JACQUES THE KNIFE [Andrew Stuttaford]
I doubt he needed it, but a reminder of the opposition that George W. Bush will continue to face in the EU comes in the form of new maneuvering by Jacques Chirac. The old crook has now successfully recruited Spain into a new axis (hey, it’s the Daily Telegraph’s word, not mine) designed to limit Tony Blair’s impact on European diplomacy. Blair’s response, weirdly, is to continue to press Brits to agree to the ratification of the EU’s draft ‘constitution’, a document that would, for all practical purposes, ensure that the UK could no longer pursue its own foreign policy.
Posted at 06:47 PM
HOLY TOLEDO! [Andrew Stuttaford]
More good news out of Ohio.
Posted at 06:21 PM
MOVING ON [Andrew Stuttaford]
Blogger Norman Geras on the aftermath of the election:
“Liberals and leftists should stop wailing and ask themselves some tough questions: first and foremost, where they themselves might have gone wrong (so many of them), repeatedly wrong, in their alignment within international conflicts - and why. You lose a democratic battle, you fight on, that's all. You make the argument again or differently. You look to see whether there are mistakes, misconceptions, bad assumptions, bad practices, on your own side. You try to persuade people. You show some elementary civic respect to those on the other side.”
Good advice, I think. Read the whole thing.
Posted at 06:19 PM
IT HAS COME TO THIS [Andrew Stuttaford]
The heart-breaking, horrifying slaughter of Theo van Gogh by Islamic extremists in Holland was a story that rather got lost in the midst of the election drama over here. It shouldn’t have done.
Now comes the tale (via the Live from Brussels blog) of what happened when Rotterdam artist Chris Ripke reacted to the killing by painting a mural that included the words "Gij zult niet doden" ("Thou Shalt Not Kill"). Fair comment, you might think. Apparently not. The head of the nearby mosque complained to the police that this text was 'offensive' and 'racist'. As a result, the police came and sent in city workers to sandblast this inconvenient text into oblivion.
“Thou Shalt Not Kill.” Erased, obliterated, unacceptable.
Much like Theo van Gogh.
Posted at 06:12 PM
THOSE WACKY BRITS [Jonah Goldberg]
Look, I still love the British and Britain. But stuff like this is making it harder and harder. Three minutes, ten seconds into this BBC "chat" and they start making with the yuk-yuks about the assasination of Bush. If it weren't for that, it would just be the typically insufferably dim and unimaginative bleatings of a herd of independent minds.
Posted at 04:32 PM
RE: RE: BROOKS [Jonah Goldberg]
From another reader:
Your correspondent is being silly. Brooks isn't saying that lefties would be morally superior had their opponents beaten them on an anti-gay-marriage agenda. He's saying that they would FEEL morally superior, by their own definitions of "moral" and "superior". When your moral code elevates gratification of self over the integrity of the institution of marriage, and an absolutist conception of "choice" over the right to life of unborn children, you can feel "morally superior" without being so. And someone else can acknowledge your conceit without validating it.
Posted at 03:45 PM
DOES ARAFAT HAVE AIDS? [Jonah Goldberg ]
The plot thickens.
Posted at 02:39 PM
RE: BROOKS [Jonah Goldberg]
An interestingly different take, from a reader:
Brooks' column contains a pernicious underlying assumption: He implies that, if it were true that Republican votes were largely motivated by values such as gay marriage and abortion, then the liberals would be correct in feeling morally superior. Brooks cites Pew Research findings that (fortunately) indicate that this was not the case. Republicans were chiefly supporting Bush because he has made them feel safer. But what if it turns out that Pew is wrong, and that many Republicans were indeed voting socially conservative values. Why does Brooks concede to the liberals that these voters would then be morally inferior? What is wrong with wishing to preserve traditional marriage and to oppose abortion? Brooks doesn't say; he simply accepts at face value the idea that such views would say something distasteful about Republicans. I am concerned that Brooks undermines the conservative movement with such assumptions.
Posted at 02:35 PM
VERMIN [Jonah Goldberg ]
A press release from Centcom on what the "insurgents" are up to. Let's see how much the media plays it up:
November 5, 2004 Release Number: 04-11-12
Posted at 02:32 PM
RE; YOUR PHONE CALLS [KJL]
Congrats, Corner readers & co.--the front page of the MSM's paper of record. Keep it up--good men and women in the Senate need you to buck them up on this.
Posted at 01:58 PM
BILL CLINTON [KJL]
says I told you so.
Posted at 12:58 PM
FOX [Rich Lowry]
FYI--scheduled to be on around 2:10 pm.
Posted at 12:55 PM
"PIECE OF TRASH" [John J. Miller]
So C-SPAN2 just aired my recent speech discussing my book, Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America's Disastrous Relationship with France -- and already one leftist who hasn't even touched a copy has posted a negative review on Amazon.com. It's not especially literate or thoughtful, but it does provide a glimpse of the post-election anger these people are feeling:
"From studying over 25 years history, John Miller would have done wonder for Stalin in rewriting history, fabricating arguments for the sake of playing the tune of a politically correct message...sucking up to a right-wing agenda.
"If you want real history about France and the US, read about the hundred years of struggle, fight for civil rights that these two countries that have more in common.
"But maybe when the CIA is helping Pinochet in Chili, or any other fine dictators... France should have put the refugees flooding to its borders... into jail.
"Don't waste your $ on fake history, read the real thing... like the swift boat story ......another notable piece of trash."
Well, at least it's "notable"!
Posted at 11:33 AM
CANADIAN PLAGIARISM [Jonah Goldberg]
Quite a few folks have been asking me about the case of Elizabeth Nickson. She's a Canadian columnist for the National Post who was fired for allegedly plagiarizing a column of mine. These are the details, according to the Globe and Mail. I really don't know anything more than what appears in this article. I was notified by a reader a couple months ago about the plagiarism, but to be honest I never followed-up on it because I was so busy at the time and then I just plum forgot. I trust the editors of the National Post did what they think was right and as far as I'm concerned that's the end of the whole thing.
Posted at 09:13 AM
BROOKS [Jonah Goldberg]
An excellent column. Like a bucket of water on Krugmanite hysteria.
Posted at 09:05 AM
HAWKEYE [John J. Miller]
Bush wins Iowa, finally.
Posted at 06:10 AM
YOUR PHONE CALLS [John J. Miller]
Today's New York Times: "Angry conservatives flooded Senate phone and fax lines on Friday demanding that Republicans prevent Senator Arlen Specter from presiding over the Judiciary Committee after he remarked that strongly anti-abortion judicial nominees might be rejected in the Senate..."
I don't know how that adjective "strongly" got in there--I thought Specter was basically saying no pro-life nominees to the Supreme Court will get past him--but the Times story is fairly objective. It also features Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina trying to play peacemaker, i.e., trying to tell conservatives to accept Specter's more recent "clarifying" statements.
Posted at 05:54 AM