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Posted on 01/12/2010 4:08:17 PM PST by EveningStar
[Ed. note: In what easily ranks as the high point in my blogging career, and the low point of the entire neoconservative movement, I was somehow invited to attend the 80th Birthday Roast of Norman Podhoretz at the Park Plaza in New York last night where I got to rub elbows with, among others, Charles Krauthammer, William Bennett, Lucianne Goldberg, Paul Gigot, Mark Steyn, Henry Kissinger and the whole Podhoretz family. What follows is my small contribution to the roast, an edited version of which was wonderfully performed in character by the great Orson Bean. Many thanks to Commentary editor John Podhoretz for including me in the festivities. And sorry about that little drunk and disorderly thing.]
A Remembrance by T. Coddington Van Voorhees VI
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It’s great to see Dave Burge getting the recognition he deserves.
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Brilliant. Must have been quite an occasion. I found at least one Twitter referring to the 80th birthday roast, and this bit from Wikipedia which I presume is accurate:
Norman B. Podhoretz, pronounced pod-HOR-etz (born January 16, 1930).
Happy soon-to-be birthday, Norman! and congratulations to all.
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Every time I read Dave Burge I expect to be disappointed. He won’t be able to match his last effort. How could he? And then.....even better!!!
My hair hurts from laughing so hard. You’ll also notice that he wrote this to be effective as a speech. It must have brought down the house.
How does he keep outdoing himself ? In my next life I am going to be that witty.
Here are some highlights from his Wikipedia bio:
Here are some highlights from his Wikipedia bio: "Podhoretz served as Commentary magazine's Editor-in-Chief from 1960 (when he replaced Elliot E. Cohen) until his retirement in 1995. Podhoretz remains Commentary's Editor-at-Large. In 1963, he wrote the influential essay, My Negro Problem And Ours," in which he described the oppression he felt from African-Americans as a child , and concluded by calling for a color-blind society, and advocated "the wholesale merging of the two races [as] the most desirable alternative for everyone concerned."OK, so he's called for the destruction of the white and black races. It's unclear if he also is calling for the elimination of the Jewish race/faith, which of course has strong rules against intermarraige, and even charities set up to promote anti-misegination among Jews, as we saw in the Madoff scandal.
From 1981 to 1987, Podhoretz was an adviser to the U.S. Information Agency. From 1995 to 2003, he was a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2004. The award recognized Podhoretz's intellectual contributions as editor-in-chief of Commentary magazine and as a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.
So, along with ohter Neocons he supported Bush's War on Terror. Many here did too, though perhaps not as whole heartedly, of for the same reasons.
Norman Podhoretz was one of the original signatories of the "Statement of Principles" of the Project for the New American Century.
Podhoretz received the Guardian of Zion Award from Bar-Ilan University on May 24, 2007.
He served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Rudy Giuliani in his 2008 presidential campaign. The same year, he publicly advocated an American attack on Iran.
Podhoretz's book, Why are Jews liberals?, questions why Jews for decades have been dependable Democrats, often supporting the party by margins of better than two-to-one, even in years of Republican landslides. 
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LOL! By jove, T. Coddington Van Voorhees VI has done it again!
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