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Pro-Life Drudge


Matt Drudge talking with Camille Paglia in Radar magazine:

Oh, yeah. I’m a prolife conservative who doesn’t want the government to tax me. There are issues that I’m so frightened of—1.2 million abortions a year scares the hell out of me. Oftentimes when I see these superstorms forming, you know, sometimes—I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t think it was retribution. I also am opposed to big government. Now, you would argue: Well, how could you support a government interfering with the rights of a woman over her own body? But I would argue: No. That all life is sacred. Abortion is the issue that really motivates me.

Father’S Day


We have two pieces from funny guys, Dave Konig and Bruce Stockler. (And we’re all in the family this week, with Susan Konig on racy chick mags yesterday.)


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Web Briefing: September 18, 2014

The Much-Talked-About Chris Caldwell Spam Rebuttal Is Here



Re: 666


I don’t know, and frankly, don’t care much about the issue. Let federalism reign! Even when it comes to diabolical road names. But I do like John’s attempt to give a news peg by linking this to Gregory Peck in the Omen. So, let’s make with the reproductive cloning posts since Peck also starred in The Boys From Brazil. And surely Roger Clegg can find a link to “To Kill a Mocking Bird.” Adler — something about the fisheries pegged to Moby Dick. I don’t know what, but I have sense Derbyshire could do something with Old Gringo. Brookhiser: Night People. For the drug legalization crowd, there’s 12 O’Clock High. Michael Ledeen surely has something to say about Roman Holiday (Ledeen’s an Italian scholar). There’s even something for Cosmo: Pork Chop Hill.

Nobody Really Believes This Stuff


Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today about how even the supporters of affirmative action don’t think much of the “diversity” rationale (a point that has been made on NRO, too. The diversity argument is described by them as “‘a Johnny-come-lately afterthought,’” “‘offensive to students of color,’” and “suffer[ing] from flawed analysis and weak social-science research.” Even Professor Patricia Gurin—who did the social-science survey on which the University of Michigan (in the cases now pending before the Supreme Court) relied for the proposition that diversity improves educational outcomes—is cited in the article as sounding lukewarm about the rationale. Yet, to justify racial discrimination, the law is that an argument must be not only plausible but “compelling”!

Gay Marriage and Promiscuity


Gay-marriage advocates often argue that marriage will reduce the gay male tendency toward promiscuous sex. I have often suggested that a different and more disturbing effect is more likely. Since many of even the most committed and stable gay relationships are sexually open, there is a danger that gay marriage will help to break the now taken-for-granted connection between marriage and monogamy. For an interesting foreshadowing of this effect, consider the recent piece in Salon by Michael Alvear. Alvear’s take on the Clinton scandal is that straights need to lighten up about marital infidelity and model their marriages on the sexually open relationships so familiar to gays. This is exactly the sort of thing I have suggested we will be seeing plenty of after gay marriage is legalized. But after legalization, instead of someone like Alvear saying that straight marriages ought to follow the example of gay relationships, he’ll be able to say that straight marriages ought to become more like gay marriages. That’s going to make it very tough to communicate the meaning of marital fidelity to a new generation. For details on Alvear’s piece, see the critique by blogger Tom Sylvester.



Andrew: I’m an agnostic, so to speak, on changing the name of Rte. 666. Agree that it might be a nifty place to visit–if only to say you’ve had the experience of driving on the devil’s highway. Not sure I’d want to live there, though, and have some sympathy for locals who find it uncomfortable. Imagine if your name was Damien. (Bonus news hook: Gregory Peck, may he RIP, starred in The Omen.)

The Belgies


I’m totally behind Rummy’s swat at the Belgians yesterday. But, it seems to me, we could solve this whole Belgian court problem quite easily. The Belgians claim their courts have jurisdiction over our government officials and military officers. Fine. We should simply declare that we do not recognize this law and that any attempt to detain, abduct or arrest an American official — current or former — will be seen as an act of piracy and kidnapping and hence tantamount to an act of war. Who cares what laws they pass? If Iran said it has a law that justifies jailing Dick Cheney would we say “Oh, we didn’t know that. Can we send him care packages?” No, we’d unload the Arsenal of Democracy on ‘em. I don’t think we need to declare war on Belgium or anything. But there’s no harm in making it clear that if they lay a finger on one of our guys it will spell bad news for the Belgies. Period.

Route 666


John, not only is that superstitious nonsense, but it’s a shame. Route 666 (at least the New Mexico portion of it) is a splendidly bleak drive and the thought that it is the ‘Devil’s Highway’ only adds to the charm. Start in Gallup after a good night at the weird and wonderful El Rancho Hotel (Ronald Reagan stayed there too!) and then drive north past the eerie rock formation that gives Shiprock, NM its name.

But wait, it’s Friday 13th today – I must go and take some precautions.



Che Guevara was a good-looking guy with a crackpot – and malevolent -ideology, a mass murderer who became a cult hero.

Here’s a much-needed antidote from the New York Observer.



