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Women Learn Nothing From Sports



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Feminists have clearly learned nothing from sports. Sportsmanship anyone? With a Title IX commission anything but stacked against them, they are crying foul, complaining the commission was somehow set up to oppose them. Truth is, they do have a voice there (female players, coaches, and activists, among others), and their arguments aired, are losing. Fairness, for once, is winning. Fact is, they don’t want fairness, they want preferences, so any reform in the interpretation of the law is unacceptable as far as they are concerned. Expect much more on Title IX in coming days, as the commission meets in Washington to mark up and vote on a draft of their report to the education secretary.

“Unacceptable”



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The New York Times on Miguel Estrada, who is scheduled to be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Cmte tomorrow. And guess what? It’s almost all about abortion.

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Hilarious



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Now they’ve really got me pegged. In this

Web Briefing: December 27, 2015

Susan Sarandon...



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…reminds me of the best thing John McCain did recently: that SNL skit aimed at Barbra Streisand: If you won’t try to do politics, I won’t sing.

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Soundbite-Less



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Peggy Noonan makes a good point (just now on Fox): We always talk about great lines, great phrases in a speech like this. Not a whole lot of those. Strong sections, as has been notes in The Corner, sure. Strong speech. But all of the good stuff was just part of his clean, clear speech, not obvious pull outs.

In Other News



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About an hour ago, Fox had a reporter in Baghdad reporting on Iraqis reaction to what they know of the U.N. Blix report. Shockingly, the women on the street interviewed supported Saddam Hussein and showed contempt for the U.S. president. Makes you wonder how much money news organs waste on such hard-hitting on-the-scene reporting.

Omigosh



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Kathy Griffin, the comedian, who recently entertained troops in Afghanistan, and who hated the speech last night, says that “despite what the president said last night, the women in Afghanistan are absolutely still in burkas.” It’s all official now, then: The war is a failure. Thanks, Kathy, for clearing that up.


She was acually on Fox to talk about Celebrity Mole, on ABC Wednesday nights, but she didn’t come without cue cards to emphasize words she wanted to teach the president to pronounce (nuclear, pennisula).

David Frum



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Last year he worked on the speech, this year he analyzes. Check out his diary, where he has his take up.

Thanks



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To everyone who hung with us during and after the SOTU. More in a few hours.

Sleep



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After the State of the Union speech, President Bush left the Capitol at 10:21 p.m. and arrived at the White House at 10:28 p.m. How much do you want to bet he was asleep before Leno? Way too smart to watch Hardball. I wish I were.

The Other Guys



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TAPPED has a hard-hitting post on the newspaper The Hill. Instapundit’s been down since 3:00. Andrew Sullivan: radio silent. TNR: Nada. But NRO is there for real-time commentary. FYI. Now, I’m off to sleep.

The Democrats



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As I listen to the fairly shrill responses from the Democrats, it seems to me that the Dems are in a really bad place. Because they are out of power, they have no obligation to lead. Because so many Democrats are running for president, there’s a powerful gravitational pull to the left. Many diehard Democratic primary voters are devoutly anti-war and hate Bush with a passion that transcends their dislike for Saddam Hussein (I mean this purely on an emotional level, not an intellectual one). In short, the Democrats are unconstrained by any responsibility to govern and motivated to appease constituencies well outside of the mainstream. That’s a perfect recipe for minority party status.

16 Percent



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That’s how much of Locke’s speech was spent on “global challenges.” Add in his paragraph about homeland security, and you get to 24 percent.

Goo-Goo Gary



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Oh brother, was Gary Locke’s speech pitiful, or what? It’s hard to follow the President of the United States giving a State of the Union address in a time of war, but jeez, that was horrible. They should’ve sent Teddy the K. out; he would at least have had some passion.

Ted Kennedy



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Almost seemed to be in a state of panic while talking to Tom Brokaw, insisting that a lot has changed since three months ago when the Congress voted to authorize the president to use force if necessary. I will grant Kennedy that North Korea’s flare up is a new development, but the rest of his examples were nonsense. Al Quaeda is still active, he said. Nothing new there. Osama Bin Laden may be alive, he insisted. Well, Osama may have been alive three months ago. And, he noted there are inspectors in Iraq now. That’s true. But that’s irrelevent since the UN resolution says that Iraq is in breach and must prove otherwise. Well, Iraq was in breach three months ago and it still is — and that’s the point; Iraq is still in breach. Hence he failed his last chance.

The Kennedy Gambit



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. . . will get the brush-off it deserves. Most Democrats don’t want to vote on the issue again anyway.

Teddy Wants a Recount



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Teddy Kennedy is on MSNBC now saying he wants the Senate to vote again on war with Iraq. “We voted three months ago,” he says. “A lot has changed.” He says that the UN inspections are working.

Axis of Domestic Evil



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In the bit about health care, did you get Bush’s Terrible Trifecta? “Bureaucrats, trial lawyers and HMOs.” To paraphrase B.B. King, “Nobody loves them but their mothers, and they might be jivin’ them too.”

Biden Snubs Tony Snow



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Senator Biden was being interviewed on Fox and said like three times he was on “Brit’s” Sunday show. Fox News Sunday is, in fact, Tony Snow’s show.

Random Sotu Thoughts



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I’m with Jessica: Bush looked worn out, but in a good way, one that I think worked to his advantage. He looked like the man described in Peggy Noonan’s column the other day — the president who has trouble sleeping at night, worrying about protecting the nation. He looked sober and serious. I kept thinking: Those weary eyes see things more clearly than the Europeans do; I’m looking at Gary Cooper in High Noon.

I don’t like SOTU speeches, because they’re usually laundry-lists, and it’s hard for any president to work up a head of steam. Bush really got going talking about AIDS in Africa, and I think a lot of people will be surprised by how passionate and sincere he was. I wish he had said something about how his administration is starting to question the AIDS establishment’s strategies on fighting AIDS in Africa, which have failed, and had praised Uganda’s strategy — but it’s more important that the administration does something about it, and USAID is. I think it’s tremendously exciting that Bush is doing this for Africa, and he certainly came across as humane.

Bush made an important point when he said that some days go by without the American people hearing anything about the War on Terror, but not a day goes by that he doesn’t. Bush’s great lines have been amply ballyhooed by y’all below, but I was especially struck by: “The threat is new; America’s duty is familiar. … We accept this responsibility.” Translation: Once again, the United States has to save the world’s ass, because that’s what America does. Along those lines, I appreciated the big kiss-off to France and Germany when Bush said, with fire in his eyes, “The course of this nation does not depend on the decisions of others. … I will defend the freedom and security of the American people.”

The details Bush gave about the evil nature of Iraq’s regime were galvanizing. First he laid out the bioweapons Saddam has, and hasn’t accounted for. Then he used the image of Saddam’s secret police torturing children in front of their parents. Message: this is the kind of man who has these weapons. Then: “Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option.” Slam dunk.

Finally, Bush is just about the only politician I can think of who can talk about God and come across as totally sincere.

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