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There Ahmadinejad Goes Again…

By on 8.3.06 | 10:44AM

The AP reports:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday the solution to the Middle East crisis was to destroy Israel, state-media reported...

"Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented," Ahmadinejad said, according to state-run television in a report posted on its Web site Thursday...

Re: Babes of the IDF

By on 8.3.06 | 1:58AM

James: Hmm. No, I don't think that's right, though if I'm reading you correctly it comes down to an entirely subjective aesthetic judgement. My guess, though, is that your sentiments will be less widely resonant than those expressed in an anecdote I got from a friend who emailed me the IDF Babes link:

I met a guy... about two years ago who said he worked for the NRA. We chatted and naturally the topic eventually turned to girls. At this point he said, with complete seriousness, that Israeli women were the hottest on the planet.

"Why's that?" I asked.

Because, he said, the average Israeli woman can field strip and reassemble an assault rifle even faster than he could.

True story.

Re: Babes of the IDF

By on 8.2.06 | 11:52PM

Begging the collective pardon, but this could be the most appalling thing not involving murder that I've seen all year. Don't get me wrong, gents, a beautiful woman is a beautiful woman, and if you like these offered up here on their own merits then, by all means, marinate in your enthusiasm.

As for myself, I recall the windowless side of a building in Westwood, Los Angeles, which in the wake of 9/11 was adorned with a vast, head-to-toe mural. A sort of American Lara Croft, bedecked in commando gear, gleamed from gunmuzzle and lipgloss and cheekbone alike; screaming eagles -- I forget if these painted into the sky were birds or planes -- strafed the background, which was ablaze with flames and, I remember, with the flag of the US of A.

A New Chapter for Robert Sloan

By on 8.2.06 | 9:40PM

The cat is out of the bag. Robert Sloan is likely leaving the chancellor's office at Baylor to become the next president of Houston Baptist University. For those who have forgotten the story, Sloan resigned the presidency at Baylor after controversy over his rapid implementation of the Baylor 2012 vision. Debates raged at Baylor (and still do) over the desirability of integrating faith and learning. More prosaic matters were also involved, such as whether Baylor should build a $100 million science facility (which it did under Sloan's direction).

Houston Baptist is much smaller than Baylor, but it has some advantages. First off HBU has a board that has seen exactly what Robert Sloan does with a university and wants his leadership. Second, Sloan gets to do his thing at a school in a major metropolitan area. That means a setting very congenial to recruiting students and faculty and holding conferences. It also means going to work in the midst of a very large and thriving evangelical community in Houston.

Our Bureaucratic Health Care System

By on 8.2.06 | 4:29PM

Our health care system is plagued by bureaucracy, both in the government and the private sector. Having for years been accustomed to the third-party payer system, much the private sector has created structures designed to hold down costs and wring more dollars out of the federal and state governments.

Hospitals are one example of this. As we turn to a more consumer-oriented system with the adoption of health savings accounts, hospitals are struggling to adapt. Holman Jenkins has a great article on this in today's WSJ (subscription required). Here are a few snippets: