Ford, Jordan, Pelosi, Giuliani the beat goes on – UPDATED

:SCROLL MIDWAY FOR A RATHER DISORIENTING UPDATE:President Gerald R. Ford is laid to rest. Pajamas Media has great pics. Betty Ford looks so sad.On the Jamil Hussein front, Eason Jordan says "If an Iraqi police captain by the name of Jamil Hussein exists, there is no convincing evidence of it and that means the Associated Press has a journalistic scandal on its hands that will fester until the AP deals with it properly."Good for Mr. Jordan. You'll want to read his whole piece. I wonder … [Read more...]

A fine and gallant man…

Jeanette at Hang Right Politics highlights this moving story of a father-and-soldier's message to his now-fatherless infant son, a journal written while on duty in Iraq, where this good man sadly lost his life doing what he believed in.The full story is here.Only slightly off topic, I wonder if we might not shorten this war, and lose fewer good men and women, if we took some examples from the Ethiopians who are crushing Islamofascists in Somalia. The first rule of engagement is apparently, … [Read more...]

Figaro and Susanna – Happy New Year

Ah, I love this playful duet - the opening of Le Nozze de Figaro - especially by these two splendid performers. Cinque... dieci/Se a casa.A good way to start the new year!This duet seques immediately into Figaro's first great aria, Se Vuol ballare, ("If you want to dance, little Count, Figaro will call the tune...") which you can view here.You can purchase the whole fine concert here: … [Read more...]

NY Times errs again, on the predictable side – UPDATES!

In his column Truth, Justice, Abortion and the Times Magazine the Times' "public editor" (used to be known as an "ombudsman" a fine word sadly underused) has written a rather strong indictment against a controversial cover story in the Magazine, the story's writer and editors, and the "top editors" (he wrote that phrase twice) who rather pooh-poohed those who wrote with concerns as to the story's veracity.Ombudsman Byron Calame (of whom I wrote disparagingly, here) takes some strong lines, … [Read more...]

2007 – the year of no predictions – UPDATED

In 2005 Buster made his predictions, and they were 2006, I made mine. They were stinkers. Clearly I am no sage or prophet! Although I did get numbers 7,8, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 21 mostly right. Of course...pretty much everyone would have predicted the same, so I'm no good at this game! predictions. The world is too crazed. Anything can happen.Ambivablog notes we still don't know what to call this decade, although her suggestion at the end has merit.Hang on tight, … [Read more...]

A new low in broadcast journalism? – UPDATED

Ed Morrissey has the tape and the right response.We've known for a while that journalists have lost the ability to make fine distinctions. Now, some of them can't make broad one's either?Someone wrote to me last night that Anderson Cooper had done a really good job - that he was forceful in reminding viewers that without coalition troops Saddam would still be in power. The writer gave props to Cooper saying (I'm paraphrasing, from memory) "this execution and what it means for Iraq is … [Read more...]

Saddam Dead – Dearborn Dances

I would have illustrated this with a photo of it, but I can't find any. Apparently the Iraqi-American community is dancing in Dearborn. UPDATE: Clarity and Resolve has found a picture. CNN links to video here.Dave Alwatan wore an Iraqi flag around his shoulders and flashed a peace sign to everyone he passed at the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center in this suburb of Detroit, a city that has one of the nation's largest concentrations of people with roots in the Middle East."Peace," he … [Read more...]

The Execution of Saddam Hussein – UPDATES!

I've never been able to rest easy on the question of the death penalty in the US - or the matter of state-sanctioned execution. As a pro-life Catholic, I have issues with it...but on the other hand, I know that there are times it can be considered the better choice. I basically subscribe to JPII's idea, that one misses a chance for conversion when one's life is taken unnaturally...but on the other hand, if you know you're going to die, you do have a chance to convert your heart and mind and … [Read more...]

Tim Robbins’ “chill wind” blows via Pelosi et al

"We are all going to have to rethink how we deal with this, because there are all these competing values ... Without any kind of editing function or gatekeeping function, what does it mean to have the right to defend your reputation?" she said.Hillary Clinton, circa 1998 continued:"I don't have any clue about what we're going to do legally, regulatorily, technologically -- I don't have a clue. But I do think we always have to keep competing interests in balance. I'm a big pro-balance person. … [Read more...]

Two superb books by John Allen

Okay, so I lied and that wasn't my last book recommendation for 2006. These are!For Doubleday, acquiring the publication rights for the first book by Joseph Ratzinger since his ascension to the papacy is a very big "get", especially since the prolific and very readable Benedict XVI's books routinely make the bestseller's lists.In anticipation of Benedict's book, Jesus of Nazareth, it's not a bad idea to take a look at two recent Doubleday/Image releases by the also "prolific and very … [Read more...]