, NRD is included!).
Posted at 11:56 AM
A DEAL FOR YOU [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Rich is keen to sign copies of LEGACY for anyone who has a subscription to either NRODT or NR Digital. (New subscriptions MORE than welcome!) Just send your copy of LEGACY and a some sort of easy proof that you’re a subscriber (mailing label, confirmation e-mail, etc.) to:
Rich LowryJust make clear who LEGACY should be inscribed to and WHERE the book should go after it is signed.
Posted at 11:50 AM
NYC GIRLS & PARENTS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
For any parents (and eight graders!) in the NYC area (sorry to be so NY this morning--would a Left Coaster please save me?): My old high-school, Dominican Academy is having their open house tomorrow, 10-1, for prospective students. It's a great school (don't blame them for me, I was NOT the top of the class) offering a complete faith-based education. I heartily endorse (and will take questions if anyone seriously considering it has any). Commercial over.
Posted at 11:48 AM
TROOPS BEHAVING BADLY - CONT. [Jonathan H. Adler]
A reader writes:
Much is being made of this but perhaps you need to step back an think a minute. The location in question are groves of trees that border a road that comes off a bridge.... in plain English, a ideal ambush site. You have no place to hide coming off the bridge and the bad guys can hide in the trees and them melt away. There had in fact been several ambushes at the site, because the road network almost mandated the use of the road. The farmers in question were given the chance to give the ambushers up and didn't. The local commander has a responsibility to protect his troops. Since the farmers refused to cooperate, they paid the price. Sucks to be them I suppose, but better a thousand fruit trees than one GI life, IMHO. The only reason this get any traction at all is because there are trees involved, shows how turned around we have become when a few trees are more important the lives of our soldiers.This is useful additional info, and I agree that protection of our troops is extremely important. But, of course, the primary aim of our troop presence is not protecting our troops, but achieving the strategic objective of creating a peaceful and stable Iraq. Moreover, while the local commander has the responsibility to protect his troops, but this does not excuse any and all such actions. It would not, for instance, justify the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians thought to be harboring Baathist guerillas (and if rogue soldiers ever committed such a horrific act, I trust they would be dealt with accordingly). Both the ends and the means must be legitimate. My concern -- and this concern may be based on incomplete information -- is that this is a case in which the ends did not justify the means (collective punishment which, as I understand it, can violate the Geneva Convention) and may be counterproductive.
Other reader thoughts, or hard information, are most welcome.
Posted at 11:07 AM
JOSEPH'S TOMB [Jonah Goldberg]
Palestinian teens set it ablaze.
Posted at 10:30 AM
GETTING ROE WRONG [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Everyone does it. Smart, thoughtful, well-read people don't understand the most controversial Supreme Court decision of the last generation. Take Gregg Easterbrook, for example, who is arguing that a ban on partial-birth abortion might not be an assault on Roe since Roe allows abortion to be banned in the third trimester. Easterbrook gets a few things wrong in this argument, including what Roe did. Here's the truth of the matter:
1) A ban on partial-birth abortion would not be an assault on Roe because Roe did not touch Texas's ban on partial-birth abortion.
2) Partial-birth abortions do not take place exclusively in the third trimester.
3) Roe has to be read in light of Doe v. Bolton, handed down the same day, which makes it clear that any third-term restrictions have to include an exception for "health" defined to include "physical, emotional, psychological, [or] familial health." Just try prosecuting someone for committing a third-trimester abortion under that standard.
As a side note, I think it's silly for Easterbrook to insist that third-trimester abortions are "unambiguously wrong" but that earlier abortions can be called wrong only on the basis of religious faith. He says that "some feel" that they can call first- and second-trimester abortions wrong "based on faith," but that's an impermissible basis for public policy. Fine, but some think that they can judge those abortions wrong based on reason. They may be wrong, but you can't prove it by pretending that they don't exist.
Posted at 10:21 AM
NO FLAT. TAX [Jonathan H. Adler]
New Zealand's farmers successfully battle off a tax on animal flatulence. Said one "They sullied our reputation by suggesting there was something less than wholesome about farming sheep and cattle in New Zealand."
Posted at 09:52 AM
BUCKING CBS [Jonathan H. Adler]
Stuart Buck's take on the CBS home-schooling story is worth a read.
Posted at 09:37 AM
RICH LOWRY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
is doing Laura Ingraham's radio show today (see schedule here). He'll be on FNC at 10:30 and will be chatting up Wolf Blitzer on CNN at 12:30. I suspect LEGACY might come up.
Posted at 09:33 AM
U.S. TROOPS BEHAVING BADLY [Jonathan H. Adler]
If this account is accurate, someone needs to get U.S. troops in line (and a court martial may even be in order). Destroying orchards to punish whole communities for failing to provide information on the Iraqi resistance seems perislouly close to burning the village in order to save it (and seems to be a pretty clear violation of internatinal law). Given the importance of fruit trees in that part of the world, it's also likely to be quite counterproductive. As commented here, "If I were a child, and remote, powerful strangers came and cut down my trees...I would never again believe that they were the good guys." (Link via Mark Kleiman)
Posted at 09:30 AM
STREET NEWS [Jonathan H. Adler]
Philadelphia Mayor John Street is a colorful and engaging political figure -- he's also widely believed to be quite corrupt. Earlier this month, an FBI-placed bug was discovered in Street's office, and yesterday the FBI raided several city offices and Street's fundraiser. Street partisans claim this is all a calculated effort to hurt Street's reelection chances this November, and dismiss the long history of corruption within Philadelphia's Democratic political machine. Despite a major advantage in voter registration, Street faces a strong Republican challenger in Sam Katz. It is beginning to appear he may soon face an indictment as well.
Posted at 09:12 AM
CBS & HOME-SCHOOLING [Jonathan H. Adler]
So let me get this straight, the next time a public school teacher is arrested for molesting a student or a teacher's union official is indicted for corruption, CBS will run a story on the "dark side" of public education? Oh, wait, this happens quite often, so where are the CBS stories?
Posted at 09:04 AM
I'M OFF TO CNN [ Jonah Goldberg]
But here's my take on the whole "Bush lied about the imminent threat" business.
Posted at 07:20 AM
SCANDALS MANGLED [Tim Graham]
In KJL's Legacy Q&A, Lowry suggested "I always thought that the George H. W. Bush and Bob Dole campaigns against Clinton based on character were lame. And they largely were — they were a substitute for making arguments on the issues."
He's correct literally, that their character attacks were lame and petrified of media furor. But neither candidate did anything with Whitewater. Bush arrived late on Clinton's character, sounding lame notes about Clinton's youth protesting abroad that were denounced. The President's business partners were convicted of multiple felonies in 1996 and Dole walked away from it. The FBI files? Couldn't make a go of it. Smearing Billy Dale and the Travel Office staff? Nope. And Dole certainly wasn't going anywhere near Paula Jones.
Issues? Neither man excited conservatives on the issues. They were both career insiders who were cool on social conservative issues, they were known as tax hikers, and didn't use their campaigns as an opportunity to push fresh conservative reform ideas. Neither one could find his way out of a Vision bag. Scandal wasn't a substitute for the issues. These campaigns tiptoed up with issues first, and as they flopped, they fell back late on inarticulate scandal-mongering. (Remember those Clinton-Gore "bozos"?)
The Big What If? is what if Lee Atwater had been healthy and making tough anti-Clinton spots in 1992? I think he would have found a way (and had the courage) to risk media outrage and throw an effective scandal punch or two or three at the Clintons.
Posted at 07:18 AM
GERTZ [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
on the al Qaeda dirty-bomb trail.
Posted at 07:10 AM
TO THINK I HAD NO IDEA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
that yesterday was "National Boss Day." Legacy. Legacy. Legacy.
Posted at 07:08 AM
SENATE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
takes a loan road.
Posted at 05:43 AM
DEAL [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I will ban Yankee gloating from The Corner if Red Sox fans--fine Americans--buy Legacy anyway.
Posted at 05:42 AM
IT IS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Sweet to be from NY.
Posted at 05:40 AM
Thursday, October 16, 2003
CHARRO! [Jonah Goldberg]
Was the only Elvis film in which he did not sing on camera. And "Clambake" did not have a clambake in it. That concludes the random Elvis trivia portion of this evening.
Posted at 09:31 PM
BUSH'S ANNIVERSARY GREETING TO THE POPE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 06:22 PM
RE: CBS SMEARS [Jonah Goldberg]
Tim - That really is outrageous. That report says that some 850K kids are homeschooled. But that's a 2001 number. Considering the explosive growth in the field it wouldn't shock me if the number's at 1 million by now. Assuming that's the case for the purposes of easier calculations for the mathematically impaired (me), if CBS found even 100 cases -- which I sincerely doubt they could -- that would be a .0001% rate of abuse. I'd hazard to guess that the rate of child molesters currently employed for CBS is higher than that.
UPDATE Yes, my math was wrong. I was doing the math with a baby on my lap. Sorry. It's .01% which might in fact be higher than the rate of child molesters at CBS. My apologies.
Posted at 05:11 PM
OOPS—GOOD POINT [Rich Lowry]
E-mail: “I know that you east coast people are a little myopic, but Oregon is a big state, with lots of cities, towns and literate people. Thus, there is more than one paper in Oregon. Which one picked up the column? Which ones have editors who need to be badgered into doing so?” Sorry. It’s The Oregonian. As far as literate people goes—I believe it. For some reason, I get an amazing amount of e-mail responses to columns from Oregon…
Posted at 04:52 PM
CBS SMEARS [Tim Graham]
CBS ran a two-part series on home schooling by noting that several child molesters and killers like Andrea Yates....(gasp) were home-schoolers. They represent the "dark side of home schooling." Can anyone imagine CBS using this guilt-by-association-with-killers line in other areas? Andrew Cunanan, representing "the dark side of homosexuality"? Osama, representing "the dark side of Islam"? Inconceivable.
Posted at 04:37 PM
VICAR IS SICKER [Tim Graham]
For more on how our TV elite has treated the Pope as hopelessly archaic, authoritarian, and divisive, see here.
Posted at 04:23 PM
ALBRIGHT AND SHINING PARTISAN [Jonah Goldberg]
Albright thinks France was "a little bit right" to oppose America and that America, under George Bush, is 100% wrong.
Posted at 04:22 PM
FLYING MONKEYS PARTY REPORT [Rod Dreher]
Well, despite a grievous Yankees loss, last night's NRO throwdown at Trinity Hall here in Dallas went pretty well. We had a nice turnout, and more or less commandeered the patio at Trinity Hall, an Irish pub here in Dallas. You couldn't have asked for colder beer, better weather, or more splendid company. I got to visit with most everybody, however briefly, and was pleased to discover that so many folks thought it was a great idea to have conservative meet-and-greets like this. One guy, an Air Force reservist named Bill Brant, talked about how he used to keep up with The Corner faithfully this past summer while posted to Pakistan. I can imagine reading Derb whilst residing in subcontinental climes would make one feel positively Kiplingesque. Someone else, a longtime NR subscriber, talked about how back in the 1970s, NR put out a little book containing the "Sayings of Chairman Bill." Take that, Mao! Wouldn't it be cool to release an updated version? We had folks drive in from all over, even a judge from way down in Austin. Someone has a sister who makes T-shirts for a living, and so we're looking into the feasibility of designing a T-shirt for us merry band of Texan NRO-niks. Much was made at one table of Rich's love of speaking to Texas audiences, so we're going to try to coax him this way soon. Oh, two more items: at one end of the patio sat a woman who sneered, "National Review, isn't that a Republican magazine?" I offered her a subscription card. At the other end was an older woman with a long braid down her back, a Little House on the Prairie-style dress, and a long-stemmed pipe in her mouth. Regrettably, she wasn't part of our group.
Posted at 03:58 PM
MORE BASEBALL & LEGACY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Enough already about enticing Red Sox and Yankees fans to purchase Rich's book. How about promoting "Legacy" as a tonic to cheer the millions of despondent Cubs fans out there? Not only are Chicagoans cursed with 95 years and counting of failure on the baseball diamond, they're plagued with Mayor Daley's political machine and Jesse Jackson, too. Or don't folks in the Great American Heartland matter to you blue-state denizens?
