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  • Export a Liberal!

    11/17/2004 7:11:40 AM PST · by Akira · 20 replies · 643+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Nov 17, 2004 | Stephen Moore
    Well, my good friend Grover Norquist may finally see his lifelong dream come true. It looks like the Left is finally going to leave us all alone. If everything goes according to plan, blue-state Democrats are going to let us keep our guns and our money and our kids and our faith — and all the other things that government keeps trying to wrest from us. Allow me to explain the basis for my optimism. The Canadian embassy reports that the requests from U.S. citizens for travel visas, citizenship applications, and political-asylum petitions have skyrocketed since the glorious day of...
  • The Art of the John Hancock

    09/30/2004 6:21:08 AM PDT · by Akira · 2 replies · 496+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Sept 30, 2004 | Catherine Seipp
    I agree with Christopher Hitchens about many things and disagree with him about many things, but even when I disagree I still admire him, because like his hero, George Orwell, Hitchens is a man of great moral seriousness. He is also, probably not coincidentally, a man of great courtesy. I've seen this in the respect with which he treats all audience questions at his talks. And also, as I discovered when I stood in line last year to get my copy of Why Orwell Matters signed, in how he autographs copies of his books. People often buy books in these...
  • A Better Defense

    08/20/2004 10:03:59 AM PDT · by Akira · 10 replies · 537+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 20, 2004 | Charles Krauthammer
    For 60 years, American troops in the tens of thousands have been sitting in Germany essentially where Eisenhower left them at the end of World War II. For 50 years, American troops in the tens of thousands have been sitting where Matthew Ridgway left them at the end of the Korean War. For three years, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has been making plans to undo this colossal idiocy. On Monday, President Bush formally unveiled plans to withdraw 60,000 to 70,000 American troops from obsolete battle stations. Some are to come home. Others are to be redeployed to Eastern Europe, the...
  • Sex, Olympics go hand in hand

    08/11/2004 1:04:59 PM PDT · by Akira · 10 replies · 3,419+ views
    ESPN page 2 ^ | August 11, 2004 | Jeff Merron
    Maxim. FHM. Playboy. Naked (or half-naked) Olympians are going to be all over the newsstands real soon, if they haven't already arrived in your mailbox. There's nothing new here. Ever since the ancient Greeks trained in what author Tony Perrottet calls "palaces of pederasty," and competed nude before thousands of men and (young) women, sex has been part of the Games. But there's been a revival of late. Over the past 10 years, Olympians and Olympian wannabe's have been stripping down in ever-increasing numbers. At Page 2, we like to keep abreast of these issues, as you know. So we...
  • Bin Laden Backer on His Way to Oslo

    08/10/2004 10:09:37 AM PDT · by Akira · 3 replies · 172+ views
    OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council) ^ | August 9, 2004 | Aftenposten
    One of Pakistan's most influential and religious politicians will travel to Oslo later this month to speak before local Muslims. His party has earlier hailed Osama bin Laden, and he's been denied entry to Belgium and the Netherlands. Qazi Hussain Ahmed is due to speak in Oslo later this month. Norwegian officials, however, appear set to allow him travel to Norway in connection with festivities marking Pakistan's national day on August 14. Norway has a large Pakistani community. The Islamic Cultural Center in Oslo's Grønland neighbourhood has invited Qazi Hussain Ahmed, leader of Pakistan's largest religious party, to Oslo. He's...
  • Jewish students attacked at Auschwitz

    08/09/2004 11:02:00 AM PDT · by Akira · 95 replies · 1,965+ views
    Jerusalem Post (Online) ^ | August 9, 2004 | Jenny Hazan
    While on a tour of the museum at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland on Sunday, a group of around 50 Jewish university students from Israel, the U.S. and Poland were verbally attacked by a three-member gang of French male tourists. Evidently incited by the presence of an Israeli flag wrapped around the shoulders of Tamar Schuri, an Israeli student from Ben Gurion University, the first assailant ran at the group while its members were being guided through a model gas chamber and crematoria and began swearing and hurling anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli insults. "He told us to go back to...
  • Careful what you Bush for

