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Saturday, January 20, 2007
This Week's Excellent Readings
From Iraq to chopsticks to the economist who enlists Martians to help him explain the trade deficit, it was a good week to be reading.
Favorites: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Read the speech -- Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, that is. His most famous speech. Forget what people have told you it says. More importantly, forget what people who claim to be his heirs have told you it means. Read the speech and understand it for yourself.
Then read Leonard Pitts, Jr., about the speech and its vision.
Star Parker celebrates the universal message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and -- imagine this -- applies it to the modern world.
Jack Kelly evaluates the situation in Iraq and explains how to win there. Among his observations are these:
Charles Krauthammer argues for the development of a reasonable fallback plan in case the surge fails.
Anne Yasmine Rassam does an excellent job describing the enemy and notes that each front may require different tactics..
Oh, for a Winston Churchill . . . Wesley Pruden asks, "Does anyone here want to survive?"
Anyone unacquainted with the bitterly politicized nature of debate about and reporting of the war on Islamist Fascism would expect certain things to be self-evident, including Thomas Sowell's opening thoughts here:
Here are two further points from Thomas Sowell's next article, represented as Part II of the first:
Amir Taheri explains why good news just doesn't get out of Iraq much these days. Here's a substantial excerpt:
Favorites: Everything Else
In a superb essay, Jonah Goldberg describes the modern propensity to derive morality from science, and the serious associated pitfalls.
Charles Murray explains in detail a crucial hole in educational research. His attempt to point out the hole and start to fill it are not likely to be very welcome.
If I hadn't already written off most of the Democrats on Capitol Hill and many of their Republican colleagues as crass, irresponsible power seekers with only secondary interest in the welfare of the United States (if even that), Tony Blankley's piece on "vulture politics" would have pushed me firmly in that direction. It's also noteworthy as to Democrat strategy for the coming two years.
Tom Purcell ponders his meter maid, the predictable effects of perverse incentives, and Democrat motives in Washington. Along the way, he explains what it means to be conservative.
Rich Lowry reports on the Democrats' quest to keep drug companies from making profits. (Good grief, that sounds stupid when I put it like that!)
Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana) makes more sense to me on Social Security than the White House does.
Steve Chapman debunks the Democratic orthodoxy on free trade.
Paul Greenberg attempts to describe the greatness of Robert E. Lee.
Read Jonathan Garthwaite's interview of Dinesh D'Souza while sitting down. If you've been watching the nation and the world for a few years, his description of how President Bush is fighting a war on two fronts -- one at home and one abroad -- won't surprise you. But the comprehensiveness of his explanation, together with the fact that someone making the arguments openly, might enlighten and unsettle at the same time. Note what D'Souza says the rest of us can do, near the end of the interview.
Michelle Malkin recently returned from Iraq. Read why she writes:
Edward N. Luttwak says there's a high road to US domination in the Middle East, and it's closed. There's also a low road, and it's wide open.
Victor Davis Hanson has an interesting insight into our enemies' thinking.
Suzanne Fields things some folks should stop and think about the war -- and maybe even listen. She notes:
Dick Morris finds in President Bush's Iraq speech the symptoms of a dangerous but familiar presidential tunnel vision.
Now there's an idea. Let's detain some of those Iranians who are causing trouble in Iraq. According the Jeff Emanuel, we're starting (starting?!?) to do that.
Victor Davis Hanson compares Saddam Hussein's fate to that of other recent mass-murdering tyrants, and finds it different.
Kathryn Jean Lopez says congressional Democrats lack vision with respect to the war, with one exception.
Michael E. McBride uses a metaphor to explain the US at war. He's not very kind to Congress.
Robert Novak describes Republican pessimism about Iraq.
Clifford D. May says this is not the time to try to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
National Politics: 2008 Presidential Race
Jeff Jacoby catalogs interesting developments in the almost-officially-begun Mitt Romney campaign.
Hugh Hewitt writes of Mitt Romney and "the new bigotry."
Michael Barone says the field is open and does a little tentative matching of candidates to the political landscape, or vice versa.
