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  • Becoming Illegal; Letter to Tom Harkin

    05/02/2013 4:15:38 PM PDT · by beckett · 11 replies
    The Honorable Tom Harkin 731 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Sen. Harkin, As a native Iowan and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you. My primary reasons for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If my understanding of the bill is accurate,...
  • How The Media Did Itself In

    05/14/2009 8:10:14 PM PDT · by beckett · 13 replies · 1,019+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | May 12, 2009 | Melik Kaylan
    From the irresistible rise and fall of real estate to Wall Street's meltdown to the tottering of print media, the epicenter of history seems always to hover around New York--or so New Yorkers always think. We haven't noticed that, of late, the narrative has changed subtly: It's all about how power is devolving away, how we've lost our credibility and perhaps our position as the national hub of finance, culture and news. Washington and therefore the country at large owns our great investment houses, while the Internet has atomized the music business and is fragmenting our print news institutions. The...
  • Academia's Pervasive PC Rot

    11/12/2007 2:15:42 PM PST · by beckett · 6 replies · 128+ views
    National Journal ^ | Nov 12, 2007 | Stuart Taylor
    "A RACIST: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. 'The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture, or sexuality. By this definition, people of color cannot be racists.' " [emphasis added] Such stuff has long been a staple of the totalitarian "diversity" obsessives who pollute -- and often dominate -- political discourse at almost all of our universities, from coast to coast. The University of Delaware recently got a step ahead...
  • NYT editor discusses his father’s Communist past [Rosenthal]

    11/06/2007 3:55:22 PM PST · by beckett · 16 replies · 122+ views
    RadarOnline (Charles Kaiser) via Hot Air ^ | Nov 6, 2007 | Bryan (Hot Air)
    Charles Kaiser: Do you want to talk about your father’s unlikely party affiliation?Andrew Rosenthal: His communism? CK: Yes.AR: That was quite a revelation. My father was a member of the Communist Youth Party, or whatever it was called at the time. CK:This was a letter that you found from your aunt?AR: It was a letter from my aunt Ruth, who I never met, to her husband, George Watt, who was fighting in the Spanish Civil War in the Abraham Lincoln brigade. And they corresponded. She wrote one day that she had gone down to youth headquarters. Because it was “Sonny’s”...
  • Iran: Another death sentence for Soghra

    10/30/2007 4:40:10 PM PDT · by beckett · 6 replies · 57+ views
    Soghra, Sentenced to Death at Age of 13, Faces Execution Yet Again Despite the fact that two weeks ago the general court of Rasht, in northeastern Iran, released Soghra -- a young girl who was sentenced to death at the age of 13 and had spent the past18 years on Iran’s death row -- from prison on bail, the decedent’s parents have filed a legal request to carry out Soghra’s order of execution. Soghra, who is now 31 years old, has spent the past 18 years of her life in jail. When she was only 9 years old, Soghra was...
  • Why the D.A. should be off the case [Nifong, Duke]

    12/21/2006 11:09:37 AM PST · by beckett · 85 replies · 2,942+ views
    The News & Observer (Durham, Chapel Hill) ^ | Dec. 21, 2006 | Joseph Kennedy
    CHAPEL HILL - Whether the defendants in the Duke lacrosse case are guilty or innocent, Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong should disqualify himself, or be disqualified, from the case. On Friday, Nifong's own witness essentially accused him of breaking the law. An actual conflict of interest now exists between Nifong's need to defend himself against possible charges of misconduct and his obligation to prosecute the case fairly and effectively. In court Friday, the head of a lab that Nifong retained to analyze DNA samples testified that he and Nifong intentionally decided to exclude from the expert's report the fact that...
  • Ideology Has Consequences

    11/18/2006 9:46:14 PM PST · by beckett · 68 replies · 1,575+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | Nov 20, 2006 | Jeffrey Hart
    Ideology Has ConsequencesBush rejects the politics of prudence.by Jeffrey Hart Many Republicans must feel like that legendary man at the bar on the Titanic. Watching the iceberg slide by outside a porthole, he remarked, “I asked for ice. But this is too much.” Republicans voted for a Republican and got George W. Bush, but his Republican Party is unrecognizable as the party we have known.Recall the Eisenhower Republican Party. Eisenhower, a thoroughgoing realist, was one of the most successful presidents of the 20th century. So was the prudential Reagan, wary of using military force. Nixon would have been a good...
  • Zucker Uncensored - The Taxman Ad

