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  • Christians, Arrested for Protesting Homosexual Street Fair, Now Acquitted

    01/06/2005 11:55:20 PM PST · by paudio · 197 replies · 5,715+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 1/6/05 | Lilia Tse
    "Hate Crime" charges against four Christian men, facing a total of 47 years in prison, were dropped after the judge viewed the tape of the incident. Four Christian men were charged with “hate crime” felony when in fact they were peacefully protesting a homosexual street event on October 10, 2004 in Philadelphia. Concerned Women for America (CWA) urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to intervene. The four adult defendants, who face a total of 47 years in prison if convicted of the three felonies and five misdemeanors, pled not guilty. “The District Attorney’s office went berserk, saddling them with...
  • Saskatchewan to allow same-sex marriages

    11/05/2004 2:37:42 PM PST · by Ahriman · 32 replies · 704+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | Nov 5, 2004 | Darren Yourk
    Saskatchewan has become the seventh Canadian jurisdiction to allow same-sex marriages. Madam Justice Donna Wilson of the Court of Queen's Bench ruled Friday that the traditional definition of marriage, as it currently exists, discriminates against gay and lesbian couples. Five couples who were denied marriage licences because they were not of the opposite sex filed a statement of claim seeking a declaratory judgment that the common-law definition of marriage be changed. The group wanted the definition changed to read "two people to the exclusion of others," rather than "two people of the opposite sex." "The judge found that it is...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Andrew Sullivan: THE LEWINSKY PATH

    02/12/2004 4:52:48 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 95 replies · 419+ views ^ | 02/12/04 | Andrew Sullivan
    I'm beginning to worry that the Republicans might be behind this smear-job on Kerry. So does a reader: "Well, this may be it. As a life-long Republican, I have defended my party and its leaders through thick and thin over the years, but I don't know if I can do it any longer. I voted for Reagan in 1984 (my first Presidential election), despite my misgivings about the rising influence of the Religious Right and my displeasure at the ludicrous budget deficits, because of his moral clarity on the issue of Communism. I voted for Bush Sr. in '88 and...
  • Sullivan’s Troubles: Are you as sick of Andrew as we are?

    02/10/2004 9:15:49 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 20 replies · 290+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 02/11/04 | Jay Currie
    The very, very busy Andrew Sullivan (über blogger, gay Time Tory, etc.) is in a funk about President Bush. He thinks the president "is in the Rove-Cheney cocoon right now," which is keeping Bush from recognizing the obvious: His coalition is falling apart. According to Sullivan's analysis, the president's de facto amnesty proposal has misfired, costing more Anglo votes than it nets in Latino support; the drunken Democrat routine on spending has aroused "[deep] concern" among independents (e.g., Perot voters); and Iraq could still go pear shaped. More Debatable: "prescription drugs pandering hasn't swayed any seniors"; religious conservatives may convince...
  • Andrew Sullivan: BUSH 1, KRISTOL/KRUGMAN 0

    12/11/2003 10:03:15 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 30 replies · 474+ views ^ | 12/12/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    What a relief to hear the president forthrightly defend his decision to bar Germany, France and Russia from competing on Iraq reconstruction contracts. There is a difference between being magnanimous and being a patsy. Germany, France and Russia are completely free to donate money and troops to help Iraq's transition away from a dictatorship they defended and bankrolled. (They have, of course, delivered nothing.) But, after doing everything they could to undermine the U.S. at the U.N. and elsewhere in order to protect their own favored dictator, they have absolutely no claim on the tax-payers of the United States. The...
  • Andrew Sullivan: THE DURHAM DEBATE

    12/09/2003 9:41:22 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 19 replies · 285+ views ^ | 12/10/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    I've been reading the transcripts so far in this election but watched last night's debate in full. What a truly depressing spectacle. The sheer torrent of tired cliches, dead metaphors, and hoary old stem-winders was enough to numb what's left of my cold-riddled sinuses. The sheer lack of talent on the stage was what struck me. Only four candidates seemed the faintest bit credible: Dean, Gephardt, Kerry and Lieberman. Edwards revealed why he hasn't caught on - not just the accent, but the exhausted and obviously phony Shrum-like rhetoric about "special interests" and lobbyists. I kept thinking to myself: the...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Hillary, the Hawk

