Catholic Church orders, “Don’t you ever molest children! Again. And this time we mean it.”
Today’s vocabulary word is “schism.” Can you say schism, boys and girls? How about, “American Catholic Church”?
Or maybe, “Pope Incorrigible I“?
Some women have forgotten — or never knew — how to accept a gift of flowers graciously.
Susanna Cornett isn’t one of them.
Blogger is working as hard today as a Saudi prince in an easy chair with a fresh Scotch, a fluff girl, and 18 well-mannered servants bearing tasty foodstuffs.
Glenn, I don’t know how much you’re paying Ev for Blogger “Pro,” but it’s double what you’re getting in service.
Talk to Stacy about HostMatters. For 25 bucks a month, I get InstaPundit-worthy bandwidth, and enough server space to upload extremely high resolution pictures of my ass, just in case I ever want to virtually moon the entire French people.
And tell Ev to bite me.
I forgot to salute the fine men and women of the USS Cole, out of drydock and back on duty.
We’re proud of you guys.
It can. It is. Sean says the new danger isn’t to European Jews — Hitler made sure there aren’t enough left to bother with. The new danger is a major western nation exporting its violence to Israel — or even to our shores.
It’s been done once before.
Richard S. tipped me off that there’s some great stuff on the GDP and the environment on Sophimata today.
Long story short: Dollar for dollar, we pollute less than India or China, which is no real surprise. But we also put out less icky stuff per buck than supposed Countries That Care like Germany, Japan, and even Canada.
Wonderful intellectual ammo. It’s not fair to use 155mm artillery shells against pocket knives — but do you really care about fairness?
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.
Drudge finally has a real story posted on Peter Jennings’ pay cut.
Try not to cry into your coffee, OK, kids? It’s unseemly.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
AOL Time-Warner lost a record 50 billion dollars last year. That
Robert Samuelson does what Paul Krugman is afraid to do
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
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?
I usually have all kinds of flattery and nice words, and I could this time, too. But I
StrategyPage says Dutch responsibility for the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre isn
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?
You might be interested to know that Maureen Dowd has a new column this morning.
Then again, you might not.
Oh, dear — Tom Friedman has found himself another cute little formula hiding with the change in his sofa.
But this time it