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Ronald Reagan tops the Littleton Coin Company’s recent survey of who or what should be depicted on U.S. coins. (Click here, and scroll down to the “News and Events” area.) Littleton vice president Jeff Marsh explained the methodology in an email: “Our poll was posted on our website and asked for people to tell us who they’d like to see on a coin. People could only vote once. The people who visited our site may be inclined, obviously, to be coin collectors and enthusiasts. Our survey was not formal, in that we didn’t have an independent polling group conduct a formal survey of randomly selected participants.” Last year, I proposed putting Reagan on the dime.

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Longfellow



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Nice to see Matthew Pearl talking up Longfellow in today’s Wall Street
Journal
(but you need a subscription). On this one, at least,
the Straggler was in the lead.

Web Briefing: April 23, 2014

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Brookhiser On C-Span



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If you missed it, you can watch Rick’s interview here.

Boycott



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In re a boycott of Chinese goods, a reader who knows his New Testament
better than I do has pointed me to Revelation 18:10-11. Interesting.

We Girls Can to Anything--Thanks to Title Ix



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You’all are well-versed on the Title IX issue, so I will spare you. But you will enjoy this ridiculous piece from Saturday’s Indianapolis Star, helping to crusade for the no-reform-ever position. Unfortunately, these days the Bush administration is caving to that position.

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Coalition Politics



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John Kerry says, “The greatest position of strength is by exercising the best judgement in the pursuit of diplomacy,” he said, “not in some trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted, but in a genuine coalition.” Glenn Reynolds zings Kerry for bashing our allies. I’d also point out that for many, many months the demand of Kerry types was that we recruit allies and not go it alone. I don’t remember them adding that these allies had to join us for the purest of reasons. This is raising the bar, again.

Kaiserbund, Explained



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A few readers have written me to inquire about the word Kaisersbund in my post from earlier this morning. Its not quite a neologism — though I did add an extra “s” by mistake. My point of reference was the dreikaiserbund orchestrated by Bismarck in the 1870s. Also known as the Three Emperors’ League, it was comprised by Austria-Hungary, Russia and Germany. The Dreikaiserbund was dedicated to preserving the status quo in Europe and containing independence movements, democracy etc. I don’t pretend to be an expert on the subject. But I liked reading about Bismarck in high school and I remembered it because I think it’s a really cool word.

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Yes



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I am aware I have exceeded my abortion quota for the day.

After Abortion Online



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The “PASS Site” (Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) Support and Research Page) that is mentioned in the link to the previous post is a remarkable project started by a kind-hearted woman named “Jilly.” No typical activist (she considers the site “politically neutral”) she set up the website so women who have had abortions could talk to one another. Having had multiple abortions, she knows the loneliness and pain and hopes to help alleviate it for other women who might be too ashamed or turned off to approach someone in person. (I wrote about it a few years ago, when it was a much smaller site–scroll down to #9 here.)

Have You Hugged An Abortion Provider Today?



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Emily Peterson at the “After Abortion” blog site remind us today is National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day–and why women who have had abortions are often not grateful for the experience.

Start The Week...



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With the following opening paragraph from an article in the March Literary
Review
. This is one of the few remaining magazines with no web presence at all. It is also one of the few magazines I read cover to cover. You can
get a subscription ($84 per annum, airmail) from FREEPOST LON 17199, London
SW20 8BR. Here is the paragraph, from an article by Matthew Leeming: “I am
staying at the Kabul Intercontinental, which I can safely say is the worst
hotel in the world. Two guests have recently drowned in the swimming pool.
There is no cold water, let alone hot. Electricity is intermittent. The
lifts don’t work, so I must get to my room by the service staircase and the
kitchen. The only reason I stay here is that the bookshop is excellent and
sells Tajik vodka, which gives one a very specialised and unpleasant form of
hangover, like a new and even more unpleasant form of consciousness.
Journalists stay here because it is expensive and this, they feel, goes some
way towards punishing their employers for their discomfort.”

Angry Viewers



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Angry viewers would presumably include the man who called in while I was in the green room to complain about robots sent to earth by aliens or “some deity,” he wasn’t sure which.

Puh-Leeze



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The actress Jessica Lange is on CNN right now denouncing the president and the Iraq war. She introduced herself as “a mother, a mother from the Midwest.” She’s also citing the Pope as a moral authority. You watch: next week, she’ll be at a pro-abortion rally denouncing the Pope as an oppressor of women.

“Mass Marriage”



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Stanley’s header led me to expect a column on the Moonies.

Post Patriot



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The Washington Post Style section has a puff piece on a self-described “patriot” radio host at the federally funded Pacifica. Among her doozies:

“And the United States asks aid groups in Baghdad for civilian satellite coordinates in Iraq” — pregnant pause here — “Is it to bomb them or save them?”

For The Record



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I discussed Tears of the Sun in the Goldberg File on Friday. I should have been clear that I haven’t actually seen the movie yet. I was referring to Steve Hunter’s review of the movie. I plan to see it this week. I bring this up because lots of people are emailing me with references to scenes that I haven’t seen and don’t want to hear about until I see the movie. In short, don’t spoil it for me.

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