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Time “POTY”

By on 11.22.05 | 2:08AM

Jed and Lady G., let's refine that concept for the sake of a dynamite cover photo. "The Iraqi Voter," purple fingertip rampant.

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Re: Time Person of the Year

By on 11.21.05 | 7:43PM

Dear Lady Godiva: The Iraqi people -- at least those who have risked so much to help create democracy in their nation -- are more than deserving of the nomination, and the honor. But let's limit it to those Iraqis who are on the right side of the equation. Their struggle is a long way from over.

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Down Syndrome Eugenics

By on 11.21.05 | 6:32PM

For those of you following our society's head-first dive into eugenics (which George Neumayr chronicled in the June issue), don't miss the New York Times' latest on the disabled community's justified fears of what expanded prenatal testing means for them.

One gets the sense that the Times tried to get abortion supporters on record for the story, but failed:

Supporters of abortion are especially wary of wading into a discussion over the ethics of prenatal testing, lest they be seen as playing into the opposing side in the fraught national debate over abortion rights.

In other words, they have no problem with aborting the child because it has Down syndrome -- they just can't say so because it looks bad.

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Still the Man Still the Man

By on 11.21.05 | 3:06PM

Larry Thornberry e-mails a friend about some news that matters:

When I'm abusing time of a morning with "The Tampa Tribune" I often look at the "Today's Birthdays" feature. I guess it's a sign of advancing age, but often I don't recognize a single name on the list. I have to assume these celebrated strangers are rock stars, movie "actors," or some other species of "celebrity" that the world feels obliged to take note of.

But this morning I was pleased to see a familiar name. Stan Musial is 85 today. Thought you'd like to know. I hope the old boy is healthy, prosperous, and having a great day. (Stan always took care of himself, even after he retired. My guess is he could still loosen up and hit a few ropes.) Hope you are too.

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The Big Story

By on 11.21.05 | 2:41PM

I'll be on FNC with John Gibson today at about 5:30 pm. Talking about how the Iraqi military is standing up, and what a withdrawal would mean for us, and for them.

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Re: On Second Thought

By on 11.21.05 | 2:30PM

One oddity in Howard Kurtz's story is his continuing agnosticism about the forged documents. He complacently accepts the absurd notion that the documents' authenticity is beyond verification: "Mapes is right that the purported 30-year-old memos by Bush's long-dead squadron commander have not been proved to be forgeries..." Why does he grant her this concession? Just to make his criticism of her seem a little more even-handed?Â

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Not So Good

By on 11.21.05 | 1:53PM

As "Engine Charlie" Wilson used to say: "What's good for General Motors is good for the country, and what's good for the country is good for General Motors." (Though the media usually omitted the corollary half of the saying.)

By these lights, the country should be prepared to shut down next spring.

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Cheney’s Remarks

By on 11.21.05 | 12:32PM

I attended Vice President Cheney's speech at AEI this morning. Truly, besides the excellent content of the veep's remarks, little about the event was remarkable. Afterward outside the building, though, the LaRouchians were singing tunes to the effect of Cheney being a Nazi. If James Bowman is right in today's column, that's the quality discourse we should expect in coming years from the Democratic Party.

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Debating the War

By on 11.21.05 | 12:09PM

If you missed the Vice President's speech this morning, here are the money quotes:

"Several days ago, I commented briefly on some recent statements that have been made by some members of Congress about Iraq/>/>/>/>. Within hours of my speech, a report went out on the wires under the headline, quote, Cheney says War Critics Dishonest, Reprehensible, end quote.

"One thing I've learned in the last five years is that when you're Vice President you're lucky if your speeches get any attention at all. But I do have a quarrel with that headline, and it's important to make this point at the outset. I do not believe it is wrong to criticize the War on Terror or any aspect thereof. Disagreement, argument and debate are the essence of democracy, and none of us should want it any other way...

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