    08/05/2004 7:10:56 AM PDT · by Akira · 26 replies · 607+ views
    Asian Times Online ^ | August 3, 2004 | Spengler
    Two predictions: 1) George W Bush will win a second term as president of the United States. 2) He will be sorry he did. The dog that did not bark at the Democratic Party's convention was opposition to the Iraq war. To the chagrin of the Europeans, who oppose the war by vast margins, the Democratic leadership all but muzzled opponents of a war. The battle will be fought on Bush's ground. Senator John Kerry set himself up for defeat by making an issue of the conduct of the Iraq war, rather than the war itself. Bush will pull a...
  • Beyond the Valley of the Bush-Bashers (story from an LA party)

    08/04/2004 1:58:24 PM PDT · by Akira · 10 replies · 1,289+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 4, 2004 | Catherine Seipp
    Because I live in L.A.'s bohemian Silver Lake neighborhood and this is an election year, I regularly get invited to Bush-bashing parties by people who assume I'm a fellow traveler. (For some reason, the notion of a female Republican who doesn't look like Phyllis Schlafly seems difficult for many liberals to comprehend.) Usually I politely decline, for obvious reasons. But there's something to be said for seeing the other side in action now and then. So when my old friend Adam Parfrey, who runs the cult L.A. publishing company Feral House, invited me to a double-header election-year salon Saturday night...
  • Rev. Whitewash (aka Sharpton)

    08/04/2004 7:58:10 AM PDT · by Akira · 5 replies · 368+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 4, 2004 | Jonah Goldberg
    It was hardly shocking that Al Sharpton was permitted to speak at the Democratic Convention. But a scandal needn't be a surprise to still be a scandal. What is stunning, however, is how his speech has been received. Business Week has hailed him as "the toast of the Democratic Establishment" and the usual nattering-chattering shows are treating him like an elder statesmen of the party. One would call it a rehabilitation, except for the fact he was never habilitated in the first place. Sharpton's re-creation is all the more miraculous — and disgusting — because it came without an apology...
  • Unreality Activists (i.e. ACLU)

    08/04/2004 7:36:50 AM PDT · by Akira · 3 replies · 169+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 4, 2004 | Heather Mac Donald
    It's official: The Left doesn't believe that Islamic terrorism exists. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, terror watch lists are nothing more than the product of John Ashcroft's paranoid imagination, and should play no more role in government policy than a compendium of his favorite anthems. The ACLU's dismissal of terror information is just the latest manifestation of the Left's blindness to national-security reality. The only remaining question is why such posturers continue to influence national defense. The ACLU's diatribe against terrorist watch lists comes as it is caught out in rank hypocrisy and deceit. This self-described fighter for...
  • Reform Reborn (Social Security bills)

    07/22/2004 9:40:25 AM PDT · by Akira · 11 replies · 388+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 22, 2004 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    In 2000, then-Gov. George W. Bush introduced the idea of letting workers invest some of their Social Security funds into presidential politics. This year, however, he has been less vocal about the issue, largely out of deference to House Republican leaders who worry that reform is a vote loser. Now some congressmen are stepping forward to make it clear that not everyone in the House Republican conference is afraid of the issue. Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisc.) introduced a private-account bill this week. Another one was introduced by Sam Johnson (Tex.), with Reps. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Pat Toomey (Penn.) as...
  • Troop Talk (answers to Andy Rooney)

    07/22/2004 9:33:39 AM PDT · by Akira · 11 replies · 915+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 22, 2004 | Robert Alt
    TUZ, IRAQ — As I walked into the barracks, Sgt. Kevin Porter, a 23-year-old trooper in the Ohio National Guard serving south of Kirkuk, Iraq, called me over. He had just received a package from his family in Bellaire, Ohio, which included a then-weeks-old copy of his local newspaper. The op-ed page featured a column by Andy Rooney opining about the character and morale of servicemen in Iraq. Rooney offered five questions that he wished a reporter would ask the soldiers, a group he dubbed "victims" rather than "heroes." Although Sgt. Porter is not someone who frequently talked politics or...
  • Crazed surgeon amputates penis

