Hugh Hewitt sums it up perfectly

It must be increasingly obvious even to New York Times' reporters that the article of June 23 did enormous damage to the United States' ability to "follow the money," a damage that may become complete as countries such as Belgium and Canada review their support for the use of the program data by the CIA.Lichtblau's, Risen's and Keller's place in journalism history is secure. Even loyal friends and allies should at this point fall silent. There is no defense to be made and no counterattack to … [Read more...]

Jonah to Hitchens to Betsy, a 4th Round-up

Freedom of Speech by Norman Rockwell, The Four FreedomsOn July 4th we celebrate freedom. So why am I so depressed to read this, by Gary Larsen?Editorial page editors at the McClatchy Co.-owned Minneapolis Star-Tribune removed king-sized hunks of syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg’s recent column about New York Times, et al. revealing national secrets and compromising national security, during the war on terror.Seems the Star-Tribune didn't like Goldberg's musings, so they cut them. ( … [Read more...]

Anchoress identifies source of world’s problems

Against all sense, and my own better judgment, I today took a trip to the local Costco in order to buy hamburgers, chicken legs and marinade in the mass quantities needed in order to entertain guests on the Fourth of July.It was there, in the teeming, steaming rotisserie chicken section of the store that my senses became heightened and my consciousness got raised. I had an epiphany.The problem with the whole world, and everything in it, is fruit. Specifically strawberries and pineapples. … [Read more...]

Would Keller want his home & security blabbed about?

The usual suspects on the left are scornfully looking down their noses at the usual suspects on the right, because folks on the right are incensed by this NY Times story which gives not only locations of homes owned by the VP and SecDef, but includes helpful little nuggets like, "the birdhouse has a camera in it..." (So, you know...if you're going to go try something over there, bring your spraypaint...)The right is being called paranoid by the sophisticated left.Meanwhile, I'm just … [Read more...]

USA Today pulls by on the spy story…

So, lemme get this straight. They make a claim...they wait a couple weeks, for the narrative to become entrenched...then they pull back on it late of the Friday Afternoon of a long holiday weekend, when no one is paying attention.Yeppers, that's our modern Fourth Estate, doing their best work.Who will guard the guardians, indeed. … [Read more...]

New to the blogroll

I rarely mention my blogroll, but let me encourage you, during this holiday weekend, to take a look at it and perhaps visit some sites with which you are not familiar. I've added a few new sites to it over the past few days, specifically Cobb, Big Lizards, Sister Toldjah (whom I thought I already had on board!) and John-o-pedia.I haven't removed any in a while, but I may pull a few soon, not because I have differences with them - I never care who disagrees with me - but because I find upon … [Read more...]

Maureen Dowd loves bloggers!

Oh, I knew she'd come around, sooner or later!Barcepundit translates a bit from a Dowd interview. Dowd says: It's a very healthy situation: blogs lead me to try to be better every day. H/T's too bad the Times has her hidden in pay-per-viewland and I never read her any more, but in honor of Maureenie's blog-love, here are links to some of my Dowd-related posts!Maureen Dowd Wrote the Wrong BookMaureen Dowd Needs to Consider Her UterusModo's Keep: The Sterile … [Read more...]

A Mother-Hung Nation? Meyer, again.

Yesterday, in this piece on Hamlet and Harry Potter, I wrote this:Here is the interesting question…when a life has been lived with a sense of deep mission - as in either Hamlet's or Harry's case - and that mission has been fulfilled, what is the purpose of the life, thereafter? [...] Perhaps this is why monarchs, old generals, popes, entrepreneurs, mother-hung rock stars and CBS newsmen can never willingly retire and live out their days. Without their sense of mission, life has no thrust and p … [Read more...]

Swiss Guys and udders…

Gulp.In what I think might be an answer to my Bryn in a Loincloth post, which I know she felt teased her most cruelly, Fausta has posted this commercial about Swiss guys who are not obsessed with soccer.The dimpled guy climbing the rock. I claim! I got dibs! The rest of you back off, now! … [Read more...]

Bush raps “Sunday Bloody Sunday”

This is awesome! What a lot of work it must have been to put together! H/T Punditguy … [Read more...]

Hamlet, Harry Potter and the thrust of narrative

Dr. Sanity is pleading, say it ain't so, Jo and hoping that J.K. Rowling was being evasive when she suggested that Harry Potter may die in Book 7.Writes Sanity:Of course there is always a price that the hero must pay to vanquish evil. But if the price is his own death, then what kind of hope or chance is there for the rest of us who are trying to stand up to the darkness? The only way such a sacrifice can be meaningful--in fiction anyway--is if the hero's death is moral; and the flame of … [Read more...]

Bryn in a loincloth

Photos by Clive BardaThere - I'm posting this for the edification of all of you (all male, come to think of it) complainers who don't like it (scroll down) when I post about my deep and abiding and yes, I'll say it, sick love for The Terfel.That's my lovely giant Bryn as Sir John Falstaff, who has just climbed out of the Thames (into which he had been ignominiously tossed from a laundry basket) and endured a brief moment of self-doubt and humility while pondering his age and girth.Funny … [Read more...]

“My Life With the Saints” Banners

Courtesy of Loyola BooksRocco has links that lead you to Loyola Press' happy marketing push in Chicago which I wrote about here. Some of the banners folks will read as they drive through the Loop:St. Joseph Says Construction Takes Patience.St. Jude Knows an Alternate Route.St. Joan of Arc says Keep Cool.St. Ignatius Suggests Mass Transit.St. Anthony Offers Roadside Assistance.Good news for a book about which I cannot sing enough praise. … [Read more...]

A campaign I think I will contribute to

Not my state, but I'm so tired of this sort of "smear over substance" politicking that it will be a satisfying donation. … [Read more...]