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  • It Gets So Quiet So Fast

    12/13/2013 8:26:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2013 | Mona Charen
    "Our house is as quiet as a tomb." So said a friend who's at the same stage of life -- that is, a mother of three with only one child still living at home. Her youngest, unlike mine, is an introvert, but like my Ben, he is exceedingly busy in his last years of high school, thus leaving the house echoing with emptiness. As a college sophomore, I visited my academic adviser with a problem. "I don't know what I'm going to do after graduation," I confessed. He cocked his head sideways. "Most people don't come to me with this...
  • The New Brainwashing: Women Like Hookups

    07/23/2013 5:41:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Noting the comeback campaigns of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner in New York, feminist author Hanna Rosin wonders why "50 years into the sexual revolution" women politicians lag so far behind men in the sex scandal tally. She notes biological and evolutionary explanations only to reject them in favor of the idea that women are just too unused to power to abuse it in that way. She's cheered though by surveys showing that younger women are cheating on their spouses almost as much as men and confidently looks forward to the not-too-distant day when we'll "find ourselves willing to look...
  • The Conversation Holder Doesn't Really Want

    07/19/2013 9:32:44 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 17 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 19, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Eric Holder dismissed America as a "nation of cowards" because we wouldn't, he argued, have a "national conversation" about race. It's a slander wrapped in a farce. We talk of race unremittingly. That's the farce. The slander is hydra-headed. No honest conversation about race is possible when accusations of racism replace reasoned arguments. Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, who mentioned high rates of crime among black males, was rewarded with the racist label within minutes by some of those (The Atlantic, Slate) who presumably agree with Holder that we are too timid when discussing race. Many American liberals are achingly...
  • Chivalry: The Opposite of Good Manners?

    12/14/2012 8:20:17 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/14/2012 | Mona Charen
    The code persists despite feminists’ best efforts. Chivalry is back in the news. The always alert Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute draws our attention to an item in the Psychology of Women Quarterly. A new study on what the authors are pleased to call “benevolent sexism” (which, as Murray translates, seems to mean gentlemanly behavior) found that both women and men are happier when men behave like gentlemen. This being a sociological publication, though, the findings are not written in English, but rather in academic argot. It’s full of sentences like this: “A structural equation model revealed that...
  • Rape, God, Life and Liberals

    10/26/2012 5:10:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Let's stipulate that people, and particularly politicians, can get into trouble by attempting to speak for God. But that's not the moral of the story regarding Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. Responding to a question about abortion, Mourdock offered a grieved response -- his voice breaking a bit -- on the matter of which exceptions he favored. His Democratic opponent, Joe Donnelly, also pro-life, said that he would permit abortions in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. Mourdock said he had "struggled with it . . . for a long time," but had come...
  • Why Sarah Palin Shouldn’t Run (She'd do better promoting conservatism on TV, not as President)

    11/19/2010 6:50:35 AM PST · by WebFocus · 602 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/19/2010 | Mona Charen
    By telling Barbara Walters that she thinks she can defeat President Obama, Sarah Palin has dimmed hopes cherished by sensible Republicans that she might decide against a run for the White House in 2012. Here are just some of the reasons she should not run. The Republican nominee should be someone with a vast and impressive record in government and the private sector. Voters chose a novice with plenty of star power in 2008 and will be inclined to swing strongly in the other direction in 2012. Americans will be looking for sober competence, managerial skill, and maturity — not...
  • Mona Charen: Obama's use of TARP insulates people (and himself) from bad decisions

    08/27/2010 3:24:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/27/2010 | Mona Charen
    President Obama has a weakness for thinking in categories. For someone who provokes swoons among liberals for his great intellect, he has repeatedly evidenced an unsophisticated, one might even say simple-minded, view of the world: Workers good; bosses exploitative. Borrowers good; lenders bad. Patients good; insurance companies bad. Again and again, the president and his spokesmen have justified their expansions of government power as efforts to help those who "through no fault of their own" find themselves in difficulties. Many politicians traffic in this kind rhetoric during campaigns, but Obama has institutionalized it in policy. One of those reifications --...
  • A Democrat Goes into a Psychiatrist’s Office (Don't run on record but accuse the GOP of extremism)

    07/30/2010 7:04:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 07/30/2010 | Mona Charen
    Come in. Make yourself comfortable. What’s that? You’re a congressional Democrat? You voted to triple the national debt; destroy a health-care system that an overwhelming majority of Americans were happy with in a way that creates a massive and infinitely complex new entitlement; bail out the banks and auto companies; and “stimulate” the economy with an $862 billion boondoggle that hasn’t created a single private-sector job? Your president is suing the state of Arizona for having the effrontery to enforce a law he wishes not to enforce (though he does have the constitutional responsibility to “take care that the laws...
  • Are You with Us or with Them?