    10/24/2006 11:42:14 AM PDT · by beckett · 26 replies · 1,383+ views
    YouTube ^ | Oct. 24, 2006 | David Zucker
    ZUCKER UNCENSORED - THE TAXMAN AD Youtube
  • Out of position: Against the politics of relative standing

    10/20/2006 9:49:19 AM PDT · by beckett · 1 replies · 294+ views
    Policy (Center for Independent Studies) ^ | Spring 2006 | Will Wilkinson
    Zero-sum positional conflict is avoidable in a liberal market society, argues Will WilkinsonHL Mencken once quipped that, ‘a wealthy man is one who earns $100 a year more than his wife’s sister’s husband.’ Writing last April on the definition of poverty in The New Yorker, journalist John Cassidy takes the logic of Mencken’s satire of low-grade ressentiment fully seriously and plumps for its liberal application to public policy. Cassidy argues that it is indeed a hardship to make less than your wife’s sister’s husband—or your co-worker, your next door neighbour, or anyone within the same national boundaries—and proposes that for...
  • A Few Questions

    07/27/2006 2:40:34 PM PDT · by beckett · 259 replies · 3,191+ views
    Opinion Journal WSJ.com ^ | July 27, 2006 | Peggy Noonan
    Why does the president call the secretary of state "Condi"? And what exactly is his philosophy? Thursday, July 27, 2006 12:01 a.m. EDT Why does President Bush refer in public to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as "Condi"? Did Dwight Eisenhower call his Secretary of State "Johnny"? Did Jimmy Carter call his "Eddie," or Bill Clinton call his "Maddy," or Richard Nixon call his "Willie" or "Hank"? What are the implications of such informality? I know it is small, but in a way such things are never small. To me it seems a part of the rhetorical childishness of the...
  • Karen Armstrong: Islam’s Hagiographer

    07/25/2006 2:05:22 AM PDT · by beckett · 17 replies · 786+ views
    Butterflies and Wheels ^ | July 11, 2006 | David Thompson
    Karen Armstrong has been described as “one of the world's most provocative and inclusive thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world”. Armstrong’s efforts to be “inclusive” are certainly “provocative”, though generally for reasons that are less than edifying. In 1999, the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Los Angeles gave Armstrong an award for media “fairness”. What follows might cast light on how warranted that recognition is, and indeed on how the MPAC chooses to define fairness. In one of her baffling Guardian columns, Armstrong argues that, “It is important to know who our enemies are… By making...
  • Philip Rieff, 83; Noted Sociologist Wrote Books About Cultural Decline (Obituary)

    07/07/2006 8:14:23 AM PDT · by beckett · 6 replies · 418+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 5, 2006 | Elaine Woo
    Sociologist Philip Rieff, who wrote erudite analyses of cultural decline and was known in particular for his critiques of Sigmund Freud, died Saturday at his Philadelphia home after a long period of deteriorating health. He was 83. The longtime University of Pennsylvania professor, who retired in 1992, made his reputation with "The Triumph of the Therapeutic: Uses of Faith After Freud" (1966), a difficult work with a pessimistic view of Freud's influence on Western civilization. It was one of three major works on the founder of psychoanalysis, including a 10-volume "Collected Papers of Sigmund Freud" (1963) that Rieff edited.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald and the Liberal Crack-Up

    05/18/2006 12:05:21 AM PDT · by beckett · 23 replies · 1,131+ views
    Commentary ^ | May 2006 | James Piereson
    Liberalism entered the 1960’s as the vital force in American politics, riding a wave of accomplishment running from the Progressive era through the New Deal and beyond. A handsome young president, John F. Kennedy, had just been elected on the promise to extend the unfinished agenda of reform. Liberalism owned the future, as Orwell might have said. Yet by the end of the decade, liberal doctrine was in disarray, with some of its central assumptions broken by the experience of the immediately preceding years. It has yet to recover. What happened? There is, of course, a litany of standard answers,...
  • Juan Cole vs Lisa Ramaci-Vincent (Steven Vincent Murder)

