WASTING HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDS [KJL]
I was actually just distracted by the Elizabeth Vargas easy-chair outrage on my way to this NY Observer piece Rick Brookhiser put me onto: Madame Hillary's (and the background senator Schumer) been fighting for all that homeland security money for NY. To protect, like, he Port Authority bus terminal and the Lincoln Tunnel, that kinda thing, right? Welll...and keeping Cattarugus county's staff on wheels. Read this great opener from a guy who is probably out of a job today:
This year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security bought Edward Koorse a new Ford pickup truck.
Posted at 10:43 PM
WASSUP WITH THAT? [KJL]
ABC's Elizabeth Vargas has an easy chair in her office.
Where's my easy chair?
Wait...no one at NR has an easy chair. I see an injustice.
Posted at 10:36 PM
FOR THOSE WHO QUESTIONED [KJL]
if Mel Gibson was putting the money earned through the Passion of the Christ to any decent use, the answer is yes.
Posted at 10:22 PM
David Brudnoy died tonight.
Posted at 10:19 PM
EXTORTION [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Posted at 10:17 PM
BUSH ON THE PAYROLL TAX [Ramesh Ponnuru]
His comments aren't a death blow to Senator Lindsey Graham's idea of raising the payroll tax cap to win Democratic support for private accounts. Graham could still offer Democrats increased progressivity in the payroll tax: raising the income range to which the payroll tax applies, while lowering the payroll tax rate. At the moment, of course, Graham looks to the outside world as though he is negotiating with himself.
Posted at 07:47 PM
FRANCES KISSLING [Ramesh Ponnuru]
does some rethinking.
Posted at 07:37 PM
CRUSOE AVENGED [Peter Robinson]
Crusoe isn’t at all thin-skinned, Jonah, but he does have the dignity of his breed to uphold, and when you made that crack about poodles yesterday he instructed me to post this passage, from a guide to breeds by the renowned dog trainers, Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson. Discussing the standard poodle, Kilcommons and Wilson write:
“We both adore [“adore,” do you hear?] this elegant, talented breed and implore you not to allow the haircuts inflicted on them by the fashion-crazed show world to affect your opinion of this fine, fine dog [not just “fine,” Jonah, but “fine, fine”]. They are at the top of the smart scale, willing to please, athletic, and great watchdogs with an endless interest in everything.”
Crusoe informs me that since you’re on vacation, Jonah, you needn’t apologize.
Posted at 06:54 PM
MOVEON OWNS THE DNC [KJL]
According to them. Better pour Mr. Beinart another drink.
Posted at 06:41 PM
is staying in iraq for at least a year
Posted at 06:15 PM
PENTAGON BRIEFING SHEET ON HUMVEES--FYI [Rich Lowry]
ON HAND QTY IN THEATER: (As of 4 Dec 04)
There are approximately 5,910 Up-Armored HMMWVs (UAH) and 9,050 Add-on-Armor (AoA) HMMWVs currently in Central Command’s (CENTCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR) of a total of 19,389 operating HUMMWVs in theater. This includes Up-Armored HMMWVs organic to units deployed and those diverted from production and redistributed from major commands to fill additional Up-Armored HMMWV requirements.
Currently there are 9,364 add-on armor kits for HMMWVs in theater of which 9,050 have been installed.
BLUF: There are 5,144 HMMVS in theater without Add-on-Armor
Add-on Armor (AoA) current CENTCOM-validated requirement is 13,872.
Up-Armored (UAH) current CENTCOM-validated requirement is 8,105.
EXECUTION: To meet the CENTCOM requirements the Army is diverting all new Up-Armored HMMWV production to theater, and has redistributed Up-Armored HMMWVs from units in CONUS, Europe/Balkans, Korea, and Alaska.
All Up-Armored HMMWVs deployed to theater will remain in theater, whether organic to units or in fulfillment of CENTCOM requirements. Up-Armored HMMWVs are distributed according to mission needs and not component.
As of this date, to support the procurement of armored vehicles, we have received an additional $1.2B which includes: $20M of FY03 Supplemental; $73M FY03 Iraqi Freedom Fund (IFF); $39M FY04 Congressional Add; $570M FY04 Supplemental/IFF; $58M IFF Deputy Secretary of Defense Memo and recently obtained $572M from the FY05 Bridge Supplemental for procurement of UAH and M1151 HMMWVs with Add-on Armor
The Army received $168 in the FY05 budget for UAH.