Posted at 03:58 PM
ANOTHER QUICK BLEG [Rich Lowry]
What do we make out there of all the “Taliban re-grouping” stories—it’s becoming a major line of attack on Bush.
Posted at 03:56 PM
MORE ON TIGER OWNERSHIP [Rich Lowry]
Posted at 03:47 PM
DING, DONG, KYOTO'S DEAD? [Jonathan H. Adler]
Robert Novak reports on a very under-reported story: Russia's apparent refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. In recent remarks, Putin has been dismissive of global warming hype -- ''Russia is a northern country, so if it warms up two or three degrees, it's not terrible'' -- and his leading science adviser is clearly against the agreement -- ''All the scientific evidence seems to support the same general conclusions, that the Kyoto Protocol is overly expensive, ineffective and based on bad science.'' Without Russia, Kyoto cannot take effect. It appears the Bush Administration's leadership against this flawed agreement, once derided as unilaterlaism, is bearing fruit.
Posted at 03:46 PM
IN CASE YOU'RE BORED AT WORK... [Rich Lowry]
E-mail: "You may want to mention in the corner that those of us stuck in offices at computers can listen to janet - and you - at http://www.wava.com"
Posted at 03:42 PM
PRETTY DECENT [Kathryn Jena Lopez]
Found this on Amazon about LEGACY:
Posted at 03:40 PM
PRIVATIZE TIGERS! [Rich Lowry]
E-mail: “Mr. Lowry: Private ownership of tigers is a GREAT idea for a variety of reasons. The gene pool, for starters. "Domesticated" tigers are statistically more likely to eat people who think having tigers in their home is a good idea; the last crop of people who thought that, were culled sometime in the Ice Age. Time for some routine maintenance of the species, here. The libertarian argument: if you can afford a freakin' tiger, it's your business. The environmentalist argument: anything which makes tigers more valuable to people enhances the survival chances of an endangered species. This will be a LEGACY (see, I did it!) for The Children! (At least, the uneaten children.) Finally, the Second Amendment argument: if you allow my neighbor to own a tiger, it's an EXCELLENT argument for me to employ as I explain my own desire for a large-caliber weapon.”
Posted at 03:39 PM
BY THE WAY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
This was Cosmo inspired.
Posted at 03:26 PM
JONAH, C3PO, AND HALF-BAKED GUYS FROM MANITOBA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The Corner really does get results: This morning I noticed that the C3PO figurine had 8,XXX hits, and this afternoon it has over 12,000. I looked at a few of the seller's other available items for comparison, including one that has about 10 hours to go, and none had more than 118 hits.
Posted at 03:14 PM
FRUM, CTD. [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Now that I think about it, I believe Rauch has put forward the mirror image of Frum's argument: that conservatives should stop resisting gay marriage because the demand for it will continue and the result will be marriage lite. I think Rauch's argument is vulnerable to a stronger version of the response I made to Frum's. The fact that both of them make the argument should tell them something.
Posted at 03:10 PM
LEGACY [Rich Lowry]
I’ll be on the Janet Parshall radio show today around 4 p.m. talking about the book. Last time I checked Amazon, I had slipped behind Ivins and Krugman, but was still barely ahead of “Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, Book 5).” That will teach Stephen King (a Red Sox fan).
Posted at 02:54 PM
THAT BACKWARD OLD GUY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Tim, Ray Flynn is talking fluff on CNN right now (he's part of the delegation Kate's on) and under him as he speaks I see: "Pope held his words to be infallible." THEN Conservatve on issues of sexuality, celibacy, women." What the heck does that mean? Okay, so I know.
Posted at 02:53 PM
CHINESE ASTRONAUT JOKES [John Derbyshire]
Here they come. This one, by its flavor, must have actually come out of China: "Following his landing in Inner Mongolia, astronaut Yang Liwei was arrested and charged with not having a proper residence permit for the region...."
Posted at 02:50 PM
"EROTIC, FLAMBOYANT, FRENCH!" [Mike Potemra]
That's the headline on a movie-screening invitation I got today for the film Secret Things. The invitation says the movie is "the story of two gorgeous young women who discover the power of sex as a tool to climb the social ladder." Whoa, there, Columbus--what else did you discover? And that's not even the funniest thing about this invitation. It also quotes a critic who says that the director's movies "rarely cross the Atlantic, as their primal excesses are often excoriated as childish male fantasies." Now think about that for a minute: What he's saying is that this director's movies are too-childish male fantasies . . . even for the American moviegoing public. I don't usually comment on movies I haven't seen, but this one really sounds like a must-miss.
Posted at 02:44 PM
HONEST [Rich Lowry]
I was going to write a syndicated column about how people should be banned from owning tigers. I had interviewed people from the Humane Society. But I began to see the difficulty of fitting the word Legacy into the column, and then this Clinton statement came to my attention. I ended up writing about Clinton and terrorism. But I hope to use the tiger stuff sometime soon. Consider this a leisurely bleg—if anyone has good arguments for why I might be wrong about such a ban, let me know . . . Also, thanks to everyone in Oregon—the paper out there has just picked up my column . . .
Posted at 02:34 PM
RICH'S BAD FEELING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
But a lot of Red Sox fans who are holding back have sworn to buy Legacy.
Posted at 02:28 PM
UH-OH: YANKS-RED SOX [Rich Lowry]
The atmosphere of the game last night seemed appropriate. With the daylight fading into night and the wind swirling around the stadium carrying hot-dog wrappers and who knows what else, it was weird, wild, and ominous . . . A few observations: JOHNNY DAMON scares me. That guy LOOKS like hustle . . . I can’t root against TROT NIXON after his touching statement of faith after his game-winning homer against the A's . . . JASON GIAMBI only has two problems as a hitter recently: 1) he chases high fastballs; 2) he can’t catch up to them . . . AARON BOONE’S lack of production isn’t even maddening anymore. It's just sad . . . The turning point last night: when Yanks had second and third (were handed second and third) in the sixth with one out and couldn’t score. Well, it was the turning point besides the Red Sox rockets to centerfield, the wild pitches, the base-loaded walk, and the Trot Nixon home-run. . . . How cool is it that baseball’s ratings are doing so well? It’s a reflection, of course, of the big cities in the playoffs and how tight the games are. These games should have reminded everyone that baseball is the best sport for building tension and developing narrative . . . But there’s such a thing as too much tension: I don’t like Game 7’s. Game 7’s involving some other teams are fine—the Marlins-Cubs? great--but they are excruciating when they involve your own guys . . . My gut for tonight: a bad feeling.
Posted at 02:23 PM
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, MR. OUT OF TOUCH [Tim Graham]
Ken Shepherd reports that live coverage of the papal anniversary on CNN around noon featured Paula Zahn noting: "There was a new poll out today by ABC and the Washington Post which suggests that 2/3rds of American Catholics do not feel that the Pope’s views at all reflect their life. And that is a problem for the Church, isn’t it?"
The P.R. "problem" for the church begins with media pollsters who interview "Catholics" who haven't seen the inside of a church for decades. Of course, the Pope wouldn't seem relevant to them. If he was, they might attend Mass. A more interesting question might be: how are people who don't "vote" with their feet every week relevant to the governance of the Church?
Posted at 02:21 PM
THE DURBAN CONFERENCE [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Brought to you by the Ford Foundation.
Posted at 02:07 PM
QUESTION ANSWERED [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Earlier today I said that we would be able to tell which candidate in the Louisiana governor's race thinks he's behind when we see the first negative ad. It's up--and the ad is for the Democrats. The first half of the radio ad reads as follows: "We have to choose a new governor for Louisiana and it is very important that we look past the tv commercials, and into the lives and characters of the candidates. The closer you examine the records, the better Kathleen Babineaux Blanco looks. She understands real people because she is one of us. She had a full life before she ever ran for public office--teaching school, raising six children, and starting her own small business. She understands struggle and that the problems that the governor must deal with all have human faces. She knows that people aren't statistics or numbers, and you don't crunch people, you help them." This is an attempt to convert Bobby Jindal's strengths into weaknesses: Okay, so he knows more facts than me and has accomplished an awful lot for someone so young. But that just means he's not like us and doesn't understand our problems. (I'm mediocre--just like you.) He may have saved the health department from bankruptcy, but he did so by not caring for people.
The ad continues: "Now Kathleen is in the fight of her political life against the hand-picked candidate of the right-wing Republicans, backed by Mike Foster, the Republican White House, and their millions of dollars. They are confident they will win, because they hope that we won't vote. So let's show that they are wrong, and get organized to win. Kathleen Blanco needs our help, because her fight is our fight too. Paid for by Kathleen Babineaux Blanco." Did I mention that these ads are mainly on black radio?
Republicans may be tempted to attack the "real people" line as an attack on Jindal's ethnicity. The Jindal campaign itself won't take the bait, but its allies might. The last thing Bobby Jindal needs is to make the campaign a referendum on race.
The election is November 15.
Posted at 02:04 PM
MORE MERCILESS READERS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Rich, dude, they're goinna buy LEGACY is the Yanks lose!
If the Red Sox beat the Yankees later today, I promise to buy Legacy on Amazon not later than noon tomorrow. It will comfort me to know that I have softened the blow for a Yankees fan. But I lie...(on the latter point only).
Posted at 01:47 PM
FRUM ON GAY MARRIAGE [Ramesh Ponnuru]
As I understand it, David Frum's argument against gay marriage is not that it is bad in itself but that, since religious conservatives will never allow full-fledged gay marriage, the campaign for it will end up creating a bunch of new marriage-lite institutions that will weaken marriage. If I were Jonathan Rauch (or someone else who supports gay marriage and opposes marriage lite), I would respond: "What you're saying, David, is that we can't get gay marriage because of the obstinacy of religious conservatives, and therefore should settle for nothing. Why isn't the answer instead that religious conservatives should stop being obstinate? Why are their views taken as given, and ours as variables? Why shouldn't we press ahead for what we want (which is what justice requires)? If religious conservatives' resistance results in marriage lite, that's their fault, not ours." I don't think, therefore, that Frum's argument is likely actually to change the minds of gay-marriage advocates.
Posted at 01:46 PM
POSSIBLE SITE FOR NRO'S LONDON OFFICE? [Jonah Goldberg]
The price is steep and my wife would divorce me if I spent my own money on it. But maybe we can take up a colection?
Posted at 01:34 PM
TOE-TAPPING NONSENSE [Jonah Goldberg]
I'm only slightly kidding. I bet young kids are more inclined to believe propaganda if it's in music video format than if it's written out.
Posted at 01:28 PM
TALK RADIO -- BLEG [ Jonah Goldberg]
I'm doing a piece for the Times of London about talk-radio, Rush, etc. Has anybody seen anything particularly interesting -- and fact filled -- on the topic? I've written about this a few times from the political angle, so I don't really need rhetoric from the right (it's a tool for taking back the culture from the liberal media!) or from the left (meat-eating misogynists confirming the prejudices of the bourgeoisie!) but straight-forward info and analysis. I'm gonna make some phone calls, but if there are any radio execs out there, feeel free to drop me a line. Thanks.
Posted at 12:57 PM
ARMED FOR BATTLE [Kate O'Beirne]
You won't find my used copy of Legacy for sale online. It is a terrific read and indispensable for anyone caught in irritating arguments about Bill Cllinton's track record. With this one volume, you can devastate claims about Clinton's surpluses, "his" booming economy, the Middle East roadmap to peace shredded by his successor, and his multiple multilateral successes. Now that I'm armed with Legacy, I won't be surprised if Al Hunt and Mark Shields call in sick to CNN.
Posted at 11:34 AM
DEBATING DNA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Officer Dunphy and Christine Rosen are on their last leg of their debate on DNA & the 9th Circuit. Read here.
Posted at 11:33 AM
RICH [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
and I chat about Bill Clinton and Rich's new book LEGACY here.
Posted at 11:08 AM
NEW [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
U.N. resolution re Iraq has been adopted by the Sec Council, unanimously.
