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October 31, 2001

Glenn Reynolds also wonders how

Glenn Reynolds also wonders how George Tenet still has a job.

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If Judge Judy just won't

If Judge Judy just won't cut it for you, and Matlock is busy saving someone's ass, there's always The Law Office of Michael Alex Wasylik.

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October 30, 2001

Gibson was a college star

Gibson was a college star at Wisconsin. If he could stay physically fit, he would be a steal off the waiver wires. Hey, Packers, are you listening?

"Lions: Cut Aaron Gibson"

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Anytime I have the chance,

Anytime I have the chance, I travel on Midwest Express. They have comfy planes, and they have the best airline food (which may not say a lot).

"Midwest Express Named No. 1 U.S. Airline"

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October 29, 2001

Wonder why the press is

Wonder why the press is giving the Bush administration a hard time over the anthrax attacks? It's not because victory in Afghanistan isn't coming as quickly as all-news cable channels would like. (I'm sure MSNBC's Ashleigh Banfield would just love to get her sexy spectacles in front of a bombed Kabul background.) No, it's because the media were targets of the bio-attack. Remember, NBC, CBS, ABC, and the NY Post have all been hit with infections. Questions about officals "bumbling" became the story only after anthrax was found in a facility where White House mail is processed. The press corps freaked out during the press conference when Ari Fleischer released the news. He was bombarded with question after question to find out if it was a possiblity that anthrax got into the White House (and presumbably infected reporters). Then President Bush was questioned if he was tested for anthrax. Bush said he didn't have the bacteria--we must presume he was tested for him to say so. The press is understandably scared that they could be the next to get infected, but that's no reason to go berserk on the government. Yes, officals could have tested more people sooner, but that wouldn't guarantee that fewer people would be dead.

Finally, let us remember that the mail is safe, and the attacks are localized in three areas (NYC, D.C., and Tampa, FL). If the press wants to blame the feds, the should also be honest in giving them some credit for minimizing some of the effects from this attack.

"For Every Cool Head, a Thousand Overheated Mouths"

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If Daniel Bloch is right

If Daniel Bloch is right when he writes, "America must know that the alternatives to Sharon are not Peres, Beilin, or Barak, but Binyamin Netanyahu," then Israel will not back down in its struggle with Palestinian violence no matter how the U.S.'s war on terrorism is going.

"It Isn't Our Fault" [via Reductio]

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October 27, 2001

Greg Norman is about as

Greg Norman is about as close as you can be to retiring without actually doing it.

"Norman Forfeits PGA Tour Membership"

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While more anthrax has been

While more anthrax has been found, this is still a localized attack. Other than Florida, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The reason this is has become such a media frenzy is that the two media centers of the U.S. are NYC and DC. It also helps to infect media workers to really frighten the press corps. There isn't an anthrax epidemic, and the attacks might not even be state-sponsored. Calm reason must return.

But if you're really scared of an attack, Laissez Faire Books is selling the First Responder Chem-Bio Handbook. I'm not buying and will be bringing powdered doughnuts to work.

"Anthrax Discoveries Spread "

"Senate Anthrax Could be Domestic"

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If you're a terrorist intent

If you're a terrorist intent on sending anthrax through the mail, the U.S. Postal Service is providing this poster to show what your deadly package shouldn't look like.

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October 25, 2001

The only places people like

The only places people like Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) can get elected are college towns like Berkeley, CA and Madison, WI. It's bad enough that she worked with the Black Panthers on their revolution in the streets, but she helped a communist dictator with his P.R. campaign.

"An Enemy Within"

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If Islam is a peaceful

If Islam is a peaceful faith that many Muslims claim, then they should loudly denounce Sheik Muhammad Al-Gamei'a's statements made in a recent interview. Here's what Sheik Al-Gamei'a thinks about Jews:


The Jewish element is as Allah described it when he said: 'They disseminate corruption in the land.' We know that they have always broken agreements, unjustly murdered the prophets, and betrayed the faith. Can they be expected to live up to their contracts with us? These people murdered the prophets; do you think they will stop spilling our blood? No.

You see these people (i.e. the Jews) all the time, everywhere, disseminating corruption, heresy, homosexuality, alcoholism, and drugs. [Because of them] there are strip clubs, homosexuals, and lesbians everywhere. They do this to impose their hegemony and colonialism on the world.

