Monthly Archives: May 2008

The last Cub Scout

I was actually one of Scott McClellan’s few defenders when he was still White House press secretary. The crew over at NRO’s The Corner, the high church of conservative blogs, happily waved good riddance to him when he left the … Continue reading

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“The revolt against al-Qaeda”

It’s Wretchard’s take at The Belmont Club on Lawrence Wright’s piece in The New Yorker. Wretchard links the Wright piece. I haven’t gone to The New Yorker site yet to check that out, but I’m always interested in what Wretchard … Continue reading

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New strides toward a fascist society in Canada

This time it’s the student government at York University that’s in the lead. (Students always make the best fascists, don’t they.) And it’s the administrators, for once, who are appalled, or are at least pretending to be appalled: In response … Continue reading

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The Neutrotsky Gulag-Observer*

* Yes, before we get started, that’s my very latest name for the New Paltz Times. Other than through their work, I don’t know the people who put the Neutrotsky Gulag-Observer together each week, but through said work I recognize … Continue reading

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Spitzer’s Revenge

The former and deposed Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, probably never thought that he would be driven from office, but just in case any of his multitude of enemies got that gleam in their eyes, Spitzer would have the … Continue reading

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Wow, without realizing it…

…I’ve fallen a whole generation behind in the getting nasty department. Poor Paris Hilton: One day in the distant future, the children of our children’s children will look back upon the ‘aughts’ for retro inspiration and stumble upon the sartorial … Continue reading

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The passing of a frontiersman?

Beck notes the supposed passing of one J. Orlin Grabbe (I think it is pronounced Gray-bee). I emphasize supposed because with Grabbe one would need to have three magistrates rule via three separate inquiries that the deceased had been positively … Continue reading

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VDH: “When Success Is the Orphan”

Victor Davis Hanson discusses the oddness of Western flight from success in the war against terrorism and the war in Iraq: In general, the hard efforts of the last six years against radical Islam — that bore fruit by the … Continue reading

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Imus in captivity

Just turned on the Imus in the Morning radio program for the first time since its re-debut back in, hell, December. I’m wondering if things have changed. At that last tune-in he was telling me how he really wouldn’t mind … Continue reading

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Feith on Iraq War context

Back in early April, during a rumination on some remarks I’d heard by the indescribably stupid Senator Joseph Biden as cross-referenced to a Victor Davis Hanson essay on public perception of American wars, I made this comment about how the … Continue reading

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The tragedy of Great Britain is even greater than I had previously thought

It has become an American university: Making matters worse, in Britain, multiculturalism became a career opportunity and a source of political patronage. So-called experts on cultural sensitivity and equal opportunity—generally people whose ambitions far exceeded their talent, except for bureaucratic … Continue reading

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“Saddam and Bin Laden”

Saddam’s relationship with al Qaeda and Bin Laden remains a matter of speculation. Nothing has been turned up so far that suggests an operational relationship (i.e., that they blew things up and killed people by arrangement). The question of Saddam’s … Continue reading

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Obama trauma

Michael Barone, one of the preeminent students of the nuts and bolts of American politics, is rather struck by the exit poll responses from voters — Democratic voters — in the West Virginia and Kentucky primaries: [S]lightly under 50 percent … Continue reading

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Memorial Day: I’m glad cousin T. only got the Silver Star

Mac Owens does a good job today of reminding us what Memorial Day is about: those American comrades in arms who have fallen in defense of the Republic. This weekend, we mark the 140th anniversary of the first official observation … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney’s “Big Dig”

I would never say that I’ve held Mitt Romney in contempt, that’s not part of my take on him (I hold the Clintons in contempt, for instance). No, for me Romney has always been just a big zero and I … Continue reading

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Hillary’s hammer

One could not fail to be impressed by the hammering Hillary Clinton gave to Barack Obama yesterday in the Democratic primary in Kentucky. True, Obama won an impressive 17-point victory in Oregon, but Hillary more than doubled that with her … Continue reading

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