    08/23/2005 9:12:50 PM PDT · by beckett · 4 replies · 272+ views
    Murdoc Online ^ | Aug. 21, 2005 | Lisa Ramaci-Vincent
    I thought you might like to see the email I sent Juan Cole in response to his August 8th post about my husband. Sorry if it runs a little long - "Was American journalist Steve Vincent killed in Basra as part of an honor killing? He was romantically involved with his Iraqi interpreter, who was shot 4 times. If her clan thought she was shaming them by appearing to be having an affair outside wedlock with an American male, they might well have decided to end it. In Mediterranean culture, a man's honor tends to be wrought up with his...
  • Ron Reagan's Pere Pressure

    07/15/2004 8:03:11 PM PDT · by beckett · 20 replies · 773+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 15, 2004 | Richard Cohen
    Ron Reagan's Pere Pressure By Richard Cohen Thursday, July 15, 2004; Page A21 ... Let's leave aside the implied accusation that Bush is publicly religious not out of conviction but "to gain political advantage" and question the appropriateness of the statement -- at the burial and citing the dead Reagan. And let us also concede that if Ron Reagan were not his father's son, not only would he not have been at that funeral -- by virtue of what achievement? -- but no one would have paid him any attention. He had, as he well knew, expropriated his father's fame...
  • A Measure of Respect - Amer. GI Sgt. Jared Zabaldo with the Iraqi Army

    07/06/2004 7:30:05 AM PDT · by beckett · 3 replies · 792+ views
    Strategy Page (email from the field) ^ | July 2, 2004 | Sgt. Jared Zabaldo
    Sgt. Jared Zabaldo in Baghdad writes: I just got back from an embed with the Iraqi army's 2nd Battalion. The 2nd Battalion is actually part of the Iraqi army's Iraqi Intervention Force. It's a special force in the army specifically trained in counter-insurgency operations. Once again I managed to be in the thick of it again. I walked through the streets of Baghdad July 1 on the Iraqi army's first foot patrol in Baghdad. In fact I made two patrols that same day on the same market-place street. This is a street that I have traveled down many times at...
  • D-Day (Paul Johnson)

    06/03/2004 7:30:22 PM PDT · by beckett · 14 replies · 424+ views
    OpinionJournal (WSJ) ^ | June 3, 2004 | Paul Johnson
    D-DayThe liberation of Europe has lessons for today's war leaders.BY PAUL JOHNSONThursday, June 3, 2004 12:01 a.m. EDT LONDON--To launch a large-scale opposed landing across many miles of water is the most hazardous of all military operations. Nothing before or since has ever been mounted on the scale of Operation Overlord, though the U.S. invasion of Iraq after the 9/11 outrage employed more firepower. The D-Day landing that began June 6, 1944, involved three services, airborne and glider troops, submarine landing, undercover agents and saboteurs, and an astonishing array of technological gimmicks. It was the most carefully planned operation in...
  • Stressed for Success?

    03/30/2004 12:10:46 PM PST · by beckett · 4 replies · 494+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 30, 2004 | David Brooks
    Stressed for Success?By DAVID BROOKSPublished: March 30, 2004Many of you high school seniors are in a panic at this time of year, coping with your college acceptance or rejection letters. Since the admissions process has gone totally insane, it's worth reminding yourself that this is not a particularly important moment in your life. You are being judged according to criteria that you would never use to judge another person and which will never again be applied to you once you leave higher ed. For example, colleges are taking a hard look at your SAT scores. But if at any moment...
  • Testimony on the Compassion of GWBush [Email]

    03/19/2004 8:56:44 AM PST · by beckett · 6 replies · 189+ views
    Internet Email | March 12, 2004 | Debbie Barnes
    Hello Everyone. I just wanted to pass this information along to each of you so you know what a truly compassionate and caring man we have in President Bush. My first cousin, Shawn Kettler, and his wife, Suzanne, and daughter, Laramie, lost their 6 year old son, Sam, in a drowning accident this past Saturday (March 6th), outside Gatesville. They all live within a few miles of the President's place in Crawford TX. Sam and a young friend of his were walking around a tank when the mud gave way and Sam fell in the tank. The tank is a...
  • Calif. Professor Suspected of Vandalism

    03/17/2004 9:39:15 PM PST · by beckett · 10 replies · 462+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2004 | unattributed
    CLAREMONT, Calif. - A professor who claimed she was targeted in a hate crime that stirred student protests at the Claremont colleges is suspected of staging the vandalism herself, police said Wednesday.   Kerri F. Dunn's car was vandalized and covered with racist, anti-Semitic and sexist epithets on March 9, leading faculty to cancel classes and students to stage rallies the following day. Two witnesses interviewed by police investigators allegedly saw Dunn, a visiting professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College, commit the vandalism, police said in a statement. Dunn also gave inconsistent statements during two interviews conducted jointly by...
  • Text from Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi Letter (full translation of 17 page letter on Terror Strategy)

