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Barack Obama in March 2000, when he was an Illinois state senator

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The Democrats are interesting, in how they use patriotism. In 2008, Joe Biden claimed that those who resisted higher taxes were unpatriotic. A couple of weeks ago, Obama and Biden announced a “New Economic Patriotism.” If the Republicans labeled their preferred policies “patriotism,” the media would go stark-raving nuts.

I said that in a previous column, didn’t I? (A little repetition never killed anyone — I hope.)

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Speaking of things I’ve said before: The radical Left gets in bed with radical Islam, and no one thinks it’s weird — I mean, the Left certainly doesn’t. The radical Muslims, probably.

Having lost the mayoral election in London, Ken Livingstone is going back to his erstwhile employer, Press TV. This is an English-language arm of the Iranian dictatorship. Livingstone is an old Communist, known throughout his career as “Red Ken.” He was taught to hate all things conservative, religious, right-wing, fundamentalist. That was his commitment.

And now he’s working for the mullahs? How can this be? You know how: The radical Left goes wherever the anti-Western action is, always. The form matters little.

Remember what the Iranian regime is — yes, they’re driving for nuclear weapons, pledging to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. But they’re also a regime that stones girls to death for the “crime” of having been gang-raped. Remember who Ken is working for.

Let me turn to cheerier subjects — let me tell you what is on my reading list. There’s an e-book, by two hotshots at The Daily Caller: Jamie Weinstein and Will Rahn. Jamie, I know. Will, I think I met years ago. In any event, their book is a political satire. And its title — get ready — is The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama’s True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer.

Sounds fun. I could use a little fun, as you might be able to tell by the sour tone of this column, so far.

There is also a book by Richard H. Sander and Stuart Taylor Jr. — Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It. Sander is a law professor at UCLA. Him, I don’t know. Stuart, I do. And if he joins forces with Sander, Sander must be very good.

Stuart is a journalist, a lawyer, an intellectual — a public servant, in a way, but non-office-holding. His judgment is sound as a dollar. I realize we need a different expression, given the state of the dollar.

I can illustrate my esteem for Stuart this way: If he says something I’ve never believed, I reconsider. If he says something I would doubt from other people, I believe it. If he said my name were Mary Lou Smith, I’d think, “Really? But I could have sworn it was Jay Nordlinger . . .”

Years ago, Stuart wrote an article about Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Philadelphia cop-killer and hero of the Left. That article was called “Guilty and Framed.” Because Stuart wrote it, I assumed it was true.

Do you know about Mona Charen’s podcast for Ricochet? I am her sidekick, and delighted to be. One of the more pleasurable jobs I’ve ever had. Get the latest episode — no, that can’t be the term: podcast, I guess — here. A variety of topics are discussed. I don’t think you’ll dislike.

Was in my home region, the Midwest, over the weekend. The sign outside the motel door said, “No Guns Allowed.” I thought, “You ain’t in Manhattan anymore, baby.” (Not that they allow guns in Manhattan. It’s just that you’re not supposed to have them, in the Days Inn or not.)

In a restaurant, the bus boy was not a boy but a middle-aged man. I said to him, “Sorry, I’ve made kind of a mess here.” (Happens.) He grinned and quipped, “That’s all right, job security for me.” Absolutely charming remark.

What else do I got? Lots, but I’d better get going, and you too. Happy Nobel Prizes Week! (If you think of it that way.)
 

To order Jay Nordlinger’s new book, Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World, go here. To order his collection Here, There & Everywhere, go here.



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