TAKING A POWDER
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.’s Cruel and Not Unusual:
Have no fear, I hope and believe that it will be mostly unwatched. James Brolin is not terribly interesting to start with, particularly when slathered with six pounds of makeup.
— Warren Mowry
Re: Steve Hornbeck’s The Political Blaine Game:
Sounds like the dwarves, in the process of carbo-loading for a marathon, garbage-loaded instead. Now they suffer from a host of eating disorders. I believe the voting public will take note and choose to eat “right” (pun intended) instead of following in the footsteps of a group of malnourished candidates lost in the early stages of the campaign trail.
— Armando Diaz
Garden Ridge, TX
Re: Jed Babbin’s Tripping With TSA:
Our country and people are generally mature and effective in solving day-to-day problems. Yet, any time politicians take up the process of problem-solving against a partisan backdrop, they just can’t seem to get it right. And, the more serious and partisan the problem is, the worse their solutions often are. Take, for example, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), no please, take it, really, all of it. Take it anywhere, or, at least, take it somewhere other than where they are now.
Why do I say that? Last week I was flying with my wife, my daughter and her two daughters, age 5 and 1. Going one way, we had no problems, dutifully showing our e-tickets and our picture IDs; earnestly promising we had been in continual possession of our luggage; patiently standing in line for about 25 minutes; obediently taking off our shoes and emptying our pockets; purposely walking through the thing-a-ma-jig; and conscientiously avoiding conversation that might raise suspicion among the several TSA folks standing around doing little that I could discern. Having meekly gone through this herd-like process, we were good to go “into the wild blue yonder.” We were proud.
But, alas, coming back home, we were not at all good to go “into the wild blue yonder.” Of note, we were flying from a very small airport on a flight or about 20 people. As we were being screened to board the aircraft, an erstwhile TSA official (among several standing around) selected my wife for a hand search of her carry-on bag, and in performing his duties, (gasp) he found some cuticle scissors. She was busted! To correct this security breach, my wife was given a choice: have someone at the airport take the offending scissors and return them to her (presumably by means other than by airplane), or the scissors would be forfeited to the TSA! Since we knew no one at the airport, well, needless to say, the scissors are no longer with their true owner.
Next, my 5 year old granddaughter was singled out for a body search, even though she had just emptied her pockets, took off her shoes, and walked through the thing-a-ma-jig. (Fortunately for her, she had that very week learned to tie her shoe laces. Unfortunately for everyone else, it takes her about 5 minutes to do that.) In any case, her body search proceeded by wand. (I assume the wand metal detector uses an improved method of metal detection than the thing-a-ma-jig uses.)
But, I am pleased to say my little granddaughter was cleared to proceed. Man-o-man, I don’t know what would have happened if she had been found to possess, say, a sharp pencil, or a toy with a sharp edge, or other such contraband. Would we have had to forfeit her, since we had no one at the airport who could have returned her to us?
— Al Reynolds
Thanks for pointing out the TSA foibles. So long as people are in the loop, there will be loopholes. We can only hope that detection technology advances to the point where humans become a support mechanism if not superfluous. Hope that happens before the next big one.
— Dick Sheppard
Jersey City, NJ
And as long as Norm Mineta is running around loose, nothing is going to get any better.
— Al Markel
Re: George Neumayr’s Boykin and the New Liberal Malaysia:
Not discussed in the article is that the “journalistic jihad” on Lt. Gen. Boykin was spearheaded by the LA Times military affairs opinionist William Arkin. While Mr. Arkin created a furor meant, besides other nefarious things, to destroy the career and reputation of Gen. Boykin, he has also unmasked himself.
As exposed in a recent article in the Weekly Standard, is seems as though Mr. Arkin cut his journalistic teeth for such groups as the Institute for Policy Studies, Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Human Rights Watch — all of which are left-leaning, at best, and socialist fronts, at worst. This journalistic upbringing is manifested in his refusal to release the complete audio transcripts of the speech. I wonder if he was in the same University of Maryland journalistic ethics class as Jason Blair or just ignores the concept of full disclosure.
More unbelievable is Mr. Arkin being cited at the end of his Naval War College speech as: “…a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington and an adjunct professor at the U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies.” Whoa, Nellie! Do I have this right? Considering the jaundiced tone of his, so called “reporting” and his refusal to release the transcript, if Mr. Arkin is continued in the employment of the USAF and T-E-A-C-H-I-N-G at their School of Advanced Airpower Studies, “Lucy, you’ve got some serious ‘splainin to do.” By all means, let’s start that Pentagon probe.
