Kim Jong Il is Dead; New Tyrants Come

While you were sleeping our already-roiling world took another hit to its tenuous stability:North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69, state-run television has announced.Mr Kim, who has led the communist nation since the death of his father in 1994, died on a train while visiting an area outside the capital, the announcement said.He suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent from public view for months.Pyongyang described his son Kim Jong-un as the "great successor" … [Read more...]

The Subtleties of Biased Emphasis – UPDATE

Just ran out for a Chai Tea Latte (and to get away from the noise of the non-stop leaf-blowers, around here) and heard this on the radio:"Mitt Romney is in New York (blah blah) to attend three fund-raisers where he'll get to meet some supporters (blah blah) paying $2,500 a plate (blah blah) and others on Park Avenue."On paper, it looks like the most innocent news report ever generated, doesn't it?Over the airways, with the newsreader's emphasis, what came through was"Mitt … [Read more...]

“Fast & Furious” and “H.R. 1540″ Ideology breeds Incuriosity? UPDATED

H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, has already passed the House, and is currently before the Senate. One section of the bill gives the President the authority to detain indefinitely American citizens, picked up on American soil, because they are allegedly supporting the enemy (H/T)Imagine Jane Fonda coming home after posing on enemy anti-aircraft weapons, with this sort of law in place. Some might like it, but I suspect , even those who dislike Fonda, … [Read more...]

What Cain Should have Said at Presser – UPDATED

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Was chatting with some friends last night, and one was mildly annoyed with me for being underwhelmed with Herman Cain's presser, today. I thought it was too much talking in third-person, which suggested Cain's need to put distance between himself and what's he's experiencing; too much dancing and not enough punch-throwing. While I still rather like Cain (he's an original, at least), I can't help thinking that he failed to take advantage of a remarkable opportunity to express the frustrations of … [Read more...]

Who will sue over Same Sex OWS Tents?

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Sexual assaults and rapes are apparently so numerous at Zuccotti Park in the New York "occupation" that the occupiers are installing single-sex tents:It’s a safe house from the sex fiends.Zuccotti Park has become so overrun by sexual predators attacking women in the night that organizers felt compelled to set up a female-only sleeping tent yesterday to keep the sickos away.The large, metal-framed “safety tent” -- which will be guarded by an all-female patrol -- can accommodate as ma … [Read more...]

The Waning Trust in the Press — UPDATED

A while back, I asked my very frustrated mother-in-law why she voted for Barack Obama, and she shrugged, "I could only go by what I heard."She meant the nightly network news shows, which she and Pop watch or listen to while they bustle around the kitchen.It didn't matter that a sister-in-law and I had both warned her that Obama was inexperienced or that she might not like his policies. We were not the press. We were not the people who write headlines and speak with solemn surety before … [Read more...]

Krugman, 9/11 and Absolutes: "What if I am wrong?" UPDATED

Yesterday, someone sent me a link to Paul Krugman's already-infamous 9/11 Vomit O' Venom, launched at all of his favorite boogeymen, and I duly posted it to facebook but didn't think much beyond what I wrote back to my friend: "the man seems a wreck. A small fellow feeling impotent; so much of what he is sure of, he is not sure of, at all. This says so much more about him than it does anyone else."And because I was busy, I put it out of my mind.This morning, though, Glenn Reynolds has a … [Read more...]

Keller's shortsighted religious bigotry – UPDATED

My column at First Things today looks at Bill Keller's recent piece demanding "tougher questions" be asked about the religious views of presidential candidates -- or, at least, of Republican presidential candidates.It goes without saying, only Republican religious beliefs should be queried in Bill Keller's world:Others have ably pointed out that Keller’s own paper conveniently displayed minimal interest in the religious beliefs of the candidate Barack Obama or those of his rather fervid p … [Read more...]

DC's Bad Kabuki & the Next Chapter of Trouble – UPDATES

Clearly, what we are getting out of Washington is not leadership, not from anyone. It is spitefulfulness; it is deceit; it is hyperbole unto madness and maneuvering and masterful manipulation, but it's not leadership.What it is, is pure Kabuki theater, but less honest.Or maybe it's not Kabuki, at all; maybe it's just a carnival with freakshow, burlesque and a magic act, all brought forward to engage our attention in misdirection. "Look right this way, folks, (no, not there or there, there … [Read more...]

Cuomo's no Thomas More; Dowd's Still Dowd

I really want to stop writing about her but Maureen Dowd's extended adolescence just attracts my morbid curiosity, and next thing I know, I have an urge to fisk. Writing on NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, she's just so irresistibly herself:“It’s troubling for me as a Catholic to be at odds with the church,” he began, before dissolving into a wry laugh. “Having said that, it seems that my entire political life, the tension with the church has come up again and again.”Yes, that's some laughing matte … [Read more...]


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