    12/08/2003 1:44:41 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 21 replies · 334+ views
    The Sunday Times via ^ | 12/07/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    Aiming for 2008 British anti-war liberals, lefties, and conservatives have just won a new enemy. This gung-ho member of the neocon cabal, this imperialistic threat to world peace, this destroyer of multilateral alliances actually believes that president Bush is too soft for the Iraq war. The president is too swift to turn over sovereignty to Iraqis, according to this critique. He needs to pour in more troops, display more resolve, demand more from allies, and take more time to get the job done right. Who is this foe of the anti-war left? Drum roll, please. It's Hillary Clinton. You won't...
  • Andrew Sullivan: No Show (The Bush military funeral canard - fisked)

    12/03/2003 7:46:03 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 34 replies · 641+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 12/02/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    There's a growing anti-Bush meme, pioneered in part by Maureen Dowd and The New York Times, that holds that president Bush is a heartless chicken-hawk who wages war recklessly and cares not a whit for the welfare of the soldiers under his command. The evidence? That he hasn't attended any military funerals related to the Iraq war. This particular indictment works rhetorically because it manages to sum up a criticism of the Bush administration's Iraq policy while adding the extra ingredient of damning Bush personally. (Indeed, one blogger has documented the meme's increased popularity on antiwar websites.) But it also...
  • Andrew Sullivan: London Calling

    11/18/2003 12:10:04 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 28 replies · 783+ views
    The Sunday Times via ^ | 11/16/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    Bush, Ambushed Maybe this whole State visit idea was the brain-child of Michael Moore's book agent. The cover-image of Moore's latest book, "Dude, Where's My Country?" features a photo-shop image of a statue of president Bush being toppled just as Saddam's was laid low earlier this year in Baghdad. And next week exactly such a re-enactment is promised by the anti-war forces set to protest president George W. Bush's visit to Britain in Trafalgar Square. Call it a product tie-in. Or maybe it's a secret plot by the State Department to subject George W. Bush to such public relations horror...
  • Sullivan: Bi-Polar Nation (Free Republic, which is sometimes just as outrageous . . as DU)

    11/11/2003 9:51:46 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 68 replies · 6,400+ views
    The Sunday Times via ^ | 11/09/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    America, Divided I was searching around for a metaphor for what life is actually like as a politically interested person in the U.S. right now, and I'm not sure I've come up with anything that accurately conveys it. The term "polarization" seems a little too anti-septic. "Bi-polar" suggests serial ups and downs, whereas America's divisions are deep and simultaneous. The "red-blue" split - between blue coastal elites and red Middle America - has become an almost meaningless cliche; and it misses the fact that there are plenty of blue-style voters in red America and vice-versa. Evoking the deep divides of...

    11/06/2003 10:18:45 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 6 replies · 202+ views ^ | 11/07/03 | Andrew Gumbel
    We've been waiting for this speech. Critics of the war in Iraq and a huge change in American foreign policy in the Middle East will no doubt play up the negatives. They will argue that the president is changing the subject from the difficult occuation of Iraq, the threat of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. But the case for war both in Afghanistan and Iraq has always been a complex and varied one, despite the attempts of the cynics to reduce it to one issue (and then blame the administration for simplisme). The fundamental lesson of 9/11 seems to...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Bush Boom?

