The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, aka the UN General Assembly, today elected five new members of the UN Security Council to begin their terms in January. They are the Congo Republic, Ghana, Slovakia, Peru and Qatar. They join the US, UK, France, Russia, China (permanent, Heaven help us, members) and non-permanent members Argentina, Denmark, Greece, Japan and Tanzania on the on the Security Council. This election is not expected to have a significant effect on restaurant reservations or parking in the vicinity of East 46th Street. Or anything else, for that matter.
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The Mormons -- that is, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints -- have made the cover of Newsweek. Why are the Mormons on the cover when this isn't a slow news week (Miers, Plamegate)? It's tough to determine from the article. There's nothing particularly news-worthy, like a new apostate historian proving that Joseph Smith was a particularly skilled huckster. That said, if you're a little hazy on Mormon history, beliefs, and controversy, be sure to read this one. It sympathetically treats Mormon history and claims, but artfully tackles polygamy, whether the Indians were a lost tribe of Israel, and if the Mormons can credibly be called Christians.
Last Friday, Timothy Flanigan, former deputy White House counsel and President Bush's nominee to serve as Deputy Attorny General, withdrew his nomination to that post. His decision was due, in part, to the Judiciary Committee's delay in voting the nomination out of committee, and we're told, threats by Sens. Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy and Joe Biden to draw Flanigan's current employer, Tyco, into the debate. Flanigan, being an honorable fellow, chose not to play their dirty little game.
Leahy, though, being the snake that he is, and the New York Times being the shill that is, refused to play the politics of the nomination straight. Over the weekend, the Times published Leahy's statement:
Raymond Sokolov's column in today's WSJ (subscription required) accuses conservatives of acting like a third party in opposing the Miers nomination and goes on to suggest we forsake the elephant and adopt the duck as our party symbol for various reasons including that many of us shoot them for food, the domestic ones do not carry avian flu, and they are secular (?). Despite the fact that Sokolov says PETA already has taken the duck for its flag, his advice is that we should take it back and make it quack for free enterprise.
Please, Mr. Sokolov, take your duck and, well, eat it. We're not ready to give up on the elephant for many reasons. Not the least of which is that it would never have reached its current binge-spending, crony-appointing, self-immolating prominence without us. Having gotten it drunk, it's now our duty to sober it up if we can. And even if we got to the point of seeking another mascot, it would not be to the duck we would turn.
The press, the Beltway, and National Enquirer will want to know the nature of the relationship between Harriet Miers and Nathan Hecht. But the L.A. Times will publish it? They're good friends. Leave it at that in print and gossip amongst yourselves over drinks at the Mayflower bar. Still, Hecht would seem to be fanning the flames with quotes like, "We are not dating. We are not seeing each other romantically. Not currently." Red meat for the dogs.
Mitt Romney's use of a 1913 Massachusetts law barring gay couples from other states obtaining marriage licenses is threatened by a lawsuit in the Supreme Judicial Court. Remember the left's newfound affection for federalism as gay marriage heated up last year? As predicted, one state voiding the contracts of another could not stand for very long -- seizing upon one aspect of federalism destroys the overall quality of constitutional federalism. Of course, this isn't a new fangled argument, but merely Article IV.