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Memorial Day Readings

By on 5.29.06 | 2:06AM

We'll be back with our regular main page postings tomorrow. But especially today don't miss the speech Ben Stein delivered this weekend in Arlington, Virginia. Or the Memorial Day tribute penned last year by Shawn Macomber. All this on top of Paul Beston's remarkable lesson in humility.

Iraq’s Position on Iran

By on 5.28.06 | 12:41PM

Omar at Iraq the Model wonders: "Does the CNN have problems with translation from Arabic to English or is it a case of deliberate twisting of facts?"

EUnuchs in India?

By on 5.27.06 | 8:52PM

According to the Sunday Telegraph there are EUnuchs in India. I didn't know that. I thought they were all in EUrope.

Indonesian Quake

By on 5.27.06 | 7:57PM

Having been to Yogyakarta, I'm not at all surprised to see death tolls climbing rapidly. The city is surrounded by a massive sprawl of flimsy-looking shanties, and the earthquake made thousands of people's homes collapse on them while they slept. If you're feeling charitable, the Red Cross is aiding the relief effort.

A silver lining: The amazing Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist monument in the word, is unharmed. But some of the shrines at the Hindu Prambanan temple have been damaged.

Ticket to Free-Ride

By on 5.27.06 | 11:24AM

Some unsparing weekend reflections of mine on "traffic ticket amnesty."

Sessions on the Immigration Bill

By on 5.27.06 | 8:44AM

As promised on the Hugh Hewitt Show last night, here's the link to the great speech by Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama on the massive problems with the immigration bill. If that doesn't convince you to start yelling at your senators, nothing will.

And as to Sessions, as they say in my old neighborhood, 'dis guy is da real thing. Is it too early to think about Allen and Sessions as a twofer in '08? Not in my book, it's not.

The DoJ and FBI’s Line in the Sand

By on 5.27.06 | 12:24AM

NYT:

WASHINGTON, May 26 - Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, F.B.I. Director Robert S. Mueller III and senior officials and career prosecutors at the Justice Department told associates this week that they were prepared to quit if the White House directed them to relinquish evidence seized in a bitterly disputed search of a House member's office, government officials said Friday.

Mr. Gonzales was joined in raising the possibility of resignation by the deputy attorney general, Paul J. McNulty, the officials said. Mr. Gonzales and Mr. McNulty told associates that they had an obligation to protect evidence in a criminal case and would be unwilling to carry out any White House order to return the material to Congress.

The potential showdown was averted Thursday when President Bush ordered the evidence to be sealed for 45 days to give Congress and the Justice Department a chance to work out a deal.

Round-up From Other Sites

By on 5.26.06 | 6:04PM

Via this link at Amy Ridenhour's National Center Blog, I discoverd that Bizzy Blog does excellent reporting on the (infamous) Kelo vs. New London "eminent domain" (property seizure) case. Well worth a read. Also, Donkey Cons has good reporting on an excellent event put on by the estimable Bradley Foundation, namely on a question about whether there is now a "conservative elite that is similarly out of touch" as the liberal elites have been for so long. For those to whom the abortion issue is paramount, Abortion Watch links to a moving series of filmed interviews.

Is Frist Still the Leader?

By on 5.26.06 | 5:45PM

Bill Frist says he is waiting for Arlen Specter's cues on judicial nominees, Human Events reports.

Today on the Hugh Hewitt Show

By on 5.26.06 | 5:24PM

I'll be subbing for Hugh again today (6-9 pm on Salem Radio Network). We'll have the Beltway Boys -- Mort Kondracke and Fred Barnes -- Larry Kudlow, Asst. Sec. Def. Peter Rodman on China, TAS columnist John Tabin on the Congressional office search and lots more. Hope you can tune in.

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