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  • Wanted: A Sense of Humor

    04/01/2016 2:21:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | April 1, 2016 | Paul Greenberg
    It's been a wacky election season, but when hasn't it been? Remember when Ross Perot, who couldn't decide whether he was running or not running for president, did both, alternately jumping in and out of the race as the mood struck him? Welcome to the quadrennial circus that is an American presidential campaign. This year the stacked deck now has two jokers -- Donald Trump, the self-infatuated real-estate magnate of reality TV and the Greater New York Metropolitan Area, and Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey with a gift for gab. Naturally he promptly endorsed The Donald. It's a...
  • Keeping Reagan Alive in an Age of Impulse and Amnesia

    02/06/2016 3:08:54 PM PST · by don-o · 3 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 8/9/15 | George Nash
    Perhaps the most important fact to assimilate about modern American conservatism is that it is not, and has never been, monolithic. It is a coalition with many points of origin and diverse tendencies, not always easy to reconcile. And because of this fact, there has long been a felt need among many conservatives to integrate the Right's divergent components into a philosophically coherent--or at least functional--force. Hence the frequent use of the term fusionism, a word coined more than fifty years ago. Conservatives often like to say that they adhere to a body of immutable truths about human nature and...
  • 'Best of Enemies' is a terrific documentary about the Vidal-Buckley debates

    08/02/2015 12:34:49 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 31 2015 | Peter Rainer
    As a teenager, I remember watching the 1968 televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley during the two national political conventions and thinking that they were way more entertaining than any of the TV dramas that were popular at the time. Those debates, unaccountably unavailable for the most part since then, have been resurrected as the centerpiece of the terrific documentary “Best of Enemies,” directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. The film positions those debates as a harbinger of the ideological sword-crossing that has become a staple of TV news. Except what we have now, as opposed...
  • Sobran: My Obsession with Jews [for all who mistakenly think he is a valuable contributor]

    10/30/2003 8:04:40 AM PST · by Chancellor Palpatine · 254 replies · 4,697+ views
    Federal Observer ^ | maybe 10/30/03 | Joe Sobran
    <p>Now and then I get letters and e-mail messages asking why I am so "obsessed" with Jews and Israel. The question amuses me. It would be one thing if I often wrote about Mali, or Honduras, or Borneo, or any other nation or country most people remember only as a name from geography class.</p>
  • Never Again

    09/01/2014 11:07:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 9-1-14 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    How many times have we heard: “Never again”? (Or taken selfies at a concentration camp or Holocaust museum with those words?) How often have we quoted: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”? And yet: Do we do nothing? What do we actually say in the face of evil? “I don’t want to have on my conscience that I was complicit in something as horrendous as this simply by being quiet,” is how Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., reflected on the persecution being conducted against Christians and other...
  • The Next William F. Buckley: Are there no longer any real Catholic public intellectuals?

    06/03/2014 1:19:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 06/03/2014 | Mark Judge
    It could be due to the usual suspects: the dumbing down of culture. The partisanship of politics and cable television, which doesn’t make time for erudition and deep penetration into an issue. The dominance of secularism. Those are all probably to blame for the fact that there are no longer any real Catholic public intellectuals. Note: I did not say Catholic intellectuals. I said Catholic public intellectuals. William F. Buckley. Richard John Neuhaus. Fulton Sheen. These men were Catholic public intellectuals: they created popular magazines, hosted TV shows, wrote both fiction and nonfiction books. Their prose was literary, and they...
  • Hated textbook gets Reagan’s dark side half right

    02/25/2014 4:14:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    Rare ^ | 2-25-14 | Ian Huyett
    Conservative student group Turning Point USA caused a stir last week by posting pages online from a textbook used at the University of South Carolina. The book calls Ronald Reagan “sexist” and says conservatives “take a basically pessimistic view of human nature” — one in which “people are conceived of as being corrupt.” Several avowed conservatives balked not just at the negative portrayal of Reagan but also at the idea that the conservative persuasion contains a measure of pessimism. On this point, the textbook is right and they are wrong. Russell Kirk was the man credited by William F. Buckley...
  • YCC Announces 4th Annual Young Conservative Leadership 'Buckley Award' Winners

