December 27, 2003
From Jonah Goldberg:
Gadhafi told Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi last fall, “I will do whatever the Americans want, because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid.” That was before he saw Saddam’s tonsils on CNN.
“We greatly welcome any assistance from the United States. We welcome assistance from all countries except Israel.”
-Akbar Alavi, the governor of Kerman, Iran said in regards to offers of help.
What happens when you hang out until 3am with Doug, Ari, Oschisms and several other blogless, but lovely, people on a Friday night? You wake up at 1:30pm and can’t form sentences for several hours after that.
December 26, 2003
1. Yes, I really have been listening to Leonard Cohen’s Greatest Hits for about 4 days straight now. Some people are starting to get really annoyed.
2. Have you been checking out Peter’s sporadically updated, and not at all aptly named, ‘Daily Wire’ site? You should.
I’m sorry to have two posts in a row that mention abortion, but I found this site that recounts stories of women who are pro-life but have had abortions. The stories sound sort of fake to me, I could be completely wrong but they just seem like demonization of pro-lifers rather than real life stories. I’m pro-choice, as I think many of you know, but I find the hardcore pro-life position (’it’s a life and it’s wrong to take an innocent life’) to be much more compelling than the hardcore pro-choice one (’it’s a woman’s right to chooooooose’).
Assuming the stories are true, I find this one really odd:
“I had a 37 year old woman just yesterday who was 13 weeks. She said she and her husband had been discussing this pregnancy for 2-3 months. She was strongly opposed to abortion, ‘but my husband is forcing me to do it.’ Naturally, I told her that no one could force her into an abortion, and that she had to choose whether the pregnancy or her husband were more important. I told her I only wanted what was best for her, and I would not do the abortion unless she agreed that it was in her best interest. Once she was faced with actually having to voice her own choice, she said ‘Well, I made the appointment and I came here, so go ahead and do it. It’s what’s best.’ At last I think she came to grips with the fact that it really was her decision after all.” (Physician, Nevada)
This woman tells the doctor that she doesn’t want an abortion and that her husband is forcing her into it. Did she really ‘come to grips with the fact that it was her decision after all’ when her doctor told her she had a ‘choice’? Or, did she ultimately do exactly what the doctor said she should: chose which was more important to her, her husband or her baby? Didn’t the doctor realize this? How is this an example of a pro-lifer seeing the light?
Via Pharyngula, a lefty science site that I surfed onto via Clarified.
Surfing by the NOW website, I saw a link to a site that was going to tell me the ‘Truth about George’ (presumably, Bush). I clicked the link and, of course, was taken to a typical, hysterical, ‘Bush is the devil’ site. It said that Bush was tearing down, reversing, appointing, rewarding, stacking, slashing, gutting, attacking, alienating etc. Then I spotted the ‘women’s rights’ section.
I want to know when feminists reduced women to having sex and making babies? Apparently, we do nothing else and we have no other issues. I’m not exaggerating, go look. There is not one issue that isn’t about sex and babies. It’s pathetic that this is what feminism has become. In my teens I used to call myself a feminist. Now I wouldn’t, mostly because I wouldn’t want to associate with these lunatics who turn women into these one-dimensional characters. My #1 issue is preventing myself from getting blown up on the subway. #2 is not giving away half my salary, as I have for the past few years, in taxes. Whether the Bush administration gives money to foreign clinics that offer abortion isn’t in the top 1000. Neither is sex education in schools. How many women actually have a stake in these two, supremely limited issues? And of these, how many would take NOW’s radical positions? What is NOW’s purpose if not to represent women? What does it say about feminism that the feminists treat women with such disdain?
December 25, 2003
Well, sort of. Apparently, he makes some admissions in his book in the name of luring Republicans to the left. From a review of his latest book:
“Mumia probably killed that guy….” Not just a “guy,” Michael, but a cop helpless on the ground into whom Mumia emptied a gun.
“Drugs are bad.” Agreed.
“Men and women are different.” Darn, and just when we thought the Left could be eliminated in one generation by urging them all to engage only in same-sex relationships!
“It’s really a bad idea to have sex before you’re eighteen.” Michael clearly sees that big 5-0 rising like a full moon over his life, but age brings greater wisdom and judgment to most of us.