Posted at 10:59 AM
CULTURE OF DEATH IN FLORIDA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A lawyer friend notes: "A husband has no say over a wife's decision to abort their unborn child, yet he has complete dominion over the life of his incapacitated wife.In the first case a woman has untrammeled control over her body.I n the latter case the husband has untrammeled control over her body. In both cases the result is death."
Posted at 10:47 AM
FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE [Jonah Goldberg]
Expect to hear a lot more complaints about Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin. I'm almost exhausted by the "controversy" and it hasn't even begun yet.
Posted at 10:42 AM
KS-03 [Ramesh Ponnuru]
The third House district of Kansas is currently held by Democrat Dennis Moore. He's one of the top targets for the Republicans in the next election. He's been a top target before, to be sure, but his opponents say he's been moving left lately, which will make him more vulnerable this time around. The top Republican contenders are moderate Adam Taff, who ran a decent campaign last time around but lost to Moore, and conservative Kris Kobach. (Here's what I said about the primary race in 2002.) Taff has more money on hand, but he's also been in the race longer. Kobach's fundraising at a higher pace. And while both men have impressive resumes in different respects, Taff has to overcome the rematch curse: Most people who mount a second challenge to a congressman after losing the first lose again. Kobach's also got some endorsement from sitting congressmen outside the state--House members Tom Tancredo, Lamar Smith, and John Hostettler, and Senator Jeff Sessions. If he does the right things, Kobach should be able to solidify the conservative base early. If he beats Moore, he will be one of the smartest Republican congressmen. I hope he does. Maybe I'll even get my parents to vote for him.
Posted at 10:38 AM
SO, JONAH [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
how did you do with your morning Digital pitching at wireless Starbucks? Think how cool anyone would look reading NRODT on their laptop. Or at lunchbreak...
Posted at 10:22 AM
LOUISIANA [Ramesh Ponnuru]
There are dueling polls out. The Democratic poll puts Kathleen Blanco up 6 points in the race for governor; the Republican one puts Bobby Jindal up 7. Jindal's campaign doesn't quite believe either poll. Its own poll was taken in the immediate aftermath of Jindal's strong performance in the primary election, and the race has probably tightened since then. Probably the best indication we'll have as to who really thinks they're ahead is who goes negative first. That will be particularly true if Blanco does, given her complaints during the primary campaign about negative campaigning.
Posted at 10:22 AM
PANTS REQUIRED TOO [Jonah Goldberg]
Raising the ante on C3P0.
Posted at 10:17 AM
TITLE VI UPDATE [Stanley Kurtz]
Here’s an update on the battle to reform academic Middle East studies (and other programs of area studies as well). But first I want to thank Corner readers for all they’ve done in the past to support reform of Title VI of the Higher Education Act. No doubt about it–The Corner gets results. The bill just placed before the House (having cleared subcommittee and full committee hurdles) is Congress’s first-ever attempt to address the problem of bias in the academy. Without your help, we could never have gotten this far. But now the higher education lobby is gearing up to gut this bill. Earlier this week, I defended HR 3077. Now you can read Martin Kramer’s take on the bill. Notice the links to, and excerpts from, the higher education lobby’s attacks on HR 3077. They clearly mean to remove the call for intellectual diversity in Title VI. Their hope is to make Title VI a permanent multimillion dollar entitlement, with no oversight whatsoever. It speaks volumes about the current state of the academy that a call for viewpoint diversity is taken as a threat. The good news is that we’ve got a bill that can make a real difference. The bad news is that the higher education lobby is very powerful, and is determined to gut this bill behind the scenes. Don’t let them do it. Kramer gives you good places to write at the end of his blog. You can also write your own congressman and/or senators using the link at the end of my piece. And check out this great letter from Robert Satloff, former head of Washington’s premier Middle East think tank. It’ll give you ideas for a letter of your own.
Posted at 10:17 AM
LEON KASS'S LATEST [Ramesh Ponnuru]
I'm looking forward to reading the new report from the Kass council on bioethics. Perhaps it will be more persuasive than Kass's Washington Post op-ed today, which I guess was meant to promote the report. Actually, I'm not even sure what the op-ed was supposed to persuade me of: that biotechnology has dangers as well as promise? It took him rather a lot of words to get there. The interesting questions about whether and how to draw the line between therapy and enhancement--and who should do the line-drawing--Kass ignores. The implicit criticism of Prozac, as a drug that "gives us happy feelings without the real loves, attachments and achievements that are essential for true human flourishing" is by now familiar in the writing of a certain kind of conservative. Most of the people I know who have taken Prozac say that it does not, in fact, give them happy feelings; it merely allows them to be happy (or even to be sad, rather than depressed). But as I say, maybe the report will be better.
Posted at 10:16 AM
THE POPE'S 25TH [Rod Dreher]
Here's how we at the Dallas Morning News marked the Pope's silver jubilee: with an editorial that said, in part, "Truly, it is hard to imagine where our world would be had the improbable Pope John Paul II not arrived at precisely that moment in history, 25 years ago today, for which he seems to have been born;" and 2) a really interesting piece by Philip Jenkins reflecting in part on why Western liberals don't understand the "revolutionary" pontiff, and never will.
Posted at 10:12 AM
OF ONE LIFE, AND MANY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Wesley Smith in Standard on Terri Schiavo: there will be more Terris forced to die, but we won't hear about them:
The Schiavo case has drawn attention only because her family is in profound disagreement about the care she should receive. If futile care theory takes hold, we may see fewer such cases, if only because the unilateral refusal of treatment will quietly take place without anyone speaking up for the patient.For more on futile-care theory from Wesley, see here.
Posted at 09:56 AM
BUSH SURGING IN CALIFORNIA [Steve Hayward]
All the news reports on the latest California Field Poll are headlining that Wesley Clark leads the Democratic field. However, the real news of the poll is that Bush is leading all the Democratic candidates in head-to-head matchups except Clark, who leads Bush by 2 points (45-43). This represents real movement for Bush in California, and further confounds the Democrats' talking point that the lesson of the recall is that Bush is in trouble. Au contraire. . .
Posted at 09:50 AM
NAME FOR DERB'S LIST [Rick Brookhiser]
A name for John's list of African leaders: Moktar Ould Daddah, liberator of Mauretania.
Posted at 09:47 AM
TOUGH ONE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A merciless reader writes: "If we (the Red Sox) win tonight, I will gladly buy a copy of Legacy to assuage poor Rich’s pain…..but not until then." Can Rich make a choice like that?!?
Posted at 09:10 AM
RE: RED SOX LOYALTIES [Tim Graham]
To any conservative Red Sox fan who doesn't want to buy the Rich Lowry's version of paying homage to the truth: don't you want to spite the Clintons more than averting aid to a Yankee fan? As a Brewers fan, I can understand your feeling that the Yankees buy everybody they need to win (who can forget the awesome Onion parody when the Yankees buy every player in MLB?). But imagine Hillary in the Yankee hat and reconsider.
Posted at 09:06 AM
PAYING HOMAGE TO THE LEFT [Tim Graham]
Reilly Capps reports in today's Washington Post that Joe "Have You Heard About My Wife?" Wilson has won the first Ron Ridenhour Award for Truth-Telling. The Post headline is "Paying Homage to Truth and Its Consequences."
Wilson appeared with leftist Daniel Ellsberg, who also won a Ridenhour Award. Then we learn the award is organized in part by "The Nation magazine's foundation, the Nation Institute." Capps doesn't explain to less knowledgeable readers that the Nation has generally been a nest of CIA abolitionists and spy-haters, at least if the spies are acting in U.S. interests. It doesn't call them "left-wing" or even "progressive."
Unsurprisingly, "In their remarks, Wilson and Ellsberg leveled blistering criticism at the Bush administration." The Post calls that "paying homage to the truth."
Posted at 08:08 AM
RUMOR [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Jonah woke up early this morning to hawk NR Digital at an area Starbucks.
Posted at 07:55 AM
GLOBAL WARMING [Jonah Goldberg]
Good primer from the Wilson Quarterly of all places.
Posted at 07:46 AM
SENATE MOVES TO ROLL BACK PATRIOT ACT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 06:21 AM
WHAT AM I THINKING? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Jonah, C3PO gives me a great LEGACY-selling idea. Just stand there...
Posted at 06:18 AM
WHERE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
the heck does he get these random links? From readers, I assume (sorry CalPundit!)...but it makes me want to recommend Tylenol PM or something...
Posted at 06:16 AM
C3-PO [Jonah Goldberg]
Memo to all: Put a shirt on before you sell your action figures.
Posted at 05:03 AM
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
BACKFIRE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I wanted to buy Legacy. I really did. I was looking forward to reading it.Oh, come on. We're in NY. Cut us some slack. Besides, you won tonight. Think of this night everytime you open your very own copy of Legacy.
Posted at 11:37 PM
WHITE HOUSE SMARTS [Rick Brookhiser]
Jonah--If smart is defined as raw computing power, I would say the two smartest presidents were John Quincy Adams and Theodore Roosevelt. Their minds were quick, capacious and multifaceted--verbal and scientific both.
Posted at 11:01 PM
PRO-VIDA, PRO-DIVORCE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A pro-lifer raises a possibility for Terri Schiavo (this was written before her foodline was cut off earlier today).
Posted at 10:48 PM
SYMPATHY PLEA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
With the Yanks losing tonight--a game Rich was REALLY into, I can personally attest--the humane thing to do would be to buy LEGACY for your and a friend, even a team's worth of friends would not be inappropriate.
Posted at 10:43 PM
WE KNEW WE LIKED HIM [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A Washington watcher writes (this is from a wee bit earlier): " have been informed by one of my trustworthy sources that Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania, and candidate for US Senate against Arlen Specter) has been sighted at this very moment at Bullfeathers in Washington, watching the Cubs game and reading NR."
We'll try to overlook the Cubs thing. If it were the Red Sox it would be unforgivable.
Posted at 10:05 PM
NOBODY.... [Jonah Goldberg]
Has come to the defense of the Crimson. Most emails are like this:
Thanks for the link to that laughable Harvard Crimson editorial. In addition to the "usual cliches" you point out, did you note the head-spinning twists of logic in the last two graphs? Specifically...
Posted at 09:58 PM
EXCELLENT POINT [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
I loved your Simpsons recall story idea. You missed a key aspect. The Mexican Bumble Bee must play the role of Cruz Bustamonte. "No es bueno."
Posted at 05:07 PM
LIMBAUGH [Jonah Goldberg]
One last thing. A couple of readers have called me to task for praising Limbaugh's statement admitting to his drug use. I do think it was very good statement. But, it really isn't the case that Limbaugh has come clean and admitted it in the purest sense. He only admitted it after he was caught. That's a distinction worth recognizing.
I guess my hopes of guest-hosting on his show are fading away.
Posted at 05:00 PM
NO LIBERALS ON RADIO? [Tim Graham]
The latest PBS NewsHour "Media Watch" segment (brought to you by the goo-goo liberals of the Pew Charitable Trusts) tries to suggest that talk radio is so completely, utterly dominated by conservatives that a "Lone Liberal" is a sad joke based on reality.
But it's awfully strange that reporter Terry Smith and crew can talk a bunch about Bill O'Reilly and Al Franken and utterly ignore the battle going on about NPR "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross, who even some liberals on Romenesko's letters page agreed was harsher in a recent book-plugging interview with O'Reilly (who stomped out right near the end of his time) than she was in Franken's recent book-plugging interview. For those of you whose FM dial never goes below 92, "Fresh Air" is a largely cultural show, but has regular political guests as well. It airs on, by my last count, 378 NPR affiliates. What's that, Terry Smith? Chopped liver?
Posted at 04:45 PM
UNDERSTANDING NONSENSE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A reader observes: "How is Rich's book now #14 on Amazon 'Best Seller' list, ahead of Molly Ivins and Bill O'Reilly (and sneaking up on Franken and Moore), yet in the 'History' section bestseller list,(which includes, beleive it or not, Ivins, Franken, and O'Reilly, he is not even mentioned?"