    11/15/2013 11:06:12 PM PST · by iowamark
    Award ceremony will take place on Tues, Nov. 19th from 6:00-8:00pm at The Capitol Hill Club Buckley Award Winners: Yuval Levin – National Affairs, Editor & AuthorWill Weatherford – Florida House of Representatives, Speaker of the HouseRyan T. Anderson – The Heritage Foundation: DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society, Fellow & AuthorAlex Smith - College Republican National Committee, National ChairRemy Munasifi – ReasonTV, Comedian, Musician & Video Artist Buckley Award Winner Biographies:Yuval Levin – National Affairs, Editor & AuthorYuval Levin, at age 35, has served as the Editor of National Affairs magazine, an influential conservative policy journal founded in 2009.  Levin has been the organizer of a group of devoted conservatives who are interested...
  • The Israeli Election Winner is... William F. Buckley!

    02/02/2013 9:38:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 2, 2013 | Abraham Katsman
    According to respected political analysts, this election was a crushing defeat for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose own party suffered a loss of 25% of its Knesset representation. Or it was a solid vote of confidence for Netanyahu, as he will remain prime minister of a coalition potentially stronger than before. This election was a huge victory for secular Israel. And the incoming Knesset will have the most religious representation ever. The country moved to the right. The country moved left. The center is now stronger. The extremes are stronger. The security hawks, skeptical of the Palestinian Authority's "peace process"...
  • Time to Grow Up, GOP

    01/16/2013 6:42:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 91 replies ^ | January 16, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    It's hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement's problems are mostly problems of success. The Republican Party's problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement's success. American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyist's group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual -- he called himself a "philosophical anarchist" -- who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were rubes,...
  • Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "Mobilizing the Poor" [Saul Alinsky Interview, 1967]

    11/24/2012 6:35:46 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | December 11, 1967 | William F Buckley
    Streaming on Taped on Dec 11, 1967 (New York City, NY) Guest: Saul David Alinsky
  • 170 episodes of "Firing Line" with William F. Buckley streaming free for Amazon Prime customers

    08/31/2012 7:41:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    amazon ^ | 1966-1999 | William F Buckley, et al.
    Unlimited, commercial-free instant streaming is included with Amazon Prime.
  • Famous For His Hates: The Cool, Witty Gore Vidal

    08/01/2012 6:46:02 PM PDT · by Drango · 32 replies
    npr ^ | Aug 1, 2012 | Chris Bram
    Chris Bram is the author of the novel Gods and Monsters. Gore Vidal was famous for his hates: academia, presidents, whole portions of the American public and, most notably, Truman Capote. Yet he could be incredibly generous to other writer friends. He wrote beautiful, appreciative essays about Tennessee Williams and Dawn Powell. He was a man of many facets and endless contradictions. He achieved his first notoriety in 1948 when he was only 22, for his novel, The City and the Pillar. It was the fullest, most frank portrait of gay American life at that time. The book wasn't autobiographical...
  • Newt Gingrich Statement on the Passing of William F. Buckley, Jr.

    01/13/2012 11:07:42 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 7 replies
    PRNewswire-USNewswire ^ | February 27, 2008 | Newt Gingrich
    From writing books, to creating, leading and sustaining National Review Magazine, to his 33-year run as the host of Firing Line on television, Bill Buckley became the indispensable intellectual advocate from whose energy, intelligence, wit, and enthusiasm the best of modern conservatism drew its inspiration and encouragement. It was not until William F. Buckley, Jr., founded National Review Magazine in 1955 that the tide began to slowly turn for conservatives. National Review was a lonely voice of conservatism in an overwhelmingly liberal establishment. Buckley began what led to Senator Barry Goldwater and his Conscience of a Conservative that led to...
  • Interview with Thomas Sowell - Human Events video

