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  • The End of Iraq (Cont'd)

    08/16/2014 6:53:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | august 16, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    "I think this is going to take some time," our president warned last Saturday as he took off for a vacation on Martha's Vineyard, maybe because he felt he had to offer some explanation as Iraq collapsed along with his foreign policy in general. What was once Iraq is now divided, like ancient Gaul, into three parts -- Shi'a, Sunni and Kurdish -- all of which are themselves crumbling. So now Barack Obama tells us that it may take some time to put Iraq together again after it fell apart in record time once he withdrew American forces there in...
  • Separate But ... Equal? Or: Civil Unions vs. Gay Marriage

    05/28/2014 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    So there I was, reading a guest article in our newspaper here in Arkansas and nodding not just in agreement but admiration. And why not? For the guest writer was going right down the list of points I'd made over the years in favor of civil unions as an alternative to homosexual marriage. Well put, I thought. Right on, amen, hallelujah and selah! Few things are as pleasing as seeing one's own opinions repeated by others; they seem even more convincing when their glory is reflected in another's words. Attaway, brother! Ye-e-es! Such is human vanity, or at least that...
  • Back by Popular Demand: Tyranny

    03/15/2014 7:53:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Ham and eggs, dictators and plebiscites, tyranny and sham elections, they all go together. So it was wholly to be expected, which means it was wholly a surprise to our ever-alert administration, when the latest tsar decided Crimea was ripe for the picking and sent in the Cossacks (sans identifying insignia for now). As usual in these matters, the local bullyboys, formally known in press reports as militias, backed up the not very well disguised Russian troops. With that little formality out of the way, Vlad the Annexer ordered a plebiscite (and its usual result) for immediate delivery, specifically...
  • The Key To It All/ Lincoln's Birthday, 2014

    02/11/2014 2:10:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    An Italian exchange student once asked me what he should know in order to understand America. The best I could come up with on the spot was the U.S. Constitution, jazz and baseball. Later it would come to me that to study each of those only in the abstract, as just a rule book or a series of notes on a page, would be less than useful to someone trying to understand America. The notes would be there, but not the music. The rules of the game would be there, but not the spirit. That spirit cannot be appreciated...
  • Just One Small Point ...

    03/12/2013 8:48:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    "Law sharpens the mind by narrowing it." --Edmund Burke . . Our governor here in Arkansas now has vetoed not one but two anti-abortion bills that made it past the state legislature this session. One bill sought to protect the unborn starting at the 20th week of pregnancy. The other would go into effect after 12 weeks' gestation if a fetal heartbeat could be detected. Both are now law, passed over the governor's objections. The Hon. Mike Beebe is ordinarily the most reasonable and agreeable of men -- even if he is a lawyer by trade and a politician by...
  • Sic Semper Tyrannis

    03/08/2013 1:00:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    What? Do even Latin American caudillos die? Apparently, according to the latest and last medical bulletin on the health (or lack thereof) of Hugo Chavez, perpetually re-electable president of Venezuela. No doubt many Venezuelans are grieving at the news that he has proven mortal. It ought to be quite a wake or celebration, depending on which Venezuelans are observing the occasion. No doubt those of both persuasions will be sincere, as many Russians mourned the death of their generalissimo when Stalin left this vale of tears he had done so much to make even tearier. While others breathed a (very)...
  • The Best of the Delta

    02/16/2013 5:17:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Something is terribly wrong. Used to be, I could safely attend the annual Delta show at the Arkansas Arts Center here in Little Rock with serene confidence that I would never agree with the judge's picks. It gave me the feeling, hollow as it might be, that I marched to a different drummer from the cognoscenti's. For my taste in such things has long been irreparably bourgeois -- middle-class, middlebrow, middlin' in general. Even verging on the sentimental, and maybe not just verging. Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World," Edward Hopper's "Early Sunday Morning," Charles Demuth's "I Saw the Figure Five...
  • The Gathering Storm