Posted at 04:36 PM
RE: MEYERSON [Tim Graham]
Ramesh, a most astute media-analyzing friend e-mailed the Prospect's latest embarrassment:
"...don't watch Fox News. The more you watch, the more you'll get things wrong." -- Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large of The American Prospect, in the lame Post piece you cited, versus: "Every so often in life you have to go out on a limb. So here goes: Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be the next governor of California. What's more, his loss will represent an important moment in a shift in American politics that has been in gestation for some time now -- toward a politics in which voters make decisions more on the basis of their cultural affinities than in response to a candidate's charisma or fame." -- Michael Tomasky, current executive editor of the Prospect.
Posted at 04:32 PM
HARVARD (SHOULD BE) CRIMSON [Jonah Goldberg]
I don't mind the editorialists at the Harvard Crimson voicing their views on foreign policy. But this is really unimpressive stuff. It drips with all of the usual cliches. I particularly like them referring to "Syrian senior officials" as if they were straight-shooters, honestly expressing their concerns about Syrian-Israeli relations.
Posted at 04:28 PM
SIMPSONS = LIFE [Jonah Goldberg]
I assume this idea has been floated by a gazillion bloggers already, but I haven’t seen it and I kept meaning to bring it up. Doesn’t Arnold Schwarzenegger’s victory all but assure that Rainier Wolfcastle will challenge Mayor Quimby in a recall election?
Posted at 04:18 PM
BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Meghan Gurdon points out to me--I hadn't previously seen--that the U.S. diplomats murdered in Gaza today were there to hand out education grants to Palestinians to study in the U.S.
Posted at 04:06 PM
EASTERBOOK CONT'D [Jonah Goldberg]
Two good emails:
I think the point he was trying to make in the last paragraph was related to the point in an earlier paragraph -- that gratuitous killing of innocents American movies, which now circulate widely in the Third World, either inflames or affirms Islamic militants. I think his last paragraph is a suggestion that Jews, above others, should be sensitive to that, since they are the Number 1 target of choice for Islamists.
Posted at 03:56 PM
OLD SOFTIES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
An e-mailer: "I just swung by Amazon to pick up Rich's book and it's ranked nunber 14. I think Rich owes you a commission, or at least a really nice dinner." I'll break bread on RL anyday, but, folks, there's no sleep or eating till South Beach goes down.
Posted at 03:30 PM
ANOTHER DOWN SYNDROME E-MAIL AND A BOOK PLUG (NOT MINE) [Rich Lowry]
E-mail: "Rich, when I was 22 weeks into my second pregnancy, our son was diagnosed with Down's. The ultrasound picked up a major heart defect, and when they did further testing they concluded it was Down's. The doctors pressured us to abort. We did not. Christopher lived for 29 days. (His story is here.) We held him, sang to him, prayed with him, and loved him. It was a perfect 4 weeks, and I now have a grave I can go to to leave flowers. I would not have that if I had aborted him. I gave him life, and even though it was short, it was very meaningful. Even those who don't live to 50, like Shorty, are worth it. BTW, my book is called To Love, Honor and Vacuum: When you feel more like a maid than a wife and a mother, and it's for all those Corner women out there who are overwhelmed and stressed out and need to get a handle on things. You can find it on Amazon or at my website." Sheila Gregoire
Posted at 03:26 PM
THE STRAIGHT DOPE [Randy Barnett]
Yesterday, several news outlets misreported the 9th Circuit medical cannabis case of Conant v. Walters that the Supreme Court declined to review. They claimed that this now meant that use of medical cannabis approved by state law could not be stopped by the federal government in the states comprising the Ninth Circuit. I saw this on two different FoxNews programs. Actually, the Conant case involves whether the federal government can prohibit doctors from recommending medical cannabis to their patients--not the legality of patients acting on this recommendation and then obtaining the cannabis. Although the court had sympathetic things to say about medical cannabis (and Judge Kozinski in his concurring opinion did question the constitutionality of federal interferance with state initiatives legalizing medical cannabis), the First Amendment played a large role in the Ninth Circuit's decision. I was pleased, but not surprised that the Court denied cert. Had these reports of Conant been accurate, there would have been no need for me to argue the cases of U.S v. OCBC or Raich v. Ascroft, both of which do go to the issue of whether patients may cultivate and use wholly intrastate medical cannabis free of federal prosecution. Today, I see the reporting has been corrected.
Posted at 03:22 PM
RE: WORRYING ABOUT KATHRYN [Jonah Goldberg]
When this is all over, we begin the "Give Kathryn A Raise!" campaign.
Posted at 03:19 PM
BURDEN SHARING [Rich Lowry]
Worried about Kathryn, Erick-Woods Erickson pitches in on the Legacy hawking. He’s a gentleman and a humanitarian…
Posted at 03:11 PM
RE: HOWARD DEAN'S THONG [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Posted at 03:04 PM
HITLERITE DOGS [Jonah Goldberg]
Kathryn - Cosmo does not comment on Nazi dog antics. However, it sounds like this guy got exactly what he wanted. His Htler T-shirt and Sieg Heils didn't get enough attention so he taught his dog this Nazi salute nonsense. Of course, I should say that Cosmo does do something similar when I say "Hi Five!" But with the exception of Jerry Seinfeld and his schtick about the "Heil Five," I'm unaware of any connection.
Posted at 02:46 PM
"FACT-FREE NEWS" [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Harold Meyerson gets a column out of that recent study that purported to show that Fox News viewers were more likely than consumers of other media to believe myths about the Iraq war. Meyerson does not address the objection made to the study by James Taranto, which was that the only myths tested were pro-war myths.
Posted at 02:42 PM
RE: EASTERBROOK [Jonah Goldberg]
Rod - Yeah, I saw that too. Why Easterbrook (of whom I am fan) got off on that jag baffles me. He seems to suggest that Jewish essentialism requires more peace-minded film than Christian doctrine. Or something like that. (And if that's what he's arguing, he's got some 'splaining to do). Regardless, he may have an interesting case to make, but he didn't make it. And it strikes me as silly to float it in an unclear and cavalier way at the end of a movie review. And, lastly, I really want to see Kill Bill which I suppose makes me a traitor to my kind.
Posted at 02:41 PM
JUNK SCIENCE WATCH [Andrew Stuttaford]
Here's some junk science that made an appearance in today's New York Times in support of the smoking ban in bars. Jacob Sullum took these 'statistics' apart on Reason's blog a few months ago. But forget the numbers. The truth about campaigners against 'passive smoking' is that they just like pushing people around. They should have the honesty to admit so. It would spare the rest of us a lot of fuzzy math.
Posted at 02:38 PM
HMM... [Rod Dreher]
Gregg Easterbrook has a fine evisceration of Quentin Tarantino's apparently disgusting "Kill Bill, Vol. I" -- but check out that last paragraph. What does the Jewishness of Hollywood executives have to do with anything?
Posted at 02:36 PM
3RD REICH CANINE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Begging for Cosmo commentary
Posted at 02:21 PM
FIGHT FOR TERRI SCIAVO'S LIFE CONTINUES [Kathryn Jean Loepz]
Posted at 02:17 PM
FAIR POINT [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Posted at 02:15 PM
WHILE YOU HAVE YOUR CREDIT CARD OUT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
how about a little Digital?
Posted at 02:12 PM
MAKING IT ALL WORTHWHILE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A reader writes: "I bought 'Legacy.' It was the Michael Moore mention that did it. Just the thought of his ugly mug ... Shudder. Go Rich."
Posted at 02:10 PM
OUR WORK IS NEVER DONE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I JUST realized Rich has to overcome the South Beach Diet and DR. PHIL yet on the Amazon list. Michael Moore LEGACY can handle, but fad diets and the pop doctor? I dunno. Give me hope. Christmas shop--whatever you have to do to justify buying a few copies of LEGACY.
Posted at 01:43 PM
TONIGHT AT THE CORNER BAR [Rod Dreher]
Hope all you NRO-niks in Dallas are whetting your whistle for tonight's get-together. For all the logistical details, check out this entry by former NR publisher Wick Allison, on the blog of his uber-successful city magazine, D. Wick's got a prior commitment tonight, so he can't make it, but we can look forward to seeing him at future Flying Monkey soirees. Any of you Cornerites have a message for your Texas fans? I've already had one request for bringing Derb and Jonah down, but we know how much Rich -- who has a new book out, can't think of the name -- loves talking to Texas audiences. Maybe we'll take up a collection.
Posted at 01:28 PM
MEANWHILE… [Rich Lowry]
…Legacy has passed Molly Ivins on Amazon and is gaining on Michael Moore…
Posted at 01:06 PM
CALPUNDIT ON LEGACY [Rich Lowry]
Because the internet would go all out of whack without someone posting a link to Legacy, Calpundit has briefly taken over from Kathryn Lopez. Calpundit finds the ex-Clinton aide quotes from yesterday not damning enough (he also points out that there were really only 14 ex-aides). Bernie Nussbaum saying Clinton’s eagerness to please and weakness were a “dangerous prescription for leadership” is conveniently skipped over, while he highlights things like Lanny Davis saying that scandal politics was first pioneered by the Democrats. It’s true that this isn’t an anti-Clinton quote, but since so much of the pro-Clinton defense is based on arguing that going after a president with scandal allegations was an unprecedented act of hostility that the vast right-wing conspiracy came up with while meeting in a phone booth one day, it certainly seems relevant to the Clinton debate (Davis is one of the few Clinton defenders to come totally clean about scandal politics, and to have arrived at an intellectually consistent position on it). If you follow the Calpundit string a bit, you’ll see a comment that these quotes are “praising Clinton with faint damnation.” I have to say, that’s quite clever…
Posted at 01:02 PM
ONE LAST POINT ON CALPUNDIT [Jonah Goldberg]
If you look at the actual column I wrote, you might find it hard to locate the hackery Calpundit saw as so obvious. In fact, I came to the conclusion that conservatives are complaining too much about Rush being ganged-up on.
Posted at 01:00 PM
WHAT ELSE IS NEW? [Jonah Goldberg]
CBS via "60 Minutes II" is moving what they (and Drudge) seem to think is a big story about Greg Thielmann, a career State Department guy. Thielman says of Colin Powell's UN appearance “…I think my conclusion [about Powell’s speech] now is that it’s probably one of the low points in his long distinguished service to the nation,” says Thielmann. No doubt we'll be hearing what a brave whistle blower this guy is.
That's cool. Except his act is hardly new. A full year ago yesterday US News reported,
"In terms of the lives of America's sons and daughters, Saddam does not pop up to me as the greatest threat," says Greg Thielmann, who just retired from running the proliferation office at the State Department's intelligence bureau.
Last may Nicholas Kristoff wrote in the New York Times:
"The Al Qaeda connection and nuclear weapons issue were the only two ways that you could link Iraq to an imminent security threat to the U.S.," notes Greg Thielmann, who retired in September after 25 years in the State Department, the last four in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. "And the administration was grossly distorting the intelligence on both things."
And since then he's been popping up on PBS' Frontline and other spots on the "no war" circuit.
That's cool, I'm even sure he's sincere in what he's saying. But can we stop dusting off old anti-war bureaucrats who surely had their say and were overruled when it mattered? And can we stop treating them like they've got blockbuster revelations? I'm sure every war in American history had its skeptics within the government. But this guy is just repeating what he's been saying all along.
Posted at 12:53 PM
GEPHARDT [Rich Lowry]
I have a piece up on the homey on Dick Gephardt and the 1990s economy…
Posted at 12:45 PM
OH MY STARS AND GARTERS [Jonah Goldberg]
Want to buy a Howard Dean for President.... thong!?! [Scroll down] Retail politics is one thing but...
Posted at 11:57 AM
SMARTEST PRESIDENTS [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Dear Jonah, One could make a strong case that the three most intelligent presidents were (1) Madison, the genius behind "The Federalist", without doubt intellectually superior to the clever tinkerer Jefferson; (2) John Quincy Adams, a child prodigy and adult polymath; and (3) Hoover, who succeeded brilliantly at everything he tried in his pre-presidential career. All, of course, were failures as president. Best regards, Jim Christiansen
Posted at 11:31 AM
"ANTI-BLEGGING HAH!" [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
The beauty of the internet is that we now have access to one another's knowledge and experience in a way unprecedented, hitherto unforeseeable, in human history. Blegging is a gorgeous application of the power of this tool, second only to the way the internet advances the cause of democracy, defeating those who would isolate and enslave their people.
