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“Damn Alpha Male”



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Ok. It has been more than 24 hours and I still haven’t managed to read the whole Washington Post profile on John Kerry. Go ahead, see how you do, if you haven’t. I physically can’t. I break down laughing with each new sentence. “Kerry, 59, is the only combat veteran in the field. He stands 6-foot-4. He rides a Harley, plays ice hockey, snowboards, windsurfs, kitesurfs, and has such thick, aggressive hair he uses a brush with metal teeth.” He ain’t no dove, either. He kills ‘em. He eats them. “He’s no weenie.” !

The Tax Cut



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All of this hooplah about some low-income families getting left out of the new child-tax credit baffles me. The Dems were against cutting taxes in the first place, so presumably they didn’t want these people to get the credit. So, in effect, the Dems are getting their way for the people who get noting, and yet they think it’s outrageous the tax cut isn’t big enough to include them. Of course, you can’t cut income taxes for people who don’t pay income taxes. Still, if only the Dems hadn’t fought a larger tax cut in the first place, these lower-income folks might have gotten more help.

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France Plays The Race Card



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The French are so upset about U.S. consumers boycotting their products, they’ve hired Woody Allen as a pitchman. Can you believe it? “I don’t want to freedom kiss my wife,” says Allen in a new ad. “I want to French kiss her.” But wait, there’s more! The French ambassador to the U.S., Jean-David Levitte, has this to say: “When you insult the French people, simply because they are French, then it’s a kind of racist campaign.” Doesn’t it all just make you want to drink a jug of Evian?

Web Briefing: April 18, 2014

Water Carriers



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On Friday, I went to an AEI forum previewing Bush’s trip to Europe. Radek Sikorski made the point that Poland is a great friend of the United States. Richard Perle pointed out that the panelists had been given Poland Spring Water to drink, not Evian.

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Tags



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I’m not a big fan of custom license plates–you know, the one on the minivan reading “4 R BOYZ” or the one on the sports car saying “MY TOY.” We may just be in my pet peeve territory here, but most of these plates aren’t as clever as your run-of-the-mill bumper sticker. Over the weekend, hoewver, I did see one that made me laugh, on Virginia tags: “HATE DMV.”

Help--Dem Quotes



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Looking for quotes from Dems–Clinton, Gore, at al–talking about how Saddam had WMDs for a quick column. Thanks!

What’s Going On?



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On the roads, on the streets, there are at least 45 percent more people out in the New York metropolitan area–and have been for at least the last hour–than there should be/usually are. Something going on no one told me about?

Eu Constitution Watch



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One of the intentions of the EU’s constitutional convention was, allegedly, to stimulate interest in the EU’s evolution among its ‘citizens’. Here’s how it’s going in Spain:

“A recent survey by Real Instituto Elcano, a Madrid-based foreign affairs think-tank, found only 1 per cent of Spaniards knew the goal of the convention was to write a constitution. A full 90 per cent of the respondents in the survey had never even heard of the convention.”

From the Financial Times, May 31.


Samuel, The Fetus



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You gotta love when Newsweek has to admit what medicine is showing us more and more about life in the womb.

Hometown



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Here’s my column from Saturday’s Dallas Morning News, in which I discuss the impact having a local guy arrested as a serial killer suspect is having on my small Louisiana hometown. Note especially how this thing is taking an O.J. turn, with at least some black folks there saying Derrick Lee couldn’t possibly be the killer, and that this thing sounds like a white put-up job. Also, since I wrote this, townspeople have turned media-savvy. A cousin of mine who teaches elementary-school special education mentioned in the teacher’s lounge the other day that in the time she had young Derrick Lee in her class, one of the finches in the classroom birdcage turned up dead in the cage, with its neck broken. A day or two later, CNN phoned my cousin, wanting to know about Lee’s possible history as a torturer of small animals.

The Red and The Blue



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Country music stations are dropping singer Daron Norwood’s popular single “In God We Trust” because it contains the name of Jesus. Just who do these radio programmers think the country music audience is? Broadcast executives have, I would imagine, the same blue-state mentality that sees those who object to filthy, degrading, misogynistic and violent lyrics in hip-hop music as threats to free speech, and probably racist to boot.

Mark Steyn



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He’s been to Iraq and back and writes about it here.

Speaking of...



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…the photos of the week: here and here and here and here .

Don’t Worry, Be Happy



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Tony Blair suggests we’ve found more than Iraq than is being publicized.

Wahhabi Watch



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From this week’s Economist:

“Not even Cambodia’s obscure Muslim community has escaped the zealots’ attention. The Cambodian Islamic Development Council, a Muslim NGO, estimates that at least 10% of local Muslims now follow the puritanical Wahhabi sect, thanks to aggressive Saudi Arabian proselytizing. On May 28th, Cambodian authorities charged an Egyptian and two Thais with plotting terrorist attacks in Phnom Penh for Jamaah Islamiah.”


The Saudis, again.


Timothy Garton Ash



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Ramesh, that’s a disappointing piece by Timothy Garton Ash, but no surprise. He’s been beating the EU drum for a while now. Credit where’s credit’s due, however. Back in the 1980s Garton Ash was one of the good – indeed, great – guys over Eastern Europe. His writings from that era are still well worth reading.

McLitigation



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Kathryn, Raspelli is wrong, but it’s really, really, dumb of McDonalds to sue the guy.

Comedies of The 1980s



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There’s more than a touch of High Fidelity about all this list making, but if we are on the subject of great 1980s comedies, how about Roxanne (remember the scene in a bar where Steve Martin lets fly with the insults?), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (an essential Reagan-era text), Zelig , Heathers, Trading Places and, of course, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure?

And the 1990s? They didn’t do so badly. Why no mention of The Mask, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie), Flirting with Disaster, The Full Monty, Clueless, Scream, To Die For, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks and that strangely unsung conservative classic Blast from the Past?

Movie humor is alive and well. What’s more, each of those decades can boast one TV comedy that will live on for years – Cheers in the 1980s and, of course, Seinfeld in the 1990s. Simpsons viewers please contact Jonah.

Finally, here’s a tip from 1941 – try a Hellzapoppin’ : quite amazing – and unfairly neglected.


Comedies (1)



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Jonah, I’m disappointed that Beavis and Butthead Do America didn’t ‘make’ your 1990s list.

Huh huh huh huh…

It’s quite funny – in its own way…


Rave On



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Or not. Joe Biden has always been something of an idiot. Now we know that he’s a dangerous idiot. Here’s Jacob Sullum on Biden’s latest legislative contribution to this country.

“For years volunteer groups like DanceSafe have been passing out fliers at raves and night clubs with advice on how to avoid dangerous overheating — drink water, take frequent breaks, abstain from alcohol (which compounds dehydration). Event sponsors have helped by providing bottles of water and ventilated “chill out” rooms, measures intended not to encourage drug use but to reduce drug-related harm. Under the new law, however, such sensible precautions could be seen as evidence that the host or owner knew guests would be using drugs, exposing him to $250,000 or more in civil penalties, a criminal fine of up to $500,000, and a prison sentence of up to 20 years.”

Say it ain’t so, Joe.


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