WIKIPEDIA & THE NEW YORK TIMES [Jonah Goldberg]
Posted at 09:54 PM
DELONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT [Jonah Goldberg]
Vodka pundit -- an actual engineer -- picks up the ball.
Posted at 08:42 PM
"THE ORIGINS OF 'REASONABLE DOUBT'" [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Sounds interesting. (Via Mirror of Justice.)
Posted at 08:22 PM
THE SOCIOLOGY OF AMERICAN RELIGION [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Ed Kilgore takes issue with something I posted earlier this week.
Posted at 07:51 PM
HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY [Jonah Goldberg ]
To the crankyneocon.
Posted at 06:05 PM
WHAT AN ODD EMAIL OF THE DAY [Jonah Goldberg]
Andrew Sullivan publishes an odd email which A) celebrates Derb B) trashes NRO and C) offers some very backhanded compliments at me.
I don't care about the stuff about me. But this "NRO just runs talking points" meme is among the most annoying in the blogosphere, in my book. Anyone who's followed the debates in the Corner, for example, knows that there's very little unanimity on many of the classic talking-point issues. Ramesh, a senior editor of the magazine, is against the "nuclear option." He's also against tax reform. Rich wrote a courageous and definitive cover story on how things went wrong in Iraq -- right before the election. Kate O'Beirne has written powerfully against Bush's faith-based initiative, the Department of Homeland Security etc. I think everyone here opposed the Medicare bill. It's true most of us are in favor of Social Security reform (except for Derb) but why that should automatically be interpreted as talking-pointism is beyond me since the magazine was advocating such measures long before Bush was. David Frum, Ramesh, Rich and Kate have been critical to one degree or another of Bush's immigration policies. And the magazine still opposes the drug war (though I don't). I can't remember the last time I read a celebration of "compassionate conservatism" around here. I could go on and on.
And yes, constructive criticism notwithstanding, we strongly support the administration on the war. But, again, why this should be seen as us taking marching orders from the White House or the GOP is beyond me.
And, sure, we often run pieces from conservatives who support the White House and/or the mainstream conservative position. But, uh, we're a conservative magazine. That's how things work.
I like originality in writing a lot, but originality in the form of contrarianism is only admirable if it is principled and heartfelt. Contrarianism just to be different is sophomoric. Claiming that NRO isn't original when it's speaking from conviction is an asinine criticism.
Again, I wish that people who traffic in this sort of criticism would provide examples, evidence, quotes -- anything to back up such sweeping declarations. I hear this criticism once a week. I hear evidence to back it up almost never.
Posted at 04:58 PM
SO, JONAH... [K. J. Lopez]
...get any e-mails lately?
Posted at 12:00 PM
NAMING NAMES [Mark Krikorian]
Washington's third airport, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, may be renamed after Thurgood Marshall. Now, I didn't think much of the man, but he was an important historical figure born in Baltimore and so naming something after him would be perfectly routine.
Except that the airport already has a name, commonly referred to as BWI. Renaming things is profoundly unconservative, and should be undertaken only in the most extreme cases, such as certain geographical features in the South whose formal names included the N-word. It is a sign of revolutionary change, such as St. Petersburg becoming Leningrad (and back to St. Petersburg), or Constantinople to Istanbul, or Pretoria to Thswane, or Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City,
We've done a lot of renaming of airports in this country, because it's one of the few big things politicians have power to rename. Neither Jack Kennedy's nor Ronald Reagan's names should have been added to the already-existing names of airports. In fact, BWI's name was already changed once -- for its first 30 years, it was called Friendship Airport, not as a marketing ploy for Charm City but because it was built near the crossroads of Friendship Church, itself named after an actual church. One name change is enough.
And don't even get me started on naming things after living politicians, like the George Bush Center for Intelligence (known to ordinary mortals as the CIA) or the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse.
Posted at 11:52 AM
STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE [Mark Krikorian]
An unintentionally hilarious example of liberal religious silliness in the Post today. A story by the paper's deeply unimpressive religion reporter, Bill Broadway, discusses calls for changes in church governance, like more input from priests and laymen in the selection of bishops, a practice which exists in the eastern churches and is a matter of policy, not doctrine. As an illustration, the story quotes an active lay Catholic who expresses caution at changing the church's traditions; he says, "When you start making decisions from the bottom up, it's more like the Presbyterian church. If you want to be Presbyterian, be Presbyterian." So, he's a conservative, right? No, actually, "he supports abortion rights and same-sex marriages." Let me get this straight -- the basic questions of the beginning of human personhood and the sacrament of marriage are open for debate, but changes in the church's management practices are unacceptable? Talk about missing the point.
Posted at 11:50 AM
RE: PINING FOR THE FJORDS [John Derbyshire]
Come to think of it, every English-speaking mathematician I have ever heard pronounced "Lie" as "Lee," but I may as well get confirmation on this while we're on the topic. Is "Lee" right?
(And is it true that he used to go hiking in the nude? This is part of mathematical folklore, but I can't find a reference to it in Arild Stubhaug's very detailed biography.)
Posted at 11:49 AM
CLARIFICATION [Jonah Goldberg]
I'm not now, nor have I ever been, a candidate for student government at Boston University:
Posted at 11:04 AM
DELONGEST DAY [Jonah Goldberg]
Okay one more:
Posted at 10:20 AM
WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT [Jonah Goldberg ]
GOP consultant Arthur Finkelstein married his male partner, according to the New York Times. Someone else can dissect what all that means. But what I loved is this sentence:
Mr. Finkelstein, 59, who has made a practice of defeating Democrats by trying to demonize them as liberal, said in a brief interview that he had married his partner of 40 years to ensure that the couple had the same benefits available to married heterosexual couples.
I've heard this formulation about Finkelstein's (and Atwater's and others') tactics many times. It always fascinates me. Demonize them as liberal. This is a great example of how liberalism is in trouble. Why should it be bad -- never mind "demonizing"! -- to be called a liberal if being liberal is good? The first task for a political movement is to be proud of its own label. Second, is to make others think they might be proud to wear it too.
Relatedly, it really is remarkable how leading liberal politicians switch into a song-and-dance about how they don't believe in labels whenever they're asked the very simple question "Are you a liberal?" The Kerry-esque response is invariably "Oh, I don't believe in buzzwords and labels" or something like that.
Posted at 10:12 AM
LAST ONE FOR A WHILE [Jonah Goldberg]
From a scientist at a large university out west:
Posted at 10:03 AM
IT'S THE FUNDING, STUPID [Jonah Goldberg]
This guy does make a point you hear a lot from folks who won't toe the line on global warming etc:
Posted at 09:59 AM
KEEP POLITICS OUT OF IT [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Posted at 09:57 AM
[RUNNING OUT OF DELONG PUNS] [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Posted at 09:54 AM
DELONGER AND LONGER [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Jonah, I am an engineer completing my masters degree right now.... I will not be getting a PHD. I just read the post and the thread and I am extremely angry. You are absolutely correct that it is harder for liberal professors to get private sector jobs. In fact it is harder for ANY PHD to get a private sector job. It works as follows:
Posted at 09:52 AM
IT'S GONNA BE A DELONG TIME [Jonah Goldberg]
Posted at 09:49 AM
ENGINEER BACKLASH: DELONG AND SHORT OF IT [Jonah Goldberg]
I'm not going to post all of 'em. I have a lot of work to do this weekend and I doubt there'd be that much patience for that. Still i'll put up a few. The consensus, however, is that I shouldn't have ducked a fight with DeLong because most of the readers think DeLong's freelancing and full of it. Anyway, this guy responds toDeLong's five points:
Well I am getting a PhD in electrical engineering so I guess I count.
Posted at 09:47 AM
Friday, April 08, 2005
SUCCESS! [Jonah Goldberg]
One email about the Chait debate. Three dozen about and from engineers. I'll post more in the morning. Cocktail hour is already in its twilight.
Posted at 07:32 PM
ENGINEERS & POLITICS [Jonah Goldberg]
Posted at 05:31 PM
THE GREAT NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE SCHISM [Peter Robinson]
Well, just one more email on Leif Ove Andsnes, because this one, as even K-Lo will admit, is simply irresistible:
Posted at 05:27 PM
WSJ & SANDY BURGLAR [Jonah Goldberg ]
The Journal lashes out at some of its conservative critics. I have no major objection to that. But, again, as I asked before I don't understand why they think the Justice Department should be commended for treating Berger more leniently than it would a defense contractor or an American serving in uniform. I see Glenn Reynolds agrees.
Posted at 05:26 PM
LEIF, LEAF, LIFE, LAYF? [Peter Robinson]
So many Corner readers speak Norwegian, it now emerges--and really, who'd a thunk it?--that pronouncing the name of my favorite young pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes, represents a matter for controversy. I will post the following email, then stop, directing all Norwegian Cornerites to Derb instead.
The posting on the pronunciation of 'leif' and 'ove' is wrong. I'm a Norwegian-American and my best friend growing up had Ove as his middle name. Anyway, here's how the whole name should be pronounced:
Posted at 05:17 PM
FEEL A COOL BREEZE IN THE D.C. AIR TODAY? [K. J. Lopez]
DD is in town.
Posted at 05:08 PM
MICHELLE COTTLE ON DELAY [Ramesh Ponnuru]
She calls the New York Times piece earlier this week "a whole lot of ink wasted on nothing." She argues that the congressman's foes shouldn't want this kind of bogus, "counterproductive" attack on him in the press. She concludes that "journalists must take care not to give [DeLay] even an inch of wiggle room to make the story about anything other than his own misconduct." Which is sort of an odd perspective to take, unless the press's job is to take DeLay down.
Posted at 04:54 PM
NEVERMIND ABOUT DAN RATHER [K. J. Lopez]
"Iraqi citizens informed on CBS cameraman, leading to his arrest by coalition forces"
Posted at 04:51 PM
RE: BUZZED [K. J. Lopez]
Want to add to a debate you're already bored with? Who was the first to blog a White House meeting? Dan Froomkin ends with "Rexblog" who seemingly blogged on Feb. 19, 2004. K-Lo at NRO blogged about a private White House meeting with the president after word leaked about it on Feb. 19, 2004. Perhaps we should check times now? ZZZ.
Posted at 04:40 PM
BUZZED [K. J. Lopez]
A debate over the first White House gaggle blogger, starring our Eric Pfeiffer.
Posted at 04:26 PM
PINING FOR THE FJORDS [John Derbyshire]
Could one of those Norwegian speakers please give me a ruling on "Sylow"?
I make it "SEE-loov," but my Norwegian's got a little rusty.
Posted at 04:22 PM
WILL THE NEXT POPE BE CATHOLIC? [K. J. Lopez]
Posted at 04:21 PM
ATLANTA THEME SONG? [Jonah Goldberg]
If the poetry didn't do the trick, maybe we have to up the ante.
Posted at 03:56 PM
THIS STORY IS GROSS [Jonah Goldberg ]
Do not click on this link. It involves a leech and a nostril.
Posted at 03:54 PM
RE: FUTURE OF THE CHURCH [K. J. Lopez]
Much has been said this week about the direction the Catholic Church needs to go. The MSM (like the Andrew Sullivans, Amanpours, etc.) as well disgruntled, former and current nuns seem to think that the Church is hemorrhaging membership because of its inflexible moral rigidity on sexual matters. ... They warn that more members will defect unless their issues are given prominent consideration and the Church reverses its' position. ... I can't recall any broadcasts exploring the possibilities that a number of former Catholics have been collecting into the Evangelical, Pentecostal and Non-Denominational movements. Moreover, these movements are very similar if not more restrictive in moral doctrine, to the Catholic Church. ... Why does the MSM have such an aversion toward an honest discussion about departures of former Catholics? "Quid est veritas"?ME: I tried to explore this topic--why people leave the Catholic Church--for a Crisis piece a bit back.
Posted at 03:50 PM
TWO FRONT WAR... [Jonah Goldberg ]
Meanwhile, Brad Delong makes with the Jonah-smacking about my last G-File. He makes a fair enough point about the inconsistency in my column. He exploits my honesty about not having the data to back up one of my points to maximum effect. Rather than get into a to and fro about it, I'm just going to chalk 'em up to the perils of writing a column within hours of the original column coming out. Occupational hazard of the blogosphere and all that. Frankly I'm too tired of these ping pong debates (I just wrote three-frickin'-thousand words about Chait, for pete's sake). And while I realize that union requirements demand that DeLong be as snarky to me as physically possible, truth be told, I've always kinda respected the guy and the stuff he writes (what I've seen of it), even if I don't always agree with him.
That said, he says I should talk to a lot of engineers and scientists. For the record, I do talk to a lot of engineers and scientists -- if by talk you mean email. I also know a few personally. As I've mentioned before, we have a huge readership among engineers in particular and academics in general. Obviously, there's a selection bias in that our readers are going to tend to be more conservative, but if DeLong thinks there aren't any engineers or scientists in academia who don't agree with my general points he's flat out wrong. Of course, this isn't the full extent of my exposure to academia. But since all he wants me to do is talk with engineers and scientists, I thought I'd mention it.
Posted at 03:45 PM
THE POLITICS OF CHAIT [Jonah Goldberg ]
Posted at 03:33 PM
HEY, IT IS WORTH PLUGGING AGAIN [K. J. Lopez]
After waiting 3 months for some grad-student or professor to turn it back in, I FINALLY got Home-Alone America from the BYU Library. I've been looking for it since that Q&A you did with Mrs. Eberstadt. INCREDIBLE BOOK. People who already read NR and the Corner probably don't need an extra plug, but I just wanted to say thanks for calling my attention to the book-- I never would have heard of it otherwise. It calls attention to things that should be common-sense, but I've never really thought of in that way. I've always wanted to be a stay-at-home Mom-- my mother was-- and this book has just given me more reasons. This is the perfect antidote to that horrific Newsweek article. I can't remember the title, but it was disgusting. Thanks again!
Posted at 03:24 PM
MAE MAGOUIRK [K. J. Lopez]
Posted at 03:17 PM
LIBERATOR [K. J. Lopez]
The new issue of National Review is up for subscribers--issue two with our cool new digital formats--which readers are liking.
If you don’t have access now, I hope you’ll consider signing up. You can subscribe to NR Digital only here. You can subscribe to the paper version, which includes digital access, here.
Posted at 02:49 PM
RE: LEIF AS IN LEAF? [Peter Robinson]
Astonishingly enough, this happy Corner has dozens of readers who posesses a working knoweldge of Norwegian. From one:
Mr. Robinson, Leif Ove Andsnes's name should be pronounced "Life (long 'i,' not short), OH-veh AWNDS-ness.Now that I know how to pronounce the man's name, my pleasure in listening to his recordings will be complete. (If you have ten bucks to spare, go to iTunes and download his performance of Schubert's piano sonata D 960.)
Now, to email WFB...
Posted at 02:48 PM
YOUR SUNDAY MEET [K. J. Lopez]
Kate will be on Meet the Press Sunday. Also on Cap Gang Saturday. Fun weekend, Kate! Sheesh.
Posted at 02:46 PM
THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH [K. J. Lopez]
According to Andrew Sullivan, it's in the West and it's in loosening up on sexual morality and the role of women. I guess these are connected, since it's hard to see the third-world constituency for a watered-down Catholicism. But how plausible is this even in the West? The churches that have altered historic moral teachings to be up-to-date have been declining for years. Jonah the other day talked about the pundit's fallacy of assuming that political parties will prosper when they do what you want them to do--I think we have a religious pundit's fallacy here.
Posted at 02:28 PM
THIS COLUMN IS NOT ABOUT PJPII [Cliff May]
It’s about the response to his life and death and why that response is a refutation of extremism.
Which may be PJPII’s final victory. So maybe it is about PJPII after all. Anyway, my Scripps column is here.
Posted at 02:11 PM
DERB DISCREPANCIES [K. J. Lopez]
Editor Lopez has been avoiding the question of these inconsistencies, too (that I, ahem, may have had something to do with).
Makes as much sense as what this complaint gets at, I suppose.
Someday when NRO catches up with everything we want to do, I promise that will be figured out.
Posted at 01:28 PM
DERB TRIES TO CATCH UP [John Derbyshire]
Blogger Jack Diederich has, by wise arts unknown to me, turned my Radio Derb spot into a written transcript here.
In the e-mail informing me of this, he asks whether it is Radio Derb or Derb Radio. Sorry, I don't know.
He also asks why I am John DAH-byshire, but it's Radio DERB. Sorry, don't know that, either.
On other matters:
---Huge e-bag on yesterday's JPII piece, which I shall do my best with. To the several readers who demand clarification of my position on matters theological: I have in mind to write at length on this sometime soon, but in the meantime this will have to do . For further insights into Anglicanism as I like it, I recommend the article by (atheist) Matthew Parris in a recent Spectator.
---Yes, I saw Sharon Begley's piece in Science Journal this morning (you need a WSJ subscription, I think). Yes, I am miffed she didn't give me a mention, especially as she has clearly pinched a couple of ideas from my book. Yes, she is obviously clueless about transfinite numbers -- and believe me, she knows it by now. If you make a blooper of that magnitude in an outlet like the WSJ, there isn't a hard drive big enough to download all the mocking e-mails you'll get. Let me tell you.
