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  • On the Whole, Well Done (William F. Buckley on NSA Wiretaps)

    12/22/2005 2:53:29 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 1,041+ views
    Universal Press Syndicate ^ | December 22, 2005 | William F. Buckley
     If a high government official pleaded the authority of the Bible as reverentially as is now routine in citing the authority of the Constitution, he'd be had up for idolatry. One way to vest mystique into the Constitution is to plead its inscrutability, or else suggest that only the high priests of the legal profession are equipped to interpret it.The secretary of state informed Tim Russert no fewer than four times on "Meet the Press" that she was not a lawyer. The clear purpose of making that point, in that way, was to suggest that the non-anointed can't responsibly interpret...
  • Sergeant Clay of Rush's 4th hour (tear alert): YOU CAN'T KILL HOPE WITH BOMBS AND BULLETS.

    11/22/2005 10:36:40 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 39 replies · 1,717+ views
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | November 22, 2005 | Sergeant Clay and Rush Limbaugh
    Sergeant Clay: Afghanistan Vet and Adopt-A-Soldier Adoptee in the UK November 22, 2005: A Fourth Hour Phone Call Download Windows Media PlayerListen to Rush Conduct Broadcast Excellence BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is Sergeant Clay calling from the UK, the United Kingdom. Welcome, sergeant, to the program. It's an honor to have you with us. CALLER: Oh, my gosh! Hey, Rush. Professor Limbaugh, mega-mega-megadittos if ever such a thing there could be. We owe it all to you, brother. I just wanted to call and to let you know I've been listening to you since 1989, and I've been a...
  • John Kerry’s America (1971 WFB speech)

    11/17/2005 10:47:51 AM PST · by Rodney King · 20 replies · 715+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 6/8/1971 | WFB
    John Kerry’s America What he said about us. By William F. Buckley Jr. EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the text of William F. Buckley Jr.'s June 8, 1971, commencement address to the United States Military Academy at West Point. The speech appears here as it is in Let Us Talk of Many Things : The Collected Speeches. The morale in the armed services was low, reflecting the impasse and progressive demoralization in Vietnam, and especially the trial of Lieutenant William Calley for the massacre at Mylai. A drastic charge, flamboyantly made by decorated veteran John Kerry (now a United States senator...
  • Gallic Disruptions (Buckley on the Riots in France)

    11/12/2005 6:59:25 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 21 replies · 1,293+ views
    Universal Press Syndicate via ^ | November 12, 2005 | William F. Buckley
    The French turmoil is explained, by many who have trained their eyes on it, as a reaction to continued French discrimination. To give evidence of this, the critics cite preferences shown by employers to applicants whose names are indisputably French, with no Algerian or Muslim overtones. One story cited resumes with straightforward French names receiving 50 times the presumptive hospitality shown to applicants with Muslim surnames. And every third or fourth story cites what continues to be thought the matrix of French political life, which is the revolution. There are those who hoped, hopelessly, that Charles de Gaulle would take...
  • Unbridled Critics

    10/29/2005 12:31:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 491+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 28, 2005 | William F. Buckley, Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version October 28, 2005, 1:48 p.m. Unbridled Critics These are indeed rough days for the Bush administration, but critics have a difficult time harmonizing their arguments with history and common sense. The central question for Mr. Bush — more so even than the fate of Harriet Miers — has of course to do with Iraq, and the debate seems to be hardening on the underlying question: Can one country reasonably set out to democratize another country? Critics of the Iraq operation are leaning hard on theoretical arguments, as for instance General...
  • Buckley: Joke Night (Foggy Thoughts From Bill Maher)

    10/18/2005 7:47:07 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 35 replies · 1,290+ views
    Universal Syndicate ^ | October 18, 2005 | William F. Buckley
    The rhetorical blur decalcifies straight thought. William Bennett thought he was being asked about crime rates. Well, he was being asked about crime rates, but the blur took over and the world found itself deliberating whether he wished to abort all children of black mothers. So he had to begin not with the point he had set out to make, but by affirming that not only was he against aborting black babies, he was against aborting any babies. Ah, but that statement bumps squarely into Roe v. Wade, which, invoking the right to privacy, entitles mothers to abort their children...
  • Publisher’s Statement (Standing athwart history, yelling Stop.)

