KEN AULETTA'S LAPDOG LINE [Tim Graham]
From the AP story on Rather's supposedly long-planned retirement from the nightly news: "I'm sure one of the things that Rather was doing here was thinking about his legacy," [Ken]Auletta said. "It must be frustrating for a guy like this who has spent 24 years doing this and building up his career to be tainted by an event that he didn't have control over."
Ridiculous. Rather was right in the thick of the National Guard story. The idea that he couldn't control it, like he was someone else's pawn? Too bad Auletta didn't say it on TV where a Bernard Goldberg could verbally blast him. Rather has only himself and his Bush-hatred to blame. He was warned off the story, and pressed ahead. He was exposed as a fraud, and nastily stood his ground with the phony papers, accusing his critics of wanting to choke the life out of him. Put the violins away.
Posted at 10:29 PM
RETRO RATHER [Cliff May]
I just remembered my NRO column from almost two years ago on Dan Rather’s hard-hitting, no-holds-barred interview with Saddam Hussein.
Sample: Dan Rather: Mr. President, you're being very patient with your time, and I want you to know I consider this a solemn moment in history, and, if I may, take time to have you speak to the American people about questions that I know are on their minds. I just want you to know that I appreciate your patience here.
If that’s whet your appetite, the full column is here.
Posted at 09:41 PM
DERB HAS SOME NERVE [KJL]
doubting the editor's numbers, (however delusional)!
Posted at 08:55 PM
UKRAINE [John Derbyshire]
One of the most interesting things Dick Morris said on last week's cruise was about the Ukraine election -- he's been advising one of the candidates (the losing one, I think). Dick thinks Putin is playing dirty games to put the old empire back together, at least the traditionally Russian part of it (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine... or if you want them by the names the Russians use: Russia, White Russia, Little Russia). These election shenanigans are part of that game. Makes sense to me. Dick also issued a more general warning about the leftward drift of politics in other parts of the world, esp. S. America.
Posted at 08:52 PM
RE: PROVIDENCE HEALTH SYSTEM IN ALASKA [KJL]
A reader received this response to a query about the "abortion referral":
Thank you for your e-mail alerting us to this situation, as until today, we were unaware of it. Surprisingly, we did not know this content resided on our Web site and you are right, it should not be there. This is a purchased library program, and we should have taken greater care in ensuring this information was not included. We are working now to delete this content from the library and hope to have this corrected promptly. Again, thank you for alerting us and for your concern for the protection of Catholic teachings and Providence Health System.
Posted at 08:52 PM
DERB FORGOT TO TAKE HIS MATH PILL [John Derbyshire]
Sorry, 2 ft apart -- that's more comfy.
Posted at 08:49 PM
RIO [Rick Brookhiser]
For the first time in my life I am in Rio de Janeiro. The city is dominateed by a mammoth art deco statue of Christ the Redeemer, Cristo Redentor, atop Corcavado (the Hunchback). It is not a crucifix. His arms are outspread though, as if to bless, or protect, or bless, or perhaps to warn. A powerful and somewhat ambiguous image.
Posted at 06:17 PM
POWER OF MATH [John Derbyshire]
Kathryn: 900 trillion people? You sure? At an average 150 lb each, that would weigh in at around 60 thousand trillion kilograms -- a noticeable proportion (about a hundred millionth) of the mass of the entire planet.
Furthermore, if you spread those 900 trillion people evenly over the earth's surface, they'd only be about 200 ft apart. Be nice to think I am only 200 ft from the nearest NR reader, but...
Just taking a break here.