---I have been remiss in, amongst many other things, helping promote the May 5 Atlanta bash. It will be great fun. YOU SHOULD SIGN UP. Jonah will be doing his regular routines -- fire-eating, juggling chain saws, hammering nails into his face, etc. -- Kathryn will be showing off some curious devices she picked up in Spain last year on that "Great Dungeons of the Inquisition" tour, Ramesh will do his well-known recitation of the entire US Constitution backwards, and I promise not to sing.
Posted at 01:22 PM
CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR [Jonah Goldberg]
Okay, I've written a long response to Chait. I overslept and then it took me much of the morning. I dunno when it'll be up, but it will be eventually. It's long. It's probably too snarky. Now, I must release Cosmo upon the lesser creatures of the earth. I'll be back.
Posted at 01:08 PM
NORDIC QUOTA TRACK [K. J. Lopez]
By 2007, Norway will shut down companies whose boards aren't at least 40-percent women.
Posted at 12:31 PM
BUZZ ON BOLTON [Rich Lowry ]
Eric Pfieffer has some interesting material on John Bolton's accuser Carl Ford--seems Ford testified in 2002 that Bolton's statements on Cuba bio-weapons had been cleared by intelligence community.
Posted at 12:29 PM
LUNACY FROM JIM JEFFORDS [Rich Lowry ]
Check out this interview with Sen. Jeffords on Vermont Public Radio:
(Host) Senator Jim Jeffords says he won't be surprised if the Bush administration launches a war with Iran next year.
Posted at 12:14 PM
AIG'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR AG'S CAMPAIGN [K. J. Lopez]
Eliot Spitzer's gubernatorial campaign purchased Google ads tied to searches for "AIG," the insurance company Spitzer is currently going after.
Posted at 12:12 PM
RAMESH IS NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS [K. J. Lopez]
"Come! Meet! Help!" is the message, though.
Posted at 11:46 AM
"IN IRAQ, REKINDLED HOPE" [K. J. Lopez]
From USA today:
The U.S. involvement in Iraq remains precarious. Good news can evaporate in a flash. But the toppled Saddam statue hasn't yet lost its positive potency. Iraqis who chafe at the continued American presence still are grateful for the end of Saddam's cruel dictatorship. A little luck, determination to stay the course — and a clear-eyed grasp of the realities — can restore the promise of that moment.that's just the sum-up, though. Read the whole editorial.
Posted at 11:38 AM
EVEN GLENN REYNOLDS [K. J. Lopez]
is raising concern about the grandma we heard about yesterday, whose granddaughter is starving her to death, against wises expressed in her living will, if reports are accurate.
Posted at 11:35 AM
IF YOU'RE JUST JOINING US [K. J. Lopez]
Scroll down, scroll down. There was "liveblogging" of the remarkable papal funeral this morning.
Posted at 11:23 AM
HILLARY GOES TO BAT FOR EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION [K. J. Lopez]
Senator Clinton and Senator Patty Murray are holding up Lester Crawford's nomination for FDA comish, until the FDA makes a call on emergency contraception for over-the-counter distribution. Hill: I’m prepared to hold [the block] for as long as it takes to get a decision made.”
Meanwhile, [Bill] Nelson is blocking the EPA nominee.
Posted at 11:21 AM
STAR TREK [K. J. Lopez]
A reader asks: "So it’s OK for you to bring up that show, but nobody else?"
That would be correct.
(And don't think I don't know Krikorian snuck one in this week.)
Posted at 11:08 AM
COCOA POPS & A WEINER [K. J. Lopez]
BTW, there was a DerbRadio installment a few days ago. Always a trip. But you know that, because you check the homepage regularly.
Posted at 11:07 AM
MAAB, FROM CAPELLA IV [K. J. Lopez]
Star Trek fans don't discriminate.
Posted at 11:00 AM
IT SHOULD BE POINTED OUT [K. J. Lopez]
It is almost 11 am and there has not been one bad Atlanta-pitch poem in The Corner (and that's on a day that started at 3!). I'm tempted though, not because I like it, but because we want to meet you in Georgia. Please consider it if you can.
Posted at 10:49 AM
DEANIAC DELUSIONS [K. J. Lopez]
Posted at 10:39 AM
TALABANI, [K. J. Lopez]
Kurds & Jews
Posted at 10:26 AM
METRICS OF SUCCESS AND FAILURE [Ramesh Ponnuru]
Regarding topics raised yesterday here and elsewhere: We need to know what the standard is for judging whether John Paul II was a “failure” (the question Instapundit asks) or even whether the Catholic church suffered “terrible disaster” under him (the one Derb raises). The “job” of the Pope is not primarily to win market share for his church; it is to protect the deposit of faith and to serve as a witness to it. The prophets were not judged by whether they drew people into the temple. (See also John 6:53-69: Was the Lord Himself a “failure”?) I suspect that the numbers on mass attendance would have fallen more under a different pope confronting the same historical circumstances than they in fact did. On the pope’s understanding of the world, no life lived in fidelity to the truth is finally a failure and the Church, whatever setbacks and even betrayals and persecutions it may face, is guaranteed everything it rightly seeks.
Posted at 10:17 AM
PAPER MAKES A COMEBACK [K. J. Lopez]
Voting-rights groups and computer scientists, concluding that a tangible record is essential to any electronic voting system, are persuading a growing number of U.S. lawmakers and election officials either to reject paperless voting machines or to require fitting them with costly add-on printers to help verify results.
Posted at 10:08 AM
BACK TO THE TSA [K. J. Lopez]
Any truth to the rumor that Heritage Foundation wonks are dusting off old "Eliminate the Education Department...Department of Energy....Commerce Department" policy papers?
Posted at 10:04 AM
SLEEPING PILGRIMS [K. J. Lopez]
Someone could've gotten them up for Mass!
Posted at 09:58 AM
KNEELING, AS YOU ARE [K. J. Lopez]
Posted at 09:57 AM
FULL-HOUSE CITY STATE [K. J. Lopez]
Posted at 09:55 AM
CHECK OUT THE MEDIA CIRUS [K. J. Lopez]
Posted at 09:52 AM
WATCHING PJPII'S FUNERAL FROM A VATICAN WINDOW [K. J. Lopez]
From Charles Collins (scroll down for some of his funeral observations from the Vatican, in early-morning posts):
Posted at 09:48 AM
THE TV COVERAGE [Tim Graham]
I'm sorry to say I wasn't up at 4 to watch the whole funeral, but I noticed when I came in that Fox seemed to be almost C-SPAN like in letting the ceremony unfold without too much talking (You Decide, We'll Shut Up), while the Big Three were doing their usual yammering over the ceremony. But I stayed with CBS and enjoyed Father Paul Robichaud explaining the significance of the ceremonies. Harry Smith was very courteous and even seemed to be impressing Fr. Robichaud with his attempts to explain how priests learn Greek and so on. Smith has repeatedly expressed on air this week his feeling of privilege that he's on the scene to cover this event. (Beats "Biography" voice-overs on A&E, I'm sure.) This kind of coverage surely pleases the Pope's supporters, Catholic and non-Catholic. But I'm sure it grates on the secularists and [others].
Posted at 09:11 AM
THE NK THREAT [Stanley Kurtz]
Thank goodness Saddam Hussein's not around to buy North Korean nukes. If we hadn't gone into Iraq, he'd be doing just that. It would be a terrible mistake to forget about the danger of WMD's falling into the hands of terrorists. That was, and is, the greatest danger we face. Iraq was about the prospect of Saddam getting his hands on nukes, either by domestic manufacture, import, or both. This piece on the export of North Korean nukes speaks to the danger we've avoided by taking out Hussein, and the danger we're still in, so long as North Korea lives under its current regime.
Posted at 08:39 AM
WHOS [K. J. Lopez]
According to the Vatican:
Attending today's funeral Mass for the Holy Father were reigning monarchs of 10 countries, 57 heads of State, 3 hereditary princes, 17 heads of government, the heads of 3 international organizations and representatives from 10 others, 3 spouses of heads of State, 8 vice heads of State, 6 vice prime ministers, 4 presidents of parliaments, 12 foreign ministers, 13 ministers, and ambassadors from 24 countries.
Posted at 08:17 AM
LAW PROMINENCE [K. J. Lopez]
This is infuriating--the kinda thing I hope the next pope gets cannot be.
Posted at 08:12 AM
YOUTHFUL PRESENCE [K. J. Lopez]
From Rome, Fr. Richard Gill, president of the Institute for Psychological Sciences on Bill Bennett's Morning in America, said the crowd at the funeral was "easily 60-70 percent young people."
Posted at 07:40 AM
SUM-UP [K. J. Lopez]
Raymond Arroyo on EWTN, from Rome: "how many divisions does the pope have? look right around the corner here!"
Posted at 07:22 AM
UNTIL THE VERY, VERY END [K. J. Lopez]
There's been much discussion that PJPII taught us how to live, suffer, and die. Today, he showed us how a funeral should be--a celebration of a life well lived, for an eternal purpose, now moved on, we pray, to the ultimate goal.
Posted at 06:59 AM
LUCKILY FOR HIM, THERE'S NOT A PAPAL FUNERAL EVERY WEEK [K. J. Lopez]
Checking the in-box: "Sorry but it's getting a bit boring. First the frankly unhealthy and off-putting obsession with the Schiavo case, now this interminable number of posts about the pope. I'm a catholic yet I began to glaze over after about the first 5% of them."
Posted at 06:55 AM
"HE WAS A SIMPLE MAN" [K. J. Lopez]
CNN's Vatican correspondent Delia Gallagher just focused on the core simplicity of this phenomonologist. It's true, as paradoxical as it seems. I thought the last graph of his "will" , which was released yesterday, hit that point. A great man, yes. But a man like us all.
Posted at 06:50 AM
AS THE COFFIN MOVES TOWARD ITS RESTING PLACE [K. J. Lopez]
You get the impression this crowd could cheer him for days yet.
Posted at 06:40 AM
REMEMBERING A GREAT [K. J. Lopez]
Bill Bennett, Ed Capano, Fr. Basil Cole, Jude P. Dougherty, Sr. Sheila Galligan, Robert P. George, Tom Hoopes, Michael Ledeen, Father C. J. McCloskey III, Sister Renee Mirkes, John Moody, Fr. Gerry Murray, Chris Nowak, Joseph Pearce, Peter Robinson, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Austin Ruse, Father James V. Schall, S. J., and The Anchoress share their memories and meanings--just up on NRO, here.
Posted at 06:34 AM
P.S. [K. J. Lopez]
I'll have you some photos as soon as I work out a kink.
Posted at 06:07 AM
FROM VC [K. J. Lopez]
My Rome guy:
Communion just ended - sadly, they ran out of hosts. But no one really seems to mind. They will make a spiritual communion instead.
Posted at 06:06 AM
THEY'RE CHANTING HIS NAME NOW [K. J. Lopez]
So excited. So celebratory. So grateful to have had this man. Westerners don't do this, even at Irish wakes, as they say. "People's pope" is cliche now, but it fits.
Posted at 06:05 AM
SANCTOS! SANCTOS! [K. J. Lopez]
The crowd cheers, now after Communion. You almost expect to see him step out and say JPII loves you, as he would to the kids at World Youth Day.
Posted at 06:00 AM
THIS IS IT! [K. J. Lopez]
Pia Solenni, winner of a theology award from JPII, points out: "what a way to celebrate the Year of the Eucharist - largest television event ever and it's the Mass. Diversity? Look at everyone attending and participating in this Mass. This is the altar of the world."
Posted at 05:55 AM
UNLESS YOU ARE IN THE MILITARY [K. J. Lopez]
or a cloistered nun, you don't know discipline until you've seen Communion being given out at a papal Mass. I remember early-morning Mass in the rain in Central Park. Priest, altar boy with Vatican-issue umbrella. In record time, everyone gets Communion. You'd think it would be a mess, but it's more fluid than your local parish at the more crowded Masses.
Posted at 05:50 AM
HARD AT WORK [K. J. Lopez]
My Rome guy Charles Collins points out: "One million people just kneeled for the consecration (keep in mind that in the US, we kneel early). They are kneeling on cobblestones, not padded kneelers, in a huge crowd."
Posted at 05:38 AM
AT THE WINDOW OF THE FATHER’S HOUSE [K. J. Lopez]
This is the text of Cardinal Ratzinger's homily at the pope's funeral Mass, in English, as released by the Vatican:
HOMILY DELIVERED AT THE FUNERAL OF POPE JOHN PAUL II BY THE DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS, CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER 8 APRIL 2005
Posted at 05:34 AM
ASLEEP AT THE FUNERAL! [K. J. Lopez]
More from Charles Collins:
I am closer at the other tail-end of that crowd you see. It continues until it reaches Castel San Angelo, the fort which used to guard the Vatican.
Posted at 05:09 AM
I KNOW, BTW, [K. J. Lopez]
many who are hoping against hope that this is but Cardinal Ratzinger's first of many homilies CNN will be airing live...
Posted at 05:03 AM
I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER HEARD A HOMILY [K. J. Lopez]
at a Mass continually interrupted for applause!
Posted at 05:02 AM
MORE FROM ON THE SCENE [K. J. Lopez]
From Charles Collins:
I am at the end of Via della Conciliazione. They have set up speakers and television screens along the road. When the Pope came out, the applause were deafening (people applaud at funerals in Europe).
Posted at 04:59 AM
CARDINAL RATZINGER [K. J. Lopez]
seizes on the obvious message of the day, in his homily: Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way!
Posted at 04:49 AM
FUNDAMENTALS [K. J. Lopez]
At a D.C. church many years ago, I remember a conservative luminary saying to me, everyone is equal at the communion rail--at a church that still had one--where you'd see a homeless man and a Supreme Court justice, at the same Mass. Likewise, in death. As elaborate as this all is, there are the remains of this major world figure on the altar outside St. Peter's, in a relatively simple looking coffin, of the kind any of us will find our earthly remains one day. Death, the great equalizer.
Posted at 04:10 AM
APPLAUSE [K. J. Lopez]
People applauded when the pope died. They are applauding as the funeral begins now. What the wonderful instinct. He lived well and we applaud him--for his service, example.
Posted at 04:05 AM
THE FUNERAL RITES [K. J. Lopez]
Read along, from the Vatican, in Latin and Italian. English summary of what will be happening, here.
Posted at 04:01 AM
"WE WANT GOD!" [K. J. Lopez]
PJPII in Poland:
Is it possible to dismiss Christ and everything which he brought into the annals of the human being? Of course it is possible. The human being is free. The human being can say to God, "No." The human being can say to Christ, "No." But the critical question is: Should he? And in the name of what "should" he? With what argument, what reasoning, what value held by the will or the heart does one bring oneself, one's loved ones, one's countrymen and nation to reject, to say "no" to Him with whom we have all lived for one thousand years? He who formed the basis of our identity and has Himself remained its basis ever since. . . .Read Peggy Noonan on how he brought down Communism in Poland here, if you didn't.
Posted at 04:01 AM
DESPITE SOME OF THE EVIL TYPES WHO SHOWED UP FOR THE FUNERAL [K. J. Lopez]
so cool to see Hamid Karzai...think about where that country was four years ago...
Posted at 03:50 AM
CNN CATECHISM [K. J. Lopez]
I was grateful Jim Geraghty looked at some of the videotape. I don't have the patience, meself.
Posted at 03:48 AM
FUNERAL HASN'T STARTED YET [K. J. Lopez]
and Christiane Amanpour is working on the contraception case...
Posted at 03:47 AM
CHILLS [K. J. Lopez]
Khatami takes a seat at the papal funeral. Carl Cameron utters the dreaded erroneous m word (some call him a moderate). Maybe I should go back to sleep...
Posted at 03:43 AM
THE SCENE BY ST. PETER'S [K. J. Lopez]
from earlier, an e-mail:
It's 5:30 am.
Posted at 03:35 AM
YOU KNOW, SOME OF THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE ACTUALLY AGREED WITH HIM! [K. J. Lopez]
A Gen-Xer in Rome tells me:
In line one of us talked to an 'embedded' NBC reporter who said, as if it were a reportorial observation rather than a fixed dogma of his mind, how extraordinary it was that so many people should turn out to see a man they didn't agree with on key issues. The one from our group said that everyone in our group of 9 professionals from NYC agreed with every teaching on personal morality ever taught by JP2, in many cases because of the arguments he made and because of him. 'would you like to speak with any of them?'. Not at all. And the reporter headed off to re-embed himself where there was better shelter from the facts.
Posted at 03:32 AM
TSA [K. J. Lopez]
In one sense, this is wonderful news, the Transportation Safety Administration is closing. Since when does a bungle of an agency get eliminated? That's gotta be good, right?
Posted at 03:30 AM
MOVE OVER IRELAND [K. J. Lopez]
From a Vatican City pal:
Last night, I managed to speak with Bertie Ahern, the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland. He had just come from viewing the body of the Holy Father, and was giving an impromptu press conference outside the colonnade of the square.
Posted at 03:28 AM
PAPAL LAST WILL & TESTAMENT [K. J. Lopez]
The full text.
Excerpts: "I thank all. I ask all for forgiveness. I also ask for prayer, so that God's Mercy will show itself greater than my weakness and unworthiness. "
In the measure that the end of my earthly life approaches I return to the memory of the beginning, of my Parents, my Brother and my Sister (whom I did not know because she died before my birth), to the parish of Wadowice, where I was baptized, to that city of my love, of my contemporaries, girl and boy companions of elementary school, the junior high school, the university, until the times of the Occupation, when I worked as a laborer, and later on in the parish of Niegowic, Krakow's of St. Florian, to the pastoral care of academics, the environment ... to all environments ... to Krakow and to Rome ... to persons who in a special way were entrusted to me by the Lord.
