As the world knows (except of course for Iran), the Nazis destroyed European Jewry. En route they appropriated Jewish owned businesses, bank accounts, art, real estate, gold wedding bands, clothing…the right to live.
My editor at the Baltimore Sun tells me that the secretary, who has been there for ages, has never in all her years in the newspaper business, witnessed the storm that my article last week elicited. In case you missed it, the piece was titled “When Will World Confront the Undead of Croatia?” and it called attention to the fact that not only has Croatia not sufficiently acknowledged its zealous Nazi past of WW2, but the past followed it into the 1990s — and the criminals of that decade are widely celebrated by Croatians even today.
Let’s not mince words. It was a teenager who pumped three bullets into Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, 53, at the entrance to the offices of Agos, the bilingual Armenian-Turkish weekly newspaper he founded in 1996. But Dink’s execution is a direct consequence of the policies of the Turkish government concerning the Armenian Genocide, and what Amnesty International terms “a pattern of judicial harassment against him for peacefully expressing his dissenting opinion.”
Note that AHF doesn’t call on the government to crack down on the sales of an illegal drug or to promote rehabilitation from abuse or addiction to an illegal drug or to prosecute people for knowingly infecting others–they call on Pfizer to 1) stop advertising a legal drug and 2) turn over the profits from sales of that drug to the Foundation.
On the day she announced her candidacy, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York emulated Robert Frost as she declared, “I’m IN to WIN!” It sent chills down my spine. Instead of Camelot, can we now look forward to Dr. Seuss with an attitude?
By now, most of us have heard—or heard about—the goofy ramblings of Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), who took to the House floor to criticize the war in Iraq by drawing not from the writings of Madison or speeches of Churchill, but from the mind of Gene Roddenberry.
I noticed the other day that diapers now come in size 5T which is labeled 38 lbs and higher; on the same shelf are training pants (diapers with elastic waistbands) to accommodate 60 lbs. Since the average weight of a six year old is 45 lbs, I began to wonder whether we’re raising a generation of supersized butts or whether children are being toilet trained at a later age. The answer is both.
America’s dependence on foreign oil is a threat to our national security. I expect President Bush to illustrate this anew next Tuesday. We’re sending oil dollars to despots who hate us and want to destroy our way of life, to oil broarons who provide funding and safe harbor to terrorists who plot ways to deliver on the despots’ goals. This was recently confirmed by U.S. intelligence chief John Negponte, our soon-to-be deputy secretary of State, in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The CA State Legislature may soon take up a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for a parent to spank or slap a child younger than age 3, reportsThe Mercury News(San Jose). If adopted, the state will be the first to explicitly ban a form of discipline that many child psychologists – and parents - believe to be an effective form of discipline when used sparingly and does not escalate to physical abuse.
Lately, my friends and family have become increasingly worried about me because of their perceived feeling that I am somehow overly enamored with Renee Zellweger. I am sick and tired of the accusation that my life seemingly revolves around the greatest actress in history.
“How should a conscientious Jew react to Israel’s new image as military giant and flawed oppressor?” That’s the question asked by the current Economist, the distinguished British weekly, a rhetorical question that would fit right in with Jimmy Carter’s latest attack on Israel.
It has often been noted that even the most realistic literature, plays and films fail to capture authentic human conversation — not because they cannot, but because narrative movement and character revelation demand some enhancement of the frequently incoherent, awkward and oh so boring way we humans talk to each other. Ingenious written dialogue achieves the right “ring” of authenticity while incorporating the economy and condensed revelation of art.
More than 3,600 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) or Homeland Security Department airport security uniforms and badges have been lost or stolen over the past five years, The Washington Timesreports.
At the risk of never being invited on Mark Davis’s radio show, I have to address his debate with me concerning the wunderkind of the Desperate Democrats in the Presidential election of 2008. As I thank Mark for his nice comments about my writing, I see the other side of his deft, two-edged sword. He implies that perhaps Obama Man might indeed be a great choice for his party because he brings a different kind of “track record” to the primary marathon we will soon all come to know and hate.
I like Patrick Hurley’s stuff, and his post about the “absurdity” of the Obama candidacy is not without merit. But I would suggest that bringing a persona to the table that makes millions of Democrats think of bailing on HIllary Clinton is as noteworthy as any stodgy legislative achievement.
If the current lineup holds, the Democrats will be represented by a communitarian if Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama becomes the presidential candidates. Hillary’s communitarian leanings have been long known. They are especially well spelled out in her book It Takes A Village. She also delivered the keynote address at the 1996 meeting of the Communitarian Network, and met frequently with communitarian thinkers, especially William Galston.
As if politics could not get any more absurd, Barack Obama, who has accomplished absolutely nothing in his life up until now, has announced he is forming an exploratory committee to run for the President in 2008.
According to various news reports, President Bush is going to float proposals for expanding health insurance coverage in his State of the Union address. More than a third of Americans say health care should be among the top priorities for the federal government. This is likely because we have a very strange system. in this country For the most politically connected Americans, health insurance has become tied up in the issue of employment. Companies began offering health insurance to workers as a benefit when wages were controlled around World War II. Federal tax law has since enshrined this benefit by making insurance deductible as a business expense for employers, and untaxed for employees. This system worked when Americans worked for the same big companies for their entire lives. But many Americans now switch jobs every few years, and many of us don’t work for employers at all. The ranks of the self-employed grew by over 150,000 in December alone, the Labor Department reports. Clearly, there should be a huge market for individual health insurance out there.
After last week’s article “An Embryo a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” was published, I heard from reader James Kelly, a biotech writer and director of The Cures 1st Foundation, Inc. in Colorado. Mr. Kelly, who debated Christopher Reeve about embryonic stem cell research and wrote an excellent article on the subject in NRO, emailed the following:
The New York Timesreports that anorexia was “all but unheard-of” in Brazil until “the Barbie aesthetic, celebrity models, satellite television and medical makeovers” began to infiltrate the culture: “[U]ntil recently no one here would ever have talked with admiration about having an hourglass figure like Barbie’s, let alone the coat-hanger physiques of the international runways. Instead, the ideal was what is known as ‘um corpo de violão,’ or ‘guitar-shaped body’ … thicker in the waist, hips and fanny.”
Inspired by Sara Davidson’s new book, “LEAP! What Will We Do With the Rest of Our Lives?” Newsweek magazine decided to ask several baby boomers to answer the question, “What Three Things Do You Want to Do Before You Die–No Matter What.” Their subjects included, Stephen King, Dan Quayle, Bill Cowher and Bill Frist. Their answers ranged from noble to incredibly simple minded as in Cal Ripken’s second wish, “I have a real zest to learn. I’d like to bone up on my history and business reading.”