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  • William Safire on the Book of Job in Today's Politics

    THE OPEN MIND Host: Richard D. Heffner Guest: William Safire Title: “William Safire on the Book of Job in Today’s Politics” VTR: 10/9/92 I’m Richard Heffner, your host on THE OPEN MIND, where only very rarely – indeed too rarely, as far as those of our viewers who want me to draw blood are concerned – only occasionally do I play at what Ross Perot has called “Gotcha journalism”. But when I do, or at least try to, it’s usually in the guise of – oh so innocently of course – asking a guest about this or her most fervently...
  • Inartful

    08/10/2010 11:44:50 AM PDT · by DManA · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 20, 2008 | Wiliam Safire
    Smil'n Bob Gibs described his comment about the "Professional Left" as INARTFUL. I googled it and found this two year old essay by Safire. I thought it was delightful and an appropriate comment on Gibbs' use of the word.
  • William Safire, 1929-2009

    09/27/2009 8:07:35 PM PDT · by pissant · 10 replies · 1,496+ views
    Commetary Mag ^ | 9/27/09 | John Podhoretz
    William Safire, who died today, was a breakthrough figure—the first professional Republican ideologue of his time to become a mainstream fixture in journalism. Indeed, when he was hired by the New York Times to write a column after his tenure as a speechwriter and intimate of the president in the Nixon White House, the shock and horror with which his new position was viewed in the Times newsroom and in the journalistic corridors of Washington were unprecedented in their ferocity. Safire himself said that people would barely look him in the eye in his place of employ for years. He...
  • William Safire, Nixon Speechwriter and Times Columnist, Is Dead at 79

    09/27/2009 11:19:38 AM PDT · by fours · 94 replies · 5,215+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/28/2009 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    <p>No article yet; just an announcement on the NYT front page.</p>
  • Fulsome (Obama the orator)

    03/21/2009 6:31:43 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 536+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 16, 2009 | William Safire
    In a speech to the National Governors Association last month, President Obama said about his first stimulus package, “I just want to make sure that we’re having an honest debate and presenting to the American people a fulsome accounting of what is going on in this program.” He meant full, in the sense of “complete,” even “abundant” or “copious,” which is what that wordmeant in the Middle Ages. But by the 16th century, fulsome’s meaning had taken “full” overboard, to “satiating, cloying, excessive.” Shakespeare used it often, meaning “loathsome” and “rank with lust.” The O.E.D. defines its application to language...
  • Bleeping Expletives

    01/04/2009 6:23:33 PM PST · by sionnsar · 16 replies · 831+ views
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | 12/30/2008 | William Safire
    Today we are going to deal with the media coverage of profanities, expletives, vulgarisms, obscenities, execrations, epithets and imprecations, nouns often lumped together by the Bluenose Generation as coarseness, crudeness, bawdiness, scatology or swearing. But roundheeled readers should stop smacking their lips and rubbing their hands because the deliberately shocking subject can be treated with decorum, in plain words, without the titillating examples of “dirty words.” (Titillating, from the Latin titillare, “to tickle,” is clean.) If you want to fulminate about such prissiness about prurience in print, feel free to rattle your jowls, blow your stack and otherwise express...
  • WILLIAM SAFIRE: The Maverick Ticket

    09/07/2008 5:54:33 AM PDT · by kellynla · 14 replies · 260+ views
    new york times ^ | September 6, 2008 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    SAMUEL Augustus Maverick, Texas rancher of the 1840s, is proudly sitting up in his grave. His name, which has become an eponymous American word, was cited repeatedly at last week’s unexpectedly enthusiastic Republican convention. “I’ve been called a maverick,” John McCain told his rounded-up party. “Sometimes it’s meant as a compliment; sometimes it’s not.” True enough: old Sam Maverick’s friends said he refused to brand his cattle because it was cruel to animals; competing ranchers said it let him round up and claim all the unbranded cattle in the neighborhood. In an era that has sophisticates displaying designers’ initials, the...
  • The Audacity of Hype (Barry's Overblown Acceptance Speech)

