Monthly Archives: April 2006

Sleepy time time

Larry Kudlow has a high threshold for pain (and a good sense of humor). He puts his threshold for pain to especially good use in his column on Hillary Clinton’s talk to the Economic Club of Chicago: “Sleepy visit to planet Hillary.” And he doesn’t even mention her tone of voice. (Courtesy of Lucianne.) »

Four years of the condor

A.J. Strata notes the sudden ubiquity of former CIA agents seeking to take out the Bush administration: “More rogue CIA agents in the media.” A.J. writes: If I was the paranoid kind, I would think ex-CIA agents and NSC members are trying to instigate a bloodless coup d’etat. I am not there yet. But with McCarthy’s firing as the first publicized peron caught (or should we say confessing) to discussing »

Freedman’s complaint

Samuel Freedman is the prominent Columbia University journalism professor who writes frequently on Jewish subjects. Like me, Professor Freedman has carefully studied the Mearsheimer/Walt “Israel Lobby” paper. Unlike me, he has managed to write about it with a light touch and a humorous sting: “A footnote’s footnote.” The column opens: Reading through the chronicle of perfidy that is the working paper by two leading American political scientists on the Israel »

Senator Frist speaks, take 2

Blogospheric guru, political analyst, radio talk show host and Renaissance man Hugh Hewitt invited me to discuss “Senator Frist speaks” on his show last night. Generalissimo Duane has posted the transcript at Radioblogger. Hugh also took up the subject at the outset of his interview with Jeralyn Merritt of Talk Left and Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit later in the show (transcript here). Thanks to Hugh for noting the interview with »

O for a muse of fire

I have the sense that the unwritten story of the popular music of the ’60s is the devastating toll taken by illicit drugs. At ShrinkWrapped, “a psychoanalyst attempts to understand our world.” Elsewhere on his site the doctor describes himself as “trying to make sense of the unreality around us.” In a message concerning his most recent post — “Drugs, sex, and rock & roll…and suicidality…contintued” — he writes: I »

Standing up for national unity

David Ignatius in the Washington Post supplies something that has been lacking in the MSM — an acknowledgement that the selection of Jawad al-Maliki to be Iraq’s prime minister is good news. As a bonus, Ignatius explains why the selection enhances the chances of national unity. For one thing, al-Maliki represents “a modest declaration of independence from Iran.” And by resisting Iranian pressure to back Ibrahim al-Jafari, Shiite leaders “stood »

Cuban Dissident Assaulted

Who is it who said that the dark night of fascism is always descending on the United States, but somehow it keeps landing in Europe? Mark Steyn, I think. It’s landed in Cuba, too: A leading Cuban dissident has said she was badly beaten up by government supporters as she headed for a meeting organised by United States officials. Martha Beatriz Roque said about a dozen people pushed her to »

“False consciousness” and all that

Earlier today, I mentioned a column by Dick Meyer of CBS about the Democrats and their “we know what’s best for you” politics. The column is well worth reading. It is prompted by a piece in which E.J. Dionne argues that Democrats should pitch their ideas less as a “politics of the common good” and more as promoting “self-interest rightly understood.” Meyer considers this posture “morally diseased” because it is »

When Is A Democrat Not A Democrat?

When she returns contributions from Jack Abramoff’s Indian tribe clients. The Associated Press reports on Senator Debbie Stabenow’s refunding of a contribution from the Saginaw Chippewa tribe without ever mentioning that Stabenow is a Democrat, even though the party affiliations of all other politicians mentioned in the article are given in the usual way. Not only that, the AP spins the article into an attack on Republicans, even though the »

“Off the Pigs”–They Were Just Kidding!

Amazingly enough, a proposal to rename a portion of a Chicago street in honor of Black Panther Fred Hampton, who was killed in a shootout with Chicago police in 1969, came close to being adopted. Thankfully, it has now been defeated. The Panthers were nothing more or less than a criminal gang. But Chicago alderman Madeline Haithcock, who sponsored the proposal to honor the murderous thugs, says it’s all a »

Fifty-Six Democrats Vote For Leaks

Earlier today, I noted that Republicans were offering an amendment to the FY 2007 intelligence appropriations bill that condemned illegal leaks. I was curious as to how Democrats would respond; as it turned out, 56 Democrats voted against the amendment, even though it was directed specifically against “unauthorized disclosures of classified information contrary to law and voluntary secrecy agreements.” So a leak had to be unauthorized and illegal to fall »

From RFK Stadium to Camp Nou

This soccer prediction I made in 2003 proved to be nearly correct. Next up, Barca vs. the Arse for the European Championship. »

If Only Stopping Leaks Were As Easy As Condemning Them

Today the House of Representatives is debating the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2007. Congressman Rick Renzi (R-AZ) will offer an amendment in the form of a resolution expressing the view that illegal leaks of classified information should not be tolerated. Here is the text of Renzi’s resolution: 1. The Supreme Court has unequivocally recognized that the Constitution vests the President with the authority to protect national security information as »

Come on in, the water’s fine

Dan Rather says he may start blogging, but that CBS discourages its employees from this activity. Apparently, Rather is thinking about leaving CBS. Actually, CBS has a blog — a good one about the media called Public Eye. In addition, the CBS News website includes an opinion page where Rather’s former producer Dick Meyer (among others) provides commentary. In fact, Meyer has just posted a worthwhile column about the Democrats »

Liberals Tune Out

The Drudge Report notes that left-wing media aren’t faring too well at the moment. Crashing the Gate, by Markos Moulitsos of the Daily Kos, has sold an astonishingly low 3,630 copies, according to Nielsen’s Bookscan. And Air America’s already dismal New York ratings have plummeted another 30%. I doubt that those data mean anything in particular. I think a lot of people are suffering from news fatigue. My guess is »

Judicial Nominations Moving Forward Again?

The Evans-Novak Report says that Senate Republicans are finally moving forward again on some of President Bush’s stalled judicial nominations: After months of laying off the judiciary issue, the Senate is now expected bring up the judicial nominations of D.C. Circuit Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and 4th Circuit nominee Terrence Boyle. Republicans hope to hold votes that will put political pressure on key Democrats. The strategy of filibustering judicial nominations »

It’s Tony Snow!

The White House announced tonight that Fox News radio host Tony Snow will be the new White House press secretary, replacing Scott McClellan. Tony is one of the world’s nice people. He is also a close student of the news, and I think he’s been known to read our site from time to time. His congeniality and media background will buy him some popularity with the reporters who cover the »