Wednesday, September 30, 2009
In an interview published today on the TimesOnline he makes plain his disappointment in Obama and cites the latter's inexperience. He then goes over the top and suggests a military dictatorship will follow Obama because nothing else can fill the void of the Vapid One. MC is reasonably confident civilian command and control of our armed forces will continue in effect, Obama or no.
Click on the title of this post to read a wide-ranging interview with Vidal. If you're easily offended (ie, being called very stupid) then this piece isn't for you. But if you can take a shot then do click and enjoy.
Brett Stephens in yesterday's WSJ has an excellent article on neocons and neoconservatism ("the neocons are back because Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il and Vladimir Putin never went away"). Heh.
Click on the title of this post to read it.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
“President Obama dreams of a world without weapons … but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite.
“Iran since 2005 has flouted five security council resolutions. North Korea has been defying council resolutions since 1993.
“I support the extended hand of the Americans, but what good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community? More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe a UN member state off the map,” he continued, referring to Israel.
The sharp-tongued French leader even implied that Mr Obama’s resolution 1887 had used up valuable diplomatic energy.
“If we have courage to impose sanctions together it will lend viability to our commitment to reduce our own weapons and to making a world without nuke weapons,” he said.
Mr Sarkozy has previously called the US president’s disarmament crusade “naive.”
Click on the title of this post to read the whole report.
Hat tip: www.biggovernment.com
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Then there is the catalogue of Mr. Obama's embarrassing moments on the world stage, a list which includes: giving England's Queen Elizabeth II an iPod with his speeches on it; giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a collection of DVDs that were not formatted to the European standard (by contrast, Mr. Brown gave Mr. Obama an ornamental desk-pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slaver HMS Gannet, among other historically significant gifts); calling "Austrian" a language; bowing to the Saudi king; releasing a photo of a conference call with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which the president was showing the soles of his shoes to the camera (an Arab insult); saying "let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's"; saying the United States was "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world"; suggesting Arabic translators be shifted from Iraq to Afghanistan where Arabic is not a native language; sending a letter to French President Jacques Chirac when Nicolas Sarkozy was the president of France; holding a town-hall meeting in France and not calling on a single French citizen; and referring to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when he meant Cinco de Mayo. Also of note was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton giving Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a "reset" button with the Russian word for "overcharge."
Click on the title of this post to read the whole editorial.
Friday, September 18, 2009
UPDATE: We simply have to pass on this bit:
Robert Kagan writes at the Washington Post on the passing of Irving Kristol:
He was a truly great man, a great intellectual, and a great, patriotic servant to his country. He was also a unique inspiration, to me personally, and to untold thousands of other young people for whom he provided a model of the intellectual life well-lived. He was a deep and fierce thinker, who nevertheless delivered his thoughts in the most amiable fashion, without animus or bile. He was curious and invited others to be curious, to engage in serious dialogue on the important issues of the day.
He was also a creator of communities and institutions. He occupied a unique space between the world of the mind and the world of action. Networks of thinkers, policy-makers, and politicians revolved around him -- and not because he thrust himself into their midst but because his mind and character attracted them to him. To go to work for him, as I did fresh out of college almost 30 years ago, was to enter a rich and exciting intellectual universe, filled with learning and integrity and a commitment to the well-being of society. I fear such a universe may no longer exist. But the memory of what Irving Kristol created is enough to warm the soul for a lifetime.
Image hat tip: Drudge
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
the late author's fans, some of whom, well. . . .
That said, click on the title of this post to read a review of a new book of his short stories, all 1200 pages of them. Still, the reviewer said:
"Each of Ballard’s 98 short stories is like a dream more perfectly realized than any of your own."
Given that MC dreams in color, we can't wait to read what we may have already dreamt.
"Liberals spent most of the past decade decrying what they never tired of describing as the “lawlessness” of the Bush administration. But today’s New York Times brings to its readers’ attention the fact that Obama’s team is just as willing to disregard legalities. But whereas Bush’s people showed a willingness to bend the rules to fight a war against Islamist terrorists, Obama’s minions will do the same in their quest to appease Islamists.