    11/12/2011 2:47:47 PM PST · by hocndoc · 8 replies
    Uncommon Knowledge/Human Events ^ | November, 2011 | Peter Robinson and Thomas Sowell
    Five video sections beginning here.Section 1 with video from 1981 introduction by William F. Buckley. He discusses his time as a Marxist, his work with Milton Friedman, and his evolution resulting in his conservativism. Then, in section 5, Dr. Sowell talks about the current crop of Republican Presidential candidates
  • Joe Sobran, R.I.P. [Joseph Sobran, 1946 - 2010]

    09/30/2010 7:54:18 PM PDT · by Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo · 155 replies
    Our former NR colleague, Joe Sobran, passed away today after a long battle with a variety of ailments. He was relatively young, just 64, and while physically beaten at the end, he also departed spiritually triumphant.   Surely, in short order, there will be ample reflection — much of it critical — on the hyper-talented, hyper-controversial writer. There will be a recounting of his history at NR, the break, the following years, and Joe’s soured relationship with WFB (happily, they rekindled their friendship before Bill passed away). Good, let’s discuss all that, and more. But later. Right now, let us,...
  • God and Man in the Conservative Movement

    08/25/2010 9:35:14 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | August 25, 2010 | Joe Carter
    If a classic, as Mark Twain claimed, is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read, then William F. Buckley, Jr.’s God and Man at Yale is the epitome of a conservative classic. Few who have read it (and they are indeed few) would dispute its importance to the founding of modern conservatism. As the historian George Nash said, God and Man was “probably the most controversial book in the history of conservatism since 1945 and it’s importance for this movement is manifold.” Still, it’s a book about the failings of Yale in the mid-twentieth century....
  • The Roots of Liberal Condescension

    05/17/2010 7:27:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 596+ views
    The Clairmont Institute ^ | 09 March 2010 | William Voegeli
    The denunciation of Palin took place 45 years after William F. Buckley, Jr., wrote: "I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University." From Richard Nixon's invoking the "silent majority" to Palin's campaigning as a devout, plain-spoken hockey mom, conservatives have claimed that they share the common sense of the common man. Liberals—from Adlai Stevenson to Barack Obama to innumerable writers, artists, and academics—have often been willing foils in this drama, unable to stop themselves from...
  • From Meccania to Atlantis - Part 2: From the Clenched Fist to the Raised Middle Finger

    11/01/2009 5:54:29 PM PST · by ihatedemocrats · 268+ views
    The Brussels Journal ^ | 2008-11-01 10:13 | Takuan Seiyo
    Qui vive is the French sentry’s challenge, the equivalent of "Who goes there?" Except, the literal meaning of qui vive conveys the timeless common sense of the French peasant who puts his trust only in blood ties, deeds to land, and in gold coins in a jar under the plum tree. For qui vive means “Who moves there?” but also "Who lives?" He lives who is on the alert. But we have been dedicated somnambulists for 40 years now. The American comedienne and blogger, Julia Gorin, described two years ago how bus riders in Richmond, Virginia started calling the local...
  • The Catholic WFB ( "Bill Buckley made his faith look resplendently good." )

    07/11/2009 6:28:48 AM PDT · by kellynla · 16 replies · 646+ views
    National Review ^ | July 10, 2009 | Neal B. Freeman
    EDITOR’S NOTE: What follows is adapted from remarks delivered before a Portsmouth Institute session celebrating the life and faith of William F. Buckley Jr. Let me begin by confronting the canard spreading through this conference that I am here under false pretenses. Not true. I am an Episcopalian, which is to say that I’m here under real pretenses. Indeed, according to a recent survey conducted by the Gallup organization, I may not be just an Episcopalian but the Episcopalian. Perhaps I should present myself to your monastery as a kind of anthropological exhibit. Let me note, however, in a transparent...
  • Buckley resigns from National Review [endorses Obama]