    08/31/2008 10:22:43 AM PDT · by mojito · 45 replies · 283+ views
    NYT ^ | 8/31/2008 | William Safire
    BY choosing the venue of a vast outdoor stadium as John Kennedy did for his “new frontier” acceptance, and by speaking on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” address, Barack Obama — whose claim to fame is an ability to move audiences with his words — deliberately invited comparison with two of the most memorable speeches of our recent history. What a mistake. A speaker must first ask: what is the best setting to make close contact with the person I want to reach? In this day and age, it is not a huge throng wildly...
  • Irregular Warfare

    06/08/2008 8:40:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 313+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 8, 2008 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    Beyond the Unconventional. The Pentagon has decided on a name for the kind of war we have to be prepared to fight in decades to come. Unconventional? No. A couple of generations ago, the clash of national armies following the rules of the Hague and Geneva Conventions was called conventional war, as against a more terrifying unconventional war, which meant “nuclear” for a time; then that meaning changed to denote “special operations.” Any terminology now rooted in convention would be confusing. Asymmetrical? The meaning of that adjective is “unbalanced,” which carries the wrong connotation; besides, the term has been taken...
  • Superdel - Will they provoke splittism?

    04/27/2008 1:11:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 75+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 27, 2008 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    If you were a fashion photographer back in the 1990s, you may have known what a superdel was: a high-priced “supermodel,” the word clipped to superdel by fashionistas. That meaning has since been overwhelmed by a usage booming through the U.S. political world: superdelegates, who may or may not decide the next Democratic nominee for president. But that 14-letter word is too long for newspaper headlines, and five syllables is too many for fast-talking heads on telecasts, podcasts, Webcasts or IMcasts. Result: the name of the graying gang of glitterati on whom the multimedia spotlight now shines has been shortened...
  • Blizzard of Lies

    03/24/2008 6:04:10 PM PDT · by krb · 29 replies · 1,569+ views
    New York Times ^ | 01/08/1996 | William Safire
    Commentary: Blizzard of Lies By William Safire © 1996 N.Y. Times News Service 01.08.96 Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our first lady - a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation - is a congenital liar. Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit. Remember the story she told about studying The Wall Street Journal to explain her 10,000 percent profit in 1979 commodity trading?...
  • Long Pole in the Tent

    01/06/2008 4:52:59 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies · 141+ views
    NY Times Magazine ^ | January 6, 2008 | William Safire
    “The most difficult aspect of developing a weapons program,” said President Bush, trying to counter the C.I.A.’s N.I.E.-jerk relaxation response to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, “or as some would say, the long pole in the tent, is enriching uranium.” Who are the “some” who would so say? One of the long pole-vaulters is the national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, who said the day before, “Weapons-grade uranium is the long pole in the tent for a nuclear weapon.” Their point was that the C.I.A.’s “high confidence” in its intelligence that Iran had stopped its secret weapons development soon after the roof fell...
  • The Office Pool, 2008

    12/31/2007 9:28:17 AM PST · by mojito · 4 replies · 77+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/31/2007 | William Safire
    THIS is the 34th annual office pool in this space, a New Year’s tradition that has become the most excruciating multiple-choice prediction test in world media. Nostradamus himself couldn’t score over 50 percent. Last year, despite a good bet on surging optimism in Iraq, I was mistaken 12 times out of 15. But the audacity of hope springs eternal; here, together with fearless readers, I go. For each item, choose one, all or none. 1. The business headline of the year will be: (a) Big Bounce to 15,000 Dow After Soft Landing (b) Recession Has Brokers Selling Apples for Five...
  • U.S.-Saudi joint bid doubted [I'm not a cat's-paw]

    05/02/2002 4:42:28 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 23 replies · 145+ views
    Miami Herald Online ^ | BY WARREN P. STROBEL
    WASHINGTON - The United States and Saudi Arabia are working more closely than ever to try to bring peace to the Middle East, but whether they are ready, willing or able to intervene forcefully enough to make a difference remains an open question. Continues. ======================================================================== William Safire's 'Walk Back The Cat', or: I'm not a cat's-paw When it comes to the New York Times, color me cynical. Maybe even *cynical* isn't quite strong enough. Seldom -- very seldom -- is anything printed on the pages of that pathetic excuse for a "newspaper" these days even vaguely believable. I even...
  • Blargon [NYT On Language Columnist Safire: How did anti-left phrase "moonbat" originate?]