In Euroland, it’s even worse. The lunacy of a one size fits all currency has played no small part in Germany’s gathering economic crisis. Here’s a fascinating (but lengthy – be warned!) piece by Adam Posen that argues that Germany may be going the same way as Japan. It’s a thought-provoking read. Some of the conclusions are a little zany – the notion, for example, that the EU bureaucracy could still be the force for economic liberalization that it once (sort of) was is no longer realistic. The mandarins of Brussels may dislike the nation state, but they are still irredeemably statist.

Here’s an extract:

“Until 1999 Germany monetary policy was quite flexible and helped stabilize the real economy, while German fiscal policy was well within G-7 norms for counter-cylicality. Since European monetary unification at the start of 1999, however, German monetary policy has been set by the European Central Bank, and German fiscal policy has been constrained by the eurozone’s Stability and Growth Pact. With the ECB replacing the Bundesbank, Germany has suffered from a centrally set monetary policy aimed at the eurozone in general, rather than set to its own needs. While the German inflation rate has averaged 1.5 percent annually since January 1, 1999 and averaged just below zero percent over the last six months of 2002, the ECB has been reluctant to cut interest rates, referring to harmonized inflation rates above the 2 percent target.”

The result? Germany’s rates are too high and the country may be looking at raising taxes and cutting spending at exactly the moment that it tips over into deflation.


Via blogger Brad DeLong.

Triple Six


The federal government recently changed the name of Route 666, in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, to Route 640. The governors of those states petitioned Washington for the change, claiming that the small towns along the “triple six,” as some of the locals call it, suffered economically because too many people were creeped out by “the number of the beast” appearing on roadsigns. Can an ACLU lawsuit be far behind? In a travel artice today, the New York Times describes the road. It also includes this interesting paragraph: “South Korea added seven soldiers to its original Iraq contingent to bring the total to a noncontroversial 673. Moscow’s bus route 666 became 616 in 1999. Even the United States government, which has a policy against switching Social Security numbers for religious reasons, agreed in 1996 to issue a new one for a 1-year-old girl in Orange County, Calif., whose parents refused to list her 666 on their income taxes.”

Gop Big Spenders?


Is Bush spending too much money? Possibly. It may be heresy to say so (at least around here), but there is one area where the Feds may not be spending enough, and that’s in helping the states through their current fiscal crises. There’s no doubt that the states went on an irresponsible spending binge in the 1990s, and there’s no doubt that repeated federal bail-outs of the states run the risk of creating a significant moral hazard, but government is about facing matters as they are – not as they should be. There must be a significant danger that any chance of a sustained recovery will be choked off by a forced contraction in the states’ spending and/or tax increases at the local level as the states confront their budgetary shambles. Raising taxes and cutting spending at this stage in the economic cycle makes very little sense and may well offset the stimulative effect of tax cuts at the federal level. The administration, however, doesn’t seem too concerned.

It should be.

Hillary’s Book Sales


Without disputing any general points about publisher’s hype, it is possible to track daily book sales now.
Disclosure: My publisher, The Free Press, is part of Simon & Schuster.
Further disclosure: For some reason, the sales of Gentleman Revolutionary are lagging a bit behind Mrs. Clinton, but with a little help from Cornerites, I’m sure we can catch her.



Obituaries, sports pages for the morbid among us, are one of life’s pleasures – someone else outlived!

This event must have been to die for.



The Nurse’s terror continues.

John Paul Jones


Gouverneur Morris attended a dinner in Paris where Jones met the son of the laird of a Scottish castle that he had raided during the Revolutionary War. When Jones realized that his men had taken the family silver, he sent it back. At the Paris dinner years later, the young nobleman thanked him for his “polite attention.” Sure sounds like Hamas to me.

Welcome Aboard


Andrew Sullivan has a nice article in the New Republic on the threat that a united Europe poses to American interests. He believes that it is wishful thinking to expect new members to make the EU and looser and more liberal federation. But there are, he thinks, a few steps the United States can take. “Above all, the United States can let its most reliable European ally, Britain, know that it prizes the relationship, that it does not necessarily believe British adoption of the euro is a good or necessary thing, and that it values Britain’s independent military capacity immensely. Keeping Britain both in the USE and outside of it militarily, diplomatically, and monetarily should become a prime U.S. objective in foreign policy. Without it, the United States could lose its most valuable military and diplomatic ally.”

This is a bit of change from 1996, when Sullivan was recommending in the same magazine that Britain pursue “the project of a liberal, federal Europe” and bashing the “romantic isolationism” that led Margaret Thatcher to say, well, the sort of things that Sullivan is saying now. He wrote then: “The truth. . . is that the United States has no interest any longer in a particularly ’special’ relationship with Britain; and certainly not in a relationship ’special’ enough to prefer to a bond with a core group of European states, headed by Germany, or with the growing markets of China and Asia. . . . [T]he most natural and challenging role for Britain in the future is staring it in the face: the economic and political liberalization—the Americanization, if you will—of European institutions. . . . [T]here is no reason not to join a common currency.” It appears that 9/11 and all that has followed it has awoken Sullivan, as it has many others.

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