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October 28, 2005

Quote of the Day

“Who is Scooter Libby? It sounds like they indicted a California skateboarder.”

-Jake in Clarified’s comment section.

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Snitch

Eugene Volokh notes Jeralyn Merritt of Talk Left discussing the idea that Karl Rove might’ve taken some kind of plea to give up information on himself, and others, in return for a lesser charge. Putting aside that, as of now, we have zero evidence that this actually happened (again, I love the blogosphere), I have to agree- gasp-with Jeralyn.

Eugene wonders what a Bush administration official is supposed to do. Well, I think he’s supposed to tell the entirety of the truth as it pertains to himself. It’s one thing to sing about your own deeds in return for a lesser sentence, quite another to take down someone else with you.

Eugene writes ‘Or is it damned if you do (covering up your colleagues’ crimes; shameful!), damned if you don’t (”singing” about your colleagues’ crimes; shameful!)?’ Not exactly. I’m not saying that Rove should do any ‘covering up’ but for Rove to volunteer information on Libby in return for a lighter charge is unacceptable. As Jay-Z said in ‘A Week Ago’, ‘the labeling of a snitch is a lifetime scar, you’ll always be in jail, just minus the bars’. I see it as manning up to take responsibility for your own actions and not to bring anyone else down to save yourself. Maybe you can take the girl out of Brooklyn…

(Via Instapundit)

The policy of truth

It’s pretty amazing how many people have been taken down in recent years because of their fibbing. Bill Clinton, Martha Stewart, Lil Kim, and now Scooter Libby, all were investigated for crimes and then charged with simple lying. Lesson? Lying liars will be punished.

Scooter, we hardly knew ye

Scooter Libby indicted. Karl Rove, not so much.

Last Night

I attended the Human Life Foundation’s ‘Defender of Life’ dinner last night in NYC. They honored Nat Hentoff, a writer for the Village Voice that I have been reading since I was in my teens.

There were some really amazing people in the audience. I saw Father Rutler, a priest so funny he makes me want to be a Catholic (but don’t get any ideas, Peter). I worked on an event for his church, the Church of Our Savior, last year and every time I spoke to him he’d make me giggle. There was a contingency of pro-life Democrats in the audience and Father Rutler acknowledged them with a ‘I don’t mind people being Democrats, as long as they don’t practice.’ I saw a man wearing a button that said ‘47% of Democrats can’t be wrong’ (I can’t really argue with that since the implication is that the majority of Democrats are wrong, which they obviously always are) and when I asked to take a picture of it, he took it off and gave it to me. He’s part of a NY chapter of Democrats for Life, based in Long Beach, NY.

I also ran into my friend Joe Skelly. I have written about him before, and he was featured in National Review’s The Corner when he won a bronze star for his bravery in Iraq. Check out some of his writing here. When I asked him ‘how’s it going over there’, he smiled big and said ‘we’re winning.’ And, you know, I trust Mr. Joe Skelly more than any media that had wanted us to lose since the beginning.

Nat Hentoff was introduced by this amazing speaker, Wesley Smith. His introduction was fiery and passionate and I look forward to reading his writing.

Nat Hentoff considers himself a Jewish, libertarian, atheist, leftwing pro-lifer. I love that. I’m a big fan of challenging the idea of identity and Nat Hentoff never backs down from what he believes is right. I met a nun in the bathroom who said she used to be a pro-choice feminist. Clearly, she was able to challenge that identity for herself.

I’ve been thinking lately that I don’t really understand political ‘sides’. Like, the general position of liberals will be pro-choice, for higher taxes and a larger government and supportive of a foreign policy that is big on talking and opposed to weapons build-up while the conservative position will be pro-life, lower taxes, smaller government and a strong defense. But what do any of these things have to do with each other? How does your position on abortion, or really any life or death decisions including euthanasia or the death penalty, affect how you will feel about taxes or defense? How does wanting a strong defense tie into how you feel about gay marriage?

As I’ve written before, I see parties as a means to vote for most of the issues that matter most to you. No party will fit you 100%, it’s just not possible. So, it’s important to know what matters to you, and how it fits in with the available parties and candidates. I’m not going to turn this into another post about being realistic about politics and expecting perfection, just that being at this event last night was such a good reminder that there are people who care deeply about issues and are outside of partisanship and the left-right divide. It was encouraging.

The Human Life Foundation is one that could really use your support so if you are pro-life and donate to groups that promote life, think about throwing them a donation.

More NY

If you’re in NYC today, avoid the Rockefeller Center area. NYC Giants head Wellington Mara’s funeral is today. He was a big supporter of conservative causes and I had the honor of meeting him once and his graciousness shone through him. Rest in peace you man of men.

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Not the worst way to go

Last night, on the phone with Dawn Summers, who currently lives about 16 blocks away from me, she noted that there was a pungent smell of maple syrup in the air. ‘Huh’, I said. ‘That’s weird. I smell maple syrup too.’ We joked about her actually being in my closet and that being the reason why we were smelling the same thing. I thought I was imagining things and that she had put the idea in my head and now my nose was smelling things that weren’t there.