    10/17/2008 11:08:54 AM PDT · by XR7 · 62 replies · 1,670+ views
    Yale Daily News ^ | 10/17/08 | Eric Randall and Vivian Yee
    Christopher Buckley ’75, co-founder of the Yale Daily News magazine and son of conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. ’50, resigned Saturday from his position as a columnist at National Review, the influential magazine his father founded five years after graduating from Yale. The younger Buckley offered up his post to National Review editor Rich Lowry after Buckley’s Thursday endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama in an online news magazine elicited a wave of outrage from National Review readers. “By Friday, I was Judas,” said Buckley in a telephone interview with the News on Tuesday night. “I thought...
  • Private tollway?

    04/08/2008 10:07:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 252+ views
    The Midwest City Sun ^ | April 7, 2008 | Eric Bradshaw
    Several Oklahoma legislators are concerned that individuals and organizations are quietly working on plans to create a privately-operated tollway in Oklahoma. Many referred to Spain-based Cintra, which has been involved in the development of a proposed Trans-Texas Corridor. Cintra also took over the operation of the Indiana East-West Toll Road from the Indiana Department of Transportation in 2006. Oklahoma State Sen. Randy Brogdon and state representatives Eric Proctor, Richard Morrisette, Scott Inman and Charles Key all expressed concern that efforts to open up Oklahoma to a privately operated tollway system were being kept out of the view of the general...
  • William F. Buckley (1925-2008)[Thomas Sowell]

    03/05/2008 6:36:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies · 214+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | March 6, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Writing in 1954, Lionel Trilling said that most conservatives do not "express themselves in ideas but only in action or in irritable mental gestures which seek to resemble ideas." One of the perks of being a liberal is disdaining people who are not liberals. However, as of 1954, Trilling's dismissive attitude toward conservatives' intellectual landscape was painfully close to the truth. Trilling wrote ten years after Friedrich Hayek's landmark counterattack against the left in his book "The Road to Serfdom." But that was a book with great impact on a relatively small number of people at the time, though its...
  • The conservative movement's new leader (Janet Folger presents the case for Huckabee)

    03/04/2008 1:52:39 AM PST · by Kurt Evans · 22 replies · 290+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | March 4, 2008 | Janet Folger
    ... Yes, Bill Buckley was a true conservative leader. We will miss him as we miss Reagan. But no, the conservative movement is far from dead. It's just had some of its pseudo-conservative dead weight removed... There's a sifting going on, and the conservative movement is still being sifted as those who clamor for last-minute political favor have endorsed the candidate who stands for LESS of what they say they believe. People we trusted. People we loved. But as I've told Gov. Huckabee repeatedly as leader after leader turned their back on the only guy who embraced their beliefs: God...
  • William F. Buckley: The Tradition Continues

    03/04/2008 12:09:10 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 2 replies · 56+ views
    Human Events ^ | 3/4/08 | D. R. Tucker
    Don’t believe the obituaries. William F. Buckley is still very much with us. Just as John F. Kennedy continues to inspire successive generations of liberals, so too will Buckley continue to motivate conservatives in the present and future. Buckley’s goal—establishing economic, social and foreign-policy conservatism as the default political template of the United States—has yet to be fully reached, but he has encouraged millions to make his dream a reality. It is not unreasonable to characterize Buckley as the Martin Luther King Jr. of the conservative movement. Both men rose to prominence in the 1950s by challenging political philosophies that...
  • William F. Buckley’s ‘Conservative Movement’ Still-Born, Dead-On-Arrival, Because it Was Godless...