    11/09/2009 1:25:56 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies · 787+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/6/2009 | Mona Charen
    President Obama likes to preen himself on his supposed moral superiority to his predecessor. He announced the closing of Guantanamo in his first week on the job (though, ten months on, it remains open) to advertise the new administration’s disdain for George Bush’s war-fighting tactics. And at every opportunity since, he has stressed that his policies — on taxes, on the Middle East, on health care, on “man-caused disasters,” and on “climate change” — reflect a more refined and elevated morality than has ever before held sway in Washington, D.C. So you have to wonder how the president slept last...
  • Expletive Deleted . . . for Now (Have the “S-word” and “F-word” lost the power to offend ?)

    05/01/2009 7:40:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies · 1,174+ views
    National Review ^ | 05/01/2009 | Mona Charen
    The Supreme Court of the United States is a redoubt of decorum in a casual-Friday world. The justices still wear robes. The assembled attorneys, journalists, and interested observers still rise when the robed ones enter the chamber. Lawyers still begin their oral-argument presentations by intoning the words, “May it please the court.” But when the justices convened last November 4, they were hearing arguments about whether the “S-word” and the “F-word” can be legitimately regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. In a decision handed down last week, the Court ruled 5–4 on behalf of the FCC. But the fact that...
  • Mona Charen: CNN Versus the Tea Parties

    04/17/2009 12:19:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 2,051+ views
    Townhall ^ | April 17, 2009 | Mona Charen
    When thousands of people in all 50 states assemble to protest government policy, you might suppose that this is news. Not according to the coverage on the front pages of the Washington Post, New York Times, or the Wall Street Journal. The "tea party" rallies went unmentioned. In Washington, D.C., despite temperatures in the 40s and a driving rainstorm, about a thousand demonstrators assembled across from the White House. The front page of the Times found space for a big story with accompanying pictures of competing public demonstrations in Kabul, Afghanistan, but not a word about the American protestors. Perhaps...
  • Mona Charen - Ruth Marcus Replay of C-Span Q&A This Morning

    04/12/2009 9:27:56 PM PDT · by Intolerant in NJ · 1 replies · 384+ views
    C-Span TV | 13 April, 2009
    Sunday's Q&A session with Mona Charen and Ruth Marcus is scheduled for rebroadcast this morning at 5:50 - 6:50 AMEDT on C-Span. Moderated by Brian Lamb, the program explores the political and cultural interests and views of this odd couple, who in fact went to the same high school together and claim to be friends. The program includes excerpts from a similar interview with the two from three years ago, giving them the chance to revise and extend some of their comments. Interesting to hear them go at topics such as the nature of man and the need for government...
  • Useful Idiots Caucus

    04/12/2009 8:09:54 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies · 665+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4-13-09 | Mona Charen
    Six members of the Congressional Black Caucus traveled to Cuba last week and were delighted with their reception. They met with Raul Castro for four hours (including dinner). Three lucky members of the delegation were even entertained by Fidel at his home. As the Miami Herald reported, the representatives found Castro, to be "very engaging, very energetic . very talkative.'' Imagine. The dictator known for his five-hour speeches. Who could have guessed?
  • Rebooting America's Global Image Not Going Well

    03/27/2009 3:59:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 794+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2009 | Mona Charen
    One of President Obama's signature boasts was that his election would, to use his term, "reboot" America's image in the world. Addressing thousands of Germans last summer, Obama said, "In Europe, the view that America is part of what has gone wrong in our world rather than a force to help make it right has become all too common." His election, he promised, would transform America's global image. it the president, the Congress, or some unknown people who pull the strings?" Khamenei further suggested that some American leaders have "demanded that our great and honorable nation be wiped out." President...
  • Deniers for Obama (Abortion, Infanticide Extremist, Charen)

    09/18/2008 11:10:38 PM PDT · by unspun · 36 replies · 351+ views
    NRO, Creators Syndicate ^ | 9-19-2008 | Mona Charen
    Appearing on C-SPAN last weekend I mentioned that Barack Obama had opposed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act when he was an Illinois state senator — a position he has attempted to deny or obfuscate ever since. The liberal blogger who appeared on the program with me erupted with indignation. She didn’t deny that Obama had opposed the bill. She denied, hotly, that babies are ever born alive after an attempted abortion. Since I have actually met Gianna Jessen, who survived an attempted abortion, I invited viewers to contact me directly if they wanted evidence. My inbox has been bursting....
  • This Historic Candidacy (Who's the real Michelle Obama)

