August 31, 2010
Normally he’d find a way to turn a compliment into an insult, but tonight he said some nice, necessary, words about President Bush:
“As we do, I am mindful that the Iraq War has been a contentious issue at home. Here, too, it is time to turn the page. This afternoon, I spoke to former President George W. Bush. It’s well known that he and I disagreed about the war from its outset. Yet no one could doubt President Bush’s support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security. As I have said, there were patriots who supported this war, and patriots who opposed it. And all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women, and our hope for Iraq’s future
August 25, 2010
I know you’re all as mosque’d out as I am, but it’s late August so it’s either this or shark attacks. The latest excellent mosque piece comes from my favorite liberal, Nat Hentoff. I dare anyone to challenge his commitment to the constitution and to freedom.
August 20, 2010
I’ve got a piece coming out in The Hill tomorrow, facing off Jill of Feministe, on everyone’s favorite topic: The Ground Zero Mosque.
For all the arguing over the mosque, we should remember not to let it get too heated, in particular because it’s unlikely to ever be built–and not because of the opposition to it.
Update: It’s up.
August 19, 2010
In Forbes magazine, Daniel Freedman wonders “Are Vacations Bad For You?”
August 18, 2010
Arguing on Facebook yesterday (I know, I know, how stupid) a professor of mine from NYU wrote that his friend, whose parents had survived the holocaust had compared the opposition to the mosque to Kristalnacht. When I pointed out that that was hysterical and anyway, we all know that he who brings up the holocaust automatically loses the argument, he called me a jerk and said I had stabbed his friend in the heart. After I had stopped laughing, I wrote my last comment on the thread noting that it was time to go when I’m stabbing people in their metaphorical hearts.
There is a segment of the population, on both sides, which has turned the mosque into the end-all-be-all for political fighting. But for all the hysteria, I hear most of the absolutely insane rhetoric from the pro-mosque side. When the speaker of the house calls for an investigation of Americans, you know things have gone completely off the deep end. I hope voters remember this in November.
Hat-tip on this story to my father who called me and said “You should start supporting the mosque. Leave the opposition to me. You’re young, have a whole life ahead of you without being investigated.”
August 15, 2010
August 13, 2010
If New York elects a governor named Cuomo, it’s like America electing another president named Carter. It shows an unwillingness to learn. It will probably make us yearn for the few months of that governor who slept with hookers. Or that other governor who put the squeeze on a battered woman. Please, New Yorkers, don’t do it.
August 11, 2010
Click the link for reactions for the professional left.
We were in L.A. again last weekend (my husband goes for work and I sometimes tag along) and I saw yet another sign I don’t get:
Why is JFK telling hipsters to beware?
Also, is this Vincent Gallo or Joaquin Phoenix? And why are either on a poster like this?
August 9, 2010
Here’s what I don’t get: this isn’t happening in some country no one has ever heard of, this is happening in U.S-occupied Afghanistan. And it’s not like they’re covert about it:
The 47-year-old woman, Sanam Gul, also known as Sanam Bibi, was killed in Badghis province Saturday morning, said Ashrafuddin Majidi, the provincial governor’s spokesman.
The district governor of Qades, Hashim Habibi, confirmed the execution. He said the woman was accused of adultery that left her pregnant. The Taliban shadow district governor, Mullah Abdul Hakim, and his judge ordered the woman to be executed, he said.
Mohammad Yousuf, a Taliban commander, carried out the execution, shooting the woman in her head, Habibi said.
It’s really past the time for us to ask ourselves: what are we doing in Afghanistan? I supported both wars when they began, and I supported their missions even when things went badly. But it just seems like a big joke now, when the Taliban is still running the place and laughing in our faces. What stops us from arresting Habibi, Majidi or Yousuf?
We can argue about whether we invaded Afghanistan to save pregnant widows from slaughter. But we can’t argue that we invaded to put an end to the Taliban, who in addition to behaving like animals, gave cover and support to Osama bin Laden. How has the most powerful military in the world not yet crushed these savages? The answer is, and talk to any military person who has served there to confirm this, that our leadership has tied the hands of our soldiers on the ground. In a war where we discuss everything ad nauseum before acting, it’s no surprise we are losing.
I want to hear from candidates, who wish to compete in 2012, about what they would do to win the wars we are currently waging. Not just how to leave, like our current president, but how to succeed in our smallest missions. How not to allow the Taliban to impose their murderous ways on a country filled with U.S. troops. How do we win today?
Think for a minute: Why do people oppose same-sex marriage in the first place?
They do so because they fear that otherwise America’s young people will end up like … Bristol and Levi: having sex and raising children without regard to marriage.
For all the reasons I’ve heard that people oppose gay marriage, I have never, ever, heard that one. Because, see, having sex and raising children without marriage is what gay people are doing now. And, even without gay marriage, so are Bristol and Levi.
August 4, 2010
And as a reminder, no I still don’t hate Muslims, but thanks for asking.