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Lieberman on Iraq

By on 11.29.05 | 12:31PM

Sen. Joe Lieberman's piece in today's WSJ is both right on the substance and enormously important. He is right in saying we can't cut and run, and explains why quite well. The piece is important because it shows that there still are Democrats who aren't giving in, as Jack Murtha did, to the vast majority of their leaders who believe the only answer to Iraq is to create another Vietnam.

But Lieberman's money quote is not on those central points at all. At the end of the article, he quotes past of a conversation he had with a Marine commander:

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Randy Republicans

By on 11.29.05 | 12:04PM

Does the indictment and resignation of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham confirm that, as Nancy Pelosi et al. would have it, the GOP's culture is one of corruption? The L.A. Times today finds a leading conservative who might agree:

Conservative activist Paul Weyrich, head of the Free Congress Foundation, said he thinks the Democratic charge may stick. "Frankly, Republicans are held to a higher standard, mainly because they are the ones who always preach morality," Weyrich said. "I think voters are going to punish them over this.

Perhaps voters should also be informed that Carol Lam, the U.S. Attorney who nailed Cunningham, is, as the L.A. Times story also reports, a Bush appointee.

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An Evolving Theory

By on 11.29.05 | 11:51AM

Michael Powell's Washington Post review of the new Darwin exhibition at New York's American Museum of Natural History is generally praiseworthy but Darwinists won't like his singing off key late in the piece: "...in its eagerness to declare the grand evolutionary questions settled, the show takes its lone stumble. Only four decades ago, most paleontologists rejected the theory, now broadly accepted, that comets and volcanic eruptions delivered mass extinctions and so played a key role in speeding evolution. Nor are scientists clear on the mechanism by which one species evolves into another; curator Eldredge and the late scientist Stephen Jay Gould crafted the once heretical theory of punctuated equilibrium, which holds that species sometimes evolve in grand leaps."

Then Powell notes that one prominent scientist, Simon Conway Morris, is now arguing that "even very distant species share structural similarities and journey toward inevitable complexity. This suggests to him that evolution adheres to an architecture."

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Soros Linked to Main Street Republicans

By on 11.29.05 | 11:32AM

George Soros' support for the "Main Street Republicans," the Congressional moderate Republicans who oppose drilling in ANWR and helped sink the slight decreases in Medicare growth earlier this month, isn't exactly news. But the group is apparently working to covers its tracks, notifying blogger Michelle Malkin that her linking of Soros and the Main Streeters is false and libelous and asking her to cease and desist. Malkin strikes back with a detailed case supported by extensive evidence of the links between Soros and the Republican Main Street Partnership.

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Downes and Out

By on 11.29.05 | 11:26AM

Leave it to the New York Times to turn the death of the well-liked Pat Morita into an occasion of grievance against the "lousy system" in which Morita had prospered. "It's distressing to think that the life's work of one of the best-known, hardest-working Asian-American actors is mostly a collection of servile supporting roles," Lawrence Downes writes in a special op-ed. But if Morita was "servile," how could he have been the font of Eastern wisdom in the wildy popular "Karate Kid"? Was it "servile" of Morita to appear at the Democratic convention in 2000 to sing the National Anthem (a happy event not mentioned by Downes)? There he was, an American interned during World War II, charming the Staples Center audience and, as I recall, even sporting a pony tail! And, unlike Bill Clinton earlier that week, he never bowed to the delegates.

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Alito’s Way

By on 11.29.05 | 11:24AM

Judge Samuel Alito's confirmation process continues apace this week, and there should be some news. According to Senate leadership sources, the Senate Judiciary Committee expects to receive in the next couple of days his questionnaire. One expects it will be complete and pass muster with Sen. Arlen Specter. Also, word out of the Department of Justice is that there may be a data dump of sorts on Alito in the coming days, as well.

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Back to Muhammad Ali

By on 11.29.05 | 9:10AM

In the New York Sun today, Daniel Pipes explains why President Bush's bestowal of a Presidential Medal of Freedom on Muhammad Ali "represents...the nadir of his presidency." Did the president really have to praise Ali for "his beautiful soul" and as "a man of peace"?

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Newsflash: Homosexuality Divides Denominations

By on 11.29.05 | 7:52AM

Read all about it. The Globe spans faiths in anticipation of the release of the Vatican document today restricting active homosexuals from the Catholic priesthood.

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Abortionist as Hero

By on 11.29.05 | 7:48AM

The L.A. Times profiles Arkansas abortionist Dr. William F. Harrison. Brace yourself before reading this gruesome article. The piece is a shadow of objective journalism in its depiction of Harrison as one front in the abortion wars. But the author, Stephanie Simon, makes sure that the reader comes away with a benevolent view of the good doctor -- 20,000 abortions under his belt, and not a one in the third trimester -- and seeing abortion as the only option for his young "patients."

Still, there are a few moments of honesty. The author depicts being in the room during an abortion, bringing out the inhumanity of it all. And amazingly, Dr. Harrison admits he is "destroying life."

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Books Galore

By on 11.29.05 | 7:14AM

Sen. George Allen, Fred Barnes, Roger Ebert, Grover Norquist, Al Regnery, RET, and others have a few suggestions for your Christmas shopping. Don't miss TAS's annual Christmas book list.

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