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He Won Me Over



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O, Captain. My Captain. William Shatner (he and I and Andrew Stuttaford share a birthday) just said he supports President Bush re: the war on terror and specifically, too, on Iraq. He called Saddam Hussein a “threat.” Live long and prosper dudes! Visit his website, buy his paint-ball video! Engage!


Have I made amends?

Web Briefing: September 22, 2014

I’m Not Worthy



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I have Fox on and William Shatner is on.


I’m trying to win over The Corner audience here.

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Putting Politics and Sex Aside



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I am now about to do something completely uncharacteristic. It may be groundbreaking. I am going to say something nice about a woman in the Senate (I have been a little witchy about them in the past and promise to do so in the future.)


Saw a little of the House hearings on held American children abducted and taken to Saudi Arabia yesterday last night on beloved C-SPAN. Visitor to the House (where she once served), Arkansas Democrat Senator Blanche Lincoln gave a strong speech condemning the Saudis and the Bush administration for not doing more to have these girls returned. Her speech was almost entirely right-on. We wish her well–as well as the likes of Dan Burton, who has been a leader on the issue–and encourage more outrage.

A Day of Rest



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The U.N. weapons inspectors are not touring Iraq today in observance of the last day of Ramadan.

Gertz Says...



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Calling Up The Reserves



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I Am An Idiot



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I made a light-hearted comment about The Lord of the Rings, referencing LOTR dorks. The e-mail–much of it ridiculously nasty–will not stop. I’d apologize, but give me a break. a) I am a dork, I have to consider it not all bad. b) I was kidding.
Sometimes you take the Prime Directive way too seriously, dudes.

May Your Descendents All Be Carnivores



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Non-granola curses upon you crunchy cons! See what you have done? Are you proud now? Is there no end to the disaster you’ll cause?!

A Good Reason to Be Abducted by Aliens...



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…you will never have to watch another episode of Taken, a show so bad that I am remembering Fire in the Sky with unexpected nostalgia.

Getting Shirty



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Germany’s Gerhard Schroeder managed a narrow election win this autumn on the back of natural disaster (his response to severe flooding earlier in the year had been widely praised) and anti-American posturing. He must now be cursing his good luck. The economy looks ever sicker (not helped, of course, by years of over-regulation) and yet the ’stability pact’ that accompanied the imposition of the Euro has now led the hapless chancellor to the conclusion that he should raise taxes – an unconventional approach to take in the face of a slowdown, to say the least.

Many Germans are not impressed. As this report reveals thousands are now quite literally mailing Schroeder the shirts off their backs. He’s selling them and giving the proceeds to the unemployed. This is just as well – the number of unemployed has just passed the psychologically and politically important 4,000,000 number – nearly ten percent of the work force

The Saudis, Again



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More on a possible Saudi connection to the Moscow theater attack.

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I am, to put it mildly, far from convinced that the ‘global warming’ (if any) that is now said to be occurring is any different from the natural fluctuations seen throughout history. But even if such warming is a fact, would it be a bad thing? The writer of this article argues that it wouldn’t.

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Michelle Malkin, sometimes-NRO contributor, and author of Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists Criminals & Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores, will be on C-SPAN’s Booknotes on Sunday night, 8 PM EST. (You can preview it on the Booknotes website.)

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On its season premiere this week, “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” made merciless fun of political correctness and diversity sensitivity training—a hopeful sign of the times, as John Derbyshire notes in his column today. The show begins with a corporate contest to fill a job slot—and it’s clear that able-bodied white males need not apply, so the various cast members compete to find the most politically correct entry. Then Andy makes anti-Irish remarks in front of the winner—a black man who, it turns out, is also Irish. Off Andy goes to sensitivity training, although this is not a foregone conclusion, since no one on the corporate ladder sees any problem with anti-Irish remarks until it comes to the attention of an Irish executive. Meanwhile, Andy starts dating the new employee’s sister, who dumps him when he questions how he can celebrate her Irishness when he’s supposed to be seeing past it to her inner self (the fact that she’s black is a non-issue). They are reconciled, however, and Andy is relieved when it’s discovered that neither can stand “Riverdance.” Great stuff.

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I’ve deleted the posts I put up about The Two Towers, because I’m tired of the e-mails accusing me of revealing plot points. It doesn’t matter to me whether the posts are up or not, but I don’t understand what it means to say I’m spoiling plot points. All I did was speak of the “fate” of a major character; I didn’t say what that fate was, though readers of the book will know what I’m talking about. Every character in a film meets some kind of fate, you know. And I spoke of the You-Know-Whats, without saying what they are or what role they play (again, readers of the book know what I’m talking about, and those who don’t know what You-Know-Whats are will still have the pleasure of discovering them); likewise “Hillary,” my new code name for the giant Awful Thing Whose Name We Must Not Speak (Even Though The Name Means Nothing To Those Who Haven’t Read The Book). If that’s “revealing plot points,” then you complainers must not read reviews.

Hell, No!



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Why...



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…what a popular topic, Mr. Lowry! :-) Blegging overlap–I think this is a milestone!

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