    11/05/2003 10:20:37 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 23 replies · 248+ views
    The Sunday Times via ^ | 11/04/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    His New Electoral Odds When even George Stephanopoulos concedes it, you know a new pro-Bush conventional wisdom has been born. Speaking at Northwestern University in Chicago last week, the former Clinton flunky opined the following about the political future of the U.S: "It looks like we are coming out of the recession. Wages are starting to go up. Productivity is starting to go up. Generally if you look at polls across the country people respect President Bush even when people don't agree with his policies. He has an amazingly strong hold on the Republican party. He's not going to have...
  • Rooney's Tune [Andrew Sullivan Fisks Andy]

    11/04/2003 5:37:01 AM PST · by aculeus · 10 replies · 282+ views
    The New Republic on line ^ | November 4, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    [ Editor's Note: In what follows, TNR Senior Editor Andrew Sullivan deconstructs Andy Rooney's commentary from Sunday's edition of "60 Minutes." ] Andy Rooney's latest "60 Minutes" commentary attacks George W. Bush by way of a mea culpa Rooney has graciously volunteered to write: Rooney: Years ago, I was asked to write a speech for President Nixon. I didn't do that, but I wish President Bush would ask me to write a speech for him now. Nice little subliminal connection right there--Bush and Nixon. Not exactly subtle, of course, but this is Andy Rooney. Rooney: Here's what I'd write if...
  • Andrew Sullivan - Dream-Tickets: Dean-Clark vs. Bush-Rice?

    10/20/2003 12:55:19 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 45 replies · 236+ views
    The Sunday Times via ^ | 10/19/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    Here's a scenario that will likely frighten the White House. Two words: Dean-Clark. It is, of course, way too early to start talk about potential tickets for 2004. But it is not too early to recognize a couple of obvious facts about the Democratic race. Howard Dean is both the easy front-runner, the only man to have galvanized the base, the only candidate to have raised really serious money, and to have provided a simple, clear message: get rid of Bush and move to the center, while coopting the left. At the same time, it's also pretty clear that he's...
  • Andrew Sullivan: READ THE (WMD) REPORT

    10/02/2003 9:33:18 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 130 replies · 3,869+ views ^ | 10/03/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    If you think that David Kay's report on Iraqi WMDs can be adequately summarized by idiotic headlines such as: "No Illicit Arms Found in Iraq," then you need to read this report. If you believe the following "news analysis" by David Sanger in today's New York Times summarizes the findings of David Kay, then you need to read this report. Sanger's piece is, in fact, political propaganda disguised as analysis, designed to obscure and distort the evidence that you can read with your own eyes. His opening paragraph culminates in a simple, knowing, well-crafted lie: The preliminary report delivered on...
  • Andrew Sullivan: CLARK ON THE WAR

    09/18/2003 9:38:21 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 26 replies · 404+ views ^ | 09/19/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    Reading this essay by Wesley Clark, I have to say I'm not reassured that he has what it takes to wage a war on terror. If he had been president, the war in Afghanistan would probably not have taken place, let alone the war against Saddam. His first instinct after the deadliest act of war against the American heartland in history was to help the United Nations set up an International Criminal Tribunal on International Terrorism. I'm not even making that up. Maybe Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia could head up the committee. If I were to imagine a parody...
  • Andrew Sullivan: They think Bush is worse than the Baghdad bullies

    07/26/2003 4:01:08 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 58 replies · 816+ views
    The Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | 07/27/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    There was something wonderfully strained about how various media organisations dealt last week with the news of the deaths of Qusay and Uday Hussein. From the BBC to Reuters, there was palpable — if sternly repressed — dismay. One of the first headlines that the Ba’athist Broadcasting Corporation put out on the news was: “US celebrates ‘good’ Iraq news”. The quotation marks around “good” did not refer to any quote or source in the text. They were pure editorialising on behalf of the BBC, whose campaign to undermine the liberation of Iraq is now in full swing. It was not...
  • Andrew Sullivan: It’s all getting a little hysterical (Ann Coulter = Michael Moore)

    07/05/2003 4:28:35 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 290 replies · 1,642+ views
    The Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | 07/06/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    Few would dispute that she’s a babe. Lanky, skinny, with long blonde hair tumbling down to her breasts, Ann Coulter has been photographed in a shiny black latex dress. She’s whip-sharp in public debates, has done a fair amount of homework and has made a lot of the right enemies. If much of modern American conservatism has made headway because of its media savvy, compelling personalities and shameless provocation, then Coulter deserves some pride of place in its vanguard. But that, of course, is also the problem. In the ever-competitive marketplace of political ideas — in a world of blogs...
  • Andrew Sullivan: THE 'INGRATITUDE' OF THOMAS