Posted at 06:11 PM
DOG-MA [Jack Fowler]
Not only is Man’s Best Friend anything but in Christian hymns, the poor beast comes off no better than vipers in the Bible. I think we have an answer to the question “do all dogs go to heaven.”
Proverbs 26, 11: Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who reverts to his folly.
Proverbs 26, 17: Like somebody who takes a passing dog by the ears is one who meddles in the quarrel of another.
Psalm 22, 16: Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me; they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.
Psalm 22, 19: Save me from the sword, my life from the power of the dog.
2Kings 8, 13: Hazael said, "What is your servant, who is a mere dog, that he should do this great thing?"
1Samuel 24, 14: Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom do you pursue? A dead dog? A single flea?
2Samuel 3, 8: The words of Ishbaal made Abner very angry; he said, "Am I a dog’s head for Judah? Today I keep showing loyalty to the house of your father Saul, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not given you into the hand of David; and yet you charge me now with a crime concerning this woman.
2Samuel 16, 9: Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head."
Isaiah 66, 3: Whoever slaughters an ox is like one who kills a human being; whoever sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck; whoever presents a grain offering, like one who offers swine's blood; whoever makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol. These have chosen their own ways, and in their abominations they take delight.
Posted at 05:47 PM
ON MICHAEL CRICHTON [Jonathan H. Adler]
It seems to me Crichton may be your basic contrarian. When folks were celebrating the promise of biotech or nanotech, he hyped the potential threats in, respectively, Jurassic Park and Prey. When America was welcoming foreign direct investment from overseas, he warned of the unscrupulous Japanese businessman. When workplaces began to obsess over sexual harassment, he warned that oversensitivity could create real problems in Disclosure. And now that government action on global warming seems increasingly likely, he's suggesting that apocalyptic environmentalists are frauds. In this sense, his new book is not as out of character as some might think.
Posted at 05:32 PM
THE LIBERAL ACADEMIC NETWORK [Jonathan H. Adler]
Professor Bainbridge adds his four cents to the discussion of why liberals dominate academia, and explains why liberal faculties perpetuate themselves even when there is not any active anti-conservative bias.
Posted at 05:19 PM
BUCK ON REID ON THOMAS [Jonathan H. Adler]
Stuart Buck notes that Senator Reid's criticism of Justice Thomas are quite out of place, especially given Thomas' rapidly improving reputation among liberal academics. (See also here.)
Posted at 05:15 PM
FEW FLORIDA POLL PROBLEMS [Jonathan H. Adler]
A new survey of Florida voters reports that few had problems other than long lines on election day. Three-fourths of respondents -- accounting for 95 percent of Bush voters and 58 percent of Kerry voters -- reported they were "confident" or "very confident" that their vote had been correctly counted.
Posted at 05:07 PM
TODAY IN CANADA [Bill Duncan of the Marriage Law Foundation on today's court decision: Kathryn, The Supreme Court of Canada handed down a...]
Bill Duncan of the Marriage Law Foundation on today's court decision:
Kathryn,David Frum wrote about gay marriage, Canada, and the U.S., btw, this morning, here.
Posted at 05:04 PM
HUMVEE, ETC. [Mark R. Levin]
"No plan survives contact with the enemy." German 19th century Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke
Posted at 04:58 PM
"IF SCOTT PETERSON WANTED TO EXECUTE HIMSELF, I WOULDN'T STOP HIM." [KJL]
Geoffrey Fieger, who worked for Jack Kevorkian, is on Crossfire arguing against the death penalty for Scott Peterson.
Posted at 04:45 PM
AMAZING CAT... [Rich Lowry]
...astounds and inspires with brave siberian trek.
Posted at 04:42 PM
A DOG HYMN FOR DERB [Peter Robinson ]
Against the several thousand reasons for leaving the Episcopal Church that Derb has amassed, I offer this reason--a very beautiful reason--for remaining in it. From a reader:
Mr. Robinson,I hope this will serve as partial compensation for the paucity of dogs in Christmas carols.
Posted at 04:34 PM
O'REILLY, CBS WANT FEDS TO CONTROL BLOGGERS [Jim Boulet]
FOX New's Bill O'Reilly and CBS chief political writer David Paul Kuhn both agree that bloggers enjoy too much freedom of speech and suffer insufficient federal regulation.
