Column Archives, 2003
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|December 30, 2003
||||The Mahdis Revenge
The foreign policy of Chinese Gordon
|December 25, 2003
||||Osama, Where Art Thou?
What are all these multicolored alerts for? Holiday decorations?
|December 23, 2003
||||A Commie Christmas Gift
Public property doesnt really belong to you, and public servants dont really work for you.
|December 18, 2003
||||Scenario for a Comeback
Why did he gravitate to public service in the first place?
|December 16, 2003
We dont know whos going to try him and we dont know what the charges will be. All we know is the verdict: guilty.
|December 11, 2003
||||Israel and Rape
Lets keep Satan out of it, shall we?
|December 9, 2003
||||The War We Are In
Does either of these religions sound like something Christians need to get involved in?
|December 4, 2003
||||The Former Confederacy
A short corrective to American history
|December 2, 2003
||||The Comic Critic
Hugh Kenner changed the way I see the world.
|November 27, 2003
||||Attacking President Bush
Power has its magic.
|November 25, 2003
||||Master of the Quiet Style
The man who died on November 22, 1963
|November 20, 2003
||||The Era of Bad Feelings
Once you are committed to nonsense, there is no end to it.
|November 18, 2003
||||The Neanderthal Creed
In most of the great struggles of the past, the issue was decided by power and, sometimes, sheer chance.
|November 13, 2003
||||The Age of Rage
|November 11, 2003
The popularity among liberals of proposals for national service is yet another reminder that the connection between liberalism and liberty is strictly an etymological curiosity.
|November 6, 2003
||||Trust the Professionals
Putting up with a lot of lying nonsense
|November 4, 2003
||||The Spirit of Sacrifice
Your patriotic duty to grab a rifle and hand it to someone else
|October 30, 2003
||||Implied or Usurped?
Why you dont hear the word usurpation in Congress
|October 28, 2003
Why talk about Israels deeds, when you can talk about its critics motives?
|October 23, 2003
Returning a prize you didnt earn honestly is not Soviet-style revisionism.
|October 21, 2003
You cant expect people to reach your conclusion from their own, very different premises.
|October 16, 2003
||||Compassion and Talk Radio
What would happen to talk radio if Rush Limbaugh were a liberal?
|October 14, 2003
||||Limbaugh the Lawbreaker
Conflating things that are essentially unrelated
|October 9, 2003
||||The Sanity Gap
There is simply no reason to go on living this way.
|October 7, 2003
||||Partners in Paranoia
Why do Jews keep migrating to anti-Semitic countries?
|October 2, 2003
||||Looking Back at Reagan
Strange, the way some men can make you want to believe in them.
|September 30, 2003
||||A New Constitution Coming Up!
Self-government usually occurs when there are no foreigners specifying how its to be done.
|September 25, 2003
Its only the truth that really hurts.
|September 23, 2003
||||The Night I Met Gwyneth Paltrow
You never know whats going to happen next. Hows that for a profound insight?
|September 18, 2003
Its time this country elected a president who has better things to do than go around eliminating poverty, ending injustice, and stuff.
|September 16, 2003
||||A King in Close-up
Not much of a tyrant, by modern standards
|September 11, 2003
||||Free and Independent
|September 9, 2003
||||Victory in 2004!
Our ancestors didnt know how good they had it.
|September 4, 2003
||||Bad News from Iraq
Regime change, war on terrorism, the Axis of Evil, weapons of mass destruction it all seems sooooo 2002 now.
|September 2, 2003
||||Unfair, Unbalanced, and Very, Very Funny
Maybe you have to be a Christian to see how funny sex is.
|August 28, 2003
||||He Had a Dream
I found it embarrassing then; I still do.
|August 26, 2003
||||The Living Dollar
Funny money is no laughing matter.
|August 21, 2003
The key to the life of Lincoln?
|August 19, 2003
||||Quagmire in the Sun
Iraqi rifles and explosives could never threaten Americans at home.
|August 14, 2003
||||The New Rules of Usage
Dealing with the forces of Organized Touchiness
|August 12, 2003
||||Can Arnold Make the Difference?
Its not too early to start the Recall Arnold movement.
|August 7, 2003
Movie heroes never have to deal with things like overdue bills and embarrassing relatives.
|August 5, 2003
||||Is the Pope Square?
What is the point of same-sex marriage?
|July 31, 2003
||||Bush, Sodomy, and Marriage
The practical reason for marriage is pretty earthy.
|July 29, 2003
||||A Gay Mans Manifesto
Gay people have no relish for persecuting homosexuals.
|July 24, 2003
||||The Meaning of Brotherhood
If I win the presidency, I dont want my victory to be under the shadow of a suspicion that I owed it to my relatives.
|July 22, 2003
||||The Boys on the Train
George Bush is continuing the service of Bill Clinton of undermining the overblown prestige of the presidency.
|July 17, 2003
Theyre all teleocrats now.
|July 15, 2003
||||Power and Trust
The difference between Bill Clinton and George W. Bush
|July 10, 2003
||||The Dust Settles
The whole rationale for the Iraq war already sounds quaint.
|July 8, 2003
||||The Kennedy Sex Scandals
New Kennedy scandals keep happening at a pace that defies cataloguing, even as old ones come to light.
|July 3, 2003
||||The Three Stooges
Preserving the justices cover
|July 1, 2003
||||The Court Can Do No Wrong
The remedy is not a Constitutional amendment; its impeachment.
|June 26, 2003
||||The Court versus Federalism
You dont achieve diversity by gathering mediocre people with the sort of superficial differences that interest liberals.
|June 24, 2003
Why is diversity even an interesting goal?
|June 19, 2003
||||Attacking the Rich
Theyre not the real target.
|June 17, 2003
||||Did Bush Lie?