    03/03/2008 1:57:22 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 175 replies · 848+ views
    The American View ^ | 3/3/2008 | John Lofton ("recovering Republican, recovering conservative")
    William F. Buckley’s ‘Conservative Movement’ Still-Born, Dead-On-Arrival, Decades Ago, Because it Was Godless, Against Christ, Ignored God’s Word Contact: John Lofton, 301-873-4612, 410-760-8885, MEDIA ADVISORY, March 3 /Christian Newswire/ — Recovering Republican John Lofton, Editor of and co-host of “The American View” radio show with the Constitution Party’s 2004 Presidential candidate Michael Anthony Peroutka, has issued the following statement: “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” – Psalm 127. The Lord Jesus Christ did not build the “conservative movement” house....
  • The Indispensable Man

    03/03/2008 2:01:32 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 5 replies · 135+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3/3/08 | William Kristol
    In my high school yearbook (Collegiate School, class of 1970), there’s a photo of me wearing a political button. (Everyone did in those days. I wasn’t that much dorkier than everyone else.) The button said, “Don’t let THEM immanentize the Eschaton.” There you see an example of the influence of Bill Buckley, who died last week at age 82. For it was Buckley who had promulgated this slogan, as an amusing distillation of the thinking of the very difficult historian of political philosophy Eric Voegelin. I’d of course not read Voegelin then (there’s a lot of him I still haven’t...
  • He Knew He Was Right(Evan Thomas eulogizes Bill Buckley)

    03/01/2008 7:57:58 PM PST · by kellynla · 10 replies · 291+ views
    newsweek ^ | 12:09 PM ET Mar 1, 2008 | Evan Thomas
    The Buckley dinner salons were held at Bill and Patricia's Park Avenue apartment, a ground-floor maisonette at 73rd Street in Manhattan. Literary sportsman George Plimpton might be there, chatting with statesman Henry Kissinger or novelist Dominick Dunne. At the same time, standing in the corner might be a lumpy, Trotskyite-turned-Catholic intellectual talking to a nervous Yale undergraduate. There were rarely politicians to be seen at the Buckleys' elegant home, but, standing by the Bösendorfer piano in the living room, guests often heard worldclass pianist Bruce Levingston playing the same Bach concerto he would be performing the next week at Carnegie...
  • William F. Buckley Jr., 1925-2008(William Kristol)

    03/01/2008 7:52:50 PM PST · by kellynla · 5 replies · 171+ views
    weekly standard ^ | 03/10/2008, Volume 013, Issue 25 | William Kristol
    Here's one measure of the man and the scope of his achievement: No serious historian will be able to write about 20th-century America without discussing Bill Buckley. Before Buckley, there was no conservative movement. After Buckley, there was Ronald Reagan. Reagan was the most important American political figure of the latter half of the 20th century. No one was more central to his emergence and success than Bill Buckley. It was not just a happy coincidence that Buckley, in the course of promoting conservatism, also helped his country. It's true that he saw in conservatism a set of doctrines that...
  • Getting It Right: A Conversation With Bill Buckley

    03/01/2008 10:01:16 AM PST · by kellynla · 30 replies · 243+ views ^ | 03/24/2003 | Interview with William F. Buckley Jr
    Legendary conservative author and editor William F. Buckley Jr. recently visited HUMAN EVENTS to chat with HE Editors Tom Winter, Allan Ryskind and Terry Jeffrey. The topic was Buckley's new novel, Getting It Right, a highly entertaining fictionalized account of how the conservative movement, in its early years, rejected the objectivism of novelist Ayn Rand and the fanaticism of Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society. The book, published by Regnery (a sister company of HUMAN EVENTS), is now available in stores. Before it was over, the conversation among Buckley, Winter, Ryskind and Jeffrey turned to issues including modern...
  • Buckley's Life: A Success(Rich Lowry eulogizes Bill Buckley)