Kuhn complains that we pajamahadeen have "no code of ethics, or even an employer, to enforce any standard." But help is coming: "Beginning next year, the F.E.C. will institute new rules on the restricted uses of the Internet as it relates to political speech."
Time for the blogosphere to fight back, given that, unlike, say, CBS and FOX., the pajamahadeen also tend to lack attorneys on retainer to defend our First Amendment rights. I have no desire to see NRO's Kathryn Lopez in the defendant's chair because an article in NRO criticized some politician three months before an election. Neither should the Bush Administration.
Posted at 04:29 PM
FOREIGN LANGUAGES ARE FOR *FOREIGNERS* [John Derbyshire]
Mark: Hear, hear! It was Bismarck, I believe, who, on having someone pointed out to him as the master of half a dozen languages, remarked: "A very useful talent... in a waiter."
Posted at 04:18 PM
THANKS... [Rich Lowry]
...for all the Humvee and Sherman e-mails.
Posted at 04:18 PM
WOOF WOOF ALL THE WAY [Peter Robinson]
From John Podhoretz:
What about the dogs barking "Jingle Bells"? My memories of Christmas in New York as a kid are punctuated by a memory of a game arcade in Times Square playing that record at full blast.Happy to oblige my old friend, adding my best wishes to his serene and splendid wife and to their adorable little daugher, all enjoying their first Hannukah together (the littlest Podhoretz was born only six months ago). Click here John, then again on the page that pops up.
Posted at 04:18 PM
COUPLE MARRY IN GIBBON WEDDING [Rich Lowry]
Two animal conservationists have gotten married in a gibbon-style wedding ceremony in Thailand.
Posted at 04:18 PM
WELCOME, MR. CRICHTON--BUT HAVE YOU EVER GOT A LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO [Peter Robinson ]
From my friend George Savage, who knows a lot about science, medicine, and novels:
HarperCollins just released Michael Crichton’s latest novel, State of Fear, today. The subject matter was officially top secret until release, although a Crichton essay in last Sunday’s Parade magazine telegraphed the thesis comprehensively: the environmental movement is using junk science to scare the public. Mr. Crichton’s essay and -- from what I can glean today on the Internet -- his book, aim to debunk such fear-mongering.
Posted at 04:15 PM
LANGUAGE EXTINCTION [John J. Miller]
Mark: A couple of years ago, I wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal on the phenomenon of language extinction, i.e., languages that were dying off in the era of globalization. The United Nations was fretting over this at the time (and probably still is). My view is that more people speaking a smaller number of languages is in general a good thing--especially if it's English!
Posted at 04:12 PM
IN MEMORIAM PATRICIA BUSACKER [John Derbyshire]
I am thrilled to report that a reader in Sonoma, California has just sent my Patricia Busacker appeal through the $1,000 mark. Many thanks, and God bless all who have responded. All these funds will be passed on at month end to a charity to be designated by (conservative & sensible) Jim Cooke, Patricia's husband.
Posted at 04:01 PM
PARLEZ VOUS? [Mark Krikorian ]
I confess that I tire quickly of earnest admonitions that more Americans need to learn foreign languages. The Washington Times writes that the Senate has declared 2005 to be “The Year of Languages in the United States." Firstly, how about declaring “The Year of Demanding that Immigrants Learn English.” But besides that, there are two reasons to promote the study of foreign languages, and only one, the less significant one is ever mentioned. Yes, it's true that foreign-language education is aimed at “making Americans better citizens in the global market, as well as working toward increasing their knowledge and understanding of other cultures,” blah, blah, blah. A less soft-headed version of this rationale is that the FBI needs more Urdu speakers. But the vast majority of American students will never be capable of more than a passing familiarity with the language they study because it’s not necessary to their lives; we live in a continental nation that already uses the global lingua franca.
No, the main reason to promote the study of foreign languages is to make sure kids speak and write English better. I took four years of French in high schools, plus three years of Russian in college, and I’d be lucky now to understand directions to the bathroom in either. But by comparing them to my own language, I learned a lot about how language works and came to master English more completely. It’s like Steve Martin says, “"The French have a different word for everything!"
