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One Can Hope, But…

By on 6.16.06 | 1:43PM

Over at Opinion Journal, Michael Barone wraps up his analysis of the Plame affair with:

The pursuit of Karl Rove by the left and the press has been just the latest episode in the attempted criminalization of political differences. Is there any hope that it might turn out to be the last?

Answer: Fat chance. The left has succeeded in dirtying up the White House (as evidenced in Bush's low poll numbers) by criminalizing political differences. A similar strategy helped oust the effective Tom DeLay.

As long as criminalizing political differences is an effective tactic for the left they will continue to use it, no matter how morally bereft it is.

What Else Do You Need to Know?

By on 6.16.06 | 1:40PM

Our buddy, Hu Jintao, with his smiling friend Ahmadinejad. Contrast this, please, with the picture in today's WaPo in which Ahmadinejad is standing with Musharraf of Pakistan and Karzai of Afghanistan. Neither is smiling or shaking hands with ol' Mahmoud.

Re: Specter Unvarnished

By on 6.16.06 | 12:34PM

What is this, John? An invitation to ridicule, from a colleague? Not very polite. I am not "with" Oliver Stone. And I seem to remember the Discovery Channel doing a special on the hidden Kennedy assassin, too. Interesting show.

Re: Specter Unvarnished

By on 6.16.06 | 11:02AM

Good Lord, who knew: Lawrence Henry is with Oliver Stone on the Kennedy Assassination!

The single bullet theory is absolutely correct. The Discovery Channel's Unsolved History re-enactment proved its technical plausibility, and the alternate theory simply beggars belief: How could a multi-shooter conspiracy be kept secret for forty years (even after the fall of Communism and the accompanying opening of Soviet intelligence files) with no one coming forward with hard evidence? Imagine the money to be made!

New Mass Translation Approved

By on 6.16.06 | 10:19AM

The bishops took the plunge into a new translation of the Mass yesterday. Good news for those who have long lamented the current English translation's clumsiness.

However, the New York Times article notes, the bishops also rejected over 60 of the changes recommended by the International Committee on English in the Liturgy. The Vatican may still have a few things to say about that, Fr. Z points out, calling the bishops' move "a game of chicken." (Hat tip: Amy Welborn)

The KosCaucus

By on 6.16.06 | 8:41AM

The ever-clever and insightful Hugh Hewitt has dubbed the fringe Democrats in Congress the KosCaucus. Brilliant. Their core membership was on display yesterday in both Houses, where the likes of Boxer, Byrd, Feingold, Harkin, Kerry and Kennedy in the Senate and Harmon, Murtha and Waters were undercutting our finest and bravest's efforts overseas. We're hearing that despite the embarrassing defeats yesterday in votes and in the media, Kerry in the Senate and Pelosi in the House both felt things went well. Heh. If there is something to be said for Pelosi's efforts, it's that she appears to solidified her position as House leader of the Democrats. This was something many of us weren't seeing even six months ago. What we're hearing now is that Pelosi is now in a stronger position politically within her own conference than she has been in the past 18 months. That says more about the state of Democrats than it does her mediocre political and strategic skills.