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Daschle Emulates Nixon



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Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle is getting a little heat back home from the Rushmore Policy Council. His response? Siccing the IRS on them, according to this Bob Novak report (last item).

Geoghan Murdered in Jail



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Just got the news that the notorious priest-pedophile John Geoghan has been murdered in prison.I have such strong feelings about this clerical pederasty scandal, and I might have expected upon hearing such a report to have been … well, not happy, but at least relieved in some way. I’m not, not at all. I’m surprised, actually, by how very sad I feel. What a waste of a life. John Geoghan brought misery and destruction to so many, and in so doing was a violent man, in his way. There is, I suppose, a kind of justice in what has happened to him, but it’s not a justice I would have sought, or wanted for him. I hope he confessed his sins, was truly repentant, and reconciled himself to God before he died. The whole thing just makes me sick. “Man hands on misery to man…”

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Re: Roy Moore



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Andrew: Roy Moore’s comments, reported by you, that 9/11 was a judgment on
us, were common at the time, and are theologically perfectly respectable in
both the Judaic and Christian (and therefore, presumably, also the Muslim)
traditions. Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell both voiced the same thought
after 9/11. I wrote a brilliant and perceptive article on this a week after
the event .

Web Briefing: August 29, 2014

Re: Frumenty



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Andrew: Am I the only Corner regular who has actually eaten a syllabub?

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Simon’s Dropping Out.



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Who Hates Multinationals?



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Leftist activists in the United States and Europe may think multinational corporations are a scourge to the world’s poor, but that’s not the view of most people in developing nations, according to the Pew Global Attitudes Survey. As reported in Yale Global Online, individuals in poor nations are far more likely to view globalization as positive for their country — and the world’s poor don’t think much of the anti-globalization protestors who purport to speak on their behalf. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, 75 percent of households believe that multinational corporations have a positive impact on their country, while only 28 percent have a similiarly positive view of anti-globalization protestors. (LvVC)

Thank Who Almighty?



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So Dr. King’s speech is inscribed on the Lincoln Memorial but the Ten Commandments are booted from the courthouse? There’s a whole lot of God in the “I Have a Dream” speech. What’s the difference?

It Wouldn’t Be The Weekend



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without Andrew Stuttaford in The Corner!

Immigration



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It’s not only the US where there’s an immigration debate. There was an interesting piece in a recent issue of the London Spectator on the situation in the UK. Here’s an extract:

“Mass immigration — as opposed to limited immigration of skilled workers to meet shortages — damages the employment prospects of those already here, particularly the unskilled. The Home Office commissioned an economic study on the impact of immigration, which found that ‘an increase in immigration amounting to 1 per cent of the non-immigrant population would lead to an increase of 0.18 percentage points in the non-immigrant unemployment rate’. However, in an extraordinary act of politically correct immigration denial, the immigration minister Beverley Hughes issued a press release saying, ‘The research shows that it is simply not true that migrants “take the jobs” of the existing work force.’ However, London, where most immigrants come, has become the unemployment black spot of Britain, with 7 per cent joblessness, higher than any region of the UK. There is such a large pool of cheap labour that, for the first time ever, national chains such as McDonald’s and Burger King are no longer paying their highest rates in central London. Shop shelf-fillers now earn 10 per cent less in London than the average for the rest of the country. The world’s leading expert on the economics of migration, Professor George Borjas of Harvard University, complains that everyone is happy to accept that increasing labour supply reduces wages in all circumstances except when it comes to immigration, when they enter denial.”

Food for thought?


Roy Moore



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I haven’t been following the controversy over Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and his monument to the Ten Commandments with a great deal of attention, but these comments of his from January (if they are accurately reported) on 9/11 suggest that Moore is a judge who doesn’t always have the best judgment.

And Dumber



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Cybill Shepherd: A Schwarzenegger victory “would be the worst tragedy in the history of California.”

Hyperbole, I know, but really….


Dumb



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From the LA Times :

“But talk quickly turned to the subject of the recall when a reporter asked Feinstein whether Schwarzenegger is glorifying using assault weapons by featuring them in his action movies.

“Of course it glorifies those weapons, absolutely,” Feinstein said.”


Frumenty



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And if we’re on the subject of words, here are a few from an early 16th Century guide to the running of a nobleman’s house. As the London Spectator’s Dot Wordsworth notes, the food sounds delicious.