In this case, the Justice Department “has declared that President Obama can disregard a law forbidding State Department officials from attending United Nations meetings led by representatives of nations considered to be sponsors of terrorism.” Thus, rather than obeying laws passed by Congress to quarantine a nation like Iran, which ranks very high on that list of state sponsors of terror, Obama has sent State Department officials to take part in UN meetings chaired by Iran."
Click on the title of this post to read his whole piece.
Hat tip: Weekly Standard
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Click on the title of this post to read the Politico piece.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Did you know you were an inmate running the asylum? Nuts? Crazy? Read his column and Rich will let you know that and more about yourselves. Poor Frank apparently didn't even get the memo that the new number of uninsured is now 30 million and not the 46 million he claims in today's incoherent column.
Read the whole thing, as they say, by clicking on the title of this post. Do yourself a favor and see how out of touch a leading member of the drive by media can be. Then ask yourself a favor: why can't Rich admit that Obama is a failure when it comes to leadership?
Almost always long-winded despite (or perhaps because of) his intelligence, it takes Wieseltier some time to engage Podhoretz on the merits. Click on the title of this post to read the review. MC, not surprisingly, thinks the reviewer misses the mark most of the time and is oblivious to the fact that his most strident critiques could be better applied to himself. But that's liberals for you, right?
We note that Wieseltier ends on the question "of whether liberalism or conservatism does more for the helpless and the downtrodden, for the ones who are not like us, [and that it] will be endlessly debated."
Leon, the data are in and the question is no longer in doubt. To suggest otherwise exhibits a certain form of non-theological invincible ignorance.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The best actor least known in the English speaking world, Bruno Ganz, is only one of many reasons to see this movie. "Modern" terrorism, so to speak, started with Baader Meinhof, also known as the Red Army Faction. Do yourself a favor and see it. Click on the title of this post to go to the film's official website.
Wilson was forced by House Republican leadership (you mean there is some?) to call dead fish sender Rahm Emmanuel and apologize. MC understands but doesn't approve: why do we always let the Left get away with this stuff and then muzzle our own? (Not that the birthers don't need muzzling, mind you)
Click HERE to contribute to Wilson's reelection efforts. The squishes are out to get him. Let's make sure they do not.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Kenneth Anderson at Volokh:
It is characteristic of Thomas Friedman's thought to move from particular issues of policy to sweeping conclusions about the Nature of Man and God and the Universe, typically based around some attractively packaged metaphor - flat earth, hot earth, etc. Rarely, however, has he been quite so clear about the directness of the connections he sees between his preferred set of substantive outcomes, his contempt for American democratic processes that have, despite all, managed to hang in there for, I don't know, a few times the length of time between the Cultural Revolution and today, and his schoolgirl crush on autocratic elites because they are able to impose from above.
Let me just say for the record that this is a monstrous column. When faced with American public defection from elite preferences outcomes on certain policy issues that involve many difficult tradeoffs of the kind that democracies, with much jostling and argument, are supposed to work out among many different groups, Friedman extols the example of ... China's political system, because it's both enlightened and autocratic? Who among us knew?
MC isn't linking to the column, thanks just the same.
Hat tip: Jonah Goldberg
MC hereby declares the President's address to a joint session of Congress a failure.
And no, it hasn't been given yet but why wait? The hacks in the state controlled media are already declaring it a success. Surprise!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
This affirmative action president of Harvard actually wrote, or more likely had written for her, the following:
"Universities are meant to be producers not just of knowledge but also of (often inconvenient) doubt. They are creative and unruly places, home to a polyphony of voices."
Oh bartender! MC will have what she's having.
Is she out of her mind or so far into her own private Idaho there is no difference?
Universities these days are lock step in thought and deed; a liberal bastion if ever there was one.
Yet here is the president of Harvard losing her mind in public. Pathetic.
Click on the title of this post to read the article.
