The Latest Tweets from Team NRO . . .
Eck V. Sory
I’ve gotten a couple e-mails like this one:
I know the NRO/NRODT braintrust is for the legalization of “left-handed
luckies,” but resist the urge to toke up immediately before you make a corner
Are you seriously comparing Eckstein with Soriano? Eckstein is a scrappy guy
that I would love to have on my team, but Alfonso has Joe Morgan and other
serious baseball minds talking about him eventually eclipsing A-Rod in terms of
his offensive output…if anything your problem is with Joe’s lineup, I think
Jeter should lead off, (like in 1998) he’s more of a leadoff hitter than Soriano
and Soriano should hit down in the order, like 3-5, particularly if Giambi’s
No, I wasn’t saying Eckstein is better than Soriano, just that he exemplifies the way the Angels play–smart, small ball–and that Soriano exemplifies the way the Yankees do–a very “American League” style, dependent on home runs.
Men of Fox
Can’t believe I am continuing this, but….the votes are coming in from our female readership, and it’s ain’t Shep they love. Getting more Snow/Hume/Hannity. I’m just reporting here.
New York Times
Why on earth should anyone be surprised at the failure of any senior NYT
execs to resign over the disgraceful Jayson Blair episode? Since when was
the phrase “personal responsibility” any part of the vocabulary of
left-liberalism? Recall Janet Reno “taking full responsibility” for the
Waco mass killing… and remaining in office for a further eight disastrous
years. These types don’t resign. Don’t you understand?–they are
Enron Vs. Nyt
Referring to Raines and Sulzberger, Andrew Sullivan asks, “Is there a company on the planet where an executive who had made such a decision would still be in place? If an Enron executive had made a similar decision, do you think Raines would be calling for him to stay in place?” It’s a good point and first raised, I believe by The New York Sun in an excellent May 12 editorial which opens by comparing the following quotes:
“[T]he move to hold top managers personally liable for any misrepresentations made to investors — which the new corporate oversight legislation also does — is a watershed worth celebrating…C.E.O’s will no longer be able to feign ignorance about the details of the companies’ accounting, as Jeffrey Skilling haughtily did early this year at a Congressional hearing on Enron’s implosion.”
—The New York Times, editorial, “Downsizing the Imperial C.E.O.,” August 9, 2002
“But Mr. Sulzberger emphasized that as The New York Times continues to examine how its employees and readers were betrayed, there will be no newsroom search for scapegoats. ‘The person who did this is Jayson Blair,’ he said. ‘Let’s not begin to demonize our executives — either the desk editors or the executive editor or, dare I say, the publisher.’”
—The New York Times, news article, “Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception,” May 11, 2003
The Coverup That Never Was
I’m going through my bursting in-box and seeing there has been some blogging about a Steve Moore piece from earlier this week that had a math error. Economists, of course, are doing a lot of math these days. Moore’s blip (73 percent should have been 60 percent) was fixed (early yesterday). There was no ill-intent to mislead anyone. Chill folks.
Duh Vs. Congratulations
From a reader:
Surely, you aren’t going to take credit for stating the incredibly obvious?
Shoot, “predicting” that T’Pol would go into heat when the ratings dropped is like “predicting” the time of sunset or sunrise. Given a modicum of knowledge, it is obvious.
Any scifi/comic book geeks worth their intellect (like you and me) saw this one coming. I am only surprised that it took so long!
I don’t know whether to say “duh” or “congratulations.” I suppose that you’ll settle for the latter….
10 year NRODT subscriber
P.S. Tell K-Lo that some of us like obscure Trek/Simpsons/Marvel references spliced into the running corner observations.
My publisher http://www.nap.edu/ tells me that Prime Obsession
off the shelves at both Barnes & Noble and Borders, and has now gone to a
second printing. This is terrific news. My deep, on-my-knees deep, thanks
to NR/NRO readers who took a chance on a book about a hard mathematical
problem. I hope it won’t disappoint. Speaking of my publisher, I commend
to you one of their other new books, Michael Bailey’s The Man Who Would Be
Queen, of which I have just done a review
for NRODT (which will appear in either the coming issue or the following
one). I am not altogether clear about the morality of reviewing books from
one’s own publisher, but NR said it was all right.
