Everyone warns you about the heat and humidity, and my reply is just as ritual — I work at home, I always dress comfortable, it doesn’t bother me. And what I say is not just a deflection, but true. Also true is that any time you step out to the post office or the supermarket, it’s a steam bath and the faces of the people seem grim and stoical. Now that we’ve built this City by the Sea, a mess of Hebrew signs, palm trees, and honking horns, we can all suffer together.p>The other cliches are true, too — that whereas Jerusalemites are soulful, friendly, and personal, people here are more distant and brusque. A Jerusalem landlord will likely take seriously your complaint about a dripping faucet or a jammed shutter; a Tel Aviv landlord will more likely ward you off with a “Come on, do you really think I’m going to deal with that?” attitude. Which is not to say it’s as bad as A. E. Housman’s plaint about moving to London — br> /p> blockquote> em>I see br> In many an eye that measures me br> The mortal sickness of a mind br> Too unhappy to be kind. br> Undone with misery, all they can br> Is to hate their fellow man; br> And till they drop they needs must still br> Look at you and wish you ill. /em> /blockquote>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?