    02/12/2004 1:31:06 PM PST · by beckett · 20 replies · 327+ views
    Coalition Provisional Authority ^ | Feb 12, 2004 | al-Zarqawi
    Text from Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi Letter 1. The foreign Mujahidin: Their numbers continue to be small, compared to the large nature of the expected battle. We know that there are enough good groups and jihad is continuing, despite the negative rumors. What is preventing us from making a general call to arms is the fact that the country of Iraq has no mountains in which to seek refuge, or forest in which to hide. Our presence is apparent and our movement is out in the open. Eyes are everywhere. The enemy is before us and the sea is behind us....
  • Reason To Be Cheerful

    12/31/2003 9:38:51 PM PST · by beckett · 6 replies · 169+ views
    The Spectator (UK) (dead link) | Dec. 2003 | Theodore Dalrymple (Anthony Daniels)
    Reasons To Be Cheerful Theodore Dalrymple on the joy of seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary — in gooseberries, for example, even in human beingsIn my line of work, it is rather hard to think of reasons to be cheerful. On the contrary, it requires quite a lot of concentrated intellectual effort: one has the sensation of scraping the bottom of one’s skull for thoughts that just aren’t there. Of course, since lamentation about the state of the world is one of life’s unfailing pleasures, the world is a greater source of satisfaction than ever. Another consolation is that most...
  • The other side of radical Islam (Fundamentalist Islam --What We're Up Against)

    12/04/2003 10:00:31 AM PST · by beckett · 7 replies · 121+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Dec 4, 2003 | Syed Saleem Shahzad
    The other side of radical IslamBy Syed Saleem Shahzad KARACHI - In the wake of last month's two terror attacks in Istanbul, and Western intelligence reports that European cities could be the next targets, a new round of crackdowns to weed out Islamic radicals has begun in a number of countries, in particular Britain, France, Italy and Germany. At the same time, the agenda of these radicals has once again come into focus: it is widely seen in the West as a threat to the Western secular system and civil society. Intelligence agencies in the respective countries trying to combat these...
  • The Clinton Legacy (C-SPAN, Booknotes, Rich Lowry; 8PM Tonight)

    11/09/2003 9:35:45 AM PST · by beckett · 7 replies · 172+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | 11/09/03 | N/A
    Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years by Rich Lowry • —from the publisher's websiteBill and Hillary Clinton don't want you to read this book. Bill has spent his days since the presidency aggressively defending his legacy, and Hillary plans to run for president on it, and now, unfortunately for them, Rich Lowry uses sound fact and shocking detail to dispel the myth of the Clinton legacy once and for all. Showing how a politician with grandiose ambitions became a cautious, poll-driven placeholder and how a president who yearned to confront a great international crisis cringed and still...
  • Terry Schiavo Executive Order

    10/21/2003 4:32:56 PM PDT · by beckett · 219 replies · 652+ views
    Governor's Office (email) | Oct 21, 2003 | Gov. Jeb Bush
    The Governor has just sent this email to those who contacted him about Terry:Thank you for writing to Governor Bush and expressing interest in the well-being of Terri Schindler-Schiavo. Attached please find a statement by Governor Bush relating to actions taken today by the Florida Legislature and the Governor. Again, thank you for writing to Governor Bush. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: ALIA FARAJTUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2003(850) 488-5394 Statement By: GOVERNOR JEB BUSH Regarding Theresa Schiavo TALLAHASSEE- "Like the tens of thousands of Floridians who have raised their voices in support of Terri Schiavo's right to live, I have been deeply moved...
  • Satellite Damaged (Hold My Beer Alert)