    02/19/2006 10:19:33 AM PST · by summer · 89 replies · 1,608+ views
    NYT Sunday Magazine ^ | Feb 19, 2006 | William Safire
    Every walk of life and field of endeavor generates its own insiders' lingo. Those of us in the MSM — that's the superannuated, archaic mainstream media — have our own jargon, of which the first sentence of an article is the lede, the early edition is the bulldog and the guys working into the wee hours make up the lobster shift. Some of our special vocabulary is being stolen from us by the denizens of the world of Web logs. Above the fold — the top half of a standard-size newspaper page, where the major stories begin — now, in...
  • Free the Barrett Report

    01/05/2006 10:01:42 AM PST · by rellimpank · 35 replies · 932+ views
    By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. WASHINGTON -- In a very clever year-end column, the venerable William Safire writing in the New York Times asks whether "special prosecutor David Barrett's 400-page expose of political influence within the Internal Revenue Service and the Clinton Justice Department" will be the government report "most likely to resist investigative reporting" this year. I certainly hope not. The misuse of the IRS and Justice Department has a long record going back to Richard Nixon and Watergate and before that to Franklin Roosevelt and his harassment of former Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon and publisher Moses...
  • The Office Pool, 2006

    12/29/2005 9:55:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 864+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 30, 2005 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    HERE is your 32nd annual chance to Beat the Pundit. In each multiple choice, pick one, none or all. In a good year, a master prognosticator gets four right. 1. U.S. troops in Iraq at 2006 year's end will number: (a) current "base line" 138,000; (b) closer to 100,000; (c) closer to 90,000; (d) 80,000 or below. 2. Speaker of the House succeeding Dennis Hastert will be: (a) Mike Pence; (b) Rahm Emanuel; (c) Steny Hoyer; (d) Roy Blunt; (e) Nancy Pelosi; (f) Tom DeLay. 3. Best-picture Oscar to: (a) Woody Allen's comeback, "Match Point"; (b) Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain";...
  • Safire and Brooks Nail the Week’s Key Issues on Today’s “Meet the Press”

    10/30/2005 10:18:35 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 6 replies · 861+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | October 30, 2005 | Noel Sheppard
    For those of you who haven’t seen this morning’s “Meet the Press,” I highly recommend that you do so that you can see William Safire at his best, as well as some great incites from David Brooks. What follows are key statements from the two of them concerning Plamegate, and the events of the week. Though chronological in order, the numbered quotes are separate ideas that did not immediately follow one another: 1. MR. WILLIAM SAFIRE: I think that was an excellent rundown and time line of a complicated series of accusations of a cover-up, but the most important single...
  • hillary clinton is a "CONGENITAL LIAR" ("I am not a crook.")

    07/08/2005 6:42:31 AM PDT · by Mia T · 49 replies · 17,385+ views
    The New York Times, The Truth About Hillary, NRO... | 7.08.05 | Mia T
    hillary clinton is a "CONGENITAL LIAR" "I am not a crook"   by Mia T, 7.08.05 "Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady... is a congenital liar.* William Safire, Blizzard of Lies *The first word I had in mind was 'prevaricator,' which means 'liar,' and the second one was 'dissembler,' which also means 'liar.'" "She's the most unbelievable actress I have ever met," said a woman who worked on Hillary's Senate campaign. "I remember one time at a Women's Leadership Forum event in New York, thirty of us sat around Hillary, talking...
  • The Jailing of Judith Miller

    06/28/2005 9:46:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies · 1,918+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 29, 2005 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    Washington LEGEND has it when Henry David Thoreau went to jail to protest an unjust law, his friend, the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, visited him and asked, "Henry, what are you doing in here?" The great nature writer replied, "What are you doing out there?" The Supreme Court has just flinched from its responsibility to stop the unjust jailing of two journalists - not charged with any wrongdoing - by a runaway prosecutor who will go to any lengths to use the government's contempt power to force them to betray their confidential sources. The case was about the "outing" of...
  • Deep Throat: The Game Is Afoot ("anti-Semitic President" Nixon dismayed Felt was Jewish)