Posted at 06:14 PM
SPENGLER, ALWAYS WORTH READING [Rod Dreher]
Another superb, and extremely worrying, column by Spengler the Asia Times Online columnist who is writing some of the most interesting analyses of international cultural geopolitics I can find anywhere. He says that Europeans who, in the wake of Theo van Gogh's assassination, are demanding that Muslims among them renounce violence as a condition for living in the West, are bound to be disappointed (as indeed those who expected to see large numbers of Euro-Muslims denounce the ritual slaughter of van Gogh have been). Why? Because as a matter of "theological necessity," Islam cannot tolerate blasphemy without implicitly ceding power -- anymore than medieval Christianity could do so. Spengler quotes St. Thomas Aquinas's endorsement of killing heretics, and Michael Novak's defense of the policy by saying that the times required it. Similarly, says Spengler, Islam is so fragile versus the powerful currents of Western secularism that it cannot allow itself to become a privatised faith, as Christianity and Judaism have been, or it will suffer the same enervation.
Jews and Christians had centuries to accomplish the transition from public and political religion to private and communal religion, whereas circumstances press moderate Muslims to do this on the spot. The two older religions did so under duress, chaotically, and with limited success. Whether Islam can make such a transition at all remains doubtful.
Posted at 06:11 PM
UKRAINE: FROM THE WHITE HOUSE [KJL]
STATEMENT BY THE DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY
Posted at 06:03 PM
AW SHUCKS [Jonah Goldberg]
A note from a cruiser:
I am also decompressing from the cruise and thought you'd appreciate an observation that was made after you were spotted on the Lido Deck for the first time and news of your arrival spread like wildfire among the fellow-cruisers.
Posted at 03:46 PM
HUGE RESPONSE TO NR 2005 CRUISE [Jack Fowler]
Just got a report from our travel agency, and already over 110 people have booked cabins on the National Review 2005 British Isles Cruise. That’s a staggering number for so early in the “process.” I’m very pleasantly surprised, although I shouldn’t be given the itinerary (London/Dover, Waterford, Dublin, Liverpool, Belfast, Edinburgh, Guernsey), the great ship (Celebrity Cruises’s Symphony), and the all-star cast of speakers (WFB, Bob Bork, Larry Kudlow, Peggy Noonan, Paul Johnson, Kate O’Beirne, Rich Lowry, David Pryce-Jones, Jay Nordlinger, John O’Sullivan) who will be on board – all of which you can read about at www.nrcruise.com. Please join us for what is sure to be the trip of a lifetime (and great way for you to help celebrate your favorite conservative magazine’s 50th anniversary!).
Posted at 03:34 PM
RE: 900 TRILLION [KJL]
An e-mail from D.C.: "I read the U2 review, and was reminded that it is indeed U2 Album Release Day (a true holiday). I walked over to Border on 14th and F only to find them out of all but the regular edition. In hopes of a DVD edition, we hit B & N over at 11th and E- sold out of everything. The power of NRO strikes again."
And you didn't believe me!
Posted at 03:14 PM
GRIFFITH OUT OF LUCK [Jonathan H. Adler]
It looks like Senator Hatch's effort to get his friend Thomas Griffith confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has failed. Hatch may get another shot at it in December, but the prospects aren't good. (LvHB)
Posted at 03:06 PM
GEE-WIZ, JONAH [KJL]
More like 900 trillion people read NRO. Goodness. Get it right.
Posted at 03:06 PM
ISTOOK ISTAKEN [Jonah Goldberg ]
Because of the cruise I didn't follow this story too closely and now I feel hopelessly behind. So let's just set the record straight. If anyone in the GOP thinks it's a good idea for the Congress to be able to troll through the income tax records of private citizens, I think they're nuts. That said, since the GOP seems to have realized this was a bonehead mistake and not a real plan, I can't get too worked up over it. However, if someone's actually defending the idea on the merits, I'd love to hear about it since it sounds so idiotic. Maybe I'm missing something.
