"Conspiracy" really gets a bad rap. I mean, really, let's go to its root words. Literally, it means "to breath together." And what better company for conspiring than American Spectator writers and editors, current and former, and assorted "hangers on," an Justice Scalia put it. Best of all was a tribute to the man who makes this website possible everyday, who is at the heart of TAS, and mentored so many young writers, Wlady Pleszczynski. Bill McGurn had affectionate words for Wlady, remembering his early days in Bloomington. Bob Tyrrell warmly thanked Wlady for his 25 years of 12 hour days and fighting the good fight "through all these thins and downs, these thicks and these ups."
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Word inside the White House late Thursday night was that Judge Samuel Alito was once again the leading candidate to be nominated to the Supreme Court. Recall that prior to the Miers nomination, Alito was considered the leading candidate.
Word is that the nomination could come as early as Friday morning. Judge Michael Luttig also appears to be in the running.
For timely advanced political thinking from the University of Chicago, check out this announcement, sent out yesterday by the U.C. Dems -- who for some reason take their orders from the comrades at DePaul:
Bush Bash! The DePaul Dems are throwing a Bush Bash tomorrow night that will celebrate (hopefully) the indictment of some of our favorite Bush Administration personalities. Dress up as a Republican and party with Democrats uptown.
Come dressed as Inmate #021051020624 otherwise known as Tom DeLay. Don a flight suit and pretend you too served in the National Guard,like our dear President. Or perhaps you could be what Harriet Meirs [sic] couldn't: an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.
A whole troupe of us will be taking the 173 Northward at around 9 PM on Friday....
Don't miss that bus!
The American Spectator's Washington Club Dinner was a huge success. We won't belabor the play by play like other conservative websites and Chatty Kathies beyond saying the Ben Stein was great, Judge Scalia was a reminder of what a Supreme Court Justice should be, and Bob Tyrrell was in top form.
Honored was the Wall Street Journal's ageless wonder George Melloan, who was recipient of the Barbara Olson Award. The bigger news was the announcement of an annual dinner to honor the late WSJ editor Robert Bartley.
Dave: Cornell had a bad spin with "ghetto fabulous" parties too. See this Cornell Daily Sun article. My old residence hall director said that while it was okay for David Chapelle to make fun of ghetto lifestyle, the mostly white kids in the frat house were crossing the line:
[Chappelle] is coming from an informed perspective, so he is a cultural satirist. These party-goers are not. Really, they are not making fun of hip-hop, they are making fun of you and me. They are trying to cover it up by saying it is a hip-hop party.
Or, you know, they were planning a party, and they were brainstorming themes when a G-unit video came on the air.
I received a perplexing email last night from the president of the University of Chicago (as an alum I still get some emails):
... On the evening of October 14th, in a student residence hall room, a private party was held with a theme that parodied racial stereotypes based on assumptions about economically disadvantaged members of society. The premise of this party caused substantial offense and has generated vigorous discussion among students, faculty and staff across campus. Members of the Office of Undergraduate Student Housing and the Office of Minority Student Affairs have been working closely with all students involved in the incident.
The issues at stake, however, are larger than this one distressing episode and raise questions about the campus climate for minority students, faculty, and staff. The University has already begun to focus on these concerns and remains fully committed to exposing and addressing the factors that negatively affect the quality of life for some members of our community.