    10/08/2005 1:05:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 421+ views
    NRO ^ | October 06, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version October 06, 2005, 7:55 a.m. Publisher’s Statement Standing athwart history, yelling Stop. By William F. Buckley Jr. EDITOR'S NOTE:National Review is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week. Throughout the week, NRO will be running pieces from the archives to help take a trip down memory lane. This piece appeared in the November 19, 1955, issue of National Review. There is, we like to think, solid reason for rejoicing. Prodigious efforts, by many people, are responsible for NATIONAL REVIEW. But since it will be the policy of this magazine to reject...
  • The First 50: “Dress Rehearsal” (Bush's remarks on the 50th Anniversary of National Review)

    10/07/2005 8:22:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 595+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 10/6/05 | President George W. Bush
    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the text, as released by the White House, of remarks the president made today in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in tribute to National Review on our 50th anniversary and William F. Buckley Jr., NR’s founder.I'm here to escort William F. Buckley, Jr., to lunch. (Laughter.) But first I've got some things I want to say. It's a honor to celebrate the 50th anniversary of National Review, and soon to be the 80th birthday of our honoree. You probably think this is a — the Yale Scholars Association meeting. (Laughter.) Actually, Bill Buckley did have an...
  • Phony Baloney

    09/30/2005 4:12:59 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 12 replies · 678+ views
    NRO ^ | September 30, 2005, 4:03 p.m. | William F. Buckley
    Inevitably, President Bush’s itemization of means by which to diminish fuel consumption led to derision. The single most common rhetorical device in all argumentation is the invocation of Alternative Uses. I became starkly conscious of this thought-burr in vivid circumstances. I was with James Dickey in Florida. We were guests of the United States government, invited to ogle the capsule with astronauts headed for the moon. It was very cold and still dark when the moon-bound streak of fire shot up from the launch pad. Dickey the poet was frozen in awe and admiration. At breakfast he threatened to break...
  • William F. Buckley Jr.: Church/State at Dartmouth

    09/27/2005 8:56:09 PM PDT · by NutCrackerBoy · 13 replies · 616+ views
    National Review ^ | September 27, 2005, | William F. Buckley Jr.
    The whole business of whether public schools can permit “intelligent design” to be acknowledged as an alternative to Darwinian evolution in explanation of human life will begin democratic exercises in a courtroom in Pennsylvania this week. There are regular flashpoints on this matter of the separation of church and state. Some of them test out constitutional questions, others merely modi vivendi. A week ago Noah Riner, the president of the Dartmouth Student Assembly, ran into the wrath of orthodox hardliners.What happened was a convocation welcoming the freshman class to Dartmouth College. The student president traditionally speaks at these convocations, and...
  • William F. Buckley, Jr.: 'The Roberts Disruption'

    09/24/2005 9:54:39 AM PDT · by SoCalJB · 30 replies · 1,605+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/23/2005, 8:49 p.m., EDT | William F. Buckley, Jr.
    THE ROBERTS DISRUPTION By William F. Buckley Jr. Fri Sep 23, 8:49 PM ET A few years ago, checking in with the office, I was told I had a telephone call from Norman Lear. I immediately returned it, and probably my voice quavered. The very thought of being in personal touch with the producer of "All in the Family" -- my all-time favorite television program! "What," I asked unctuously, "can I do for you?" "Well," he said, "I would like you to be the keynote speaker at the annual banquet of People for the American Way." I wondered how Archie...
  • The Roberts Disruption

    09/23/2005 11:31:41 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 49 replies · 1,712+ views
    National Review ^ | 09-23-05 | William F. Buckley,Jr.-Editor At Large
    September 23, 2005, 10:55 a.m. The Roberts Disruption A few years ago, checking in with the office, I was told I had a telephone call from Norman Lear. I immediately returned it, and probably my voice quavered. The very thought of being in personal touch with the producer of All in the Family! My all-time favorite television program. "What," I asked unctuously, "can I do for you?" "Well," he said, "I would like you to be the keynote speaker at the annual banquet of People for the American Way." I wondered how Archie Bunker would have responded to such a...
  • Fighting Back (after Katrina)