    09/19/2003 2:23:21 PM PDT · by beckett · 8 replies · 232+ views
    Spaceref.com ^ | Sept 9, 2003 | NA
    Earth Science Missions Anomaly Report: GOES/POES Program/POES Project: 6 Sep 2003EARTH SCIENCE MISSIONS ANOMALY REPORT TO: GSFC: 100/A. Diaz, 100/W. Townsend, 100/ 400/D Perkins, NASA HQ: Y/G. Asrar, Y/M. Luther, Q/B O’Connor FROM: GSFC/POES Project/480/K. Halterman DATE: September 6, 2003 PROGRAM/PROJECT: GOES/POES Program/POES Project DATE OF ANOMALY: September 6, 2003 LOCATION OF ANOMALY: Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale CA DESCRIPTION OF EVENT: As the NOAA-N Prime spacecraft was being repositioned from vertical to horizontal on the "turn over cart" at approximately 7:15 PDT today, it slipped off the fixture, causing severe damage. (See attached photo). The 18' long spacecraft was about 3'...
  • Rumsfeld Speaks on Iraq & Terrorism (Nat'l Press Club Wed 1PM - CSPAN)

    09/09/2003 10:02:40 PM PDT · by beckett · 4 replies · 18+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | Sept 10, 2003 | NA
    Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is Wednesday's luncheon speaker at the National Press Club, after which he takes journalists' questions. The National Press Club is a very good forum to hear a speech. C-SPAN3 will carry Rumsfeld's remarks at 1 PM, Sept 10, 2003.
  • Tennis Father of tennis stars 'poisoned son's rival' (France)

    08/05/2003 9:27:30 PM PDT · by beckett · 6 replies · 388+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Aug 6, 2003 | Amelia Gentleman
    Father of tennis stars 'poisoned son's rival' French club in shock after player's death Amelia Gentleman in ParisWednesday August 6, 2003The Guardian One tennis player is dead and several more have been poisoned; a passionately competitive father is in prison; and the careers of two teenage tennis stars are at stake. An extraordinary story of unbridled paternal ambition appears to be unfolding at a small tennis club in the south of France. Christophe Fauviau, the father of two gifted players, was in prison yesterday on suspicion of having poisoned his son's opponent by slipping an anti-depressant drug into his water...
  • The Clausewitz Curse

    07/31/2003 3:08:50 PM PDT · by beckett · 12 replies · 724+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | July 31, 2003 | Lee Harris
    Author's Note: In June of last year, when I was writing my essay "Al Qaeda's Fantasy Ideology," the question on everyone's mind was, 'Was the U.S. prepared to handle another Al Qaeda strike?' Needless to say, this question was on my mind, too. But, in the course of working through my essay, I found myself asking a startling question. What if Al Qaeda did not strike us again -- or at least, if it failed to strike for a year, a year and a half, or two years, or even more? How would the U.S. handle this? At first glance...
  • At Baylor, Questions and More Questions

    07/29/2003 9:35:38 AM PDT · by beckett · 13 replies · 232+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 29, 2003 | Selena Roberts
    At Baylor, Questions and More QuestionsBy SELENA ROBERTS THIS does not dilute a devastating loss, but there is an expectation of a conclusion once a missing person's body is discovered, if only as the end to an agonizing unknown.Not all expectations unfold neatly, though. Sometimes a death is the beginning of a discovery into a secret double life, providing an unexpected peek into a hidden dark side.The exposed, however, is not the Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy. Certainly, there are questions about how he could have met such an unimaginable death, how a friend and a teammate like Carlton Dotson...
  • The New Sex Scorecard

    07/15/2003 6:02:10 PM PDT · by beckett · 6 replies · 429+ views
    Psychology Today ^ | July/August 2003 | Hara Marano
    The New Sex Scorecard By Hara Marano -- Publication Date: Jul/Aug 2003 Summary: Talking openly about sex differences is no longer an exercise in political incorrectness; it is a necessity in fighting disease and forging successful relationships. AT 109 and counting, PT examines the tally. Get out the spittoon. Men produce twice as much saliva as women. Women, for their part, learn to speak earlier, know more words, recall them better, pause less and glide through tongue twisters. Put aside Simone de Beauvoir's famous dictum, "One is not born a woman but rather becomes one." Science suggests otherwise, and...
  • From the Evil Empire to the Empire for Liberty

    06/14/2003 9:26:14 PM PDT · by beckett · 9 replies · 1,745+ views
    The New Criterion Vol. 21, No. 10 ^ | June 2003 | Paul Johnson
    From the evil empire to the empire for liberty by Paul Johnson Is the United States imperialist? Has it created, or is it creating, an empire? If so, should we regard this process as desirable, even inevitable? These questions are raised by the American conquest of Iraq which, together with the prolegomenon of September 11, constitutes the first key event of the twenty-first century, foreshadowing a new world order. First, it is important to understand what we mean by the word “empire.” Its core meaning is “rule,” with the implication “unqualified rule.” A country designated as an empire is one...
  • Commentary: Hoping Americans stay forever

