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Pacifists Rescued by Troops

By on 3.23.06 | 8:58AM

Not only is it a happy event, but it makes for enjoyably ironic headlines.

Taliban at Yale

By on 3.23.06 | 6:21AM

John Fund, also our Politics columnist in the print mag, is still hot on the trail.

Save the Date

By on 3.22.06 | 3:08PM

For those of you in the D.C. area, Capital Research Center is holding a Capitol Hill briefing Monday on the Endangered Species Act entitled, "Why Protecting Property Rights Is Good for Landowners and Species." CRC will bring their best guns on the topic, including president Terry Scanlon, TAS contributor and Greenwatch Executive Director David Hogberg, and others. It's Monday, March 27 at noon in 385 Russell Senate Office Building.

Re: To Hell and Back With Them Hawks

By on 3.22.06 | 2:13PM

Jed: To the first point, that Corner post was definitely the first time Rich used the term "'to hell with them' hawks." Buckley probably had something to do with it, but since I can't read Rich's mind and he didn't mention Buckley in the piece, I can't say for sure. Buckley might fit the "'to hell with them' hawk" description, though I'm not sure he's even written on every topic that I noted by letter, let alone that he believes what "'to hell with them' hawks" are said to believe. The same goes for other NR-niks, like Andrew McCarthy and Jeffrey Hart, who seem to tend in the to-hell-with-them direction. That was my point: The NR cover story is written too much like there's a group of people who have signed on to a particular manifesto of positions.

To the second point: What do you consider a significant attack? Does 9/11 qualify? You don't really need state support to kill a few thousand infidels these days. Terrorism is just too easy. The relationship between Middle Eastern regimes and the radicalism they breed is much more complicated than a head/body metaphor implies. We're not threatened by a single organism -- more like an ecosystem.

Romney Movement

By on 3.22.06 | 1:00PM

Another sign that Mitt Romney's gearing up for his presidential run: shifting staff from his official offices to his Commonwealth PAC.

Readers, Respond Please!!!!

By on 3.22.06 | 12:52PM

Okay, readers, here's a VERY important poll, because some important people may be looking at it. Of the appeals court nominees now pending (look for ones listed beside "CCA" on the list) which of them do you think are the three most important to be confirmed, and why? Please be thoughtful and constructive, and please be as specific as possible. By the way, my own answer begins with Brett Kavanaugh.

One more vote for the endgame

By on 3.22.06 | 11:27AM

Jed:

Since I'm an old printer, here's one I know. Corrupt nation states like those you've mentioned supply terrorists with documents -- passports, cartes d'itentite, etc. -- through suborned and infiltrated government printing offices. It's an essential element in the terror arsenal, without which the jihadist movement would be seriously crippled. If for no other reason, shut down the corrupt states to shut off the supply of travel documents to terrorists.

Many jihadists, I have read, are still traveling on Kuwaiti documents printed up during the Iraqi occuption of that country.

400 Percent Wrong

By on 3.22.06 | 11:20AM

I missed GM's restatement of its 2005 loss. Instead of $2 billion, it's more than $10 billion. Fire the accountants.

Challenger to Burns

By on 3.22.06 | 10:16AM

Sen. Conrad Burns has a primary challenger for his Senate race: state Senate President Bob Keenan. Looks like Conrad's an inviting target for mid-sized fish among his own party. This makes his decision whether to file or not by tomorrow quite interesting.

Cox Rocks

By on 3.22.06 | 8:21AM

The smartest, most principled conservative in office in Washington is at it again, pushing reforms without stringest regulations, promoting the free flow of information to support free markets, and showing that conservatism doesn't rule out creativity. Page C-1 of today's Wall Street Journal tells the tale: former U.S. Rep. Chris Cox, now chairman of the SEC, is pushing several technology initiatives to give companies incentives to disclose financial information, using technology, that would be more understandable and useful for investors. I won't rehash the whole article here, but I do urge everybody to read it, not as much for the content of the specific proposals, all of which seem to be good ideas, but more to see how a creative conservative can promote reforms without red tape and without abandoning conservative principles. Chris Cox is great at the SEC, but he really should be in the Oval Office instead.

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