Posted at 02:56 PM
ANCHOR AWAY [Jonah Goldberg]
Drudge has this item:
ADDRESSES CBS NEWSROOM AT APPROXIMATELY 1:39PM EST [Partial transcript -- joined in progress]: No matter what you hear elsewhere, this was a mutual decision. The timing has to do with (wanting to separate) this decision to leave the anchor chair... from the (investigation) of the 60 MINUTES report. The decision got made the way I described. There is nothing more important (to me) than how honored I am to work with the greatest news organization in the world. Thank you for coming. We're not going to spend much time (on questions) because we have news to cover. (Offered to answer questions, but staff simply gave his signature 'hip hip' three cheers.) Let's get back to work. Thanks everyone.
If I'm reading this right, you gotta love that the "greatest news organization in the world" didn't see much need to ask questions. They have "news to cover" after all. But then again they're treating Rather's departure as big news, but they don't have any questions, even though the chief source is right there. You can't beat that kind of news sense my friends.
Posted at 02:47 PM
MORE RE: KETTLES & THINGS [KJL]
From a lawyer:
If you can stand two e-mails from Wyoming on this topic, union organizing is the actual reason Wal-Mart and others are eliminating solicitations. The National Labor Relations Board has repeatedly held that if an employer allows an undefined amount of charitable solicitation on the premises, the employer cannot prohibit unions from coming on the property to solicit employees to join the union or sign a card calling for a union election. To make matters worse, the rule has no bright line -- no employer knows with any degree of comfort how much charitable solicitation is too much. If an employer unwittingly crosses the gray area, and then refuses to allow a union to come onto the property, the union can file an unfair labor practice charge alleging the employer discriminated against union organizing in violation of federal law. Wal-Mart, Target, and the rest are likely recognizing this risk.
Posted at 02:44 PM
REVIEW COPIES [Jonah Goldberg ]
I know there are people in publishing out there who read the Corner, so let me just vent for a monent. Over a lunch of some reheated, home-made, pizza I picked up a copy of the Weekly Standard. In it is a very nice review of Gertrude Himmelfarb's new book, The Roads to Modernity. She's been working on this book for a very long time and I've been waiting for it to appear for a very long time. Did I get a review copy in the mail? No I did not. Indeed, I rarely get review copies of books that would make any sense for me to review. I get lots of paperback releases by lesbian poets and deaf African-Americans overcoming their hardships. I get review copies of self-published books by authors seeking to blow the lid off the upholstery business (yes, that's an Odd Couple reference). But when it comes to the books I might actually be inclined to review I get nada, bupkis, zilch. Now I know this sounds kind of spoiled, since most people don't get review copies. And that's why I haven't complained about this in the past. But, look, I'm a slow reader and a busy guy. If I wait for these things to hit the stands, it's a lot harder for me to write something before it's too late. Moreover, my wife has issued a fatwah that I'm no longer allowed to buy books off of Amazon -- or anywhere else -- because I bought so many doing research (a similar fatwah exists against subscribing to more magazines). Besides I should get review copies. NRO is read by 9 trillion people, by my own estimate. My syndicated column appears in many of the top 20 newspapers around the country.
So look folks at Knopf and elsewhere: I won't be writing any reviews of books about what it was like to grow-up hemaphroditic on the African veldt. But I just might write about big cool books about history, public policy, philosophy and stuff like that. If you want to know where to send them, you know how to find me.
Posted at 02:21 PM
THE POST ON GONZALES [Jonathan H. Adler]
Alberto Gonzales' nomination to be Attorney General may become a contested affair. Today's Washington Post offered anything but a ringing endorsement. I still expect Gonzales to be confirmed, but he'll be roughed up in the process and I expect many Democrats to vote against him. I would also expect that this will reduce his prospects for a later nomination to the Supreme Court.
Posted at 02:09 PM
ROSEN'S SUPREME PICKS [Jonathan H. Adler]
TNR's Jeffrey Rosen has an interesting essay on potential Supreme Court picks. The bottom line: Liberals should fight the appointment of Janice Rogers Brown, Edith Brown Clement, Samuel Alito or Emilio Garza, but should accept the nomination of Michael Luttig, J. Harvie Wilkinson, Michael McConnell or John Roberts. If a McConnell, Luttig or Roberts nomination could go through without much of a fight, I'd be all for it, but I doubt much of the Left will take Rosen's advice.