Posted at 03:44 PM
NEXT IMMIGRATION BATTLE [Mark Krikorian ]
Little noted in the aftermath of House passage of the “intelligence reform” bill is that Speaker Hastert promised Rep. Sensenbrenner to add the deleted immigration-control measures (no drivers licenses for illegals, no federal acceptance of Mexico’s illegal-alien ID card, asylum reforms) to the first must-pass piece of legislation in the 109th Congress, which would appear to be the supplemental appropriations bill for the military in Iraq, which may come up in February. If the president keeps his promise to back these reforms, we could see another, even higher-stakes, fight between the House and Senate, assuming the makeup of the new Senate is as pro-illegal-alien as this one.
Posted at 03:37 PM
DOGS THENCE RUN [Peter Robinson]
One reader, Lori, actually managed to find a legitimate Christmas carol that mentions dogs—not, albeit, a Christmas carol anyone would ever have heard of, nor, alas, a Christmas carol of any particular memorability or beauty. But “Now is Come Our Joyfull’st Feast” represents a Christmas carol all the same, religious in subject, conventional in rhyme scheme, and dating from the great era of carols, the mid-nineteenth century.
Once you’ve read the first stanza you’ll have a pretty good idea of the way all twelve stanzas chug along:
So, now is come our joyfulst feast;The doggie stanza? The fourth:
Rank misers now to sparing shun;What does it mean for a dog to run “with whole shoulders?” I have absolutely no idea. But thank you, Lori--and for the whole carol, everyone else, click here.
Posted at 03:28 PM
THE CASE FOR FORCE [Peter Robinson]
In the newest issue of Policy Review, :”When War Must Be the Answer: The Case for Force,” by Georgetown professor James V. Schall, S. J. A superb essay by a man who takes seriously his obligations as a teacher, as a theologian, and as an American.
Posted at 03:26 PM
RE: BUTTIGLIONE [John Derbyshire]
Some interesting e-mails in re my negative remarks about Sgr. Buttiglione. No, I am not anti-Catholic. If I were, I should not have lasted long at National Review! And I cannot forbear pointing out that every time I attend Holy Communion I assert, with the Minister and all the rest of the congregation, that: "We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church..." It is true that I have put myself in bad odor with certain sections of the Irish-American community by saying very rude things about Irish terrorists, which some people take to mean I am anti-Catholic. (At least, that is what these people took it to mean up to about, oh, September 11, 2001, since when they have been strangely quiet.)
I do, though, in spite of having changed nationalities, still have the Englishman's congenital suspicion of Papal ambitions. I suppose this is absurd in our day and age, when what were once the great menacing powers of Catholic Europe now have imploding ex-Christian populations sunk in hedonism, and fast-swelling Muslim ones afire with religious passion. I am sure, though, that those congenital suspicions underlie much of British opposition to the growing power of the EU; and contrariwise, that dreams of a new Holy Roman Empire -- with lots of jobs for scholarly priest-bueaucrats, in which they can boss other people around and tell them what is and isn't moral -- dance, like visions of sugarplums, in the heads of many Europhiles, as I believe they do in the head of Sgr. Buttiglione.
In our meeting with him on Monday, Sgr. Buttiglione raised the old "Athens and Jerusalem" formula of the origins of Western culture. Every time I hear this, I find myself thinking: It wasn't *just* Athens and Jerusalem. The Anglo-Saxon (you can say "Anglo-Saxon-Celtic," if you like, as historian John Lukacs does) peoples brought something to the mix, too; something not so easy to list off in books that students must read, since those peoples were illiterate when they first brought it, but something critical and extraordinary none the less.
The old tribal customs of the north-German forests, which developed into the Moots and Things and Parlements of the Middle Ages -- the idea that large public matters ought not be decided until different opinions have been aired and different orders of the community consulted -- was as important to the development of the modern West, particularly of the United States, as anything we got from Athens or Jerusalem. My guess is that Sgr. Buttiglione would not agree with that, or perhaps would not understand it.
Posted at 03:23 PM
DAVID BRUDNOY [Rick Brookhiser]
A great broadcaster, a great friend of the magazine, a great friend. David has the art of knowing everyone, and liking (almost) everyone, without surrendering a jot of his principles. His wit, his warmth and his gallantry in the face of multiple illnesses are an example to us all.
Posted at 03:19 PM
CLERK ASSAULTED WITH HAMBURGER [KJL]
This is such a Jonah story.