And so it does:

“Frumenty with saffron; jussell, like bread sauce with sage; marmony of dates and pine nuts; mortrus of ground chicken, almond milk and rice flour; and, of course, fresh bread wrapped in its own napery, accompanying the fresh meat of fawn or coney or trout carved into mouth-sized pieces with professional skill. Each creature would not merely be carved — you had to rear a goose; spoil a hen; unlace a coney; untache a curlew; disfigure a peacock; culpon a trout; and splatte a pike.”

Would have tasted pretty good too, I reckon.


Ray Bradbury



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Ray Bradbury turned 83 this Friday. Judging by this, the old maestro still has plenty to say:

“Some five years back, the editors of yet another anthology for school readers put together a volume with some 400 (count ‘em) short stories in it. How do you cram 400 short stories by Twain, Irving, Poe, Maupassant and Bierce into one book?

Simplicity itself. Skin, debone, demarrow, scarify, melt, render down and destroy. Every adjective that counted, every verb that moved, every metaphor that weighed more than a mosquito – out! Every simile that would have made a sub-moron’s mouth twitch – gone! Any aside that explained the two-bit philosophy of a first-rate writer – lost!

Every story, slenderized, starved, bluepenciled, leached and bled white, resembled every other story. Twain read like Poe read like Shakespeare read like – in the finale – Edgar Guest. Every word of more than three syllables had been razored. Every image that demanded so much as one instant’s attention – shot dead.

Do you begin to get the damned and incredible picture?”

Way to go.

I’ll have to re-read some of his stories this weekend to celebrate his birthday. Something Martian may be particularly appropriate at the moment.

Via Reason


Bullying Berlusconi



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It’s currently Italy’s turn to hold the EU’s rotating presidency. As such, it is responsible for moving forward with the Union’s agenda – and one of the main items on that agenda is the attempt to secure agreement on the draft EU constitution. The Brussels flack who claims to be Sweden’s foreign minister is now arguing that Berlusconi’s government is not well positioned to push this forward because it is, supposedly, a government “that isn’t very deeply rooted in the rest of Europe”. While no one should shed any tears if the EU’s despotic constitution runs into difficulty, the Swede’s comments are revealing. Contrary to some of the wishful thinking over here, Berlusconi is a supporter of deeper EU integration, so that can’t be the problem. So what is? Well, it’s not difficult to suspect that it’s Berlusconi’s support of the free market and Atlanticism, beliefs that apparently mean that the Italian premier is not a ‘real’ European.

The EU’s ideology becomes, it seems, ever more intolerant.


Holy Smoke



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Not content with the health minister’s planned ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, another Irish minister is, apparently, concerned about a different menace – incense in churches.

Ostalgie



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Germany’s curious – and seemingly increasing – nostalgia for the East German dictatorship continues to grow, a disturbing development in a country that ought to be more careful than most about its history.

Former dissident Rainer Eppelman has now weighed in on this topic:

“It is irresponsible, unhygienic, dishonest, dishonorable — and because of this it is also extremely dangerous, above all for the youth, particularly those born after 1985, who never knew or experienced the DDR.”

The Billspricht blog has more.


Not a Friendly Elf



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Our own home-grown eco-terrorists are not so luddite as to forego a website.

Get We Will Prevail - Nr’S New Collection of President Bush’S Best Post-9/11 Speeches



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Since the attacks of September 11th, President George W. Bush has moved America with his speeches on war, terrorism, and freedom. Collecting over 90 of the President’s most inspiring speeches, proclamations, and statements, We Will Prevail shows a war president handling the special rhetorical responsibilities of a war presidency. This fascinating record of our times features an Introduction by Jay Nordlinger and a Foreword by Peggy Noonan. Get your first-printing edition direct from NR: the handsome hardcover is only $24.95 (shipping and handling are free). Click here for details.

Editorial Policy



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Over on our
blog
, the editorial board of the
Dallas Morning News is duking it out on the Israeli-Palestinian question.
I’m getting e-mails from readers who agree with me (and you can well imagine
the side I’m taking), and who say they are stunned by the positions some of
my colleagues are taking, and by their reasoning. I’m hearing from my
colleagues that their e-mail is saying the same thing about that lunatic
right-wing, pro-Israeli Dreher. No matter which side you’re on, it’s useful
for readers to see the kind of thinking, and the kind of people doing the
thinking, that goes into the creation of the editorial positions of a major
American daily newspaper. This kind of transparency serves the reader, who
can see the ed board’s biases plainly. This might sound self-serving, but I
bet newspaper readers elsewhere in the country would benefit if their
daily’s editorial board did the same thing. Check us out and see what you
think — and please write to let me know.

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