Monthly Archives: August 2002

On Thursday evening Minneapolis had

On Thursday evening Minneapolis had its first race riot in ten years. In the course of executing a search warrant at a North Minneapolis drug haven, one of the targets sicced a pit bull on the police. The officer shot and killed the dog, but one bullet ricocheted off the pavement and hit an eleven year-old in the arm. That was apparently all that was necessary to trigger a rampage »

Rocket Man’s post of the

Rocket Man’s post of the Coulter profile also invited me to share my assessment of her from our dinner with her last year. We found her to be both lovelier and nicer in person than on television. She was absolutely delightful. At dinner Little Trunk recited long swatches of her favorite Coulter columns from memory; Ann would join in and make it a duet. Like so many prominent conservatives we »

Reader, good pal and computer

Reader, good pal and computer whiz Steve Nygard pointed out this admiring portrait of Ann Coulter in the New York Observer. Ann is a favorite of ours. I’ve met her just briefly and can only report that in person she looks much better than her photos; the Trunk had dinner with her a year or two ago and can perhaps give a more meaningful appraisal. »

Deacon’s mention of multiculturalism is

Deacon’s mention of multiculturalism is the note I want to pick up on. The relentless indoctrination in multiculturalism that our kids get in school seems to me a kind of pure expression of the liberal death wish. Once our kids learn the worthlessness of Western civilization as taught by the multiculturalists, they will hold the “correct” attitude toward its enemies and cooperate with them in our own destruction. One of »

I will be in Williamsburg,

I will be in Williamsburg, Virginia for the next few days. My daughter is about to start college there at William & Mary. The college process can be difficult for any parent, but especially for a conservative. The standard nightmare is that we pay $40,000 per year for our child to be indoctrinated by the feminists and multiculturalists to the point that they despise everthing we stand for. More realistically, »

For those who thought Cynthia

For those who thought Cynthia McKinney was an isolated nut, and now that she’s gone the Democrats can breathe a sigh of relief, check out this quote from Rep. Eddie Johnson, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus in the Washington Post: “At the grass roots [among African-American voters], there is a growing perception that Jewish people are attempting to pick our leaders….There is some concern about that.” The Democrats have »

The lead story in the

The lead story in the current issue of The Weekly Standard is a defense by John Harper of the recently announced changes to the SAT test — more difficult math questions and a writing component. But Stanley Kurtz in National Review Online deplores the elimination of the portion of the SAT that tests academic aptitude. Kurtz has the better case. Colleges already can find out how well applicants handle difficult »

Israeli security forces have captured

Israeli security forces have captured a cell of terrorists who have admitted guilt in a number of crimes, including the recent murders at Hebrew University. »

The Carter years were indeed

The Carter years were indeed harrowing, Deacon. We recently bought a new house that had a couple of large ceiling fans from circa 1980. My first act was to order them removed and replaced by chandeliers. Whenever I see a ceiling fan, I think of Jimmy Carter. »

George Will, as usual, is

George Will, as usual, is thoughtful and balanced in assessing where we are in this “summer of discontent.” I think the malaise of the moment will yield quickly once the action starts. »

Trunk, thanks for your response

Trunk, thanks for your response to my blog about the myths of the anti-Vietnam War movement. By the mid-1970s, when the controversy about what was happening in Cambodia came to the fore, the fog was beginning to lift for many of us. Unfortunately, though, it took the harrowing Carter years to make me see the world with anything approaching clarity. »

Ed Kilgore writing in National

Ed Kilgore writing in National Review Online quotes Cynthia McKinney’s father Billy explaining the reason for her electoral difficulties in her primary race against Denise Majette: “Jews »

Debka File presents its take

Debka File presents its take on the death of Abu Nidal, who, Debka says, was killed by Iraqi security forces. Of much greater interest is Debka File’s claim that the Clinton administration and the Egyptian government hired Abu Nidal in the late 90′s to go after Al Qaeda and Egyptian Islamic Jihad, believing that only fellow terrorists would be able to infiltrate such fanatical organizations. According to Debka, the plan »

The usually-reliable Michael Kelly blasts

The usually-reliable Michael Kelly blasts President Bush for what he calls a summer of inactivity and lost opportunities. Lately Bush has been getting hammered from all directions. I think he is in the same position as Lincoln, who said that notwithstanding the incessant criticism he received, he relied on events to bear him out. Lincoln said that if events bore him out, no one would remember the critics; if they »

Deacon, what a fine maiden

Deacon, what a fine maiden blog. It pains me to say that I ardently bought and sold almost every one of the myths Lind explodes in the book. I’m not sure there is anything I can do about it now except to say I was wrong, and that I hope to have learned something over the years not only from my own errors but from studying the great men (and »

The execrable Cynthia McKinney appears

The execrable Cynthia McKinney appears to have gone down to defeat. Good riddance to one of our most disgraceful politicians. »

Deacon and I were both

Deacon and I were both part of the anti-Viet Nam war movement, and for both of us, the tortuous path to understanding the truth about that conflict was an important part of our shedding the leftism of our youth. In some ways, Viet Nam is finally behind us; the Gulf War maybe did away with the Viet Nam Syndrome, and certainly–thankfully–most Americans are far removed from the defeatism of the »