    09/07/2005 11:02:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 859+ views
    NRO ^ | September 06, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version September 06, 2005, 6:10 p.m. Fighting Back Sometimes there is no ready explanation. A joke I laughed at 50 years ago features a man who at the end of the first race was up 200. At the end of the fifth race, up $20,000. At the end of the eighth, he is — wiped out. He makes his disconsolate, infuriated way to the parking lot and on the walkway passes by a stranger who is bent over, fastening a shoelace. The hapless bettor aims a furious roundhouse kick, sprawling his...
  • Robertson’s Death Wishes

    08/26/2005 2:57:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 571+ views
    NRO ^ | August 26, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version August 26, 2005, 3:33 p.m. Robertson’s Death Wishes The blurt by Pat Robertson on the matter of Hugo Chavez received the kind of spastic disavowal it deserved, and also warranted. It would not be sensible to undertake the assassination of Hugo Chavez. Diplomatically it was a mistake even to use the language of assassination. And the greatest damage was to increase the odds against any assassination of Chavez. If he was going to be shot, or yanked from office, this could be done, and would best be done, by Venezuelans....
  • NYP: DEMS' SHEEHAN PROBLEM - Trouble for Sen. Clinton's ambitions, by George Will

    08/25/2005 6:30:49 AM PDT · by OESY · 17 replies · 1,742+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 25, 2005 | George F. Will
    ...If liberals think that such flirtations with fanaticism had nothing to do with their 2004 defeat, they probably have nothing to learn from what conservatives did four decades earlier. But for the record: In the 1960s, just as conservatism was beginning to grow from a fringe tendency into what it has become — the nation's most potent persuasion — it was threatened by a boarding party of people not much, if any, loonier than Sheehan. The John Birch Society, whose catechism included the novel tenet that Dwight Eisenhower was an agent of the Kremlin, was not numerous — its membership...
  • Curbing God’s Laws

    08/23/2005 1:05:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 520+ views
    NRO ^ | August 23, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version August 23, 2005, 1:26 p.m. Curbing God’s Laws On religion, science, church, and state. Much time (and space) are being given to the question of religion and science. There is continuing preoccupation with it, and the question is parsed week after week in different theaters: Is God admissible in purposive thought? Some say that the rejection of religion is a primary step in intelligent thought. Contenders on both sides of the issue will sometimes find themselves retreating into caricature. They will say, for instance, that belief in God and belief...
  • LOOKING AHEAD: OIL (By William F. Buckley Jr. )

    08/13/2005 9:44:28 AM PDT · by NYorkerInHouston · 64 replies · 1,525+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8-13-05 | NYorkerInHouston
    Raymond J. Learsy has written a book memorable in the special sense that nightmares can be memorable, but also useful. If the nightmare is that you died of an overdose of drugs, and the memory of it causes you when in command to draw back from the marginal dose, then the nightmare has served a purpose. Raymond Learsy writes (his book is called "Over a Barrel: Breaking the Middle East Oil Cartel") about what could happen if we continue to go as we are going. The price of gasoline as I write is 60 percent higher than it was a...
  • The Role of Casualties

    08/05/2005 12:17:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 399+ views
    NRO ^ | August 05, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version August 05, 2005, 2:20 p.m. The Role of Casualties War, by the numbers. On Monday, seven U.S. soldiers were killed. On Wednesday, 18. On Thursday, an army general acting as spokesman for our high command in Iraq announced that the volume of suicide bombers was actually decreasing. He did not dwell on the coincidence — that suicide bombers were decreasing as American deaths increased. Is General Alston looking forward to the day when he can report that there were no suicide bombers that week? Only Americans, killed by insurgents who...
  • Bearing Down on the Stem Cell

    08/02/2005 10:14:44 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 2 replies · 311+ views
    National Review ^ | 8/2/05 | William F. Buckley, Jr.
    We like to think that the stem-cell controversy will, some time before mankind's end, give us definitions we can act thoughtfully upon. We need not only verbal definitions but moral perspectives. These are thought to be static, but are not. Probably Harry Truman would not today drop a nuclear bomb on Pyongyang, though doing so might have got him a runaway reelection the next day. Matthew Scully, in his book, Dominion, has reopened the moral question of animal (mis)treatment. Ever the descendants of the Vikings, Scandinavian explorers are pressing new definitions of acceptable voluntary death. In the matter of the...
  • A Next Step? (the 7/7 London Bombings and the War on Terror)