Posted at 03:21 AM
Thursday, April 07, 2005
THE CORNER, BTW, [K. J. Lopez]
will be up at 4am...see ya.
Posted at 05:08 PM
MALKIN [Ramesh Ponnuru]
posts some more on the Schiavo-memo business. Her posts today really are worth a read if you've been following this story.
Posted at 04:33 PM
DEATH-PENALTY ERRORS [Ramesh Ponnuru]
An email: "I think you're perhaps forgetting an important aspect of the argument from error, regarding the death penalty. The state deliberatly ends the life of those convicted of murder. In the case of speed limits and other governmental decisions that may result in greater deaths (as in the example of your article you referenced), those outcomes are in part dicatated by the actions of the individuals themselves, in addition to the general decision of the state. In the case of a wrongly convicted person who is executed, they are not killed because of anything specific they have done, but because of legal or procedural error, and ultimately the deliberate action of the state. (Worst of all, there is no meaningful recompense for them under the law for this error.)
"I point this out because it is the same distinction you so wisely made in a recent post comparing medical abortion to spontaneous abortion. The deliberateness of the action adds to the moral quality of the outcome. Ignorance of the innocence of the accused is no more an excuse that ignorance of the law would be. The innocent person dies in such a case because of the deliberate act of the state upon that specific person."
My response: It is certainly true that in the hypothetical case of error we are discussing, the state would be directly killing an innocent person--in one sense of the word directly. But it would certainly not be deliberately acting to bring about the death of an innocent person.
It might be helpful to think about these issues in terms of war, where the possibility of error is much greater--you are almost guaranteed to have innocent civilian deaths--and where the state is acting directly in the same sense. I think the basic points I made apply to both cases. At some point, the number of innocent deaths from an otherwise just effort by the state--whether to conduct a war or (again assuming the death penalty is just when applied to guilty parties) to execute murderers--could rise to the level where that effort would have to be abandoned. But neither policy should be abandoned simply because there is some risk of such deaths as an undesired, though predictable, side-effect of the policy.
Posted at 04:20 PM
TAKING THE FIGHT TO THE VOLCANOS! [Jonah Goldberg ]
Hah! We're making our way behind enemy lines. Maybe airborne-laser volcano-lancing won't be necessary after all.
Posted at 04:19 PM
PAPAL COMPROMISE [Jonah Goldberg]
Re my post on the burning of the pope's private papers, a reader offers the perfect solution:
"Maybe we could assign Sandy Berger to do the burning?"
Posted at 04:12 PM
LEIF AS IN LEAF? [Peter Robinson]
At the reception for Jim Piereson last night, one Wm. F. Buckley Jr. and yours truly fell to talking about piano music, and then, by a natural progression, to trying to figure out how to pronounce the name of the splendid young Norwegian pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes.
Leif is probably "Leaf," right? But what about Ove? A single syllable, with a long "o," as in "hove?" Two syllables, as in "O-vuh?" As for Andsnes, WFB and I attempted several versions, but each sounded like a sneeze. To the reader who can spell the musician's name phonetically, my thanks.
Ta for now, K-Lo. I'm at JFK, in a JetBlue "hotspot," but my flight back to California just got called.
Posted at 04:07 PM
"WHO'S NEXT?" [K. J. Lopez ]
A non-terminally ill/non-PVS woman is being starved to death, against her wishes as voiced in her living will? Fr. Rob Johansen reports.
What was that we said? “Next time it will be easier. It always is.” I was hoping we'd be miraculously proven wrong on that.
Posted at 04:06 PM
BURNING HIS NOTES [Jonah Goldberg]
Can you imagine how grumpy, depressed and horrified various historians must be when they hear that the pope's private notes are going to be burned?
His wishes have to be respected, but the historians specializing in the papacy, the Cold War etc will be grumbling about the burned notes for generations, and I don't blame them.
Posted at 03:39 PM
THE ANNOY JOHN MILLER ACT OF 2005 [Jonah Goldberg]
Posted at 03:32 PM
OUR MAN ON THE INSIDE [Jonah Goldberg]
Bill Schulz, former Washington Editor of the Reader's Digest, patriot, fair-minded conservative journalist, expert on things equine, buyer-of-lunches-for-wretches-like me and all around great guy has been appointed one of two special ombudsmen for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The other's Ken Bode. They will monitor public radio and TV for fairness, balance etc.
Bang the gong of justice thrice!
Posted at 03:08 PM
P.S. RE: THE FUTURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH [K. J. Lopez]
The much-talked about JPII popularity among the young, the orthodox young active in the Church--including fresh vocations--I think are a wonderful sign for the future of the Church. Don't get me wrong, where there is wrong and evil, it needs to be called that and there needs to be a washing and reform. But there are reasons for optimism (see here and here and here, for for instances).
Posted at 02:05 PM
A FEW WORDS [Jay Nordlinger]
Friends, if you can, please join us when we visit Atlanta on May 5. When I say "we," I mean many NR and NRO-niks, gathered for discussion, revelry, and fellowship (in a sense). (Details of this event are found here.) The price is not a pittance — $500 — but it is for a cause: the cause of NR and NRO. We have to sing for our supper; and it would be such a pleasure to sing for you. So thanks for considering — and see you in Atlanta, if not elsewhere.
Posted at 01:50 PM
THE WORLD REVOLVES AROUND ABORTION? [K. J. Lopez ]
In the cloning debate, as I've noted on NRO, concerns have been raised by a minority of the feminist Left that the egg "donations" that will be required for going forth with embryonic-stem-cell research/cloning may not be in the best health interests of women. Go slow, they say. In fact, the foremost proponent of Prop 71 in California, the cloning initiative that passed in November, is now arguing for a three-year moratorium on egg harvesting. Today Ellen Goodman takes that on, annoyed, of course, by the likes of me pointing this new possible alliance out. What it comes down to, she says, is the question, "Can women make these decisions themselves?" Freedom of choice, baby! We saw this come up in some quarters in the Schiavo debate (see here and here—scroll down to Jay's Sharpton item), of course, too.
Posted at 01:38 PM
HOLY FATHERS [K. J. Lopez ]
Another thing about Derb's piece: The instinct of Catholic parents upon learning that their son is considering the priesthood is mercifully not always a worried one. There are even parents who still pray for such things, knowing there are many wonderful priests out there, and fruitful possibilities for both man and Church. They have a terrible added burden on them these days, having this sometimes unspoken worry in the air. Which is even more reason to give thanks for, encourage, and appreciate the good guys--as Carol Iannone does today.
Posted at 01:35 PM
THE DEBATE AMONG CATHOLICS [K. J. Lopez ]
From Dear Derb:
The debate among devout Catholics about this calamity, so far as I can follow it, is not very enlightening. Conservatives blame it all on the reforms of the Vatican II Council (1962-5); liberals blame it on John Paul II himself, saying that his firm traditionalist approach to core doctrines turned off the more open-minded Catholic laity. Both surely know in their hearts that the real culprit is the irresistible appeal of secular hedonism to healthy, busy, well-educated populations.That, of course, is a mighty broad brush, as Derb acknowledges he might be doing. And though that is an instinct some have—to blame everything on Vatican II—that's not the whole picture. "Conservatives" have been hard on the bishops for more than the fact that the Mass is in not Latin. And, have taken the scandals quite seriously, as they should be. What is the answer? Reforming ceremonies. Yes, focusing on orthodoxy, and getting good administrators, etc. George Weigel wrote a book on this all worth reading (Mike Novak said everyone should read it), where, you might be interested to know he thanked the secular media for outing, so to speak, the scandals. It was clearly a long time in coming, that outing of serial crimes, and the cleaning must continue. I suspect the next pope will know where his predecessor fell short, and it will be what he will have to put some real priority on.
Posted at 01:31 PM
BRAVE NEW WORLD [K. J. Lopez ]
I am convinced that some of the writings of this pontiff are just starting to be unpacked…he's provided some rich tools for combating our next civilizational battle (which we're in, though not everyone gets that). If we make use of them, and some other of his messages (truth in communications), I think we'll have a fighting chance, those of us who see tremendous pending dangers on the horizon.
Posted at 01:30 PM
THOSE WHO THE POPE DIDN’T LOVE? [K. J. Lopez ]
I do think—I don’t know—that the pope's sickness had a lot to do with his not being on top of the American scandals. Was it right for him to hang on as long as he did, in light of that? Did he read divine signals wrong? I don't know. His will makes clear he wondered and prayed about that (not breaking news, either, I would think, to anyone who followed him). To suggest that he simply had little interest in children who were molested, I think, is unfair, and obviously so.
Posted at 01:21 PM
THE WHOLE PAPAL RECORD [K. J. Lopez ]
I'm doing this as I'm running to and fro but want to say that I, as you can imagine, think "failure" would be a wrong final assessment when evaluating the Pope John Paul II record. This comes up in an InstaPundit highlighting of a bit of John Derbyshire today. There are huge problems, of course, in the Catholic Church in terms of the terrible scandals here, bad liturgies, and the like—this is not news. And those are part of the JPII record, without a doubt. Which is a reminder, of course, that the pope is human and the Vatican is run by men--again, not news. Some of this record speaks to why we need not pray (those who are so inclined) for a John Paul clone, as another piece on our site today argues. May the Holy Spirit bring us an orthodox administrator who will crack the whip—to houseclean, to nix bad administrators, to emphasize what needs to be emphasized (which would not, I would argue, mean "amending some of the most anti-modern aspects of Church teaching on sexual ethics or the role of women and a refocus on the simple and powerful message of the Gospels").
Posted at 01:09 PM
WHAT WAS THAT RAMESH SAID? [K. J. Lopez ]
He's right, on all Atlanta counts. Another:
There once was a man named Ponnuru
Posted at 01:04 PM
PLEASE COME TO OUR ATLANTA EVENT [Ramesh Ponnuru]
It will be fun. I would like to meet you. And, above all, the poetry must end.
Posted at 12:13 PM
THIS IS PAINFUL...SIGN UP ALREADY! (THANKS!) [K. J. Lopez]
By Peter G. Epps:
When Jonah and K-Lo and Rich
Posted at 11:18 AM
DID YOU KNOW [Jack Fowler]
that before it was officially dubbed Atlanta—scene of the forthcoming Cinquo de Mayo blowout with NR’s editors (you must come, amigos)—the town was almost named “Lumpkin”?! It’s true! Imagine—the Yankees beating the Lumpkin Braves! The Patriots crushing the Lumpkin Falcons! Scarlett and Rhett escaping while … Lumpkin burns! (’Course, “Lumpkin” does sound like the place where CNN should be headquartered.)
Posted at 11:12 AM
NYC TOMORROW [K. J. Lopez]
Honorary Corner Confessor Father George Rutler will celebrate a Requiem Mass (Missa pro Pontifice) for Pope John Paul II on Friday, April 8, at 12:15 P.M., at the Church of Our Saviour, 59 Park Avenue at 38th Street.
Posted at 10:49 AM
RE: SANTORUM [K. J. Lopez ]
RP, I wonder if he really believes that " than anything else" thing he said or it was unfortunate verbal drooling. He also said "You only should do it in what I would consider the most extreme cases and I think my point was there are a lot of death penalty statutes on the books for crimes that are committed where the death penalty is a potential option for a jury that I think may be a little bit overboard." My guess is that he is genuinely uncomfortable with the death penalty, and the we-make-mistakes-often conventional wisdom (well-debunked by you) was something concrete he grabbed onto (err on the side of life). But I'm totally guessing and possibly projecting.
Posted at 10:33 AM
WHAT A DIFFERENCE 27 YEARS MAKE [Ramesh Ponnuru]
An email I got several days ago: "In watching the coverage, I've noticed something that you are too young to know about and no one else (to my knowledge) has commented on. When Pope Paul VI died (followed shortly after by the death of Pope John Paul I) commentary was sought, of course, from Protestant theologians and church officials. With one exception (Billy Graham), the Protestants invited to comment were associated with the mainline churches. They were National Council of Churches types. . . . In the past two days, I haven't seen a single such commentator (of course, it is possible that I've missed one or more). Instead, the Protestant voices that are being presented--Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, Richard Land, etc.--are all Evangelicals. This seems to be true, by the way, not simply on Fox, but on CNN, MSNBC, and the networks. This, I believe, is telling. For all intents and purposes, mainline Protestantism has become irrelevant in this country. It is more marginal today than evangelicalism was when John Paul II became the Vicar of Christ. [My emailer is Catholic--RP.] Even the secular liberal media types seem implicitly to recognize that the Protestantism that matters in this country now is evangelical. This is a real transformation."
Posted at 10:08 AM
SANTORUM ON THE DEATH PENALTY [Ramesh Ponnuru]
I saw the other day that the senator was rethinking his support for it. I thought that was a good thing, and wondered if it had something to do with the fact that the Democrats are running a pro-lifer against him. But I missed this bit from the March 24 Philadelphia Daily News: Santorum "cited as the reason for rethinking his stance the fact that DNA testing has shown that a number of Death Row inmates--119 so far--were innocent of the murder they were convicted for and were subsequently released. 'It's more DNA issues than anything else,' he said." This is a terrible reason to be against the death penalty.
For one thing, it isn't true that 119 innocents have been freed from Death Row. The source of the claim is the Death Penalty Information Center--and, as as I've tried to show here and here, it counts plenty of people as "innocent" who almost certainly committed the crimes for which they were charged but were released on technicalities. Second, not even DPIC claims that all 119 people released from death row were released because of DNA evidence.
Third, I don't think the argument from the possibility of error is all as strong as people appear to believe it is (a position I tried to explain toward the end of this piece).
Posted at 09:59 AM
DISHONOR [Stanley Kurtz]
This makes me sick. Compare it to this extraordinary post, linked the other day by Glenn Reynolds. I want our soldiers to know how much we honor and owe them, and how sorry we are that they serve in the face of these insults.
Posted at 09:52 AM
ANOTHER CHEER FOR JIM [Peter Robinson]
Like Rick, I attended the dinner yesterday evening in honor of James Piereson, executive director of the Olin Foundation. Jim spent a quarter of a century supporting causes that looked lost when he started—conservative think tanks, a conservative presence in the media, and programs at American universities in which free markets would be treated with at least a modicum of respect. Now those causes don’t look lost at all—and Jim himself is one reason why.
Modest, self-effacing, and gentle, Jim is also brilliant, determined, and principled. Like dozens of others—for that matter, like the country itself—I owe Jim my thanks.
Posted at 09:48 AM
"A TRUE ALLY"? [MArk Krikorian]
A delegation of Mexican senators visited Arizona last month in response to the passage last year of Proposition 200, which limits public benefits to illegal aliens. Their new report
Posted at 09:35 AM
MINUTEMAN UPDATE [Mark Krikorian ]
Illegal crossings are down along the border in southeast Arizona, and how could it be otherwise. The lies and fearmongering about the activities of the handful of ordinary Americans forming the Minuteman Project (a month-long citizen's watch program on the border) have brought out the Mexican military, Mexican federal agents, Sonora state police, extra U.S. Border Patrol, Arizona state police, Cochise County sheriff's deputies, the ACLU, Hispanic activists, and hordes of reporters with satellite trucks. You'd have to be an idiot to try to cross in the middle of all that, which is exactly what the Minutemen intended. It reminds me of a scene from the movie Ruthless People, where Judge Reinhold is picking up ransom money, watched by hundreds of police on every rooftop, and then some moron comes along and pulls a gun on him and tries to steal the ransom.
Posted at 09:31 AM
AMNESTY DEBATE NEXT WEEK? [Mark Krikorian ]
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Iraq supplemental spending bill Wednesday without the security provisions (including national standards for state driver's licenses) that are in the House version of the bill. Sen. Larry Craig has pledged to try to add his huge amnesty for illegal-alien farmworkers when the spending measure reaches the Senate floor next week. Which raises the possibility that the Army's humvees will run out of gas while the World's Greatest Deliberative Body decides whether to legalize perhaps 1 million border-jumpers and up to 2 million family members. Whether the amnesty is a good idea or not (guess what I think), this is no way to legislate.
Posted at 09:28 AM
I DON'T MEAN TO BE SKEPTICAL, BUT... [Tim Graham]
That AP dispatch Jonah and Drudge linked to carried another eye-popping sentence -- where Clinton claimed he met TWO popes, JP2, and John the 23rd -- who died in 1963, and who never left Italy, if my current reading is correct. Are we to believe Bill flew to the Vatican in high school and met the Pope? There's no mention of that pope in his memoir's index, and if this had ever occurred, wouldn't have Clinton used it with Catholic voters in every campaign since '76? It would be almost as legendary as his high school meeting with JFK.
Posted at 09:27 AM
RE: SCHIAVO MEMO [Tim Graham]
The real lesson of the Schiavo memo is this: to the liberal media, every piece of internal Republican communication is potential news meat, especially if it can be used to make Republicans look bad. (Hopefully, freshman legislators learn this at orientation...) Every internal Democratic memo leak is clearly a Republican plot that should not see the light of day. The Washington Post and assorted other liberal apple-polishers may have accuracy on their side on this one, but they don't have balance.