Posted at 03:16 PM
DUH PEOPLE INVADE KING WEEK [Jack Fowler]
King Week continues apace here at NRO, with today’s blast from the misanthropic past Florence’s column – by all accounts one most revered by fans – about the “Invasion of the Duh People.” You know them – they’re the same fine Customer Service dunderheads you encounter daily. You’ll find all the fun, merriment, and vivisectioning here. Of course, for those of you who can’t get enough of La Donna Firenze, we recommend the complete collection of all her NR “Misanthrope’s Corner” columns, the acclaimed STET, Damnit!--it’s a perfect gift for yourself or for that special someone who would enjoy (who wouldn’t?) Miss King’s brilliant and hilarious social commentary.
Posted at 03:14 PM
BUSH RULES OUT... [Rich Lowry]
...payroll tax increase.
Posted at 02:44 PM
FYI [Rich Lowry]
On “Dayside” around 1:30 p.m.
Posted at 12:50 PM
SEX ED IN ANN ARBOR [John J. Miller]
The feminists are pushing to make sex ed a mandatory graduation requirement at the University of Michigan. The course won't be taught through the biology department. Here's the proposal:
"A Gender and Sexuality requirement will create new dialogues, challenge hegemonic discourse, break taboos and stigmas, and open up realms of communication between all students ... In other words, this is a course requirement that would force all UM students to undergo a mandatory process of political consciousness-raising."
Don't laugh: This is eerily similar to how Michigan got its "race and ethnicity" graduation requirment some years back. (Hat tip: IWF's Inkwell blog.)
Posted at 11:44 AM
HERE'S A GREAT... [Rich Lowry]
Posted at 11:28 AM
JIM NICHOLSON [KJL]
Ambassador to the Holy See Jim Nicholson is heading to Veterans Affairs. (he served as an Army Ranger in Vietnam.) That broke when the Mineta news broke, but I was too dumbstruck (no comments, please) to pass the news about a good guy along.
Posted at 11:13 AM
RE: DOGGIE CAROLS [Peter Robinson]
I will deal with Jonah’s slander against poodles in due course, but first some serious business. Christmas carols about dogs do indeed exist, and, I now know, in abundance.
From our erudite readers:
“What about ‘Bark the Herald?’”
“Those ‘shepherds’ in ‘As shepherds watched their flocks by night’—maybe they were German shepherds.”
“Have you forgotten ‘Fleas Navidad?’”
One reader sent these choice lyrics:
Posted at 11:02 AM
MORE HUMVEES [Rich Lowry]
I can give you a partial answer to your query.
I friend of mine supervises the production of armor kits for trucks and Humvees here in Albany, GA. I can tell you for sure that they ARE working triple shifts and overtime to get the job done---and have been doing so for many months. They are also busy modifying existing designs in response to emerging threats and "customer" suggestions (e.g., increased height to improve head protection).
As for opening new factories: I have gotten the impression that there is some difficulty getting adequate supplies of armor grade steel. Such steel also requires special equipment to cut, shape, and weld, so maybe there is a shortage of facilities with the necessary capabilities. I do not know if Humvee armor incorporates ceramics (e.g. Titanium DiBoride) but, if so, there are relatively few companies capable of producing such materials in suitable sizes and volumes (e.g., Ceradyne Inc.).”
Posted at 10:53 AM
HUMVEES [Rich Lowry]
"I work for a manufacturer of parts for military aircraft. We are a small company that sells our parts to the large companies you have heard of (Raytheon, Northrop Grumman).
At least in my experience we are (now) working three shifts already. After a lull the business has really picked up and we are just about at capacity. I would say that there are several reasons that the production can't just be ramped up by adding factories.
The first is the byzantine nature of military purchasing. We usually hear about a job long before it gets to us... and by the time they get to us everything is already late.
The second is turf battles. If you have created a company that makes a specific part you are not particularly willing to share the engineering and process it takes to make that part with someone opening a new factory. It will take them a long time for any new entrents to the market to get up and running.
Thirdly - mil-spec. There are very demanding specifications for the manufacture of anything for the military. Many comapnies aren't particularly interested in, nor do they have the capacity to do the detailed work for the military. There are many hoops to jump through for every part. As each part is tested it may be approved - or it may be kicked back for repair or to be scrapped.
This is not like WWII when the nation was mobilized to build tanks for victory. I don't think the major automakers are going to shut down their minivan assembly lines in order to produce up-armoured Humvees."