    07/15/2005 8:26:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 410+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 15, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version July 15, 2005, 12:01 p.m. A Next Step? Dealing with the terrorist threat after 7/7. The Italian government seemed to be defining moderation when it resolved on Wednesday to bear down on terrorists, but only in a conventional tempo. The alternative was to take drastic means to ring in the proposed changes. These would permit police to hold suspects in detention not for twelve hours, but for 24. The measure would also permit the security detachment to archive e-mail communications for unspecified periods of time. The authority of government to...
  • Dems, Behind Closed Doors

    06/12/2005 8:18:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 830+ views
    NRO ^ | June 10, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version June 10, 2005, 2:37 p.m. Dems, Behind Closed Doors What are they saying about Dr. Dean? Howard Dean is great and redolent spice on the political scene. He has been rebuked by senior figures in his own party for his string of recent remarks in which he likened Republicans to poisonous snakes, never mind that he quickly added that he was not opposed to all poisonous snakes. Exactly what those senior Democrats said to Dr. Dean at their closed-door lunch has not been divulged, but we can imagine the scene...
  • Foul Felt

    06/03/2005 5:06:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,085+ views
    NRO ^ | June 03, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version June 03, 2005, 1:16 p.m. Foul Felt Now he wants some money for it. Mark Felt has made it clear that he wants to cash in on this whole Watergate business, and why indeed not? It was thought for some thirty years that Deep Throat did as he did to preserve the honor of his country. Perhaps that was the precipitating motive of Mark Felt. But to agree on that point requires that you agree that getting Richard Nixon out of the White House was the supreme national concern, in...
  • Bushspeak in Europe (William F. Buckely, Jr.)

    05/12/2005 10:30:26 PM PDT · by andie74 · 16 replies · 755+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 10, 2005 | William F. Buckley, Jr.
    Bushspeak in Europe It was a great weekend for major-power politics. The debate was quickly framed as follows: Did President Bush, by his remarks, contribute to the stability of democracy, or did he enhance the prospects of destabilization in Russia? That criticism is serious and attracts immediate concern. A reductionist formulation of the criticism would remind us that territorial Russia stretches across eleven time zones and that however bedraggled the Russian military is at this point, Russia is still the second largest nuclear power in the world — by some reckonings, the premier nuclear power, since the old, wicked USSR...
  • Exiting Iraq

    05/07/2005 9:24:05 PM PDT · by strategofr · 46 replies · 847+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 06, 2005 | William F. Buckley
    It is time to ponder the strategic impact of the casualty figures. Those that are relevant to this analysis are widely familiar. The U.S. has lost approximately 1,500 dead in military action and 10,000 wounded, and we continue to lose, dead, about 50 soldiers every month. The Iraqis (using loose counts) die and are wounded at about ten times the U.S. rate. Moreover, the Iraqi deaths have increased substantially since the national election in January. We know philosophically that all deaths should be counted equally, since we are all God’s children. But it isn’t surprising that U.S. concern should focus...
  • William F. Buckley, Jr.: Confusion and Gays - Look Inside the Connecticut Laboratory

    04/15/2005 6:34:10 PM PDT · by NutCrackerBoy · 16 replies · 903+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Aptril 15, 2005 | William F. Buckley, Jr.
    Robert Novak, the columnist and primary exegete of U.S. political thought, began a column last month as follows: Sen. Trent Lott looked like a supporter of Rudy Giuliani’s presidential ambition when the former New York mayor visited Lott’s home state of Mississippi recently. But in private, he warned Giuliani about roadblocks in his presidential path. Lott, who likes and admires Giuliani, told him that the New Yorker’s support for abortion, homosexual rights, and gay marriage are heavy burdens for a Republican to carry nationally. Giuliani protested that he never supported same-sex marriage, only civil unions. Lott advised that in Mississippi,...
  • Pity Rhode Island (Bolton and Lincoln Chafee)

