More from Abe

In searching for the letter below, I also came across the following letter from Lincoln to Herndon. In this letter the congressman defends his vote against the Mexican War while rebutting two charges of alleged inconsistency. Lincoln opposed the war as "unnecessarily and unconstitutionally commenced by the President," yet he voted in favor of supplies [Read More...]

On The Mexican War

I posted the following letter from Rep. Abraham Lincoln (W, Ill.) to his law partner William H. Herndon twice during 2003, but the archives appear to be bloggered. The letter is still relevant and I'm reposting it here. The text of the letter can be found in Vol. 2 of the Complete Writings of Abraham [Read More...]

“Not Everyone Was Wrong”

"The sanctions exist … for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam Hussein's ambitions toward developing weapons of mass destruction. … And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors." – Secretary of State Colin [Read More...]

Fool’s (Sher)Gold

No doubt you also have some earnest-but-naive friend/acquaintance who fills your inbox with multi-forwarded e-mails concerning various urban legends — dire warnings about toilet-dwelling spiders or kidney thieves, or morality plays warning against unnatural acts involving peanut butter and household pets. Usually I just delete these, but if I'm in one of my rare patient [Read More...]

Active vs. passive

I'm just about caught up with The New Yorker, finally reading many of the articles I told myself I would get around to later. One such article was Malcolm Gladwell's "Big Bad" in the Jan. 12 issue of the magazine. It appeared to be another critique of the SUV boom. I already dislike SUVs, for [Read More...]


Spencer Ackerman of The New Republic has begun a new blog on that magazine's Web site. It's called Iraq'd — in a nod to Ashton Kutcher's MTV show "Punk'd." Ackerman, like TNR overall and most of the folks who write for it, was a staunch advocate of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. He's now rethinking [Read More...]

Half an Open Mind

James K. Glassman had the misfortune of co-authoring a book titled Dow 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting From the Coming Rise in the Stock Market. The book was published in 2000. Fortunately, Glassman is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, home of "The Bell Curve," where one can apparently be spectacularly wrong without [Read More...]

Conjecture, not evidence

Via Atrios, I find this editorial from the (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Star-Tribune. Since the Strib has put in place the World's Most Annoying Online Registration scheme, I'll quote at length: Now Bush is proposing an investigation of U.S. intelligence that would go on until 2005. Hans Blix, the former chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq, had [Read More...]