    07/19/2004 2:42:21 PM PDT · by Akira · 25 replies · 458+ views ^ | July 19, 2004 | Correspondents in Bucharest
    A ROMANIAN surgeon underwent a fit of madness while operating on a patient's testicles and instead cut off the man's penis and sliced it into three pieces, hospital officials said. The surgeon, Naum Ciomu, was described as a senior member of the hospital staff and a professor of anatomy. He had been operating on a 34-year-old man for a testicular malformation when he committed the act, the officials said. "We are shocked by what has happened. It is the first time we have had such a case," said Sorin Oprescu, head of the Bucharest emergency hospital where the patient was...
  • Latino Parents Decry Bilingual Programs

    07/15/2004 4:44:07 PM PDT · by Akira · 43 replies · 917+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 14, 2004 | SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN
    On a sultry night in late June, when the school term was nearly over, two dozen parents gathered in a church basement in Brooklyn to talk about what a waste the year had been. Immigrants from Mexico and the Dominican Republic, raising their children in the battered neighborhood of Bushwick, they were the people bilingual education supposedly serves. Instead, one after the other, they condemned a system that consigned their children to a linguistic ghetto, cut off from the United States of integration and upward mobility. These parents were not gadflies and chronic complainers. Patient and quiet, the women clad...
  • Yankee, Stay Home

    07/14/2004 7:05:59 AM PDT · by Akira · 18 replies · 715+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | July 13, 2004 | James K. Glassman
    BANGKOK - This city of glorious Buddhist temples and gigantic traffic jams is hosting 20,000 delegates from 160 countries - along with celebs like Ashley Judd, Richard Gere, Oprah Winfrey and Rupert Everett - at the 15th international conference to fight AIDS. But, as usual at these global extravaganzas, the real agenda is kick the United States in the butt. Never mind that U.S. taxpayers will provide more money this year to fight AIDS than the governments of the rest of the world combined. Never mind that U.S. research and development has given the world the drugs that now prevent...
  • No Federal Failure Left Behind

    07/12/2004 9:43:12 AM PDT · by Akira · 33 replies · 904+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 12, 2004 | Neal McCluskey
    No matter how you look at it, federal involvement in education has been a failure. Nonetheless, with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the federal presence is getting bigger, not smaller. Yet the seeds of revolt have been sown: Parents, educators, and legislators are increasingly restive, and the NCLB is likely to be a critical issue in the upcoming presidential election. So it's time to decide: Should the feds stay or go? In 1965, the year the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) — of which NCLB is the most recent version — was passed, the federal government spent...
  • Krugman's Fantasy

    07/10/2004 7:29:57 AM PDT · by Akira · 516+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 9, 2004 | Simone Ledeen
    When I was in business school several years ago, my macroeconomics professor assigned one of Paul Krugman's books for us to read; it was a collection of essays about President George W. Bush's economic plan. Dutifully, my classmates and I read the book, researched Krugman's position, and spent time analyzing his arguments. I was disappointed that in his June 29 article, "Who Lost Iraq?," Krugman didn't apply the same standards of honest research and analysis to me and my father, Michael Ledeen, that I had applied to him. Criticizing what he claims are the failures of the Coalition Provisional Authority...
  • The Left, At a Loss In Kansas

    07/09/2004 9:19:14 AM PDT · by Akira · 24 replies · 995+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 8, 2004 | George Will
    It has come to this: The crux of the political left's complaint about Americans is that they are insufficiently materialistic. For a century, the left has largely failed to enact its agenda for redistributing wealth. What the left has achieved is a rich literature of disappointment, explaining the mystery, as the left sees it, of why most Americans are impervious to the left's appeal. An interesting addition to this canon is "What's the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America." Its author, Thomas Frank, argues that his native Kansas -- like the nation, only more so --...
  • The F/A-22 Raptor Must Fly

    07/08/2004 1:01:01 PM PDT · by Akira · 248 replies · 3,928+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | July 8, 2004 | Michael Fumento
    It made sense to kill the Crusader self-propelled howitzer program, a bulky cold war left-over developing so slowly it wouldn't be available before the Starship Enterprise. We also didn't need the Comanche stealth helicopter when our problem is losing choppers to low-tech ground fire. But the stealth F/A-22 Raptor fighter, with apologies to those who consider every new military project a boondoggle, we need this jet. And far more of it than Congress plans to buy. Even critics admit the Raptor is an incredible fighting machine. Slated to enter Air Force service next year, it blends key technologies that before...
  • Philadelphia Police Say Dog Eats Man