    06/25/2003 3:22:42 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 39 replies · 424+ views ^ | 06/25/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    It would be hard to find a more appalling example of racial animus than in Maureen Dowd's column this morning. For some reason I guess I do understand, Clarence Thomas isn't just opposed by many on the Left; he is hated. He is hated because he is, in Dowd's extraordinary formulation, guilty of "a great historical ingratitude." The good negroes, in Dowd's liberal-racist world, are those grateful to their massas in the liberal hierarchy: they are grateful to Howell and Gerald and Arthur; and they know their place. For them to express the psychological torment of being advanced for racist...
  • The Hillary Divide by Andrew Sullivan

    06/08/2003 8:49:55 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 154 replies · 839+ views
    The Sunday Times | June 7, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    The Hillary Divide The Gulf in American Politics It didn't even take a book. It merely took a tiny sliver of a book leak to send Washington into a tailspin of recriminations, accusations and spin. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's memoirs - already described as "memeroids" by one of her more tenacious enemies - aren't due to be released until tomorrow. But someone somewhere - presumably someone with an axe to grind - leaked some critical details to the Associated Press, and all hell broke loose. It tells you all that you really need to know about the former president's wife...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Hillary’s military campaign for the presidency

    05/10/2003 3:55:31 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 113 replies · 747+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | May 11, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    Cue the music from Jaws, or Fatal Attraction. Just when you thought the Democratic party was flailing around in its attempt to gain any political traction, a familiar and fascinating figure is haunting the sidelines. In a sign of how pitiful the Democratic talent pool seems these days, that figure is one Hillary Rodham Clinton. No, she is not running for president next year. But the former first lady has been showing signs of ramping up her steely political ambitions. Republicans are alternately salivating at the prospect and dreading it. Hillary mobilises the Republican base more effectively than an evangelical...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Europe is the thorn in Bush’s new world order

    05/03/2003 3:15:00 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 22 replies · 365+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | May 4, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    Anyone wanting a glimpse of how and where American foreign policy will now be directed will not have learnt much from President Bush’s speech last Thursday on board the USS Abraham Lincoln. The networks interrupted their usual coverage in a manner that suggested a clear direction for the future might be unveiled. Instead, the president invoked the memory of September 11, connected the Iraq war to the war on terror and praised Donald Rumsfeld, his secretary of defence. But apart from a tantalising mention of a “peaceful Palestine”, the rest was opaque. This was the alternative to a victory parade...
  • Andrew Sullivan: America sets the agenda for wars of the future

    04/12/2003 3:18:08 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 42 replies · 885+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 13, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    In some ways a pro-war columnist should have nothing much to say this week. Once you saw the images of liberation last Wednesday, what more could anyone add? Several images stood out: the children being led out of a gruesome prison; the statue of Saddam being dragged through the streets; the piles of Vanity Fairs in Tariq Aziz’s now-looted home. It’s really something to think of a man prepping his son for Harvard while presiding over a system that tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands and harboured chemicals designed to kill millions more. Amid all the reporting, many anecdotes also...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: Hitler? He’s not half as bad as Bush

    04/05/2003 3:14:19 PM PST · by MadIvan · 45 replies · 555+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 6, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    Last week two rival opinions leapt out from the crowd of the American media. The first was from Nicholas De Genova, a Columbia University professor. He was addressing an anti-war “teach-in” at the Ivy League college, and felt comfortable in the anti-war consensus of America’s hyper-left-wing academy. So comfortable, in fact, that he blurted out what he really believes. Surveying the war, De Genova said what others only privately believe and what a third of the French now apparently hold dear. He longed for “a million Mogadishus” for American soldiers in Iraq — a million incidents in which soldiers are...
  • "A million Mogadishus": Some antiwar leftists bring moral squalor to their cause (Andrew Sullivan)