Posted at 02:04 PM
BUSH'S COURT PICKS [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Stuart Taylor Jr. recycles the conventional wisdom that overturning Roe v. Wade would be a disaster for Republicans--which doesn't mean he's wrong! He cites polls selectively to show that Roe, and abortion-on-demand, are popular--but those polls reflect real tendencies in American opinion. Here, however, is where Taylor (along with the CW) becomes questionable: "But it seems pretty clear that headlines such as 'Bush Court Overrules Roe v. Wade' would be a disaster for the Republican Party. And its candidates would then have to choose between alienating most voters by mounting a futile push to outlaw abortion (which the Court would not do) and alienating the most loyal Republican voting bloc by not doing so" (emphasis added).
A lot would depend on how President Bush (or the leading Republican of the day) reacted. (An object lesson in what not to do can be had by reviewing the reaction of Bush's father to the Court's Webster decision in 1989.) Anyway, the assumption seems to be that the idealism of the pro-life movement will overwhelm their pragmatism. What if the first move of pro-lifers after Roe were to try to ban third-trimester abortions? The courts would no longer be in the business of rescuing pro-choice Democrats' most extreme positions. Wouldn't the shoe be on the other foot then? The Democrats would then have to choose between satisfying hard-core pro-aborts and appealing to the center.
I can't say what the political circumstances would be in a post-Roe world (though I'd be delighted to find out). Maybe pro-lifers would go too far too fast; maybe pro-choicers would quickly abandon weak positions. I can think of two reasons for thinking pro-lifers would come out ahead here. The first is that, while pro-lifers have often been depicted as absolutists and fools, they have played the hands they have been dealt pretty well (and increasingly well). The second is that I assume pro-choicers have a reason for fighting so hard to protect Roe.
Posted at 01:49 PM
RE: SPEAKING OF THE PJ BRIGADE [Jonah Goldberg]
Well, since I have a contract with CNN, I hope he doesn't hold a grudge.
Posted at 01:27 PM
YES, BUT IS HE MAD AS HELL? [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
In honor of Dan Rather’s new job, perhaps we all should watch “Network” again to remind ourselves what happens when a news anchor gets fired.
Posted at 01:24 PM
SPEAKING OF THE PJ BRIGADE [Tim Graham]
Don't forget that the former CBS man that first disparaged the bloggers in PJs is the new head man at CNN. I wonder if he'd like to take that crack back now.
Posted at 01:18 PM
BYE, BYE DAN [Tim Graham]
The major network news operations have been sweating that the passing of the Dan-Peter-Tom Era would mean curtains for the network news, as if only these men could carry the weight of the TV news world on their shoulders. I've long felt that was propaganda being put out by Dan, Peter, and Tom minions. People will move on, as they already have to cable. Two words to CBS: Lester Holt.
Posted at 01:15 PM
ALL CLASS (THE C & L ARE SILENT) [Jonah Goldberg ]
I find this particularly interesting because just today I bought some care packages and phone cards at the USO site. From a post on Craig's list:
I am sick and tired of the "we support our troops" mantra. Ever since Vietnam, it has been heresy to say anything other than "we stand behind the troops 100%."
Posted at 01:09 PM
RE: NON-VICTORY [KJL]
Pajamabeenbloggin is bummed.
Posted at 01:01 PM
I'm not entirely on the boycott Target bandwagon. I'm kinda thinking aloud, but am interested to see Target is a big giver. I'm a Salvation Army fan, but there certainly is legitimate defense for not having kettles outside their stores--i.e. not wanting to have to say yes to one, and no to others, etc.