    11/17/2012 12:57:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    "Cry Havoc!, and let slip the dogs of war." -- Act III, Scene 1, Julius Caesar Not that you haven't noticed, Gentle Reader, but the world is coming apart. Again. Beginning with the Middle East, where, to put it as diplomatically as possible, all hell is about to break loose on Israel's border with Hamasland, aka Gaza. You can see war coming by the rockets' red glare, hear the bombs bursting in air as the first deaths are tallied. How many more before the hurly-burly's done, the battle's lost or won? Hundreds of explosive-laden rockets have been fired at random...
  • Witness

    11/08/2011 6:34:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2011 | Paul Greenberg
    Today's column is drawn from Paul Greenberg's remarks October 27 accepting the Human Life Foundation's annual Great Defender of Life award: Life is just full of surprises. What's an old boy from Shreveport, La., doing talking at the Union League club in New York City? In a hall adorned with portraits of Mr. Lincoln and members of his cabinet during The War. Our newspaper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has got to be one of the few left in the country, if not the only one, that still devotes a full editorial page every January 19 to celebrating the birth of Robert...
  • Strange Sighting in Iraq

    04/01/2010 4:04:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 745+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2010 | Paul Greenberg
    What can this be approaching across the sands of Iraq? It can't be. It's not possible. It's not found in this unnatural habitat ... and yet there is. It shows the outward signs, including some of the innate strengths and inevitable weaknesses and distinctive eccentricities of that rarest of creatures in those Mesopotamian climes: democracy. It must be a mirage, like so many other fleeting signs of hope over the chaotic years in Iraq. And yet it betrays at least a couple of the characteristic traits of a lumbering democracy: a free election (at least by Iraqi standards) and a...
  • Everybody's Irish Today

    03/17/2010 5:38:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies · 612+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2010 | Paul Greenberg
    With deep apologies to, and selected quotations from, Finley Peter Dunne, creator of the immortal Mister Dooley, Irish barkeep and political commentator who first noted that politics ain't beanbag. "I'll have a double," called Aloysius J. Hennessey as he pushed through the swinging doors of Riley's Royal I.R.A. Vegetable Bar and Grill. Looking around to make certain he was the only customer in the place, Hennessey added: "Make that a round for everybody!" Mr. Riley, sole proprietor and entire staff, eyed his first visitor of the morning warily. "Oh, 'tis a great thing t'be on yer side iv the bar,"...
  • A Senator Sees the Light

    02/19/2010 3:16:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 914+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2010 | Paul Greenberg
    LITTLE ROCK -- Have you noticed? The closer Election Day comes, the more conservative some blue-dog senators sound. Till they turn almost Republican red. Consider the case of Blanche Lincoln here in Arkansas. By the time the primary is held in May, this state's senior senator could be speaking at Tea Party rallies. A headline on the front page of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said it all: "Pressure on the rise for Arkansas' Lincoln/ Amid criticism, she chides party, Obama." To quote the story's lede: "U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln distanced herself from Democrats over and over last week. On Tuesday, the...
  • What is Hanukkah?

    12/12/2009 5:39:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies · 1,089+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2009 | Paul Greenberg
    This evening we light the first candle on the Hanukkah menorah, for it's the first night of this minor eight-day Jewish holiday that's become a major one over the years. There are blessings to be recited, songs to be sung, latkes to be eaten . . . . But just what does Hanukkah celebrate? Answer: A successful Jewish revolt against a Syrian empire ruled by the Seleucid dynasty of Greek kings some 2,200 years ago. Well, not exactly. The revolt was not so much against the Syrian emperor, Antiochus Epiphanes, as against his attempt to impose Hellenistic culture on ancient...
  • Here Comes Iran's Nuke

    10/14/2009 6:53:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 669+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2009 | Paul Greenberg
    The headline on the front page made it sound like big news: UN nuclear chief sets Iran inspection. So? Another year, another inspection by the sleepiest watchdog on the planet, the United Nations' own Maxwell Smart -- the one and only Mohammed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Agency and Office of General Permissiveness. Director ElBaradei has just been to Tehran making nice with Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, where the two held hands for a ceremonial photograph and agreed that the UN's inspectors would soon visit Iran's latest no-longer-secret nuclear processing plant. This one is dug into a mountain outside the holy...
  • Where Does the South End?