Posted at 09:25 AM
MORE MEMO REAX [Ramesh Ponnuru]
From Powerline and Michelle Malkin. I think Geraghty's conclusion is the right one: half a point to the MSM and liberals, half a point to the conservative side of the blogosphere.
Posted at 09:14 AM
POLL DRAMA [Stanley Kurtz ]
The more I look into this gay-marriage-poll issue, the more interesting it gets. CNN has finally--if briefly and in a highly biased manner--discussed its own poll. The poll was mentioned on CNN’s Inside Politics with Judy Woodruff, which aired at 3:30 PM, Tuesday, April 5. The Washington Times story on the poll came out on April 1. My first Corner post asking why the poll wasn’t being covered was on the morning of April 4. Also, I found a Rush Limbaugh transcript raising the question of a possible suppression of this poll, although I can no longer access it. It would be interesting to see if the Limbaugh broadcast came before or after CNN’s broadcast mention of the poll on April 5. Was CNN covering itself in response to The Corner and/or Limbaugh? I have no idea, but it seems at least possible.
When CNN finally covered its own poll on gay marriage--four days after the Washington Times--what did it say? Bruce Morton did report that 68 percent of those in the poll opposed same-sex marriage. However, Morton said nothing about how much higher this number was than last year. Morton did grudgingly hint at what may be the most remarkable finding of the poll when he admitted that a “majority” of Americans now favor a federal marriage amendment. Yet Morton did not give the exact number--57 percent, a very high result. Nor did Morton note that only last year the number favoring a federal amendment was only 48 percent. The real story of this poll is not simply that the numbers opposing same-sex marriage are high, but that they are much higher than before the 2004 election. What’s more, as soon as Morton acknowledged “majority” support for a federal amendment, his guest, Thomas Mann, of the Brookings Institution, offered a long argument against a federal amendment--in the guise of a predication that an amendment wouldn’t pass. Again, the fact that public support for a federal amendment has risen sharply was completely suppressed.
You know that if this kind of major shift in public opinion were in the other direction, there would have been stories all over MSM. Ah, but wait. USA Today has covered its own poll after all. Here’s its story. Notice that there is not a word about the huge national shift on gay marriage. Instead, the whole story is the supposed national backlash against the GOP moral agenda! The uptick in the president’s popularity is acknowledged, but buried.
Here’s why all this is so important. Take a look at this story from today’s Christian Science Monitor. The Monitor is trying to acknowledge the spectacular success of the movement to protect traditional marriage, while pretending that a federal amendment can never pass. To accomplish this, the story refers to older polling data from a wide variety of sources. Trouble is, the new Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll flatly contradicts these older polls. True, it’s tough to blame the Monitor for this mess-up when CNN and USA Today have suppressed the results of their own poll. (On the other hand, the Washington Times had no trouble getting the real story out days ago.) In any case, having suppressing the new study, MSM can recycle its outdated data in a misleading effort to make gay marriage seem “inevitable.”
Just compare the Washington Times’s coverage of the new gay marriage poll with CNN, USA Today, and the Christian Science Monitor and you’ll see why we need an alternative media. CNN styles itself “the most trusted name in news.” Well, we don’t trust CNN, and with good reason. If we simply relied on MSM for the facts, like Dana Milbank wants us to, we’d never have learned the truth about an important shift in public sentiment. Without the Washington Times, The Corner, and Rush Limbaugh, the truth about this poll would have been successfully suppressed by MSM. Yes, Eric Alterman, there is a liberal media. Meanwhile, for a good account of gay marriage politics, I’d rather turn to a blogger like Polipundit.
Posted at 09:12 AM
SO MAYBE IF I ACTUALLY WATCHED THE SHOW... [K. J. Lopez]
An e-mail lays out the liberal primary fantasy on this season's West Wing:
You've missed the plotline through the primary season. How realistic is this scenario: An agnostic, pro-Choice Republican from California sweeps through the GOP primaries, and chooses a pro-life West Virginia governor for veep. Meanwhile, an Hispanic, former Marine, former mayor of Houston and Dem backbencher, known for his political acumen, falls into the Dem nomination while all the other Dem candidates self-destruct, due to scandals and incompetence. By the way, this Dem congressman is Catholic and pro-choice, and he ends up picking a divorced, pro-choice Catholic [and recovering alcoholic to boot] as his running mate. Only Larry O'Donnell could create a topsy-turvy universe like that. In your dreams, Larry.
Posted at 09:04 AM
THAT'S JONAH'S SECOND SAMSONITE MENTION [K. J. Lopez]
this week. Are we getting money from them I don't know about? Can we?
Posted at 08:53 AM
"THE CREW IS HERE" [Jonah Goldberg]
I'm -- allegedly -- about to get on a plane. So the blogathon will come to an end. Thanks for letting me vent. If I didn't have the Corner I might have gone all Samsonite gorilla on the USAir passenger lounge.
Posted at 08:49 AM
MORE KOZOL, COMPUTERS ETC [Jonah Goldberg]
Oh, I forgot to mention that the professor who wanted me to read more Kozol insisted that the reason schools in East St. Louis are bad is because they have to spend all of their money on leaky roofs. In fact, he seemed to truly believe that the only reason schools in Greenwhich CT have better educational outcomes than those in East St. Louis is that the Greenwhich schools have more money to spend while schools in East Louis have to divert precious dollars to fixing leaky roofs and the like. I have no doubt that they have more money to spend, but the notion that school spending is the only variable in educational disparities is so absurd I thought only staffers on West Wing still believed this stuff. Yes, I know liberals are more empirical because Jonathan Chait says they are, but my empirical studies of liberal empiricism keep spitting out contradictory findings.
Anyway, is Kozol the guy responsible for starting this whole liberal mantra about leaky roofs? I mean how leaky could they be? Did roofs in the 19th century not leak? What is it about leaky roofs that are so deleterious to educational achievement? How many useless classroom computers must our children go without in order to pay for these repairs? Maybe we could use the computers to plug the leaks? Could we use some old TRS-80s to do it?
(Yes, yes, I'm still responding to Chait -- if I ever leave this airport) (Note to the Young'ns: TRS-80s were the hot computers when I was a little kid. Good times, good times)
Posted at 08:41 AM
RE: IAN ZIERING [K. J. Lopez]
To have but a taste of Steve's success... (This promises to be a looooong day, doesn't it?)
Posted at 08:26 AM
WHILE RICK BROOKHISER WAS TOASTING A GREAT CONSERVATIVE PATRON... [K. J. Lopez]
...I caught the best episode of West Wing in years last night. Actually, possibly ever. It was political drama--a madhouse Democratic convention (of the kind geeks always dream of). They really can do a fairly entertaining show without the sanctimony. I haven't watched most of the primary season, but the whole Santos thing (Jimmy Smits character) seems unlikely. Still, hey, anything to avoid Alan Alda as a Republican president. Anyway, I gave up feeling a professional obligation for watching the soap opera a while ago, but I was feeling the duty again last night...and not the pain.
Posted at 08:24 AM
NOT THAT YOU ASKED... [Jonah Goldberg]
But Ian Ziering is 41 years old and thriving doing cartoon voice-overs.
Posted at 08:19 AM
RE: ATLANTA [K. J. Lopez]
If your pilot is as drowsy and irritable as you seem to be, I would count my blessings he's not flying you without his federally mandated nap.
Posted at 08:19 AM
ATLANTA [Jonah Goldberg]
I may just fly there direct because my plane is still delayed because the first officer -- I kid you not -- didn't get enough sleep last night and couldn't fly according to FAA regs or USair regs (I'm not sure which). If those are the rules, ok. But why didn't they tell me all of this at check-in. Why? Why? WHY!!??!
Posted at 08:16 AM
MORE GOING-TO-ATLANTA ADVANTAGES [K. J. Lopez]
You can watch Jonah get into airport fights in person. Heck, maybe he'll take you on! (All readers must provide their own security. No guarantees the writers won't attack.)
Posted at 08:09 AM
WHAT A HOOT(IE) [K. J. Lopez]
This is a not-to-be-missed piece in the New York Times, from yesterday: a piece on Augusta National. You know, the place the New York Times used to crusade against. It's taunting of the NYT in the NYT:
At cocktail parties around Greenwood, S.C., where the Augusta National chairman, William Johnson, grew up, Bill Stevens sometimes poses a question for the table.Memo to Larry Summers (and Mike Kinsley, too): Hootie knows how to handle whining feminists.
Posted at 08:03 AM
THE UPS & DOWNS OF IRAQI POLITICS [Jonah Goldberg]
From yesterday's Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Ghaleb put himself up for election last year. Then he joined the opposition to the elections and resolved to withdraw, but got kidnapped and missed the deadline to remove his name from the ballot. On election day, he found himself a reluctant winner.
Posted at 07:59 AM
NON-FAKE, BUT INACCURATE [Jonah Goldberg]
Mickey Kaus makes some useful points on the Schiavo memo, as TKS notes.
Posted at 07:56 AM
MEMO TO MRS G: I'D BE CROSS ABOUT THIS [Jonah Goldberg ]
"Woman 'abducted' 11 years ago found living with her kidnapper"
Posted at 07:44 AM
RE: SCHIAVO MEMO [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
You may be right about the effects of the memo being real....that it will serve as a caution to bloggers that some things may be real even if they hurt one's party, or views.
Posted at 07:41 AM
WSJ AND SANDY BERGER [Jonah Goldberg ]
I don't really mind that the Journal has come to the defense of Sandy Berger. They seem to have done due dilligence and think their fact-finding supports that position. I may be unconvinced, but obviously the Journal isn't operating in bad faith or involved in any cover-up.
But what does bother me is their complete lack of outrage about the facts as they find them. They write:
Lesser officials have received harsher penalties for more minor transgressions, so a complete airing of the facts will show the public that justice is being done. But given the minimal damage from the crime, this looks to be a case where prosecutors have shown some commendable restraint against a high-powered political figure.
Isn't this bad? Why does the Journal concede that lesser officials have been treated more harshly and then in the same breath praise the plea deal? Why is the restraint "commendable" if it amounts to a lower standard for Berger when a much stronger argument could be made for a higher standard? Where is the concern that Berger's kid-glove treatment sends a terrible message to all of the folks who deal responsibly with classified materials (many of whom send me very angry emails). I am sure there are lots of decent, less-famous, folks who would love to bring classified documents home and work on them there so they can spend more time with their families. Even if the facts are exactly as the Journal contends, his behavior was outrageous. It would be nice to hear a bit more ackonowledgement of that fact.
Posted at 07:38 AM
RE: MUGABE [K. J. Lopez]
Mugabe, Assad, Castro...make sure the holy water gets near....
Posted at 07:32 AM
RE: ARRRRGGHHHZZZZZ [K. J. Lopez]
"So I woke up at 4:45. Went to sleep at 12:30 or so."
Uh, so what's your beef exactly? What's weird about it? You slept an hour longer than normal?
Posted at 07:29 AM
THINGS I'D LIKE TO SEE [Jonah Goldberg]
Almost every time there's a commercial for mac and cheese from-the-box, or frozen pizza or any other product which contains cheese, they show a small, attractive, block of crumbly cheddar or some other fromage being delicately sliced by hand on a cutting board. Just once I'd love to see them cut to a wide shot of an enormous industrial vat of cheese "product."
Hmmmmm. Industrial vat of cheese product.
Posted at 07:27 AM
MUGABE... [Andrew Stuttaford]
...to attend the Pope's funeral. Quite why he has been told that his presence would be welcome escapes me. The Archbishop of Bulawayo is not impressed:
"That man will use any opportunity to fly to Europe to promote himself. The man is shameless."
Posted at 07:26 AM
I USE THIS ARGUMENT ON LOWRY EVERY DAY [Jonah Goldberg]
Man Representing Self Cites Incompetence.
Posted at 07:13 AM
WILL THE VATICAN ABANDON TAIWAN [Jonah Goldberg]
Two days before the Pope's death, Cardinal Godfried Daneels was ushered into the tightly guarded compound next to the Forbidden City, which houses China's top leaders.
Posted at 07:11 AM
SCHIAVO MEMO CONT'D [Jonah Goldberg]
I think it's probably good news -- or at least there's a positive side to the fact -- that the memo turned out to be real. It will probably caution some bloggers that simply because something is politically inconvenient and doesn't have an obvious explanation, that doesn't mean there's a dishonest liberal/media conspiracy at work. Better to learn that sort of lesson on a minor episode like this than something that grabs more attention.
Posted at 07:07 AM
ITHACA TALK [Jonah Goldberg]
I think, it went very well. The organizers were pleased and all that. It was just a very, very quiet -- and a bit small -- audience (until the Q&A portion). Many of my standard self-deprecating jokes were greeted with hard stares. I was tempted to say "These are the jokes, people." I think the quiet was largely because the topic -- diversity -- is an uncomfortable one in an ideologically and racially mixed audience. Also, I get the impression that Ithaca College (which my brother briefly attended) is a really, really, liberal school. Nonetheless, I think it was a good event. I had a great time at dinner arguing with a serious lefty professor who has many of the same problems with contemporary liberalism that many of us on the right have. He was also very impressive because he'd actually read and taught conservative books. Usually, I find lefties who get their understanding of conservatism second or third hand (this is also true of many conservatives who do little reading of what the serious left is saying). I also spent some time with an old professor of mine who's now the provost at Ithaca and much more entertaining to talk to than I remembered him being. Most of what I remember from college are the eye rolls when I would bring up Paul Johnson in class.
Highlight of the speech: A writing professor in the audience who clearly took a deep dislike to me kept wanting to debate this or that from my talk. Toward the end he told me in the tone I associate with aristocrats who toss a small bag of coins to the tavernkeeper, "you should read Jonathan Kozol's Savage Inequalities, you may find it leaves you enlightened." Translation: until you agree with me you shall remain a lumpen-troglodyte.
Posted at 07:03 AM
HEH [Jonah Goldberg]
I don't actually know if it was my doing, but that item I posted about Clinton saying the Pope had a "mixed legacy" was written after I read the AP story linked on Drudge. At the time, Drudge headlined the link as "RESPECT" but shortly after I posted the mixed legacy item it changed to "CLINTON: POPE 'MAY HAVE MIXED LEGACY'". You know the rule around here, when in doubt, assume it was the all-conquering power of the Corner.
Posted at 06:46 AM
RE: THERE WAS A MEMO [Jonah Goldberg]
I think it's interesting that Martinez says he never read the memo but managed to pass it to Tom Harkin. That's possible, but it might be a bit of a lawyerly dodge given that when Chris Wallace asked him about the memo on March 20th, on Fox News Sunday, he said he'd never saw it before. The relevant excerpt:
WALLACE: Senator, how do you explain, then, these talking points, which have been circulated among Republican senators? And let's put them up on the screen, so our viewers can see them.
Posted at 06:41 AM
ARRRRGGHHHZZZZZ [Jonah Goldberg]
So angry, so tired. For reasons too complex to get into I ended up needless booking myself on the 6:20 AM flight out of Ithaca. So I woke up at 4:45. Went to sleep at 12:30 or so. I'm now at the lovely Ithaca Thompkins Regional Airport where the plane will be delayed for at least another hour and a half. Which means I could have slept for at least three more hours. Anyway, I'm bitter and cranky and I blame everybody. If you could run blame through a sprinkler system I would set it up right here in the lounge and drench everybody in a 200 foot radius of me. I consider all of these people suspect. What's the guy with orange juice smiling for? The local newspaper can't be that interesting dude. Oh yeah? You make me want to ..... rest zzzzzz.
Posted at 06:34 AM
THAT DELIVERY GUY [K. J. Lopez]
who was trapped in the elevator for four days was "undocumented"--and the cops are now taking heat for disclosing that.
Posted at 06:01 AM
THERE WAS A MEMO [K. J. Lopez]
It came from Martinez's office. Aide resigned yesterday.
Posted at 05:34 AM
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
TONY BLAIR'S LABOUR PARTY (2) [Andrew Stuttaford]
From Stephen Pollard in The Times
"Lord Ahmed, who has been a Labour life peer since 1998, is the first Muslim to have been so honoured. His presence in the House of Lords is symbolically important. His behaviour matters, both in the message it sends to his fellow Muslims and in what it represents to the rest of us. In May, Lord Ahmed called — at considerable personal risk — for Islamic militants such as Abu Hamza and Omar Bakri to be deported. The risk was real: a fatwa was immediately issued against him. But his behaviour has not always been so admirable. On February 23, Lord Ahmed hosted a book launch in the House of Lords for a man going by the name of Israel Shamir. “Israel Shamir” is, in fact, a Swedish-domiciled anti-Semite also known as Jöran Jermas. The gist of Shamir/Jermas’s speech at the meeting can be gleaned from its title, “Jews and the Empire”. It included observations such as: “All the (political) parties are Zionist-infiltrated.” “Your newspapers belong to Zionists . . . Jews indeed own, control and edit a big share of mass media, this mainstay of Imperial thinking.” “In the Middle East we have just one reason for wars, terror and trouble — and that is Jewish supremacy drive . . . in Iraq, the US and its British dependency continue the same old fight for ensuring Jewish supremacy in the Middle East.” “The Jews like an Empire . . . This love of Empire explains the easiness Jews change their allegiance . . . Simple minds call it ‘treacherous behaviour’, but it is actually love of Empire per se.” “Now, there is a large and thriving Muslim community in England . . . they are now on the side of freedom, against the Empire, and they are not afraid of enforcers of Judaic values, Jewish or Gentile. This community is very important in order to turn the tide.”