    06/03/2003 11:26:25 AM PDT · by beckett · 53 replies · 984+ views
    Commentary: Hoping Americans stay foreverBy Ken JosephFrom the International DeskPublished 6/2/2003 6:06 PM BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 2 (UPI) -- It is dusk in Baghdad and I am talking to the regular group of men who gather near the house I am staying in to talk about the day's events."What do you think about the Americans? How long do you think they should stay? Are they doing a good job?" I ask.The answer is very complicated while at the same time very, very simple. It is the "politically correct" thing to do to complain about the Americans, say they are not...
  • Masochist Alert: Chomsky on BookTV In-Depth

    05/29/2003 3:34:53 PM PDT · by beckett · 11 replies · 313+ views
    N/A | May 29, 2003 | Self
    Noam Chomsky is appearing on CSPAN's BookTV In-Depth this Sunday, June 2, 2003, at 12 Noon. In-Depth is a 3 hour interview that can often give insights into the subject's character and thinking that are not readily discoverable in other venues. It is well known at Free Republic that Chomsky is a pathological and compulsive prevaricator whose list of lies and errors are nearly endless, beginning in the 70s with his diehard defense of Pol Pot and his denial of the existence of the killing fields of Cambodia, and continuing to the present day with his speaking tour of the...
  • The Fall of Baghdad

    05/05/2003 9:37:57 PM PDT · by beckett · 6 replies · 316+ views
    The New York Review of Books ^ | May 2003 (Volume 50, Number 8) | Tim Judah
    The Fall of Baghdad By Tim Judah 1. On the morning of April 10, the day after resistance collapsed in most of Baghdad, I talked to a small group of looters at a warehouse belonging to the Ministry of Finance who were carting off brand-new water coolers and air-conditioning units. Except when they scuffled with one another, they were friendly and unapologetic. A young man named Habib, who had two water coolers strapped to the top of a taxi, said, "Now we have freedom, this is our right. We've earned these things and we're poor." Sitting on top of an...
  • Our Western Mob

    04/15/2003 12:55:46 PM PDT · by beckett · 15 replies · 160+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 14, 2003 | Victor Davis Hanson
    April 14, 2003 7:15 a.m.Our Western MobFrom the graveyard of Kabul to the quagmire of Iraq to the looting of Baghdad. The jubilation of liberating millions from fascism and removing the world’s most odious dictator apparently lasted about 12 hours. I was listening to a frustrated Mr. Rumsfeld last Friday in a news briefing as he tried to deal with a host of furious and crazy questions — a journalistic circus that was nevertheless predictable even before the war started.I thought immediately of the macabre aftermath to the battle of Arginusae in 406 B.C. After destroying a great part...
  • They Were Wrong (Australia)

    04/15/2003 11:02:43 AM PDT · by beckett · 19 replies · 557+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | Apr 14, 2003 | Andrew Bolt
    They were wrong14apr03 WHEN protesters marched to stop this war of liberation, Saddam Hussein was filmed gloating to his generals. "They support you," he crowed. So where are you today, you whom Saddam reckoned among his friends? Where are you who waved anti-war banners that pouted: "Not In Our Name"? Did you see the Iraqi people kiss and hug the allied soldiers -- our soldiers -- who gave them their freedom after decades of terror? Now say it again, if you dare: Not In Our Name. Did you see our soldiers break open Saddam's torture centres and his jails for...
  • Peter Arnett Now Reporting for Arab TV

    04/05/2003 8:48:05 AM PST · by beckett · 34 replies · 278+ views
    Associated Press (Yahoo) ^ | Apr. 5, 2003 | AP
    Middle East - AP DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Peter Arnett, fired by NBC earlier this week for giving an interview to state-run Iraqi television, is reporting for pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Arabiya, the station said Saturday. "He (Arnett) is an able reporter who has covered wars before and who knows Iraq well," the Dubai-based station's editor-in-chief Salah Nejm told The Associated Press. "I think he is unbiased and has a lot of experience," Nejm said. Arnett started reporting for Al-Arabiya on Friday, becoming its third correspondent in Baghdad. His reports are voiced over in Arabic. NBC fired him for giving...
  • Bush Says Vice [sic] Closing on Saddam's Regime [Wash Post misspells crucial word]