“MTV sucks….” Moore continues, giving far more detail than my quick thumbnail extracts here. “Granola is bad for you. It is filled with sugar and fat…. The sun is good for you…. People who commit violent crimes should be locked up…. Your children do not have a right to privacy…. Not all unions are good, and, in fact, many of them are just plain lousy…. SUVs are not inherently evil…. Getting back to nature is a dumb idea…. Bill O’Reilly makes a few good points…. Animals don’t have rights…. Nixon was more liberal than the last five presidents we’ve had…. Too many of us [on the Left] hold a hoity-toity view of religion….This arrogance is a big reason the lower classes will always side with the Republicans.”
Of course, no book of his would be complete without ridiculous ‘facts’ like this:
“You are never going to be rich” like Horatio Alger, writes Moore. “The chance of that happening is about one in a million.” (This means that in our nation of 293 million people, we have only 293 millionaires.…when in fact we have literally millions of citizens with a net worth in excess of a million dollars – and would have millions more if government greed and excessive taxation could be ended…but is it fair to apply logic to an utterly irrational hyper-Leftist ideologue like Moore?)
Via Free Republic.
Last Christmas I wrote about Norman Rockwell’s painting, ‘Freedom of Worship’ (you’ll have to scroll down to Dec.26th) and the words ‘Each According to the Dictates of His Own Conscience’ across it. It’s a great painting. I wrote about being a Jew spending Christmas with my Catholic boyfriend, his Catholic brother and their Jewish mother. You can be anything you want to be in America and I love that about this country.
Which brings me to this: this year, I’m celebrating Christmas with that same boyfriend and his mom. His brother, however, won’t be there. He joined the Navy last spring and left for basic training in September. I’m thinking about him today and about the other men and women in our military who can’t be home for Christmas because they have a noble purpose that those of us lounging on our couches with our laptops just don’t. If you have freedom of worship today, thank a veteran or current soldier. Thank you, Kevin. I hope you are happy and safe and know that what you’re doing means so much to so many.
Howard Dean sees the light:
”Christ was someone who sought out people who were disenfranchised, people who were left behind,” Dean said. ”He fought against self-righteousness of people who had everything . . . He was a person who set an extraordinary example that has lasted 2000 years, which is pretty inspiring when you think about it.”
He acknowledged that he was raised in the ”Northeast” tradition of not discussing religious beliefs in public, and said he held back in New Hampshire, where that is the practice. But in other areas, such as the South, he said, he would discuss his beliefs more openly.
Drudge is reporting that Howard Dean will come out as a religious man in today’s Boston Globe. The paper will report that Dean says that ‘he’s a ‘committed believer in Jesus Christ’ and he expects to increasingly include references to Jesus and God in upcoming speeches’
This should go over very well with the anti-war crowd, I just have a feeling.
Blogs for Bush links to a New Republic article, written before the announcement, that notes what a problem Dean was going to have when it came to his religious beliefs. Good thing he’s making that mad dash toward religion:
It’s common for liberals to complain that Bush talks about religion too much. But few Americans agree. Recent polling by Pew shows that only 14 percent think Bush talks about his faith too much. The vast majority, 62 percent, like the way he deploys religion, and 11 percent think he doesn’t invoke it enough. This is one reason there’s little hope of Dean riding a secular backlash into the White House, but it is not the only one. Although the number of Americans who attend church less than once per year is growing, it is still at 30 percent, a decided minority. According to the pollster John Zogby, “Appealing to secular voters might help you win a Democratic primary–but that’s it.” The University of Akron’s John Green, the pollster who has looked the hardest at the electoral implications of religion, argues that voters “are looking for signs that they can trust a candidate. One of the things that they are looking for, one of the things that makes sense to them, is religiosity. If they don’t see it, they may have a hard time voting for a candidate.”
You really have to be from New York (preferably from the outer boroughs) to get it, but my friend, and neighbor, Julia Gorin lays out the case in Opinion Journal and is right on about her findings. I rarely feel more in touch with what those outside the political world or blogosphere are thinking than when I’m in Brooklyn.
An adjacent Brooklyn story is this, Peter told it to me: One of Peter’s friends was looking into joining the Libertarian party. Peter told him about some libertarian friends of mine who believe in no government, to the point where they think that the country’s defense should be left to individual states. One of his friends said ‘well, Manhattan would be taken over immediately because everyone would be protesting in Central Park but at least Brooklyn and the Bronx would put up a fight.’
December 24, 2003
From the Note’s email edition:
Gary Fields of the Wall Street Journal writes an in-depth look at George W. Bush’s presidential pardoning patterns — including the Thanksgiving turkeys, he’s only handed out 17 pardons since he took office. The only two presidents with fewer pardons than 43: William Henry Harrison, who died within a month of taking office, and James Garfield, who died 6 months into his first term.