    08/27/2008 10:49:45 AM PDT · by IndianPrincessOK · 11 replies · 147+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 27, 2008 | Mona Charen
    I so wish I could support Barack Obama. It would be great -- truly magnificent -- to elect a black president of the United States. Watching the convention coverage on Monday night, I was moved by my friend Juan Williams' almost tearful reaction to Michelle Obama's address. He shook his head in amazement that an African-American woman was in the position she was. And it moved me to see how moved he was. I wish I could send Michelle Obama -- so attractive, so poised, so stylish -- a cyber hug. I'd wager that millions of other Americans, like me,...
  • Veep Musings

    08/27/2008 3:34:35 PM PDT · by MeanWestTexan · 95 replies · 296+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 27, 2008 | Mona Charen
    Romney is so talented. But two very rich guy Republicans do present problems. Lieberman is a dear man, but would be a disaster. His support for the war in Iraq and for a muscular defense makes him seem moderate. But on everything else he is an orthodox liberal. He has voted against all our good judges, for taxes, and even for partial-birth abortion. That puts him to the left of Joe Biden! John Kyl would be a great pick – a hero to conservatives — except that he’s from Arizona. Sarah Palin is appealing but too inexperienced. Vitiates the argument...
  • Charen: Grandma Got Run Over by a Campaign Speech

    03/21/2008 6:06:31 PM PDT · by cgk · 37 replies · 1,341+ views
    NRO ^ | 3-21-08 | Mona Charen
    March 21, 2008, 0:00 a.m. Grandma Got Run Over By a Campaign SpeechThe road to universal love is paved with cheap shots. By Mona Charen It’s a mistake to try to pigeonhole Barack Obama. He is too smart and too agile to succumb to easy categorization. But the candidate’s eloquence is often more of a curtain than a window to his soul — and one is left to wonder where his heart truly lies. As George Burns said of acting, “Sincerity is everything. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” Discussing his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, who asked...
  • Mona Charen: Why They Can't Vote for McCain

    02/08/2008 2:46:25 AM PST · by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast · 153 replies · 253+ views
    Townhall ^ | 2/08/08 | Mona Charen
    Bradley Smith, former commissioner of the Federal Election Commission and the leading legal scholar on campaign finance issues, experienced the McCain treatment firsthand. Because Smith opposed limits on political speech, he was denounced as "corrupt" by the senator... The two did accidentally meet outside a hearing room in 2004 when they were both scheduled to testify before the Senate rules committee. At first, McCain grasped Smith's outstretched hand (Smith was in a wheelchair, recovering from surgery), but when he recognized his campaign finance opponent, he snatched his hand back, snarling, "I'm not going to shake your hand. You're a bully....
  • Ron Paul (Letter on Mona Charen article)

    11/20/2007 12:10:24 PM PST · by Captain Kirk · 66 replies · 251+ views
    National Review ^ | November 20, 2007 | Jesse Benton
    To the Editor I read Mona Charen’s column on Friday and I had to clear a few things up. Outside of the name-calling (“kook,” as I’m sure you remember, was the attack word of choice used by critics of Barry Goldwater), Charen was way off base. 1. Dr. Paul’s commitment to principle is second to none, so to attack him, Charen twists the understanding of what a presidential pardon really is. A pardon is a constitutional check by the executive branch on the judiciary to protect against cruel or unusual punishment. When considering a pardon, a president examines extenuating circumstances...
  • Can You Live on Food Stamps?

    04/26/2007 11:36:03 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 329 replies · 4,639+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 4/27/07 | Mona Charen
    Oregon Gov. Theodore Kulongoski called a gaggle of his closest friends to a photo op Tuesday that few could pass up. As part of his "Food Stamp Challenge" week, the governor is attempting to live on a food budget of $21 per week, which is about the average benefit for an Oregon food stamp recipient, according to the governor's press release. Associated Press photos showed the governor pushing a shopping cart and ostentatiously relinquishing a noodle cup and two bananas at the checkout counter when his total topped $21. "Could you feed yourself for $3 a day?" demanded headline in...
  • Mona Charen: Why Fred Thompson Should Run