    09/21/2009 12:50:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies · 2,651+ views
    Townhall ^ | September 21, 2009 | Paul Greenberg
    Dear Old Friend, It was wholly a pleasure to hear your theory about where the South ends, probably because any theory about the South will get a conversation going around dinner tables, at barber shops, in graduate seminars on Southern history, and just about anywhere else in these talkative latitudes. Your theory is that the South ends where the last monument to the Confederate soldier can be seen. This would mean that Bentonville, up in the far northwest corner of Arkansas, and known far and wide as the capital of Wal-Mart, qualifies as Southern. This might comes as a surprise,...
  • How Ethics Disappear

    08/15/2009 7:36:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 695+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2009 | Paul Greenberg
    Gosh, what a surprise: A committee of their fellow senators has decided that Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad did nothing unethical when they took out loans from Countrywide Financial on the kind of favorable terms not available to us mere mortals without their financial or political standing -- or a personal connection to the head of Countrywide. The very Select Committee on Ethics did recognize that the whole deal looked bad, and gave its colleagues a gentle pat on the wrist for creating "the appearance that you were receiving preferential treatment based on your status as a senator." But in...
  • Madness, Madness...

    06/15/2009 4:30:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 733+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2009 | Paul Greenberg
    Tuesday, September 11, 2001. A day full of shock, anger, fear. And confusion. The country was under attack. And at first it wasn't even clear who had attacked us. The identity of the attackers became clear even as the fires still raged: This was the work of the same bunch of terrorists who had tried to topple the Twin Towers back in 1993. Back then the killers had been treated as defendants in federal court, with all rights and privileges pertaining thereto. They would be convicted only after a lengthy and arduous trial. As if theirs had been not an...
  • The War Comes to Little Rock

    06/04/2009 8:10:51 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 19 replies · 925+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/4/'09 | Paul Greenberg
    It could be anywhere in Arkansas, anywhere in America. It's the kind of place that William Longs come from young people drawn to defend the rest of us. We may scarcely think about them until we see those uniforms at an airport. Or until something like this happens, and it dawns on us that it is from such places that we get the best of our best, those who seem to have duty in their very bones.
  • Born Free

    04/08/2009 4:51:57 AM PDT · by libstripper · 7 replies · 666+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8 ,2009 | Paul Greenberg
    John McCain has made a number of heroic contributions to American politics and life, but this law isn't one of them. How in the world did he ever wind up sponsoring this monstrosity? The only excuse I can come up with is that he got involved with bad company. Namely, the very epitome of liberal -- excuse me, progressive -- excess, Russ Feingold. Sen. Feingold's proposals regularly disappoint, but by now they no longer surprise. Justice Kennedy now has figured it out: The whole statute fails the constitutional test. It is an infringement on free speech -- an injury and...
  • Save the Electoral College

    03/09/2009 4:19:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 500+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2009 | Paul Greenberg
    For about as long as some of us can remember, there have been proposals around to junk the Electoral College and find some other way to elect a president of the United States. Whether a new system should be devised was a national debate question when I was in high school, and that was a long, long time ago. Yet for all the dissatisfaction with the Electoral College over the years, no one has been able to sell the American people on an alternative. The alternatives do change from time to time, and their very prolixity is another sign that...
  • Take heart! Conservatives will rise again

    11/22/2008 6:26:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies · 2,064+ views
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | November 19, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    --Dear Conservative, Yes, I know, these are times that try conservatives' souls. The sunshine soldiers left long ago, and we survivors are left to sit on the ground and tell sad stories of the deaths of our favorite theories. I get a lot of calls from patients like you, still in mourning after the presidential election. Here is Dr. Greenberg's Rx for the political blues: Remember that the political pendulum swings back as surely as it did forth, this time after a long period when conservative ideas--and candidates--were in the ascendant. It's that old Hegelian three-step: thesis, antithesis, synthesis. In...
  • The Unfairness Doctrine

    10/19/2008 12:47:39 AM PDT · by Mr_Moonlight · 10 replies · 741+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 18, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    There was a small but revealing moment on the final night of the editorial writers' convention here in Little Rock not long ago. Our distinguished guest speaker of the liberal persuasion was waxing nostalgic for the heady time when the old Fairness Doctrine ruled the airwaves and all was right with the world of broadcast opinion. For in those days impartial government bureaucrats enforced the rule that, for every opinion voiced on radio and television, equal time had to be allotted to its opposite, and all was right with the world. It all sounds fair enough - like so many...
  • COMMENTARY: Somewhere he's still talking: The unbearable lightness of being Bill Clinton