    06/03/2004 2:37:24 PM PDT · by Akira · 6 replies · 77+ views
    NBC in Philly ^ | June 3, 2004 | Staff
    A 75-year-old man's body parts were found strewn all over a house in the city's Fishtown section Thursday and police said that his dog had been eating him. Relatives of the dead man, Burt Burnhart, said they had not talked to him for about a month so they went to his home. They said it was not uncommon for him not to answer the door. They had been checking on him, but after four weeks they decided it was time to call police. Around 10:30 a.m., police and family members entered the house and they found Burnhart's remains scattered throughout...
  • Female Employee Finds Web Cam Under Her Desk

    05/21/2004 8:11:19 AM PDT · by Akira · 31 replies · 768+ views ^ | May 20, 2004 | Staff
    An Orange County Fire Department employee is supposed to protect people's privacy, but police say he violated a female employee by using a small web camera to spy on her. Now, the information systems administrator has resigned from his job. Police say Hector Ray Valle (photo left) used a web camera at the Orange County Fire Department to watch the female employee from under a desk. Fortunately, the employee noticed it. She was at her desk and she either dropped something or bumped her leg and looked underneath the desk. What she found was a camera and, when she took...
  • You Must be Likud! (Anti-Jewish rhetoric infects the West)

    05/19/2004 10:51:36 AM PDT · by Akira · 12 replies · 36+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 19, 2004 | Michael Rubin
    Discussing Iraq last month on Washington Journal, C-SPAN's live call-in program, two callers — one American and one British — telephoned to ask whether I was Jewish. I am and said so. Both suggested that Jews were responsible for sending American soldiers into harms way. This was ironic since I volunteered for duty in Iraq, and then lived outside the security parameters enjoyed by other Coalition employees. One questioned whether I was part of a secret cabal operating for other than American interests. At the suggestion that his question might be anti-Semitic, the caller insisted my religion was a valid...
  • U.S. Reportedly Kills 40 Iraqis at Party

    05/19/2004 10:46:37 AM PDT · by Akira · 126 replies · 242+ views ^ | May 19, 2004 | SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A U.S. helicopter fired on a wedding party early Wednesday in western Iraq, killing more than 40 people, Iraqi officials said. The U.S. military said it could not confirm the report and was investigating. Lt. Col Ziyad al-Jbouri, deputy police chief of the city of Ramadi, said between 42 and 45 people died in the attack, which took place about 2:45 a.m. in a remote desert area near the border with Syria and Jordan. He said those killed included 15 children and 10 women. Dr. Salah al-Ani, who works at a hospital in Ramadi, put the...
  • Kerry Spot (The Nader Factor)

    05/18/2004 9:35:00 AM PDT · by Akira · 7 replies · 36+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 18, 2004 | Jim Geraghty
    Perhaps the most significant and underreported story of the past week: Ralph Nader was endorsed Wednesday by the Reform party. Presuming he accepts their nomination — and Nader spokesman Kevin Zeese told reporters, "he'll be on the ballot in Florida" — Nader will automatically get on the ballot in Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, and South Carolina. The last four are shoo-ins for Bush, but the first three are swing states, and the Kerry campaign is spending $1 million in commercials in Colorado, suggesting they think they can pick it up. Those four are also among Nader's stronger...
  • The Seeds Of a Rights Scandal In Iraq (BARF alert)

    05/14/2004 9:41:40 AM PDT · by Akira · 15 replies · 110+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2004 | Jimmy Carter
    To ensure that additional human rights embarrassments will not befall the United States, we must examine well-known, high-level and broad-based U.S. policies that have lowered our nation's commitment to basic human rights. Immediately after Sept. 11, 2001, many traumatized and fearful U.S. citizens accepted Washington's new approach with confidence that our leaders would continue to honor international agreements and human rights standards.
  • 70 ducks, other critters stink up apartment