    03/30/2003 5:31:52 PM PST · by Timesink · 22 replies · 395+ views
    Salon ^ | March 29, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    "A million Mogadishus"Those antiwar leftists who equate Bush with Saddam and cheer U.S. military setbacks bring moral squalor to their cause. - - - - - - - - - - - -By Andrew SullivanMarch 29, 2003  |  The coming weeks are going to be critical for the left in this country for a very simple reason. Legitimate, important, valid or even extreme and hyperbolic arguments before a war are one thing. But they have a different salience when they are made during a war -- especially one that has barely even begun. There are already polling suggestions that the...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: Winds of war are blowing Britain away from Europe

    03/29/2003 3:33:57 PM PST · by MadIvan · 53 replies · 563+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | March 30, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    Something quite simple leapt out from the Bush-Blair press conference on Thursday. It wasn’t a statement as such. It wasn’t an argument. It was merely a pronoun. This is how The New York Times described the interchange: “Both Bush and Blair addressed the lack of support among many traditional allies in war. ‘There are many people on our side, there are those that oppose us,’ Blair acknowledged. But he also said, ‘I have no doubt that we are doing the right thing, I have no doubt that our cause is just.’ Bush insisted: ‘We have plenty of western allies. We...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: So who exactly did start this war?

    03/22/2003 3:23:08 PM PST · by MadIvan · 37 replies · 552+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | March 23, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    George Bush is accused of bringing about the showdown in Iraq, but when the twists and turns of history since the last Gulf war are examined, the finger points in an entirely different direction Whose war is this? If it succeeds, it will have many authors, as victories always do. If it fails, its architects will be restricted to the handful of leaders who are required to take responsibility regardless of merit or cause. So perhaps now is the best moment to propose the true orchestrators of this, the first full-scale invasion of the 21st century — while wet fingers...
  • Andrew Sullivan: THE WAR

    03/17/2003 10:01:00 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 8 replies · 297+ views ^ | 03/17/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    This would be true even if Iraq were not already in violation of umpteen U.N. resolutions. It would be true even if Saddam didn't pose a genuine threat to the region and, via terrorists, to the West itself. How much more morally indefensible is appeasement when we also have complete international authority to do what must be done? I think we will look back in the future and not ask, as so many now are, how it was that diplomacy didn't get unanimity on this matter. We will look back and see the moral obtuseness of Chirac and Putin and...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: Bush’s targets: first Iraq, then Iran and then ... Israel

    03/15/2003 3:27:06 PM PST · by MadIvan · 12 replies · 246+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | March 16, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    Drum roll please. Clare Short has a solid American ally in her stand against disarming and deposing Saddam Hussein. Here’s what he had to say last week: “We charge that a cabal of polemicists and public officials seek to ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America’s interests. We charge them with colluding with Israel to ignite those wars and destroy the Oslo accords. “We charge them with deliberately damaging US relations with every state in the Arab world that defies Israel or supports the Palestinian people’s right to a homeland of their own. We...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: Clinton talked a good war — Bush has to fight it

    03/08/2003 3:19:45 PM PST · by MadIvan · 62 replies · 1,073+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | March 9, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    Here’s a simple quiz. Who said the following: “What if (Saddam) fails to comply and we fail to act, or we take some ambiguous third route which gives him yet more opportunities to develop this programme of weapons of mass destruction? . . . Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some day, some way, I guarantee you he’ll use the arsenal.” Full marks if you guessed Bill Clinton. It was 1998. But I...
  • Andrew Sullivan: America turns to the voices that tell it like it is

    03/01/2003 3:13:23 PM PST · by MadIvan · 15 replies · 322+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | March 2, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    It’s become something of a cliché among some European commentators that the reason for the US-European gap in perceptions about the coming war against Saddam is the media. In America, we’re told, the famously scrappy, independent media have gone belly-up like a puppy, desperate to have its tummy scratched by the White House. In Europe, in contrast, the independent media and television have kept their eyes on the ball and maintained the usual journalistic standards of, er, the BBC. Al Gore, with his usual ability to chew manfully on a half-truth, put it this way: “The media is kind of...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: This rabid Rev is the answer to Bush’s prayers