*"Drew" wrote a book that made her president of Harvard: "The Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War." It may be a good book: MC hasn't read it. Her piece in the NYTimes? Yes, we read it. Color us unimpressed. See above.
Friday, September 4, 2009
"His vulgarity was a more significant factor in his allure than whatever he possessed of high aspiration. The way his most serious ambition was joined to his crassest need made him singularly appealing to a literary public that fed on nonsensical political ideas and fantasies of artistic superstardom, with its fabulous perquisites of cultural ubiquity, wealth, and hot sex.
He fancied himself one of the big thinkers, and most of his ideas were not only bad but appalling; for he lived largely for the body’s pleasures, actual and vicarious, and adopted ideas that serviced those pleasures. T.S. -Eliot remarked that a great writer creates the taste by which he is appreciated; Mailer helped create the moral confusion amid which he was glorified—not quite what Eliot had in mind.
Until he is forgotten, Mailer should be remembered not only in a fool’s cap and bells but also in a scoundrel’s midnight black. For in an age crawling with intellectual folly, he was one of the reigning dunces, even his best works were shot through with adolescent fatuities, while the worst of his words and deeds were stupid and vicious without bottom. One is torn between wishing that his memory would disappear immediately and wanting his remains to hang at the crossroads as a lasting reminder to others."
Click on the title of this post to read the whole article.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Our friend Denyse O'Leary says the following of the momentus decision:
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that Section 13 - Canada's human rights hate speech law - is an unconstitutional violation of the Charter right to free expression because of its penalty provisions.
The underlying problem is our Constitution:
Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law: Guarantee of Rights and Freedoms
Rights and freedoms in Canada
1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. Fundamental Freedoms
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.
That is vague, pious twaddle. It means nothing by comparison with
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The key element of your First Amendment is “Congress shall make no law.” In Canada, it was never clear that we had the right of appeal against the shocking abuses of extra-legal commissions and tribunals that have blundered into religious, media, medical, and entertainment issues, among others. The few people who could afford to appeal were afraid to. What if the court rules that we don’t really have the right?
Until now. Today, a tribunal judge refused to convict on the grounds that Section 13, Canada's human rights hate speech law “violates the Charter right to free expression because it carries the threat of punitive fines.” (National Post) That creates the opportunity for anyone successfully targeted by the Commissions and Tribunals, of which we have fourteen across the country, to appeal to real courts, if they can afford it.
The decision does not deal with the shocking abuses of process by which the Commission gained convictions, nor with the fact that the complainant is funded by government but the defendant must pay his own expenses. Most defendants, civil rights lawyer Ezra Levant found, are poor and can not afford legal representation, so they just lose and pay dearly. But now those abuses, and many others, can be addressed in turn.
Hope this helps.
Again, yee ha!.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Click on the title of this post to read the story in full.
Click on the title of this post to read the must-read op-ed from IBD.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
"The contribution of Muslims to the United States are too long to catalog because Muslims are so interwoven into the fabric of our communities and our country," Obama said at the iftar, the dinner that breaks the holiday's daily fast.
The president joined Cabinet secretaries, members of the diplomatic corps and lawmakers to pay tribute to what he called "a great religion and its commitment to justice and progress."
Attendees included Congress' two Muslim members -- Reps. Keith Ellison and Andre Carson as well as ambassadors from Islamic nations and Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren."
Justice and progress? Is he out of his unaccomplished mind? Mr. Student Of History??
Click on the title of this post to read the article.
about this and he's on vacation this week. We'll simply have to fake it.
Click on the title of this post to read the Politico story.
Update: Wills' column is now posted; read it here.
Unfortunately he employs the Vietnam strategy together with a pastiche of anecdotal evidence together which causes him to throw up his hands. Would Will be making such a suggestion if the President was John McCain instead of Barack Obama? It's a question worth asking. MC's other question is: why now?
Update redux: Peter Wehner at Commentary's Contentions blog agrees with MC that Wills' column is "astonishingly weak" and one that "could have been written in Japanese aboard the USS Missouri." Ouch.
Click here to read his comments.