Here's one interesting e-mail:
I've been wondering who to write to about this ever since the story "broke" and you guys are the lucky winners. I just don't understand what all the hoopla is about surrounding this bell-ringer ordeal.I don't see the Wyoming story, but see this about Wal-Mart's limits on the Sal Army.
Posted at 12:56 PM
"WAR ON REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE" [KJL]
That cry generally means human life is being protected somewhere in the world. Today, for the NYTimes, is also means the Gray Lady is waging, interestingly it's own war against choice--the choice of religious hospitals not to perform abortions.
Posted at 12:55 PM
IT'S NOT A VICTORY [Jonah Goldberg]
My original post was before I learned that they're keeping him on at CBS. Still the media thumbsuckers will treat this as sad news, I still predict. Nevertheless, this emailers expresses a reasonable and common response:
You're wrong - it won't be reported as a "tragedy". It'll be reported as non-news, because it doesn't really have anything to do with the Bush Guard memos. It's just a normal "evolution of his career". And they'll use the fact that he's still staying on 60 minutes, where he launched the damnable memos in the first place, as evidence of it. Until he's fired from CBS altogether, with Memogate as the directly attributed reason, this is a non-victory.
Posted at 12:48 PM
WHAT CBS SAYS [KJL]
Posted at 12:32 PM
GAMBLOR [Jonah Goldberg]
Re today's G-File:
Posted at 12:29 PM
SORRY FOR THE WEIRD DOUBLE POSTS [Jonah Goldberg]
Am trying to fix now...
Posted at 12:29 PM
ANCHOR AWAY [Jonah Goldberg]
Let me be perfectly clear: it is wonderful, wonderful news that Dan Rather is stepping down. The media will report on this -- I predict -- as if it is some kind of tragedy. Too many big league journalists are too invested in the notion that news anchors are American heros for them to read this event any other way. Expect downplaying and derision aimed at the bloggers, conservaatives etc. Dan Rather has plenty to be proud of to look back on -- particularly given his biases -- and he's got piles and piles of cash to boot. Shed no tears, make no apologies. He deserved to lose his job for Memogate -- and no matter what they say, he did. This is just wonderful, wonderful news.
Posted at 12:21 PM
DAN DAN DAN [KJL]
Ok, we're a little too excited.... Imagine the Pajamahadeen will hold a gala.
Posted at 12:21 PM
Maybe Cindy Adams had some information afterall... "ABC NEWS HAS LEARNED DAN RATHER WILL STEP DOWN FROM CBS EVENING NEWS -- STAY WITH ABCNEWS.COM FOR MORE"
Posted at 12:18 PM
BAM! [Jonah Goldberg]
Dan Rather is leaving CBS Evening News. ABC News reporting. Will have link soon.
Posted at 12:15 PM
WANT FRIES WITH THAT? [John Derbyshire]
This Protestant is not going to comment on the cheese sandwich.
Posted at 12:13 PM
ECONOMY SLOWED, IMMIGRATION DIDN'T [Mark Krikorian ]
Though today's WaPo story doesn't highlight it, the main finding of the report CIS released today is that fluctuations in the economy no longer have much effect on the level of immigration, which pretty much continues chugging along regardless. There are a variety of reasons for this, but it underlines the central flaw in the position of the immigration expansionists -- it's not 1910 any more, and our immigration policy needs to reflect changed circumstances.
Posted at 12:06 PM
OH! THAT'S WHERE THE LATE FEES GO! [KJL]
ASA SPONSORS CAPITOL TOUR FOR LOCAL STUDENTS
Posted at 11:59 AM
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE... [Jonah Goldberg ]
to go home early: a rambling G-file on conservatism, Safire and some other stuff is now up.
Posted at 11:59 AM
A "Catholic" hospital does abortion referrels--inasmuch as it is directing people to abortion-advocacy groups from its website, including, for example, to: "The National Abortion Federation," which "offers a toll-free hot line that provides referrals for abortion services in the United States and Canada".
