Rich, I can dig these deer detectors (though I fear the prospect of dectector mandates tacked on as a rider on some national-security bill in the next Congress). You haven’t lived until you have encountered five deer just standing on an exit ramp, asking–begging–to be hit, a huge deal, Red Americans, if you are but a score miles away from the Big Apple. (Luckily the driver (NOT me)–the steadiest, best driver alive–was all grace under pressure.)
Is the rumor true–deer are from Canada?
Michael Jackson Baby Drop
I only provide you a link to this unfortunate pastime so you can add its inventors to your prayer list. That’s the kind of compassionate conservative I am, y’know.
..did you catch this Iranian reformer calling for a protestant revival in Islam? Will it have any effect on your argument that what Islam needs is more clerical authority, from back in your “Islam needs a Pope” piece?
…I hope baseball socialists out there are taking some pleasure in the destruction of the Yankees’ bull-pen.
(Very Minor) Pet Peeve
Fox football has the worst “score scroll” in the business. It’s so random. If you really want to see a score from another game you can watch and watch, not knowing when scores will pop up again and having no idea which ones they will be, since there’s no discernible order.
He’s to The 50! The 40! 30! 20!...
This past weekend was a reminder that one of the most thrilling things in football is the galloping, out-of-control kick-off/punt returner, from Va. Tech’s inspired return game against Miami, to Dante Hall’s kick-off and punt touchdown returns, to the stunning, unbelievable spinning, stopping, starting again, there’s-no-way-he’s-going-to-get-out-of-this-one touchdown return from Woody Dantzler. Billy “White Shoes” Johnson must have been somewhere smiling.
Was on a 16-hour road trip with my girlfriend this weekend. Saw nifty innovation on a stretch of I-80 in Indiana: deer detectors. They flash on the side of the road when one of the brutes is near, which seems to me a marvelous invention since one of the perils of leaving Manhattan is the possibility of having an a run-in with a deer, pretty much everywhere in otherwise-delightful red-state America.
Terrorism? What Terrorism? Oh, That Terrorism
I’ve always been mystified at how Saddam can, according to the Democrats, have absolutely no connection to the problem of international terrorism, and, at the same time, be preparing to launch terrorist attacks against the U.S. Here’s Sen. Graham yesterday, according to WashPost: Graham also warned that the Iraqi leadership would lash out at Americans if attacked. “One of the ways [Hussein] will display that danger is by energizing a series of terrorist attacks inside the United States of America,” he said. “We need to be certain that we’ve done everything, in the days and weeks that remain, to decapitate the capability for that kind of terrorist attack inside the U.S.”
See York On Fox
Byron York will be on on Brit Hume’s program on FOX tonight discussing his South Dakota story, NR’s current cover story. The show is a 6 PM EST.
A well-placed Louisiana Republican friend writes: “RE: Landrieu-Terrell. I guess the short answer is that All the President’s Horses and All the President’s Men … could only bring the candidate so far. While there are in Louisiana some motivated-ideological Republicans/conservatives like myself for whom it was enough that anyone was on the ballot against Landrieu, the truth is most Bayou Staters do put a high price on personality, and Terrell, by almost unanimous reputation even among state GOPers, has none, or worse. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard fellow GOPers ask me if I agreed with them ‘on a purely personal level’ that Terrell is ‘loathsome.’ If GOPers had been able to field even a moderately popular and personable opponent, Landrieu would have been toast. But there’s probably a bigger lesson for the parties: the Dem turnout machine still works, as evidenced even more by the surprising result in the 5th Congressional District [where a Democrat squeaked out a win despite a heavily conservative electorate]. So if following Nov 5th, the internal chin-stroking at the DNC is over whether the party needs totally to revamp its issues, views, message (i.e. — veer sharply leftward) or merely work more on tactics (communication and turnout), our little election will be an argument for the latter. But either interpretation might be wrong due to Louisiana’s uniqueness — both conservative AND populist, and because of the open primary, not oriented to party politics at all. So Landrieu’s own take may be half right, that the election sent a signal to Washington against ‘labels.’ Because the other half of the equation is Louisiana’s equally unique (awful) voting system (the Dec 7 run-off), which meant that the Dems’ total turnout machine could be focused exclusively on one state. One might say, well, so could the GOP’s. But there’s always been a stark difference, to put it mildly, between the respective efficacy of GOP GOTV phone calls and Dem vans and street money. Long story short: Dec 7th proved Dem machine can still get it done if there’s nothing thinning out their resources; Nov 5th showed, however, that they need more than mere ‘tactics’ when competitive races in so many places and generally high turnout overall means there’s only so much street money to go around.”
Another Nhs Success Story
Reader Eric Fabrizio sends along this story about an elderly British woman who has had to sue her government’s National Health Service for permission to get a hip replacement done in France. The poor dear is in constant pain, yet has been waitlisted for at least a year for the operation in Britain. Keep this in mind whenever you’re tempted to think favorably about socialized medicine.
On ABC’s “This Week,” Gore was asked if he thought political motives are driving the White House’s Iraq policy. He said: “The reason I don’t want to accuse them of bending our entire national security policy to fit their political designs is, it’s such a serious charge. You don’t know what’s inside their hearts.”
During the same interview, however, Gore was asked about Bush’s economic policy. He volunteered: “Tax cuts aimed at the very wealthiest Americans, designed to take effect several years from now, that’s not an economic policy. That is greed and political payback.”
Funny how Gore can’t pierce the veils covering the hearts of the Bush Administration when it comes to their motives on national security. But he’s got keen X-ray vision when it comes to the innermost feelings of the administration on economic policy.
Motives, Motives, Motives
There was a very interesting essay in The New York Times Magazine yesterday about how liberal intellectuals are responding to a possible war with Iraq. One of the things which stands out is the constant emphasis on motives. A point I addressed in the latest G-File. Even for the smartest liberals, perhaps the biggest hurdle is accepting that conservatives might get what they want too.
A reader notes:
Here’s the really scary thought about what Lott said about Strom’s winning the
1948 election … say it happened. The 22nd amendment hadn’t been passed yet;
it was in 1951 — the president at the time was exempt — Harry Truman
could’ve run as many times as he wanted. You see where I’m going … Strom
could’ve been president from 48 until now! Now there’s one of those
alternate-reality novels in there.
Maybe you can do something with that thought…you like goofy stuff like that.
Ok, I’ve given up on sugar for now (no one anywhere seems to know about it). BUT if you know anything about the potential threat to the domestic airline industry from shoulder-fired missiles, talk to me, please…
For the pro-Lott backlash. None as of yet. I can hear crickets chirp.
To be clear: I don’t think Lott’s a racist, pro-lynching segregationist. I think he says stupid things a lot. This time it was in defense of the ‘48 Dixiecrats. Next time he’ll say Caddyshack II was better than the original. It’s not that he can’t be defended. It’s that the only defense is, Trent Lott says stupid things. That was my point on CNN.
Clif White, one of the three who nominated Barry Goldwater–the other two were John Ashbrook and NR’s own William Rusher–began in life as a Dewey operative.
On one point. Or at least he’s not up to date. Frum writes, “The Lott story seems to have been left behind in the dust. And yet I cannot help thinking that this story is not over – that Republicans will hear Lott’s words quoted at them again and again in the months to come.” On Sunday, the incident received considerable attention on Meet the Press. Also, we discussed it at length on CNN’s “Final Round” (It’s near the bottom). And I don’t think I’m giving away state secrets when I say that, judging from Peter Beinart’s feelings on the subject, the issue is not a complete deadletter.