Posted at 11:27 AM
RECALL OPTIONS [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Kathryn: Steve Moore has taken only two positions recently that I've disagreed with--wanting to make Iraq pay for its own reconstruction, and now this recall proposal. Both are pretty consistent with Moore's record. He's always opposed most government spending, and he's got a populist streak. I don't think that his position on the recall is inconsistent with his support for term limits, either. Term limits obviously are "undemocratic" at one level, but from a different perspective can be seen as democracy-enhancing.
I don't even disagree with Moore's idea that all states should have recalls and referenda. They may not be the ideal set-up, but in case people haven't noticed our current system of government is pretty far away from the Federalist Papers. It's not clear to me that referenda, given that system, really carry us further away. My main concern about a recall is that it not be used too frequently. Having elections for House members every two years seems about right.
Posted at 11:27 AM
TIGER MAN [Rich Lowry]
Was in the Fox green room last night before Hannity & Colmes—talking about that book--and the guy was there who kept a tiger in his New York City apartment. Let me stipulate up front that what he did was totally insane, bad for him, his neighbors, and the tiger. But it was fascinating to listen to him talk about how he cared for the thing, trying his hardest to duplicate its diet in the wild and how he judged its moods (when its eyes “looked strange” he kept his distance). His genuine love for the beast was also kind of touching, and made me think of Matthew Scully. But he seemed to be another product of the “Tiger Stockholm syndrome,” which is also evident out in Las Vegas in the Siegfried & Roy situation. By this way of thinking, tigers never actually “attack,” they just hurt people really badly. It may be true that the tigers involved didn’t technically attack, or Roy and the Tiger man would be dead, but it's really weird to listen to someone limping and using a cane explain how his tiger “never hurt anyone.”
Posted at 11:26 AM
LEAVITT ADVANCES [Jonathan H. Adler]
After an initial delay, the Senate Environment Committee has now approved Utah Governor Mike Leavitt's nomination to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 16-2. (Sens. Clinton and Lieberman voted no.) Senator Jeffords siad the vote was allowed "out of respect for Governor Leavitt," according to this report. Yet several Senate Democrats -- including all those running for President -- say they will block confirmation by the full Senate. (For more, see my column from last week.)
Posted at 11:24 AM
"THREE CHEERS FOR DEMOCRACY" [Jonah Goldberg]
Wasn't Steve Moore a big pro-term limits guy? More on Moore later, I got to get back to work on something else.
Posted at 11:12 AM
ANTI-BLEGGING NONSENSE [Jonah Goldberg]
Calpundit doesn't like Rush Limbaugh and he doesn't like "blegging" (a word coined by John Derbyshire, btw, meaning to ask-- or beg -- blog readers for help ). Both are certainly defensible positions. I think the blegging around here can get pretty thick at times (and I can be a major culprit I know). But I think Calpundit's getting himself overly worked-up.
First of all, if there's a blogger out there who doesn't get information. tips, insights from readers, I'll bet you he's a terrible blogger. In fact, bloggers brag about the interactive and synergistic nature of the blogosphere all of the time. But for some reason, Calpundit seems to think that the interaction must be passive and unsolicited? Why? That seems pretty arbitrary. Perhaps he's just being opportunistic and going after conservatives for something that doesn't actually bother him in principle? Sounds pretty hacky to me.
As for my specific bleg, asking readers for tips on particularly egregious Rush-bashing, So what? Sure I do my own research. But I'm also a deadline columnist. Nexis searches turned up thousands of mentions of Limbaugh. I'd seen many good examples and had many others emailed to me unsolicited. But I wanted more so as to be thorough. Calpundit calls this hackdom and accuses me of not thinking it was true that Rush had been ganged-up on. That's B.S. If I had a researcher and asked him or her the same question it wouldn't indicate that I'm a hack, would it? Well, sometimes I rely on Corner readers for the same thing -- especially when I can't catch every TV radio show, let alone every columnist . But more often, I rely on them to tell me when I'm all wet or don't know what I'm talking about. There's no reason to assume that I rely on them to tell me what to write. And, frankly, I resent the charge of hackdom from Calpundit -- a generally intellectually honest guy. I think I deserve a bit more credit and I know our readers do.
Posted at 11:09 AM
RAMESH [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
what is with Moore? He agreed with us on stuff once upon a time, didn't he? It's like he's having a policy mid-life crisis.
Posted at 11:08 AM
I CAN'T BELIEVE [Ramesh Ponnuru]
that Jonah and Rick aren't jumping all over this proposal for recall options in every state, and a constitutional amendment to have recalls for congressmen.
Posted at 11:05 AM
AN EMAILER FROM BAGHDAD [ Kathryn Jean Lopez ]
(whose email got lost in a cyberblackhole when NR email was down earlier this week) points out he's never has email problems in Iraq!
Posted at 11:05 AM
IMMINENT-THREAT FACTORY [NRO Financial Editors]
Paul Krugman seems to have an imminent threat for every occasion. In his Tuesday column for the New York Times he writes that the United States is (yet again) heading toward a financial crisis, this one courtesy of the federal budget deficit. As Don Luskin points out in today's Truth Squad column, "Krugman's been forecasting the imminent demise of the U.S. economy" for more than a decade. And he's been wrong time and time again. In his latest stroll down America's road to economic ruin, he knocks on the door of Damocles (the forecasting model--not the Greek). But thanks to the Krugman Truth Squad, that door quickly shuts. Read all about it in today's KTS.
Posted at 10:59 AM
BATTLING OVER BROWN [Jonathan H. Adler]
Law.com has a story on the approaching battle over Janice Rogers Brown, a Justice on the California Supreme Court who Bush nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. "We will do everything we possibly can to ensure that she's not confirmed," says Nan Aron of the Alliance for Justice. The Alliance is preparing to release a report attacking Brown in the coming weeks. People for the American Way, NARAL, and the NAACP have already come out opposed to Brown's nomination. Clint Bolick of the Institute for Justice is among those who will ride to Brown's defense.
Posted at 10:57 AM
RE: HAVE I MENTIONED...? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
That Rich Lowry has a new book out? Seriously though, his words are hollow because his declaration had no LEGACY link.
Posted at 10:56 AM
SMARTEST PRESIDENT [Jonah Goldberg]
Before I get 500 emails like this one, let me say I know Hoover and TR were smart. Of course, it's not clear that TR was all that conservative. He certainly thought he was smart enough to fix a lot of things. But, nevertheless, he was a hoss:
Posted at 10:53 AM
PAIN THRESHOLDS [Jonah Goldberg]
Vary by ethnicity.
Posted at 10:39 AM
PRESIDENTIAL QUIZ [Jonah Goldberg]
Rick, everyone -- What I'd like to know is, Who was the smartest president? I mean raw computing power, not wisest or most enlightened. I do think that many of the smartest presidents -- again, in the narrow doing-long-division-quickly sense -- were liberal. I assume that if all the Presidents took, say, the IQ test advertised on this site, that Wilson, Carter and Clinton would rank very high. Jefferson would too, but I leave it to others to answer whether he was a liberal.
I don't think this is necessarily a point of pride for liberals either. Intellectuals tend to believe that their intellect can "solve" problems simply through brute reasoning. And, of course, that's folly. I've always thought that many of Clinton's problems -- and certainly Carter's -- stemmed from an arrogance of the intellect which held that simply because one is smart one must also be right. Which is nonsense, of course. Hey, maybe Rich addresses that point in Legacy?
Posted at 10:34 AM
HAVE I MENTIONED RECENTLY… [Rich Lowry]
…how much I love Kathryn Lopez???
Posted at 10:32 AM
AGATHA CHRISTIE: BURKEAN? [Jonah Goldberg]
I never read any Agatha Christie, so I can't really judge the merits of this this essay. But it makes for very interesting reading and I would love to know what some of the more literary, or simply more British, NROniks -- Derb, Andrew, Miller? -- think about it.
Posted at 10:24 AM
LEGACIES [Rick Brookhiser]
As a good Federalist, any debate over the shortcomings of Jefferson and Madison is music to my ears.
Posted at 10:11 AM
THIS IS NOT ME [Jonah Goldberg]
Another Jonah Goldberg. I do like that this kid copyrighted his personal info.
Posted at 10:04 AM
"AMERICANS" ATTACKED [Jonah Goldberg]
I'm on board for making a huge stink about the latest assault on American citizens in Gaza by -- presumably -- Palestinian terrorists. But I must say that it bothers me a bit that when Jewish American citizens are killed in Israel, the media (and often the State Department) dismiss the murders almost immediately. In numerous "suicide bombings" American Jews visiting Israel have been killed but, for apparently obvious reasons, they sort of had it coming. Why? Are they American citizens or not? If an Irish-American were killed by the IRA or a Spanish-American were murdered by ETA or if Italian communists killed an Italian-American the headlines would read "Americans killed in terrorist Assault." But when Jewish-Americans are murdered in Israel, it seems to me, the news is usually buried in the story or at best mentioned in the subhead. American citizens -- of any descent -- should be inviolate everywhere and anywhere. Kill one of us and you invite the whirlwind, is my philosophy.
Posted at 09:53 AM
CALEXICO! [John J. Miller]
Rod: Fountains of Wayne is so last summer. NROnik Mike Long and I went to a Calexico show last night in DC. Great performance. How to describe them? Ambient alt-country with strong southwestern flavor. Guitars, stand-up bass, trumpets, maracas, accordians, and other instruments whose names escape me. Once heard the band's style described as the perfect soundtrack for a drive through the desert. That nails it. Check out Calexico here.
Posted at 09:48 AM
LEGACIES [John J. Miller]
Rick: I agree with your worst-prez picks. But how about worst presidential terms? Thomas Jefferson had a very good first term, and a very bad second one. As you say, Madison was a crummy president, but many of his problems were inherited from TJ.
Posted at 09:37 AM
THE PERFECT HALLOWEEN COSTUME [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 09:28 AM
I SWEAR [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
that was my last Legacy mention for many hours.
Posted at 09:13 AM
PURE PITY [ Kathryn Jean Lopez ]
will be the reason you guys buy my book (which doesn't actually exist and isn't really in the works) after all my endless, annoying shilling of things like LEGACY and NR DIGITAL and NRODT and FLORENCE KING's NEW COLLECTION.... (Imagine the books that could be written in place of shilling time--alas, I must stand athwart history yelling BUY!)
Posted at 09:13 AM
I HOPE.... [Jonah Goldberg]
Kathryn isn't completely institutionalized -- muttering legacy, legacy, legacy as they put her into the padded wagon -- before my book comes out.
Posted at 08:59 AM
LIMBAUGH [Jonah Goldberg]
Posted at 08:53 AM
RECALL WRAP-UP [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
from Jill Stewart
Posted at 08:28 AM
PIZZA HUT GOES LITE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
This is bound to make Andrew mad.
Posted at 08:12 AM
24 [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Lowry's Legacy is selling like hotcakes (MMM...why doesn't Jonah ever make breakfast around here?): Have you gotten Legacy?
Posted at 07:58 AM
DIVORCE & LANGUAGE LITIGATION [Jim Boulet]
For only the second time in my memory, a judge has ruled ordered a parent to speak less Spanish to his own child. The first was in 1995. The second was this week.
The 1995 case involved a divorced husband seeking unsupervised visits with his daughter. He claimed his ex-wife was preventing their child from learning English. The 2003 case also involved visitation rights, only this time it was the father who wished to speak more Spanish to his daughter than his ex-wife preferred.
Divorce, not language choice in the home, is the real basis of both disputes. (Full disclosure: I am divorced, but my divorce was friendly and involved no children. Still nothing I'm proud of.)