    05/06/2004 12:06:10 PM PDT · by Akira · 19 replies · 47+ views
    The Capital Times ^ | May 6, 2004 | Staff
    GERMANTOWN (AP) - More than 70 ducks in a basement pen were only part of the menagerie authorities found in a Milwaukee area apartment after other residents complained of the stench coming from the unit. "The smell was just unbelievable," said William Mitchell, a state conservation warden who found the ducks in the pen with droppings covering the floor. "It was really stinking. ... It made my eyes water." Others among about 200 live creatures in the apartment included snakes, rats, turtles, a pair of alligators, toads and scorpions. Animal carcasses were in a freezer, and decaying carcasses were in...
  • California dreamin': Normal life for Davis

    05/05/2004 12:18:24 PM PDT · by Akira · 13 replies · 177+ views ^ | May 5, 2004 | Alysse Minkoff
    LOS ANGELES -- When you're Gray Davis, former governor of California, and you're going to the Lakers-Rockets playoff game, even the metal detectors and turnstiles that civilians find irritating, are a welcome novelty. "(As) governor, you never get to walk in through the front door," he laughs. "You're always going through kitchens and loading docks and going up back elevators. It's very disorienting." As he empties his pockets of his Blackberry and house keys and walks through the metal detector he offers, "You have no sense of reality, and you live your life in a cocoon. I understand why it...
  • Superman Goes Communist

    05/04/2004 8:07:00 AM PDT · by Akira · 58 replies · 1,516+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 4, 2004 | Alexander Rose
    Though I read them occasionally as a boy, I have never been overly interested in comic books, especially the American sort, the ones featuring superheroes dressed in super-tight costumes fighting super villains, none of whom ever seemed to receive super-long jail sentences for attempting, yet again, to destroy Our Way Of Life. A junior realist, I tended to read, instead, the British-produced, four-times-a-month Commando comics, which were generally set during the Second World War. Commando — whose fabulous titles included Hun Bait, Iron-Cross Yankee, Ghost Stuka, and the unforgettable Deserters Deserve Death! — abjured those pathetic ads one saw in...
  • Pat Toomey's Future (an interview)

    04/30/2004 10:51:52 AM PDT · by Akira · 35 replies · 172+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 30, 2004 | Ramesh Ponnuru (interviewer)
    NRO: Is this your first interview since the election? Rep. Pat Toomey: Yes it is. NRO: Given that you lost, what do you think your campaign accomplished? Toomey: Well I'm still sorting that out, Ramesh, and trying to figure out what if anything it accomplished. When you consider the obstacles we faced and how close we got, it makes it clear that there is a real interest in seeing the Republican party govern as a conservative party, certainly in Pennsylvania. NRO: What does the campaign say about the strength of the conservative movement, most of its institutions having backed you?...
  • Live and Let Vote

    04/29/2004 12:50:18 PM PDT · by Akira · 1 replies · 46+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2004 | George Will
    When a student said he had consulted the great philosophers without finding evidence of God, Benjamin Jowett, master of Oxford's Balliol College from 1870 to 1893, replied, "If you don't find a God by five o'clock this afternoon, you must leave the college." Deadlines can be useful spurs. But they also can be foolish fixations. On June 30, the deadline for transferring "sovereignty" to something Iraqi, no such thing will happen. There will be nothing to receive sovereignty, and the United States, whose writ does not run throughout Iraq, does not possess real sovereignty to give away.
  • Robotic traffic cones swarm onto highways

    04/29/2004 12:26:58 PM PDT · by Akira · 44 replies · 294+ views ^ | April 28, 2004 | Max Glaskin
    Herds of robotic traffic cones could soon be swarming onto a highway, closing down lanes and slowing the traffic. The new road markers have been developed by Shane Farritor, a roboticist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in a bid to help reduce the $100 billion per year that the Department of Transportation estimates is lost to the US economy through accidents and delays caused by highway lane closures. The self-propelled markers take the form of robotic three-wheeled bases for the brightly coloured barrels that are set out to demarcate road repair zones. Farritor says they can open and close traffic...
  • Crushing Mr. Creosote (the left's attack on McD's)

    04/29/2004 10:35:47 AM PDT · by Akira · 18 replies · 111+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 29, 2004 | Andrew Stuttaford
    Soso Whaley is a feisty not quite fiftysomething animal trainer based in New Hampshire, a champion roller skater (a silver medal for her tango!), the hostess of Camo-Country TV's Critter Corner and an adjunct fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market think tank. (Oh, did I mention that she's a filmmaker with plans to make a documentary about camel-racing in Nevada?) When we ate together the day before Tax Day, in a drably functional midtown Manhattan McDonald's Express filled with surprisingly skinny teens, this is what she chose: six Chicken McNuggets, sweet 'n sour sauce, and two baked apple...
  • The Trouble Is, So Far Kerry Stinks On TV