Its not a lie if you believe it.
|June 12, 2003
||||A Farewell to Peck
Gregory Peck was one of the last relics of the old Hollywood star system.
|June 10, 2003
||||Hillarys Abiding Commitment
Relax and savor the comedy of it all.
|June 5, 2003
||||Lawyer and President
The most fateful speech in American history
|June 3, 2003
||||Now They Tell Us
So it had nothing to do with American defense and national security after all.
|May 29, 2003
War has become an American habit, a sort of tradition.
|May 27, 2003
||||A Wonderful Man
A movie doesnt have to have horses to be good.
|May 22, 2003
||||Jayson Blair and the American Dream
Nobody thanks a liberal.
|May 20, 2003
||||Titus and Lucrece
Another indication that the scholars have gotten Shakespeare all wrong
|May 15, 2003
||||Patriotism, Mom, and the Bums
Lately, too many Americans are just talking like bullies.
|May 13, 2003
||||The One and Only
Roosevelts legacy: lasting problems that can never be solved
|May 8, 2003
||||Conservatism as Exorcism
The conservative movement has lost its mind.
|May 6, 2003
||||War and Dramaturgy
What the war in Iraq was really about
|May 1, 2003
||||Olivier and His Successors
There are versions that make Oliviers seem a little old-fashioned, but they have none of his genius for making a line of Shakespeare sound like a trumpet blast.
|April 29, 2003
||||What Young People Dont Know
Theyve been given the wrong answers without realizing that there were ever questions.
|April 24, 2003
||||The Unmaking of Conservatism
What are the key tenets?
|April 22, 2003
||||Bush, Religion, and War
When a Christian is praised for success in the Wall Street Journal, it may be time for him to take a good look at himself.
|April 17, 2003
||||Shakespeares Social Life
Oxford seems to have known everybody the Stratford man didnt but should have.
|April 15, 2003
What we are really seeing is total submission to the state masquerading as patriotism.
|April 10, 2003
||||The Right Feelings
Moral questions are not about the Right Feelings.
|April 8, 2003
||||Minimizing Civilian Casualties
When you wage a war of choice, this is what you choose.
|April 3, 2003
||||Telling the Story
According to the hawks, frank reporting, if it contradicts official optimism, amounts to treason.
|April 1, 2003
||||The Media War
Most of the world watched the war through other lenses.
|March 27, 2003
The time for national self-congratulation is long gone.
|March 25, 2003
||||The Neocons World War
We know the sort of things theyre saying in public; what are they saying amongst themselves?
|March 20, 2003
||||The Catholic Hawks
Now abortion is permissible in cases of rape, incest, and the need to topple Arab dictators.
|March 18, 2003
||||Saddam bin Laden
I wonder why people on the winning side bother with me.
|March 13, 2003
||||What Would Jesus Do?
What if President Bush were influenced by the Prince of Peace?
|March 11, 2003
||||Wilson, Bush, and History
History is like a kaleidoscope: shake it and you get an unpredictable pattern.
|March 6, 2003
||||Obsessions about Israel
When you are obsessed with a subject, you lose all sense of proportion about it.
|March 4, 2003
Millions of Americans believe that their enemies are omnipotent.
|February 27, 2003
||||So Many Hitlers
Making all sense of measure disappear
|February 25, 2003
||||The Big Peacenik
Big men, when it comes to making fun of the French! Lets hear them make fun of a Pole!
|February 20, 2003
||||Whacking Our Allies
Just try to imagine any of our brave pundits speaking of Israel the way they speak of France. The very idea is laughable.
|February 18, 2003
||||In Defense of Dual Loyalty
Lets all declare our interests.
|February 13, 2003
||||The Right Hands
What evidence is there that Americas hands werent the wrong hands?
|February 11, 2003
||||France and the Bush Doctrine
The French may not have much of an empire left, but they refuse to be an American colony.
|February 6, 2003
||||What Happened to the War on Terrorism?
This war requires some slippery semantics and a lot of propaganda which is mostly sheer repetition of nonsense until resistance is worn down, and logic surrenders.
|February 4, 2003
||||Mourning in America
Can we stop the fake mourning now?
|January 30, 2003
||||Tracing the Box-Cutters
Why not high-tech weapons?
|January 28, 2003
||||The School of Experience
Americans saved the freedom of Europeans and now they insist on acting like free countries. The nerve!
|January 23, 2003
||||The Missing Word
If abortion is a right, its an oddly sneaking and shameful sort of right.
|January 21, 2003
||||King and His Times
Past the peak of his influence, his leadership waning, his following dwindling, by 1968 King had become a rather quaint figure.
|January 16, 2003
||||White Supremacism, Liberal-Style
The Democrats want to retain affirmative action just a temporary measure, you understand except it has no expiration date.
|January 14, 2003
In wartime, the loosest lips are those of people trying to be patriotic. Thus does war unhinge even sensible people.
|January 9, 2003
||||History and Miss Couric
Pieties to become the lessons of history
|January 7, 2003
||||The Economy and the Taxpayer
In principle, all our earnings seem to belong to the government.
|January 2, 2003
||||The Sobran Administration
Elect me, and youll at least get a president who knows his limitations.
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