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Taking College Football Seriously
The moral of the following story is: IF your Dad is a serious college
football fan, and IF he likes to take a drink or two while watching a game,
and IF his team has just blown a 3-touchdown lead against a hated rival,
THEN you need to be really, really careful about choosing the right moment
to ask him if you can have a new car.
Not Paris. Not Berkeley. Dallas
I stopped by a neighbor’s garden party over the weekend to have a beer and mingle. I met a pleasant couple, in their late 30s, I’d guess. Wife is a corporate executive. Don’t recall what the husband does. When he found out what I did for a living, he asked me, in all seriousness, if anybody in the media has investigated whether or not the U.S. Government staged 9/11 “to stimulate the economy.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. “Do you mean to tell me you really think it’s possible that your government killed 3,000 people as part of an economic stimulus package?” Well, yeah, he said. I asked him for evidence, and he said he had none, but that “things, I dunno, just don’t add up.” Happily for all concerned, my cellphone rang, and my wife asked me to come home to do a chore. I’m still stunned by that encounter, though. In Dallas, for crying out loud! A Parisian friend said that view is fairly mainstream where he lives, so I guess I should count my blessings. Still… .
A reader inquires:
When you post a message for Corner readers to “Get Digital“, are you making a play on Olivia Newton-John’s song, “Let’s Get Physical”? That could be your NRD theme song.
Let’s get digital
I wanna get digital
let’s get into digital
Let me hear your wallet talk
your wallet talk
Let me hear your wallet talk.
More Questions For The Wilsons
Longtime NR reader Jack Jolis (and father of NR staffer)
1/ By what stretch of Wilson’s — or anyone else’s — imagination does it “embarrass” Wilson or “harm his credibility” to “reveal” that his wife works for the Agency, under cover or otherwise? Any normal person would conclude that such a “revelation” would ENHANCE Wilson’s credibility, rather than the opposite. I mean, the whole thing’s a non-sequitur.
and, 2/ Why on earth didn’t Mrs. Wilson — or her putative employer/handlers — simply deny the allegation, either back in July, or since then? If indeed Mrs. Wilson was working “under cover”, why didn’t she USE that cover to deny the allegation? That’s what cover is FOR, whether “official” or “non-official”. If it’s worth half a damn, or even if it exists at all, “cover” is there to be used PRECISELY to refute such allegations as Novak’s. That’s what cover IS — your plausible deniability. Neither Wilson nor her supposed Agency superiors have ever tried to use it. I personally believe this is because she never WAS under cover — and that Novak’s claim that she was described to him as an “analyst” is correct. The fact that she “took trips abroad” means exactly nothing. I’m sorry, Ms. Plame, if you don’t use your cover, or even TRY to, you ain’t/weren’t under cover, darlin’ — and the only person this whole farcical episode is likely to end up harming is Terry MacAuliffe. Better luck next time.
EU talks on the future of its draft ‘constitution’ are not going well. That’s no surprise – its provisions would make a straitjacket seem generously tailored. What is far more astonishing is the way that Europe’s political classes continue to delude themselves. Check out this comment from Noelle Lenoir, France’s Europe minister:
“Public expectations are extremely high and must not be let down.”
Well no, Noelle. Check the polls. The vast majority of voters are indifferent, opposed or unaware, and that is why your own government is beginning to backtrack on the idea of letting the French people decide on this nightmare document for themselves.
It’s just a slimefest in the morning these days. NBC’s “Today” featured Tom Brokaw’s interview with Arnold, and Brokaw lectured Arnold that some of these groping matters could be considered criminal. Isn’t that cute? Tom Brokaw could never even let the words “Juanita Broaddrick” escape his lips — and now he’s lecturing Arnold on the fine points of how he MUST submit to Tom Brokaw’s tough scrutiny? Retire now, Tom. Just go home.
Norway is (the Guardian reports) reversing its ban on all films that were previously forbidden in that country (cue Mike Potemra and Jonah Goldberg to start arguing). Amongst the hidden masterpieces, “the British/Spanish spaghetti western A Town Called Bastard (banned 1972), starring Martin Landau and Telly Savalas.”
What a title, what a cast.
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Lame, Cris, Lame
In the waning moments of the Redskins game, Fox announcer Cris Collinsworth repeated a line he said came from the Fox studio show on the Limbaugh/McNabb controversy. He said “we’re all trying to move forward. It’s too bad someone wants to take us back.” You can disagree that McNabb is overrated. You can disagree with the reality that the media root for black quarterbacks to succeed (just as they root for more black coaches). But it’s lame times ten to suggest Rush Limbaugh is for “taking us back” to all-white quarterbacks in the NFL. Since when do Fox sports announcers start sounding like Al Sharpton?