    04/03/2003 9:23:10 AM PST · by beckett · 59 replies · 181+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2001 | Scott Lindlaw
    Bush Says Vice [sic] Closing on Saddam's Regime By SCOTT LINDLAWThe Associated PressThursday, April 3, 2003; 11:35 AM President Bush, comforting grief-stricken family and friends of fallen Marines, praised U.S. troops Thursday for their two-week advance on Baghdad and said "a vice [sic][bold mine] is closing" on Saddam Hussein's regime."What we have begun, we will finish," Bush told hundreds of cheering Marines and their families. "We will not stop until Iraq is free."
  • The Cosmopolitan Illusion

    03/29/2003 8:40:36 PM PST · by beckett · 5 replies · 215+ views
    Policy Review Online ^ | April 3, 2003 | Lee Harris
    The Cosmopolitan IllusionBy Lee HarrisIs it wrong to teach our children to be patriotic? Or may we teach them to be a little patriotic, provided that we also teach them to value and respect the cultures of others? Should they be encouraged to be loyal to their own nation, or should they be taught that they are citizens of the world before all else? These are the questions that were addressed in the justly celebrated essay “Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism” by Martha Nussbaum, and her answer was that education should actively encourage “the very old ideal of the cosmopolitan, the person...
  • Radicals Speak Out At Columbia 'Teach-In' (Sedition Alert)

    03/28/2003 11:25:17 AM PST · by beckett · 7 replies · 11+ views
    Newsday ^ | March 27, 2003 | Ron Howell
    By Ron HowellStaff Writer March 27, 2003, 7:29 PM EST At an anti-war "teach-in" this week, a Columbia University professor called for the defeat of American forces in Iraq and said he would like to see "a million Mogadishus" -- a reference to the Somali city where American soldiers were ambushed, with 18 killed, in 1993. "The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military," Nicholas De Genova, assistant professor of anthropology at Columbia University told the audience at Low Library Wednesday night. "I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus." The crowd...
  • Our World-Historical Gamble

    03/11/2003 8:31:41 PM PST · by beckett · 117 replies · 3,522+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 11, 2003 | Lee Harris
    1: THE PROBLEM Of the many words written for and against the coming war with Iraq, none has been more perceptive than Paul Johnson's observation in his essay "Leviathan to the Rescue" that such a war "has no precedent in history" and that "in terms of presidential power and national sovereignty, Mr. Bush is walking into unknown territory. By comparison, the Gulf War of the 1990's was a straightforward, conventional case of unprovoked aggression, like Germany's invasion of Belgium in 1914 and Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor." The implications of this remark - like the implications of the war with...
  • Rumsfeld Sorry for Axis of Weasels Remark (France and Germany)

    01/23/2003 3:03:28 PM PST · by beckett · 11 replies · 194+ views
    ScrappleFace ^ | Jan 22, 2003 | Scott Ott
    Rumsfeld Sorry for 'Axis of Weasels' Remark(2003-01-22) -- U.S. Secretary Defense Donald Rumsfeld apologized today for referring to France and Germany as an "Axis of Weasels." "I'm sorry about that Axis of Weasels remark," said Mr. Rumsfeld. "I didn't mean to dredge up the history France and Germany share of pathetic compliance with ruthless dictators." The Defense Secretary said he was "way out of bounds" with the comments.
  • What Clayton Cramer Saw and (Nearly) Everyone Else Missed [Bellesiles]

    01/07/2003 1:59:37 PM PST · by beckett · 40 replies · 532+ views
    History News Network ^ | 1-6-03 | Clayton Cramer
    What Clayton Cramer Saw and (Nearly) Everyone Else MissedBy Clayton E. Cramer Mr. Cramer is a software engineer and historian. His last book was Concealed Weapon Laws of the Early Republic: Dueling, Southern Violence, and Moral Reform (Praeger Press, 1999). His web site is http://www.claytoncramer.com.Michael A. Bellesiles’s Bancroft Prize for Arming America has been revoked—the first time that a Bancroft Prize has ever been taken away from an author.[1] He has also resigned from Emory University after a blistering criticism by a blue-ribbon panel.[2] Is this embarrassing moment for the history profession a fluke, or indicative of deeper problems? I...
  • 2002 Villains (UK Independent -- Richard Dawkins; Major Hurl Alert)

