Monthly Archives: June 2006

Blog of the Week: Patterico’s Pontifications

This week’s Blog of the Week is Patterico’s Pontifications. Patterico’s Pontifications is run by Patrick Frey, a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles. His hobbies include playing guitar and piano, writing songs, reading, playing with his children — and relentlessly bashing the Los Angeles Times. Today, the Patterico post that’s getting lots of attention relates to Patterico’s favorite target: Patterico Cancels his Subscription to the L.A. Times: I told him »

Return of the Northern Alliance

In our first hour today, we talked about the big stories of the day: the media’s tipoff to al Qaeda of yet another anti-terror program, the arrest of seven would-be Jihadis in Florida, and the crashing and burning of Democrat anti-war ambitions in the Senate. It was a lively hour, made even more interesting by technical problems that apparently resulted from a lightning strike last night. I edited out of »

Return of the Northern Alliance

In our first hour today, we talked about the big stories of the day: the media’s tipoff to al Qaeda of yet another anti-terror program, the arrest of seven would-be Jihadis in Florida, and the crashing and burning of Democrat anti-war ambitions in the Senate. It was a lively hour, made even more interesting by technical problems that apparently resulted from a lightning strike last night. I edited out of »

An Offer We Can’t Refuse?

Ace of Spades makes an interesting point about the incessant publication of national security leaks by the New York Times, Washington Post, etc.: The left continues to undermine national security in the most despicable, cynical way. I’m quite sure the reasonable liberals at the NYT and WaPo know full well that programs like this are absolutely vital, and their secrecy is likewise vital. However, they have made the most anti-American »

An Offer We Can’t Refuse?

Ace of Spades makes an interesting point about the incessant publication of national security leaks by the New York Times, Washington Post, etc.: The left continues to undermine national security in the most despicable, cynical way. I’m quite sure the reasonable liberals at the NYT and WaPo know full well that programs like this are absolutely vital, and their secrecy is likewise vital. However, they have made the most anti-American »

The public’s right to “no”

There is something especially perverse in the willful disclosure of highly classified information that directly undermines the security of the United States when juxtaposed with the administration’s unwillingness to declassify and release the Harmony documents on WMDs. Michael Ledeen writes at NRO’s Corner: Keller et al have confirmed yet again that they don’t care about national security, at least in this war (sorry, the current circumstances; they don’t think we’re »

The public’s right to “no”

There is something especially perverse in the willful disclosure of highly classified information that directly undermines the security of the United States when juxtaposed with the administration’s unwillingness to declassify and release the Harmony documents on WMDs. Michael Ledeen writes at NRO’s Corner: Keller et al have confirmed yet again that they don’t care about national security, at least in this war (sorry, the current circumstances; they don’t think we’re »

Faking it

Yale University Professor Steven Smith has written a new book on the thought of Leo Strauss, Reading Leo Strauss: Politics, Philosphy, Judaism. Clifford Orwin reviewed it favorably in the May issue of Commenatary; Orwin’s review isn’t available online, but my friend Bruce Sanborn summarizes it in this post at The Remedy. The virtue of Orwin’s review is that it is based on deep knowledge of the book’s subject. Tomorrow’s New »

Iran’s Threat to Go “Underground”

Over at Power Line Video, check out Mohsen Rezai, Secretary of the Iranian Expediency Council, as he discusses Iran’s situation vis-a-vis the United States on Iranian television. He says that “Iran has achieved a great thing” by stalling off the United Nations, and offers an analysis of American power that includes the hoary “paper tiger” theme. Most interesting is his discussion of Iran’s nuclear program. He says that if the »

Great Strategy!

The Scratching Post documents the effects on the New York Times of “Compromising National Security as a Marketing Strategy.” The chart below shows the NYT’s stock price over the last five years: From a business standpoint, the Times’ embrace of far-left politics on page one has been a disaster. I’m reminded of the analysis Michael Medved did years ago, showing that the movie studios’ preference for R-rated and X-rated movies »

Priorities

We’ve run thirteen installments of our “Who is Keith Ellison?” series on the endorsed Democratic congressional candidate for Minnesota’s Fifth District (mostly covering Minneapolis). The Minneapolis Star Tribune hasn’t yet stirred itself to take a look at Ellison’s troubling public record. Under names including Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison, and Keith Ellison-Muhammad, Ellison’s public record includes, among other things, a leadership role in the Nation of Islam, support for an »

Hugh Hewitt floods the zone

Our friend Hugh Hewitt “flooded the zone” on his radio program last night in the style of former New York Times editor Howell Raines, devoting almost the entire show to the exposure of the administration’s terrorist finance tracking program. Radioblogger has posted transcripts of Hugh’s interviews with Bill Kristol, with Glenn Reynolds and Ed Morrissey, and with John and me. In its editorial on the subject today, the New York »

The Cup runneth over

into the next stage. The round of 16 begins tomorrow. There are only two real surprises among the remaining 16 — Ghana and Australia. And there’s only one surprise group winner — Switzerland. This means there are clear favorites in nearly all of the upcoming matches. England, in particular, seems to have caught a break by drawing Ecaudor. But there will be one surprise team in the round of eight »

Best line of the day

Actually it’s several lines by Peggy Noonan from yesterday which I didn’t see until today: Democratic leaders in Washington are in a worse position than Republican leaders in Washington. Neither likes their base, really, and both think they are smarter. But the Democrats think, deep down, that their base is barking mad. The Republicans don’t. They just think their base is a bore. »

Journey to the center of the liberal psyche

Sometimes I think of Power Line as a long quest to discover and distill the core of modern left-liberalism. The journey is ongoing, but portions of this piece by Diana West feel like they bring us close to our destination. »

Retaking the university

As part of its summer reading series, NRO has posted the 1990 review of Roger Kimball’s Tenured Radicals by Dartmouth Professor of English (emeritus and extraordinaire) Jeffrey Hart: “Against a sea of troubles.” Last year Roger returned to the scene of the crime in his New Criterion article “Retaking the university.” Roger has expanded the article into a forthcoming book of the same title, to be published this coming November. »

Spirit of the Times

The Weekly Standard has posted previews of tomorrow’s new issue, both of which that bear on the crimes of the Times. Heather Mac Donald captures the spirit of the Times in “National security be damned.” Gabriel Schoenfeld revisits the subject of his important March Commentary article in “Leaks and the law.” At NRO, Andrew McCarthy covers much of the same territory in his own style in “The media’s war against »