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Rehnquist Returns?



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There’s a report circulating Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist has re-hired a top office assistant, suggesting that he isn’t going to retire this summer, as many have speculated. Hard to know what it really means. My guess is that if Rehnquist doesn’t quit this year, he won’t quit next year, either, if only because he recognizes the difficultly of creating a vacancy during a presidential-election year. It would also be nice, at least cosmetically, if he stuck around until a second Bush term (assuming there is one), so that he can put to rest any lingering left-wing claims that he helped Bush into power in 2000 so that a Republican could fill his seat.

A Groundbreaking Idea



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Kristoff Is Beggin For Corner Comment



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Web Briefing: Nvember 27, 2014

How They Tortured



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The Tyranny of Diversity



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That’s the title of my talk at Princeton tomorrow night. Whig Hall. Not sure what I’m gonna say yet, but should be fun.

Hockey Infidels



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As a fan of the Detroit Red Wings, I’m sorely disappointed by my team’s
miserable first-round playoff performance–or, perhaps more accurately,
in awe of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and their goalie’s incredible four
games. Friends have been chiding me all week. At least it frees up a lot
of evenings between now and the end of June, I tell them. Anyway,
here’s
a funny picture
zipping round Detroit, on how Saddam Hussein’s minister
of information would be spinning what just happened.

Housekeeping



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Big response on today’s Derb piece, 60+ at 11 am and counting. Many thanks to all who took the trouble to write, & please be understanding about the fact that I (& same applies to NRO colleagues) couldn’t possibly answer all e-mails if I’m to get anything else done. No 8,000-word rebuttals of evolution, for which relief much thanks–though some suggestions for further reading, some of which look interesting. Everybody very good-natured in fact, except for the odd angry lefty. (“Snob? Moi?” And N.B. where did this notion of “angry white–implicitly conservative–men” come from? In my experience, lefties in general are much angrier than us. The Right is the home of good humor. NR editorial meetings are a laff riot.) The following duly noted. (1) I mis-spelt “Mallard Fillmore,” and forgot to attach a link to his (her? its?) website (2) There are other conservative comic strips, e.g. several readers have alerted me to Day by Day. (3) Does anybody know if GWB actuallyis a Creationist? Or is this just something the lefties are putting round so they have another reason (in their minds) to snigger at him as a dimwitted yokel? Is it, actually, any of our blessed business?

From a Fireman



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He writes:

Jonah,

I am a dog lover, with a goofy yellow Lab I dearly love. I am also a firefighter. Regardless of property rights, the dog owner has no right to jeopardize firefighters. Sure, a rescue attempt for the owner could have resulted in a firefighter death or injury. But breaking a window could ventilate a fire and extend it within the building, trapping firefighters. I’ve seen it happen, and lived to tell the tale.

Yes, firefighters make calculated risks. Our dogma, at least at my department, is risk a lot to save a life, risk a little to save property, risk nothing to save nothing.

I commend the dog owner for his courage, and scold him for acting in a situation he knows little about. Brave as he is, he should apply with a volunteer fire department. He sounds like the kind of guy we need.

Dog and Man



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From a reader:

As a dog owner and lover myself I would guess that put in the same situation I would have done the same thing regardless of what the firefighters ordered.

My question to you is this: Is this not a property rights case? Just because the firefighters show up at your house do you still not have the right to do with it what you want, even if that means running into your own burning house or breaking your own window at peril to yourself.

The argument for arrest is that Martin might have put a firefighter’s life in danger if he needed to be rescued. But noone would have faulted Martin if he was already in the house and a firefighter was injured trying to rescue him. Don’t firefighters generally make calculations concerning their own safty when rescuing anyone? Wouldn’t those calculations be the same if Martin as already in the house or entered later?

Galloway



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The Galloway story is awesome, if true. If you haven’t heard, one of Britain’s leading anti-war MPs has been accused of taking blood-for-oil money from Saddam Hussein. The Telegraph found documents suggesting he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for his anti-war activities. Galloway claims the documents were forged, which sounds awfully implausible to me. Regardless, if it turns out to be true, wouldn’t it be interesting to find out that this was a full-fledged program of the Iraqi government? What if folks in the US have been taking money too? Wouldn’t that be a humdinger of a story? I mean why should Britain have all the treasonous wankers?

If I was the commanding officer in charge of sifting through these Iraqi files, I would be barking out orders to find the “R” file — for Ritter.

The Dog Case



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The reader is right. But so was the dog owner. The police need to enforce the rules, the guy needed to save his dog. He took the risk and he should face the consequences. Do I think he should go to jail? No, but I do think he should pay a fine or something. I have no problem with the idea that doing the right thing can be illegal from time to time.

Biotoxin in Tacoma?



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FNC is stuck for now in Washington State coming up with every conceivable guess of what a white powder at a mail facility could be.

The Other Side of The Dog-Fire Case



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A reader:

Would you still give Mr. Martin a Cosmo T-Shirt if, instead of rescuing the dog, Mr. Martin’s action resulted in the death of 1 or more Firefighters who had to run into the burning house after him? The cops did the right thing citing him.

Cosmo Development



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Springtime seems to have brought a renewed vigor (“vigah” as Mayor Quimby would say) to Cosmo’s squirrel hunting. As I mentioned before, he’d grown lackadaisical about eliminating the squirrel menace as a consequence of his newfound passion for deer hunting. But for the last couple days he’s been clearing out squirrel pockets all around the house.

Da Boss Pro-Chicks



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Bruce Springsteen has come out in support of the Dixie Chicks’s “raw deal”:


The Dixie Chicks have taken a big hit lately for exercising their basic right to express themselves, To me, they’re terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to free speech. For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations, and even entire radio networks, for speaking out is un-American.

There’s no surprise that he would say the likes of this…but did he really mean to say they are terrific American artists?

Jonah,



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This Jarrod Martin and his dog case (Martin was cited for saving his dog from a fire) was made for you…at least get the guy a Cosmo t-shirt. He’s certainly earned one.

Where Is Everybody?



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You Know The War Is Over



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when The Corner is so sleepy…

Secret Plan Redux



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From a reader:

Jonah,

This whole “secret plan” dispute with Josh Marshall reminds of the 80’s when everyone was “shocked” to find out that Reagan liked the Contras. Sure there were legitimate questions about Ollie North’s funding mechanism, but I remember asking at the time how anyone could possibly pretend to be surprised that Reagan was in favor of supporting anti-communist guerrillas in general and the Contras in particular.

This is Iran-Contra all over again only without any of the objectionable aspects.

1. Instead of passing Boland amendments Congress voted to support the President.
2. Instead of raising money by selling arms to Iran the administration used the defense budget and a supplemental appropriation.
3. We used the US military instead of just supporting the Kurds.

George Galloway



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George Galloway MP, regular readers of the Corner may recall, was a fierce critic of the war, something that makes this story of no small interest. Mr. Galloway denies the allegations, but the editorial writers at the Daily Telegraph do not seem to be very impressed.

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