    06/01/2005 4:35:02 AM PDT · by gobucks · 84 replies · 2,107+ views
    Slate ^ | July 29, 1999 | Timothy Noah
    ...Nixon (who, among other things, will likely be remembered as America's last anti-Semitic president) expresses horror at discovering Felt to be Jewish. This conversation, dated Oct. 19, 1972, is even more Gothic than the last: Nixon: Well, if they've got a leak down at the FBI, why the hell can't Gray tell us what the hell is left? You know what I mean?... Haldeman: We know what's left, and we know who leaked it. Nixon: Somebody in the FBI? Haldeman: Yes, sir. Mark Felt. You can't say anything about this because it will screw up our source and there's a...
  • Goodbye to Privacy

    04/10/2005 6:00:27 AM PDT · by MississippiMasterpiece · 8 replies · 499+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 10, 2005 | William Safire
    Your mother's maiden name is not the secret you think it is. That sort of ''personal identifier'' being used by banks, credit agencies, doctors, insurers and retailers -- supposedly to protect you against the theft of your identity -- can be found out in a flash from a member of the new security-industrial complex. There goes the ''personal identifier'' that you presume a stranger would not know, along with your Social Security number and soon your face and DNA. In the past five years, what most of us only recently thought of as ''nobody's business'' has become the big business...
  • 'NY Times' Unveils Expanded Opinion Section(nice dig at the end)

    04/10/2005 12:53:05 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 21 replies · 848+ views
    E&P ^ | 04/10/05 | E&P Staff
    'NY Times' Unveils Expanded Opinion Section By E&P Staff Published: April 10, 2005 11:00 AM ET NEW YORK As promised, The New York Times unveiled its expanded Sunday op-ed section, a move set in motion at least partly by the decision to move the lengthy Frank Rich contributions here from Arts & Leisure. But there are several added angles, as well. For one thing, since the new two-page group of columns runs as a spread, not merely opposite the editorials, the name has been changed from op-ed to “opinion.” The paper has also shuffled columnists with longtime Sunday favorites Maureen...
  • 'N.Y. Times' Picks John Tierney for Op-Ed Page (to replace Safire)

    03/01/2005 9:38:22 AM PST · by pissant · 20 replies · 809+ views
    E&P ^ | 3/1/05 | Joe Strupp
    NEW YORK The New York Times has named conservative columnist John Tierney to its op-ed page after the departure of Times legend William Safire, the paper announced Tuesday. "Safire retired, and now we have John Tierney as a new Op-Ed columnist," Diane McNulty, a Times spokeswoman, told E&P. "You don't replace William Safire." Tierney, who joined the Times in 1990, will begin writing a twice-weekly op-ed column in April, the paper said. Since joining The Times, Tierney has been a general-assignment reporter, a staff writer for the Sunday magazine, and a columnist. He wrote the weekly “Political Points” column during...
  • Meet The Press, Bush Hating Lovefest

    02/27/2005 9:50:07 AM PST · by PolishProud · 62 replies · 2,604+ views
    Vanity | Feb., 26, 2005 | PolishProud
    If there was any doubt that Meet The Press is a forum for bush hating, Democrat spin, This morning's Bush hating lovefest with NYT pundits Friedman, Dowd and Safire wiped away any questions. One particular exchange put Russet's bias in perspective. Both Friedman and, the Bush hating icon, Dowd alluded to the Goebbell-ish lie that Bush did not tell the truth about the reason for attacking Iraq. Russet did not question their assertion, but Safire objected to this lie and brought up intelligence received from France, England, etc., to the fact that Saddam had WMDs. Russet was not about to...
  • Annan met with UN reform pointman Yevgeny Primakov in Moscow when Oil-For-Food scandal broke

