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John, Newt Gingrich was on Fox a couple of nights ago, and was asked about the puke-a-palooza protests in San Francisco. He kind of rolled his eyes and said, “Nothing about San Francisco surprises me.” That’s the right attitude, I think. Your analogy to the Pope and Attila the Hun breaks down here, because you have to assume that the Archbishop of San Francisco actually opposes the left-wing loonies. Remember, this is San Francisco.

Coming Today On Nro



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They’ll be some afternoon pieces posted, too, so stay tuned, come back, buy a sweatshirt, whatever…and more tomorrow.

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Bbc Blogging



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Web Briefing: October 30, 2014

Re: Franks



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Jonah, I think you’re right, as Randy Barnett noted in his e-mail. I think more David Bloom from the tank and less Tommy Franks is a good strategy all around.

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San Francisco Protesters



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Rod: Pope Leo went out to meet Attila.
Why can’t the Abp of SFX go out to meet the yahoos from ANSWER?

Awesome Slide Show



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Pride of Canada



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From The National Post:

Today, I am embarrassed to be a Canadian. I am embarrassed to be represented by a Prime Minister who is so detached from reality and a sense of Canada’s true interests. I am embarrassed by a political system which is impotent in the face of a Prime Minister descending into perfidy. I am embarrassed that the Prime Minister was accorded a standing ovation in Parliament by his party for having decided to let others take up Canada’s cudgel in the war against terror.

Tommy Franks



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While I am increasingly impressed by the man and his character (he seems sincerely aggrieved by the limlight), I have to say that briefing wasn’t very impressive. I understand that he has to be vague about some things, but I was left feeling like I knew less than I did before the briefing. And the video images were worse than the ones offered 10 years ago. A great propaganda opportunity was missed, it seemed to me. Why not show video of surrendering Iraqis? Why not show pictures of Coalition soldiers being greeted? Why not explain that while it is technically true that we are bombing “downtown Baghdad” we are not bombing civilian areas? We are bombing military complexes forbidden to most Iraqis.

Letter of The Day



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From a reader responding to my piece about the impossibility of having a civil discussion with many antiwar types, who have descended into irrationality and emotionalism:

“As a Catholic conservative ( who also happens to be Black), I agree with your observations. My mother hung up the phone on me after I challenged her assertion that George W. Bush was engaged in Satanic rituals. She also denied that Saddam was guilty of any atrocities. She told me that the accusations were only made up by the white man. It is almost impossible to have an intelligent conversation with many of my family due to kooky conspiracy theories. Another trick that I have noticed among my friends is to be ultra-skeptical when confronted with the atrocities of Saddam or Castro; but then to expect me to accept their assertions about continued slavery in America or CIA infecting people with AIDS as obviously true. Among several of my Catholic friends, they seem ready to believe anything bad about Israel. I think that this emotionalism which has corrupted many liberal minds and now has infected many conservatives. Now I know how Socrates must have felt. Pass the hemlock!”

The Marsh Arabs



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France Still Tries to Get Saddam An Out



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Re: Media



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Randy Barnett, Boston U Law School professor and occasional NRO contributor writes:

One perhaps unforeseen benefit of embedding reporters with the troops is that we have needed many fewer military briefings such as the one now
being given by Tommy Franks. These briefings are always frustrating for
reporters and the audience because the military spokesman can reveal so
little about the nature of the conflict. With this division of labor,
professional communicators–called “reporters”–are conveying the images
of the battlefield, while the military can spend more of their time
planning and executing the war. Combined with the new satellite
technology, embedding reporters with military units allow the American
public to get the sense of the battle as it unfolds and involves them
vicariously in the war in an unprecedented manner.


Journalists



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MSNBC saying they are dead or missing, caught in the middle of a gunfight.

Shame, Shame



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The communist-led anti-war demos in San Francisco — you know, the ones where the holy innocents end up vomiting and defecating in the street to protest the war and capitalism — are meeting to organize at St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church. How can the Archbishop of San Francisco allow this to happen? These barbarians are terrorizing the city; even liberals are denouncing them. And the Catholic Church in San Francisco aids and abets their violence, intimidation and near-treason!

Whether We Stay or Whether We Go Away--Clarification



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Sorry, left this story unfinished & therefore ambiguous. Those guys’
“country” was the kingdom of Chu, which had been subjugated by Qin 20+ years
earlier. Their revolt spread and brought down the dynasty. (Chu, however,
never got its sovereignty back.)

Re: Coolidge and The Spectator



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From Stephen Hayward (author of The Age of Reagan: “Typical ignorance: Coolidge read Greek and Latin in the evenings for relaxation, and was probably the last president to write his own speeches, some of which were very serious and thoughtful. See Tom Silver’s great book, Coolidge and the Historians, for a corrective on the slanders against the definitely not-silent Cal.”

Blind Eye to I-I’s



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Illegal immigrants worked on one of our aircraft carriers. Also at Cape
Canaveral… Dunno why I bother to post this stuff. It’s plain that the Administration
either (a) has no clue what to do about it, or (b) no intention of doing
anything. Or both.

Journalists



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MSNBC is reporting 6 Western journalists missing. Non-embeded ones.

Correction On “Iraqi Bishop”



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Below, I quoted an American bishop from Iraq’s Assyrian Church of the East as saying on Vatican Radio that the war is “a necessary evil.” I identified the Assyrian church as one of the Eastern Rites of the Roman Catholic Church. A Roman Catholic reader writes this morning to say that’s not true, that the Assyrians are one of the ancient churches of the East that broke away from Catholicism after the Council of Ephesus. The Catholic Church in Iraq, the reader said, are the “Chaldeans.” Sorry for the mistake.

Incidentally, a reader who knows something about the Church situation in Iraq says that non-Chaldean Catholic Christians there have long viewed the Chaldean Catholics as collaborators with Saddam. The reader predicts that there is going to be hell to pay for the Chaldean Catholics after the fall of the Saddam regime, as other Iraqi Christians hold them accountable for their relationship to the dictator. The Vatican’s strong objection to this war has been duly noted by non-Catholic Iraqi Christians, the reader says, and the post-war fallout from that is not going to be pretty.

Wmd: “Was It a Big Lie?”



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Can we note for a second the difference in tone: Dan Rather interviewing (the late?) Saddam Hussein vs. punks at the CENTCOM press conference.

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