Given our current legal regimen of easy divorce but strict child support laws, divorced (and divorcing) parents are all too often tempted to engage in scorched-earth tactics. The parent who wins child custody by any means, far or foul, wins big economically. And some divorced parents will argue about child visitation for years, if only to further "punish" their ex-spouse.
Had both sets of parents remained married, they probably would have solved their linguistic dispute over coffee at their kitchen table, instead of in a courtroom. Now, Eloy Amador may be hauled back into court one day because his wife claims she heard him serenading his beloved daughter with "La Bamba". That is not right.
Posted at 07:56 AM
COURT-ORDERED DEATH [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Florida woman Terri Schiavo will be taken off feeding tubes today at 2 p.m.; she’s expected to die in two weeks. No patience for miracles in Florida.
Posted at 07:51 AM
IF ONLY THE U.S HAD TAKEN ITS MEDICATION [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From CNN China in space piece: "Less than a month later the United States -- driven by Cold War paranoia about the communist take over of space -- launched its first astronaut, Alan Shepard, on a sub-orbital flight."
Posted at 07:50 AM
STATING THE OBVIOUS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
From Washington Times account of Jon Kyl’s hearings yesterday:
Charles Abell, a deputy undersecretary for personnel and readiness for the department, said the Pentagon will seek out new Muslim organizations to endorse chaplains. The department now relies on two groups, both of which have been accused of holding radical views and supporting terrorists.
Posted at 07:48 AM
COLORING THE NEWS [Tim Graham]
Bill McGowan discusses the media's aversion to a diversity debate on Opinion Journal today.
Posted at 07:46 AM
AMERICANS DEAD IN GAZA BOMBING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 06:04 AM
NETHERCUTT: IRAQ REALITY NOT ALL BAD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Perhaps if we sent the whole press corps over...
Posted at 05:50 AM
RICH AND THE FOX FRIENDS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Lowry's on Fox and Friends this morning. He's talking about some book called Legacy.
Posted at 05:34 AM
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
YANKS TAKE THE LEAD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Set to beat the NYTimes....
Posted at 09:45 PM
NO FREE SPEECH OR ASSEMBLY, PLEASE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 09:09 PM
NO TO $87 BILLION [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I think we've been too busy shilling for the boss man to note John Edwards' promise to vote against Iraqi reconstruction money.
Posted at 09:07 PM
LEGACY [Rick Brookhiser]
I understand that Rich's new book on Bill Clinton, Legacy, was published today. I don't understand why Kathryn has short-changed it so. Perhaps there is some intra-office tiff.
BSF, this raises the question, Who was our worst president? I think several holders of that office stand between Clinton and the title. My nominations for three worst, in descending order, would be Madison, Pierce, and Buchanan. Madison rates a special mention for allowing the White House to be burnt. Pierce and Buchanan were the dim bulbs who enabled the Civil War. (Note to Mike: John Updike's defense of Buchanan is nonsensical, sheer Pennsylvania patriotism.)
Note to Jay: I am also sympathetic to arguments that Woodrow Wilson was one of our very worst, for corrupting our understanding of the role of the state, and for his inept handling of World War I and the aftermath.
Posted at 08:48 PM
SCALIA OUT ON PLEDGE [Jonathan H. Adler]
As the Washington Post reports, Justice Scalia has recused himself from the Pledge of Allegiance case. Might this lead to a 4-4 affirmance of the Ninth Circuit? Perhaps, though there are other possible outcomes. (One possibility is that the Supreme Court tosses the whole case, holding plaintiff Michael Newdow never had standing to challenge the school board policy.) Eugene Volokh runs down this and some of the other alternatives here and here.
Posted at 06:30 PM
LOOKS LIKE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
another success in Iraq.
Posted at 05:33 PM
COUCH DISINFORMATION? [Rich Lowry]
E-mail: “Mr. Lowry, there are no used copies of Legacy on Amazon. There are 7 new & used copies listed, but all are new - just not being sold by Amazon. Are you sure it was Jonah and not his couch that gave you that information? The couch seems to be causing trouble today...”
Posted at 05:22 PM
HANNITY & COLMES [Rich Lowry]
I’m scheduled to be on tonight . . . talking about that book.
Posted at 04:55 PM
KATHRYN [Jonah's (Freelancing) Couch]
won't be around for awhile. Is seeking professional help. I'm selling her copy of LEGACY to the highest bidder.
Posted at 04:41 PM
BTW [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Buy Legacy. Buy Legacy. Buy Legacy. Buy Legacy. Buy Legacy. Buy Legacy. Buy Legacy. Buy Legacy. Buy Legacy. Buy Legacy. Buy Legacy.
Posted at 04:39 PM
ANONYMOUS JOE ON A BENDER [Tim Graham]
Time magazine’s Joe Klein claimed, on the Chris Matthews Show over the weekend, that Clinton was only charged with sexual improprieties “by lunatics.” When Peggy Noonan pointed out how “he was charged by Juanita Broaddrick,” Klein reaffirmed that he considered her a lunatic and “an extremist.” From deep in Clinton's tank, Klein argued: “I know Clinton pretty well and I don’t think that he had to use force to get a woman to, to, to be with him.”
Posted at 04:34 PM
AWESOME [Jonah Goldberg]
A letter to the editor from Ibn Warraq in the Wall Street Journal (my apologies for reprinting whole, but it can only be accessed from behind the fire wall):
Posted at 04:32 PM
MORE FUMING [Tim Graham]
Dana Milbank's kvetching about Bush's regional TV interviews seems mild in comparsion to loud TV protests last night. CBS’s John Roberts intoned: “It was the public relations equivalent of a declaration of war aimed at the national media, President Bush claiming the American people aren't getting the truth about Iraq.” ABC's Terry Moran suggested: “The President was out golfing this holiday afternoon, but he spent the morning whacking the press.”
Whacking, "war"-declaring Bush was then quoted saying less-than-wild things about “I am mindful of the filter through which some news travels, and sometimes you just have to go over the heads of the filter and speak directly to the people, and that’s what we will continue to do.” If this is "whacking" and "war," how do we describe the nightly efforts of Roberts and Moran?
Posted at 04:09 PM
THE MAIN REASON YOU SHOULD BUY LEGACY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
You will calm me down and shut me up (maybe on the latter) by BUYing LEGACY.
Posted at 04:01 PM
TIME IS RUNNING OUT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
to BUY LEGACY on its publication day. Don't let an historic opportunity pass you buy. BUY RICH LOWRY'S LEGACY today.
Posted at 03:58 PM
DO YOU LIKE SEEING A RICH WOMAN PANHANDLE? [Rich Lowry]
Check out Arianna asking for $ to fund her campaign debt…
Posted at 03:42 PM
TRAVESTY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Don't let Franken sell more books than Lowry! BUY LEGACY.
Posted at 03:37 PM
DISPOSABLE LEGACY? [Rich Lowry]
Jonah informs me that there are already 7 used copies of Legacy available on Amazon. Did I mention this book is a quick read???
Posted at 03:36 PM
JACK BLACK IS THE KING OF COOL [ Mike Potemra] ]
. . . for many, many reasons. The most recent is that he gave an interview to U.S. News in which he said he's going to write an exercise book, the point of which will be that "you shouldn't exercise. It's like you don't want to put too many miles on a car; why would you want to put a lot of miles on your body? Keep it in the garage; cover it with a tarp." (I haven't seen School of Rock yet; but Black was great in Jesus' Son, and his rock parodies in Tenacious D are marvelous-they work both as rock and as parodies.)
Posted at 03:36 PM
FYI—FRANKEN [Rich Lowry]
Here’s my response to a chapter about me in Al Franken’s new book.
Posted at 03:30 PM
BEATS A RED SOX CAP! [Rich Lowry]
In keeping with my new post-Southern Utah persona as an outdoorsman, a friend has suggested the perfect headgear for my Legacy book tour. Check it out.
Posted at 03:27 PM
BAMBINO CURSE [Jonah Goldberg]
Too much email on the Bambino to deal with in a timely fashion. From a reader:
Mr. Goldberg, In your Corner post today headed "The Curse of the Bambino" you wrote: "This is a myth Bostonians tell their kids because it sounds more chilling than: 'Frazee sold 15 players over the course of a couple of seasons in order to make money. One of them was Babe Ruth.'" Bostonians do not tell their kids about the Curse of the Bambino. Boston fans are some of the most knowledeable baseball fans in the game. It is a relatively new myth created by Boston Globe Columnist Dan Shaughnessy in order to sell books. He liked the idea because it created a thread he could use to connect several different moments in Red Sox history. The problem is, it didn't help with the good moments, so he just left those out. For some reason the national media, as well as some casual fans in Boston, have latched onto this myth. If you ask any serious fan of the Boston Red Sox about why they haven't won a World Series since 1918, he'll tell you about mismanagment, poor coaching decisions and a slew of other baseball related mistakes. What he won't mention is a Curse. And if you do, he'll nod, smile and stop talking, because he'll know that you have no serious interest in baseball or in the team he loves. Jesse Abelman PS Bill Simmons of ESPN has a very good article on the history of the curse myth, and why he hates it at this URL:
Posted at 03:18 PM
WORSE... [Jonah Goldberg]
If you don't buy the book, Rich knows a Gambian sorcerer....
Posted at 02:58 PM
DON'T STOP THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW...BUT BUY THE BOOK TODAY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Rich Lowry tells the story of the Clinton administration--what Bill and Hill and Sid don't want you to know--in LEGACY: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years. That's LEGACY--and it's HERE. BUY IT. Buy it TODAY, its first day out. BUY IT for yourself. BUY IT for your friends. BUY IT for your enemies. JUST BUY IT.
Posted at 02:57 PM
CONTRACTOR HELL [John Derbyshire]
As I write, a guy with a power saw is cutting a small rectangular panel from the floor of my study behind me. Yes, folks, I am in Contractor Hell. Got guys in to give us central air conditioning. This is our fall budget-buster. (Last year's was the waste system
.) I never realized there would be so much duct work involved. My basement now looks like the set for those hunt-the-alien sequences in Alien . Am I getting any work done? Are you kidding?
Posted at 02:57 PM
SHE'S BACK [Ramesh Ponnuru]
I was fisking Coleen Rowley before fisking her was cool--but not, of course, as well as Lileks did yesterday. We certainly reached the same conclusion.
Posted at 02:57 PM
SOUNDS FAIR... [Jonah Goldberg]
A 28-year-old man accused of stealing a man's penis through sorcery has been beaten to death in the West African country of Gambia, police say.
Posted at 02:33 PM
DEBT RELIEVERS, TOO [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Another email: "As much as I respect George Will, he is wrong, wrong, wrong on this issue. The people of Iraq had zero say in how Saddam's dictatorship mismanaged the nation's finances, so why should they be responsible for any foreign debt? It is perfectably acceptable for the citizens of democracies to held responsible for the financial decisions of their governments; the citizens, after all, bear some degree of the responsibility for their elected leaders' decisions. But it is morally wrong to apply the same standard to people living under the brutal regime of sadistic thugs. I have no sympathy for Iraq's creditors (how do you say 'boo-hoo' in French?) The French, German, and Russian governments knew who they were getting in bed with and what a lousy credit risk Saddam's regime was. If caveat emptor applies to you and me, it should apply to the fools who extended credit to a gang of criminals."
Posted at 02:10 PM
DEBT COLLECTORS WEIGH IN [Ramesh Ponnuru]
From an email: "I trade emerging markets debt for a living and have watched with intensifying pain as busted Iraqi sovereign loans traded up from around 8 cents on the dollar pre-liberation to around 30 cents on the dollar today. As an American citizen, I am prohibited from trading the debt the lingering presence of Iraq on Treasury's OFAC list. The question of whether this debt will be or should be repudiated is a hot one in the EM trading community. The term of art is 'odious debt.' I tend to lean toward George Will's view. In any market, rules should be as clear as possible ex ante. We have a way of designate certain debt 'odious.' It's called sanctions and anyone can consult the OFAC list to see whether a regime is on it. "
Posted at 02:08 PM
119 [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
KEEP ON BUYING LEGACY.....