Posted at 11:56 AM
THE FRENCH AND THE PALESTINIANS [Jonah Goldberg ]
Posted at 11:45 AM
HILLARY ON THE HORIZON [Mark Krikorian ]
In the current NRODT, Rob Long has Hillary hilariously affecting religiousity in an effort to overcome the Values Gap. The reality is more disturbing. Hillary is born-again alright -- a born-again immigration controller! And while Kerry unconvincingly pretended to be concerned about immigration for about two minutes during the last debate, Hillary's political acumen is significantly greater; her adoption of this issue represents an extreme danger to the Republican establishment.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal fiddles while Rome burns, shooting spitballs at NR, Fox, me, and even at the incomparable Heather Mac Donald ("At least one Manhattan Institute scholar is convinced that Latino men are congenital gangbangers."). I hope we're ready for another Clinton administration, because the Journal and President Bush are even now laying the groundwork for it.
Posted at 11:41 AM
LOVE -- CORNER STYLE [Jonah Goldberg]
I like this email:
I met my future wife after I broke a guy’s nose that had dumped a cup of beer on her. Chivalry is not dead!
Posted at 11:41 AM
$28,000 FOR GRILLED CHEESE [KJL]
Surely someone can fork up $28,000 for Corner cheese if someone can afford that much for a "Virgin Mary sandwich"!
Posted at 11:18 AM
RE: SLOW DAY [KJL]
You don't want me to go there.
Posted at 11:15 AM
AND THE CIRCLE IS SQUARED [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Jonah, Your linked article is quite relevant to this discussion and should be read by those wishing to participate. There is a distinction between private and public actions. Although bad behavior does warrant a good ass kicking, Public bad behavior is best handled by "the Authorities". i.e. police, courts, the NBA, the house ethics committee- whoever. A private a**-kicking...encourages corrective behavior. A public one (the basketbrawl) can start a riot. An a**-kicking society may be a polite one, but a lawful society is an orderly one.
And, from another reader:
And now I'm going to get in sooooo much trouble from Kathryn for the public bawdy language this (now hopefully concluded) series of posts has generated.
Posted at 11:10 AM
I MADE THE BLEAT [Jonah Goldberg]
Posted at 11:03 AM
SLOW DAY [John Derbyshire]
Since arriving home from the NR cruise around 6 pm Saturday, I have written a 2,000-word article, a 2,000-word book review, 1,200 words of unsigned editorial matter, and my Christmas -- oops! that's Holiday -- book recommendations for NRO. I have updated my website, taken my kids to the movies, unpacked my bags, read my mail (20 or so items) and e-mail (200 or so), paid some bills, walked my dog, read 2 chapters of a book about finite-dimensional vector spaces, and caught up on newspaper/magazine reading. All this while struggling with PCD (that is, post-cruise depression). Slow day? What's that?
Posted at 10:59 AM
ARTEST [Jonah Goldberg]
Folks, just to be clear, I am all in favor of Artest's punishment. I don't follow the NBA really at all. But it seems to me very close to a prison league with better salaries in terms of the role models and style of play it promotes. Besides, the NBA is a private league and I am all in favor of private institutions putting the interests of the institution (and, in this case, the country) above the interests of its individual members. But I do stand by the general principle that if you throw a beer in a dude's face you shouldn't cry like a little girl if you get decked for it (that was the point I liked about the initial email). In this actual instance the extenuating circumstances don't back Artest up. Again, I don't follow this stuff closely, but these two emails are fairly representative and persuasive in my book:
Throw a cup of beer in someone's face and get beat up, sure. But isn't there an also an unwritten rule that when you get jacked up, chased down the court, and have a towel thrown on you, you stand your ground and fight? Because that's what Ben Wallace did to Artest. And in response, Artest, tough guy that he is, laid down on the scorer's table. But when some scrawny little guy in the stands chucks a soda on him, all of a sudden he's gotta defend his manhood?