The response from Tony Blair, a man who usually misses no opportunity to proclaim his supposedly 'moral' superiority over everyone else?
Could, I wonder, his pursuit of Muslim voters have anything to do with this most unaccustomed reticence?
Posted at 11:17 PM
TONY BLAIR'S LABOUR PARTY [Andrew Stuttaford]
From the Daily Telegraph:
"Beneath the veneer of an apparently democratic local election campaign the battle to control areas of Birmingham involved allegations of death threats, intimidation and bribery. In scenes more reminiscent of a gangster movie, party members used nefarious tactics to ensure a clean sweep of the six available seats in Aston and Bordesley Green, delivering a large and surprising swing towards Labour."
Interestingly, Blair and his party have been in the forefront of efforts of make postal voting even easier.
I wonder why that might be.
Posted at 11:16 PM
JIM PIERSON--MANY THANKS [Rick Brookhiser]
Just got back from a tribute to Jim Pierson, long-time Executive Director of the John M. Olin Foundation at the Princeton Club. Everybody in Rightworld NYC was there to honor Jim. In 1999 he and the Olin Foundation gave the first grant to Michael Pack's film, written and hosted by me, Rediscovering George Washington. That was one drop in the many buckets of their insightful benefactions over the years. Bill Simon Jr. called Jim "wise and selfless." Absolutely right. Well done, sir. Well done.
Posted at 10:30 PM
ANOTHER REASON TO GO TO ATLANTA [K. J. Lopez]
Next month's fundraiser will be a must-go for anyone who doesn't want to be stuck reading a slow Corner that day and morning after.
Posted at 06:04 PM
SORRY [K. J. Lopez]
The Corner's a little slow. Weather's nice. You know how it goes.
Actually, just a wee bit behind, all around. Will be back. And much to read to come. On NRO and NRODT, which just went to bed. You subscribe? You subscribe!
Posted at 06:02 PM
RE: CLINTON [K. J. Lopez]
Yeah, the delegation isn't going to manage to endear itself to me at this rate.
Posted at 05:59 PM
HUH? [Jonah Goldberg]
Does this sound a bit snippy? I don't mind the joke about the crowd. But why is the former president, formally representing the US at the pope's funeral, talking about the pope's "mixed legacy"?
From AP: Clinton said he recognized that John Paul "may have had a mixed legacy," but he called him a man with a great feel for human dignity.
And, Clinton said, noting the throngs the pope would consistently draw, said, "The man knows how to build a crowd."
Posted at 05:31 PM
HIGHLARIOUS [Jonah Goldberg ]
From the AP: : MILWAUKEE - A woman who has accepted the Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin crown said pageant officials acted fairly when they stripped the title from the original winner after she appeared in a newspaper photograph standing up.
Posted at 04:29 PM
TALABANI IN 2005 [Cliff May]
It’s already been reported in this space that the veteran Kurdish leader, Jalal Talabani, has been named Iraq’s president. Let me add this: A Kurdish president of Iraq? A few years ago, such a thing would have been unthinkable. Hearty congratulations are in order.
In 2003, his son, Qubad Talabani, and I were speaking together at a university in the Middle West (yes, the Middle West, not the Middle East). I gave what I would call a hard-hitting speech (others might call it something else) about the evils of terrorism and the neo-fascist ideologies that drive and justify it.
Afterwards, I asked Qubad: “Did anything I say offend you in any way? Anything you’d disagree with?”
“No,” he said. “Sounded about right to me.”
Hours later we were in a car together when he got a call on his cell phone. The conversation was spirited– and in Kurdish.
“That was my mother,” he explained. “Calling from Salaimaniya. The Americans are parachuting in right now.”
“What’s the local reaction?”
”People are making little American flags to wave. And preparing supper for the troops.”
Posted at 04:12 PM
TV WATCH [NRO Staff]
Barbara Comstock, frequenter of these parts, will be on CNN's Crossfire today.
Posted at 03:08 PM
IN KANSAS [Stanley Kurtz]
Yesterday, by a margin of 70 percent to 29 percent, voters in Kansas approved a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. It's clear that events in Massachusetts, California, and other liberal states are driving these amendments. Just a few years ago, voters in California approved a law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Now activist judges on California's courts are set to strike it down. That's why states across the country have turned to constitutional amendments as their only recourse. We're up to 18 states now with such amendments. By the next presidential election we could be approaching 30. The country is slowly splitting into recognizing and non-recognizing states. Once the federal courts look like they're about to override all those state constitutional amendments, we'll see a huge push for a federal constitutional amendment.
Posted at 02:38 PM
POLL SUPPRESSION [Stanley Kurtz]
Well, from what people have written in, it looks as though CNN and USA Today did suppress the results of their own gay marriage poll. Nobody’s been able to find a report on this poll from either CNN or USA Today. Poll expert Gerry Daly is not sure whether the poll can be treated as definitive or not. But he does suspect that a similar poll would have been touted by the media if the results had shown a strong uptick in favor of gay marriage, instead of a shift against it.
Apparently, when a poll shows a significant shift in public opinion, media outlets can either treat it as a big story, or dismiss it as a fluke. That leaves plenty of room for bias. But I suspect this case is even worse than Daly thinks. I doubt the folks at CNN or USA Today bothered to rationalize suppression of their own poll with Daly’s statistical argument. My guess is that they simply saw the results and knew that a story would have helped the side they were rooting against. Either way, this looks to me like an egregious case of media bias.
Posted at 01:17 PM
FUN FACT FOR FELON FRANCHISE [Roger Clegg]
Those opposing the laws in many states that do not automatically allow felons to vote after they have been released from prison suggest that these folks have “paid their debt to society” and have as good a claim to the franchise as anyone else. But according to a new book by UCLA research psychologist David Farabee, just published by the American Enterprise Institute (“Rethinking Rehabilitation: Why We Can’t Reform Our Criminals”), nearly 7 in 10 prisoners are rearrested within three years of release. This seems to me to be a pretty good argument for not assuming that a recently released felon ought to be immediately reenfranchised. (Doubtless the libs will say, “Oh, but the reason the poor dears commit new crimes is that they have not been welcomed back into the community by, for instance, letting them vote.” To which I say, “Yeah, right.”)
Posted at 01:16 PM
THE DRUDGE WARS [K. J. Lopez]
There's way too much in this NY Observer piece to even comment on. Warren Beatty fighting his way for a voice in the world (!?!). The powers of Hollywood praying to the Internet gods for a seat at the table. An enterprising webwise talent helps save progressive elites from obscurity. Their nemesis makes them his top link of the day.
What a bizarre--but entertaining if that Observer piece is any indication--webmovie this will make one day. (Although comic-book superhero-war possibilities are coming to mind, too--obviously Jonah's left me with some of his geek vibe this morning.)
Posted at 01:00 PM
MEDIA [NRO Staff]
Byron will be on Hannity & Colmes this evening to discuss his new book, which, you may not have heard, is entitled The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.
Posted at 12:59 PM
MUDVILLE ON MEMO [Michael Ledeen]
Greyhawk is on the Schiavo memo case.
Posted at 11:30 AM
YUSHCHENKO [K. J. Lopez]
is getting a great enthustiastic reception on Cap Hill right now (standing ovation and cheering him, chanting his name, orange popping through here and there--including at least one orange cap being passed along), as his address to a joint session of Congress begins.
Posted at 11:09 AM
BOLTON WATCH [K. J. Lopez]
Buzz says Hagel is on board by Chafee confirms he's going to "wait and see."
Posted at 11:05 AM
WJB [K. J. Lopez]
Kathleen Parker celebrates Bill Bennett's radio anniversary here.
Posted at 11:03 AM
FATHER KNOWS BEST [K. J. Lopez]
My Dad told me to keep my pope comic in plastic (come on, all Catholic kids had one, right?), but did I? Of course not. No easy money for me.
Posted at 10:48 AM
SARBANES-OXLEY FIASCO [Jack Fowler]
This is one !*%$# of a bad law. Here’s just some of John Berlau’s take on the Act (from the April 11 issue of NR), three years after its unfortunate passage (a bonanza for accounting firms, but a profit- and productivity-strangler for businesses):
But what’s good for the Big Four isn’t necessarily good for America. Other businesses, and ultimately the economy as a whole, are footing the bill for this regulation-driven auditing boom. Mounting evidence shows that the accounting-industry growth generated by Sarbanes-Oxley is coming at the expense of productivity, new jobs, and innovation in the general business world. A survey by Korn/Ferry International found that the law cost Fortune 1000 companies an average of $5.1 million in compliance expenses last year. For middle-market public companies, the law firm Foley & Lardner found that the act has increased the “cost of being public” — everything from audit fees to director insurance — by 130 percent. Substantial man-hours have also been diverted to Sarbanes-Oxley from other, more productive tasks. The industry group Financial Executives International found that the average firm was spending at least 30,700 man-hours a year on compliance with this law. As a result, a number of small U.S. and big foreign firms are rushing to deregister from U.S. stock exchanges — a blow to the U.S. capital markets, and, in turn, to the smaller U.S. companies that depend on these capital markets for financing.You really must read Berlau’s entire piece – it’s great stuff. Of course, to do that, you must subscribe to NR--or even better, to NR Digital. That you can (and should!) do, now, and securely, here.
Posted at 10:44 AM
THE PATRIOT ACT [Cliff May]
I’ll be defending it on MSNBC (with Ron & Monica) at noon. My bottom line: We haven’t been attacked on American soil since 9/11. Law enforcement officials believe that the Patriot Act is a big part of the reason why. So gutting the Patriot Act would be a bad – possibly lethal – idea. And the Patriot Act does not restrict any Constitutional rights.
Posted at 10:40 AM
SAUL BELLOW R.I.P. [Rick Brookhiser]
I went on a Bellow kick some years ago, and read several novels in quick succession--Hertzog, Mr. Sammler's Planet, More Die of Heartbreak. Later I picked up Humboldt's Gift, and two mentioned below. I began because Bellow's voice is rude (in both senses of the word) but compelling; and the wealth of easy reference--Nietzsche on one page, con men on the next--seemed delightful.
I stopped because several characteristic traits wore me out. The misogyny became too much. All women are either glorious tumbles or hideous harridans. The glorious tumble of one novel--modeled, one felt, on the newest wife--becomes the hideous harridan of the next.
The heroes all resembled each other too much, and seemed aspects of the author himself--chatty, troubled intellectuals.
Finally, beneath the veneer of somewhat modernist technique, there was a sentimental core, almost as sentimental as Sholem Aleichem: there were simple, warm-hearted Jewish characters pitted against a world of monsters, and the simple characters heart-warmingly won.
The two exceptions, and his two best books seem to me to be Henderson the Rain King, whose weird African milieu and unusual hero, for Bellow--Henderson is a Protestant--forced Bellow to work harder; and Ravelstein, which was a powerful obituary of a beloved friend.
Posted at 10:03 AM
NEW OLD STUFF ABOUT DELAY [K. J. Lopez]
Frum and Pfeiffer are on the case.
Posted at 09:58 AM
SINCE JONAH'S GONE... [K. J. Lopez]
To Atlanta the Corner's not been--Corrie Droogsma
How to get to Atlanta? See here.
Posted at 09:26 AM
BOLTON [K. J. Lopez]
I read the headline, "GOP senator may oppose UN choice." Then I saw it was Lincoln Chafee. At which time I realized I had forgotten he still called himself one.
Posted at 08:45 AM
YOUR CONSCIENCE@WORK [K. J. Lopez]
There's a defense of conscience clauses for pharmacists opposed to birth control in the LaTimes today. I wouldn't have put money on that one.
Posted at 08:41 AM
NEVERMIND THE CORNYN FOOT-IN-MOUTHISM [K. J. Lopez]
The NYTimes has declared it sinister and part of a dangerous right-wing plot.
Posted at 08:17 AM
IN HONOR OF PJPII [K. J. Lopez]
stop the genocide in Sudan, Kristof says.
Posted at 08:11 AM
ANNE APPLEBAUM [K. J. Lopez]
on how the pope defeated Communism
Posted at 08:08 AM
AND IN A MATTER OF HOURS [Jonah Goldberg]
You could be in Ithaca -- like I will be -- on a personal fundraising trip. 7:00 PM. Park Hall Auditorium Check in with ya later
Posted at 07:45 AM
A MONTH FROM TODAY [K. J. Lopez]
you could be just hitting the sack in warm, welcoming Atlanta, after a long afternoon and evening with NR. (After the NY fundraiser, I'm pretty sure this is when I went to sleep....)
Guilt-free fun, knowing it was all in support of a good cause: NR/NRO's future.
Posted at 07:35 AM
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
SBS [John J. Miller]
There is a Saul Bellow Society.
Posted at 09:14 PM
SAUL BELLOW, RIP [John J. Miller]
The novelist Saul Bellow has died -- one of the giants of American literature in the 20th century. I won't claim intimate familiarity with his books. I did read and enjoy Seize the Day in college, and I've always appreciated Bellow's un-p.c. outlook. The NYT obituary chides him for once asking "Who is the Tolstoy of the Zulus? The Proust of the Papuans?" Notably, it is a question that neither the NYT nor anybody as far as I know ever has answered adequately. Bellow also was a longtime friend of Allan Bloom, and he wrote the foreword to The Closing of the American Mind -- an important gesture that no doubt helped call attention to one of the most significant books of the 1980s.
Adam Bellow, his son, is a part of the NR circle -- our former literary editor. He is also the editor of my most recent book. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
Posted at 09:08 PM
AND YES [K. J. Lopez]
Ted Kennedy is going to Rome. And, yes, John Kerry, too. (Pro-abortion Catholics and the state of Massachusetts both overrepresented, dontcha think?)
Posted at 08:39 PM
CORNYN CLARIFICATION [K. J. Lopez]
On the Senate floor now:
Mr. President, the purpose for my rising is to follow up on some remarks that I made yesterday, Monday, on the floor of the Senate. A full transcript of those remarks, which has to do with judges and recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court, are available, of course in the Congressional Record, but are also available on my official website for anyone who would care to read them.
Posted at 08:06 PM
HOUSE DELEGATION TO ROME [K. J. Lopez]
Hon. J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Speaker of the House
Posted at 07:38 PM
ALTERNATIVE [K. J. Lopez]
Pulitzers: a Milblogger gallery.
Posted at 07:19 PM
JPII--A NEW YORK MOMENT [Rick Brookhiser]
My masseuse told me that she saw JPII on an early trip to NYC, perhaps his first. She was driving a cab then and was taking a businessman headed to a lunch up Lexington Ave. About 52nd St., a cop stopped the traffic. "The Pope is coming through," he said. "Turn off your engine; you'll be here a while." She turned off the meter and told the fare he could walk on without paying what he already owed if he liked. The businessman said, he could be late for lunch. Why not see the Pope? So my masseuse said, Why don't we stand on the hood? They stood on the hood of the cab, and in a few moments the Pope came by, standing on the open end of a small vehicle. (This was before the assassination attempt, so the Popemobile was not enclosed.) Their heads were at the level of his, and he looked at them and made a sign of the cross. My masseuse is New Age/eclectic, but she thought it was very cool.
Posted at 07:17 PM
MEA CULPA [K. J. Lopez]
I was distressed to hear you say on the Hugh Hewitt show that the priestly ordination of women was "theoretically possible." Although I was relieved to hear you are not a proponent of this, I must disagree with you that it is even a possibility. Like the abortion issue, the ordination of women is a closed issue. It has been dealt with twice, and most recently by John Paul II in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. Prior to this, Paul VI made the same statement in Inter Insigniores. Please don't give those wishy-washy parish priests any more ammunition with which they might deceive their well-intentioned parishioners.The example I meant to use was married priests, not women priests. There is a whole theology behind the male priesthood (see here and here). I in no way meant to suggest otherwise. Married priests is what I thought I said--what I meant to say.
I thought I should revise and extend my remarks before Catholic blogger caught wind of my mistake and banned me from speaking at Christendom College or somewhere (or a dissenting Catholic blogger embraced me)!
Posted at 07:15 PM
THE FLORIDA TREE AND THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS [K. J. Lopez]
What would Ruth Bader Ginsburg say? From the Florida SunSentinel:
Laura and Edmund Gerstein have declared a war of sorts on the state's citrus canker eradication program, invoking the Geneva Conventions in an effort to save a ruby red seedless grapefruit tree.
Posted at 06:36 PM
POOR JIMMY [Kate O'Beirne]
We shouldn't feel too sorry for former President Carter who didn't make the cut for the delegation to the Pope's funeral. After all, two popes died in 1978, and Rosalynn headed the first delegation to Pope Paul VI's funeral and his mother, Lillian led the one to Pope John Paul I's funeral. So, President Carter had his chance.
Posted at 06:11 PM
ANNAN'S PAIN [K. J. Lopez]
Kofi Annan trying to boost U.N. morale today:
"I know it has cast a shadow over all of us and you have no idea what a personal pain it has been for me as secretary-general and as a father having to deal with this situation," Annan said during Tuesday's meeting, according to video of the meeting.Unfortunate? You're the bossman. The buck stops with you. And the U.N.'s pain is you. Boost morale by resigning. And maybe the place will have a fighting chance at credibility. Maybe.