    01/31/2005 9:48:39 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 1 replies · 607+ views
    CFP ^ | January 31, 2005 | CFP
    Did United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan hightail it to Moscow to check in with his handpicked UN reform man Yevgeny Primakov within weeks of William Safire’s New York Times expose on alleged scandal in the Oil-For-Food Program? The first of Safire’s groundbreaking Oil-For-Food investigative stories ran in mid-March, 2004. Here’s Annan’s Moscow itinerary as documented by The Russian Federation: "Annan arrived in Moscow on Sunday, April 4, 2004 where he had an early working dinner with Evgeni (sic) Primakov, former Prime Minister of the Russian Federation." On the following day, Annan visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where...
  • Annan met with UN reform pointman Yevgeny Primakov in Moscow when Oil-For-Food scandal broke

    01/31/2005 9:26:08 AM PST · by UpHereEh · 508+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 31, 2005 | Judy McLeod
    Did United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan hightail it to Moscow to check in with his handpicked UN reform man Yevgeny Primakov within weeks of William Safire’s New York Times expose on alleged scandal in the Oil-For-Food Program? The first of Safire’s groundbreaking Oil-For-Food investigative stories ran in mid-March, 2004. Here’s Annan’s Moscow itinerary as documented by The Russian Federation: "Annan arrived in Moscow on Sunday, April 4, 2004 where he had an early working dinner with Evgeni (sic) Primakov, former Prime Minister of the Russian Federation." On the following day, Annan visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where...
  • 'Never Retire' (William Safire's last NYT Op-Ed column)

    01/24/2005 10:01:27 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 600+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 24, 2005 | William Safire
    The Nobel laureate James Watson, who started a revolution in science as co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, put it to me straight a couple of years ago: "Never retire. Your brain needs exercise or it will atrophy." Why, then, am I bidding Op-Ed readers farewell today after more than 3,000 columns? Nobody pushed me; at 75, I'm in good shape, not afflicted with political ennui; and my recent column about tsunami injustice and the Book of Job drew the biggest mail response in 32 years of pounding out punditry. Here's why I'm outta here: In an interview 50...
  • First Lady Follies

    01/24/2005 6:08:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 940+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 24, 2005 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    OP-ED QUARTET: A COLUMNIST'S FAREWELL My relationships with first ladies were varied. Pat Nixon was a pal; we were both volunteers during her husband's first comeback in the 60's, sometimes working at adjoining desks in the Nixon, Mudge law offices. She answered the phone as the receptionist "Pat Ryan," her maiden name, and assured political callers she knew Mr. Nixon well enough to get through to him with a complete message. Her daughter Julie inherited that cheery sang-froid: "My father does not get angry, or blow up, or anything like you read about him," Julie Eisenhower would insist. "Of course,...
  • Bush's 'Freedom Speech'

    01/20/2005 9:12:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies · 1,362+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 21, 2005 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    OP-ED COLUMNIST Washington On his way out of the first Cabinet meeting after his re-election, President Bush gave his longtime chief speechwriter the theme for the second Inaugural Address: "I want this to be the freedom speech." In the next month, the writer, Michael Gerson, had a heart attack. With two stents in his arteries, the recovering writer received a call from a president who was careful not to apply any deadline pressure. "I'm not calling to see if the inaugural speech is O.K.," Bush said. "I'm calling to see if the guy writing the inaugural speech is O.K." Yesterday's...
  • Where Was God?

    01/10/2005 2:27:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 51 replies · 1,349+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 10, 2005 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    OP-ED COLUMNIST Washington In the aftermath of a cataclysm, with pictures of parents sobbing over dead infants driven into human consciousness around the globe, faith-shaking questions arise: Where was God? Why does a good and all-powerful deity permit such evil and grief to fall on so many thousands of innocents? What did these people do to deserve such suffering? After a similar natural disaster wiped out tens of thousands of lives in Lisbon in the 18th century, the philosopher Voltaire wrote "Candide," savagely satirizing optimists who still found comfort and hope in God. After last month's Indian Ocean tsunami, the...
  • NYT: Office Pool, 2005 (Bill Safire)