Posted at 10:53 AM
RE ARTEST AND THE HIDDEN LAW [Jonah Goldberg]
From another reader:
While I enjoy the Heinleinesque attitude Artest attacked the wrong guy! He jumped the guy next to the thrower. I think he should be banned for life.
Posted at 10:39 AM
ARTEST AND THE HIDDEN LAW [Jonah Goldberg ]
One of the oldest themes in my columns is the concept of the "hidden law." Maybe that's why I liked this email (sent to me and Geraghty) even if I don't completely agree with it:
I think it a simple rule of life: Throw a cup of beer in someone’s face you get your a** kicked. I think this a conservative position; it has been a rule for thousands of years. This rule has been passed down from our Mongol, Viking, even the French forefathers. I have personally observed this rule in effect in the civilized and conservative communities of South Philadelphia and the Harvard campus. Why should we expect 20 year olds to ignore thousands of years of social conditioning simply because they make $6 million a year?
Posted at 10:20 AM
A FALLUJAH TIDBIT [Rich Lowry]
From the New York Times: "Insurgent attacks around the country have fallen sharply - to about 90 a day from a high of around 150 a day as the battle in Falluja began, according to data compiled by a private security company."
Posted at 09:57 AM
SLOW DAY? [KJL]
In, like, what part of the world. Can I go there? Like 6 hours ago?
Posted at 09:49 AM
SLOW DAY BLEG... [Jonah Goldberg]
This fall I'm planning on finally dumping AOL and updating my entire web/email world. I'm going to buy a new blackberry doohickey (my old one was the lame AOL Mobile Communicator, long defunct), change my email system etc. etc. Here's the problem, I used to be fairly techno savvy, but years of Mac and AOL use has caused my muscles to atrophy -- both literally and in the sense that I no longer have a firm grip on what PPOEs and DNS watchyamafradgets are. So here's what I'm looking for and I would appreciate any guidance.
1. First, No web-based email. I simply don't like the feel of 'em.
My systems: I'm a Mac Guy -- and that will not change. I have a G-4 laptop (on its last legs) and a G-5 desktop. I haven't bought the PDA doohickey yet. My ISP is a local cable company. I do most everything on WiFi.
So what I'm looking for is the best email software, the best blackberry (probably PDA-phone combo) and the best way to hook 'em all together (blue tooth etc). Another thing: I would like to have, if possible, multiple email addresses that can all be checked easily and interchangeably by my various devices without mucking up the synching and the rest. Guidance would be very much appreciated.
But one more favor: please please send all suggestions, advice and criticisms on this issue to JonahResearch@aol.com. My JonahNRO email can't withstand the onslaught of a tech bleg, and keeping it all there helps me refer back to it. I don't mean to sound cranky, but for reasons that should be pretty obvious, techblegs for a readership which is by definition fairly computer savvy always result in lots and lots of email.
Thanks again and any help really is very much appreciated.
Posted at 09:36 AM
CAL-LELUIAH FOR NR’S CHILDREN TREASURIES [Jack Fowler]
Joining the chorus singing the praises of The National Review Treasury of Classic Children’s Literature and The National Review Treasury of Classic Bedtime Stories is our good friend, mega-syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, who says:
“These are great. If children can be taught to read and appreciate good literature at an early age, it helps serve as a moral, intellectual and cultural deterrent to the stuff they are being forced-fed by the pagan and dishonest media.”
Cal’s dead-on, and no word-mincer. Of course, the most important two words of his are “good literature.” That’s precisely what these books consist of: there’s no heavy-handed sermonizing in these pages; just good, wholesome, beautifully written and illustrated stories! With Christmas looming these books make a terrific present for a child or a family: they have real worth and lasting value, and will help shape children into being good, decent, moral folk. Order any or all of our great titles: the original edition or “Volume Two” of The National Review Treasury of Classic Children’s Literature, and our delightful book designed especially for new and beginning readers, The National Review Treasury of Classic Bedtime Stories (a lavishly illustrated collection of enchanting stories by the great Thornton Burgess). Order these perfect Christmas gifts here.
