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TAS Contributor Francis Beckwith’s Tenure Battle

By on 9.12.06 | 8:45AM

Want the latest on the Francis Beckwith (formerly my grad advisor) tenure battle?

It's all at the Chronicle of Higher Education. Yep, it's a big story now.

This thing is growing into one very unhappy situation. It's still under appeal at Baylor.

One of the prof's quoted in the story, Stephen Evans, is a liberal democrat who I think may actually have voted for Howard Dean. He threatens resignation over the way Beckwith has been treated. Bless you, Prof. Evans.

By the way, you can check out Beckwith's C.V. at his website.

Damned If You Do…

By on 9.11.06 | 9:42PM

Tim Russert seems to think it was terribly rude and political for the President to talk about Iraq in his speech, and that Democrats will make hay over that. What do you suppose would be the reaction if he had given a speech tonight and not discussed Iraq?

It’s About Time This Was Said Clearly

By on 9.11.06 | 9:36PM

From the President's speech tonight: "This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization. We are fighting to maintain the way of life enjoyed by free nations."

Friends Lost Today

By on 9.11.06 | 5:32PM

I would like to pay tribute today to Jason Sabbag, a high school friend of mine. Jason went to Georgetown, worked for Fiduciary Trust, and was only 26 years old just five years ago.

He worked at the World Trade Center.

Jason: you were a good friend, a fun classmate, and are missed by many.

God bless you.

Is the Boston Globe on Crack?

By on 9.11.06 | 3:12PM

That's about the only charitable explanation I can find for this dunderheaded editorial.

I could go into detail about why this thing is so absurd, but I'll leave most of that to our readers. Please comment away.

I'll just point out this. In the middle the editorialists claim:

The long war against the insurgency in Iraq has further inflamed Mideast opinion against the United States without enhancing US security.

Toward the end they claim that Bush can point to some successes such as "the decision of Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy to end his support for terrorists."

As I recall, Khadafy made that decision in the wake of the Iraq War. Well, if Khadafy's decision enhances US security, and he made that decision after seeing what happened to Hussein, the logical conclusion is that the Iraq War has made us more secure.

But logic is hard to employ when you're taking puffs from the pipe.

Nothing In The Middle?

By on 9.11.06 | 2:57PM

Jonathan Rauch says that:

Now is therefore as good a time as any to jump to a conclusion: the question history will ask is whether Bush's presidency was as bad as Richard Nixon's or only as bad as Jimmy Carter's.


For the disenchanted--again, including me--the relevant points of reference now are not Churchill or Truman but Nixon and Carter.

Is there no middle ground between Truman and Carter? Maybe an Eisenhower or Woodrow Wilson?

Rauch says there are four things that will lead to Bush being compared to Carter and Nixon: the fiscal mess, the Iraq mess, international opprobrium (i.e., the international community doesn't like us), and the extralegal terrorism war (i.e., wiretapping).

I'll largely concede the fiscal mess, although Bush might still get some relief on that one if the deficit keeps heading in the direction it currently is.

Time to Defend Tomlinson

By on 9.11.06 | 2:26PM

For all the talk today about outreach to the Muslim community and communicaions, there is one man who has played a critical role in doing it the "right" way. Kenneth Y. Tomlinson.

We have a number of friends who formerly worked with Tomlinson at the Voice of America and at Reader's Digest, before it went leftish and became irrelevant. Everyone sings Tomlinson's praises for his leadership and vision.

Now Democrats on Capitol Hill are using the tried and true smear tactic of a leaked "investigation" into Tomlinson's management of the office that oversees all foreign broadcasts, including the successful Arab-language programming, to block his re-nomination to the board. This op-ed in yesterday's Washington Times lays out the non-case pretty well.

Conservatives should be paying attention to this fight. They should do what they can to defend Tomlinson and not let another left-wing smear undercut a true giant in the conservative movement.

Romney’s 9/11 Statement

By on 9.11.06 | 12:07PM

I'd like to talk about doors for just a minute. When I was little, my boxer dog's bark meant that Dad was coming through the back door. He was finally home, and the fun could begin. When I became a married man, walking through the kitchen door was the happiest moment in my day. Everything that had been occupying my concerns was suddenly unimportant. When my boys were growing up, my passage through the back door meant I'd soon be tackled, rolled to the floor, and engaged in a tickling contest. Now the boys have grown, married and have children of their own. When Christmas vacation approaches, they make their way home. No matter the busyness of the moment or the lateness of the hour, Ann and my ears are perked. When the door opens, celebration begins.