    03/23/2007 2:33:56 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 33 replies · 1,072+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2007 | Mona Charen
    The current Republican field is like a smorgasbord at Denny's -- lots of OK choices, but nothing to get the heart racing. That's why the potential candidacy of former Sen. Fred Thompson is creating a palpable stir. Rudy Giuliani ... really is quite liberal on cultural questions that matter deeply to conservatives -- life, gun control, and gay rights. Even if conservatives could live with such heterodoxy, say, by accepting the reassurance that Giuliani would appoint conservative judges, there is still the matter of his psychedelic personal life. To be divorced once is now, sadly, common. To be divorced twice...
  • Democrats' Diplomacy Illusion (Mona Charen: Talking With Dictators Is Pure Folly Alert)

    05/04/2007 2:27:25 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 491+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 05/04/2007 | Mona Charen
    Speaking on the Senate floor in favor of the supplemental funding bill for the war in Iraq (and salmon fishers, timber counties, woodland firefighting efforts and other projects), Sen. Barbara Boxer implored the president to sign the legislation. The bill would have required the start of American withdrawal from Iraq by July 1 if the Iraqis failed to make progress toward certain legislated "benchmarks," and by Oct. 1 even if they did make such progress. Her rationale was as follows: The war is lost. We've tried everything and failed. Therefore , it is time for diplomacy. Sen. Boxer speaks for...
  • Charen: It Wasn't About Libby at all

    03/11/2007 8:29:14 AM PDT · by cgk · 41 replies · 1,358+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 3-11-07 | Mona Charen
    It Wasn't About Libby At AllBy Mona CharenFriday, March 9, 2007 I've been catching flak for suggesting that "Scooter" Libby ought never to have been on trial at all. "Aha," say my critics, "we remember how outraged you were at Bill Clinton's 'perjury,' but now that the shoe is on the other foot, you're crying foul. Too bad!" (I've cleaned up some of the language.) If we're going to have a hypocrisy contest, I'd be glad to put into evidence the thousands of liberals who sputtered with indignation at Clarence Thomas's supposed sexual harassment of Anita Hill and at former...
  • Forget Sharpton, here's the real slavery

    03/02/2007 2:04:24 AM PST · by rhema · 9 replies · 662+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | March 2, 2007 | Mona Charen
    Al Sharpton is apparently subdued by news that his ancestors were owned by ancestors of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond. New York Times columnist Bob Herbert described him as "quiet" and "reflective" — states of mind that Herbert acknowledges are "unusual" for the reverend. That qualifies as the understatement of the decade. Sharpton indicates that the news of his ancestry brought the "complete dehumanization" of slavery home to him, and Herbert takes the opportunity to preach that "Slavery, like the past . . . is not dead. It's not even past. It's not something you can wish away." No, you...
  • Mona Charen: Is Guiliani a Conservative? He Just Might Be

    02/13/2007 1:59:22 PM PST · by meg88 · 246 replies · 2,363+ views
    Southern Illinoisian ^ | 2/11/07 | Mona Charen
    Is Giuliani a conservative? He might just be Last week C-SPAN featured a discussion about Rudolph Giuliani that left me shaking my head. The gist of the guest's message was that Giuliani was a "Rockefeller Republican" who was suddenly transformed into a darling of conservatives after 9/11. Today, Fox News echoed the same theme. That's quite wrong. Social conservatives have trouble with Giuliani, but by no stretch of the imagination is he a Rockefeller (i.e. liberal) Republican. In fact, in many ways Giuliani is the most conservative of the top three candidates for the Republican nomination. He came by that...
  • Charen: A Farce and an Outrage (Scooter Libby trial)

    02/02/2007 1:36:02 PM PST · by cgk · 24 replies · 1,320+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 2-2-07 | Mona Charen
    A Farce and an OutrageBy Mona CharenFriday, February 2, 2007 "As I was walking up the stair/ I met a man who wasn't there./ He wasn't there again today./ I wish, I wish he'd stay away." -- Hughes Mearns Mearns captures the spirit of Washington, D.C. We are in the midst of a criminal trial concerning the leaking of CIA covert operative Valerie Plame's name to the press. The man on trial did not do the leaking. The man who did the leaking is not on trial. The woman who is the subject of the fictional leak was probably not...
  • Charen ~ State of the Union: Demoralized

    01/26/2007 2:56:04 PM PST · by cgk · 25 replies · 1,023+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 1-26-07 | Mona Charen
    State of the Union: DemoralizedBy Mona CharenFriday, January 26, 2007 The key paragraph in President Bush's State of the Union speech was this: This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we're in. Every one of us wishes this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn...
  • Charen: Letting the PC slip show