    03/01/2008 5:59:44 AM PST · by kellynla · 7 replies · 111+ views ^ | February 29, 2008 | Rich Lowry
    The warm tributes to William F. Buckley Jr., the conservative hero who died Wednesday at age 82, have emphasized all that everyone could appreciate about him: the formidable intelligence, the capacious vocabulary, the otherworldly productivity, the playful wit, the graciousness and deep, wide-ranging friendships. He was a beloved figure who had entered American lore and, in that sense, belonged to all of us. But in the fond reminiscences, it shouldn't be forgotten what he hated. Buckley was an anti-Communist to the marrow of his bones, whose lifelong mission was to crush Marxist totalitarianism. In this, he was uncompromising, relentless, and...
  • A Life Athwart History(George Will eulogizes Bill Buckley)

    02/28/2008 10:12:47 PM PST · by kellynla · 2 replies · 249+ views ^ | February 29, 2008 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- Those who think Jack Nicholson's neon smile is the last word in smiles never saw William F. Buckley's. It could light up an auditorium; it did light up half a century of elegant advocacy that made him an engaging public intellectual and the 20th century's most consequential journalist. Before there could be Ronald Reagan's presidency, there had to be Barry Goldwater's candidacy. It made conservatism confident and placed the Republican Party in the hands of its adherents. Before there could be Goldwater's insurgency, there had to be National Review magazine. From the creative clutter of its Manhattan offices...
  • Dinner With William F. Buckley

    02/28/2008 9:26:33 AM PST · by JulianaJohnson · 5 replies · 194+ views
    Urquhart Media, LLC ^ | 2/28/08 | Dan Proft
    When the news came over the transom yesterday that William F. Buckley, Jr. had passed, I turned to pick up a 14-year-old framed photograph on the desk in my office that I had not looked at for some time. The picture is of a strapping young man that used to be me shaking hands with the godfather of modern American conservatism as we posed for the snapshot at the base of the stairway leading from the lobby at the Omni Orrington Hotel in Evanston, Illinois. Through a conservative student group I had run at Northwestern University, we brought Bill Buckley...
  • A Profoundly Consequential Life (William Buckley)

    02/28/2008 1:45:53 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 4 replies · 89+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/28/08 | Mona Charen
    Woody Allen is reputed to have said that it was better not to meet people you revere -- the disappointment was always so crushing. But no one fortunate enough to meet or know William F. Buckley Jr., who passed away yesterday at the age of 82, could say that. A man of coruscating wit (he'd approve of that word), he was also, by universal acclamation, the most gracious man on the planet. Legend he was, but in a small group, it was always Bill who rushed to get a chair for the person left standing. It was always Bill who...
  • William F. Buckley, Jr., R.I.P.

    02/27/2008 12:25:08 PM PST · by Delacon · 33 replies · 195+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 27, 2008 | the Editors
    Our revered founder, William F. Buckley Jr., died in his study this morning. If ever an institution were the lengthened shadow of one man, this publication is his. So we hope it will not be thought immodest for us to say that Buckley has had more of an impact on the political life of this country — and a better one — than some of our presidents. He created modern conservatism as an intellectual and then a political movement. He kept it from drifting into the fever swamps. And he gave it a wit, style, and intelligence that earned the...
  • AN ERA ENDS (William F. Buckley, Jr.)

    02/27/2008 3:37:45 PM PST · by jdm · 10 replies · 282+ views
    Right-Wing Nut House ^ | Feb. 27, 2008 | by Rick Moran
    The passing of a great man is sometimes accompanied by the end of an historical epoch. This is usually due to the titanic effect the man had on his times as well as a recognition that with his death, the world will change and that what transpired during the time he walked the earth can never be recaptured. So it is with the passing of William F. Buckley, Jr. who died while at work at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. He was 82 years old. It is impossible to exaggerate the influence of Mr. Buckley on conservatism, on politics, on...

