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Scary Story


Halloween night is the perfect time to read a chilling tale of supernatural horror. Here’s one of my favorites: “The Willows,” a story written by Algernon Blackwood and published in 1907. H.P. Lovecraft wrote of it: “Here art and restraint in narrative reach their very highest development, and an impression of lasting poignancy is produced without a single strained passage or even a single false note.”

Go to Florence!


She’s baack — and we have her, in STET Damnit! — The Misanthrope’s Corner, 1991 to 2002. Yes, it’s the complete, unedited, 200-proof wallop-packing collection of Florence King’s famous NR column. A big, beuatiful hardcover, for just $29.95 (shipping and handling is free!). Relive the thrill of Florence tipping sacred cows and skewering all sorts of nincompoops and dunderheads. It’s a curmudgeonly must. Click here for details and to order.




Majority of Americans in this Fox poll would remove Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube. I wonder how much that would go down if pollsters added a little more information in the question–that there is no evidence that she would have wanted to be removed from life support. That her husband has taken up with another woman, had children with another woman. That her parents say they just want to try to help their daughter–and doctors have offered to work with Terri for free–to see if she can be rehabilitated. Michael Schiavo can walk away–that’s all they are asking, from how I understand it: If the husband wants out, he can have out. And I wonder if people read this before they answered, if they would have answered differently.

Web Briefing: January 30, 2015

A Serviceman Writes In


Army Captain Howard A. Murray writes in:

I recently returned from a yearlong tour in the region, and over 4 months in Iraq. [Steven Vincent's] comments really hit the mark, especially the one about the electric grid and jobs like, now! In my view, our problems are stemming from what I call the “Spoiled Child” syndrome. In this, they were liberated and want everything NOW. They seem to feel like they dont have to work for anything, and excuses are abound.


Interesting Re Npr


Dear K-Lo,

I just found out this morning that an interview my wife and I did on gay “marriage” will be aired this afternoon on All Things Considered on NPR. I draw this to your attention because we were both very surprised to find that the default position for many of the people there was not favorable to gay “marriage”. Yes, at NPR. We are only a small part of a half-hour special report, but it may be interesting to see how this report comes down on the issue, given the position of those involved in the editorial process. If it strongly favors gay “marriage” or at least gives an impression in that direction, that would run counter to what we discovered.

Keep up the good work.

One more thing: My area of teaching doesn’t allow it, but have you pushed to get Legacy assigned for college classes. I know there are other Political Scientists reading NRO. How about targeting them?



Geoffrey M. Vaughan, D.Phil.

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

University of Maryland



gives Dennis Miller a 9pm weeknight slot.

Nevermind About The Cookies


Why bake if no one is here. Of course, they’ll come when they smell food.

New Legacy Experiment


As one who is a fan of many a stubborn man, I’ve decided the new

Treat Yourself


Have You Gone Pumpkin Picking Yet?


Meghan Gurdon has. Read here. (And if you have no interest in kids or pumpkins, but antiwar/anti-”occupation” protesters get on your nerves, there’s fodder for you, too, in her column this week.)

Another Glum Clinton Democrat


ABC’s George “War Room” Stephanopoulos told students at Northwestern University he was “pessimistic about the Democratic party’s chances of retaking the White House in 2004…He was especially discouraged by front-runner Howard Dean’s campaign based on antiwar outrage, believing Americans will prefer Republican optimism.”

And: “Despite his doubts about Dean, Stephanopoulos did not express confidence in any other primary candidates.
He said Gen. Wesley Clark has lost support because he lacks a defined platform, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was hurt by waffling on the war issue; Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., is seen as too old; and Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., is too young. He added that Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., originally polled high but hasn’t been able to excite Democrats or raise money.”

Math Cop


Several readers have urged me, in my capacity as Math Cop, to give John
Podhoretz a ticket for taking a percentage of a percentage in his column
this morning
–and getting it
wrong! I have mislaid my ticket pad; but this does confirm me in my belief
that nobody who does not have a math degree should be allowed to do
arithmetic in public. Or, as Plato said: “Ageometritos mideis eisito!”

A “Ratzingerite” Responds


Angry Aolers


I’m getting a flood of angry email from people with AOL addresses. Many of them keep mentioning Rush Limbaugh too, so I’m wondering if somewhere in the bowels of AOL someone’s saying something bad about me or linking to me. Anybody know? I can’t get a straight answer out of these people.

Woops. Never mind, I found it. I’m linked on their news/opinion section.

Monster Flashback


I’m gonna be out for a while. But here and here are a couple Holloween-related G-File from the archives in case anyone’s interested.

Re: Death Where Thy Sting


Hillary was on C-SPAN, of course, not CNN. CNN is sound-bite territory.
C-SPAN is the natural home for an HRC bore-a-thon. “I DO believe it is SO
important for ALL our children to have the opporTUNity for…” Zzzzzzzz.
There must be method in it. What’s she up to? Trying to send the whole
country to sleep, so her North Korean paymasters can sneak in & kidnap all
our nubile young women? Well, they shan’t have my Nellie. I am awake and

Clinton-Gore Economic Boom Continues!


Virginia Postrel’s a Man, Too


Two Hats Cure


A sympathetic reader recommends the Two Hats Cure for influenza: “(1) Put a
hat, preferably a trilby, on the end of your bedstead. (2) Drink a single
malt (a good bourbon will do in a pinch) until you see two hats. Then (3)
wake up cured. Worth a try.”

Getting Glum in Kentucky


The Washington Post headline is Dems “may be history” in the governor’s race.


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