The Importance of The Passion
I try to avoid commenting on those things I know nothing about, so I should start by stating that I have not yet seen Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. And yet, some of the commentary ...
My credentials as a Bruce Springsteen fan are well documented. I praised his last album, The Rising, perhaps more than I should. I even defended Bruce’s “public service announcement” about the war with Iraq here on NRO, ...
Judging from the speech last night, it appears Gray Davis is indeed taking the
plays designed by Bill Clinton: Admit some slight errors of personal judgment
(here substantive rather than sexual or legal), but then attack the “right wing”
Came back about twenty minutes ago. I’m amazed that in the year 2003 it can
take almost a full day to restore power. The people on the radio are accusing
Pataki of “playing the blame game”–but quite frankly, I ...
Kobe Byrant Is Martin Luther King Jr.
It was Kobe who made the comparison, not me. Apparently in accepting his award
at the Teen Choice Awards–which will be broadcast tonight, though likely
without his speech–he concluding by alluding to Dr. King’s “Injustice anywhere
Independent article about allegations of racism at Reuters, the lawyer for those
suing said that he didn’t believe what happened could happen in America: “There
are plenty of American companies where racism happens but I think it ...
Re: Bruce Puts On a Good Show
Susan, I too wish Bruce would take the advice of Frank Zappa: “Shut Up and Play
Yer Guitar!” (the title of Zappa’s 1981 album). He won’t, though, and quite
frankly, the band introductions were more turgid than the “public ...
Taking Springsteen Seriously
A year ago, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band began their tour in support of The Rising with a public dress rehearsal in their adopted hometown of Asbury Park. This event brought out not only rock critics but mainstream ...
Gillespie On Bush and The Dems
AP reporter Ron Fournier details
Ed Gillespie’s speech to the RNC. Gillespie is, I think, right to point out
that the Dems are flailing, trying to attach any scandal or charge that they
find to Bush. That doesn’t ...
One member of the City Council, interviewed on 880 AM, said that he believes
that he saw the gunman with James Davis before the shooting. The member said
that Davis introduced him to a man who was going to run against ...
As Jay notes in today’s “Impromptus,” Havel is a more than deserving recipient
of the Medal of Freedom. I’ve been thinking about Havel in light of the
situation in Iraq. News reports have indicated that we are having ...
The Washington Post has a good summary of the changing financial situations of state schools today.
Sideshow Bob has always been the creepiest villain on The Simpsons. And I would
like to submit Michael Des Barres’s Murdoc from MacGyver as one of the best.
This is certainly a problem worth wrapping our heads around. I think marriage has
a more useful social function than simply child-rearing (namely, encouraging stable
male-female relationships). But I would also suggest is that marriage is not only
about taking ...
Bastille Day, Malaise Day, Then What?
After pointing out that yesterday was Malaise Day, following Bastille Day on the
14th, I wondered if there would be a special occasion today. Alert Corner
reader Stephanie B. e-mails me to suggest Schism Day:
Yes, that great day when (...
It Was 24 Years Ago Today
The infamous malaise speech (though President Carter did not use the word).
Just another event that ushered in the election of Ronald Reagan.
Hmm, Bastille Day, Malaise Day . . . what could tomorrow bring?
As if the Dixie Chicks’ civic lessons weren’t enough, Jonathan Zimmerman, author
of Whose America? Culture Wars in the Schools, takes to the op-ed page of the
Washington Post today. The beginning of his piece is excellent, ...
The Dixie Chicks Won't Shut Up
According to this op-ed in the Salt Lake
Tribune, the Dixie Chicks performed a bit of audio-visual self-defense at a
recent concert. While the song “Truth No. 2″ — written by Patty Griffin —
played, a collection of footage from protests past (civil ...
WFB is mentioned in the “Lives” column on the last page of
the magazine, encouraging a young Brendan Greeley to try to sail across the
Atlantic and live off a boat in France.
The letters to the editor responding to ...
With the gay marriage (and, as per Kinsley, the overall marriage) debate raging,
it’s worth pausing over the new statistics about the state of marriage in the
Catholic church today. The recently released Official Catholic Directory notes
that there ...
Classified in The Classroom
This front-page article from
today’s Washington Post is worth reading. Reporter Laura Blumenfeld came across
a dissertation being written by a grad student at George Mason University (which
is right outside of Washington). The dissertation has, in her words, “...