    02/27/2008 3:25:28 PM PST · by Syncro · 153 replies · 1,937+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | Feb 27, 2008 | Ann Coulter
    WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY: R.I.P., ENFANT TERRIBLEFebruary 27, 2008 William F. Buckley was the original enfant terrible. As with Ronald Reagan, everyone prefers to remember great men when they weren't being great, but later, when they were being admired. Having changed the world, there came a point when Buckley no longer needed to shock it. But to call Buckley an "enfant terrible" and then to recall only his days as a grandee is like calling a liberal actress "courageous." Back in the day, Buckley truly was courageous. I prefer to remember the Buckley who scandalized to the bien-pensant. Other tributes will...
  • Matthews: I Began as a WFB Conservative

    02/27/2008 3:10:55 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies · 91+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In the course of offering a tribute to William F. Buckley, Jr. on this afternoon's Hardball, Chris Matthews made a surprising revelation: that he came to political consciousness as a WFB conservative. You'll find the transcript of the Hardball host's remarks below, but I'd encourage you to view the video, here. See if, like me, you're struck by the heartfelt nature of his comments. CHRIS MATTHEWS: If you want to influence someone, get to him or her in high school. It's my experience that people at that age are the most impressionable, the most searching for guidance, for example, for...
  • William F. Buckley Jr. dies at 82

    02/27/2008 8:56:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 56 replies · 307+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/27/08 | Hillel Italie - ap
    NEW YORK - William F. Buckley Jr., the erudite Ivy Leaguer and conservative herald who showered huge and scornful words on liberalism as he observed, abetted and cheered on the right's post-World War II rise from the fringes to the White House, died Wednesday. He was 82. His assistant Linda Bridges said Buckley was found dead by his cook at his home in Stamford, Conn. The cause of death was unknown, but he had been ill with emphysema, she said. Editor, columnist, novelist, debater, TV talk show star of "Firing Line," harpsichordist, trans-oceanic sailor and even a good-natured loser in...
  • NYT reporting that William F Buckley has died

    02/27/2008 8:14:31 AM PST · by Borges · 153 replies · 988+ views
    NYT | 2/26/08
    Dead at 82
  • William F. Buckley dies at 82

    02/27/2008 8:35:55 AM PST · by Dog · 186 replies · 528+ views
    Just breaking on NRO...
  • World War IV? [William F. Buckley reviews Norman Podhoretz' new book]

    09/06/2007 10:00:41 AM PDT · by Tolik · 26 replies · 1,289+ views
    NRO ^ | September 06, 2007 | William F. Buckley
    Some set the matter aside as being nothing more than verbal play for the benefit of word-men. What term properly designates what we are doing, and what we are enduring, in many parts of the world, the symbolic center of which is the Twin Towers site in Manhattan? Sometimes the words chosen can mean the justification of an additional measure of military power. Always they calibrate the public mood and the public perception of what is going on. I am informed that French pacifists, ensconced in the French Academy in 1939 and determined to understate Nazi military exercises (even...
  • Entrapment Does Not Wash Here (William F. Buckley on Larry Craig)

    09/05/2007 7:18:27 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 44 replies · 1,750+ views ^ | 9/4/07 | William F. Buckley
    The news of the incident in the men's room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport needs to be absorbed layer by layer. It can already be referred to as the "infamous" meeting between Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho and the police officer. Freeze the story at this point, and you have simply a pickup story, another one of those "dirty old man stories," as one might have it. U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) holds an impromptu news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington in this March 2, 2004 file photo. Craig confirmed on August 27, 2007 that he pleaded guilty earlier...
  • Has William F. Buckley Chosen Romney for '08?

    05/17/2007 7:36:55 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 71 replies · 941+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | 5/17/07 | Warner Todd Huston
    William F. Buckley once said something to the effect that he didn't want the most conservative nominee as presidential candidate for the GOP, he wanted the most conservative candidate that could win the election as the GOP's nominee. In light of this sentiment, I am wondering if the lion of old line conservatism has decided that Mitt Romney just might be the "conservative enough" candidate for the GOP in 2008? Last week, Buckley offered for our consideration a column mentioning Mitt Romney's conversion from abortion advocate to his new found status of anti-abortion believer -- a stance that puts him...
  • Naturalism (William F. Buckley talks global warming)