    04/12/2005 11:50:28 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 769+ views
    NRO ^ | April 12, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    Bolton in Chafee’s hands. What is a sophisticated position on the United Nations? As the old saw goes, I’m glad you asked that question. I say that having served in the U.N. as a Public Member of the U.S. delegation, and written a book on the U.N. One feels the special pangs of John Bolton right now, up for ambassador to the U.N. Poor John, he was once derisory at the U.N.’s expense, using very amusing language to bounce off the bureaucratic density of the organization. His barb was to the effect that if you lopped off the top ten...
  • Pounding Sense Into Freedom (William F. Buckley)

    03/29/2005 3:03:54 PM PST · by blitzgig · 4 replies · 571+ views ^ | 3/25/05 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    Very much in the news are attempts, glancing and full-fledged, to trim the extravagances of the First Amendment. Sometimes freedom-mongering betrays itself, causing the observer to assume comfortably that a sober integration of free speech in the House of Rights is more or less on its way. But the fight needs pursuit. The season's headliner was Harvard President Larry Summers. What he said was that he fancied that not as many women as men get on with science and engineering, perhaps because there is a genetic indisposition there, women to science. Knoweth not the fury of liberal faculties, the man...
  • Esquire apology heartens Buckley

    01/19/2005 7:19:53 AM PST · by Pikamax · 17 replies · 1,930+ views
    Ny Daily News ^ | 01/19/05 | lloyd grove
    Esquire apology heartens Buckley For William F. Buckley Jr. - who waged, with Gore Vidal, one of the last century's more famous literary feuds - victory is sweeter the second time around. Yesterday, 79-year-old Buckley was crowing over Esquire magazine's abjectly apologetic "Open Letter" in the February issue, saying the mag "greatly regrets" including an old Vidal polemic, "A Distasteful Encounter With William F. Buckley Jr.," in a recent anthology. When the Vidal essay was originally printed in 1969 - after the two debaters exchanged televised insults during the raucous 1968 Democratic convention - Buckley successfully sued the magazine for...
  • Human Butchery

    03/18/2005 2:49:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 673+ views
    NRO ^ | March 18, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version March 18, 2005, 1:24 p.m. Human ButcheryWhat to do? The week gone by has been incessant in its reminders of human depravity, the collectivization of which was a specialty of the century gone by. There were singular acts of cruelty in old Russia, and indeed in Bismarck’s Germany, but it required the resources of modern states to transform these into the Gulag of Stalin and the death camps of Hitler. A recent book tells of the infatuation of the author, as a six-year-old, with “Uncle...
  • Galbraith Up Close

    03/06/2005 7:41:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 404+ views
    NRO ^ | March 04, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version March 04, 2005, 1:22 p.m. Galbraith Up CloseHis life, his politics, his economics. Professor John Kenneth Galbraith leans back on his chaise longue and answers the question about the book: “I think it’s fine. I couldn’t have done it better if I had written it myself.” The reference is to John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics, by Richard Parker. “Did you read it?” “Yes.” “The whole thing? I bet you didn’t.” But his visitor had read it all, 800 pages, pronouncing it...
  • Killers at Large(AIDS carriers and their victims)

    02/22/2005 12:48:59 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 38 replies · 1,679+ views
    National Review ^ | February 19, 2005 | William F. Buckley, Jr.
    Tony Venenum (we’ll call him), 26, reasons that he has always taken risks in life. He was raised by a single parent and made his way in a neighborhood where toughness was a requirement for survival. He discovered, in his teens, that he had solace in male companionship, and before he was 20, had been seduced, and had lived then with Guido, an older man. Both had jobs in establishments that required conformist behavior — Tony even wore a jacket and tie to work, but then Guido took sick and the diagnosis was AIDS. But the retrovirus inhibitor kept him...
  • End Times(Bill Buckley hopes Pope Joh Paul will die! OUTRAGEOUS!)

