David Rodeback's Blog
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Saturday, February 3, 2007
The Week's Excellent Readings
Ronald Reagan, teacher pay, liberals going ballistic over a book, Mr. Justice Clarence Thomas as influential and independent, cheerleaders, writing unrightable wrongs . . .
Dinesh D'Souza describes the hysteria his new book has stirred up and summarizes the book's arguments. (Do you know another interpretation of 9/11 that fits the facts more completely?
Peggy Noonan remembers Ronald Reagan on the occasion of his birthday (early next week). One excerpt:
Meanwhile, Eastern Europe honors President Reagan, too, writes Mark M. Alexander.
The troop surge in Iraq, having just begun, is already showing some results, writes Jack Kelly.
Jay P. Greene and Marcus A. Winters have some hard data showing that public school teachers actually are paid better than most professionals. (Talk about putting a target on your rhetorical chest . . .) They also note:
Jan Crawford Greenburg gives a fascinating account of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's independence and influence on the Court.
Jack Kelly puts global warming in perspective.
Jeff Jacoby applies basic economics to the matter of rising health care costs and President Bush's proposal. (Imagine that!) One excerpt:
W. Thomas Smith, Jr., combats Democratic claims about the war with actual numbers about reenlistment, etc.
Paul Greenberg takes a bit of a historical look at oil, Iraq, journalism, and such.
Mark Steyn speaks mostly of American, British, and Soviet government, making an unflattering comparison involving the US Senate and suggesting that we're concentrating on the wrong battles. He doesn't exactly say "fiddling while Rome burns," but the idea is there.
Dinesh D'Souza looks back a few decades to the time when radical Islam first began to gain credibility in the Muslim world.
Paul Greenberg writes of new strategy in Iraq and the absolute need to avoid losing the war here at home -- determined as the majority party seems to be to do precisely that.
Suzanne Fields surveys a variety of views of Iraq among actual and possible presidential candidates -- well, two views, at least.
For a play-by-play of the latest round of bipartisan politicking over the war, read Robert Novak.
Michael Barone writes of elected representatives who think pigs can fly, or at least hope they can, or at least think they should.
According to Diana West, the ostriches are out in force in Washington.
George Will explains the unconstitutionality (and the familiarity) of the latest House Democrat effort to create voting representatives from entities other than states.
Debra J. Saunders has a thoughtful and slightly different view of immigration reform.
Last week, Mallard Fillmore started a series purported to draft conservative columnist (and frequent name on this weekly list) Walter Williams as a presidential candidate.
Tom Purcell summons the shade of Rodney Dangerfield to converse with the President. The results tickle. One sample:
Peter A. Brown looks ahead to possible tactical approaches to (allegedly) human-caused global warming.
John Fund reports details of the little-noticed Sandy Berger scandal, which involves the theft and apparent destruction of classified documents from the National Archives related to the Clinton Administration's anti-terror efforts. He wonders why it was not investigated conscientiously.
I almost didn't include Rich Galen's account of John Kerry and Al Gore going abroad and telling outright lies, because it's really not news, nor is it out of character. But perhaps a reminder won't hurt.
Walter Williams looks at a recent Andrew P. Napolitano speech on property rights after Kelo.
Robert Novak tells of pollster Frank Luntz making his case that Republican leadership is dangerously out of touch with the American people.
Douglas MacKinnon describes why two recent events bode well for a Republican victory in the 2008 presidential race.
Michael Johnson presents his list of the most crucial court cases of 2006.
Culture, Broadly Defined
Thomas Sowell finds larger lessons than one prosecutor's vileness in the Duke "rape" case. Two excerpts:
Paul Petersen sees Hollywood (from the inside!) as a cancer. Dakota Fanning's recent role is a case in point. Here's a good excerpt:
Dennis Prager uses new mandates about cheerleaders, of all things, as a stepping stone to a discussion of right, left, law, and liberty. Here are his first two paragraphs:
Burt Prelutsky sets out to right the unrightable writing wrong, or something like that. This article, while perhaps deserving a PG rating (not for language) partakes of the spirit of a Seinfeld episode. It has physics, law, time management, an editor, and more physics all rolled into one weird hole -- er, whole. You should read it because it's not about anything significant.
Burt Prelutsky compares the historical prices of oil, cars, movies, and other things, just for perspective.
Paul Jacob's latest essay on the minimum wage discusses both the basics and the Nancy Pelosi / Starkist Tuna / American Somoa connection. (A link to this article at Townhall.com contains the memorable, delicious phrase, "speaking math to power.")
Bill Murchison holds forth on the recent news (news?!?) that private industry is more efficient than government. The context is Katrina recovery.
Scott Rosenberg offers a brief essay on the inherent difficulties of software development.
Marjorie Cortez explains why school superintendents should not be elected. (She opposed a bill before the Utah Legislature which proposes to subject them to election.)
American Fork and Environs
Caleb Warnock reports on a brewing conflict between the Sierra Club and the proposed Mountain View Highway.
Copyright 2007 by David Rodeback.