Re: Parables, Parables
I think–and hope, and pray–that this reader is kidding: “Mr. Derbyshire,
I think you have overlooked another Christian parable in film. ‘Dude,
Where’s My Car?’ is clearly one of the most moving and inspiring Christian
films of the 20th century…”
The President Quotes John J. Miller
In his speech at a fallen police officers’ memorial service in D.C. right now, the president quoted from an NRO piece from John J. Miller on Virginia Trooper Mark Cosslett, who was at John’s kids’ school during the sniper attacks last fall. He died in an accident in the line of duty short thereafter.
Here’s what the president repeated:
I never met Mark Cosslett, and wouldn’t even have known his name but for his fatal accident. I do know one thing, and I knew it before he was gone: At a time when my family was looking for a hero, there he was.
Jews Give Thanks to Geraldo
The guys at the Media Research Center point this one out:
“I’m making a conscious decision to take this whole Judaism thing seriously. I think the Jews need me right now.”
—Fox News Channel’s Geraldo Rivera, as quoted in today’s Reliable Source column in the Washington Post about his Reform Jewish wedding ceremony scheduled for August 10. Rivera’s bride is one Erica Levy, a television producer 31 years his junior.
One more thing about Glass: I didn’t watch him on Sixty Minutes a few days ago, but I read the transcript of the segment this morning. Can you believe he still hasn’t apologized to his former colleagues, to say nothing of his readers? “This is the very beginning of a very, very long process of apologies. I didn’t apologize to people. Because I was so ashamed,” he said. The comment seems to suggest that he’s less ashamed now. Good grief.
Jonah: Agree with you that Mumia’s murder is worse than Glass’s lies. Who could disagree, really? (And as much as I believe Mumia is a murderer, we should probably allow that most of his supporters, including those who would celebrate a Mumia memoir, think he’s innocent.) Glass has gotten attention from conservatives because he was one of us. He may have worked at The New Republic, but his earlier job was at the Heritage Foundation. He first gained attention at the University of Pennsylvania for his anti-PC journalism. Many of us on the Right knew him. I wouldn’t have labelled him a friend, but definitely an acquaintance. So the betrayal, at some level, is personal. Also, having once worked at The New Republic, I resent what he did to an important magazine that didn’t deserve his deceit.
Re: Parables, Parables
From a reader: “The Shawshank Redemption was thick with Christian
parallels … the prison is this world, while life outside prison symbolizes
eternity … the character who experiences redemption is not Andy, but
Red…” Please make it stop.
Ramesh: By the way, if you _really_ want to know about matrices, you will
want to check out Chapter 17 of Prime Obsession where I explain the whole business.
See how deftly I extract eigenvalues!
Shep--The Ugly Truth
I don’t want to burst anyboy’s bubble, but the truth will out.
Before anyone else asks, the lines I quoted are from Flanders & Swann’s
“Song of Patriotic Prejudice.” Complete lyrics here. WARNING: This is
from before the days of political correctness.
Vulcan Girls in Trouble
From a reader:
I can’t remember, but it seems as if it was you who said something like “Mind my words, if the ratings for Enterprise drop enough, you can bet that T’Pol will go into Pon Farr.”
Well, guess what happened on last night’s episode…
He’s right. Here’s the opening from my Enterprise review , with the relevant prediction:
Okay, the Vulcan chick is over the top.
By now, anyone who cares (if you don’t, you shouldn’t be reading this anyway) has seen or heard that the new Trek series, Enterprise, has a Vulcan sexpot named T’Pol. The producers learned their lesson from Voyager’s 7-of-9, and have concluded they will never again be caught without a silicone-enhanced chick in a spackled-on uniform. It is cool that they’ve chosen a Vulcan to be the sex symbol, since Vulcans — while superior to humans in so many ways — have “not tonight, dear” headaches that last in roughly seven-year stretches (prediction: T’Pol will hear the Vulcan call of the birds and the bees, the Pon Farr, the moment the ratings dip).
With her over-the-top bitchiness and her under-her-top augmentation, T’Pol reminds me of that old Robin Williams joke about how he wanted sex to become an Olympic sport, just so we could see what the East Germans would come up with.
Re: Matrix--Parable, Schmarable
Ramesh: Oh, is that what it was? Another “parable of the original
Judeo-Christian worldview of entrapment in a world gone wrong” … “new
testament for a new millennium”… Next time we meet I shall bring along a
print-out of the 6,000-word e-screed I got from a reader a year or so ago,
explaining in flabbergasting detail how Cool Hand Luke, which I had been
foolish enough to mention in a column, contained all of the New Testament in
metaphor and allusion. You have been warned.
Re: Men of Fox
If she were Mother Superior here, she would understand.