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Regulate THIS

April 24th, 2002 - 10:17 am

Diana Hsieh is as mad as I am about the Supreme Court’s mis-ruling on the takings clause and property rights.

Except Diana is a bit more eloquent than my little profane outburst this morning.

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ABC News Is No Union Shop

April 24th, 2002 - 10:00 am

Drudge finally has a real story posted on Peter Jennings’ pay cut.

Try not to cry into your coffee, OK, kids? It’s unseemly.

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He’s No Ebert — Thankfully

April 24th, 2002 - 9:51 am

Jeff Jarvis explains why building a wall won’t work for Israel. Didn’t the East Germans try that in 1961? And look where it got them.

Also, there’s the sheer bloody-mindedness of the Arabs:

But these merchants of hate, these people who will stop at nothing — even selling their own children into death and murder and hell — will find new ways to detonate hate. They invented the 737 bomb. They invented the woman bomb. They invented the child bomb. For all we know, they invented new, improved anthrax. A wall will not stop their weapons. A wall will not stop the retaliation. A wall will not stop the killing. A wall will not stop the hate.

The more I read, the more I become convinced that Palestinian expulsion from the West Bank (followed by a short and very, very nasty war) is the only way to a lasting peace.

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Jane Galt Lines

April 24th, 2002 - 9:40 am

Megan McArdle, reporting from the WTC, remembers what it was like to drive to work through six or seven heavily-armed checkpoints.

In fact, she remembers a lot of what it was like to be at Ground Zero immediately after the attacks of September 11.

. . . how the men were fine as long as they were working, but as soon as they left work they’d want to get drunk to forget — and they wouldn’t forget; they’d end up drunk and sobbing hysterically on the floor of the bar. Which wasn’t embarassing because everyone else was crying too.

. . . how the machine operators would warn us not to look down as we crossed the site because of what we might see.

. . . how we had our own private little park off the river where we could spend fifteen minutes eating lunch, because no one was allowed south of Houston street. How silent the streets were, away from the site.

Those of us who weren’t there can’t remember, but we should at least be reminded. Often. There’s much more in Megan’s post, and you owe it to yourself, to the victims, and to those on the scene to read it all.

Get to it. Now.

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This morning’s Required Reading comes from StrategyPage.

Tom Holsinger looks at the looming renewed war wth Iraq, but doesn’t expect there to be much of a fight:

We don’t think we’ll have to fight. I.e., the national command authority expects Saddam Hussein will be dead when we go in and that our troops in Kuwait will enter Iraq unopposed. This might happen through assassination. Anecdotal evidence in Mark Bowden’s article in the current Atlantic Monthly indicates that Saddam’s security forces have lost respect for him and are rather cynical about him.

Holsinger also says nukes are a possibility, but only if Saddam first launches a g

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Collector’s Editions

April 24th, 2002 - 9:07 am

You’ve seen the Mud Flap Girl on the back of trucks, but how about the Hellfire Girl?

Semper Fi! I think these guys know what they’re fighting for.

If you’re not familiar with the MFG, you can read all about her mysterious genesis in my cousins Todd & Brant’s Big Damn Book Of Sheer Manliness.

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Bet This Won’t Be Tonight’s Lede On ABC

April 24th, 2002 - 8:55 am

There’s no link to a story yet, but Drudge reports that Peter Jennings might be taking a multi million-dollar pay cut.

This is just the beginning, kids. The broadcast networks are shrinking. They simply can’t afford Peter, Tom, and Dan much longer.

And I know what my sister and fellow bloggers are thinking: “How do I get my bite out of the pie, now that Peter’s slice is smaller?”

As soon as I have an answer for that one, I’ll let you know. From my new beach house in Antigua.

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Whoa — I Mean, Whoa

April 24th, 2002 - 12:29 am

AOL Time-Warner lost a record 50 billion dollars last year. That

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No Big Surprise Here

April 24th, 2002 - 12:28 am

which children’s storybook character are you?

this quiz was made by colleen

I see the little explanatory blurb disappeared. If you don’t recognize the drawing, I’m Max from Where the Wild Things Are.

But some of you knew that already.

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Honestly Now

April 24th, 2002 - 12:27 am

Robert Samuelson does what Paul Krugman is afraid to do

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Happy Birthday, Dead Guy!

April 24th, 2002 - 12:27 am

Brink Lindsay reminds us that the Bard of Avon would have been a mere 438 today. He also finds the perfect Shakespeare quote for our times.

Who cares if the speech is overdone? And I

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Supremely Pissed

April 24th, 2002 - 12:26 am

Well goddamn them, anyway.

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She’s Not Dead, Jim

April 24th, 2002 - 12:26 am

New Blogger John Tabin does the grunt work and answers my months-old question: What has become of Camille Paglia?

