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25 Years



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This weekend is the anniversary of the Solzhenitsyn Harvard speech; be sure to check out Jay’s anniversary speech at Harvard here. The full 1978 speech can be read here.

Green Movement



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Global warming is good for plants in the Amazon rainforest, according to a new report.

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Go Away, Comeback Kid



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K Lo: That’s a cool poll on Bush vs. Clinton. Here’s what the former president recently said about the 22nd Amendment (limiting a president to two terms): “There may come a time when we have elected a president at age 45 or 50 and then 20 years later, the country comes up with the same sorts of problems the president faced before, and the people would like to bring that man or woman back.” So he doesn’t much like it. If there hadn’t been a 22nd Amendment, Clinton says he would have tried to remain in office: “You’d have had to throw me out.” Memo to Bubba: Judging from this new poll, looks like we might have done just that.

Web Briefing: September 30, 2014

Left Watch



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I’m doing Buchanan & Press this evening, and one of our topics is apparently going to be a left-wing confab held this week in D.C. So I checked out the agenda for the meeting, which brought together people who think the Democratic party isn’t doing enough to fight Bush, and found two mildly interesting things: 1) Arianna Huffington, recently described as an “outspoken conservative” by William Raspberry, was signing her latest book at the conference; and 2) our pal Hans Riemer, the head of the Washington office of Rock the Vote!, was a panelist.

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Come Buy Derb’s Stuff



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Total panic today: (1) Sports Day at Danny’s school, (2) Multi-family
garage sale in Chestnut St., (3) TOTALLY behind on work. Screw it all–I’m
going to take Boris for walkies. Rosie is really, really good at garage
sales. $70 this morning already (at 11:30 am).

Progress



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A federal judge has declared Dallas public schools to
be officially
desegregated, ending 32 years of federal oversight. When court-ordered
busing began in Dallas, the public schools were 59 percent white. Today,
less than seven percent of Dallas public schoolchildren are white. As school
officials told the Dallas Morning News for today’s editions, it’s hard to
have a segregated school system when only a handful of students are white
(white families having put their kids in private schools, or lit out for the
suburbs to escape busing). This, we are told, is progress.

D-Day



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A reader just made me look at my calendar: Today is the 59th anniversary of D-Day. Here’s President Reagan’s speech from the 40th.

Unveiled



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After hearing three days of testimony last week, Circuit Judge

Janet C. Thorpe ruled that Sultaana Freeman’s right to free

exercise of religion would not be infringed by having to show her

face on her license.

Freeman, 35, had obtained a license that showed her veiled with

only her eyes visible through a slit. But the state revoked the

license in 2001 when she refused to have her photo retaken with her

face uncovered.

She sued the state of Florida, saying it would violate her

Islamic beliefs to show her face publicly.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

APTV 06-06-03 1314EDT

53 Vs. 32



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Don’t Sugar The Pill, Guys



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The British are just a tad more frank than us in the way they say things.
From the lead editorial, about the New York Times flap, in today’s Daily
Telegraph
: “Raines, who is a guilt-ridden white liberal from Alabama,
indulged Blair, who is 27 and black and had been hired as part of the
paper’s affirmative action policy, to the point of lunacy.”

“Tells All!”



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That’s the promo for Larry King’s interview with Hillary Clinton. But she isn’t telling all, if “all” is understood to mean “the truth.” But as the Media Research Center points out, a lot of journalists are taking her claims at face value–notably Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric.

Bill Clinton: He’s Just Too Good.



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A preview of 20/20 from Good Morning America this morning:


Charlie Gibson: “Yeah, did she ever rationalize why there were these women in his life?”

Barbara Walters: “She, well, we asked her. Let me show you.”

Gibson: “Okay.”

[Interview clip]

Walters: “At one point you described what your husband had done as a sin of weakness.”

Clinton: “It clearly was. You know, a friend who’s something of a theologian said to me during this period that there were two kinds of sins — sins of weakness and sins of malice — and I think that, you know, my husband is such a fundamentally good person, this particular wrongdoing or sin was something that we could work through together.”

Reagan Street



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The New Atlantic Initiative, a project of the American Enterprise Institute, is one of several groups sponsoring an essay contest for Polish students on “Why President Ronald Reagan deserves a street of his name in my town.” I couldn’t find a mention of it on the NAI website, but an email says that high school and university students should send their entries of 1500 words or less to [email protected] no later than Friday, June 20, 2003. Winners will receive Dell computers at a ceremony in Warsaw. What a nifty idea. Somebody should run a few similar contests right here in the USA.

An Unnecessary Cave



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The Senate voted to extend the child tax credit to people who don’t pay income taxes. The only holdouts were Oklahoma’s Republican senators, Don Nickles and Jim Inhofe. The media and the Democrats were pounding Republicans over the issue, but I doubt that most voters were paying much attention. To the extent that the Republicans were being hurt by the charge that they had stiffed working people, this cave-in makes the problem worse: Now they look as though they were trying to pull something and got caught. The House Republicans are not planning to go along with this, and they’re right.

Improper Judicial Conduct



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A review by a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has found that Chief Judge Boyce Martin improperly intervened in the University of Michigan affirmative action case in a fashion that may have affected the outcome. See news reports here and here. [Note: Some news reports on this matter imply the Sixth Circuit's decision split on purely partisan lines. This is untrue. One Clinton appointee voted to invalidate the University's use of preferences in admissions.]

A Cynthia McKinney Comeback?



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Of Prime Importance



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The March result by Goldston and Yildirim on the gaps between prime numbers
(which I posted a note about a few weeks ago) has now been found to have a flaw in its proof. G&Y have
gone back to the drawing board. I must say, reading about this makes a
refreshing change from the worlds of politics and the humanities, where
nobody ever admits he is wrong about anything. When I wrote about
Creationism recently on this site, I got lots of e-mail from anti-Darwinians
telling me how stubbornly scientists cling to wrong ideas, and how ruthless
they are in defense of their pet theories. Well, I have no doubt that,
personality-wise, a scientist can be as blinkered and pig-headed as anyone
else; and scientific disputes in which the evidence is ambiguous can get
very rancorous. The peer-review process is remorseless, though, especially
in math, and the only possible attitude for a researcher faced with
convincing refutation is one of absolute humility before truth and logic.

Blair Was Doing His Job



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From yesterday’s New York Times press release on the resignations (bold is mine):

The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT – News), a leading media company with 2002 revenues of $3.1 billion, includes The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 16 other newspapers, eight network-affiliated television stations, two New York City radio stations and more than 40 Web sites, including NYTimes.com and Boston.com. For the third consecutive year, the Company was ranked No. 1 in the publishing industry in Fortune’s 2002 list of America’s Most Admired Companies. In 2003 the Company was named by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. The Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.

I’m Off to Cnn...



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For my semi-regular Friday morning gig. Should be on around 8:30.

Re: Multi-Translating



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I had a philosophy professor who told me that Heidegger’s works were translated into French and then back into German all the time in the hope that a new insight or decipherable sentence might fall out and clank to the floor. I know there are lots of readers out there who quote Heidegger as if Being and Time was a Bazooka Joe comic. But I’ve got to tell you I thought it’s like rolling an egg up the staicase of a skyscraper with your nose.

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