    02/13/2005 1:53:33 PM PST · by kellynla · 123 replies · 3,363+ views
    National ^ | 2/9/2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    At church on Sunday the congregation was asked to pray for the recovery of the Pope. I have abstained from doing so. I hope that he will not recover. The seizure brought on by his dramatic trip to the hospital a week ago suggests the international sense of his indispensability. Pope John Paul is a graphic figure in the lives of Catholics and many non-Catholics. He is of course a towering theological figure who has presided over the development of Catholic thought and practice for the 26 years of his papacy. He is a major historical figure, who began as...
  • DEATH FOR THE POPE (or, "Buckley's First Experience With Crack and Access to a Computer")

    02/11/2005 10:28:25 AM PST · by Rutles4Ever · 79 replies · 1,832+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/9/2005 | William F. Buckley
    The seizure brought on by his dramatic trip to the hospital a week ago suggests the international sense of his indispensability. Pope John Paul (news - web sites) is a graphic figure in the lives of Catholics and many non-Catholics. He is, of course, a towering theological figure who has presided over the development of Catholic thought and practice for the 26 years of his papacy. He is a major historical figure, who began as a Catholic seminarian in a Poland subservient first to a Nazi overlord (they hanged him in Nuremberg), then to a communist overlord (nothing happened to...
  • By William F. Buckley Jr.: Oil-for-U.N.

    02/07/2005 11:03:07 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 468+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 8, 2005 | By William F. Buckley Jr.
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES A wild thought passes through my mind, which is that maybe Benon Sevan is in fact innocent. Innocent of receiving money directly from his buddy Fakhry Abdelnour, the Egyptian whose company (AMEP — African Middle East Petroleum) wanted some Iraqi chits to permit oil purchases. Benon Sevan was certainly not innocent of using his influence in behalf of his friends and of failing to blow any whistles when suspect contractors were designated to oversee the oil-for-food program, a cover-up for easing the life and enhancing the fortunes of Saddam Hussein. Click to learn more... The U.N. had...
  • Shut Up, al-Jazeera

    02/01/2005 6:55:19 PM PST · by PopGonzalez · 55 replies · 1,275+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | February 1, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    Shut Up, al-Jazeera The network should be put out of business. A while back, the television-radio network al-Jazeera considered offering $10,000 to anyone who could prove that the network had broadcast footage of an actual beheading by the insurgents. Although many in the region served by al-Jazeera remain adamant that such footage had been aired, al-Jazeera insisted that it had never shown the act itself. An ingenuous observer wondered why the suggested award was a mere $10,000. Inasmuch as the network knew that it was innocent of such a broadcast, why not offer a million dollars? What do you have...
  • Look who's voting [William F. Buckley Jr.]

    01/29/2005 7:47:07 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 22 replies · 946+ views
    Yahoo! News | UExpress ^ | 1/28/05 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    Some years ago my guest on "Firing Line" was Gen. Vernon Walters. He was a phenomenon who had had phenomenal experiences, among them interpreting for four different presidents in four different languages, and serving briefly as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (news - web sites). He remarked, in passing, that no democratic government had ever initiated aggression against another nation. I was stunned by this statement, and as the exchange proceeded, attempted to run my skeptical memory over it. Surely it could not be so? But so -- it is. And that revelation by Gen. Walters orients us properly...
  • Anti-Semitism?

    12/21/2004 3:18:18 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 152 replies · 2,038+ views
    NRO ^ | December 21, 2004 | William F Buckley, Jr
    An honored friend, charging that there has been anti-Semitism on the air, sends along the offending transcript, and I read through MSNBC's Scarborough Country (for Dec. 8) and found some noisy people discussing Hollywood. The question before the house: Will The Passion of the Christ win the relevant Oscar, or will it be Fahrenheit 9/11? The seven guests of Pat Buchanan, who was the mc that evening, included a rabbi (Shmuley Boteach) and the president of the Catholic League (Bill Donohue). The Catholic League ("The Nation's Largest Catholic Civil Rights Organization") fashions itself after the Anti-Defamation League of the Jewish...
  • Illegalize illegals: Time for showdown in open frontier

    12/16/2004 1:17:16 PM PST · by atomic_dog · 39 replies · 1,720+ views ^ | Dec 15, 2004 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    Illegalize illegals: Time for showdown in open frontier By WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR. The new intelligence law, courtesy of 9/11, is mystifying because it does not face directly what is the most prominent threat to homeland security. It is: inimical action by non-Americans. All the people who participated in 9/11 were foreigners, here under various auspices. And yet the bill that has evolved from the findings of the 9/11 commission reads like an elocutionary exercise by a national committee to avoid saying anything unpleasant about unpleasant people born abroad. Specifically, the threat at this moment is from foreign terrorism. The...
  • William F. Buckley, Jr.: What Did Goldwater Mean?