Posted at 01:58 PM
LEGACY NEWS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years is #157 on Amazon. Day ONE is not up yet, so get to work! That's LEGACY by RICH LOWRY.
Posted at 01:39 PM
RE: PINKERTON [Jonah Goldberg]
Andrew -- I can understand that you agree with Pinkerton when he says Rush should flip-flop on drug legalization (obviously I disagree). But surely you don't think Pinkerton's right when he suggests that such a reversal would improve his overall standing with Americans or with his fans, do you?
Posted at 01:35 PM
PINKERTON (2) [Andrew Stuttaford]
Velvets aside, Jim Pinkerton's article includes some excellent points. His last two paragraphs are well worth re-reading:
"...there's a better path for Limbaugh. He can build upon his own personal experiences to strike a signature blow for liberty. He can get back on the air and use his mega-microphone to proclaim that personal freedom means that people should have a right to pursue happiness in their own way, so long as they don't hurt others. He can say that he escaped from the coils of justice -- in truth, injustice -- because he had money and influence, but that others, not so rich, are rarely so lucky.
"That's a message that would resonate, I believe, with most Americans. We all have demons that we try to deal with as best we can. But surely the current anti-drug regime of cops, snitches, and jails are extra demons that none of us needs. And if Limbaugh made a brave live-and-let-live argument, based on painful lessons learned, he'd be a hero to millions more."
Yes, it would have been better (for all sorts of reasons) and far more praiseworthy if Limbaugh had come to such a conclusion before his current problems arose. But having the guts to say that he had been wrong about drugs in the past would be no small achievement. It would also be true.
Posted at 01:30 PM
MY NEW FAVORITE BAND [Rod Dreher]
Somehow I missed Mike Long on NRO earlier this year saying that Welcome Interstate Managers, the latest disc by the band Fountains of Wayne, was going to be one of the best records of the year. I might have run right out and bought it had I seen that. As it happens, I was noodling around a record store the other day and gave the disc a listen. I was instantly addicted. I bought the disc, and can't stop listening to it. I can't remember the last time I was so excited by a pop album. A friend of mine who's a big-deal national music journalist tells me that FoW are his favorite band, and that this album is definitely going to be on his Best Of 2003 list. Megadittoes to that.
Posted at 12:46 PM
RE: DALLAS BEER UNIVERSITY [Jonah Goldberg]
Rod - You guys are like our "away team" studying the feasibility of making this a nationwide trend. Of course, if we ran NRO the way Kirk and Picard ran their ships, our away teams would be comprised of Rich, WFB, Nordlinger, Ed Capano, Dusty Rhodes and one totally anonymous intern who would end up dead.
Posted at 12:18 PM
TRAINSPOTTING [Andrew Stuttaford]
Jonah, Pinkerton is not that much of an expert on vintage rock. The Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat dates from the 1960s, not the 1970s, and it's usually said to be about Speed, not heroin. The Lou Reed/Velvet Underground song about heroin was called, well, Heroin. Pedantry exorcized, I'll go and lie down now...
Posted at 11:59 AM
DALLAS FLYING MONKEYS MEET [Rod Dreher]
It's official: NR/NRO fans in Dallas are getting together on Wednesday night for a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy beer-a-palooza. We'll be going from 6 to 8 p.m. on the patio of Trinity Hall, a fine Irish pub which is hosting a "Beer University" event that night. It seemed like the kind of thing of which Jonah would approve, so that'll be our spot.
Posted at 11:58 AM
CURSE OF THE BAMBINO [Jonah Goldberg]
I am not qualified to weigh in on this. But some of you might find it interesting. From a reader in response to today's column:
Frazee did not sell Ruth to finance No No Nanette. http://www.thebaseballpage.com/features/frazee/frazee_award1998.htm
Posted at 11:55 AM
IRAQI DEBT FORGIVENESS [Ramesh Ponnuru]
George Will wrote a good column against the idea of having Iraq repay us for reconstruction aid out of its oil revenue. He comes out against forgiving Iraq's debts, however, in an aside: "It would be fun to forgive the debts contracted by a regime that ruled against the interests of the Iraqi people, money owed to nations that opposed the liberation of those people who are saddled with the debt. Fun, but improvident: Chaos in international finance would result from making the validity of nations' debts contingent on the virtues, or continuity, of nations' regimes." Any of you think there is something to this argument? I tend to think that it would be a good thing if people were less inclined to lend money to regimes such as Ba'athist Iraq--and if the people who did lend them their money had a higher chance of losing it. Andrew?
Posted at 11:44 AM
G-FILE UP [Jonah Goldberg]
Posted at 11:23 AM
PINKERTON ON DRUGS [Jonah Goldberg]
Jim Pinkerton has written a long column which reveals that he has a quintessential baby boomer's knowledge of 60s and 70s drug rockers. He's also written a column which, eventually, mentions that he thinks Rush Limbaugh should now favor the legalization of drugs. Now I know I'm in a minority here on the issue (National Review officially favors the end of the Drug War), but I must say that of this is the best argument the legalization crowd can make post-Rush, the drug war will be here for a long time. First of all, Pinkerton claims that somehow people will admire Rush if he comes out for legalization -- only after he gets caught. That Pinkerton believes this will let Limbaugh off the hook on the "conservative hypocrite" charge strikes me as bizarre.
Even more bizarre is his use of famous rock star heroin addicts as examples of how drug use isn't necessarily that destructive. Of course, he conveniently selects the rock star addicts who happen to be still alive. His column would read pretty poorly if he'd cited Jimmy Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, Sid Vicious, Janis Joplin or that guy from Blind Melon.
Moreover -- and this is an important point -- most drug addicts aren't rich rock stars. For a guy who claims to be such a policy maven, maybe Pinkerton should have spent less time rummaging through his albums and spent more addressing the fact that addiction for poor people is a different public policy problem than it is for rich people. That's unfair -- but it's also true. Limbaugh made serious mistakes, but he didn't need to mug anybody to feed his habit.
I'm not saying that the legalization argument doesn't have answers -- or responses -- to this point. I'm just saying Pinkerton's column isn't the place to look for them.
Posted at 11:14 AM
JONAH: [Ramesh Ponnuru]
It's okay if the baby tears up the Journal's news pages.
Posted at 10:49 AM
FUMING IN THE FILTER [Tim Graham]
Snarky Washington Post reporter Dana "Our Hero Worked the Rope Line" Milbank writes today about the President's "unprecedented" interviews with regional broadcasters, who nail-chewing White House press types view as patsies and cheerleaders. (Does he really believe Clinton never established the precedent of going around the national press and talking to local news anchors? Or Reagan?)
Milbank sees the interviews as an attempt "to circumvent what the administration views as unfairly negative coverage of the Iraq conflict." But why does the national press that THEY are the only reporters who have the skill and intellect and skepticism to adequately filter the president's remarks? Only THEY have the right to manufacture the public consensus about how Iraq is going? They scorn White House "news management" (or acknowledge its success) as if they don't orchestrate the "news" into a politically helpful product for Howard Dean.
Posted at 10:37 AM
SUPREME COURT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
will hear pledge case
Posted at 10:11 AM
PEDRO V. ZIMMER [Rich Lowry]
I won't get into the merits of Pedro throwing at people's heads and slamming a 72-year old man to the ground—because it's hard to be objective about such things. I will just relay an interesting juxtaposition of perspectives. I was in a car listening to the radio in Virginia on Saturday, and had to go back and forth from the ESPN radio broadcast and the Yankee WABC broadcast, depending on which came in best. On ESPN, Jon Miller and Joe Morgan were saying during the fourth-inning brouhaha, “The only one who deserves to be thrown out in this situation is Don Zimmer, for throwing a punch of Pedro Martinez.” Then I got the Yankee broadcast, and there was no mention of any Zimmer punch, instead it was all, “Pedro Martinez grabbed Don Zimmer by the head, and hurled him to the ground, in an act of ferocity nearly unparalleled in baseball history.” I kept it on the Yankee broadcast. Anyway, what a game! It was one of those “pull over” games—it was impossible to keep listening and driving at the same time in the ninth, so I had to stop at a gas station to hear the end…
Posted at 10:00 AM
STRATEGIC HUMOR INITIATIVE [Jonah Goldberg]
I heard a piece this moring on NPR about a new PBS series called the Strategic Humor Initiative hosted by David Frost. It sounds like it might be pretty funny. But either we're going to hear a lot of jokes about the acronym for "SHI Tonight" or they really didn't think through the name.
Posted at 09:24 AM
OHIO RESIDENTS [Jonah Goldberg]
If you read my syndicated column in the Cincinnati Enquirer please let them know. Please, no spam campaigns or anything like that. But honest support would be appreciated.
Posted at 09:21 AM
RUSH [Jonah Goldberg]
I want to write my syndicated column on the drug-problem hooplah. If you've seen particularly nasty celebrating about the guy's misfortunes, please send examples (as always, preferably with URL, dates etc) to GFilecorrections@aol.com by noon. Thanks.
Posted at 09:15 AM
IMUS… [Rich Lowry]
...was, thankfully, easy on me this morning when I was on his show hawking Legacy (that’s L-E-G-A-C-Y). He asked me what was the first book I could remember having read to me, which is an interesting question. The books I remember most from my childhood are from the Curious George series. The one where George is supposed to be delivering newspapers, but instead makes them into paper sailboats and floats them down a stream was particularly memorable (Lucy will be doing that with Wall Street Journals before we know it). Also, a great, great book was Go, Dog, Go!, which for some reason, is endlessly fascinating. I still get pleasure from leafing through the thing at bookstores today. . .
Posted at 08:45 AM
DON’T BUY THIS BOOK! [Rich Lowry]
At least that would be Bill and Hillary's advice. In LEGACY: PAYING THE PRICE FOR THE CLINTON YEARS, I take a scalpel (and occasionally a sledgehammer) to their claims of political and policy mastery in the 1990s, on everything from the economy, to welfare reform, to crime, to health care. I defend Ken Starr and impeachment, and excoriate the Clinton foreign-policy record, which makes Neville Chamberlain look clear-eyed and strong willed in comparison. Sidney Blumenthal and Hillary Clinton have piled massive amounts of manure around the Clinton record. Legacy is your way of digging out. (End of sales pitch.)
Posted at 08:40 AM
EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE [Jonathan H. Adler]
I take on the abuse of eminent domain in Lakewood, Ohio here. For information on the Institute for Justice's legal efforts to defend the property owners, see here. And for those who missed the 60 Minutes story, see here.
Posted at 08:39 AM
HAROLD BLOOM CAMPAIGNS FOR WES CLARK? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 08:23 AM
TAKING OFF GROUNDHOG DAY, TOO [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
I'm still getting complaints about yesterday; here's one:
I do have to agree that taking off Columbus day is pretty weak. Columbus Day has fallen behind Groundhog Day and Flag Day in terms of popularity. What will be next? Taking the day off to celebrate Cosmo's 4th birthday? Most of America (and all of Bermuda) worked yesterday. We NEED the Corner to help pull us through! I was happy to see that despite the day off and lack of posts, you STILL got in the plug for NR Digital!
Posted at 08:20 AM
REPORTS: CAR BOMB EXPLODES AT TURKISH EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
This, part of the reason they say "stay."
Posted at 08:17 AM
LOWRY'S LEGACY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Congrats, Rich Lowry! He’s on Don Imus right now, marking his first interview on the Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years book tour, which is officially released today. May the book-buying commence!
Posted at 07:39 AM
IRAQIS SAY "STAY" [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
New Gallup poll finds Baghdadis want the U.S. to remain for now.
Posted at 05:36 AM
INVALIDATING CONSERVATISM [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
John Podhoretz on the Left's Rush Right-Deconstruction (and Annihilation) Project.
Posted at 05:10 AM
SAUDI DEMOCRACY [Rick Brookhiser]
...must lead to Saudi political books. Possible titles:
The Making of a Sheik 1173.
Posted at 01:26 AM
SAUDI VOTE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
KSA says it will hold an election for municipal offices for some Saudis to vote in.
