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Considering the book won’t actually appear for 6 weeks, it’s pretty thrilling. I’m not sure how those rankings work, but I assume most of that boost was due to NRO readers, to whom I am everlastingly grateful. When the book finally does come out, if you mail me a copy at NATIONAL REVIEW–clearly marked with my name, please–I’ll inscribe it with the words of your choice, and sign it, and return it to you postage paid. You want the address for NATIONAL REVIEW? Why, it’s right there on the Contents page of your subscription copy….

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Eeeeuuww



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I appreciate the support, but I wish he could have found some other metaphor
in which to express it. “Saddam is a great acne spot on the otherwise
beaming face of the earth, and it is time he was squeezed.” — Boris
Johnson in today’s Daily Telegraph (London).

Web Briefing: July 31, 2014

Derb Must Be in Heaven



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Reader update: John Derbyshire’s Prime Obsessionis at 768 at Amazon. BUY! BUY! BUY!

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As The War Gets Set to Begin...



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…we’ll have $100,000-a-pop commentary spots from William Jefferson Clinton to look forward to on CBS, according to Drudge.

Nightline



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Rod, Nightline has had a string of unfair and unbalanced winners this week. Here’s the Media Research Center on the Tuesday night show. (I confess: if I am still awake at 11:30, watching Nightline is the last thing I want to be doing.)

Just Curious



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Is there anyone reading The Corner who knows of a woman’s studies type who is for the war? It’s probable that the field just attracks a certain type who would oppose anything a Republican administration would ever do, but if you know anything different, holler.

A Conspiracy to Dunces



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Anybody see Nightline tonight? The show was about a “conspiracy” among neoconservative intellectuals at the Project for a New American Century, who have been pushing for a war with Iraq since 1997. Some of these “conspirators” are named Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz. The spin being put on this among hysterics in Europe, and which ABC was rather too eager to play up, is that these sneaky right-wingers have long been plotting American global domination, and now that they’re in power, are instituting their nefarious plans. “A blueprint for global domination,” as one European newspaper called it.

What rot. This group has been public about its geostrategic vision and objectives since its inception. There’s nothing secret about it. What are they guilty of? Having foreseen that America cannot live with the status quo in the Middle East. The Pearl Harbor on September 11 vindicated this view. And we’re supposed to think there’s something wrong with the fact that some Washington insiders have been thinking boldly and creatively — and openly — about this problem for years?

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Kathryn, on the program tonight, I looked tonight for an opportunity to point out how odd it is that Kissling is all in favor of us listening to the Pope now, when she has built her entire career on saying that Catholics don’t have to listen to the Pope on the matter of abortion. (N.B., it may not be clear to non-Catholics or ill-informed Catholics, but on the matter of abortion, Catholics cannot in good conscience dissent from the Church’s teaching that it is evil; on the matter of war, however, the Church does not have the same level of moral authority with regard to the bind it can put on a Catholic’s conscience. Don’t take my word for it; look it up in the Catechism).

Anyway, I wanted to point out that Kissling has been active in an effort to get the Holy See kicked out of the United Nations, where it has official observer status. But now she’s a big defender of the Church and its influence! Hypocrite.

Iraqi Spies Sent Home?



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Re: I Can’t Believe This Is Illegal



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Emmy: I keep my handguns as far away from my computer as possible. Gives
me time to think while I go and fetch them…

Prime Obsession



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NRO readers TRULY ROCK. I peaked at Amazon ranking 6,173 today. (And that
is a prime number, by the way.) Closing ranking: 6,880. T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U.

I Can’t Believe This Is Illegal



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“Catholic” in The Crossfire



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Rod, leave out the “Catholic” next time you describe Frances Kissling (who I wrote about here). She is an abortion activist. Paid for by the industry. Describing her as “Catholic” just aids and abets her shtick.

An Academic For The War



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Thank You



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Lots of advice on video compression from NRO readers. Many thanks to all.
I am trying various things.

Soviet Theme (Cont.)



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OK, just got back from the Post Office, where I had to stand in line for 20
minutes. I know, I know, I have a bee in my bonnet about the U.S.P.S.–or,
as I prefer to think of it, the U.S.S.P. It’s really a Soviet-style
experience, standing there waiting on a line of 30 people while unirormed
bureaucrats interpret arcane regulations at a speed barely visible to the
unaided eye. You can see their horrid little minds working: “Uh-oh, here
comes the lunchtime crowd, better shut down a couple of stations…” Can’t
anything be done with this behemoth?

Me in The Crossfire



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Looks like I’ll be on CNN’s Crossfire tonight, debating the Catholic Church’s anti-war activism with pro-abortion Catholic activist Frances Kissling, who will, for once, be taking the Pope’s side. Should be an interesting exchange.

How Far Are You Willing to Go?



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East Is Red



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Andrew: In the China book of the 1990s there was a fad–you figure out the
social dynamics for yourself here, I can’t explain it–among 30-ish Chinese
for songs from the Mao era: “Socialism is Good for You,” “The Night-Soil
Gatherers are Coming Doen the Mountain,” etc. etc. Half a dozen of our
friends sent us tapes of this stuff. Next time we get together I shall sing
some for you. Andrew? Andrew?….. Hello?…..

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