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Luther



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propos Thomas Hibbs’ piece on Luther this morning, here’s a quiz
question. Which creepy character in which classic horror novel/movie was a
stage actor who got his start in a play named Luther?

Another Kind of Conservatism



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Andrew: Yes, political parties are coalitions… but built around a core of
common values. A political party is rather like a human personality–always
lots of idiosyncracies and contradictions, probably some skeletons in the
closet, capable of surprising us now and then, but presenting an overall
gestalt to the world that will attract some, repel others, and be
acceptable or unacceptable to yet others depending on their inclinations and
circumstances, and the temper of the times. On the matter of third parties,
though: remember that Labour was once a third party….

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Mornings



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Guys, methinks you’re making readers jealous.

Web Briefing: October 31, 2014

Morning Has Broken



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Oh, we’re trading morning-ritual stories? Here’s mine.


6:00 Rise.

6:05 When breakfast under way (see next), walk down driveway to retrieve
newspaper (New York Post).

6:10 Sit down to breakfast–Quaker Oats, with a sprinkling of raisins, a
sliced-up banana and a splash of milk, plus a glass of orange juice. Read
newspaper while eating breakfast.

6:25 Walkies with Boris.

7:15 (approx.) S, s, and s.

7:30 (approx) Sit at desk. Power up computer. Read stuff I wrote
yesterday. (Note to aspiring writers: Always sleep on your work, if
possible. It’s amazing how different a piece can look in the morning.)
Make necessary adjustments. Send to editor.

8:00 Start internet browse of day’s news & opinion.

8:20 Family rise. Greet family.

8:30 Kids have first fight of the day. Pour oil on troubled waters.

8:45 Supervise kids’ teeth-brushing, hair-combing, bag-finding, etc.

8:55 See kids off to school bus.

9:00 Resume internet browsing.

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Ponder This Sentence



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From the L.A. Times home page: “Loyalists to the outgoing governor ponder the prospect of job hunting in an iffy economy.”

Re: Hitchens



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John, I read that article too – with a lot of interest. You were right that it was brilliant, but it was also quite wrong. All parties are in essence coalitions, as the California result reminds us, and unless the right is happy to retreat into sectarian obscurity they will need to continue to be so. More seriously, as you know, the nature of Britain’s ‘first past the post’ voting system makes it very difficult for any third, let alone fourth party to do well. For all the faults of the Tories, their structure (tottering, rotten and entirely laughable though it may be) and the residual loyalty that it continues to enjoy still make it the best base for a right of center party. That said, I’d agree that the party does need to change its approach (although not always in ways that Hitchens might approve). To start with, it needs to understand one thing. Being in opposition means more than recommending what Labour does, only less so.

Another King Among Men



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Meet Michael Young, Bloomington Jefferson High School’s homecoming king.

Richard Just Responds



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I just saw that Richard Just at TAP has a very long post responding to my sundry (and, in fairness, sometimes equally long) assaults on him yesterday. I’ll respond in a few but I’m about to talk to the guys at KSFO in San Francisco (at 10:05 California time). My short response is: I am underwhelmed.

Muslims Invite a Neo-Nazi



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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: (?!) Wait a Second



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Dude, I was totally not scolding you. Ok, I lie. But WHOA what a guilty conscience! And rightfully so–besides, if you are checking Da Corner, you also see that dandy NRO Today bar that picks up all the latest-posted pieces (see, handy, for the workingman and woman!). And, on Fridays, your schedule should totally include reading NR Digital, thank you very much. That’s NR Digital; tomorrow morning, NR Digital subscribers can read the latest issue (just to bed yesterday). If you subscriber to NRODT, you can get a headstart on your reading while waiting for the postman. It’s a hard life, Jonah, but what rewards!

Idiotic



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Apparently all of the words “every globetrotter should know” are in French.

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Kathryn – Here’s how most mornings work for me. I get up. Deal with baby as needed (needs dictated by fair Jessica). Brush teeth etc. Check email, Corner, National Review homepage. Take Cosmo to park and ponder what I should say in Corner upon my return (usually while listening to NPR or C-Span on walkman). Then I come home. Clean off Cosmo’s paws. Give Cosmo a pill. Compliment lil Lucy on her outfit. Drink coffee, if available. Surf web, look at papers, Post to Corner.

I suppose I should insert “re-check homepage” after “drink coffee, if available.” Then again, I should also insert “do 200 push-ups,” write “10 pages for my book” and “clean up my office.”

Poco Carton, a King Among Men



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Down Syndrome has come up a few times in here the last few days. (Be sure and read Rich’s review of that wonderful-sounding movie, Shorty, if you haven’t.) Today there is an AP story about a blessing who could have easily been just another statistic, another person never allowed to see the world. All of this is anecdotal, I realize, but consider this: In the abstract of a study published in 1998, at one Boston hospital, 86 percent of parents aware that their unborn children were likely to be born with Down Syndrome had abortions (between the years 1972 and 1994). I’m not pretending raising a child with a disability is easy, but think of the Shortys and Poco Cartons we’ve lost.

Another Kind of Conservatism



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I spend a lot of time trying to explain the difference between British and American conservatism. For a brilliant essay on the former, see Peter Hitchens’s article in the current Spectator.

Whew



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After the heavy-breathing liberal bias of last week, it’s refreshing to see the morning news shows go back today to Kobe Bryant, Siegried and Roy, and the deadly bear attacks.

Re: Re: Wait a Second



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Who am I kidding? “Little”??? Hah! It’s a movement! It’s TAKING OVER THE WORLD (WIDE WEB).

Re: Wait a Second



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Jonah, that’s exactly the question Byron York delves into this morning on a little website called National Review Online.

Wait a Second



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For six months the California election was, according to Democrats, a “hostile takeover by the radical right.” It was a conspiracy of a small bunch of zealots aiming to unseat a democratically elected governor. Now, overnight, it’s an example of widespread popular discontent? How does that work?

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Interesting couple of leader page articles (LPAs) in the London Telegraph
this morning. In one, our own Michael Barone muses on whether the
California result has any lessons for Tony Blair. He notes, in passing,
that it is unlikely the Tory party will come up with an action-man superhero
candidate like Schwarzenegger. In the other LPA, Boris Johnson, Tory MP and
editor of the Tory Spectator, comments that Sir Sean Connery would make a
great Tory (Sir Sean’s current allegiance is to the Scottish Nationalist
Party). He then drops a large hint that Sir Sean is an avid reader of the
Spectator. Hmmm.

Re: Nomenclature



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Rick: I suggest “coots.”

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