    04/28/2004 10:51:13 AM PDT · by Akira · 78 replies · 168+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | April 28, 2004 | Joe Hagan
    In recent weeks, even Senator John Kerry’s closest friends have been at a loss as to why the Democratic Presidential candidate has failed to communicate the most humanizing part of his biography: his war record as a decorated Vietnam veteran. "I know he’s quite capable of it," said Bob Kerrey, the president of New School University, former Nebraska Senator and fellow Vietnam veteran. "I don’t know why it’s not working now." But there seems to be a very clear reason why: Mr. Kerry is terrible on TV. "Abysmal," said John Weaver, the former strategist for Senator John McCain’s Presidential run...
  • EU vs. Hamas

    04/27/2004 7:34:55 AM PDT · by Akira · 6 replies · 75+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 27, 2004 | Joshua Muravchik
    Israel's assassination earlier this month of Hamas chief Abdel Aziz Rantisi stirred gusts of indignation from European governments. As in previous cases, the critics largely rested their case on international law, a refrain also heard often from the continent's critics of American counterterror measures and of the war in Iraq. British Foreign Minister Jack Straw asserted that "targeted killings of this kind are unlawful [and] unjustified." The French foreign ministry issued a statement saying that Israel's right to self-defense "should not be exercised against international law." The foreign minister of Ireland, which currently holds the presidency of the European Union,...
  • The Liberal Self-Esteem Factor

    04/16/2004 10:06:27 AM PDT · by Akira · 4 replies · 106+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 16, 2004 | Jonah Goldberg
    I'd held off writing about "Air America," the new liberal radio talk-show network, out of a mixture of contempt and prudence. But Frankenfreude compels me to share my views. For those of you unaware of this rare condition, Frankenfreude, a subset of schadenfreude, is a state of restrained glee at the failures or setbacks of Al Franken. Here's what set off my latest bout of FF. Air America is off-air in Chicago and L.A. because they bounced a check after only two weeks of broadcasting, according to Arthur Liu, the owner of Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Inc., who was essentially renting...
  • Our First Blond President

    04/13/2004 10:03:37 AM PDT · by Akira · 13 replies · 178+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 13, 2004 | Jennifer Graham
    I wasn't worried about President Bush's reelectability over Iraq. I never stayed up late fretting over John Kerry or Richard Clarke. Prescription drugs, illegal aliens, the Defense of Marriage Act.... I figured these were all blips on the electoral oscilloscope that would be overcome by our beloved president, who cuts such a handsome figure in a flight suit. But now that Bush has lost the Blonde Vote, I'm bracing for President Kerry. The election was lost last week, when the president was addressing an otherwise friendly crowd in El Dorado, Arkansas. Bush, who must have been tired, inexplicably felt the...
  • Trailing Attempted Espionage

    02/13/2004 7:30:08 AM PST · by Akira · 12 replies · 160+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Feb 13, 2004 | Michelle Malkin
    The baby-faced, high-school yearbook photo of Ryan G. Anderson is deceptively mundane and seemingly innocent. On Thursday, the 26-year-old National Guardsman was arrested after allegedly trying to pass information about military capabilities to al Qaeda over the Internet. A Muslim convert, Anderson was a member of the 303rd Armor Battalion of the 81st Armor Brigade at Fort Lewis, Washington. He will be charged with "aiding the enemy by wrongfully attempting to communicate and give intelligence to the al Qaeda terrorist network," said base spokesman Lt. Col. Stephen Barger. Who is this suspected al Qaeda sympathizer with the boy-next-door looks? Is...
  • Move Over, Mumia (there's a new celebrity on death row)

