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If You Needed a Reminder

By on 4.13.06 | 10:16AM

Of the horrific evil committed on 9/11, or if you're even a casual student of history, don't miss reading the transcript of the flight recorder on UA Flight 93.

Cowardly Central

By on 4.12.06 | 11:11PM

Tonight's episode of South Park was the conclusion of a two-parter dealing with the Inkifada, free speech, and the merits of the show's cartoon competition. Last week the show strongly implied that an image of Mohammed was coming, and ended with the question, "Will TV executives fight for free speech, or will Comedy Central puss out?" Well, when the pivotal scene came, it was censored out with the note that Comedy Central refused to air it -- even though The Prophet has appeared before without incident. Pathetic.

One of Their Own

By on 4.12.06 | 10:19PM

At least someone in the media isn't apoplectic about McCain's re-evolution into a conservative: Slate editor Jacob Weisberg assures libs that he'll be back. And he will.

Re: Bad News and Count Me In

By on 4.12.06 | 9:37PM

Fitz: Chesty also said, "You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em." Which is as good advice in the political arena as it is in the military. Pete, there are plenty of alternatives on Iran. But I see what you mean. Those who claim there aren't any want to ignore the problem. These people, being fungible, can be labeled either Democrats or French.

Re: Wish Herman Well

By on 4.12.06 | 7:28PM

I almost mentioned this earlier in this space after receiving an email from Herman about the diagnosis, but wasn't sure how widely that email was sent...

Now that it is "out there," let me say:

Herman Cain is one of the most important players on the scene when it comes to the future of our movement, as anyone who has spent 5 minutes with the guy I am sure can attest.

Captivating. Genius. A true inspiration.

I love the guy, and he is in my prayers.

Having said that, I am entirely confident that he will come out of this just fine.

If you don't know Herman, start to get to know him by clicking here.

Wish Cain well

By on 4.12.06 | 5:42PM

Herman Cain, that is. Southern Appeal alerted us to this. Herman Cain is a terrific American. Let's wish him a speedy recovery!

Jed on target, as usual

By on 4.12.06 | 5:34PM

Jed -- That was exactly my point in writing the column. You, of course, said it much more pithily. Well done!

Re: Bad News and Count Me In

By on 4.12.06 | 5:06PM

Quin and CJ: I agree. Things look pretty bleak, and are likely to only get worse as the year goes on.  Especially when you consider the accelerating Iran crisis and many other issues neither the president nor Congress wants to face. But that’s precisely the incentive we need. Look at it this way: as a rather formidable gentleman named Lewis B. Puller once said, “We’re surrounded. That simplifies the problem.” (I know, I know. That’s also attributed to Gen. Smith, but I’d rather believe Chesty said it.)

Steyn plants the flag

By on 4.12.06 | 4:27PM

If you haven't yet read Mark Steyn's "Facing Down Iran" in City Journal, do it here.

Count Me In

By on 4.12.06 | 11:15AM

Quin's thoughtful piece on the homepage this morning really resonated with me and I hope our readers will take a moment to read it.

I too have been deeply demoralized by recent developments both at home and abroad. I joked to a friend the other evening, "Eh, the way things are going, I'll give civilization another 20 years at best. Perhaps it's time to stop caring and just start partying….."

I felt awful about that joke. What would my idol, Ronald Reagan, think of a conservative saying something like that, even in jest?

On the surface things are grim indeed and seem to be getting grimmer. But as Quin so ably reminds us, beneath that surface lie many small (and not so small) successes both foreign and domestic which, taken together, add up to enormous potential. We have an opportunity -- well, actually, a mandate -- to profoundly change the World (to paraphrase Newt) and now is not the time to go wobbly, (to paraphrase Mrs. Thatcher).