Paul Harvey, RIP. Grade A grading. More fat, more energy. Obama gets Lincoln wrong. Plus more.
HARVEY SIGNS OFF
Re: Christopher Orlet’s Paul Harvey, Good Night:
Like my Spanish brother in law would say in his very limited English vocabulary, Paul Harvey was “a good man.”
‘Nuff said. I’ll miss him.
— Gene Hauber
Brick, New Jersey
A fine tribute, Mr. Orlet, to the greatest of the great. Paul Harvey, with every broadcast, restored my faith in God, in country, and in myself. Like Ronald Reagan, he made me feel proud to be an American. You must have been in a hurry, though, when you wrote this. A couple of “misquotes”? I thought it was “nattering” nabobs of negativism, and I wasn’t even a fan of Spiro Agnew. And, isn’t it “snake OIL” salesman? Although, “snakeskin” would be a bit more interesting, and challenging, even for Paul Harvey. However, I enjoyed learning about Mr. Harvey’s neologisms. He certainly had some famous “imitators.” Now, what American President is also well known for his, uh, “neologisms”? OK, maybe that’s being a little too complimentary. “Strategery” doesn’t quite make the cut in neologism land. Still, it beats understanding the meaning of the word “hope.” Mr. Harvey certainly did, but truly now, do you really think Barack Obama actually knows the meaning of the word?
— Mike Showalter
NEW SCHOOL TIES
Re: Ken Blackwell’s Not Making the Grade:
I think American universities have been aligned with the economy
for quite some time now. Universities have for a long time
produced smug, self-important wankers who think they are entitled
to rewards without achievement or responsibility. These are
exactly the same qualities as the Wall Street operators who broke
the financial system and now the economy by paying themselves
shameless bonuses for lending money to people who can’t pay it
back and for investing in worthless securities that nobody
understood. The universities certainly were producing for the
market, supply was matched to demand — the trouble is, it was a
market that has now spectacularly failed. Maybe now the demand
for wankers and their worthless products has collapsed under the
weight of its own ridiculous contradictions and inanities, the
universities will also change towards producing graduates whose
skills are more durable and worthy and who are more thoughtful
and disciplined and less self-indulgent. I believe this is called
creative destruction — let there be much such destruction. There
is still hope for those who value an old=fashioned, quality
— Christopher Holland
As Shakespeare wrote, “I must be cruel only to be kind.” (Hamlet Act 3, scene 4)
Rejection never feels like a kindness, but rejection can be a
greater kindness than unreasonable acceptance. A college
admission officer must be honest with his applicants in order to
serve them well. To accept an under or unqualified candidate who
will simply under achieve or fail is unethical. When colleges
exclude viable tests that have a high level of accuracy in
predicting success in order to bolster students’ self-esteem,
they are doing a costly disservice to these students. College is
expensive and time consuming. Tests, such as the ACT and SAT,
serve to give valuable information to admission officers and the
students themselves. To let an unqualified student make the cut
is the unkindest cut of all.
— Ira M. Kessel
Rochester, New York
Re: The Prowler’s To the Left:
Does anyone else see the irony?
Barack Obama — who is not just riding the coattails of
Abraham Lincoln but has stitched himself inside them —
presiding over a government “of the people, by the people,
and for the people,” and helping it along to perish from the
— A. C. Santore
THE FUTURE IS HERE, AND IT ISN’T PRETTY
Re: Max Schulz’s Bio-Fools:
“It’s just a matter of time before Associate Justices Judith
Sheindlin and Joe Brown take their rightful places on the high
court.” Wasn’t that the plot of Christopher Buckley’s last
— Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida
Dr. Bittner is a patriotic genius, don’t you see?
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?
H/T to National Review Online