    12/29/2004 5:21:23 AM PST · by OESY · 4 replies · 883+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 29, 2004 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    In this, the granddaddy of all year-end fearless forecasts, you are invited to weigh intriguing possibilities in a dozen fields. For each, pick one, all or none, and don't play it safe; one correct wild guess gives you bragging rights forever. 1. The Oscar for Best Picture goes to: (a) Robert Zemeckis's "The Polar Express"; (b) Michael Mann's "Collateral"; (c) David Mamet's "Spartan"; (d) Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" (to win this choice, a trifecta is needed with Best Director and Best Actor as well); (e) Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" (from Academy members seeking vengeance). 2. Political scandals will include:...
  • A World of Hurt

    12/27/2004 10:54:02 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 524+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 27, 2004 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    Washington — As a primary human drive, not even the pursuit of prolonged pleasure can compete with the avoidance of pain. That is why the sudden emergence of the painkiller issue strikes home to so many who are afflicted with pain ranging from splitting headache to crippling arthritis. In recent weeks, people seeking relief have been afflicted by the overreaction to reports that several new pain alleviators, taken in large doses by especially vulnerable patients, may increase the risk of heart problems. These new, expensive medicines were developed to reduce pain without the risk of side effects like ulcers that...
  • Wave of the Future [SAFIRE - NY Times]

    12/21/2004 7:06:49 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 20 replies · 937+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 22, 2004 | William Safire
    I now admit to having expected the war in Iraq to be won in a matter of months, not years. Saddam's plan to disperse his forces and conduct a murderous insurgency, abetted by his terrorist allies, was a surprise. This by no means suggests that President Bush's decision to overthrow a dangerous despotism was a mistake. On the contrary, it was and is the right war (against a genocidal maniac who was gaining strength) in the right place (the Middle East cradle of terror) for the right purpose (to get the Arab street out of the rut of hatred and...
  • Roth Plot II [SAFIRE - NY TIMES]

    12/19/2004 7:40:08 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 563+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 20, 2004 | William Safire
    In "The Plot Against America," the novelist Philip Roth imagined what might have befallen this nation if the appeasing Charles A. Lindbergh had defeated the anti-Hitler F.D.R. in the 1940 election. Here's my idea for the sequel: Opening scene in the Oval Office in winter 2001, after U.S. and allied forces crushed the Taliban in retaliation for their part in 9/11, with bin Laden not yet found in Afghanistan. President Bush tells his national security aides he wants to continue to wage war against the web of terrorists, lest America be attacked again with nukes or germs. The C.I.A.'s Tenet...
  • California's Stem Cell Gold Rush

    12/14/2004 6:57:37 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 4 replies · 376+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 15, 2004 | William Safire
    The person to watch in American medical science today is a California real estate developer named Robert Klein II. As the driving force behind the initiative to invest $3 billion in stem cell research over the next decade, the builder-financier has just been nominated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to head the citizens' committee overseeing the state's Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Here we have federalism in action, with states competing to lead the central government in creating national policy. When the government in Washington decided to move cautiously in funding this promising but controversial scientific research, individual states saw the competitive...
  • Safire: Putin's 'Chicken Kiev'

    12/06/2004 11:38:09 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 611+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 6, 2004 | William Safire
    he elder President Bush's most memorable foreign-policy blunder took place in Kiev in 1991, then under Communist rule. With the Soviet Union coming apart, the U.S. president - badly advised by the stability-obsessed "realist" Brent Scowcroft - made a speech urging Ukrainians yearning for independence to beware of "suicidal nationalism." His speech, which he now insists meant only "not so fast," was widely taken as advice to remain loyal to Moscow's empire.I dubbed this the "Chicken Kiev" speech. That so infuriated Bush, who mistakenly saw the phrase as imputing cowardice rather than charging colossal misjudgment, that he has not spoken...
  • Putin's 'Chicken Kiev'

    12/05/2004 7:34:58 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 615+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 6, 2004 | William Safire
    The elder President Bush's most memorable foreign-policy blunder took place in Kiev in 1991, then under Communist rule. With the Soviet Union coming apart, the U.S. president - badly advised by the stability-obsessed "realist" Brent Scowcroft - made a speech urging Ukrainians yearning for independence to beware of "suicidal nationalism." His speech, which he now insists meant only "not so fast," was widely taken as advice to remain loyal to Moscow's empire. I dubbed this the "Chicken Kiev" speech. That so infuriated Bush, who mistakenly saw the phrase as imputing cowardice rather than charging colossal misjudgment, that he has not...
  • CNN correspondent labeled Safire's smear of Hillary Clinton "journalism"