    02/22/2003 3:23:35 PM PST · by MadIvan · 29 replies · 445+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | February 23, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    From Britain, it might well seem as if George W Bush has been having a terrible few weeks. Nato has split over war with Iraq; France and Germany have come out as de facto allies of Saddam; and Alan Greenspan has poured cold water over Bush’s economic plans. Yet the president seems mystifyingly serene and it’s only when you look at the Democrats that you realise why Bush is smiling. Suddenly, in American domestic politics, it’s the 1980s all over again. Faced with a gung-ho cowboy president who’s cutting taxes and pursuing an aggressive foreign policy, the Democrats have gone...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: General Powell goes into battle to save the UN

    02/08/2003 3:59:15 PM PST · by MadIvan · 10 replies · 236+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | February 9, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    Watching Colin Powell’s presentation to the United Nations Security Council last week was riveting, not simply because of the irrefutable evidence of Saddam Hussein’s contempt for the UN inspections process, or the implacability of the French, Chinese and Russian responses. It was riveting primarily because this was Colin Powell. And this was the UN. Nobody can claim that Powell is opposed to multilateral diplomacy or to the UN itself. On the contrary, he has long been their strongest advocate. Like most military men, Powell loathes warfare. He is perhaps the man most responsible for restraining force against Saddam in 1991....
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: Come on in: the Anglosphere is freedom’s new home

    02/01/2003 3:48:37 PM PST · by MadIvan · 32 replies · 608+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | February 2, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    I received yet another anti-French e-mail last week. It was part of a spoof press release. It began: “Paris — in a stunning reversal of policy, French President Jacques Chirac announced today that the French government will be supporting the war on terror after all. “Five hundred soldiers from the elite French Surrender Battalion of the Foreign Legion are in the process of shipping out to Iraq where they will assist the Iraqi Republican Guard in their inevitable surrender to the overwhelming might of the American armed forces. “Chirac also announced that his government will send 3,000 advisers from the...
  • Andrew Sullivan on 2003 SOTU

    01/28/2003 8:53:44 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 71 replies · 620+ views ^ | 01/28/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    AMBITION:I've been thinking in the few minutes before I sat down to write how to temper my admiration for the speech I just heard. So to get it out of the way: the domestic ambitions of this president strike me as immensely expensive and clearly liable to sadddle us with at least another decade of deficit spending. But then I found myself - an unabashed small government supporter - putting some of those concerns aside. Why? Because Bush is tapping into American ambition again, which is no small achievement. And because his domestic concerns seem to me motivated by a...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: Arnie shows Hollywood the popular touch

    01/25/2003 3:59:10 PM PST · by MadIvan · 17 replies · 272+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | January 26, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    It happens every few days now. Bored by asking actual politicians what they think of current events, journalists are increasingly turning to celebrities to channel popular moods and trends. With the coming war always in the headlines, the numerous celebs decrying it are beginning to clog up the newsprint and pixels. I’m not even talking about highbrow celebs like Harold “the Yanks are Coming” Pinter or Susan Sontag. I’m talking about people whose sole credential for being part of a public debate is simply that they are already famous. Some of this is inevitable. A quote from someone famous is...
  • The Weekly Dish

    01/23/2003 11:49:27 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 236+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, January 24, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    <p>"And, as Time notes this week, he quietly reinstituted the practice — which lapsed under his father in 1990 — of sending a floral wreath on Memorial Day from the White House to the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, where those nostalgic for the Old South celebrate Jefferson Davis. Why on earth would the president of the U.S. in the year 2003 take the trouble to do that?"</p>
  • Andrew Sullivan on Europe & the coming war with Iraq

    01/22/2003 9:44:49 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 29 replies · 335+ views ^ | 01/22/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    THE AIR CLEARS: Now that the European powers have tipped their hand and will do all they can diplomatically to forestall or derail war, we can at least reassess where we are. The participation of the French and Germans was never militarily significant. It would have been great to have gotten U.N. sanction for the war against terror, but given the disparate interests of the various great powers, it was always a long shot. So once again, it's the English-speaking peoples versus the despots. And there's a reason for this. Terrorism is a far greater threat to countries founded on...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: Blair’s courage makes the anti-Americans look small

