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Librarians: Thanks


Please no more emails on the subject. I’ve got to wade through plenty already. Much appreciated. Will report later on what I’ve learned.

Here Comes Izzy


Drove by a big home improvement store this morning here in Prince William County, Va. Large sign out front: “No generators, no batteries, no flashlights.”


Background On Little Syria


Web Briefing: January 29, 2015

Report From Our Nation’S Capital


Yesterday, my buddy Clark Judge and I spent about ten minutes figuring out whether to go ahead with the party that Clark’s company, the White House Writers Group, planned to put on tonight in Washington for my new book. We looked at the forecast on, saw that there would be nothing more than rain and gusty but moderate winds, and decided to go right ahead.

That was a mistake.

Why? Not because the forecast was wrong–rain and gusty but moderate winds are still just about all that any weather service expects to hit Washington tonight, and as I compose these words there’s not a darned thing wrong with the weather but pearly gray skies. What Clark and I forgot, however, was that our real problem wouldn’t be the weather. It would be that the media was intent on scaring everybody half to death. After 24 hours in which, lacking any other story, the TV and radio news have done nothing but talk about gale force winds and surging tides, Washington has simply shut down. Schools have closed. The Metro has stopped running. And–into each storm a ray of sunlight must shine–the federal government has taken the day off.

This morning, Clark received two telephone calls in quick succession. The first was from Barnes and Noble. They’ve closed all their bookstores in the Washington, they said, and have no way of delivering to the Jefferson Hotel, the site of the party, even a single copy of How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life. The next was from the Jefferson Hotel itself. Reduced to a skeleton staff, the hotel explained, it would be hard-pressed to continue functioning, let alone to host a party for a couple of hundred.

Right now? I’m about to go out for a long jog–deserted, Washington looks strangely beautiful–then get together with Clark for a long, well-lubricated lunch.


A Little Help From Our Fellow Californians?


In today’s installment of our Tom-or-Arnold debate, Hugh Hewitt makes a couple of points on which I could use some help. Hugh charges:

a) That Tom McClintock is now accepting major moolah from Indian casinos, which doesn’t sound like Tom, and,

b) The some 400,000 absentee ballots have been cast, suggesting that absentee ballots are coming in heavier and sooner than anyone (anyone I knew, anyway) expected, and that McClintock and Arnold are already splitting the Republican vote, to the benefit of no one but Cruz.

Why do I need help with this? Because I’ve been away from home for three days now, which is about two days longer than it takes get out of touch. I’ve been trying to follow up on Hugh’s charges by surfing the web, but I’d also like to issue an appeal to Cornerites in California.

Can anyone direct me to a stories that explain the Indian casino business? Has McClintock made any statement about it? What in the Sam Hill is going on? And what about those absentee ballots? Is that huge number that Hugh cites somebody’s estimate? Or an actual count by the secretary of state?

Please place “Hugh” in the subject line.

Nyc Opportunity


Attention New York/Tri-State NRO folks: There is a great art exhibition at the Ingrao Gallery that you should consider checking out if you are interested in Chinese art, or art in general. The exhibition is entitled “A Collection of Chinese Jades and Works of Art” and it lasts until tomorrow. The 25 pieces in the exhibition all date from the 18th and 19th centuries. My personal favorite is the bamboo brushpot. The brushpot, which can’t be bigger than a foot tall, is a beautifully carved scene that includes buildings, bamboo groves, dozens of scholars and students, and a stream running through it. Here’s the address: Ingrao Gallery, 17 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10021.

Fox & Abortion


Duh. I totally forgot that THE MAN Ramesh has written frequently on the topic. Here’s one such.

Little Syria?


From a NYT article on possible names for the WTC/Ground Zero: “Although there are other names with historical connections to the site or its environs — Hudson Terminal, Washington Market, Telegram Square, Radio Row, Little Syria — none seem quite right.”