Earlier this week, NBC announced that this would be the final season of the long-running sitcom, Frasier. While the Peacock has spent countless hour promoting the last season of Friends (“Get ready to say goodbye to ...
Sam Dash Off The Deep End
It’s one thing for your run-of-the-mill Democratic activists to appear off their
rockers when talking about the Bush administration. You sort of expect it. But
when a Democratic party greybeard, like former Watergate prosecutor Samuel Dash,
pens an op-ed ...
The most recent issue of the Long Island Catholic has a special pull-out section
on “Education and Youth.” There’s a graph–a pie chart, for the
inquisitive–about how often young Catholics (ages 18-39) attend Mass.
Thirty-seven percent report ...
Not Only Arnold Schwarzenegger and Arnold Drummond
The “comedian” Gallagher–he who smashes watermelons for sport–is also
in the race.
I remember in the final episodes of “Cheers,” Frasier masterminds
campaign for city office to prove that any fool can be elected. Woody,
Good stuff on the NY Times op-ed page today.
My personal favorite is a letter to the editor about the Times’ recent
coverage of a protest against traditionalist priests:
“As I read about the group of parishioners who phoned the ...
Here’s a noteworthy article from Al-Ahram. According to one housewife, a
graduate of the American University in Cairo, “Whatever crime they [Saddam's
sons] committed, is beside the point. Killing them was a crime, a murder, it was
sacrilegious because ...
From The "Not a Good Sign" File
On the home page of Microsoft’s popular Web-mail program Hotmail, there is a link to an article which asks, “Is monogamy a joke
Fortunately the article ends up
supporting monogamy, though without more support than the claim ...
An interesting op-ed by Boston Globe columnistist Christopher Shea about Philip Jenkin’s upcoming
book, “The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice.” What’s worth
noting is that non-Catholic Jenkins disagrees with the church on certain
fundamental teachings–presumably both ...
Ice Cream More Fattening Than We Thought
Okay, it’s not really more fattening than I thought. Yet this article still makes me want to get out and run off the two scoops I had at Krisch’s Ice
Cream last night. I hope someone is able
One of my favorite magazines is National Journal, which features writers like Stuart
Taylor and Jon Rauch. Agree or disagree with them, they’re smart. The current
issue has a column by Clive Crook, who asserts that Tony Blair is, ...
According to this Reuters story on CNN.com,
Kansas is actually flatter than a pancake. A study, published in the Annals of
Improbable Research, confirms it.
According to this report in yesterday’s Washington Times, California’s university system is
considering charging students from wealthier families higher tuitions. The
surcharge would apply to more than one-third of the students at the state
schools. The report assesses ...
Michael Medved, who has also seen The Passion, has a very smart column about it
in USA Today.
Supreme Court Between States
I’m a bit jaded about the Supreme Court getting involved in interstate disputes.
Such cases often lead to ridiculous decisions–much like the unanimous 1985
decision, authored by Blackmun, that held Long Island is, well, not an island,
despite the ...
Gray Davis Does Have Friends!
According to this AP story, a group of Davis supporters is challenging the recall petitions, alleging that
some signatures were gathered by non-California voters and that some were not
The recall effort has more than twice the amount ...
Celebrate Bastille Day The Bluto Way
This Newsday article on Animal House
ought to cheer Jonah and the rest of us up.
I’m not so pessimistic about the state of American marriage as the article Susan
linked to would suggest. The methodology — self-selected samples — is
problematic; better data from the National Opinion Research Center (although
from 1996) suggests that about 11 percent of ...
According to this AFP story, via Yahoo news,
Belgium has ditched its law which allowed leaders of just about any country to
be indicted for just about anything. The new law will require victims to be
either residents or citizens ...
Even assuming that the President’s line in the State of the Union was false, it is
hard to believe that it was a deliberate lie. He had to know that if the statement
were false, it would be discovered–...
An alert reader notes that John Derrick of Pepco, not grad student Gorman, was
the one who responded to the offer to be sold U.S. maps with the power grids on
them. I don’t think this really takes ...
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2003 is one of the more notable (no pun intended). From the blue-eyed soul and vocal croonings of the Righteous Brothers to the blue-eyed reggae and ego conflicts of the police, ...