Jeff Emanuel notes that so-called civil rights leaders are watching Barack Obama with very muted enthusiasm, if any at all. A partial, possible explanation:
Matt Towery says Hillary Clinton will be the Democrats' presidential nominee.
Steve Chapman has some interesting thoughts on Barack Obama's prospects as a presidential candidate.
Clarence Page is happy to see Barack Obama in the race.
National Politics: The New Congress
Mona Charen reviews the features of our newly-revived situation, Democratland.
Robert Novak say that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk in the matter of earmarks and similar waste and corruption.
Those first 100 hours are dragging on, Rich Galen notes, and privilege still bears sway.
Wesley Pruden writes derisively of those "100 hours," the new Congress' agenda, etc.
Nancy Pelosi just hasn't managed yet to convince Bronwyn Lance Chester that all that talk about ethics is serious.
National Politics: Other Topics
Here's an important word for you, under the general heading "Government as Trough": totalization. Phyllis Schlafly explains:
Dick Morris says the Democrats are about to convene another circular firing squad.
Now we have a new verb: to nifong. A synonym looms: to fitzgerald. Jack Kelly compares two abusive prosecutions.
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., considers measures to promote energy independence and has some strong words about the important of that independence.
According to Terence Jeffrey, the liberal advocacy of a right to privacy is a smoke screen, since it doesn't stop them from pushing the government to require a certain vaccination for pre-teen girls.
Rich Galen writes that President Bush should pardon Scooter Libby.
Debra J. Saunders revisits a sick case of putting the law enforcement officers behind bars and letting the drug smuggler go free and sue the government.
Linda Chavez catches the US immigration bureaucracy looking clownish and cruel . . . again.
Around the World
Arnaud de Borchgrave writes of a Russia that sounds somehow . . . familiar . . . and is back in the game, on its own side, not the West's.
John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the United Nations, evaluates Ban Ki-moon's first days as Secretary General of that body, and hopes that Ban will follow his instincts, not his predecessor.
Economics and Business
Jacob Sullum offers an intriguing economic exercise showing how government subsidies of higher education actually increase its cost.
Walter Williams says trade deficits are not bad, and he's got numbers and history to prove it.
Alan Reynolds looks at tax rates and revenues.
Claire Cain Miller writes of Virgin America's attempts to start flying in the US and major US airlines' lobbying to prevent it.
Mark Tatge writes of a developing bidding war for Delta Airlines.
George Will describes Boeing's comparative triumphs and Airbus's relative woes.
The Culture, Broadly Defined
Dinesh D'Souza explains how it is that liberals defend pornography so vigorously.
Dennis Prager's vacation travels inspired some thoughts on happiness, politics, etc.
According to Lenore Skenazy -- and what motive would she have to lie to us? -- the times are always changing, and it's always Steve Jobs' fault.
Marvin Olasky says we're having a Great Respecting, but not a Great Awakening.
My recent trip to traffic court wasn't as successful as Gene Weingarten's.
Michael Medved explains how a New York Times reporter cooked census statistics to advance his anti-marriage agenda, and no major media outlet called him on it.
Kathleen Parker says anonymity might be the fashion of the future.
David Grimes described -- perhaps even boasts of? -- his lack of chopstick skills.
Sad, isn't it, that people are shocked at Betsy Hart's domestic job chart?
Oak Norton offers his own primer on the Utah Legistlature's annual session, plus some useful information on education-related topics.
American Fork and Environs
Barbara Christiansen writes that American Fork is actually getting serious about sidewalks.(It's a long time coming, this seriousness. We'll see.)
Want to know more about that new film, American Fork? This Salt Lake Tribune piece will help a little.
The recreational area formerly known as the Tri-City Golf Course has a new name, Fox Hollow -- inspired by actual foxes. Cathy Allred reports.
. . . And Caleb Warnock describes a recent run on fitness passes at the American Fork Fitness Center. (Does it have a new name? I thought it was the Rec Center.)
Don't take to many deep breaths at the pool. Steve Gehrke writes of a problem with American Fork's.
. . . And Jeremy Twitchell writes of a possible solution at the pool.
Reva Bowen and Caleb Warnock write of municipal elections, paper ballots, and the costs of using electronic voting machines.
Copyright 2007 by David Rodeback.