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One Army Guy’s Npr Experience


An emailer writes:

I was interviewed by the national host of “All things Considered” (forget
her name) in the immediate aftermath of our Iraqi Freedom victory. Of
course, instead of speaking about the brilliant military victory, the only
subject she wanted to discuss was the “disgraceful” failure of the military
to prevent looting. I spoke to her for almost 20 minutes (while being
recorded for her program) trying to explain how preventing looting was not
foremost in US military commanders’ minds as active military operations were
still ongoing. However, I also explained how Civil Affairs units, MPs, etc
would soon be in place to take care of any looting. Of course, subsequent
events proved me right, but she wanted no part of it and tried to get me to
say that the military had failed. She assured me that our interview would
be aired that evening on her broadcast. However, it was not only not aired,
but the only “experts” she had on the program were folks who argued that the
military failed, that the “looting” was a US war crime. . .

So much for NPR’s objectivity and “open-minded and urbane [discussions],
with a preference for empirical inquiry over dogmatic conclusion-mongering.”

More Saudi Protecting


The Treasury Department won’t hand over terror suspect names to the Senate Government Affairs committee, despite a previous promise to.




A new Gallup Poll finds that a majority of Americans oppose smoking bans in
restaurants, workplaces, hotels, and bars. For the first three of those
places, majorities favor designated smoking areas. For bars, 44% prefer
set-asides, while 31% want no restrictions at all. Complete smoking
prohibition (treating tobacco cigarettes like marijuana cigarettes) is
favored by 16% of Americans. The power of junk science has declined
slightly, with 51% of Americans now believing that secondhand smoke is “very
harmful,” a drop of 5% from 2000. Readers who want the full details on the
junk science about secondhand smoke, which is being used as a smokescreen by
the tobacco prohibition lobby, should pick up the book Passive Smoke: The
EPA’s Betrayal of Science and Policy, by Gio B. Gori and John Luik.

Web Briefing: July 31, 2014

Kudos For Peter Robinson


On CBS this morning to promote his book, his interview was plugged by co-host Rene Syler: “Later, Ronald Reagan’s incredible legacy from the perspective of a former White House insider.” Yes, CBS said “Reagan’s incredible legacy.” For that alone, Peter Robinson, thanks for the book!


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
is a threat to justice everywhere” in his own defense.

Has he no shame?

Shakespeare’s Jokes


Blimey, what a lot of people there are out there slapping their thighs at
Shakespeare’s jokes. Plainly it’s not him, it’s me. All of the following
is from a reader:

* Petruchio’s wedding

* The two Dromios

* The rustics’ play for Theseus and Hyppolyta

* Bottom, pretty much everything he says

* Lavinia carrying Titus’ hand offstage in her mouth

* Hotspur’s rage

* Falstaff, everything he says or does in Henry IV pt. 1

* Hamlet’s “Good night, mother” as he drags Polonius’ bleeding body from
Gertrude’s bedroom

* Malvolio’s “madness”

* Polonius. pretty much everything he says

* Barnardine’s refusal to be executed

* Lear and Poor Tom in Poor Tom’s hovel

There’s lots of other funny stuff in Shakespeare that requires a good
company to pull off; the “comedies” in particular require some skill to make
them work. But a company that can’t get a laugh out of any of the above is
completely incompetent.

Two Chinese Students


provided info on U.S. military technology to China’s military.

Immigrants and Code Enforcement


Starting yesterday afternoon
at the Dallas Morning News editorial board
, we’ve been having a robust
discussion of what’s emerging as a serious problem in our city: the
perceived decline of neighborhoods as Hispanic immigrants move in and live
several families to a house. According to longtime residents of older
neighborhoods, the Hispanics, whom residents believe to be illegal aliens,
are piling up in houses in violation of city codes, and behaving like bad
neighbors. Residents — who are, as far as I can tell, all white — complain
of vehicles jamming the streets, loud music and outdoor socializing going on
into the wee hours, illegal construction on the houses to accommodate more
residents, and so forth. In some instances, there have been increases in
violent crime in the neighborhoods. In Irving, a large suburb of Dallas,
residents say they keep complaining to the city code enforcement
authorities, but they turn a blind eye. Others have suggested that perhaps
no one has told the immigrant workers what the codes are, and besides, if
people don’t want illegals living around them, they should quit hiring them.
This is getting to be a serious problem, and of course the spectres of race
and prejudice have entered the picture. I’m betting that Dallas isn’t the
only place in the country where this is happening … nor the only place
where authorities wish it would go away without having to face it as one of
the consequences of our screwed-up immigration policy.

Re: Npr & Rev. Robinson


It actually seems nearly everyone has named this accusers name.

Feinstein For Gov.


Loretta Sanchez nudges. (LATimes Warning: Registration required.)

Kobe Vs. Clinton Ii


Carville might advise Kobe to say “It doesn’t affect the way I do my job. I can compartmentalize between my public life and my private life. Libido and leadership are often linked. Surely the NBA doesn’t need to suffer just to satisfy some Puritan, sheet-sniffing prosecutors. This is just a vast conspiracy by losers like Denver Nuggets fans.”

August Recess Week


It’s the perfect time to make sure you are caught up on your summer reading.
Make sure that includes Corner-ite reads: John Derbyshire’s Prime Obsession, Rick Brookhiser’s Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution, Peter Robinson’s How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life, Terry Teachout’s The Skeptic, and Steven Hayward’s The Age of Reagan, and Randy Barnett’s upcoming Restoring the Constitution.

Re: Hunting For Derbyshire


“Scattered on the bottom of the sea!” No wonder I haven’t been feeling

Objective Npr/Shielding


This comes via a Corner reader (I was not listening):

Listening to NPR this morning on a story re: the vote to confirm the gay
Episcopalian bishop. Evidently, accusations arose yesterday involving
“homosexual harassment” and “improper touching” by the nominee, which
delayed the confirmation vote. Not only did the NPR reporter not
attempt to shield the alleged victim’s identity, she went out of her way
to mention the accuser’s name — several times.

Although it is not a case of alleged rape, it is certainly alleged
sexual misconduct and an interesting line to draw. Not surprisingly,
she not only mentioned the man’s name, she openly questioned the
“timing” (and thereby the veracity) of his accusation — something
apparently acceptable if a gay bishop or a Democratic president is
accused of sexual misconduct.

Kobe’s Mess


Somehow I don’t think Kobe would be supported by the media if he released mash letters written after the alleged assault, but that worked for the Clintonites against Kathleen Willey….Think of how much harder the media’s being on Kobe than on Juanita Broaddrick’s alleged attacker.

Hunting For Derbyshire



Minaret Addendum


Re: Israel, alas.

David Frum


Re Benign Neglect


An emailer:

Schulz and Derbyshire are absolutely right on target.

About the only thing I liked from the movie “American President” is a line
Michael Douglas’ character uses when the (caricature) opposition starts
attacking him.

“We don’t respond. They are trying to get us to swing at a pitch in the

This issue is the same – most “regular Americans” don’t want to talk about
it, don’t want to think about it, and resent the fact that is keeps getting
thrown in their face.

The problem with benign neglect is, so the activist line goes, without
vigilent opposition, states like Vermont and Massachusetts will drive the
public agenda. Without vocal opposition, the 3% becomes a way of life for
us all.

It’s Alive!


I didn’t even know Gore still lived in America.

Great. First, Clinton (Bill, that is) speaks at Georgetown (where I went undergrad) to blame September 11th on slavery and now Mr. Lockbox is dissing our president from my graduate school.


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