Posted at 10:51 AM
UP-ARMORED SHERMANS [Rich Lowry]
“Dear Mr Lowry,
It may interest you (perhaps not) that in 1944 the US Army experienced a similar problem with the mainstay of its armored force- the M4 Sherman Tank.
The Sherman was a powerful vehicle when it was designed in 1941-42. Unfortunately German technology progressed much faster than ours during the years of conflict. The result was that by D-Day the Sherman was significantly behind in terms of armor and firepower. A typical Sherman was no match for German Panther and Tiger tanks. The Germans referred to them as 'ronsons' after the popular lighter whose motto was 'lights every time.'
Many attempts were made by troops in the field to increase armor protection on the Sherman. Period photographs often depict Shermans virtually buried under sand bags, welded on armor plates, track link sections, even logs. Although various upgraded models were fielded, the numbers were limited and the Germans learned to destroy them first in battle. A new design, the M-26 Pershing, did not appear until March of 1945 and had little impact on the war….”
Posted at 10:41 AM
BUTTIGLIONE [John Derbyshire]
Kathryn: I also met Sgr. Buttiglione the other day. While I admire his principled stand on the wording of the EU Constitution, being in a room with him for an hour left me recalling why Mary Tudor is the favorite monarch of practically no Englishmen at all.
With all his admirable qualities, Sgr. Buttiglione is no friend of the Anglosphere. He belongs to that class of European who see the EU as a rebirth of the Holy Roman Empire. Now, the Holy Roman Empire was not without its good points; but liberty, democracy, and the advance of knowledge fourished better outside it than inside it.
Posted at 10:38 AM
RUMMY [Rich Lowry]
Greg at gregnews.com forwards the link for the full transcript of Rumsfeld humvee exchange. Reading it, it doesn't strike me as nearly as dismissive as the press has portrayed it. Check out especially the reference at the end to the humvees guarding the Pentagon--hadn't seen that referred to anywhere in the coverage.
Q: Yes, Mr. Secretary. My question is more logistical. We’ve had troops in Iraq for coming up on three years and we’ve always staged here out of Kuwait. Now why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromise ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles and why don’t we have those resources readily available to us? [Applause]
Posted at 10:31 AM
CREEPY IS GOOD? [KJL]
Ramesh on the latest stem-cell possibilities.
Posted at 10:20 AM
RUMMY AND ARMOR [Steve Hayward]
The news yesterday of soldiers challenging Rumsfeld about the lack of armor, spare parts, etc, brought back to mind many of my father's WWII stories, where, as a long-range reconnaisance and sub-hunting Navy pilot in the South Pacific starting in 1942, spare parts were in such short supply that he routinely looked for downed planes they could scrounge spare parts from, sometimes even behind enemy lines in New Ginuea. Nobody complained about it; they just got by. Actually, he got a commendation for ingenuity; maybe these folks in Kuwait should get a similar commendation.
Also, because his squadron had to fly missions of up to 30 hours, flying from northern Australia as far as the Chinese coast to track Japanese fleet movements, they often removed much of the heavy armor on the belly of their planes to extend their fuel range, with the obvious trade off of higher risk. Oh, his entire sqaudron also got their tours extended more than once.
Posted at 10:10 AM
STILL TIME (BUT NOT MUCH) TO SAFELY ORDER NR BOOKS [Jack Fowler]
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Posted at 09:59 AM
BLEG--HUMVEES [Rich Lowry]
I have all the numbers about how we have increased the production of up-armored humvees recently, etc., etc. And have heard many times the line repeated by Rumsfeld the other day that getting more, faster is not a matter of money, but of sheer manufacturing capacity. But does anyone out there know enough about the manufacture of these things to explain why we just can't work triple shifts or open another plant or somehow build them faster?
Posted at 09:59 AM
Mineta is staying in the Cabinet.
Posted at 09:53 AM
WOMEN IN COMBAT, THROUGH THE BACK DOOR [KJL]
This is a disaster. It was one thing when feminists wanted to play social experimentation games when we were not at war, but now, it's just mind boggling.
Posted at 09:37 AM
THE CASE AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON [KJL]
Peggy Noonan goes back to the future.
Posted at 09:31 AM
YEAH, THAT'S MY SON EXACTLY! [KJL]
This Onion bit has got to resonate: Father to son: "I mean, you get more excited about the first Monday in October than your friends do about Super Bowl Sunday!"