    12/16/2001 4:45:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies · 1,412+ views
    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | 12-16-01 | Paul Greenberg
    It happened at still another of those periodic post-mortems on the Arkansas Gazette. One of the mourners in attendance was complaining that today's Democrat-Gazette hadn't published enough positive news about Bill Clinton during his presidency. I noticed that the comment was enough to merit a strained smile from at least one member of the audience--Rex Nelson.     Rex is now on Governor Mike Huckabee's staff, but he was out in the newsroom at the start of the Clinton Years, when he was the Democrat-Gazette's political editor. Lest we forget, that was a time when the prospect of having a president ...
  • Sarah's Night

    09/08/2008 3:06:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 194+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    "I know who I am." - Mrs. Rose Castorini in "Moonstruck," explaining to the young jerk of a professor why she wasn't about to take him up on his offer of a warm bed. Before she delivered her maiden speech at a national nominating convention, preparatory to that same convention's nominating her for vice president of the United States, there was the strangest fluttering among the coveys of the always Angry Left. The wildest rumors were being spread about the lady governor from Alaska, and about her family. Just look at her hairdo. She's got to be some kind of...
  • Sarah Who?

    09/05/2008 4:37:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 136+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    Old dogs can learn new tricks after all. John McCain fooled us all, again. This time the old rascal went north to Alaska for his running mate. He got the whole o-so-savvy commentariat rummaging through the Internet trying to find out just who is this Sarah Palin. Is that Sarah with the "H" or without? Pay-lin? How ya spell that? Sweetheart, get me rewrite!One thing for sure: A McCain administration -- is that the first time I've used that term? Does that mean it's becoming possible? -- could certainly be trusted to keep national security secrets. At least to judge...
  • Paul Greenberg - No Sale: General Obama and the Few [Must Read]

    08/25/2008 2:17:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 193+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 25, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    No wonder Barack Obama got such a tepid reception this week at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' convention. The better the United States does in Iraq, the worse he looks. If only his strategy had been followed. His presidential campaign would be sitting pretty at this point instead of struggling to maintain a once comfortable lead. Iraq would still be Issue No. 1 instead of the economy, and he would be making the most of it - instead of events in Iraq working to his political disadvantage. It's been a long McGovern summer for Sen. Obama as his lead in...
  • The Descent of St. Barack

    06/25/2008 9:16:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies · 123+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    The Hon. Barack Obama hasn't yet reached Clintonesque levels of slickness, but this presidential campaign is still young and a whole summer of broken promises and general disenchantment with the Saint of Hyde Park has begun to set in. For all its smooth, Internetted aspects, the Obama campaign begins to develop overtones of George McGovern's crack-up in the summer of 1972. Sen. McGovern was the beneficiary that year of the Democrats' newly rigged nominating system, which remains much the same. This year it allowed Barack Obama to cinch his party's nomination even as his rival was sweeping the popular vote...
  • Apologia pro redneck, Or: In defense of a word and a people

    06/17/2008 9:27:23 AM PDT · by rhema · 34 replies · 1,556+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | June 17, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    This time it's a duly certified, establishment-vetted, card-carrying member of the Mainstream Media who's been caught, tried and convicted by the always watchful PC Police. This time it was no Howard Stern or Don Imus, or even a football coach lettin' 'er rip at a press conference. This time it was NBC's own, always respectable if not downright pedestrian Andrea Mitchell, aka Mrs. Alan Greenspan. Goodness. What did she do? It seems the lady went and referred to an area of southwestern Virginia as "redneck, sort of bordering-on-Appalachia country." Ooh-wee!The linguistically delicate of southwestern Virginia are still squealing. These easily...
  • The Plot Thickens, or: Those Neocons Were Everywhere