    04/03/2007 11:19:12 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 15 replies · 1,239+ views
    National Review ^ | 3/31/07 | William F. Buckley
    The heavy condemnatory breathing on the subject of global warming outdoes anything since high moments of the Inquisition. A respectable columnist (Thomas Friedman of the New York Times) opened his essay last week by writing, "Sometimes you read something about this administration that's just so shameful it takes your breath away." What asphyxiated this critic was the discovery that a White House official had edited "government climate reports to play up uncertainty of a human role in global warming." The correspondent advises that the culprit had been an oil-industry lobbyist before joining the administration, and on leaving it he took...
  • Ramsey girl's killer up for parole ("Conservative" Wm. F. Buckley advocated for his Release!)

    03/13/2007 9:34:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 2,183+ views ^ | 03.12.07 | ALLISON PRIES
    Fifty years ago Edgar Smith shattered the rural serenity of northern Bergen County when he bludgeoned a 15-year-old girl to death with a baseball bat and a rock.  The March 1957 crime changed Ramsey forever and began a strange odyssey that is still taxing the judicial system today.Smith was sentenced to death -- then won his freedom with the help of William F. Buckley. But he was soon back behind bars after he kidnapped and stabbed a California woman.  Now, the 73-year-old killer is again up for parole.  "I'll do anything I need to do to keep him in prison,"...
  • Spinmanship by the Court (William F. Buckley on Hamdan)

    07/03/2006 11:16:03 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 3 replies · 822+ views ^ | 6/30/06 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    These are vexing days for those who (a) want to press the war against terrorism, and (b) want to maintain the usual protections against unnecessary accretions of state power. The recent headliner in this carnival is the Supreme Court ruling on Osama bin Laden's bodyguard. What was challenged was the legality of the "military commission" that put him on trial at Guantanamo, denying him access to his accusers or to the evidence presented to the judges (military) by the prosecution. The first rule is to reason calmly about what happened. And best to begin by reflecting on the vote within...
  • My Lai again?

    06/11/2006 12:00:57 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 38 replies · 1,047+ views
    townhall ^ | Jun 11, 2006 | William F. Buckley
    We hope day by day that the facts will become plain as to what occurred at Haditha in November. But this isn't happening. What we have is a story the components of which are pieces perpetually on the move. Starting at the bloody end, we read that 24 Iraqi civilians were killed by U.S. Marines in blood lust, the Marines reacting to the killing of a beloved member of their unit by a roadside bomb. Fiddle with the words above, and you can compose narratives for just about every story that has gone out. It is illuminating that there is...
  • John Kenneth Galbraith, RIP (William F. Buckley)

    05/03/2006 6:08:07 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 14 replies · 893+ views ^ | 5/2/06 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    The public Galbraith I knew and contended with for many years is captured in the opening paragraphs of my review of his last book, "The Culture of Contentment." I wrote then: ` "It is fortunate for Professor Galbraith that he was born with singular gifts as a writer. It is a pity he hasn't used these skills in other ways than to try year after year to bail out his sinking ships. Granted, one can take satisfaction from his anti-historical exertions, and wholesome pleasure from his yeomanry as a sump-pumper. Indeed, his rhythm and grace recall the skills we remember...
  • Buckley on Indecency: How Can Standards Be Enforced Today?

    04/24/2006 12:47:17 PM PDT · by Paul678 · 6 replies · 735+ views
    Myrtle Beach Sun-Times ^ | April 23, 2006 | William F. Buckley, Jr.
    By William F. Buckley Jr. Myrtle Beach Sun-Times April 23, 2006 It takes re-entry into a seemingly different life to read that there is still out there something called an Indecency Code. It lives, sort of, and is administered by the Federal Communications Commission. What brought on a reminder that such a code existed was the recent movement by TV networks to discipline the FCC. Their reaction was to a fine handed down against 111 television stations for running an episode of a show called "Without a Trace," which the commission found to be indecent in that it "depicts a...