Monthly Archives: February 2009

What we have here, what we are watching…

…is a loose bowels presidency. Yes, that’s what I wrote. That’s what it is. It is becoming everything that was promised by the lack of judgment it takes to sit and listen to Jeremiah Wright for twenty years. I told … Continue reading

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Now that really is the end of an era

Robert Morgenthau won’t seek re-election as Manhattan district attorney. He has had that job since 1975, longer than most 33-year-olds have been alive. Morgenthau is himself 89, which means that he began the job at roughly the age most people … Continue reading

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Gallows humor

Newspapers are dying. That was happening before this recession, and a lot of them might not make it as far as the recovery. Mark Krikorian on a report that the San Francisco Chronicle, the last daily in the city, could … Continue reading

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A perception borne out

About a month ago, commenting on comments about what has happened in American education, I wrote here at NPJ: It helps explain why younger kids seem so much brighter than high school seniors who seem so much brighter than college … Continue reading

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“See No Evil”

I don’t generally read the New York Times editorial pages, including the op-eds and the regular columnists. I just can’t afford it. Take someone like Paul Krugman or Bob Herbert seriously enough to bother with their columns and the next … Continue reading

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Hello? What kind of house party?

Pete Peterson: President Obama’s signing of the $787 billion stimulus bill on Tuesday brings to a close his administration’s first major political battle. While Congress argued over the bill, far less contentious conversations took place in living rooms around the … Continue reading

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Peace, baby, peace

Mark Steyn: In the Swat Valley, where a young Winston Churchill once served with the Malakand Field Force battling Muslim insurgents, his successors have concluded the game isn’t worth the candle. In return for a temporary ceasefire, the Pakistani government … Continue reading

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Well…

…This week, and it was but a four-day week, Barack Obama signed a trillion dollar “stimulus” bill, he announced a home mortgage bailout plan, he gave a speech (or was that last week, and was it just one speech?), and … Continue reading

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Hurry up and drop dead

Thomas Sowell: The big story last week was the incredible congressional rush to pass a bill that was more than 1,000 pages long in just two days — after which it sat on the president’s desk for three days while … Continue reading

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Book burning, for the children

The late Herman Kahn called them the “health and safety fascists.” (I first encountered them decades ago when I dared take a swim in a lake in the middle of a virtually empty state park, and was bum rushed in … Continue reading

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In a daily article at the First Things website announcing the March issue, Stefan McDaniel describes one of the articles (not available right now without a subscription): In “While Europe Slept,” for instance, Jean Bethke Elsthain warns us that a … Continue reading

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But Americans without memory, or experience, will miss the irony

Victor Davis Hanson opens the historical door and Obama falls right through it: We have seen irony before, when the moralist Jimmy Carter chastised us with sermons about our paranoid, inordinate fear of Communism and our amoral unconcern with human … Continue reading

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Lawrence Henry, a damned fine writer, has died

The bad news was up at the American Spectator today. Henry was a regular contributor there. I look at hundreds of pieces of writing every week. I read parts of dozens. I go beginning to end on very few. Lawrence … Continue reading

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Stimulus?

Obama believes that economic catastrophe is on the horizon. I’ve been watching the markets for months, more closely than I ever have, and they seem stable and poised to swing into recovery. Obama keeps pressing his case with an extremely … Continue reading

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“No More Heroes”

The title is from an Ed Rasimus post about the pilot’s work on a bombing run then, over Vietnam, and a similar feat now. It got my adrenaline pumping.

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“Obama Agonistes”

Obama had but to hum a few bars and Bob Tyrrell, who happened to be sitting at the piano, picked up the tune: WASHINGTON — Egads, it is going to be a long four years! It is only two weeks … Continue reading

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