Well, I tracked down the lesbian libertarian academic legend via the Usenet group alt.fan.camille-paglia. Turns out she’s attached now to Interview magazine, which unfortunately has no web presence. You can apparantly read her regular column in the magazine, but on the web, someone has posted a copy of an interview she gave in the December issue, in which she deals with 9/11. Naturally, she makes some good points, since she’s brilliant. (Not as feisty as Fallaci, though.) I’ll be heading to the newstands to try to track down Interview.

A big thanks to John. And if you’re a Camille fan, read the interview, too.

So here’s my new question: When will Camille start a blog?

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KISS Formula

April 24th, 2002 - 12:21 am

I usually have all kinds of flattery and nice words, and I could this time, too. But I

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No Wonder They All Resigned

April 24th, 2002 - 12:20 am

StrategyPage says Dutch responsibility for the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre isn

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A New York Single Finger Salute

April 24th, 2002 - 12:19 am

As you

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Only In The Guardian

April 24th, 2002 - 12:19 am


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We Won

April 24th, 2002 - 12:18 am

Pete du Pont asks if the young Eastern European democracies will have their economies smothered in the crib by the EU.

The Czech Republic survived four decades of communism. Now it’s facing a different kind of centralizing power, the European Union. Vaclav Klaus, a former and perhaps future prime minister of the Czech Republic, explains the dilemma now facing his country. The Czechs built a free society with a functioning market economy within a decade of the Berlin Wall’s collapse–a commendable feat, but one that is not yet complete. Now the nation is about to join a European Union that, Mr. Klaus says, is no longer dedicated to “removing barriers to the free movement of people, goods, money and ideas.” Instead the EU seeks to create a “supranational European state aiming at the centralization of power in Brussels and the elimination of European nation states.”

The Czechs got sold out twice in the 20th Century. Once to Hitler and once to Stalin. Are we really going to encourage them to sell themselves to Brussels in exchange for some agricultural subsidies?


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The Missing Link

April 24th, 2002 - 12:17 am

You might be interested to know that Maureen Dowd has a new column this morning.

Then again, you might not.

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Attack Of the Clevers

April 24th, 2002 - 12:16 am

Oh, dear — Tom Friedman has found himself another cute little formula hiding with the change in his sofa.

But this time it

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Care To Make It Four?

April 24th, 2002 - 12:15 am

Three shut-outs in a row, Pejman.

I didn

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Same Old Brave New World

April 24th, 2002 - 12:15 am

Over at Reason, Ronald Bailey debunks William Kristol

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Index THIS

April 24th, 2002 - 12:14 am

The Mad Swede is back with another edition of Smarter Harper

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Famous Last Words

April 23rd, 2002 - 12:55 pm

When the first warm weather hit last month, I remember telling Melissa, “Looks like I got through this year without the flu.”

Why did no one tell me there was a really nasty springtime version?

I’m fed, I’m rested, I’m back up to speed. Thanks for the kind thoughts while I was down.

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This Will Keep You Busy

April 23rd, 2002 - 8:57 am

Lileks on modern protestors:

Or rather, they have a problem. They preach an end to war, but include in their number people who wish to destroy, violently, a democratic nation. They agitate against racism, but include in their number people who wish to exterminate the Jews of Israel. They rage against globalism, but support the work of terrorists who operate in every hemisphere. They are the useful fools who end up on the wrong side of concertina wire a year after the revolution; besotted by their communal self-regard, enchanted by the allure of the flame, they have thrown in their lot with the enemies of civilization. And this will be the death of their cause.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going back to bed for an hour or three. Back to regular posting after that.

UPDATE: I see Glenn already lead you to the new Lileks. Told you I needed more sleep. G’night.

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You Knew This Already

April 22nd, 2002 - 9:31 am

Kurtz gets it.

Thanks, Howard.

NOTE: This might be a slow day. The Spring Flu nailed me last night.

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Bit O’ Hockey

April 21st, 2002 - 10:54 pm

Before I go to bed, I must add this:

Two shut-outs in a row, Pejman.


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April 21st, 2002 - 10:51 pm

All the cool kids are doing it.

which “monty python and the holy grail” character are you?

this quiz was made by colleen

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Schadenfreude Revisited

April 21st, 2002 - 5:07 pm

AOL Time-Warner is in trouble.

From Steve’s Investor’s Dictionary:


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Things You Didn’t Need To Know

April 21st, 2002 - 4:47 pm

According to Google, I’m #24 for “Kelly’s spankings.”

But Kelly always told me I was #1 for spankings.

I hope whoever it was found on Google what they were looking for. I know Kelly did.

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