    02/13/2004 7:14:16 AM PST · by Akira · 20 replies · 188+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Feb 13, 2004 | Jack Dunphy
    On those occasions when the Muse is elusive, when the words don't flow as I might wish, when the writer's demon, the blank page, stares me squarely in the face and says, "Now, what?" I often look to the justices of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for inspiration. They have seldom failed me. The latest outrage to issue from this court is the stay of execution granted to convicted murderer Kevin Cooper, who was scheduled to die at California's San Quentin Prison at 12:01 Tuesday morning. Some background: On June 2, 1983, Cooper escaped from the California Institute for Men,...
  • Kerry's Veep (A short list in the making)

    02/12/2004 8:03:44 AM PST · by Akira · 12 replies · 140+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Feb 12, 2004 | John J. Miller
    Choosing a running mate will be the most important decision John Kerry makes between now and November — not only because vice presidents stand a reasonably good chance of becoming presidents, but because they are such a key part of electioneering. Kerry probably won't announce his selection until the summer, but with the Democratic presidential nomination all but clinched, the season of speculation may begin. The traditional rules of veep selection will apply. Most people base their vote on who sits at the top of the ticket, which means that the vice-presidential nominee is not likely to influence the outcome...
  • The Great Donkey Mystery of 2004 (Why Kerry?)

    02/11/2004 12:33:53 PM PST · by Akira · 33 replies · 254+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Feb 11, 2004 | Jonah Goldberg
    "In a surprising last-minute upset, all seven Democratic presidential hopefuls somehow lost the Democratic primaries Tuesday," The Onion — America's best satirical news source — reported the morning after the February 3 elections. "Primaries were held in Delaware, Missouri, Arizona, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, with no single Democratic candidate coming in higher than second place," it continued. "Experts are still unsure exactly how Kerry, whom many considered the frontrunner after strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, lost to, and along with, every other Democratic candidate." That's sort of how I feel about the Democrats in general these days. Yes,...
  • Guns, Butter and the Deficit

    02/11/2004 10:16:11 AM PST · by Akira · 5 replies · 128+ views ^ | Feb 11, 2004 (Feb 16 Newsweek) | Fareed Zakaria
    In the past two years, the united states has rediscovered the world. We've seen large increases in funding for all the instruments of American policy—military, political, economic and cultural. Spending on AIDS/HIV, tuberculosis and malaria initiatives has gone from $840 million in 2001 to a projected $2 billion in 2004. Whether you like or dislike specific aspects of George Bush's foreign policy, there's no denying he has outlined an ambitious role for America in the world. Except that within a few years this policy is likely to collapse. No, the problem isn't Iraq, or Afghanistan, or the French...
  • US bans time-honoured typeface (Foggy Bottom takes a stand!)

    02/03/2004 10:44:45 AM PST · by Akira · 80 replies · 1,058+ views
    ABC News Online ^ | Jan 30, 2004 | AFP
    In a sign that no matter is too small to affect international diplomacy, the US State Department has issued an edict banning its longtime standard typeface from all official correspondence and replacing it with a "more modern" font. In an internal memorandum distributed on Wednesday, the department declared "Courier New 12" - the font and size decreed for US diplomatic documents for years - to be obsolete and unacceptable after February 1. "In response to many requests and with a view to making our written work easier to read, we are moving to a new standard font: 'Times New Roman...
  • Kucinich Visualization and Meditation

    02/02/2004 9:23:28 AM PST · by Akira · 17 replies · 51+ views
    The Corner at National Review Online | Unknown | Kim Brooks Wei
    I just saw this at NRO's The Corner, in a Rod Dreher post. I had to copy it here... To All Kucinich Supporters: New York City Friends of Kucinich will be holding a group meditation and visualization for the Dennis Kucinich campaign. This will occur at 8:15pm on Wednesday, January 28th. The intention of the meditation will be to create the energy pathways needed to give the Kucinich vision and everyone who aligns with that vision a voice in America and the World and to attract the prosperity and resources to do so. At 8:15pm EST find a quiet space...
  • Dude, Where's My Candidate?