    12/12/2004 2:19:17 PM PST · by wagglebee · 45 replies · 1,385+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 12/10/04 | William F. Buckley, Jr.
    Phoenix — They continue to celebrate Barry Goldwater. An Institute, now 16 years old, gets in speakers, most of whom reflect on the achievements of their favorite son. Goldwater was an enormously accomplished man, indulgent of life’s amenities and challenged by its perversities. He attracted an extra-political following by cultivating pursuits not easily done by those more timorous than he. He inclined to do that which was risky, including national politics, and he emerged in the early 1960s as spokesman for the conservative wing of the Republican party. A question arose at the Goldwater Institute’s proceedings last week when the...

    12/04/2004 4:04:03 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 69 replies · 1,942+ views ^ | 12/04/04 | William F. Buckley
    Plop in the middle of the entangled, entangling, impossible mess of the United Nations, where Kofi Annan ego attempts achingly to overswell diurnal scandals (this morning's -- "Swiss Firm Suspected of Fraud/Paid U.N. Chief's Son $50,000"), enters John C. Danforth. This resolute human being, who only four months ago became U.S ambassador to the United Nations, announced that he was quitting. Why? And why at this time? Because, he said, he wants to be home. He needs to spend more time with his wife, Sally. "Forty-seven years ago," Mr. Danforth wrote to the president, "I married the girl of my...
  • Culture Clash

    11/30/2004 3:05:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 350+ views
    NRO ^ | November 30, 2004 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version November 30, 2004, 4:11 p.m. Culture ClashStates, drugs, and the Supreme Court. It is disappointing, for those of us alternately engaged in teaching Iraqis how to square off democratically on divisive issues of state, to sit down and disconnect the telephone, intending to spend a few uninterrupted hours on the issue argued on Monday before the Supreme Court. The issue, of course, is whether individual states can legislate with regard to drug laws if the federal government has already staked out a position on the...
  • Whee Time!

    11/16/2004 7:10:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 814+ views
    NRO ^ | November 16, 2004 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    On Condi and more. So it will be Condoleezza Rice. We must deny the temptation to ruffles and flourishes which, heaven knows, one might revel in for a good hour. A woman! An African American! An academic! Who had a high post at a tough, competitive major university! And — mirabile dictu — a conservative! Okay, slide by that and concentrate on the theoretical and historical challenges she faces. Some of these she had a role in creating; some, she just bumped into. Begin with Iraq. Tony Blair was just in town, injecting great drafts of high octane enthusiasm for...
  • Wargaming Iran

    11/09/2004 7:57:29 PM PST · by baseball_fan · 16 replies · 783+ views
    NationalReview Online ^ | 11/9/04 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    If you can do it, forget Fallujah for just a minute. Think Iran. A productive way to do this is to read James Fallows in the current issue of The Atlantic Monthly. The title of the article is, “Will Iran Be Next?” The subtitle gives away the conclusions, and so will here be suppressed. Not so the structure of Mr. Fallows’s extraordinarily ingenious exploration of the challenge. We all know that “war games” are conducted at many levels. At the most rudimentary level, you and your constant companion can have agreed to basic rules: You will agree to act as...
  • Why Is Oil Worth Fighting For

    10/30/2004 1:38:15 AM PDT · by kipita · 16 replies · 651+ views
    Arab News ^ | 30 October 2004 | William F. Buckley Jr
    Teresa Heinz Kerry’s reference to “greed for oil” can be passed over, and is being passed over, as routine political hyperbole. But maybe the time has come to examine the words and their meaning. This is so because “oil” is widely used as the great engine of human avarice. In years — and centuries — gone by, the devil word was “gold.” It was gold that brought out the reserves of evil in men. It ranked with and even exceeded love and sex. Oil could not, of course, go through hobgoblinization until its uses were discovered. But now it is...
  • William F. Buckley Jr.: What Kerry said, what the Cheneys said, and what we should think

