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posting is lame today. it just is.

Cute (and Depressing)



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E-mailer sends this re Visa commercial:


actually, it’s being replaced by one where george p. bush says that we’re gonna attack iraq real soon now. and then, at the end of the commercial, there will be george h.w. bush.


“wait a minute — *you’re* not the president!”


“no, but i was when this started.”

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Sheen Shame



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They’re are reports that Visa Checkcard pulled a Martin Sheen/Charlie Sheen ad because of complaints about Martin’s opposition to the war. I support the president (Bush, not Bartlet) if we ever go into Iraq and I get tired of Sheen the Elder’s moralizing, but that was a very funny commercial. Maybe I am just not a big boycotter. That’s probably a fault.

Web Briefing: October 25, 2014

I’m Delighted



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That Elizabeth Smart has been found. And I have great sympathy for her family. But I get the sense her father is running for something. He pings my radar in a bad way. I hope I’m wrong.

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Ahem--Sorry



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Sometimes this instant publishing thing gets you moving a tad too fast. Wasn’t Ted Kennedy who abstained–even worse, he voted no. John Edwards, making presidential candidate number 2–was the third abstainer.

Nick Denton Should Do Some Homework



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Blogger Nick Denton says Jewish liberals support the war more than most non-Jewish liberals. Since he says I obfuscate through statistics, I suppose he’s got some evidence that this is true. It probably is, but I haven’t seen any evidence of it. But when he says there would “hardly be any Jewish conservatives” if it “wasn’t for Israel and the Middle East,” he really shows he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Among the 31 original names on the National Review masthead, at least five of them were Jewish. Irving Kristol and the rest of the original “neos” became anti-liberal before the founding of Israel. But virtually all of them moved to the Right because of their anti-Communism, not Israel. Why he thinks so many Jews became Republicans because of Israel is a mystery to me since the Republican Party and the conservatives generally were historically perceived to be less friendly to Israel than Democrats and Liberals. Seriously, I don’t know what he’s talking about and I’m not sure he does either.

Don’t Mess With Larry



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Abstaining From Morality



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Three abstainers in the partial-birth abortion vote were Catholics: Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy, and John Kerry: all Catholics. Personally opposed, publicly representing who? Abortionists?

Verify



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The real problem in dealing with North Korea is verification. How can we verify an agreement without gaining access to North Korea’s vast web of secret underground military facilities? But the North Koreans will never agree to that. Unless and until the Democrats can explain how a workable and verifiable agreement with the North Koreans might be achievable, their attacks on the president amount to nothing more than irresponsible, politically motivated, carping.

No Good Solution



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The biggest reason for the obscurity of our policy on North Korea, however, is that there is no good solution to the problem. The Democrats have been downright irresponsible here–refusing to lay out a realistic policy option of their own. Josh Marshall and the rest of the Democrat chorus keep calling for negotiations, yet they fail to confront the barriers. Marshall want us to agree to agree to bilateral negotiations with the North Koreans to “test their openness” to a resolution of the crisis. Test their openness? Sure, the North Koreans are open to more bribes and security guarantees. But the North Koreans are also open to continuing secret work on their nuclear program, despite any paper agreements.

Uh Oh



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A UN weapons inspectorhas been killed in Iraq. So far, it sounds like an accident.

About The Silence



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According to Josh Marshall, my saying that the administration’s relative silence on North Korea may be part of a conscious hawkish policy simply twists the administration’s confusion into something that seems more well thought out than it is. Marshall notes that the manifest infighting between administration hawks and doves shows that our relative silence is really confusion and paralysis. It’s true that the administration is internally divided on North Korea. But that is something I noted in “The Other Imminent Danger.” Certainly, that internal division is part of the reason it’s been tough to read our policy. Yet the administration’s internal policy divisions don’t change the fact that the influence of the hawks would tend to push the administration toward relative silence and obfuscation on this issue. Surely that has played a role in the president’s efforts to play down the conflict.

North Korea Talk



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Josh Marshall has a piece out today criticizing the president’s Korea policy, or lack thereof. Marshall’s piece, which takes a swipe at me, is part and parcel of a unified attempt by the Democrats to blame president Bush for the mess in Korea (a mess that can be laid at the door of the Democrats, if anyone). See also this piece by New Republic editor Peter Beinart, which highlights the same passage that Marshall takes from my article, “The Other Imminent Danger.” In that passage, I note that our apparent lack of policy on North Korea may in fact be something else: “…if our policy is to strike when we may and must, silence makes a good deal of sense.”

Next From The U.N.: Eight Glasses of Water a Day



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EATING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES COULD REDUCE RISK OF VARIOUS CANCERS, UN REPORTS
New York, Mar 13 2003 12:00PM
A new scientific review by the United Nations health agency has revealed that eating fruits and vegetables may lower the risk of cancer, particularly those in the gastrointestinal tract.




“In many studies, there is a fairly consistent association of higher levels of fruits and vegetables intake with some reduction in cancer risk,” said Paul Kleihues, Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC), which coordinates and conducts research on the causes of human cancer and develops strategies for cancer control.

Do We Want You?



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Do you have hard-core programming experience in ASP scripting using SQL databases? NRO may be looking for you for some serious consulting. If you are interested and qualify (you know who you are), please email [email protected]. And if you have no idea what any of that means, read David Frum’s diary(belatedly up on the homepage–my fault, not David’s) and Ramesh Ponnuru on deficits, up in a minute or two.

Print On Demand



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I am contemplating another P.O.D. venture. (That is, “print on demand”–the
modern form of vanity publishing.) I did one before via the P.O.D. firm
Xlibris http://www.olimu.com/FireFromSun/FireFromSun.htm . It wasn’t a
sensationally bad experience, but I think I’d like to try a different P.O.D.
firm this time. Any readers who have had HAPPY expeiences with a P.O.D.
firm, please email & tell me about it ([email protected]). If you don’t
mind, I’d like to know how much the venture cost you. My idea is to do a
collection of my pieces. Of the hundreds of essays, reviews & fragments of
fugitive journalism I’ve done these past few years, there’s a handful I’d
like to gather together & preserve in some format more durable than pixels.
When I mentioned this to a publisher the other day, he ran for the elevator.
Publishers hate that kind of thing–no market for it. Fine, but I’d like to
do it anyway. All suggestions gratefully received.

Pirgs



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Wow. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an email response quite like this. In the last twenty minutes or so, I’ve received some two dozen emails about my PIRG post. Virtually each one begins with some version of “Where have you been?” Or “Dude, this has been going on for a long time” or, most common, “When I was in college….” Apparently this goes on at dozens — hundreds? — of schools and has been for decades. I knew the PIRGs played these games but I had no idea it’d been going on for so long and in so many places. Message received.

The Jews



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Pba



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The partial-birth-abortion ban just passed the Senate.

I Misspelled Role



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In my Blair post. It’s not the first Corner typo, alas. And it won’t be the last.

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