Monthly Archives: February 2005

Ward Churchill: Cigar store Indian

Little Green Footballs updates the absurd Ward Churchill story with Churchill’s admission of what seems to be his widely known fake Indian lineage: “Churchill admits he’s not Native American.” Another reader has kindly pointed us to Churchill’s deceitful From a Native Son: Selected Essays on Indigenism, 1985-1995. On the other hand, Professor Paul Heyliger of Colorado State University has also written us to point out that Churchill is an authentic »

Media alert

I am scheduled to appear, live, on MSNBC’s “Connected” program at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern). The topic will be President Bush’s trip to Europe. UPDATE: Thanks to those who have written to compliment me about my apearance. I was lucky. The leftist blogger who appeared with me would have made almost anyone look good. And I think that Ron Reagan was expecting me to talk up the president’s visit (although I »

“We can see it”

Don’t miss this column by David Ignatius on the “Lebanese intifada.” It includes this quotation from the intifada’s leader, Walid Jumblatt: It’s strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq. I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, 8 million of them, it was the start of a new Arab »

The limits of charm, Part Two

Howard Kurtz reports on Jeff Jarvis’ charm offensive. Jarvis, an excellent centrist blogger, would like a pow-wow in which certain bloggers get together with representatives of the New York Times and perhaps other MSM stalwarts. Bill Keller, executive editor of the Times, doesn’t think that much would accomplished by such a get-together. However, his correspondence with Jarvis is getting to point that it constitutes a dialogue of sorts. Keller’s responses »

The limits of charm

President Bush has expressed his deep concern that the European Union is about to lift its ban on arms sales to China, the Washington Times reports. This is the most important story of President Bush’s visit to Europe, and one of the few serious ones being reported. “Charm offensives” may be fun to write about, but neither Condi Rice nor George Bush will be able to charm the Europeans out »

Columbo, call your office!

Lucianne points out this interesting New York Observer story by Joe Hagan: “CBS News’ boss hired private eye to source memo.” Hagan takes at face value the panel report’s failure to conclude that the 60 Minutes memos were fakes; it helps if you’ve read the report, which Hagan clearly hasn’t. See also Hagan’s interview with Amy Goodman of the far-left Democracy Now radio program: “The CBS three won’t slink off.” »

The captain speaks

Harvard President Lawrence Summers appears to have emerged from yesterday’s “emergency” faculty meeting without serious harm: “Harvard is split on Summers.” The Washington Post quotes government professor Susan Pharr commenting on President Summers and sounding remarkably like the Captain talking about the man named Luke in my favorite movie: “Changing his ways will be very difficult,” she said afterward. “I think people need to step back and digest what’s been »

On Mount Suribachi…

sixty years ago today, five Marines and a Navy corpsman raised the American flag after five days of horrendous combat (with another month to come) on Iwo Jima. The unforgettable photograph below by Joe Rosenthal captured the moment. Three of the six in the photo were killed in combat before the end of the battle for Iwo. Of the three survivors, only one — Navy corpsman John Bradley — lived »

A handshake with feeling

On his Gateway Pundit blog Jim Hoft has posted a photograph of President Bush shaking the hand of Ukranian President Yuschenko: “The Bush doctrine at work.” »

Call me stupid

Being recognized by Time Magazine was terrific, but it’s probably a greater honor to be under attack by left-wing blogs such as Daily Kos and Atrios. This blogger is probably much lower on the leftist food chain than those two, but I still enjoyed his attack on us quite a bit. The essence of it is that we’re “stupid.” Oh, we may seem like “nice lawyers and bankers” but we’re »


The incomparable Mark Steyn has the right line on President Bush’s “charm offensive” in Europe: International relations are like ex-girlfriends: if you’re still deluding yourself you can get her back, every encounter will perforce be fraught and turbulent; once you realise that’s never gonna happen, you can meet for a quick decaf latte every six »

Miracle 25 years later

Eric Soskin of the Harvard Federalist Society blog Ex Parte reminds us that today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Miracle on Ice: “25 years later.” The Miracle on Ice specially resonated with us in Minnesota, where we had watched almost half the team play for St. Paul’s Herb Brooks at the University of Minnesota. Last year the Wall Street Journal published the memorable column about Herbie by former New »

Four goes into one

Orrin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy links to a New York Times piece that speculates about the administration’s thinking with respect to picking a new Supreme Court Justice. The Times believes that the inside track belongs to J. Harvie Wilkinson and Michael Luttig of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and to two recently confirmed judges, Michael McConnell (Tenth Circuit) and John Roberts (D.C. Circuit). Kerr believes that all four »

Moonbats on parade (Rated X)

Several readers have asked us to post samples of the vile messages that we have received in recent days from the moonbats who take orders from the left-wing Web sites. As Dana Carvey used to say in the guise of President Bush 41, “Nah gah do it…” But we received two messages today that faithfully mirror the language, tone, and mentality of these moonbats. Stop reading now if you are »

Belgian offensive

Several readers have pointed out to us the Daily Standard column on the Belgian anti-Bush urinal: “Piss off.” Let us recall that in December 1944 Belgium was the object of Hitler’s last major offensive. Thousands of American heroes served and died to repel the offensive and to liberate Belgium. Click here for an excellent site devoted to the battle. Hitler’s last gasp came shortly afterward in the lesser-known Operation Nordwind. »

I’m back

from Harvard where controversial president Lawrence Summers is under fire. I didn’t have the opportunity to do much investigating, given my debate judging obligations. However, I can say that females seem to be well representated at the Biological Laboratory, but not on the Physics Department faculty. More relevant, perhaps, to the comments that landed Summers in hot water is the fact that, as happens almost every year, the boy debaters »

A rare greatness

Today is the anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Of all the great men of the revolutionary era to whom we owe our freedom, Washington’s greatness was the rarest, the most necessary, and, at this remove in time, the hardest to understand. Take, for example, Washington’s contribution to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Washington’s mere presence lent the undertaking and its handiwork the legitimacy that resulted in success. The »