    06/13/2008 7:06:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 120+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    In the event you haven't noticed, it's a presidential election year. You can tell by the ever-growing flurry of conspiracy theories - not just delicious new ones like Barack Obama's being some kind of Manchurian Candidate for Jihad Inc., but old ones that, even if they've grown stale and wormy by now, can be pulled off the shelf and re-issued as a brand-new congressional report. Like the 170-page piece of work just out of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The precarious burden of this report is that the evil crew in the White House systematically exaggerated the threat that Saddam Hussein's...
  • The ahistorical candidate

    06/07/2008 2:30:04 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 51+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, June 7, 2008 | By Paul Greenberg
    Barack Obama chose St. Paul, Minn., to stage his victory or at least near-victory rally Tuesday night. It was a good way to stick a thumb in John McCain's eye, since the Republicans have chosen to hold their national convention at the same arena. Yet he overlooked the historical connotations of that site. Beautiful downtown St. Paul is where Walter Mondale delivered his concession speech after one of the most lopsided defeats in the history of American presidential elections - Ronald Reagan's 49-state sweep in 1984.
  • Things I Don't Believe

    06/01/2008 4:48:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 109+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    The day's news continues to deliver a bountiful crop of theories, explanations, analyses, opinions and observations that I don't for a minute believe. For example: Raising the tax on capital gains is going to produce more capital. But when you tax something, aren't you bound to make it less, not more, plentiful? This brilliant idea is as sound as putting a "windfall profits" tax on the oil industry and expecting it to produce more oil. Didn't we try this with the Carter administration at the tag end of the 1970s? The results were as disappointing as much of the rest...
  • Mister Beautiful [Barack Hussein Obama]

    04/29/2008 9:31:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies · 284+ views
    Townhall ^ | April 30, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    Ever notice how Barack Obama handles a question from a real person, as opposed to one of us annoying media types? Even a question that challenges his position? It's a thing of beauty. Watch him at one of his forums. He listens patiently, nods his head sympathetically, and seems to share his questioner's point of view. He identifies. He then begins his answer by restating the question, often enough in more persuasive form than the original. He doesn't so much entertain a question as improve it. Only after he has established a bond between himself and his critic does he...
  • The dead speak

    04/10/2008 12:09:43 PM PDT · by JZelle · 3 replies · 200+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-10-08 | Paul Greenburg
    There are some names in the obituary columns that say more than the voices of the living. Such is the name of Dith Pran, who died in New Brunswick, N.J., March 30 at age 65. He was the Cambodian photographer who somehow survived the collection of killing fields that his country became after the Americans abandoned it. And who somehow made his way to the United States to tell the world about it. Millions of his countrymen lost their lives after the Khmer Rouge swept into Phnom Penh and began rounding up unreliable types i.e., just about anyone who...
  • False Memory: The Strange Case of H. Clinton

    03/30/2008 3:58:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1,251+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    It happens. Or rather it didn't happen. How many of us can remember an event, often full of emotional overtones, that didn't happen? It's a common enough experience to have a name: false memory. Just how that false memory forms and is reinforced over the years can be left to the psychologists to explain in detail. Maybe first we exaggerate what happened, then elaborate the imagined memory with each retelling, especially to ourselves. And before we know it, we've fully incorporated the event into our dramatic life story. Our ever-absorbent psyches could put any ordinary screenplay to shame. Maybe that's...
  • The Witness

    03/23/2008 6:37:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 550+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    First came the woman in mourning, eager to do the right thing even before first light. Could she have slept at all? Did she toss and turn through the night, after the empty sabbath that had made a mockery of all she once believed? For it was all over now, as she must have known even as she set out weeping. All hope was lost, all belief shattered. Death had won once more. In place of faith, all she could do was go through the motions, forget and go on. Isn't that what they always tell mourners? Such is the...
  • Ron Paul, American Artifact

    02/18/2008 4:25:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 110 replies · 192+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2009 | Paul Greenberg
    American history is so remarkably continuous, like American institutions, that sometimes it’s scarcely necessary to consult the history books to find out what some past political cause was like. We need only observe a current one. Consider Ron Paul. The man is this year’s perfect historical artifact. He’s running for president in 2008, but he could have stepped right out of 1888, or 1898, when populism was all the rage, literally. It was Mary Ellen Lease, one of the great populist fire-eaters of the time, who urged restive Kansas farmers to raise less corn and more hell. The populist impulse...
  • Martin Luther King: The Radical as Conservative

