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Hart’s War

By on 12.28.05 | 5:54PM

There's an old story about three libertarians -- a historian, a philosopher, and an economist -- discussing how much they all admire Murray Rothbard. (I'm forgetting some of the details, but I think the economist was David Friedman.) The historian says he loves Rothbard on philosophy and economics, but that his understanding of history falls short. The philosopher says that, though he loves most of Rothbard's work, he has some problems with Rothbard's philosophical writings. The economist adds that, truth be told, he's not a big fan of Rothbard's economic writings.

There's been a multi-blog debate going on over Jeffery Hart's essay on American conservatism in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, and it's gone something like that. Hart gets so many things not-quite-right that the critiques of his essay make up a sort of mini-course in conservative political thought. Happily, Marc Comtois has collected most of them in one place.

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Holds

By on 12.28.05 | 3:21PM

Hugh Hewitt is on the case related to the dumping of Federal Circuit Court nominee in limbo Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh was nominated to sit on the DC Circuit back in 2003 and has been held now in all that time. His name was intentionally excluded from the negotiations by the Gang of 14, though in private sessions, sources have told us that Sen. John McCain had offered up Kavanaugh's nomination for sacrifice in order to get other nominees through.

Hewitt points out what a number of other people have posited: that because of Kavanaugh's role in the investigation of former President Clinton's (he was a Ken Starr deputy), Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has had a hold on the nomination.

Kavanaugh is but one of several important nominations that Democrats are holding. Sen. Arlen Specter could easily push ahead on Kavanaugh's, while other committee chairmen, Sens. Lugar and Stevens, to name two, could push the White House for more aggressive movement on other nominations they have dealt with, and which are now on "rolling holds" by the full Senate.

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John Batchelor Show: ABC Radio

By on 12.28.05 | 11:53AM

Forgive me if I don't blog much for the rest of the week. I'll be subbing for John Batchelor on his ABC Radio Network show tonight thru Friday night. John's hours are late: 9 pm - 1 am EST, so I'll be dragging in the early hours.

Hope you can catch the show. We'll be keeping John's usual fast pace, talking about the global news with people all around the world.

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Tough but Fair

By on 12.28.05 | 10:27AM

The Chicago Tribune editorial page takes an honest stab at re-assessing the Bush administration's prewar arguments for invading Iraq. One could quibble with their conclusions here and there, but they do a very good job of disaggregating the issues. Well worth a read.

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Re: Left Wing Christmas Cheer

By on 12.28.05 | 10:09AM

You know, I'm trying to sing that, but having a lot of trouble (more than usual). It doesn't really go with Jingle Bells at all. I know this is just nitpicking, but this must have been hammered out in a hurry. Next thing we know, NOW will have a bake sale.

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Left Wing Christmas Cheer

By on 12.28.05 | 10:05AM

This is what passes for the Christmas, er, holiday spirit from liberal activists. No "peace on earth and good will to men" here. Rather, National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy has rewritten some Christmas Carols with a sophistication and maturity that reminds me of elementary school bus diddies (you know, "Jingle Bells, Batman smells..."):

(to the tune of "Jingle Bells")

Dashing through the snow
On our way to Capitol Hill
NOW rounds we will show,
And we won't stop until

We save the Su-preme Court
'Cause it protects our rights
We'll protest any nominee
Who won't support our fights.

Oh! Not the church, not the state,
We'll decide our fate
Oh what fun it is to plan
For the 2006 debates

(Now, Dick Cheney only!)

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Patriot Facts

By on 12.28.05 | 9:38AM

So the UMass student and the media members (Molly Ivins, the Drudge Retort, NewsMax) who claimed that a book on a domestic security "watch list" had triggered intimidation of the student turned out to be lying.

The hysteria over this story was absurd, and the story itself was so absurd as to have been unbelievable on its initial presentation. Yet everyone bought into it. Why? The Prowler personally blames those folks who are on the payroll of the ACLU and those feed into the pathology of the MoveOn.org types. The years of lies and misrepresentation are clearly paying off. Why the Attorney General specifically and the Administration in general don't focus on ensuring Americans understand the laws that are protecting them is beyond us.

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