    10/13/2006 6:32:21 AM PDT · by cgk · 13 replies · 913+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-13-06 | Mona Charen
    Letting the PC slip showBy Mona CharenFriday, October 13, 2006 You've probably never heard of Teachers College, but it has profoundly affected your life and is now affecting your children's lives. TC is the graduate school of education at Columbia University and laboratory of most of the "reforms" that have corroded K-12 education over the past 50 years. New math, whole language, open classrooms, outcome-based education -- you name the fad and it probably originated in Morningside Heights in New York. Teachers College is the most influential graduate education program in the country, and like so many leading schools, it...
  • Questions for Ahmadinejad

    09/22/2006 9:07:18 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 13 replies · 614+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 9/22/06 | Mona Charen
    My alma mater, Columbia University, has just invited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak. Keeping up with the Joneses? Harvard (as well as the National Cathedral) hosted former Iranian president Ayatollah Khatami just a few weeks ago. Mr. Ahmadinejad himself chatted up a group at the Council on Foreign Relations following his speech to the UN General Assembly. Establishment America seems determined to seduce Ahmadinejad. The more bellicose toward America he becomes, the more they prostrate themselves at his feet. He's been courted for a sit-down by Mike Wallace, who back-pedaled on a tough question after Ahmadinejad threatened to terminate the interview....
  • What the captured documents show (Mona Charen on the Saddam documents)

    03/24/2006 10:03:18 AM PST · by blitzgig · 23 replies · 2,284+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/24/06 | Mona Charen
    President Bush has made errors, as all humans do, but one thing he has not been guilty of is bad faith. The same cannot be said of his critics. One thinks of those liberals and Democrats who accused President Bush of "lying" about weapons of mass destruction and about ties between al Qaeda and Iraq particularly now, because last week, after an unaccountable delay of three years, the administration declassified and released thousands of documents captured from Saddam's regime. They offer more proof of what we've already learned from other sources: that Hussein was in collusion with al Qaeda; that...
  • The Right to Abandon Your Child ("Roe Vs. Wade for Men")

    03/10/2006 12:03:29 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 71 replies · 1,939+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 03/10/2006 | Mona Charen
    This is one of those moments when you want to grab liberals by the lapels and demand, "Well, what did you expect?" A group called the National Center for Men has filed a lawsuit they are calling "Roe v. Wade for Men." Here are the facts: A 25-year-old computer programmer named Matt Dubay of Saginaw, Mich., was ordered by a judge to pay $500 per month in child support for a daughter he fathered with his ex-girlfriend. His contention -- and that of the National Center for Men -- is that this requirement is unconstitutional because it violates the equal...
  • Why weren't we informed? Isn't it obvious? (Mona Charen on Cheney)

    02/17/2006 5:51:20 AM PST · by blitzgig · 133 replies · 3,280+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/17/06 | Mona Charen
    There are few less edifying sights than Terry McAuliffe in full battle cry. But alas there was no avoiding him after the Cheney hunting accident. There he was demanding to know why the vice president waited 22 hours before informing the press and shouting that if Al Gore had done something like this he'd be in Leavenworth by nightfall (a dubious if pleasing supposition). The White House press corps was even more insufferable. One reporter asked, "Is it proper for the vice president to offer his resignation or has he offered his resignation?" Another demanded, "Scott (McClellan), would this be...
  • Charen: A Modest Backlash Against the Culture

    12/11/2005 6:57:08 PM PST · by cgk · 18 replies · 1,623+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-9-05 | Mona Charen
    A modest backlash against the culture Dec 9, 2005by Mona Charen The following is from a new blog: "Waiting to meet an old friend for lunch the other day, my eye fell on the young woman at the table across the aisle. She was attractive, nicely put together in a casual way: T-shirt, jeans, Eskimo-style boots, and a neat ponytail. The lady with her appeared to be her middle-aged mother. Ultimately, I noticed that her T-shirt had some strange writing on it, which is hard to do justice to, while being sensitive to the fact that ModestyZone has some...
  • The Cut and Run Party (Mona Charen makes mincemeat out of the libs)