Now, they are riding on the back of the world powers. These people always seek out the superpower of the generation and develop coexistence with it. Before this, they rode on the back of England and on the back of the French empire. After that, they rode on the back of Germany. But Hitler annihilated them because they betrayed him and violated their contract with him.

We saw these Zionists, just one hour after the event, broadcasting on the BBC, the biggest media channel, that the Arabs, and particularly the Palestinians, were celebrating and rejoicing over the American deaths. [To do this] they broadcast a video from 1991, [filmed] during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. But Allah thwarted them when a professor from a Brazilian university stated that the video was a forgery, because she had a copy of it. These people have a script prepared in advance, and they have the ability to fabricate events in their favor.

According to Gamei'a, the U.S. was attacked because "the Jews have the most to gain from an explosion like that." The U.S. is just a sop to "Zionist" interests.

Why should the rantings of this anti-semite be taken seriously? Because he was the Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque of New York City. This wasn't the hateful venom from some angry poster to a web bulletin board. Gamei'a is a man of inflence and authority.

"A Fair Sheik?"

Here's the interview in the original arabic.

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October 24, 2001

The House passed an economic

The House passed an economic stimulus bill that relies on business tax cuts to spur growth. This makes sense because this economic downturn (dare I say recession?) is caused by a major reduction in business capital spending. Firms aren't buying new machines, computers, and other equipment. The effect can most easily be seen in the depressed stock prices of telecom equipment giants Nortel and Cisco. A tax cut focusing on boosting capital spending may spur growth, but there should have also been an accelerated reduction in across-the-board tax rates. That would provide a greater chance for sustained economic growth. In a time of war, the last thing the country needs is a sustained economic downturn. Economic uneasiness combined with attack anxiety could sway public opinion away from the sustained war that's needed. Just like in World War II, the U.S. will win the war on the economic front as well as the military front.

"House Passes Stimulus Plan Favoring Business Tax Breaks"

"Business Tax Cuts Crucial in a Slowdown"

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Why resort to terrorism? Here's

Why resort to terrorism? Here's what P.J. O'Rourke had to say:


I think that terrorism is essentially a reactionary thing - it really has more to do with fighting back a world that is changing. The reason for much of terrorism in the world is that we are moving towards an open, liberal, cosmopolitan, tolerant, modern indeed middle-class world, and it terrifies certain people who have a hold on, and a power over, other people by virtue of things that are not tolerant, not liberal, not modern, not middle class. It isn't because they are intent on winning that terrorists resort to these things, it is because they are losing.

"'I Believe the Terrorists Wanted a Nuclear Attack on Baghdad'"

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Groove Armada's Goodbye Country (Hello

Groove Armada's Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub) has the unfortunate distinction of being released on 9.11.01. The release date has no impact on the albums quality. It's good in a hazy sunshine sort of way.

"Mix This! How Do We Ever Listen to Music Again?"

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Saddam blames the U.S. for

Saddam blames the U.S. for the deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis. Instead, he should look in the mirror. Only there will he see the real reason for the massive amount of suffering in Iraq. Remember, this is the same man who used chemical weapons on his own people (Kurds in northern Iraq) and uses oil money to to beef up his military instead of helping his people. Any condolences from a man like Saddam is worth less than the paper they're written on.

Iraq can never move forward as long as Saddam remains in power. Recent history shows that internal opposition won't topple him. Maybe U.S. military might can? Liberating Afghanistan is step one in the War on Terrorism. Liberating Iraq would be a good step two.

"Saddam Sends Condolences to American"

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ARRGH!!!! I have to wait

ARRGH!!!! I have to wait another month until Krispy Kreme arrives in Milwaukee. I want the HOT light, and I want it NOW!! I guess I'll have to survive on Zingers until those golden glazed goodies arrive in my area.

West Allis, Wisconsin! Krispy Kreme is bringing the HOT light!

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October 23, 2001

REMOTE is an example of

REMOTE is an example of life imitating art. About 10 years ago, Janet Jackson's video for "If" was set in a nightclub where people could check out others through cameras and video screens all over the club. Lose sight of that pretty redhead that just arrived? Grab a joystick and use it to pan the club. I'm surprised no one's done this before.