Posted at 12:18 AM
Monday, October 13, 2003
CRACKING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
RE: last week's morning-ritual thread, a reader writes: "Forgive me if I’m confused. Am I reading The Corner or Bob Graham’s diary entries?"
Posted at 09:55 PM
A STOPPED CLOCK IS RIGHT TWICE A DAY [Jim Boulet]
The Arabic translator scandal is page-one news in Monday's Washington Times. For once, Senator Charles Schumer (Dem., New York) is quoted asking precisely the right question:
"The presumption is that everyone at Guantanamo ... went through some kind of background check," Mr. Schumer said on Sept. 24. "But it is baffling that a chaplain who spent time in Syria, a country on the terrorist watch-list, and was trained by a group with ties to terrorism, would be allowed to serve as a cleric to a bunch of Taliban and al Qaeda."
Posted at 08:54 PM
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
How the PA promotes and celebrates women terrorists.
Posted at 08:42 PM
CLOSING IN ON SADDAM? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
More rumors we are trailing him.
Posted at 08:38 PM
CORNER READERS ARE ANGRY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Is there a holiday that you NROers don't take off? Just because there's a word in the box on the calendar page does make it an automatic vacation day. I'm here working and I still take the time to read NRO. Please post your holiday schedule so I know when to take the day off in the future.
Posted at 06:10 PM
SACRED SPECIES? [Tim Graham]
A Wisconsin friend of mine e-mails excerpts from a certain cheese-free presidential candidate's Internet site:
Congressman Kucinich is one of the few vegans in Congress, a dietary decision he credits not only with improving his health, but in deepening his belief in the sacredness of all species.
Posted at 06:05 PM
BRESLIN THE BUFFOON [Tim Graham]
Columnist Jimmy Breslin writes that maybe Rush's whole audience is on drugs: "His people are hopelessly, embarrassingly dumb. Or - sudden revelation! - they're all out there whacked out on Hillbilly Heroin just like Rush. Only they can understand his babble."
Posted at 06:03 PM
FLYING MONKEYS [Jonah Goldberg]
Tim - I know you're new around here, but flying monkey is not a derogatory term in these parts. The cheese-eating surrendering ones, yes. But the flying simians, no.
Posted at 04:31 PM
ALL POWERFUL OZ? [Tim Graham]
There's plenty of sneering in the Newsweek cover story on Rush this week, but the first thing really wrong with the piece is the analogy of Rush being a "Wizard of Oz." Unless, of course, Evan Thomas fancies himself in the role of Dorothy.
With this metaphor, Newsweek suggests Rush is a pathetic little man who likes nothing better than scaring young girls from Kansas and their little dogs, too, but are really powerless. They know better. They have to suspect that without Rush there was not quite the same GOP landslide in 1994, that without Rush there was not quite an impeachment in 1998, and that without Rush, there was not quite a Bush election in 2000. Why else would they be leaping on him like flying monkeys now?
Posted at 10:29 AM
OH NO! [Jonah Goldberg]
I think my baby girl is a liberal. She loves tearing apart the Wall Street Journal much more than the Washington Post. If she didn't look so much like me, I'd worry someone switched her for Jonathan Chait's baby.
Posted at 09:39 AM
BTW--ADMINISTRATIVE SECOND [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
We're having goofy email problems, so direct all NRO related mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for now. thanks.
Posted at 09:14 AM
IT'S TRUE, IT'S TRUE [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
NRO has taken Columbus Day off. There's still lots to read on the homepage. More if you have signed up for NR Digital. Advertisers to patronize--another way to support NRO. New books to buy. So much to do....
Posted at 09:03 AM
THOSE DAMN AMERICANS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Helped renovate schools in Iraq.
Posted at 09:01 AM
ANALYZING RELIGIOUS VOTERS [Tim Graham]
Ex-Newsweeker/Clinton aide Steven Waldman asserts an interesting "seven myths about the religious right."
Posted at 08:52 AM
WHAT'S HE SMOKING? [Andrew Stuttaford]
We all have our experiences of the delusional, the ranting madman on the sidewalk, the elderly relative lost in impossible reminiscence, and we know that we have to be compassionate, but sometimes it’s not easy. Here’s Will Hutton in today’s Observer :
“The European Union is a success. Its 25 members are discussing proposals for a new, carefully crafted constitution that will make it at once more governable and more democratic - a pipedream even 18 months ago. Its new currency reaches new highs against the dollar. It is about to take over peacekeeping in Bosnia from Nato. It is a fast-developing, positive and progressive force.”
The poor, poor fellow.
Rather unkindly, on the same web page the Observer has a link to a site to help voters to find out who their MEP (member of the European ‘parliament’) actually is .
Posted at 08:33 AM
THE FRENCH DEPRESSED [Andrew Stuttaford]
A world mourns.
Posted at 08:30 AM
Sunday, October 12, 2003
SYRIA [Andrew Stuttaford]
The horror inflicted on Israel by suicide bombers is the stuff of nightmares – and it’s not difficult to sympathize with the impulse that leads that country to launch a raid on Syria. But was the acquiescent US response the right one? The Economist may not have all the right answers, but it’s asking some difficult questions.
It would be foolish to deny that there are links (and, presumably, close ones) between Palestinian terror groups and their wider Islamic terrorism. In fighting terror, the interests of Israel and the US often overlap – but, the Bush administration needs to recognize, not always so. The Syrian regime may be deeply unattractive (to put it mildly) and chances of any accord between it and Israel remain slim, but it’s possible to see how, given the right incentives (carrot as well as stick) that Damascus could be persuaded to put some distance between itself and the type of Islamic terrorists (apparently now going through that country on the way to Iraq) with whom it has strong ideological differences and who are, incidentally, much more of a direct threat to the US than their counterparts on the West Bank, in Gaza or southern Lebanon.
Seen from the perspective of Jerusalem, Israel’s action in Syria may be logically defensible, but (and I hope I’m wrong about this) from the point of view of US interests it may well have been counterproductive. Publicly humiliated by the raid (including, critically, in front of his own people), Assad may now find it even more difficult to come to some sort of accommodation with this country, an accommodation that could be very useful indeed in our war against terror.
It may be time for a tough conversation between Messrs Bush and Sharon.
Posted at 10:17 AM
KUDOS FOR TONY SNOW [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Jay Rockefeller is on Fox News Sunday arguing that the president lied about the imminence of the Iraqi threat. Tony Snow points out the president never used the word, that he, in fact, said that we could not wait for Saddam to become an imminent threat. Rockefeller responds that he was at the speech and was close to the president when he delivered it (the SOTU) and imminence was "the feeling" that one came away from the speech with, whatever the president said. Snow then points out that Rockefeller himself said the threat was imminent, not the president. But that's the president's fault, says Rockefeller--he put "psychological pressure" on Congress.
Posted at 10:13 AM
FENWICK SKRIMSHIRE [Andrew Stuttaford]
The Economist also has a review (requires subscription) of John Clare, an English “peasant poet” from early 19th Century Northamptonshire (Derb country, I think: the county that is, not the century). John Clare was an interesting man, but more beguiling still is the entertainingly sinister name of the Doctor who admitted him to Northampton General Lunatic Asylum, one Fenwick Skrimshire.
Poor Clare didn’t end well, due, explained the sensible Dr Skrimshire to “years of addiction to poetical prosing.”
Fenwick Skrimshire! Whatever happened to names like that?
Posted at 10:08 AM
JOAN DIDION [Andrew Stuttaford]
OK, I’m decades late in getting round to this, but (courtesy of a diehard liberal friend in Seattle), I’ve spent the last couple of days reading Joan Didion. It’s been a delight although she is not, it has to be said, uh, exactly conservative, but then, on the other hand there’s this (from the rather cheekily named White Album):
”There is one of those peculiar social secrets at work [on people’s response to the – then new – Getty museum] here. On the whole “the critics” subscribe to the romantic view of man’s possibilities, but “the public” does not. In the end the Getty stands above the Pacific Coast Highway as one of those odd monuments, a palpable contract between the very rich and the people who distrust them least.”
There’s something about those words that make me think about Arnold’s election.
Posted at 10:00 AM
OH REALLY? [Andrew Stuttaford]
These folks (“A Smoke-Free New York Works") have started putting out annoying advertisements in New York City. Now of course these ads are satire, but in their implications they are also spectacularly dishonest – people opposed to the anti-tobacco jihad always said that the early ‘reasonable’ measures taken to curb smoking were nothing more than the thin edge of the wedge – and they were right. The satire, however, has nothing on 'statistics' like the claim that secondhand smoke “takes the lives of 53,000 Americans each year”.
Let’s think about that for a second. It’s usually said that around 400,000 Americans die each year from smoking related causes. Are we really expected to believe that nearly one in eight of them will killed by secondhand smoke?
And then there is this claim:
”Studies in cities across the country demonstrate no effect on bar and restaurant revenue as a result of smoking bans. “
Well, some studies doubtless have. Others would not agree. Take this, for example:
”For example, California's smoking ban is the wall trophy for tobacco haters, but the political rampage was not without victims. More than 1,000 bars, taverns and "mom & pop" restaurants closed their doors, with thousands of servers losing their jobs.
“In Canada, a citywide ban in Ottawa has nearly destroyed all downtown bars and restaurants as patrons flock to the suburbs. In British Columbia, a disastrous experiment with a ban lasted only 80 days, but in that brief period, 910 workers were laid off, with multimillion-dollar losses in the hospitality and tourism industries.”
The organization behind A Smoke-free New York Works is the American Legacy Foundation, a propaganda mill funded by tobacco ‘settlement’ money and, thus, of course, something that owes its existence at least partly to complaints about misleading advertising.
Well, that's at least one tobacco industry tradition that they are keeping alive.
Posted at 09:57 AM
SADDAM CASH IN SYRIA [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Posted at 09:44 AM
FAUX FOLKSINESS [Andrew Stuttaford]
A post the other day on the faux folksiness of today’s politicians (triggered by all those shirtsleeves on display during the Democrats' debate in Arizona) produced this entertaining rant from a reader in Indiana:
“You struck a nerve on my pet peeve of modern Presidential campaigning: the "regular guy" photo op, where the candidate drives a fork lift truck at the factory five feet for the cameras in shirtsleeves to prove he's just a regular Joe, despite the fact that he was National Merit Scholar, Ivy League graduate, Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Scholar, blah blah blah seriatim. Although he reads Plutarch in the original for recreation, he feels obliged to quote Toby Keith on the campaign trail. And oh God, the "what is your favorite rock ballad" question…
” My absolute favorite piece of Presidential photo journalism is the one of John F. Kennedy at an Indian reservation in 1960. He holds a war bonnet by the fingertips, as if the headpiece is coated with powdered sarin. He is looking daggers of high dudgeon off camera, undoubtedly at the advance man who set up this photo op. He does not put on the bonnet…
”And don't get me started on the obligatory Barbara Walters/Katie Couric crying jag interview (with the camera lens fogged up to imply softness), where the candidate must relive a traumatic moment from the past so he can tear up on camera, to prove what I don't know: Sensitivity? Depth? Courage? Courage today would see a candidate at a fundraiser, at a table, with a cigar in one hand, a bottle of champagne at the elbow, and a plate of veal parmigiana in front. JFK would do it and tell detractors to go to hell…”
That’s very well said, although I do seem to recall a photo of Calvin Coolidge, wonderfully gloomy in an Indian war bonnet. And as for today’s politicians, there’s one who would, I reckon, be more than happy to be photographed with a cigar, champagne and a veal cutlet.
Californians voted for him a few days ago.
Posted at 09:39 AM
COWARDS [Rod Dreher]
The Indianapolis Star comes out in favor of politically correct censorship, and ultimately for stupidity and moral illiteracy.
Posted at 09:31 AM
CAN'T WAIT [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
to hear Rich's take on the ugliness at Fenway last night.
Posted at 09:26 AM
BAGHDAD CARBOMB(S) [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
At least 7 dead outside Baghdad Hotel, seemingly all Iraqis.
Posted at 09:24 AM
WHO'S WHO ON THE SUNDAY SHOWS [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Today's schedule. (Don't forget Jonah on Late Edition!)
Posted at 09:07 AM