Our gun-owning Diarist loads up in our Summer issue.
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The police made a cursory search of the house and then one of the policemen, eyes wide with discovery, suggested that maybe because this was such an old house, that was the cause of the knocking. He looked at me meaningfully.
“You mean it’s haunted?” I asked.
“I didn’t say that,” he said. “You said that.” But he made a sort of nod.
I told you this was some day. The police left. My wife went back to her bedroom. Neither dog had done anything but idle barking. I slept the rest of the night with my S & W right next to me. Loaded. Ready.
I love my gun. Don’t like it. LOVE IT.
I am so busy i cannot believe I am still alive. I feel as if this stress and fatigue should kill me if there were any sense in the world. Today, I had a recording of a commentary for CBS, then a mad rush out to Malibu for more photos for the “Ben Stein’s Los Angeles” layout. It was so beautiful in Malibu it was hard to believe. Just perfect. Really, truly perfect. Crisp, warm, breezy, rich blue sky. Just glorious.
But I had to rush right back to be on Larry King to talk about the oil spill with a Democrat congressman named Alan Grayson.
A few thoughts on the oil spill:
1. No one, obviously, is sorrier about it than the oil producer, BP, and the rig operator, Transocean. If the heads of those companies could go back in time and have it never happen, they would do anything to do so.
2. It was ambitious to operate in such deep water, with no safety net, but the world and the nation were clamoring for oil. The government said, “Go for it,” and BP and Transocean went for it. Did they ignore warning signs that a giant event was bubbling below the surface? Maybe. If so, they will grievously answer for their ambition.
3. If mistakes were made, they were made by a few dozen people at BP and Transocean and a few bureaucrats. The energy business employs several million men and women. They have done nothing wrong at all. No point in blaming them for anything at all. They are just doing what we want them to do: getting us oil and gas. The stockholders of BP and Transocean have done nothing wrong. They had no clue what was going on under that drilling platform. It seems wrong to punish people who merely wanted to provide for their retirement for a seismic hydrocarbon event that may have been so drastic that it constitutes an act of God.
4. Finger pointing does no good whatsoever. No one wants to get this thing capped and stopped more than BP and Transocean. Let’s encourage them and not distract and torment them. There will be plenty of time for lawsuits. What we need now is action on the seabed, and that is not a job for lawyers.
5. This is not Mr. Obama’s fault. I am not a fan of his, but he isn’t Superman. He cannot be expected to swim down to the leak and seal it with his super powers. If he’s smart, he will be part of the effort to fix it, not part of the effort to drag out the tumbrels and guillotines.
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?