By the way, don’t forget to watch After Hours with Cal Thomas on Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time!
Posted at 08:42 AM
JUST GO ALREADY [KJL]
More talkthat whining liberals will leave the country....
Update: Yipes...this is an old story...anyone know if these folks left?
Posted at 08:32 AM
MORE RE SOVIET MUSIC [Cliff May]
Jonah’s post reminds me of when I was an exchange student in the Soviet Union. I particularly recall playing for my Russian room-mates the Beatles’ “Back in the USSR.”
The song puzzled them. “You mean he’s saying he’s glad he’s not back in the U.S.S.R.?” they asked me.
“No, on the contrary,” I replied. “He’s happy to be back in the U.S.S.R.”
“Oh, I see. Very good. And uh … why he is so happy to be back in the U.S.S.R.?”
“Well, you know, as he says: ‘Russian girls really knock me out. They leave the West behind. And Ukraine girls make me sing and shout. And Georgia’s always on my mind.’ ”
”Oh. This song makes fun of Soviet Union, yes?”
“No, not really. It makes fun of Americans, of the Beach Boys, of California culture, of …”
At this point it was really time to have another tumbler of warm vodka (the dorm didn’t have ice) and sour pickles and change the subject.
And change the record too – to something like, “Hello Children! New People of the Fatherland!”
That was one of my favorites.
Posted at 07:35 AM
AND, NO GOD IN CHRISTMAS, OF COURSE [KJL ]
Dawn Eden on a Messiah-free Garden State.
Posted at 06:57 AM
NO GOD, PLEASE, THIS IS MARYLAND. [KJL ]
Banning God from Thanksgiving.
Posted at 06:55 AM
HELPING TROOPS [KJL]
The DoD just launched www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil so that servicemen and servicewomen and all Americans can log on and see how communities are displaying support for America’s armed forces. Those who log on are also encouraged to share stories of their own support.
Posted at 06:41 AM
TARGETTING TARGET [KJL]
Posted at 06:37 AM
SEX, LIES & VIDEOTAPE [KJL]
Congo U.N. abuse on video?
Of course, this is all--however ugly--just icing on Annan's resignation cake after Oil-for-Food.
Posted at 06:24 AM
REAL INTEL [KJL]
An NRO friend e-mails:
I came across a mention of National Review...in the book The Interrogators. The was highlighting how many of the Intel guys were leftists. However, there was one young man who in his spare time in Afghanistan read the National Review.
Posted at 06:16 AM
INCUBATING CONSERVATIVES ON CAMPUS [KJL]
Bernadette Malone on the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
Evil thought: MoDo should be assigned covering ISI's anniversary dinner.
Posted at 06:13 AM
GOOD SIGNS [KJL]
You Catholic and worried? Tim Drake has some encouragement. His new book Young and Catholic (Amazon link here, website here) profiles, well, young Catholics. There’s enthusiasm, scholarship, service. The book leaves you quite optimistic—I read it in galleys a few months back. The more ecumenical counterpart to Drake’s Young and Catholic is Colleen Carroll’s (now Campbell) 2002 The New Faithful (review here, Amazon link here)--both encouraging reports about the future of the faithful.
Posted at 06:08 AM
MY HEAVY BURDEN [John J. Miller]
A French emailer blames my book for destroying "the union of the western civilisation and eventually of democracy." But the first sentence is the best one. Maybe it should go on the paperback edition.
Posted at 05:57 AM
A reader: "What's your fixation with booze?! The stuff is poison!"
Back to cranberry sauce? Thanksgiving pies?
Posted at 05:41 AM
VOTE STEALING [KJL]
Posted at 05:39 AM
MANY HAPPY RETURNS [John J. Miller]
More evidence that Congress doesn't even bother to read the legislation it votes on.
Posted at 05:12 AM