    11/30/2004 3:59:25 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 24 replies · 1,875+ views
    Media Matters ^ | Nov 30, 2004 | N. C.
    On the November 29 edition of CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, CNN correspondent Mary Snow reported that New York Times columnist William Safire, who is retiring in January 2005, "is praised not just for his columns, but for his journalism." Citing a 1996 column as one of three examples of Safire's praiseworthy "journalism," Snow stated: "In the Clinton years, he once called Hillary Clinton a congenital liar for her role in the Whitewater scandal." But Safire's January 1996 column calling Hillary Clinton a "congenital liar" was just one example of the numerous false accusations Safire leveled against Bill and Hillary Clinton....
  • The Right Man (or Woman) Is Hard to Find: The search for a replacement for William Safire

    11/29/2004 5:38:04 PM PST · by Cableguy · 20 replies · 591+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | 11/29/04 | Kate Pickert
    lmost as soon as William Safire announced he was retiring after 31 years as the right-wing uncle at the Times’ op-ed dinner table, conservatives began plotting to retain his perch. “I’ve gotten much advice from people who aren’t columnists about who would be good,” says editorial-page editor Gail Collins. Emboldened by the postelection morals mandate, conservatives seem to be hoping that they can push the page deep into this territory, too: Family-values columnist Cal Thomas, who’s publicly disparaged the Times, said, “It would be a wonderful thing if Sulzberger reached out and said, ‘We get it.’ ” But don’t count...
  • 'My Son, My Son'

    11/29/2004 6:06:15 AM PST · by RepCath · 2 replies · 864+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11-29-2004 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    ashington — Thanks to Claudia Rosett, an enterprising reporter writing in The New York Sun, the world now knows that some information put out by Secretary General Kofi Annan about his son's involvement with a Swiss inspection company at the heart of the U.N. oil-for-food scandal is untrue. At a luncheon at "21" in New York this summer, Annan came over to me to complain politely that my series suggesting U.N. maladministration was unfair. When I asked about the consultant fee paid to his son Kojo that may have influenced the award of a U.N. contract to Cotecna Inspection, the...
  • 'My Son, My Son'

    11/28/2004 7:43:15 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 19 replies · 2,504+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 29, 2004 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    Thanks to Claudia Rosett, an enterprising reporter writing in The New York Sun, the world now knows that some information put out by Secretary General Kofi Annan about his son's involvement with a Swiss inspection company at the heart of the U.N. oil-for-food scandal is untrue. At a luncheon at "21" in New York this summer, Annan came over to me to complain politely that my series suggesting U.N. maladministration was unfair. When I asked about the consultant fee paid to his son Kojo that may have influenced the award of a U.N. contract to Cotecna Inspection, the secretary general...
  • Steamroller Out of Steam

    11/24/2004 6:36:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 1,464+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 24, 2004 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    OP-ED COLUMNIST Washington — The sore-loser set has been complaining that the president has banished healthy internal dissent. Darryl Zanuck's classic line to quavering executives has been evoked, "Don't say yes until I finish talking!" But wait: that was before a minority of a hundred or so members of Congress, basing their stand on the testimony of the nation's five most senior military officers, refused to say yes to the private lobbying juggernaut set up by the disbanded 9/11 commission. This group had already brought the media, the Congressional leadership and finally the president to their knees. The principled refusal...
  • Changing of the guard: Hugh Hewitt on who might replace William Safire at New York Times

    11/17/2004 3:52:07 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 39 replies · 825+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, November 17, 2004 | Hugh Hewitt
    <p>With the announcement of William Safire's retirement, the New York Times faces an important choice: Will Safire be replaced with a center-right scribbler, or will the Times be content to let David Brooks carry the entire burden of representing non-liberal America?</p>
  • Safire to Step Down as Times Columnist