Actually....could've been Adler, but he had hockey to keep him cool. (It's not like he was captain of the chess team.)
Posted at 09:30 AM
EUROPE'S BILL PRYOR [KJL]
Bill McGurn on Rocco Buttiglione (a charming man, btw, who I met briefly here at NR World Headquarters this week).
Posted at 09:11 AM
PICKERING RETIRES [Byron York]
Charles Pickering, the Mississippi judge whose nomination to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was filibustered by Democrats, and who was then placed on the court by recess appointment, has announced that he will retire rather than ask to be re-nominated for another attempt at Senate confirmation. Pickering's statement, released yesterday:
My nomination and permanent appointment to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has been pending before the full Senate for more than one year. The recess appointment given to me by President Bush on January 16, 2004 expires when Congress adjourns. Opposition by some Democratic senators prevented an up or down vote on my nomination. A minority of senators prevented the majority from confirming me to a permanent position on the Fifth Circuit. The actions of the minority leave me with no alternative than to retire as Congress adjourns.
Posted at 09:00 AM
TERESA TO JOHN KERRY: "HEY, IDIOT" [KJL]
From Cindy Adams:
SEN. John Kerry's wife: "The job of a political spouse is to say, 'Hey, idiot . . .' It enables the partner to remind the person of who they are — or were — and of the sudden discrepancies of that person's inner core. You have to be able to say to them, 'You didn't used to think like that.' "
Posted at 08:57 AM
PICTURE OF RICH IN CHAPS [John Hillen]
Hah! Rich discovered his inner Village Person after all and wisely wore chaps for pheasant shooting.
Rich, I didn’t both offering after you turned up your nose at the offer of my chaps (and bolted from my gear room with a wild look on your face), but had I known you’d take to the field unarmed, I’d have let you take my Berretta 12 gauge field gun with you. It will make a Manhattenite look like Buffalo Bill in one pull.
Posted at 08:51 AM
LIMITED HANGOUT [Tim Graham]
Ah-nuld and Maria are not releasing all of their tax information. This ought to be an interesting test case for media bias. In the last national election, the Democratic nominee's billionaire wife never really had to fully reveal her tax information. I wonder if the liberal media will make any fuss about the Gov.
Posted at 08:48 AM
JUST SAY NO TO ROBERTS [Tim Graham]
If Dan Rather is replaced on the CBS throne by the conventional-wisdom front-runner, White House reporter John Roberts, will the liberal bias problem at CBS improve? Nope.
Posted at 08:42 AM
"NEW ENGLAND TREASURE" [KJL]
David Brudnoy, from his deathbed, does his last radio show.
Posted at 07:04 AM
FEVER'S ABATED [Jonah Goldberg]
Waiting for a call from the Doc, but it looks like we're heading to the blue yonder.
Posted at 05:53 AM
RE: PICTURE OF EVERYTHING [KJL]
Jonah officially banned himself from The Corner at 2:50 EST this morning.
Posted at 05:10 AM
ONE (REALLY) LAST WORD [KJL]
on the Powerline thing. Both Scott Johnson and John Hinderaker participated in our election-time Battlegrounders blog (we were delighted to have them), with Minnesota updates, so they can't think we suck too badly (i.e. however ill-advised, it was all in friendly jest).
Posted at 05:09 AM
STILL WAITING... [Jonah Goldberg ]
To be corrected.
Posted at 03:09 AM
WHAT IF ISRAEL'S NOT THE PROBLEM? [Jonah Goldberg ]
Great piece from Amir Taheri in the Jerusalem Post [Nod to Andrew Sullivan]:
In his recent foray into Ramallah, Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw identified the Palestine-Israel conflict as the most important issue between the West and the Muslim world. Straw was echoing the conventional wisdom according to which a solution to that problem would transform relations between Islam and the West from what is almost a clash of civilizations to one of cuddly camaraderie.
Posted at 03:06 AM
WOW... [Jonah Goldberg ]
So, the whole family's up because Lucy's got a post vaccine fever, and well, we do these things as a group (note: trip to Mexico may be postponed). So I thought since I'm up anyway, I'd just sneak every single thing Kathryn doesn't want in the Corner in here with a single link!"
Behold the picture of everything!
Posted at 02:50 AM