    01/18/2003 4:47:31 PM PST · by MadIvan · 48 replies · 596+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | January 19, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    I can remember the last time I was anti-American. It was 18 years ago, wincing at the vulgarity of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. I threw in the towel when Lionel Richie was a key feature of the opening ceremonies. Or was it the choreographed Elvis impersonators? I can’t remember now. The sheer crassness, commercialism and unabashed American nationalism turned this young Brit off. It was the combination of exuberance and sheer power that led me to affect disdain. But disdain for what? America? The very idea, I came to realise, is preposterous. America is many things. It is rural...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Sequined Dissent- The Deep Thoughts of Sheryl Crow

    01/15/2003 10:51:10 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 17 replies · 681+ views
    Salon via ^ | 01/16/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    Doesn't it sometimes get a tad bit embarrassing being on the left these days? I'm not talking about legitimate left-liberal beliefs - that income inequality is wrong, that corporations are evil, that governments are better judges than individuals about what's good for the world, etc etc. I'm talking about the way in which otherwise legitimate left-wing causes tend to get embraced by, well, the intellectually challenged. I mean actors and celebrities and pop stars and others not exactly known for being the brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree - almost all of whom seem to drift into the camp of...
  • 'Bomb Texas': The psychological roots of anti-Americanism

    01/12/2003 9:14:21 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 55 replies · 1,635+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 01/13/03 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>With this past autumn's discussion in Washington over what to do about Iraq there arrived also the season of protests. They were everywhere. In the national newspapers, Common Cause published a full-page letter, backed by "7,000 signatories," demanding (as if it had been outlawed) a "full and open debate" before any American action against Iraq. More radical cries emanated from Not in Our Name, a nationwide "project" spearheaded by Noam Chomsky and affiliates, which likewise ran full-page advertisements in the major papers decrying America's "war without limit," organized "Days of Resistance" in New York and elsewhere, and in general made known its feeling that the United States rather than Iraq poses the real threat to world peace. At one late-October march in Washington, there were signs proclaiming "I Love Iraq, Bomb Texas," and depicting President Bush wearing a Hitler mustache and giving the Nazi salute.</p>
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: Bush shows the Tories what they need: gut instinct

    01/11/2003 4:00:40 PM PST · by MadIvan · 14 replies · 1,096+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | January 12, 2003 | Andrew Sullivan
    It’s becoming clear that George W Bush is exceptionally resistant to the prevailing wisdoms circling around him. While his predecessor had an uncanny ability to detect the precise palpitations of the political and cultural world and tailor his actions accordingly, Bush operates largely from within. Like Reagan and Thatcher, he has core inner beliefs and he is unembarrassed by them. So he keeps surprising the political class who judge him by the rules they know rather than the gut he trusts. In fact, there were so many scratching heads in Washington last week you might have thought there had been...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: Bush disarms the peaceniks before he tackles Saddam

    12/21/2002 4:21:43 PM PST · by MadIvan · 41 replies · 515+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | December 22, 2002 | Andrew Sullivan
    Call it the Powell-Cheney strategy. It has been the guiding force behind the Bush administration’s handling of Iraq for the past six months or so. And it’s so obvious a gambit it’s a little strange how wilfully blind many observers of all stripes have been in missing it. Last week was one of its most successful yet — when both France and Hans Blix essentially echoed the US-UK argument that Iraq’s latest “disclosure” of its secret weapons production was a sham. The “material breach” cited by America is a quiet, simple, calm, but devastating casus belli. And it is all...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: Al, the long-running man, finally gets the message

    12/14/2002 3:39:53 PM PST · by MadIvan · 27 replies · 332+ views
    The Times ^ | December 15, 2002 | Andrew Sullivan
    If there’s one thing that stands out about Al Gore it’s his appetite for power. For several decades now he has groomed himself — and been groomed — for political office. For the past four presidential election cycles (including primaries), he has either run for president or vice-president of the United States. Despite setbacks and crushing mistakes he keeps on going, dragging the country to the brink of constitutional crisis two years ago because he refused to believe what every single election count showed: that he had very narrowly lost the state of Florida. So it’s a mug’s game predicting...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: Stupid white man goes gunning for America