Posted at 06:07 PM
RE: CORNYN [K. J. Lopez]
Are we maybe staring at these words a little too long today? Doesn't that bolded clause indeed make clear violence against judges is not justified? The speech was a bit all over the place, and the problem graph was definitely very foot-in-mouthish, but "certainly without any justification" does seem to cover it. Did Cornyn have to say, CRAZY PEOPLE, DO NOT PICK UP GUNS AND ACT AGAINST JUDGES?
For the record, people should not do violence against judges--and, do not, by the way, interprete any policy or ideological differences any of us on NRO have had with anyone else as a greenlight to do violence (being extra careful here).
It's very possible I've not stared long enough, but my take is: Definitely not his best moment--which I suspect he knows all too well now--but I'm more worried that his immigration policy will harm folks' security than his floor ramblings last night.
Posted at 05:51 PM
CORYN FOLLOW-UP [K. J. Lopez]
Cornyn, while criticizing a different judicial decision, wondered Monday if frustration against perceived political decisions by judges "builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in violence, certainly without any justification."
Posted at 05:40 PM
CORNYN [Jonah Goldberg ]
Beldar (link below) and Junkyardblog offer defenses to one degree or another of Cornyn. I'm not persuaded -- much. they seem to boil down to the fact that Cornyn's speech was otherwise good except for that paragraph in question. Okay, so the speech was good except for the part in question. Fine. But that's why we're talking about the part in question and not the rest of the speech. I do think Josh Marshall and others could at least avoid dowdifying the quote for maximum impact. Marshall leaves out the bolded part in his version:
Finally, I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection, but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country -- certainly nothing new; we seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently that has been on the news. I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in violence, certainly without any justification, but that is a concern I have that I wanted to share.Now I don't think the bolded part exonerates Cornyn from criticism but why not at least be clear that he's not saying violence against judges is justified?
I am moving increasingly to the camp that this was a dumb statement -- i.e. very ill thought-out and insupportable on the facts -- on Cornyn's part rather than sinister. It's certainly not a talking-point I've heard anywhere else which suggests to some extent it wasn't a political strategy.
Posted at 05:16 PM
ONLY IN NEW YORK, KIDS, ONLY IN NEW YORK [KATE O'BEIRNE]
...and the first thing that greeted him was "You forgot the eggrolls." Because he was trapped in New York - and not in gracious Atlanta where people mind their manners. Just another reason I'm looking forward to our May 5th party. (How's that for working in a reminder, Kathryn?)
Posted at 05:11 PM
THE CORYN SPEECH [K. J. Lopez]
Here's the whole thing.
Posted at 04:49 PM
BLACK POPES VS. AFRICAN POPES [Jonah Goldberg]
Lots of email from folks noting that simply because a Pope was from Africa doesn't mean he was black. True enough. Some emailers say I misread Steyn on this point. Not true. He wrote:
We live in a present-tense culture where novelty is its own virtue: the Guardian, for example, has already been touting the Nigerian Francis Arinze as "candidate for first black pope". This would be news to Pope St Victor, an African and pontiff from 189 to 199. Among his legacies: the celebration of Easter on a Sunday.
I don't know how to read this except as Steyn strongly suggesting that Victor was "the first black pope" not the first African pope.
Posted at 04:49 PM
ENGINEERS & ACADEMIA [Jonah Goldberg]
Sometimes it feels like 90% of our readers are military officers, engineers or lawyers. Write anything which directly deals with their expertise and you'd better stand back from the email in-box. Anyway, here's one:
Your father's explanation is correct. All the engineers in industry that I know viewed engineering as a way to live a dream. The dream was to have a fun, creative job (ie I get to brag that I invent computer chips) and get paid well for it.
Posted at 04:45 PM
TALABANI NAMED PRESIDENT [Jonah Goldberg ]
The President of Iraq will be a Kurd.
Posted at 04:20 PM
IT'S NEVER TOO CHAIT [Jonah Goldberg]
Yeah, okay. I read Jonathan's response. I think there are a couple fair points and a lot of dogs that just won't hunt. The thing is I can't respond today and I'm heading up to Ithaca tomorrow. If I get a chance to bang something out tomorrow I will, but I don't know if it'll go up until thursday. The good news is that only hardcore types are interested in this debate, so I'm sure they'll tune in even if it's a day or two late.
Posted at 04:18 PM
IS THIS WORKING ON ANYONE? [K. J. Lopez]
Posted at 04:07 PM
CORNYN - A DEFENSE [Jonah Goldberg ]
Posted at 04:04 PM
RE: CORNYN [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Having followed John Cornyn since his rise in Texas, I find it hard to believe he is either that stupid or that sinister. On the face of it though, its hard to draw another conclusion. I am hopeful that some reasonable (non-squirming) clarification is forthcoming
Posted at 03:59 PM
BULLKRUG [Jonah Goldberg ]
In case you didn't notice, brand new G-File today on Paul Krugman's column this morning.
Posted at 03:56 PM
FROM BAD TO VERSE [K. J. Lopez]
Kathryn de Borgia--Gerald Augustinus Naus
PLEASE just sign up and end the pain.
Posted at 03:21 PM
ONLY IN NEW YORK, KIDS, ONLY IN NEW YORK…. [Rich Lowry ]
Delivery man stuck in elevator for 3 days
ME: I wonder if this sort of thing ever happens in Atlanta….
Posted at 02:50 PM
FOR THE RECORD [K. J. Lopez]
Bad verse will continue until we're satisfied Atlanta will be overrun with NRO fans. Our March on Atlanta must go down in the history books, folks!
Posted at 02:46 PM
CORNYN & JUDGES [Jonah Goldberg]
Folks seem to be getting really worked up about this statement from Sen. John Cornyn:
I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. Certainly nothing new, but we seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently that's been on the news and I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in - engage in violence.
I haven't seen the comments in their full context yet, but assuming Josh Marshall and Glenn Reynolds are being fair (and I have no reason to suspect they're not), it seems to me the outrage is well-deserved. This is almost exactly the same logic the left used to justify or explain away inner city riots. It seems to me there's no substantial difference. The judge in Atlanta was not murdered because he had an expansive view of the penumbra to the Bill of Rights. Neither was the murder of that judge's family in Chicago attributable to judicial activism. What other violence is Cornyn referring to? I leave some room for the possibility that Cornyn was being stupid rather than sinister. But this strikes me as an indefensible statement.
Posted at 02:44 PM
ON MY MIND [K. J. Lopez]
Young Jonah the NRO pundit--Craig Allen
Posted at 02:43 PM
DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH [Tim Graham]
If AP can pay good money to poll Catholics and lapsed Catholics and non-Catholics to direct the future dogmas and policies of the Catholic church, don't you think it would be fun for AP to poll feminists and non-feminists alike to ask them how the National Organization for Women ought to change its agenda to be more "with the times"?
Posted at 02:40 PM
POLYAMORISTS ABROAD [Stanley Kurtz]
Not only are the polyamorists advancing through the culture of the law schools, they’ve crossed the Atlantic. England learned that this week, after a couple of professors surprised an academic conference by announcing that they were polyamorists. Now the British papers are filled with articles on polyamory. Check out this report in the Scotsman, which explains something I hadn’t heard of. The polyamorists have invented a new language for their “lovestyle.” No doubt, polyamorists get wibbly. But I suspect of frubbliness they doth protest too much. Frubbly or not, however, the polyamorists are obviously advancing, not retreating. Even if you believe you’d never become a polyamorist, think, along with Jane Galt, about the marginal cases. When it comes to the potential for polyamory, there are a whole heck of a lot of them.
Posted at 02:21 PM
POLL SILENCE [Stanley Kurtz]
Taking up my challenge from yesterday, RightPundit was unable to find any report from either CNN or USA Today about their own gay marriage poll. If CNN and USA Today are really refusing to report the results of their own poll, it would be a pretty spectacular case of media bias. But is it true? I’d appreciate any help readers could give. Can anyone find a report by either CNN or USA Today on the results of this poll? In fact, going beyond CNN and USA Today, can anyone find any report on this poll other than the piece I’ve linked from The Washington Times? I did find a brief report of the poll results in the Hotline. So far, that’s all. How could The Washington Times and Hotline have reported on this poll in the first place if CNN or USA Today did not? Maybe The Washington Times and the Hotline found out about it through a subscription to Gallup, which was the poll’s third sponsor. Anyway, can anyone figure out what happened here? Is it really possible that CNN and USA Today could have suppressed their own poll? That would be all the more amazing, given the sharp and obviously newsworthy opinion shift reported by the poll.
Posted at 02:18 PM
KRUGMAN AND COLLEGES [Stanley Kurtz]
Paul Krugman’s failed attempt to excuse the academy’s liberal bias is a very good sign. A spate of studies documenting campus bias, the Summers and Churchill fiascos, and the rebellion of students tired of one-sided education, have combined to put the academy under real pressure. Liberals now have to defend the indefensible, whereas before they could simply ignore the problem altogether. The fact that Krugman has to begin with an admission that professors are overwhelmingly liberal is progress.
Krugman argues that the political bias of professors is explained by self-selection. That’s a joke. As any aspiring conservative academic knows, the radical faculty carefully polices new hires for politics. Most conservatives have to hide their views to have any chance at all. Unfortunately, in today’s academy, the substance of academic work is so politicized that there’s no easy way to hide. Failing to be openly radical is often enough to do you in. Whole fields (and therefore many job searches) are actually defined by politics–post-colonial studies, for example. To see how academic bias really works, check out this great article from The Chronicle of Higher Education by Mark Bauerlein.
You can see the effect of politically biased hiring in the numbers. As Howard Kurtz reports, only 39 percent of professors in 1984 described themselves as liberal. The current figure is 72 percent. And, of course, by 1984, the march of the tenured radicals through the groves of academe was already well underway. The culture wars kicked off by William Bennett and Allan Bloom’s response to the new campus radicalism began around 1986. Krugman’s self-selection theory can’t explain this huge jump in the percentage of liberal professors over time. If liberals are more attracted to the academic life than conservatives, the effect over time should be constant. A study reported on by John Tierney in 2004 also showed a huge jump in campus liberalism over time. Democratic professors now outnumber Republicans by at least seven to one in the humanities and social sciences–a ratio more than twice as lopsided as it was three decades before. This shift is the result of deliberate political bias, not of some supposed affinity of liberals for the campus life.
Not only does Krugman ignore the shift over time, he downplays the differences between disciplines. The latest study showed that business, engineering, and economics faculties were 49, 51, and 55 percent liberal, respectively. English literature is 88 percent liberal. This disparity has nothing to do with liberal love of the academic life, and everything to do with politics. Yes, as Krugman points out, even many scientists are liberal. Krugman says that’s because scientists hate religious Republicans. I think it’s far more likely that we have here a politically based self-selection effect here. Imagine that you’re a conservative with an interest in science. You have a choice between doing research for a business, or living on a college campus. Which would you choose? Look what happened to Lawrence Summers. Any scientist or engineer with a conservative bent knows he’d be a fish out of water in a campus culture controlled by the radical left. That, if anywhere, is where self-selection is at work.
Posted at 02:15 PM
OUCH [K. J. Lopez]
Some of these poems are so bad some of them bring tears to my eyes. Keep them coming. I'll keep sharing. My criteria is shamelessly: MESSAGE. Here's another:
Atlanta is the place to be,
Posted at 02:13 PM
NRO RADIO [NRO Staff]
Byron York will be on Sean Hannity's radio show this afternoon and on Brit Hume's TV show on Fox this evening talking about his new book, The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.
Posted at 02:05 PM
ALL'S RIGHT IN THE CABLE TV WORLD [K. J. Lopez]
A car chase in L.A. has booted Vatican City coverage on FNC.
Posted at 01:31 PM
WISE WORDS [K. J. Lopez]
For witty bons mots and banter--Sean Gleeson
Posted at 01:29 PM
WHAT EFFORT! [K. J. Lopez]
It's one of those days, when I'm cracked up by such things:
Atlanta Georgia--Keith Johnston
Posted at 12:59 PM
ABOUT THE POETRY SUBMISSIONS [K. J. Lopez]
We're going to assume you want your name attached unless you say otherwise.
Posted at 12:42 PM
PETER JENNINGS [K. J. Lopez]
has lung cancer.
Our best wishes.
Posted at 12:22 PM
RE: THANKS A LOT JONAH [Jonah Goldberg]
Cosmo will find $1 billion dollars in bearer-bonds in the dog park today. The effort of carrying them home will cause me to lose 50 pounds.
Posted at 12:21 PM
THANKS A LOT, JONAH [K. J. Lopez]
Bill Clinton is going to the pope's funeral. When The Corner says it, it happens (imagine if that were true).
Posted at 12:18 PM
BETTER CHAIT THAN NEVER [Jonah Goldberg]
I still haven't read it (because if I do the compulsion to respond before I write my syndicated column will be too powerful). But I've received quite a few emails along these lines:
Posted at 12:12 PM
NR A PAIN IN THE CARACASS [Jack Fowler]
From Venezuela to Cuba to the dingy NYC offices of Socialist rags, they’re ranting and howling over Otto Reich’s article in the current NR slamming the Latin America Castro-Chavez axis of evil, and urging Foggy Bottom to make confronting these two lefty jefes a priority:
The first task of the U.S., and whatever coalition of the willing it can muster in the region, is to confront the dangerous alliance posed by Cuba and Venezuela. Chávez’s misappropriation of Venezuela’s extraordinary oil wealth, and his willingness to subordinate the nation’s sovereignty to Castro’s ambitions, is emboldening anti-American movements that only a few years ago were weak, broke, and demoralized.It’s serious stuff, but not available on NRO – only subscribers to NR the magazine (in either its “dead tree” or digital versions) can get Reich’s skinny on this major problem confronting America. That’s one of hundreds of reasons you should try NR Digital, which costs only $21.95 for a full year (a huge savings compared to the $65 cost for the paper product!). Sign up here.
Posted at 12:07 PM
RE: DAMON LINKER [Peter Robinson]
My last posting was sloppy. From a reader, this clarification:
Dear Mr. Robinson,
Posted at 12:05 PM
RE: CARTER AND THE POPE [Peter Robinson]
From Steve Hayward, who is, after all, author of a definitive and utterly dispassionate work on James Earl Carter, Jr., The Real Jimmy Carter: How Our Worst Ex-President Undermines American Foreign Policy, Coddles Dictators and Created the Party of Clinton and Kerry:
Re: Your query about Carter. I have a hunch...that since JPII could only make Carter's determination to follow detente more difficult, I guess that he was privately unenthusiastic about JPII. Carter was shrewd enough to conceal these views. Thank God for Brzezinski, the only ray of light in the entire Carter White House.
Posted at 12:04 PM
CLONING, ETC. [K. J. Lopez ]
I know not everyone here is with me on all this, but you know I consider it about as key an issue as there is, so thanks for bearing with. Likewise if you're with me already, thanks for listening to a broken record. I'm not apologizing, just acknowledging.
Posted at 11:59 AM
PEOPLE DON'T GET IT [K. J. Lopez ]
This is either completely demoralizing or a whack across the face (from the same Globe piece):
Kristen Scuderi, spokeswoman for the Iowa Republican Party, said embryonic stem cell research ''is definitely a charged issue, because it's a life issue." But Scuderi said Iowans would be hard-pressed to distinguish between the positions of Bush, Romney, and Hatch.
I have no doubt that is true. Sigh. And Iowans pride themselves on being policy experts. Nevermind where the rest of the country is.
Posted at 11:56 AM
ROMNEY AND THE DOMINO EFFECT [K. J. Lopez ]
Mitt Romney lost the legislative battle over cloning in the Bay State. Much attention has been paid to the idea that he opposed the statehouse bill to gain conservative creds. I just don't see that—unless he's a suicidal strategist. Had the embryonic-stem-cell/cloning fight there been all for his personal political gain (i.e. to warm anti-cloners to him), I think it would have made much more sense to have gone all the way, so to speak, and oppose the use of frozen embryos for research, too. You know, something actually popular with the audience he was supposedly targeting. Goodness knows it would have saved him a ton of grief just in that statewide battle—where folks who should have been on his side were hesitant to stand with him because they saw him as only going halfway. I think the guy—whose wife has MS, and has talked about her disease in the context of this—believes what he says on embryonic-stem-cell research and cloning. And, as far what happened in Mass. and what the future holds, he puts it all in context well. Romney, unlike many, many pols on these issues, makes sense (even if you can't embrace his total position—though it is important to note he takes a hard line against creating new life for research). The following is from the Boston Globe yesterday:
Romney said Friday that he would support the Brownback bill. Though he lost in the Legislature, Romney predicts the Bay State debate will focus attention on cloning.
Posted at 11:53 AM
CAN I NOMINATE CLIFF MAY? [K. J. Lopez]
The UN atomic agency is to meet on April 27 to decide on its next director general, with current chief Mohammad ElBaradei currently the only candidate, according to a confidential IAEA document obtained by AFP Tuesday .
Posted at 11:36 AM
UNHOLY PRESS [Tim Graham]
This AP story is a nearly perfect example of everything that's wrong with reporting on religion. It implies that God and his teaching can best be determined by a poll of absolutely everybody. It quotes only church liberals or church people saying liberal things. (Don't believe it when people say the news about John Paul is all roses: note his appearance here as an out-of-touch grampaw.) Nowhere in it is any reference to Jesus Christ or the Bible. It implies that the fate of the church lies in their willingness to "win back" people by setting traditions aside and ruling by a finger in the wind.