    10/15/2004 8:08:45 PM PDT · by NutCrackerBoy · 112 replies · 3,237+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 15, 2004 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    So Mary’s Gay? What Kerry said, what the Cheneys said, and what we should think. This will require magnanimity, savoir faire, and intense concentration. The objective: to opine on whether it was correct for Senator Kerry to make references to Mary Cheney as a lesbian. The pros hold that an objective of the Democratic presidential challenger is inclusivity, and they make the point that there is nothing in the least invidious in calling attention to Ms. Cheney’s lesbianism. Senator Kerry was commenting on the referee’s question, previously answered by President Bush, whether to be gay is a matter of choice,...
  • Dissimulation Reigns (Saddam & Oil for Food)

    10/08/2004 7:11:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 328+ views
    NRO ^ | October 08, 2004 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version October 08, 2004, 1:55 p.m. Dissimulation ReignsWhat on earth was going on in the mind of Saddam Hussein? Attention focuses on what exactly went through the minds of the major players on the scene. When John Kerry voted to authorize military action by the president, did he expect such action to be taken? If he expected something else, what was it? A supererogatory resolution by the Security Council? If so, why did he not stress the need for it at the time? As for Mr....
  • William F. Buckley Jr.: Verbal agility, violent Iraq reality gave Kerry points in first debate

    10/06/2004 8:35:42 AM PDT · by housewife101 · 38 replies · 1,234+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | October 5, 2004 | BY WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR
    I was listening to Rush Limbaugh Thursday morning, and he said: "Folks, you want to know about the debate tonight? Well, you don't have to bother to tune in. What will be reported on Friday morning is that John Kerry walked away with it." Well, that's not exactly the unanimous verdict, but it's true that Kerry scored. There were two reasons for this, one personal, the other objective. Sen. Kerry was presentable, polite, informed, combative and credible. Those who felt that he would crumble, or hoped that he'd do so, waited out the 90 minutes without gratification. He is quick...
  • Democracy Ahead?

    09/24/2004 9:12:53 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 7 replies · 356+ views
    National Review ^ | 9/24/04 | William F Buckley
    Prime Minister Allawi of Iraq has entered a huge theoretical question into the picture. What, he asked, in visiting with President Bush, would happen if indeed there was not full participation in the elections scheduled for January? So it’s an imperfect world. One has to get on with what one has. The generality is easily communicable. Everything of this world is worldly. Still, a democratic exercise presupposes comprehensiveness in at least one dimension. It may be that, as within the United States for about one hundred years, the black vote was undercounted. But there was never an election in which...
  • The Influence behind W.

    09/18/2004 6:28:39 PM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 25 replies · 1,434+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | September 17, 2004 | William F. Buckley, Jr.
    "Mr. Rather is standing by his story, but hanging on by his fingernails. The focus had been on whether CBS had relied on forgeries. In his second 60 Minutes broadcast, Rather had the courage to bring onstage the 86-year old secretary, Mrs. Marian Carr Knox, who said flat-out that the document suggesting inattentive duty was a forgery — this was not a document typed by her or in her office. But even though the document was fake, Mrs. Knox went on, its sentiments weren't fake."
  • WFB: Against the prevailing winds

    09/07/2004 2:28:33 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 3 replies · 263+ views
    New Criterion ^ | 9/4/04 | William McGurn
    Perhaps the only realistic element in the persona of Blackford Oakes, the protagonist of William F. Buckley, Jr.’s spy novels, is that he’s a Yalie. So far as I am aware, even James Bond did not manage to bed the Queen. As for the rest—startlingly handsome, a gentleman’s sense of gallantry, an eminently likeable personality, a temperament forged by a sound, Judeo-Christian outlook and old-fashioned patriotism—well, the odds of finding them in one man, much less a man whom the CIA might in fact hire, must incline to the galactically improbable. Except when set against the life of Blackie’s progenitor....