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Estrada? Que?



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ABC and CBS have not done a single story on Estrada in the last two years, according to the Media Research Center. NBC’s done one.

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Three Strikes?



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Can a good argument be made for California’s “three strikes” law? Yes, sometimes, but it’s difficult to see what it would be in this case.

Web Briefing: November 25, 2014

Re European Debate



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Andrew – I certainly endorse your Euro-skepticism, but I’m not sure I see it the same way. If you asked an American to name the greatest Europeans he’d probably name Galileo, Newton, Churchill, Descartes, Voltaire, (boo hiss!) etc. I doubt the suggestions would be contingent upon the ethnicity of the American being questioned. What’s necessary to remove the bias is to remove the person from his sense of nationality. That’s not creating memories, it’s abolishing one sense of identity and nationality and replacing it with another. That is outrageous, but I’m not sure it’s Orwellian. In a sense its Stalinist. He loved playing games with nationalities in order to encourage a “Soviet” identity among the populous.

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Why We Fight



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A timely reminder. Shock them, awe them, make them and their allies unable to threaten this nation again. Let’s roll!

Estrada For Senate



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Tonight in The Corner



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We’ll be watching the president’s press conference. Come join us in your favorite Corner.

Great European Debate



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Opinion pollsters have been asking Europeans to identify the greatest
Europeans in history. To the obvious disappointment of the organizers,
the Brits have chosen Brits, the French French and so on.


According to the London Independent
, the historian due to lecture on the findings has explained that the results were the product of the teaching of history and culture, which (the horror!) tended to start from a national, not a European, viewpoint. “Most people went for figures from their own countries,” he said. “But there is no reason why a European collective memory should not emerge in time, if you consider how little has been done to create one.”

Creating memories? George Orwell would have had something to say about that.

Spy?



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Was British historian Christopher Hill a Soviet spy? There’s a good case, but, needless to say, Eric Hobsbawm doesn’t think so.

Goo



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Rod: COSINE! Scrape him up, Kathryn. (The first occurrence of the word
“goo” in my book, by the way, is at the bottom of page 290. The proper
spelling is of course “GUE.” Those who understand, will understand. Those
who don’t–BUY MY BOOK!)

Prime Obsession



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I am also sorry that you got the Advance Reader Copy. I wish publishers
wouldn’t do this, but they all do. That was a _very_ advance reader
copy–printed off as we had just begun working through a vast checklist of
errors and “issues.” No doubt you have spotted many of the errors already.
All have now been fixed & the copy that comes out on April 16th (that’s
A-p-r-i-l 1-6-t-h) will be as clean as a new pin.

Mot Juste



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Warlock? Time lord? Alas, guys, the word you are searching for is “nerd.”
It’s as simple as that, I am very, very sorry to say.

Re Derb



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For the record, I’ve had readers suggest Derb is a Watcher a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a Time Lord a la Doctor Who and one of various characters from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Post-9/11



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Remember when every mention of Jack Straw was a negative one from Andrew? How times change (he’s doing a great job at a U.N. press conference right now)!

(London) Times Watch



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Also in the London Times today, this provocative piece from Anatole Kaletsky. The criticism of
the position in which the US now finds itself is harsh, to say the least, but the greatest interest
lies in Kaletsky’s analysis of the Franco-German contribution to the current crisis.

Rummy



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Here’s an interesting article from the London Times on Rummy (which also includes a
nice reference to David Frum’s new book). The writer notes that Rumsfeld and his team
are seen by some critics as “difficult and cranky mountain men hiding
from diplomacy in a cave of reaction”. Apparently that’s not a complimentary description.
Who knew?

Derb Is a Warlock!



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Derb, Kathryn and I were just in her spacious, oak-paneled office looking through the advance copy of your book, and we’ve decided that it’s flat-out witchcraft. I refer you to the equations on pp. 104-05. Come on, admit it, those are incantations in an ancient tongue, which, if uttered backwards by the light of a candle burning in Whitaker Chambers’ pumpkin, have the power to turn Noam Chomsky into a Dittohead.

Actually, your grimoire inspired K-Lo and me to hold a ranking contest to see which one of us is dumber in math. It was a disedifying spectacle. As a matter of fact, I was pretty good in math when I went to high school here. Then I went off to this smarty-pants academy, a great school where, tragically, I found myself sitting in trigonometry class with supergenius kids who are probably now working on time travel devices in secret underground CIA labs. The effect of this on my fragile math ego was, to borrow a phrase, “shock and awe.” I curled up in a ball and quit going to class.

I flunked, but managed to graduate anyway, thanks to summer tutorials. But I was never the same again, and to this day, can be reduced to a quivering pot of goo by the very word “cosine.” I am literally not kidding when I tell you that at age 36, I am still haunted by dreams that my Permanent Record has been discovered to have been falsified, and I am now required to go back and re-do my math classes.

News From The State Department



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True, it’s a big place with a lot of ground to cover. But I did do a doubletake when I saw the State Department’s most recent press release:
Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports


On January 29, 2003, the Department of State determined that Honduras and
Venezuela no longer meet the requirements set by Section 609 of P.L. 101-162
related to the protection of sea turtles in the course of commercial shrimp
harvesting. As a result of this determination, importation of shrimp harvested
in Honduras and Venezuela with commercial fishing technology that may adversely
affect endangered sea turtles will be prohibited. However, imports of shrimp
harvested in Honduras and Venezuela by other means, including by aquaculture
and with artisanal methods, may continue….

Crunchy Con in Dc



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Crunchy-cons in the DC area might be interested in coming out to a do put on by the America’s Future Foundation on Wednesday March 12. It’s a free discussion of crunchy conservatism. AEI’s Steven Hayward and I are going to bat around a few ideas on this curious species of right-winger for the pleasure and edification of all and sundry. The event is going to be at the Fund for American Studies (1706 New Hampshire Ave., NW). Drinks at 7 p.m., dinner and discussion at 7:30. If you plan to show, write to [email protected] and let them know. Sorry, but my wife is out of town, so I cannot offer sachets of her homemade granola as lovely parting gifts. You’ll take your Turtle Wax and be happy.


Bush V. Gore



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NRO readers will know that Political Theorist and George Mason University Law Professor, Peter Berkowitz, along with Washington Post editorial-page staffer, Benjamin Wittes, have written, singly and together, and important series of articles arguing that the widespread criticism of Bush v. Gore is overblown and highly questionable. Berkowitz and Wittes are about to publish the definitive version of their analysis as an article in the Villanova Law Review. A preview of this article, “The Lawfulness of the Election Decision: A Reply to Professor Tribe,” in the form of a working paper, has now been posted on the Internet.

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