I can just imagine the people polled for this story appearing for eternal judgment before God and saying at the pearly gates, "You failed to win me back by giving me a greater say." It's God's job to impress you?
Posted at 11:34 AM
RE: A DARNED GOOD QUESTION [Peter Robinson]
Replying to my bleg about Jimmy Carter and Pope John Paul II, several readers have reminded me that Carter’s national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, himself Polish, met Karol Wojtyla in 1976. After Wojtyla became pope, Brzezinski kept in close touch with him, often speaking to him on the telephone in Polish.
Posted at 11:33 AM
RE: DAMON LINKER [Peter Robinson]
I agree with Ramesh that Damon Linker’s piece is interesting, but in the space of his first five paragraphs Linker makes two critical mistakes:
Mistake one: “From the beginning of his papacy,” Linker writes, “John Paul claimed that human rights had to be grounded in an absolute (inviolable, unconditional) notion of human dignity that derives from God.”
Linker seems to believe that John Paul concerned himself with human rights as a theoretical matter, arguing about the way in which rights had or did not have to be grounded in order to be sustained. But John Paul believed that human rights simply are grounded in the absolute. He was describing reality, not constructing political theories.
Mistake two: “John Paul,” Linker continues, “convinced many American conservatives that the union of sperm and ovum instantly produces a unique person who possesses the same dignity (and thus rights) as a mature human being….”
Wrong again. As the New York theologian Mgr. Lorenzo Albacete points out, the critical Vatican documents on the earliest stages of human life avoid the term “person.” It is human life, in and of itself, that possesses dignity, whether or not endowed with rationality, a soul (on the question of when or how the soul is infused, the Church is silent), or other attributes of personhood.
Posted at 11:28 AM
NO JOKE [K. J. Lopez]
Mark Levin vs. Slate's Lithwick.
Posted at 11:27 AM
ATLANTA FUNDRAISER POETRY SLAM [Jonah Goldberg]
Quite often people say to me, "Jonah, take human bites."
Posted at 11:13 AM
RE: DESPERATE TO GET TO ATLANTA [K. J. Lopez]
The great thing about Atlanta, of course, is everyone is invited. And, while it is not free, the money raised goes to NR--not Jonah's limo (he really doesn't have one--could you even picture that, come on?), not Jonah's expensive leather couch (longtime readers know there's no leather on that furniture), but NR's future. Bigger and better...and here for the long-haul, baby!
Posted at 11:01 AM
DESPERATE TO GET TO ATLANTA [Rich Lowry ]
An e-mail from a neighbor of the Rick James mentioned yesterday:
Subject: Rick James
Posted at 10:46 AM
I DID NOT KNOW THAT [Jonah Goldberg]
Mark Steyn says the first black Pope was St. Victor. I did some googling. He's right (though there are no definitive portraits, apparently). Not that I doubted him, I just never heard that before. This site is hardly definitive scholarship, but it's pretty interesting.
Posted at 10:27 AM
RE: I'M NEVER WRITING A BOOK [Jonah Goldberg ]
Welcome to my world. Though I confess I thought you were talking about Lou Ferrigno.
Posted at 10:21 AM
CHAIT, THERE'S STILL MORE. [Jonah Goldberg ]
Turns out my snitches were wrong. Word on the street was that he was going to respond yesterday. Remind me to take back that five-spot from shoe-shine Willy for giving me a bum steer. Anyway, Chait responds here. I haven't read it yet. I gotta write my syndicated column and do some other stuff. My guess is that I will let it alone even though I believe ettiquette calls on me to go last -- barring some enormous pro-Opinion Duel groundswell from the masses. But I'll let ya know.
Posted at 10:18 AM
BYRON, ON THE OTHER HAND, [K. J. Lopez]
has written a book--a fascinating read about The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy. In fact, that's the name of the book (which comes out today). It's got Michael Moore, Al Franken, the roots of MoveOn, and much, much more. Anyone who wants to understand where American politics is headed in the near future--what's happening behind the scenes on the Left right now, will want to read it. (He got inside stuff from key Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy organizers.) But it's not a geek-only book, it's easy to read, he's a great storyteller. I recommend it and congratulate Byron on it. Get it here.
Posted at 07:23 AM
I'M NEVER WRITING A BOOK [K. J. Lopez]
Ferrigno gives me all the reasons I need.
Posted at 07:22 AM
EUROPE (AND THE LEFT) DOESN'T GET PJPII AT ITS OWN RISK [K. J. Lopez]
Mark Steyn on PJPII & his detractors.
Posted at 07:08 AM
IF ONLY THE LEFT HAD DRAG-OUT DEBATES ABOUT STAR TREK BANS, TOO [K. J. Lopez]
David Brooks today, on what the Left doesn't seem to get about conservatism:
Conservatives have not triumphed because they have built a disciplined and efficient message machine. Conservatives have thrived because they are split into feuding factions that squabble incessantly. As these factions have multiplied, more people have come to call themselves conservatives because they've found one faction to agree with.
Posted at 06:44 AM
DAMON LINKER [Ramesh Ponnuru]
His criticism of the Pope is interesting, but only because it comes from a former employee of First Things. I hope his book is interesting for more reasons than that.
Posted at 12:16 AM
Monday, April 04, 2005
RE: SFC. PAUL R. SMITH [K. J. Lopez]
Here's an in-depth St. Petersberg Times feature on him.
Posted at 05:24 PM
FR. OC [K. J. Lopez]
That's what I'd have someone dub me if I were him, just to shamelessly pander to the OC-watching segment of campus.
Posted at 05:22 PM
SIT DOWN, I'M SAYING SOMETHING POSITIVE ABOUT THE MEDIA [K. J. Lopez]
If you've scrolled down to the weekend pope coverage here in The Corner, you know I've whining a bit about media coverage. It hasn't been all bad, however. CNN's saving grace these past few days has been CUA's president, Fr. David O'Connell. To their credit, Wolf Blitzer seems to rarely be on without Fr. OC.
Posted at 05:17 PM
CORRECTION [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
Posted at 05:14 PM
POPE VIDEO [K. J. Lopez]
Watch PJPII at Catholic University (once home to KJL) during his 1979 trip to D.C. here. (He's the only pontiff who's been to D.C.)
Posted at 05:13 PM
WITNESS TO HOPE, ONLINE [K. J. Lopez]
A video/audio look at PJPII on Ethics and Public Policy Center's website.
Posted at 05:05 PM
PENNY WISE [Mark Krikorian ]
You don’t have to be a fan of that unmentionable science fiction series to think that NASA would be making a mistake if it pulled the plug on the V’ger -- sorry, Voyager -- program. One of the two Voyager probes is approaching the edge of what can be thought of as the sun’s atmosphere (where the solar wind bumps up against interstellar wind), a place where no probe has gone before, and the annual cost to keep receiving the signal is about $4 million. We’ve already spent hundreds of millions on the project, and the spacecraft are going to run out of power anyway in about 15 years, so the marginal cost for the extra, invaluable, data would be minimal. Oh, and the White House is requesting $121 million for the National Endowment for the Arts for FY 2006.
Posted at 05:03 PM
HIRED HELP [Mark Krikorian ]
More and more people are hiring lawn-care companies to cut their grass. Nothing wrong with that, of course -- except that one of the main reasons this is happening is the proliferation of cheap foreign labor through massive immigration, legal and illegal. That flow alters the natural development of whole industries, and slowly but surely moves our society toward something more like Rhodesia or the antebellum South, with cheap, plentiful servants doing jobs that are now thought beneath the station of respectable people.
Immigrants themselves, not paralyzed by political correctness, understand the problem, and solution. In the words of Gerardo Jimenez, a former illegal alien who got a green card the 1986 amnesty, "There are too many people coming … I would benefit if someone imposed order. My work would be worth more."
Posted at 05:01 PM
MINUTEMEN TO THE RESCUE [Mark Krikorian ]
Far from “hunting” immigrants, as the usual suspects claimed, the Minuteman Project volunteers in Arizona actually rescued the first illegal alien they encountered, then turned the lost, dehydrated man over to the Border Patrol. Today is the first day of regular patrols along the southeast Arizona border by the neighborhood watch-style group. Some kind of violent outrage could always still happen, but this collection of veterans, retired cops, and regular senior citizens appears to be exactly what they claim -- peaceful patriots who just want their government to start enforcing the law.
Posted at 04:59 PM
BREAKING NEWS [Mark Krikorian ]
The Koran says that the United States will cease to exist in 2007.
Posted at 04:58 PM
THE NEW PULITZERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED [K. J. Lopez]
Where's Claudia Rosett?
Posted at 04:36 PM
WHY AREN'T PEOPLE TALKING MORE ABOUT JOHN 23RD RIGHT NOW AND NOT POPE JOHN PAUL II? [K. J. Lopez]
Frances Kissling wonders. Don't even bother reading it--it's Salon and you need to subscribe or watch a commercial and you know what she's going to say anyway if you know who she is (head of Catholics for a Free Choice: briefing here): PJPII was a conservative, close-minded, women-oppresser.
Posted at 04:33 PM
“I'M RICK JAMES...” [Rich Lowry ]
Hilarious Page Six item from over the weekend for fans of the Chappelle Show (which is right up there with “Arrested Development” in terms of contemporary comedic genius).
Posted at 04:30 PM
GORE [K. J. Lopez]
TV. Redundant, considering there's already a silly comedy channel.
Posted at 03:51 PM
POLLS & SCHIAVO [Jonah Goldberg ]
This is all very interesting, though I wish Zogby wasn't involved since he did so much to discredit himself during the election.
Posted at 03:44 PM
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD [Jonah Goldberg ]
The really, really, really super-awesome version. Some of you will hate it. Some of you will recognize its hardcore super-awesomeness. The latter category will gladly grab laser-swords and defend me against vile attacks from the former. Of this, there can be no debate.
Note: Those in the know understand that super-awesomeness almost always involves ninjas and pirates. 'Nuff said. A nod is as good as a a wink to a blind android with really cool lasers.
Posted at 03:29 PM
THE NEXT POPE [Shannen Coffin]
Ethics and Public Policy Center has just made available the text of George Weigel's recent lecture: "The Next Pope and Why He Matters to All of Us."
Posted at 03:28 PM
WHAT'S THE POINT? [Jim Robbins]
Marriages in the UAE are getting so expensive they are leading to divorce for financial reasons. Seems to defeat the purpose.
Posted at 03:25 PM
SFC. PAUL R. SMITH [K. J. Lopez]
is being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by the president right now (his heartbroken young son is receiving it, looking so proud of his dad).
I'll post the president's remarks when I see them, but I'd watch the video for the full effect. Perhaps the most obnoxious antiwar slam is that somehow this commander in chief does not fully appreciate what he has had to commit the enlisted to. He does. And you can see it on his face and hear it in his voice and see it in his gentle smile to this hero's children, now without a dad to hug and play tee-ball and change car oil with (the two examples that came up in the speech).
Thanks to this man and his family for their sacrifices...the ultimate sacrifice.
Here's the official citation. Here's an Army website dedicated to him.
Posted at 03:18 PM
BILL CLINTON IN ROME [K. J. Lopez]
First I was going to cyberslap Jonah for bringing up the name. But, he did receive Communion in Africa...
Posted at 02:49 PM
RE: THE PRESIDENT'S DELEGATION [K. J. Lopez]
That could be the reason they are keeping it small. "the president's going, so it's going to be a small delegation." Good excuse when people whine they aren't getting the Air Force One ride.
Posted at 02:45 PM
REALLY, REALLY, REALLY.... [Jonah Goldberg ]
Posted at 02:44 PM
LEGAL BLECTURING [Shannen Coffin]
I've been lectured by someone named Greg Newburn on his blog http://gregnewburn.blogspot.com/2005/03/hard-cases-make-bad-pundits.html about comments I made in the last couple of weeks about the 11th Circuit's denial of en banc review in the Schiavo case. I assume the comments are directed at me, rather than my wife, since Mr. Newburn is casting aspersions upon a Ms. Coffin (a subject we've covered thoroughly before).
I had written in exasperation at the court's denial of en banc reconsideration of the appeal: "The Congress and President of the United States thought this issue important enough to drop everything and focus entirely on this single case in enacting legislation designed to address what they viewed as a matter of critical national importance. You are free to disagree with their assessment if you choose, but it strikes me as the height of judicial arrogance that the District Court and at least six of twelve judges of the Eleventh Circuit do not view the legislation enacted as sufficiently important enough to extend Terri Schaivo's life a few days in order to allow a more careful examination of the issues in the case."
Mr. Newburn, calling this analysis "some of the worst I've seen lately," explains to me that:
Judges at the appellate level do not look to the "importance" of a law when deciding cases under that law. They don't do it generally, and they didn't do it here. In fact, deciding a case by making reference to some piece of legislation's "importance" is precisely what the Courts are NOT supposed to do. The job of the Appeals Court is to figure out whether a trial court abused its discretion or committed some other type of legal error when making its decision. . . . What that means, Shannen, is that Courts have certain procedures, and certain rules to follow, and certain standards to apply to the facts of a case. If the facts of a case don't fit the standard for, say, an injunction, a good opinion won't grant that injunction.Hmmmm, interesting thought, but let's take a look at the very rule of procedure that governed the 11th Circuit's consideration of the en banc petition. Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 35 provides that en banc reconsideration may be ordered where "the proceeding involves a question of exceptional importance." My point was simply that the Eleventh Circuit did not take the governing rules seriously enough. Their conduct contrasted starkly with a case I argued to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York a couple of years ago, where a plane was waiting on an air force base tarmac to fly millions of dollars of former Iraqi money back to Iraq to assist in rebuilding. The court, faced with a serious although not overwhelming claim that the money belonged to someone else, ordered the government to take the money off of the plane for a week to allow them to consider the claims. Otherwise, they would be moot. The same consideration was not given to an innocent person's life in the Schiavo case. And that result would obtain even if you looked at the law.
I don't wish to get into a tit-for-tat about the standards for preliminary injunctive relief in federal court, but suffice it to say, on the sliding scale that applies in most federal courts, Terri's family had a good enough claim for relief that it deserved a second look. Whether they would have prevailed on the merits or not, a subject to which my post did not speak, is a different question entirely. Mr. Newburn, save your lectures for the less informed of your readers.
Posted at 02:38 PM
THE PRESIDENT'S DELEGATION [Jonah Goldberg]
Is that the only delegation from the US? That seems astonishingly small. I don't mean that it's disrespectfully small -- the president is going after all-- but politically small. There are a lot of well-connected American Catholics -- nevermind non Catholics -- who I assume would very much like to go to the Pope's funeral in an official capacity. Is Ted Kennedy going with Bush? As a private citizen? Not at all? Bill Clinton? Poppa Bush? Andy Card must have had to say no to a lot of people.
Posted at 02:25 PM
A DARNED GOOD QUESTION [Peter Robinson]
In an email:
Heard a couple of times that as Ronald Reagan was watching the Pope travel through Poland in 1979 he immediately recognized that it was the fault line in Soviet Empire and actually teared up. My question to you or you learned brethen: It struck me that there has been no mention of Carter - who was only president at the time - when discussing this trip. What was his (or his administration's) reaction to the trip? Did he have any clue as to what it meant? I would think if he did the MSM would be all over it --- but the silence is deafening.How did Carter respond to the Pope’s trip to Poland? I just plain don’t remember. Do any of our erudite readers?
Posted at 02:21 PM
CONGRATS [K. J. Lopez]
to Bill Bennett. His terrific radio show, Morning in America, celebrates its first anniversary this week. I'm told it's on 120 stations (started with 66). Happy anniversary to Bill and the Gang (Seth Leibsohn and Jeff Crites)--and best wishes for many more.
Posted at 02:11 PM
THE CIRCUS MAXIMUS [K. J. Lopez]
might just be as close as I get. James Rosen on FNC is reporting that the president's delegation will only have five people in it. Here I was betting a few NR slots. Maybe not.
Posted at 02:08 PM
I'M A DORK [K. J. Lopez]
Watching the pope's funeral at the Circus Maximus? I'd do that. Wonder if they have wi-fi.
Posted at 02:03 PM
SPEAKING OF DENIS BOYLES AND FRANCE [K. J. Lopez]
you know he has a new book out on the cheese-eating surrender monkeys? Just plugging our good guys here...
Posted at 01:54 PM
THE GUARDIAN [K. J. Lopez]
really has not shame. (Nor does Chirac...read the Boyles piece.)
Posted at 01:51 PM
AFTERNOON DISTRACTION [Jonah Goldberg ]
Hidden camera, dance white boy dance.
Posted at 01:48 PM
GOOD POINT [K. J. Lopez]
: please add a bunch of new posts to the Corner...
Posted at 01:46 PM
EYEROLL NEWS ITEM [K. J. Lopez]
Mugabe encourages people to follow pope's example of peace.
Posted at 01:20 PM
ME @ ITHACA [Jonah Goldberg]
I'll be there Wednesday night. 7:00 PM. Park Hall Auditorium. Free. Open to the public. Title of speech "The Diversity Dodge." Content of speech To Be Determined.
