Archive for September, 2005

Republicans Fail. Democrats Flail.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in General Politics

Howard Fineman writes a dead-on story about the problems with the Democratic leadership. They have a perfect opportunity now to frame their party as the stewards of a new way, and yet they can’t seem to get it together. Why? Here are some reasons: Supreme divisions: John Roberts smooth sailing through the nomination process. Lack […]

September 29th, 2005 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Bill Bennett On Black Babies

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Dumb Things Said By Smart People

Media Matters For America captured a conversation Bill Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues, had on his show Bill Bennett’s Morning in America. The program is said to reach an estimated 1.25 million listeners each week. Are you ready? Okay, here we go… BENNETT: you know, one of the arguments in this book Freakonomics […]

September 29th, 2005 | Permalink| 24 Comments »

Heart of Light

By Callimachus | Related entries in Foreign Policy, Smart Things Said By Smart People, The War On Terrorism

Fouad Ajami on “Heart of Darkness” It was the luck of the imperial draw that the American project in Iraq came to the rescue of the Shiites — and of the Kurds. We may not fully appreciate the historical change we unleashed on the Arab world, but we have given liberty to the stepchildren of […]

September 28th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Iraqi Constitution

By Callimachus | Related entries in In The News, The World

Salam Pax decides to reluctantly support the proposed Iraqi constitution. After a lot of soul searching and nail biting I have made up my mind about the draft. I don’t like it. I believe we should have done better. And I am especially angry about the US administration for jumping around and cheering about how […]

September 28th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Freedom Museum Nixed

By Callimachus | Related entries in Breaking News, Good Decisions, The War On Terrorism

Good riddance to a bad idea. Not the museum itself, but the location. Here’s the ground zero for the “take back Ground Zero” movement. Jeff Jarvis has done yeoman work in this cause. He deserves to celebrate. Rudi was against it. So was Hillary. Talk about an issue that brought people together. Tweet

September 28th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Classical Music

By Callimachus | Related entries in Music

Classical music in America isn’t what it used to be. Yes, it never was. But I can’t help enjoy a rather dismissive review of a book that itself dismisses two of my favorite modern American composers, Barber (born in my hometown, I used to pass his house every day; he wrote the alma mater of […]

September 28th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Creatio-, er, Intelligent Design

By Callimachus | Related entries in Education, In The News, Religion

In Dover School District, just across the Susquehanna from where I live, Intelligent Design has been slipped into the science curriculum in a “camel’s nose in the tent” sort of way. Predictably, it’s been challenged, and defended, and the case is now in court. Patrick Gillen, a lawyer defending the school district, said the case […]

September 28th, 2005 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

DeLay Indicted

By Montag | Related entries in Breaking News

This just in: The indictment accused DeLay of a conspiracy to “knowingly make a political contribution” in violation of Texas law outlawing corporate contributions. It alleged that DeLay’s Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee accepted $155,000 from companies, including Sears Roebuck, and placed the money in an account. The PAC then wrote a […]

September 28th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Michael Brown Defends Himself

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Dumb Things Said By Smart People, Hurricane Katrina

This is truly amazing, and no, not the good kind of amazing. From Washington Post. Former Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael D. Brown said yesterday that it was not his job to take over the evacuation of New Orleans and rescue the drowning city from Hurricane Katrina, blaming Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, New […]

September 28th, 2005 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

African Fiasco

By Callimachus | Related entries in Foreign Policy, The World

Perennial skeptic of international good intentions William Easterly romps through the quagmire of African aid. After 43 years and $568 billion (in 2003 dollars) in foreign aid to the continent, Africa remains trapped in economic stagnation. Moreover, after $568 billion, donor officials apparently still have not gotten around to furnishing those 12-cent medicines to children […]

September 27th, 2005 | Permalink| 3 Comments »