    01/21/2008 5:24:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 5,912+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2008 | Paul Greenberg
    History is up to its old tricks again. The radical agitator of one generation becomes the conservative icon of another. Martin Luther King Jr. meets the very definition of an American conservative, that is, someone dedicated to preserving the gains of a liberal revolution. Even when he was leading the civil rights movement, what appeal could have been more conservative or more American than his now classic speech before the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963? "I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is...
  • Mike Huckabee: He left Arkansas a better state

    01/06/2008 9:11:08 AM PST · by Ol' Sparky · 125 replies · 210+ views
    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | 1/6/08 | Paul Greenberg
    They're back, the out-of-state media types who want to know who this guy is, this presidential candidate out of Hope, Ark. This year the subject is Michael Dale Huckabee, who's not just a highly effective preacher but a populist. He has a knack for reducing complex issues to simple terms. There's a species of Republican true believers in Arkansas who've always suspected his bona fides as an honest-to-goodness fiscal conservative and social reactionary. Much the same anti-Huckabee line is now being repeated by the high-powered Club for Growth, which has launched an all-out effort to dub the Huck just another...
  • Before the Year Ends...

    12/31/2007 8:02:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 152+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2007 | Paul Greenberg
    Years ago I used to make a point of visiting a little shop that specialized in repairing small electrical appliances. It was located on Main Street in a small Southern town, and was run - well, tended - by two elderly sisters who could have stepped out of a short story by Eudora Welty or Flannery O'Connor. It was that kind of town: a Southern Gothic place full of types and anecdotes you seldom find any more, even in these storied latitudes. The repair shop was crammed from floor to ceiling with assorted radios, clocks, electric irons and other gadgets...
  • How Goes the War?

    11/21/2007 6:36:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 35+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2007 | Paul Greenberg
    he news on the military front in Iraq continues to improve thanks to a new commander's new strategy, aka The Surge, and to the continued courage and competence of the troops entrusted with executing it. At last they seem to have a commander worthy of them. Every wartime president struggles to find his Grant. George W. Bush's may be named Petraeus. Kimberly Kagan of the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War ran the numbers the other day: "The total number of enemy attacks has fallen for four consecutive months, and has now reached levels last seen before the February...
  • How Goes the War?

    10/08/2007 4:48:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 487+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2007 | Paul Greenberg
    How’s the war going? It all depends on who’s talking — or writing. Do you go with the doubters-at-a-distance who’ve been saying the war was lost even before it began? Or with the separate but equally sure experts who’ve been assuring us we’re on the verge of victory — for years now. Do we finally admit all is lost when the next IED or car bomb takes its toll? Not just on the ground but in the spirit. It’s tempting. Enough has been more than enough. And yet not enough for Americans to accept defeat. We’ve been here before. In...
  • Presidential provocations

    09/30/2007 11:42:55 AM PDT · by radar101 · 36+ views
    LakeExpo ^ | 30-Sept 2007 | Paul Greenberg
    The best response yet in this much too early presidential campaign came from John McCain in New Hampshire. Some kid at Concord (N.H.) High who thought he was smart asked the senator from Arizona if he didn't think he was too old to be president - and if he was worried he might come down with Alzheimer's in office. To which Senator McCain replied that his son believes he's old enough to hide his own Easter eggs. Then he added: "Thanks for the question, you little jerk." The other students ate it up. And my respect for the senator, never...
  • The labor theory of value

    09/03/2007 2:43:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 499+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2007 | Paul Greenberg
    The old man had long ago given up fixing shoes and tried other businesses, but always at the same location, and with many of the same customers. But he never found any other work that gave him as much satisfaction as putting new soles on a pair of old uppers. Or putting a pair of Cat's Paw heels on shoes that still had a lot of wear left, and doing it neatly, surely, carefully - to last. He loved the feel and aroma of new leather, the grain in the old. He was seldom as happy as when he could...
  • Name in the news