    12/31/2002 7:09:57 PM PST · by beckett · 37 replies · 256+ views
    The Independent (UK) ^ | Dec. 27, 2002 | Richard Dawkins
    Villain: George Bush This illiterate buffoon cheated his way into the White House with the help of his well-connected family and friends. Having dismally failed to anticipate or prevent the atrocity of September 11, he spent the rest of the day zigzagging around the country like a jet-propelled chicken. His personal cowardice was mirrored in the country at large [italics mine], and he fanned it to his advantage in the mid-term elections, and now, to foment an unprovoked war that has nothing to do with terrorism and everything to do with oil. His record on the environment is as appalling...
  • Tim Blair: The awful truth? It's a crock (Bowling for Columbine)

    12/29/2002 5:19:30 PM PST · by beckett · 24 replies · 2,304+ views
    The Australian ^ | Dec 30, 2002 | Tim Blair
    Tim Blair: The awful truth? It's a crockDecember 30, 2002CHILDREN'S television is quite an art. It's not just a matter of throwing together simple tunes, basic storylines and bright colours. Successful children's TV also requires the presence of a large, formless creature, an entity usually combining equal elements of human and bovine. The cow-beast is crucial. So it is with Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore's Cannes-winning documentary on the wrongs of guns, capitalism, and America, now screening in Australia. The simple tunes and basic storylines are in place. Moore himself plays the Dorothy the Dinosaur role, clumsily loping about in...
  • Between Science and Spirituality

    12/07/2002 9:46:51 AM PST · by beckett · 424 replies · 1,004+ views
    The Chronicle of Higher Education ^ | Nov. 29, 2002 | John Horgan
    Between Science and SpiritualityBy JOHN HORGAN Can mystical spirituality be reconciled with science and, more broadly, with reason? To paraphrase the mystical philosopher Ken Wilber, is the East's version of enlightenment compatible with that of the West? If so, what sort of truth would a rational mysticism give us? What sort of consolation? There are many claimed convergences between science and mysticism. Cognitive psychology supposedly corroborates the Buddhist doctrine that the self is an illusion. Quantum mechanics, which implies that the outcomes of certain microevents depend on how we measure them, is said to confirm the mystical intuition that consciousness...
  • The Intellectual Origins Of America-Bashing

    12/04/2002 10:43:57 PM PST · by beckett · 8 replies · 694+ views
    Policy Review, No. 116 ^ | Dec. 2, 2002 | Lee Harris
    The Intellectual Origins Of America-BashingBy Lee HarrisA specter haunts the world, and that specter is America. This is not the America discoverable in the pages of a world atlas, but a mythical America that is the target of the new form of anti-Americanism that Salman Rushdie, writing in the Guardian (February 6, 2002), says “is presently taking the world by storm” and that forms the subject of a Washington Post essay by Martin Kettle significantly entitled “U.S. Bashing: It’s All The Rage In Europe” (January 7, 2002). It is an America that Anatol Lieven assures us, in a recent article...
  • Humanity Should be 10% Male 90% Female (BC Prof Mary Daly)

    11/28/2002 10:45:48 AM PST · by beckett · 201 replies · 1,145+ views
    What Is Enlightenment? (Issue 16) ^ | Fall/Winter 2002 | Susan Bridle
    What Is Enlightenment (Susan Bridle): Which brings us to another question I wanted to ask you. Sally Miller Gearhart, in her article "The FutureIf There Is OneIs Female" writes: "At least three further requirements supplement the strategies of environmentalists if we were to create and preserve a less violent world. 1) Every culture must begin to affirm the female future. 2) Species responsibility must be returned to women in every culture. 3) The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately ten percent of the human race." What do you think about this statement? Mary Daly: I...
  • The Reform Islam Needs

    10/29/2002 6:42:51 PM PST · by beckett · 15 replies · 527+ views
    The City Journal ^ | Autumn 2002 | James Q. Wilson
    We are engaged in a struggle to defeat terrorism. I have no advice on how to win that struggle, but I have some thoughts as to why it exists. It is not, I think, because Islam is at war with the West or because Palestinians are trying to displace Israelis. The struggle exists, I think, because the West has mastered the problem of reconciling religion and freedom, while several Middle Eastern nations have not. The story of that mastery and that failure occupies several centuries of human history, in which one dominant culture, the world of Islam, was displaced by...