Monthly Archives: May 2010

The bludgeons of bureaucracy and the midwives who love them

Mike Soja did a round-up the other day that I ineptly forgot to link here. He serves these up occasionally like blue plate specials: And here I thought that our “dependence on oil” was an unavoidable artifact of the industrial … Continue reading

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Hollywood gunshot wounds

Tam has a good one on the difference between gunshot wounds and Hollywood gunshot wounds: In Hollywood, the bullet never takes a tumble and blows the shoulder joint apart in a spray of bone fragments, necessitating amputation of the arm … Continue reading

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Michael Mukasey gets it

Former Attorney General and former federal judge Mukasey gets it, in spades. On how the “born yesterday” crowd in charge handled the Times Square bombing: In the hours immediately following the discovery and disarming of the car bomb, media outlets … Continue reading

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Thomas Sowell gets it

He eyes the chic new with-it “duty to die.” As I pointed out here and elsewhere during the great debate, as often as I felt I could without saying it every day, “universal” health care will work around three basic … Continue reading

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The Kagan nomination

Yuck.

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I pray for a very long life for Barack Obama

When he hopefully leaves office in January, 2013, Barack Obama will be 51 years old. I hope and pray that he lives to be 100, at least, because it will take that many more years to unwind and to explore … Continue reading

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Academentia

It’s not just a sideline; it’s the mainstream. Daniel Flynn looks at a new book that defends Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple by the chair of the department of religious studies at San Diego State. Flynn contextualizes and sums … Continue reading

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George Neumayr gets it

The truth about Times Square: The struggle between Islam and the West is presented as a “clash of civilizations.” But at this point it looks more like a clash of incompetents: not terribly bright jihadists advance upon an increasingly imbecilic … Continue reading

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That’s a “No Sale” on that one

Andrew McCarthy is, as usual, excellent on sizing up the handling of terrorism cases (he was the federal prosecutor in the 1990’s “Blind Sheik” case), but I’m not buying his appeal to cut the regime some slack on its decision … Continue reading

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The Times Square terrorist attack

Yes, where have I been on that. I’ve been commenting rather extensively about it at Bruce McQuain’s blog (here, here, and here, latest thread first). The comments section at Bruce’s place is fast and my comments are indeed made in … Continue reading

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“Nobody will ever achieve these feats again”

Billy Beck reviews Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds. It has always seemed strange to me, but there are people in the world to whom this “air” business seems very strange. The very idea of launching off … Continue reading

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Obama now confirms that he is a slob

Among other things previously covered here. From ABC News’ Jake Tapper: Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement … Continue reading

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Counterterrorism

Buy and read my doctoral dissertation on the subject. Comes hidden in the form of a rocket-paced entertaining novel. Note similarities to passing events. My thesis deals with essentials of attitude and honesty. As one reader who finished the novel … Continue reading

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That’s a good question

John Venlet: Can the atrocious and utopian notion of May Day be turned on its ear and into a meaningful day of remembering and honoring the victims of Communism? I had never put that together. Venlet links through to the … Continue reading

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