    08/24/2007 4:15:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 312+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2007 | Paul Greenberg
    American Media, owner of Weekly World News, is shutting down the grocery-store tabloid that once exposed 12 U.S. senators as space aliens. That's right: There were only 12 back then. Long before The Onion, the W.W.N. was reporting the whereabouts of Elvis (Kalamazoo, Mich.) and publishing photos of Heaven taken by the Hubble telescope. Some of its headlines will remain classics. For example, "Dead Rock Stars Return on Ghost Plane" and "Crazed Dieter Mistakes Dwarf for Chicken!" But now its circulation has fallen under 90,000 and this week's will be its last issue. How come? According to the dead-serious news...
  • Man of the Century (Goodbye, Kurt Waldheim)

    06/22/2007 6:49:52 AM PDT · by Roberts · 2 replies · 131+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2207 | Paul Greenberg
    Kurt Waldheim is dead. It says so in the New York Times, and doubtless in all the other official records-from his death certificate to his extensive resume. His papers were always in order, his career well documented: law degree, University of Vienna; a string of diplomatic posts culminating in his appointment as Austria's foreign minister; secretary-general of the United Nations; president of Austria. There was no need to go into detail and mention his service in the Balkans as an intelligence officer with the Wehrmacht's infamous 714th Infantry Division. Together with its Croatian accomplices, the 714th conducted a murderous campaign...
  • Two Alternative futures

    09/14/2006 4:41:47 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 24 replies · 650+ views
    Townhall ^ | 9/14/06 | Paul Greenberg
    I knew that Jay Rockefeller was a U.S. senator from West Virginia, but before now I had no idea what a seer the man is. Not only can Rockefeller peer into the future and confidently tell us how it turns out, but he can turn the clock back to the past, specifically March of 2003, and, like a projectionist putting on an alternate reel, show us the better future that might have been. If only the United States and its allies had not invaded Iraq, Swami Rockefeller explains, the world would be a better place today - even if Saddam...
  • The Frankenstein Syndrome

    07/26/2006 9:58:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 128 replies · 1,411+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 07.26.06 | Paul Greenberg
    It's a juicy prospect for a fast-developing industry: billions in federal grants for experimentation on human embryos. Experienced grant writers must be revving up their search engines by now, since state grants for such research are already becoming available in states like Connecticut and Illinois and, of course, California, that bellwether of the surreal American future. This session, Congress got behind this Next Big Thing, voting to expand embryonic stem cell research. But for the moment this rush to experiment on human embryos has been thwarted by a presidential veto, which the House failed to override. But only for the...
  • From incidents to a two-front war

    07/16/2006 4:41:09 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 2 replies · 466+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/16/06 | Paul greenberg
    If not all Hell then a lot of it is breaking loose in the Middle East. The tempo of terror and counterterror has been mounting for weeks, and is now headed for a crescendo. First came Hamas' attack and seizure of a hostage on an Israeli army outpost a couple of weeks ago, which had been preceded by a steady rain of rockets on the Israeli town of Sderot. Result: Israeli forces are now in and out of Gaza again, and hunting down Hamas leaders. The word from Hamas headquarters in Damascus is that the hostage will be held till...
  • At Low Ebb ("American conservatism is at one of its low ebbs.")

    05/21/2006 12:19:24 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 51 replies · 1,024+ views
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | May 21, 2006 | Paul Greenberg
    American conservatism is at one of its low ebbs. Conservatives are divided, dejected, and drifting, caught between anger and indecision. The political party they've made theirs is headed for setbacks in this year's congressional elections, and further defeats loom ahead. Of course I'm talking about the state of American conservatism in 1854, when the Whigs were crumbling fast. Isn't that just like a conservative, to be always looking to the past to make sense of the present? In 1854, the party of national unity and free enterprise the party of Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln's beau ideal would come...
  • The things people say-came to lecture and wound up being harangued.

    04/06/2006 5:32:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies · 458+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4-6-06 | Paul Greenberg
    CHARLESTON, S.C. At the corner of Meeting and Market Streets here, an old black man plays a sweet, sorrowful tune on his sax. Oh, the trouble he's seen. Yet the memory-filled melody somehow makes you happier than any happy song you can recall at the moment, and more reconciled to the human condition. Which is just what the blues are supposed to do. Welcome to Charleston, or New Orleans East. I'm here to give a talk as part of an annual lecture series sponsored by the Jewish Studies program at the College of Charleston, but I'm much more interested...