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Re: Jimmy Rethinking

By on 11.4.05 | 7:49AM

Dave, the Carter piece you linked to was interesting in other respects, too. Perhaps none more so than the man's invincible narcissism, as when he offered that "the best treatment he has received since leaving the Oval Office was from the first President Bush, and the second-best treatment he got was during the Reagan administration, especially from Secretary of State George P. Shultz. The worst treatment he's received, the former president said, was from President Clinton."

He does not seem to have ever considered that his successors in office were under no obligation to even return his phone calls. And it becomes more and more apparent that they should never have bothered.

Carter ran for president in 1976 quoting Bob Dylan's famous line, "He not busy being born is busy dying." Another Dylan line seems more appropriate now: "There's no success like failure, and failure's no success at all."

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Jimmy Rethinking

By on 11.4.05 | 7:27AM

Former President Jimmy Carter sort of has a problem with abortion, he told reporters yesterday:

"I think abortion is wrong and that the government ought never do anything to encourage abortion," he said during that campaign. "But I do not favor a constitutional amendment which would prohibit all abortions, nor one that would give states [a] local option to ban abortions."

Looks like his abortion problem is with his thinking: it's wrong, but let's avoid confronting it. Still, he also said Democrats overemphasize abortion and that "I never have felt any abortion should be committed."

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iTunes of the Book World

By on 11.4.05 | 7:16AM

Call me a Luddite, but something about Amazon's plan to sell some books by the page bugs me. Cookbooks? Maps? Overprice textbooks? Great. Novels? I hope authors nix it.

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Good News Is In

By on 11.4.05 | 7:09AM

Well, good news is "in" to the extent that it's reported on A15 of the Post. The road to Baghdad International Airport is secure, the Post's readers learn in a fine story. But astute TAS readers have known this for weeks -- weeks! -- since John Connly Walsh reported it here Oct. 17.

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French Riots Continue

By on 11.3.05 | 7:53PM

French Interior Minister and Mr. Bean-lookalike Nicolas Sarkozy says that the riots in the Paris suburbs that have gone on for seven nights were not spontaneous but "well organized." Odd. We thought the only things well organized in France were the labor strikes.

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MoDo Workin’

By on 11.3.05 | 2:19PM

MoDo never seems to have forgotten the words of her mother, who she says wrote her on her 31st birthday that: "Women can stand on the Empire State Building and scream to the heavens that they are equal to men and liberated, but until they have the same anatomy, it's a lie." Until? MoDo's subsequent career (and that of many of her contemporaries) seems to have been played out against the intractability of this wish. You'd think that Mother MoDo would have worked out some of her agita by the time her daughter hit 31. One can only imagine what kinds of destructive bromides she was favoring little MoDo with at sweet 16.

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Tutoring MoDo

By on 11.3.05 | 1:54PM

Actually, Wlady, MoDo could learn a lot more from the Orlando Sentinel's Kathleen Parker. Her column yesterday is a masterpiece that explodes the hoax of uber-feminism. A couple of the money quotes:

"Dowd, herself unmarried and childless, wonders whether being smart and successful explains her status. She observes that men would rather marry women who are younger and more malleable, i.e. less successful and perhaps not so very bright.

"Men haven't turned away from smart, successful women because they're smart and successful. More likely they've turned away because the feminist movement that encouraged women to be smart and successful also encouraged them to be hostile and demeaning to men.

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Purposeless-Driven Life

By on 11.3.05 | 1:52PM

Is Darwinism and belief in an omnipotent God compatible? For PR reasons, many evolutionists say yes. To gull believers into an atheistic account of nature, they've made this a chief talking point. But to see the dishonesty of this PR campaign, all one needs to do is read the writings of the Darwinists' celebrated lights. The scientists who understand the theory most purely insist on this incompatibility: no external cause accounts for nature, they argue; unguided material processes alone explain it.

Take a look at Edward O. Wilson's introduction to From So Simple A Beginning: The Four Great Books of Charles Darwin. He writes that "we must conclude that life has diversified on Earth autonomously without any kind of external guidance. Evolution in a pure Darwinian world has no goal or purpose: the exclusive driving force is random mutations sorted out by natural selection from one generation to the next." And then this: "we were descended from animals by the same blind force that created those animals, and we remain a member species of this planet's biosphere...humanity is not the center of creation, and not its purpose either."

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