    11/18/2005 6:07:18 AM PST · by blitzgig · 28 replies · 1,566+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/18/05 | Mona Charen
    True to their heritage in foreign policy, 40 out of 45 Democratic senators voted last week to demand a timetable for withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. As in every conflict since Vietnam, Democrats are hoping not to succeed but to skedaddle. Imagine if the Democrats held a majority in the Congress. The cut and run impulse -- can you call it anything else? -- would become law. Well, the Democrats protest, we cannot condone this war for another minute because we were deceived into supporting it in the first place. We'll return to that risible claim in a moment....
  • Charen: The French Way Implodes

    11/11/2005 7:55:04 AM PST · by cgk · 49 replies · 1,638+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11-11-05 | Mona Charen
    The French way implodes Nov 11, 2005by Mona Charen Through a combination of socialism at home and appeasement abroad, the French believed they had found a viable alternative to, in former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's phrase, "jungle capitalism," as practiced by you know who. Jacques Chirac was more direct, condemning "ultra liberal Anglo-Saxon" economic policies, while also famously boasting that France would anchor a European pole in a "multipolar" world, with American influence vastly reduced. With 300 French cities in flames, French pretensions lie singed and shriveled.  By "ultra liberal" Chirac of course meant free market, not liberal in...
  • Mona Charen: Hillary Clinton cannot reinvent her past

    01/29/2005 10:22:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies · 1,731+ views
    Omaha.com ^ | 1/29/05 | MONE CHAREN
    Mona Charen: Hillary cannot reinvent her past BY MONE CHAREN Published Saturday, January 29, 2005 A little immigration reform here, a little religion in the public square there, a little gentle talk about common ground on abortion - and what have you got? A new, moderate Hillary Clinton, announces the press. "Democratic Party appears to be getting softer on reproductive rights," headlined a National Public Radio story. "Gasps as Hillary woos the anti-abortion vote," reported the London Daily Telegraph. "Hillary Clinton Seen as Staking Out Centrist Positions," announced the Bulletin's Frontrunner. It's a testament to the rigidity and extremism of...
  • From the Doghouse to the Book Cover (Rather replaces Jackson on book cover)

    10/04/2004 12:35:54 PM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 1 replies · 318+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 4, 2004 | EDWARD WYATT
    In the pecking order of public figures most likely to make conservatives' blood boil, Dan Rather has apparently eclipsed the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Sentinel, the conservative book publishing imprint of Pearson's Penguin USA, made a last-minute change last week to the cover of Mona Charen's "Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help (and the Rest of Us)." Advertisement In a mosaic of head shots of objects of conservative enmity - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Michael Moore, Senator John Kerry and Rosie O'Donnell - the publisher substituted Mr. Rather's picture for that of Mr. Jackson. Even before Mr. Rather's...
  • Don't know much about history

    07/15/2003 10:17:37 AM PDT · by DeFault User · 39 replies · 2,605+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 7/15/2003 | Mona Charen
    "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, enjoys a nice view of the Capitol dome from his office window. He is less satisfied with what he sees of America's common culture. Cole, who taught Renaissance art for many years before undertaking a stint in government, thinks the United States is in danger of losing its national identity through a loss of historical memory. If the words Yorktown, bleeding Kansas, reconstruction, Ellis Island, Marbury vs. Madison, "Remember...
  • Charen: L'affaire Blair and the Times

    05/22/2003 11:53:24 PM PDT · by cgk · 19 replies · 152+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 5-23-03 | Mona Charen
    L'affaire Blair and the TimesMona Charen (archive) May 23, 2003 | Print | SendThe Jayson Blair scandal has most of the elements of the modern American classic. There's a celebrity angle, a race dimension, a drug and alcohol excuse, and hypocrisy in high places. The only missing element so far is sex. No doubt when the TV movie of the story is done, it will add a curvaceous girlfriend to round out the plot. Let's start at the end. Here's a little quiz: After plunging himself and his newspaper into a major credibility crisis, 27-year-old Jayson Blair met with a)...
  • Mona Charen on C-Span "Booknotes" With Her Latest Tonight at 8:00 PMEST

    03/30/2003 1:42:07 PM PST · by Intolerant in NJ · 15 replies · 168+ views
    C-Span | 30 March, 2003 | C-Span
    Mona Charen is scheduled to discuss her latest book Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong In the Cold War and Still Blame America First at 8:00 pmest on this week's C-Span "Booknotes". From the book jacket: "...she exposes: Prominent liberals who served in the Clinton administration - Madeleine Albright, Sidney Blumenthal, and Strobe Talbott - all of whom turned a blind eye to the Soviet "Evil Empire", but now want to be counted as Cold Warriors..." Should be worth much more than the price of admission....