Posted at 01:09 PM
EMAIL FROM IRAQ [Jonah Goldberg]
The guy who sent me the remote-control fart machine email last week makes amends by forwarding me this email from a friend in Iraq:
Hello again from Iraq,
Posted at 12:28 PM
THE SUNNI SWITCH [Jonah Goldberg ]
More discussion here.
Posted at 12:26 PM
"YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL WHO LOVE LIBERTY" [K. J. Lopez]
President Bush, at a press conference with Viktor Yushchenko, right now (on Yush).
Posted at 12:10 PM
RE: JONAH'S GREAT IDEA [K. J. Lopez]
And if you think Jonah uses the phrase "whup-a**" too much in his writing, you can open a rhetorical can on him in Atlanta. It is also possible he'll have his own security posse, however. But cool opportunities will only come to those who sign up.
Posted at 12:06 PM
SEX 101, THE CLINTON WAY [K. J. Lopez]
Doesn't it seem like there is a study like this or Katie Couric report or somesuch every month or so? (Though, as I recall, the story right before this current one about picking on abstinence-pledging kids.)
Posted at 11:56 AM
IF YOU REALLY OBJECT TO POPE COVERAGE [Jonah Goldberg]
Don't send Kathryn an e-mail. Come to the Atlanta fundraiser and tell her in person! Though if you get too aggressive about it, you'll hear her utter that famous phrase: "Security! Swarm, Swarm!
Posted at 11:52 AM
WORTH INFINITY [Peter Robinson]
Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, a priest in New York, on his old friend, Karol Wojytla:
The final legacy of this man will be the way he has died. The way he has fallen apart, disintegrated—physically, emotionally, mentally, embarrassingly—before the world, making a spectacle of himself.From the Frontline documentary, The Millennial Pope.
Posted at 11:52 AM
RE: LIONS [Jonah Goldberg]
Rick - Fair point. I hadn't thought of Lions in literary terms.
Posted at 11:50 AM
SPIT-TAKE HEADLINE OF THE DAY [Tim Graham]
From the Washington Post story on Ted Koppel stepping aside so soon after Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw: "Is the Era of the Firm-But-Fair Anchor Over?"
Posted at 11:48 AM
LIONS [Rick Brookhiser]
Jonah, there is one more anti-Communist lion, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Of them all, he had the fewest resources. Reagan and Thatcher ruled states, the Pope ruled a church. Solzhenitsyn had his pen. He took on the evil empire first, and he was alone. Talk about being not afraid.
Posted at 11:45 AM
NEED I REMIND YOU? [K. J. Lopez]
This would be an excellent way to welcome May. All for a good cause and all good fun.
Posted at 11:44 AM
SOME OF MY GREATEST ASPIRATIONS FOR NRO HAVE COME TRUE [K. J. Lopez]
Warren Bell just forwarded me an e-mail he recieved in response to his piece on NRO last week: It read, in part:
Just read your article on what to say when meeting someone you admire. Are you sitting down? I thought you would enjoy knowing that I was directed to the article by a fellow postee on the duranduran.com fan forum. You just never know where you will turn up, do you??Simon, if you're reading NRO, you can shoot me a little fan mail now and again!
Posted at 11:39 AM
RE: LEO ON SCHIAVO [K. J. Lopez]
This is no small knee-jerk point: He quotes Nat Hentoff saying the media coverage on Terri Schiavo was "the worst case of liberal media bias I've seen yet." It's only going to get worse next time, with every end-of-life/creating-life/Brave New World (which is so cliche, but gets to the point) issue. (Read: It will keep getting easy for the media to cover it disasterously.)
Posted at 11:26 AM
OCEAN FISH FARMS [Jonah Goldberg ]
This sounds like a great idea to me. But, then again, I've been waiting for this to happen for a while.
Posted at 11:13 AM
RE: WORD ON THE STREET [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
I like the imagery of people actually talking about it on the street. Right away I pictured strangers passing each other on the sidewalk whispering to each other, "Did you hear? Chait's responding today!" The murmur of his impending response grows gradually to a roar and then cut to the paper boy on the corner: "Extra Extra!!! Read all about it! Chait Responding to Jonah!" And then there'd be a dance number.
Posted at 11:12 AM
JOHN LEO SUMS UP SCHIAVO EPISODE [Jonah Goldberg]
I think he gets it exactly right.
Posted at 11:03 AM
UNDER-REPORTED STORIES [Jonah Goldberg]
Because of the Pope and Terri Schiavo, there are a few stories that aren't getting the coverage they deserve.
The first, obviously, is the Sandy Berger scandal and this administration's participation in same by approving such a lenient plea bargain.
Another is the Zimbabwe elections. Bush really should get out in front and denounce the situation there forcefully. As a non-Arab, non-European state, it seems like a no-brainer.
Third, the about-face of the Sunni clerics who announced that Sunnis should join the Iraqi military. In a normal news environment, these would deserve extensive coverage and debate.
Posted at 10:54 AM
ME & CHAIT [Jonah Goldberg]
Word on the street is he's responding today.
Posted at 10:44 AM
MAYBE I WASN'T REALLY CONFIRMED [K. J. Lopez]
The New York Times today describes the liberal Catholic magazine Commonweal as "the magazine of the Catholic laity." How untrue! From the complaints in my in-box, I thought that was NRO.
Seriously, though, there's a whole host of Catholic magazines and newspapers put out by lay folks. In case you're wondering, a lifetime subscription to Commonweal does not come with the Baptismal certificate, though the DNC ought to look into that kinda deal.
Posted at 09:52 AM
RE: WITHOUT FEAR [Jonah Goldberg]
I was very, very careful not to offer any editorial comment. But, for the record, I should say I think it the coverage is warranted. JP II was the second to last lion of the 20th century (Margaret Thatcher, technically a lioness) is the only one left. This Pope's life made him, second perhaps only to Reagan, a granite landmark of NR's worldview in the last three deacdes. Why not offer a fitting farewell?
I should also add, that during the Reagan farewell days, I would joke around with Kathryn: "Oh, man, can you imagine what your days will be like when JPII passes?"
She'd reply, "I don't want to think about it." She meant it in more ways than one, of course.
Posted at 09:48 AM
DEBATING MARRIAGE [Stanley Kurtz]
This is unquestionably one of the most thoughtful posts on the gay marriage question I’ve ever read. It’s a welcome antidote to the ugly insults of some libertarian bloggers. I’m grateful to Glenn Reynold for linking to it, although it cuts against his own policy inclinations. Yes, this argument does tell in favor of those who oppose gay marriage. Yet I believe Jane Galt (Megan McArdle) when she says that her thoughts do not finally decide this difficult question. What Galt does instead is transform the argument over gay marriage into a respectable intellectual debate about a complex social problem. Too bad so many proponents of same-sex marriage have shut off debate by pretending that there’s no respectable case to be made on the other side. The one place I might differ with the author is on her notion that proponents of gay marriage are simply extrapolating too readily from their own circumstances. I think the difficulty goes deeper than that. The root of the problem is an inability to understand that culture and society exist–that these entities are more than mere aggregates of isolated individuals. That (along with the fact of childhood dependence) is the Achilles heel of libertarianism
Posted at 09:45 AM
MARRIAGE SHIFT [Stanley Kurtz]
There’s an remarkable new poll out on American attitudes toward same-sex marriage. As reported by The Washington Times, the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows that public opposition to same-sex marriage has risen sharply. Americans now oppose gay marriage by a margin of 68 percent to 28 percent. Last year, the figures were 58 percent opposed and 42 percent in favor. That’s a 10 percent increase in opposition and a 14 percent drop of those in favor. Support for a Federal Marriage Amendment has also risen sharply. Americans now favor a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman by a margin of 57 percent to 37 percent. Last year the figures were 48 percent in favor and 46 percent opposed. So support for a Federal Marriage Amendment has moved up by nine percent. We’ve gone from a virtual tie to clear majority support for an FMA. Polls often show that a clear majority of Americans support civil unions, yet the latest shows a virtual dead heat between Americans who support either gay marriage or civil unions and those who support neither. In short, those who think that gay marriage is inevitable had better think again. Opposition to gay marriage is growing, and so is support for a Federal Marriage Amendment. The next big battle–perhaps in the aftermath of a California court decision legalizing same-sex marriage–could push the numbers even higher. And don’t forget that gay marriage polling frequently undercounts the level of opposition actually revealed at the polling place.
This CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll is a major development. It reports a politically critical shift in national sentiment on gay marriage. So where are the news stories? I noticed the Washington Times story when it came out on April 1, but naively waited to see what USA Today and other media outlets would have to say about this development. Now it appears that MSM has buried the story. You know that if a poll showed this kind of shift in favor of gay marriage, it would have been touted on the front pages of every major paper. As far as I can tell, USA Today hasn’t even reported on its own survey. Maybe some enterprising blogger can trace out in detail what’s happened to coverage of this poll.
Posted at 09:40 AM
RE: WITHOUT FEAR [K. J. Lopez]
Jonah, you best not go there. Those who thrive on Chris Hitchens PJPII/Mo T pieces are crawling through the place, ready to pounce on you for embracing a women-hating, deadly Catholic. I know of where I speak.
Posted at 09:39 AM
WOOPS [Jonah Goldberg]
Gov. Bill Owens apologizes for saying "the natives are getting restless" during a press conference on tribal gambling.
Posted at 09:38 AM
WITHOUT FEAR OF CONTRADICTION [Jonah Goldberg]
I think I can say that NRO's coverage of John Paull II's passing has been thorough.
Posted at 09:33 AM
THE HUFFINGTON REPORT [Jonah Goldberg ]
I have mixed feelings about The Huffington Report. On the one hand I have long thought a central clearinghouse blog site for different personalities might be the true form for internet magazines in the future. On the other hand, I think the folks contributing to the Huffington Report are making an enormous mistake, particularly Tina Brown and Harold Evans. You don't have to love Brown and Evans to recognize they have some credibility even with people who don't like them. Huffington doesn't. The only way you can care what Huffington has to say is if A) she's paid you serious money or B) you already agree with what she has to say. For Brown, Evans and others, subordinating their own personas to Huffington's is a silly branding mistake if nothing else.
Posted at 09:28 AM
SIN CITY [Jonah Goldberg]
I haven't seen it yet. As a Frank Miller fan, I must, I will, I must. Maybe this weekend.
Posted at 09:23 AM
HOME FOR SKINNY ARBUCKLE [Jonah Goldberg ]
Marlon Brando deeded his Polynesian retreat to Michael Jackson, just in case, perhaps.
Posted at 09:08 AM
SANDY "THIRD RATE" BURGLAR [Jonah Goldberg ]
N.Y. Post sounds off.
Posted at 08:58 AM
MEANWHILE... [Andrew Stuttaford]
The campaign ahead of the French referendum (May 29) on the proposed ‘constitution’ continues, with Jacques Chirac’s team beginning to look a little frantic as they try to win back the lead for the ‘yes’ camp. The French justice minister has just come out with this:
"At last we have obtained this 'Europe à la Française' that we have for so long awaited. This constitutional treaty … is an enlarged France."
I wonder what Dutch voters, who go to the polls on June 1, will think of that.
Posted at 08:33 AM
GINSBURG, IN AND OUT OF COURT [Mark R. Levin]
With all anguish about Tom DeLay's comments, in which he demands accountability for a runaway judiciary, Ruth Bader Ginsburg proves again why so many of us are so highly critical of the Supreme Court . But I seriously doubt there will be any anguish over Ginsburg's continuing arrogance and intemperance.
Here are excerpts from a speech Ginsburg gave on Friday to the American Society of International Law, as reported by the New York Times:
"Judges in the United States are free to consult all manner of commentary."
"The notion that it is improper to look beyond the borders of the United States in grappling with hard questions has a certain kinship to the view that the U.S. Constitution is a document essentially frozen in time as of the date of its ratification."
"Even more so today, the United States is subject to the scrutiny of a candid world. What the United States does, for good or for ill, continues to be watched by the international community, in particular by organizations concerned with the advancement of the rule of law and respect for human dignity."
Ginsburg and her like view themselves as a combination of ambassadors, legislators, and Cabinet members. She simply will not confine herself to the dictates of the Constitution. So, what do we do about judges who brazenly continue to thumb their noses at the rule of law?
Posted at 08:28 AM
WHERE CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR & CO. GET THEIR TALKING POINTS? [K. J. Lopez]
Here's media-fave Catholics for a Free Choice on the pope's death:
On the temporal level, this papacy was a profound disappointment for those who believe that Christ's message of liberation, human freedom and more democracy should apply not just to the world, but to the church itself. In the light of the pope's personal embrace of suffering, it is hard to reconcile his seeming lack of compassion for those in the church who have suffered so much at the hands of his administration: for married priests, for women who have lost their lives and fertility and health in botched abortions, for women who cannot feed the children they have, for theologians who struggle with many aspects of church teaching, for those who minister to people with AIDS, for gay Catholics who long to be welcomed at the altar, for those sexually abused by priests, for women who are called to ordination.... The list is almost endless.
Posted at 07:57 AM
PAPAL FUNERAL [K. J. Lopez]
CNN is reporting that PJPII's funeral will be 10 AM Friday (4 aM NYC time) and he will be buried in St. Peter's.
Posted at 07:02 AM
MEMORY AND IDENTITY [K. J. Lopez]
The pope's last book has shot up the Amazon chart. And, actually, if you look at the bestseller list there, he's a running theme.
Posted at 07:01 AM
"JOHN PAUL THE GREAT" [K. J. Lopez]
Fr. Neuhaus makes the case.
Posted at 06:22 AM
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN AND ALL'S RIGHT AGAIN [K. J. Lopez]
Score! The Empire Strikes Back!
Posted at 06:21 AM
OUSTED KYRGYZ PRESIDENT [K. J. Lopez]
Posted at 06:15 AM
GRATITUDE [K. J. Lopez]
I am not much of a believer, but I find it hard not to suspect some providential hand at play when the white smoke went up at the Vatican 27 years ago and the Polish cardinal was chosen to lead the Catholic Church. Precisely at the moment that the West most desperately needed it, we were sent a champion. It is hard to remember now how dark those days were. The 15 months following the pope's elevation marked the high tide of Soviet communism and the nadir of the free world's post-Vietnam collapse.And more:
Under the benign and deeply humane vision of this pope, the power of faith led to the liberation of half a continent. Under the barbaric and nihilistic vision of Islam's jihadists, the power of faith has produced terror and chaos. That contrast alone, which has dawned upon us unmistakably ever since Sept. 11, should be reason enough to be grateful for John Paul II. But we mourn him for more than that. We mourn him for restoring strength to the Western idea of the free human spirit at a moment of deepest doubt and despair. And for seeing us through to today's great moment of possibility for both faith and freedom.Read it all here.
Posted at 06:08 AM
Sunday, April 03, 2005
READ KEN WOODWARD [K. J. Lopez]
instead of watching MSNBC, is my advice. He's fairly fair and balanced in Newsweek.
Posted at 01:05 PM
79 PERCENT SAY FOOD AND WATER SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AWAY? [K. J. Lopez]
Zogby gets some different Terri Schiavo poll results than others.
Posted at 01:00 PM
MORE POPESTAKES [Rick Brookhiser]
A Ukrainian friend nominates another longshot: a Uniate Pope.
Posted at 12:44 PM
"FOR TRUE CHRISTIANS, THE CULTURE OF LIFE THAT MATTERS IS THE CULTURE OF ETERNAL LIFE." [K. J. Lopez]
You gotta worry when you read that in a LATimes oped. Sure enough, the pope was a "'control freak,'" pathetically clinging to life when he had no hope, Jack Miles tells readers. While I understand the pain of watching a loved one suffer, as he clearly is, Miles misses, I think, some of the specifics of lessons from PJPII's last days. He didn't cling to earthly life. He was living a theology of suffering and he let go when it was time, leaving us all with a humble gift of his example.
Posted at 11:20 AM
PRECIOUS [K. J. Lopez]
The Democratic Underground, nasty and demented, as usual.
Posted at 11:13 AM
BONO [K. J. Lopez]
According to MSNBC (I know...I'm supposed to avoid), Bono of u2 said of the pope: "He was the best frontman the Catholic Church ever had."
Posted at 11:08 AM
FROM THE VATICAN INFORMATION SERVICE THIS MORNING [K. J. Lopez]
I won't keep posting these forever, but I think for those interested, it's worthwhile:
Posted at 11:06 AM
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME [K. J. Lopez]
I'm so with John J. this ayem.
Posted at 10:57 AM
"MORE WORK FOR THE NEXT POPE" [K. J. Lopez]
Juan Williams (on Fox News Sunday) wants the Catholic Church to stop dissing women (ordination) and ignoring the threat of AIDs (by embracing condoms). How about a little respect for the fact there's actual teaching behind this stuff and to look at those two topics with such a conventional view shortchanges those teachings?
Posted at 10:57 AM
GRATITUDE [Peter Robinson]
In our home, last night we said a rosary in honor of the pope, with our littlest, still only three, mouthing the words as best she could. Absent the inspiration we drew from John Paul II, I found myself wondering, would my wife and I had the courage to produce what is, by contemporary standards (and by the standards with which I was raised), a big family?
The children may have been puzzled about the tears in their father’s eyes, but as we asked Our Lady to welcome Karol Wojtyla to heaven, I realized that in some sense I owe him their very existence.
Posted at 10:53 AM