    01/27/2004 6:45:24 AM PST · by Akira · 60 replies · 176+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Jan 27, 2004 | Andrew Cline
    Stepping into the Dennis Kucinich rally at the University of New Hampshire on Sunday night, the first thing to hit you is the stench of male body odor. Not the "man, it's hot on the dance floor, I think I'll take my sweater off" kind of odor, but the "I use organic deodorant" kind. The second thing that hits you is the aroma of marijuana. Not the "Dude, want a toke?" variety, but the "No, officer, we just went outside for some fresh air" kind. Signs hang from the ceiling along each wall. "Vote Kucinich 4 Healthcare." Tables full of...
  • Dean Loses It

    01/20/2004 7:12:45 AM PST · by Akira · 121 replies · 199+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Jan 20, 2004 | Byron York
    Finishing third in a contest that just a few weeks earlier he had been expected to win handily is surely a setback for the campaign of Howard Dean. But in the long run, Dean's Iowa concession speech, in which he appeared to lose control of himself and began screaming at supporters — all in front of dozens of television cameras — may be even more damaging. Dean's speech, delivered at his headquarters in Des Moines, stunned even some observers used to his displays of anger on the campaign trail. And in the days after the caucuses it is sure to...
  • Colorado State Senator Attacks University Bias

    01/19/2004 7:19:19 AM PST · by Akira · 9 replies · 131+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan 19, 2004 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    <p>A well-known conservative is reaching out to state lawmakers to beat back what he claims is rampant political bias against students and faculty who do not agree with a pervasive liberal orthodoxy in state schools across the country.</p> <p>As a result, leaders in several states are reportedly working on anti-bias legislation, including Colorado state Sen. John Andrews (search). Andrews told that lawmakers in the state General Assembly plan to introduce a bill in coming weeks that would require state college and university officials to educate students and faculty better about their rights against political and ideological bias by other professors and administrators.</p>
  • Survival of the Fittest (interview with Benny Morris)

    01/13/2004 6:45:55 PM PST · by Akira · 18 replies · 976+ views ^ | Jan 9, 2004 | Ari Shavit
    Benny Morris says he was always a Zionist. People were mistaken when they labeled him a post-Zionist, when they thought that his historical study on the birth of the Palestinian refugee problem was intended to undercut the Zionist enterprise. Nonsense, Morris says, that's completely unfounded. Some readers simply misread the book. They didn't read it with the same detachment, the same moral neutrality, with which it was written. So they came to the mistaken conclusion that when Morris describes the cruelest deeds that the Zionist movement perpetrated in 1948 he is actually being condemnatory, that when he describes the large-scale...
  • Dean in Denial (Bush raised taxes?)

    01/06/2004 11:28:30 AM PST · by Akira · 11 replies · 75+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Jan 6, 2004 | Rich Lowry
    It's unclear why Howard Dean is so upset by the Bush tax cut, since he maintains that there wasn't one — at least not for the middle class. "There was no middle-class tax cut," Dean declared at the Democratic debate in Iowa this week. "There was a Bush tax increase with tuitions, with property taxes, with health care premiums, and most middle-class people in this country are worse off because of the president's so-called tax cut." Where to start? With Dean, it's not the gaffes that are most damning and ridiculous, but what he says every day. First, Dean maintains...
  • Multilateral Mantras

    11/26/2003 6:34:33 AM PST · by Akira · 11 replies · 88+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 26, 2003 | Victor Davis Hanson
    London protesters. Big bombs dropping in Iraq. More lectures about Guantanamo. Angst from the French and Russians. Kofi Annan miffed. Jimmy Carter back home writing novels. Wesley Clark alleging that America is the bully without the pulpit. Turkish crowds blaming us for a rash of fundamentalist terror. And always Bush, Bush, Bush the unilateralist. Is there no end to the calumny? American and European intellectuals think they can explain the current furor directed at the United States. In fact, they have fashioned a standard exegesis that goes back to the last decade or so of American foreign-policy efforts. Our supposed...
  • Moscow considers kissing ban

    11/08/2003 9:14:33 AM PST · by Akira · 57 replies · 3,360+ views
    BBC ^ | Nov 8, 2003
    Moscovites caught kissing in public places could be fined if city authorities pass a new law currently under consideration, according to a Russian newspaper. The kissing ban could even extend to lawfully wedded spouses, Stolichnaya Vechernyaya Gazeta reported. Quoting unnamed sources, it said the plan was aimed at raising levels of public morality in the Russian capital. The newspaper added that "particularly blatant cases could even lead to a spell of temporary detention in jail". It said that if approved the new regulations would be introduced earlier next year. The newspaper quoted a city education official, Tatyana Maskimova, as saying...