Dear Lady Godiva: The Iraqi people -- at least those who have risked so much to help create democracy in their nation -- are more than deserving of the nomination, and the honor. But let's limit it to those Iraqis who are on the right side of the equation. Their struggle is a long way from over.
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For those of you following our society's head-first dive into eugenics (which George Neumayr chronicled in the June issue), don't miss the New York Times' latest on the disabled community's justified fears of what expanded prenatal testing means for them.
One gets the sense that the Times tried to get abortion supporters on record for the story, but failed:
Supporters of abortion are especially wary of wading into a discussion over the ethics of prenatal testing, lest they be seen as playing into the opposing side in the fraught national debate over abortion rights.
In other words, they have no problem with aborting the child because it has Down syndrome -- they just can't say so because it looks bad.
Larry Thornberry e-mails a friend about some news that matters:
When I'm abusing time of a morning with "The Tampa Tribune" I often look at the "Today's Birthdays" feature. I guess it's a sign of advancing age, but often I don't recognize a single name on the list. I have to assume these celebrated strangers are rock stars, movie "actors," or some other species of "celebrity" that the world feels obliged to take note of.
But this morning I was pleased to see a familiar name. Stan Musial is 85 today. Thought you'd like to know. I hope the old boy is healthy, prosperous, and having a great day. (Stan always took care of himself, even after he retired. My guess is he could still loosen up and hit a few ropes.) Hope you are too.
I'll be on FNC with John Gibson today at about 5:30 pm. Talking about how the Iraqi military is standing up, and what a withdrawal would mean for us, and for them.
One oddity in Howard Kurtz's story is his continuingÂ agnosticism about the forged documents. HeÂ complacently acceptsÂ the absurdÂ notion that the documents' authenticity is beyond verification: "Mapes is right that the purportedÂ 30-year-old memos by Bush's long-dead squadron commander have not been proved to be forgeries..."Â Why does he grant her this concession?Â Just to makeÂ his criticism of her seem a little moreÂ even-handed?Â
As "Engine Charlie" Wilson used to say: "What's good for General Motors is good for the country, and what's good for the country is good for General Motors." (Though the media usually omitted the corollary half of the saying.)
By these lights, the country should be prepared to shut down next spring.
I attended Vice President Cheney's speech at AEI this morning. Truly, besides the excellent content of the veep's remarks, little about the event was remarkable. Afterward outside the building, though, the LaRouchians were singing tunes to the effect of Cheney being a Nazi. If James Bowman is right in today's column, that's the quality discourse we should expect in coming years from the Democratic Party.
If you missed the Vice President's speech this morning, here are the money quotes:
"Several days ago, I commented briefly on some recent statements that have been made by some members of Congress about
"One thing I've learned in the last five years is that when you're Vice President you're lucky if your speeches get any attention at all. But I do have a quarrel with that headline, and it's important to make this point at the outset. I do not believe it is wrong to criticize the War on Terror or any aspect thereof. Disagreement, argument and debate are the essence of democracy, and none of us should want it any other way...
As Bob Woodward is starting to learn, you don't want to get on Howard Kurtz's bad side. In today's Washington Post Kurtz politely lets Mary Mapes have it for refusing to acknowledge the problems with her "60 Minutes II" report on George W. Bush's Air National Guard past. She has thereby "open[ed] herself up to the charge that her obsession has clouded her judgment." Before he's done, Kurtz is comparing her to another investigative journalist who in disgrace ended up committing suicide.
All very fine. So why was Kurtz much more tolerant of Mapes in his November 9 report on her? Her obsession hadn't yet clouded her judgment?