    12/07/2002 5:02:30 PM PST · by MadIvan · 31 replies · 494+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | December 8, 2002 | Andrew Sullivan
    It was The Observer’s movie of the week. The Independent on Sunday’s reviewer described it as “a bracing and timely exercise in dredging for the truth”. The Cannes film festival gave it a special jury prize, with the audience giving the film a 13-minute standing ovation. And the media hype continues. In fact, there has never been a more appropriate moment for the film maker Michael Moore and his rants against America than now. Bowling for Columbine, the “documentary” that is now being shown across Britain and the world, is a movie almost designed to slake the anti-American thirst, whetted...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Beauties and the Beasts- Islamists vs. Miss World

    11/30/2002 3:39:07 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 14 replies · 283+ views
    Salon via ^ | 11/28/2002 | Andrew Sullivan
    The facts of the case are not in much dispute. A journalist, Isioma Daniel, for the Nigerian newspaper This Day, made a crude reference to the coming Miss World pageant in her column. She wrote last week that Mohammed might approve of the contest since he might pick one of his wives from the throng of beauties. This comment prompted an outpouring of enraged Muslims from a local mosque, who grew into a crowd of rioters. Christians were attacked, dozens of churches were burned, and some Christians fought back. As many as 500 people were killed in the rampage, and...
  • Andrew Sullivan: THE EAGLES

    11/12/2002 10:18:44 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 13 replies · 288+ views ^ | 11/12/2002 | Andrew Sullivan
    I'm tired of this hawk-dove paradigm. And we all know how tired left and right are as useful labels. (Yes, I know I use them, but sometimes, you gotta.) More revealing, perhaps, is the fiscal-conservative-social-liberal category, in which I think I'd probably be counted. (The roster of categories is therefore: social and fiscal libs; social and fiscal conservatives; socially liberal but fiscally conservative independents; and socially conservative and fiscally liberal independents.) But the war changes the matrix again, I think. There's a new group of people out there who are socially liberal but also foreign policy realists, especially among those...
  • ANDREW SULLIVAN: Bush wins because people know what he stands for

    11/10/2002 12:40:21 AM PST · by MadIvan · 41 replies · 841+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | November 10, 2002 | Andrew Sullivan
    Maybe now they’ll take him seriously. For the last 2½ years American Democrats and many Europeans have dismissed George W Bush. When he wasn’t a cowboy, he was a fratboy. When he wasn’t a moron, he was unable to construct a simple sentence. When he wasn’t promoted beyond his abilities, he was a tool of corporate interests. When he wasn’t an unelected president, he was a cipher for the powerful people around him. On and on it went, and Bush didn’t do much to counter it. Why should he? The president knew it helped him that his opponents in the...
  • The Weekly Dish

    10/31/2002 11:57:22 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 214+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, November 1, 2002 | Andrew Sullivan
    <p>When a beloved figure dies, especially when he is cut down in mid-career and mid-life with wife and kids, he gets lionized. That's how it should be. And his political followers can, in their grief and shock, get galvanized. As well they might. It seems to me excessive to say that those who got carried away at the Wellstone-Mondale rally in Minnesota, an event that posed as a memorial service, were completely out of control. Emotions can get out of control. What was more striking, I'd say, is the focus of those feelings. They were not so much about principles and beliefs and legacies; they were primarily about a political party. They were as much about partisanship as principle. After all, Walter Mondale is not a Paul Wellstone Democrat — far from it. Nor was Bill Clinton, who joined in the tackiness with aplomb. This was the Democratic Establishment against which Wellstone often fought. I can therefore understand the desire in this close race for the Democrats to use Wellstone's memory and for Wellstone's supporters to fight furiously for their side. But the zeal? The obsession? The complete indifference to any sort of decorum? This is partisanship as a reason for living. And it leaves a very sour taste in the mouth.</p>