This morning, nutjob calls me at like 7am. She left me a message saying that it turns out, we weren’t imagining things. 311, New York’s public information hotline, and 911 were flooded with calls from people smelling the same thing as us. She said ‘the terrorists are coming to get us, armed with a stack of pancakes!’ Bizarre. But, Dawn, call me at 7am again and see if you don’t consistently get a prank call circa 4am every weeknight.

Update: Gothamist has the odd smell being noted in other boroughs as well.

If I could even do half that list….

Manhattan Transfer has 99 excellent tips for living.

I agree with all of them except the one about not spending very much money on sunglasses. It’s one of the few luxury items I can’t live without and contrary to his reason for avoiding them, they tend to last me a year or two (I wore those Dior mini motards for at least 2 1/2).

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October 27, 2005

It must’ve been because of Germany’s strong support for the war in Iraq

NY Times: A German court convicted three Middle Eastern men of belonging to a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda and of plotting to attack Jewish targets in Germany.

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NY politics has gone totally bananas

I’m experiencing much the same as Ms. Summers. Two of the most conservative people I know are voting for Democrat Ferrer while plenty of my more liberal friends are going for Bloomberg. Me? If there’s even a shot that Freddy will win, which it looks like there isn’t, I’m voting for Bloomberg. Otherwise, it looks like a third party year.

Treating black people like our pets

-Ace on ABC News reporter Michel Martin responding to Spike Lee’s retelling of the ‘blew up the levees’ fable by calling the charge ‘reasonable’:

Pure racism.

No, I don’t mean the anti-white bigotry of Spike Lee. Who gives a shit.

I mean the ineffable condescension and embarassing patronization of white people who hear a black person saying something so fucking jackass and feel the need to treat them as either children or retards by saying, “Why, yes, that’s a cute little idea you have there, Scamp.”

October 26, 2005

You have 6 new messages.

Rudy Giuliani and producer Harvey Weinstein left messages last night encouraging us to vote for Mike Bloomberg. Unrelated, I hope, we also got four prank messages of a guy cursing into our machine.

How the Jews do

My friend MR had told me about a shooting that happened at a Florida synagogue during Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) so when I saw this headline today it caught my attention: Confrontation at synagogue turns ugly. Have the Jews suddenly become gangsta? Am I going to have to start carrying a glock to Purim services?

Police had to separate several hundred members of the factions inside and outside the synagogue at 152 Rodney St.

Oooh sounds exciting. But then, not so much:

Although no one was arrested, one person was treated at Long Island University Hospital for a slap to the face, said police. They added that seven security people aligned with a faction from the upstate community of Kiryas Joel were issued summonses for not having watchmen’s licenses.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

Just wondering

Walking by several newspaper boxes in NYC this morning, the headline on many of our papers was ‘2000 fallen heroes’ commemorating the dead in Iraq.

Now, here’s what I don’t get. I have supported the war in Iraq since the beginning and I do so fully today, and so for me the men and women who gave their lives for what I consider a noble cause are heroes.

But most of these papers, are against the war, if not outright hostile to it. How can men die as heroes for a cause you consider ignoble? If we’re there for oil, aren’t these men thieves and murderers? Do we, or anyone short of neo-Nazis, remember fallen Nazi soldiers as heroes? Were the soldiers that died in Vietnam heroes (they are to me, but again, had I been alive, I would have supported that war)? Are all military personnel, everywhere, heroes? And if so, why is the left so against military recruiting on campus? They’re just trying to make those students into heroes, aren’t they?

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I must do the NY Times’ bidding

The City Council race in district 5 of NYC, my home district, is one of around four semi-competitive races in the 5 boroughs. The Republican running is Joel Zinberg, a man so overqualified that it boggles the mind that he’d waste his time on such an uphill race. He’s both a doctor and a lawyer and generally just a nice guy. He also received something that few Republicans ever do- the endorsement of the NY Times.

Now, there’s some speculation as to why he received the endorsement. The last time a Republican ran for this seat, on a rainy, freezing election day a few years back, Jennifer Arangio got something like 16% of the vote. The Times knows they’re not going to make or break this election so why not throw out a token Republican endorsement. Now, again, Joel is super-qualified but we’re talking about the Times here– that kind of thing just doesn’t matter when there’s an (R) after his name.

His opponent is a pleasant enough young lady, Jessica Lappin. Her major flaw is that she was on Gifford ‘the annoying boy-man’ Miller’s staff. She also campaigns outside the Victoria’s Secret on E.86th Street a lot, which I guess is less weird for her than if she was a man, but odd nevertheless. I’ve shaken her hand half a dozen times on my way home from the subway and now I’ve got this semi-evil impulse to tell her that I was going to vote for her but that I do whatever the NY Times tells me to do and I’m going to have to go for Joel.

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