Noah’s Latest Whopper


Timothy Noah accuses John
Ashcroft of telling a whopper when he said, “No one believes in our
First Amendment civil liberties more than this administration.” What
makes it a whopper? Two things, supposedly: Ari Fleischer’s September 26
remark that people should “watch what they say, watch what they do”; and
Donald Rumsfeld’s recent remark, “We can live with a healthy debate as
long as it is as elevated as possible and as civil as possible.”
Whatever you think of those two remarks–and I don’t regard them as
particularly sinister–how exactly do they amount to evidence of
disbelief in the First Amendment? It’s not as though Rumsfeld was
suggesting that the government would punish debate that wasn’t elevated
or civil.

Libraries: Quick Bleg


Does anyone in the Corner or out there know when or where this notion that libraries are a major bulwark against tyranny came from? Newspapers, I understand. Churches, diaries etc, I get. But where did librarians and the ACLU get this idea that libraries are these secular sanctuaries against the gumshoes of the State? I’m not saying I think libraries shouldn’t be given adequate social space, but I don’t understand where the lofty self-image many of these librarians have of themselves comes from. Did I miss a period in American history where librarians where warriors for the first amendment? Please, if you have an answer I’d like to know. Put “Librarians” in the subject header.

Woops: Patriot Act


Forgot to provide the link on my “0.0″ post below. Here’s the story from today’s Washington Post showing that Section 215 has never been invoked.



Unless I see small cars and large animals flying by my window, there will be no way to avoid the conclusion that DC has hyped this thing way, way overboard.

Colt Is My Co-Pilot


Oh My Stars and Garters!


This is the mother lode for flying monkeys of my generation. This is better than the box of old wire hangers and expired prescription medicine Homer Simpson found on the curb. This is a huge resource of 1970s TV…. stuff: commericals, theme songs, they even have the Calgon ad and the PSA from that odd moldy looking cartoon character who explained how to make popcicles out of toothpicks and orange juice on a rainy day. I know Rod Dreher, John Podhoretz and Robert George — wherever they are — will appreciate this. Nostalgia overload.

Abdullah of Jordan


Nearly everytime I see Jordan’s king or his wife, I think of Norma Khouri. More should.



That’s the number of times the Justice Department has used the super-dooper-scary Section 215 of the Patriot Act which critics say allows the jack-booted thugs of the Leviathan State to come riding into town woopin and a hollerin’ kick’n and stomp’n all over our civil liberties. That’s 0 times the government has searched libraries. That’s 0 times it’s rummaged through your video rental records like Bill Clinton at an interns underwear drawer. Zero.

In fact, I’m kind of ticked off. Why hasn’t the Federal Government used 215 more? Why hasn’t it searched the records of these bad guys. Don’t get me wrong, I like the egg on the face of the naysayers, but maybe we should be giving the civil libertarians a little more ammo. You know?

UPDATE: Sorry, I didn’t post the link to the story.

Pro Gibson


The Price of Dedication


Of course, I wonder if John Hood can read The Corner now. FNC just reported thousands without power in his state.

D.C. Is Wimptown


Occasional NRO-er (and guest Cornerite, Election ‘02) John Hood (North Carolina) writes:

Just caught the “Corner” posts on DC think tanks closing down due to Isabel, and I just have to say that you should have stuck to your guns. You were, of course, correct the first time. Here we are at the John Locke Foundation, in North Carolina, in the path of the storm, with the wind already whipping up and rains whomping down, the trees already shaking — and we’re open and working. We’re putting out a school-choice report and a piece on Smart Growth nonsense. We’re preparing for a Friday night event with former CIA director James Woolsey to assess the War thus far. And we’re getting ready to pounce on a new state law sure to come into play in the wake of the storm, a foolish law that purports to ban “price gouging” but will do little more than create artificial scarcity and long lines.

Now THAT’s dedication to the cause of freedom. Heritagers and Catons, this is no time to wimp out — particularly if your excuse is that you can’t get to your job because the government’s mass-transit system isn’t operating.

Terri Schiavo



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