    11/15/2004 1:05:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies · 2,844+ views
    THE NEW YORK TIMES ^ | November 15, 2004 | By THE NEW YORK TIMES
    William Safire, whose political commentary column has appeared on the Op-Ed Page of The New York Times for more than 30 years, is stepping down, The Times said today. The newspaper said in a statement that Mr. Safire would make his final appearance as an Op-Ed columnist on Jan. 24, 2005. "The New York Times without Bill Safire is all but unimaginable," Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of The Times, said in the statement. "Bill's provocative and insightful commentary has held our readers captive since he first graced our Op-Ed Page in 1973. Reaching for his column became a critical...
  • The New York Times to Run Final Op-Ed Column by William Safire on January 24, 2005 (replacement?)

    11/15/2004 9:56:07 AM PST · by Cableguy · 32 replies · 1,383+ views
    Business Wire ^ | 11/15/04
    William Safire will publish his final column as a New York Times Op-Ed columnist on January 24, 2005. Arthur Sulzberger Jr, publisher of The New York Times, said, "The New York Times without Bill Safire is all but unimaginable. Bill's provocative and insightful commentary has held our readers captive since he first graced our Op-Ed Page in 1973. Reaching for his column became a critical and enjoyable part of the day for our readers across the country and around the world. Whether you agreed with him or not was never the point. His writing is delightful, informed and engaging. So,...
  • Peace has better chance without Arafat

    11/14/2004 9:46:47 AM PST · by zamboni · 4 replies · 330+ views
    Deseret Morning News ^ | November 14, 2004 | William Safire
    Peace has better chance without Arafat By William Safire WASHINGTON — The only lifelong terrorist to win a Nobel Peace Prize left this sphere after his well-heeled wife — for years unwilling to share his privations in Ramallah — screamed at Palestinian leaders on Al-Jazeera television that "they're trying to bury (him) alive!" More likely, they were trying to learn in what secret accounts he buried millions of dollars. Israelis should remember Arafat's one "good deed": Four years ago, a soon-to-be ousted Israeli prime minister and a Nobel-hungry U.S. president made the Palestinian Authority an incredibly generous and dangerous offer:...
  • WILLIAM SAFIRE: The Dangers of Lopsidedness

    11/04/2004 8:19:56 PM PST · by Justaham · 72 replies · 1,486+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/4/04 | Justaham
    The Dangers of Lopsidedness By WILLIAM SAFIRE Nobody "blew" it. Both the Kerry and Bush campaigns successfully turned on and turned out their troops, resulting in the kind of massive vote - the highest percentage of eligible voters taking part since 1968, also a wartime election - that should make America proud. Fierce partisanship, rooted in policy disagreement and driven by 2000's "we wuz robbed" resentment, left the former voter apathy dead. This year's hot competition served a great purpose in putting millions more selves in self-government. But there is a rhythm to politics - a time to divide and...
  • Safire: The Dangers of Lopsidedness

    11/03/2004 7:13:56 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 23 replies · 1,034+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11/04/04 | William Safire
    Washington — Nobody "blew" it. Both the Kerry and Bush campaigns successfully turned on and turned out their troops, resulting in the kind of massive vote - the highest percentage of eligible voters taking part since 1968, also a wartime election - that should make America proud. Fierce partisanship, rooted in policy disagreement and driven by 2000's "we wuz robbed" resentment, left the former voter apathy dead. This year's hot competition served a great purpose in putting millions more selves in self-government. But there is a rhythm to politics - a time to divide and a time to unite. Kerry's...
  • Safire: Osama Casts His Vote

    10/31/2004 9:11:04 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 30 replies · 1,214+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11/01/04 | William Safire
    Washington The big news in Osama bin Laden's message to American voters was not his intercession in our election; that clumsy ploy was not as successful as his pre-election panicking of Spain's voters. Nor was the news his delight in the "pet goat" sequence in Michael Moore's Bush-bashing film, and his admonition that "Bush is still deceiving you and hiding the truth from you," echoing the central Kerry theme. Nor was it the frustrating fact that our Global Enemy No. 1 is alive and well and still at large. The unremarked news is that this mass murderer evidently seeks a...