— Rick Osial
It seems that Lt. General Boykin is defending our civilization and remembers all too well the history of the Christian West, tales of valor; i.e. Charles Martel, Don Juan of Austria. Chesterton reminds us that the cross and the sword are paradoxically the same symbol pointing to the same reality. He also coined the following: “It is easy to be a madman, it is easy to be heretic. It is always easy to let the age have its head, the difficult thing is to keep one’s own.”
— Edward Del Colle
Bravo, sir, well said. Dead on. With Islam, this is no pun. In politics, they say to follow the money. With Islam, it is follow the trail of corpses. Am I a bigot? Or am I merely observant? The evidence speaks for itself. For those who want evidence, they can try this website:
— David Shoup
Very excellent piece and very warmly received here, but I have a sinking feeling that Boykin’s days may be numbered. I like President Bush, but his politically correct view of Islam will cause Gen. Boykin to be removed from the scene and that will truly be a shame.
— Gene Hauber
Re: John Tabin’s The Forty-Five Least Wanted:
I just read John Tabin’s article regarding Breaking the Real Axis of Evil by Mark Palmer. Also, just yesterday the Wall Street Journal‘s OpinionJournal website had more on the repression and torture in North Korea.
OK, first off, I have not read Mr. Palmer’s book, as I figure it’s brand new. Just judging from Mr. Tabin’s review, Mr. Palmer and 95% of the other pundits that, I don’t know, “pundicize” on these matters are missing something basic. (This include the WSJ author, Claudia, Rosett, BTW, who should know better.)
Did you ever think about the fact that all of the nations so tyrannized in Mr. Palmer’s book and G.W.’s Axis of Evil, lite, had an unarmed population before the trouble? There has not been a nation subject to tyrannical rule in which the people are armed, as these people are no longer subjects, but free citizens.
This is so obvious, but I guess y’all don’t want to bring it up, as it’s not politically correct. How ’bout being honest and forgetting the PC bit just for a while, Mr. Palmer? The solution is right in front of you, and there is no need for 320 pages about it and a new international organization …
— Jimmy Antley
GOING ONE BETTER
Re: George Neumayr’s Self-Indulgent Liberal Man:
Mr. Neumayr’s article was well thought out and well written.
I disagree with one of his points. I do not think liberals, “…[D]on’t see a soul in distress, but a potential convert to their libertinism.” I think they see a soul in distress and want to destroy it or make it go away, and continue, freer than before, to live and promote their immoral/amoral lives. In other words, they are not interested in converting conservatives, but obliterating them. Conservatives (moralists), if they are really such, would like to convert liberals(libertines).
They (liberals) are saying, “We know we cannot live moral lives, we are not going to trying to live moral lives, nobody should try to live a moral life, he (Rush) could not live a moral life, anyone who advocates living a moral life (like Rush) must be destroyed to prevent anyone else from advocating living a moral life. Life to liberals is a game of trickery and deceit with the winners beating the losers by any means necessary. Moral codes make playing the game harder. They do not want to convert. That’s not part of the game. They want to get rid of morality and those that espouse it.
Conservatives think of conversion as good. It is a moral thing to do. Help your fellow human being to see the evil of his ways thereby uplifting him. Liberal do not want to uplift anyone. This is not to say that liberals do not want recruits. But these come from the “great” undecideds, neither liberal nor conservative. Liberals know that the moralists are not recruitable and must only be utterly defeated.
I know my opinion is harsh, but one needs to face the situation as it is to be able to deal with it. I am not surprised Mr. Neumayr did not want to express it so bluntly even if he was in agreement with me.
— Christopher Spang
George M. Noe’s letter regarding “The Moron Vote” was moronic for the following reasons:
1. He states that this country is soon to be a “country ruled by and for the morons.” Evidently, he thinks he is already in Guatemala. The last time I checked, America was a Republic. No one “rules” under the democratic system of government.
2. His response [to a reasoned argument that the Democratic candidates try to appeal to a group of people who could only be morons to fall for the candidates’ statements] is that Tyrrell should move to Guatemala. Moronic!
3. He is a no doubt a moron if he expects any reasonably intelligent person to believe he is either “independent” in party or thought. You can always discern a Democrat in the disguise of an independent; they always bring up the election of 2000, and invoke the “popular vote mantra” of the left.
He is right about one thing. After listening to the left-wingers (particularly Ted “Bubbles” Kennedy) for the last 3 years, and looking at the latest poll numbers showing the President’s favorable numbers declining, I guess I do live in a country full of morons.
— Mike Webster