But REMOTE isn't just digital voyuerism. The club also hosts digital artists and a digital open mic.

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Apple has another design success.

Apple has another design success. The iPod is sleek, has a big LCD screen, and holds lots of music. Too bad it only works with Macs.

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Papers please! "Carded"

Papers please!

"Carded"

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October 22, 2001

In the words of one

In the words of one government offical, "The gloves are off." I'd like to say that this could get ugly for bin Laden and the gang, but the CIA are the same people who didn't notice anything about the 9.11 attacks. And why does Director Tenet still have a job?

"CIA Told to Do 'Whatever Necessary' to Kill Bin Laden"

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One downside to being President

One downside to being President is having to wear stuff like this. [via Robot Wisdom]

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October 21, 2001

There are times when it's

There are times when it's really hard to seperate conservatives from the stereotype of being lame, stiff people trapped in the 1950s. Finding out that the Heritage Foundation has a fight song is just one of those times. But I'm eagerly awaiting the MP3.

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Rep. Buyer is wrong for

Rep. Buyer is wrong for advocating using nuclear weapons on al Qaeda if they're connected to the recent anthrax attacks. I'm not against their use because the world community would get upset. I don't care what they would think, because if attacked, we are morally allowed to use every available means to defend our nation.

Nuclear weapons shouldn't be used because such a response would be way too severe compared to the initial attack. While a vile and potentially deadly terrorist attack, anthrax sent through the mail doesn't constitute a weapon of mass destruction. Despite the years of misinformation over how nasty anthrax is, these current attacks have shown us that in reality anthrax makes a poor method for killing lots of people. Victims have to inhale a lot of spores to get the most harmful form of the disease, people can't pass anthrax to others, and there are plenty of antibiotics available to treat those infected. More people are affected by the fear from the attacks than from the bacteria themselves. Many more died from slamming planes into buildings on 9.11, yet there weren't serious calls for launching nukes.

Now, if we're attacked with something more dangerous like smallpox or ebola where epidemics could occur, then nuclear retaliation should be considered.

"Rep. Buyer Suggests Limited Nuclear Retaliation"

"Anthrax Anxiety"

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October 20, 2001

Let's not worry about anthrax.

Let's not worry about anthrax. It's not contagious and it can be treated with powerful antibiotics. What we should really worry about is smallpox because it can be spread from person to person, has no effective treatments, and there's a limited amount of vaccine.

The CDC offers a scary possibility if terrorists used smallpox as a biological weapon.

"'No Medications Proven Effective' to Treat Smallpox"

"Smallpox: An Attack Scenario"

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October 19, 2001

The ground war has begun.

The ground war has begun.

"United States Stages Lightning Raid in Afghanistan"

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Weekly Standard writer and Wisconsin

Weekly Standard writer and Wisconsin native Stephen Hayes points out that many of the 9.11 terrorists weren't very good at playing the role of devout Muslims.

"Strippers, Hookers, and Terrorists"

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In his speech at the

In his speech at the Al Smith dinner, Vice President Dick Cheney called for total victory in the war against terrorism:


We cannot deal with terror. It will not end in a treaty. There will be no peaceful coexistence, no negotiations, no summit, no joint communique with the terrorists. The struggle can only end with their complete and permanent destruction and in victory for the United States and the cause of freedom.

Those are stronger words than the "unconditional surrender" the Allies required of Germany and Japan in World War II.

To echo Virginia Postrel's complaints, I had to go to the Washington Post website to find Cheney's speech, because it was no where to be found at the White House's website.

Cheney Attends Charity Dinner in New York

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October 18, 2001

Tommy Thompson won't make it

Tommy Thompson won't make it past 2004 as HHS secretary. No one can says he's been a calming influence in the face of the current anthrax scare.

During the years he was Wisconsin governor, Thompson was a strong, dominant political figure. He was the big fish in a little pond. He took big risks by pushing welfare reform and school choice. To realize how dominant he was in Wisconsin, his Lieutenant Governor, not current big cheese, Scott McCallum was pretty much a political unknown when he took the job. McCallum was the number 2 person in Wisconsin government and his biggest claim to fame were his public service announcements on late-night cable television.

Now, in Washington, D.C. Tommy's no longer the top dog. Although he heads a cabinet department, he must defer to the White House. His job isn't to lead as much as it is to manage and to be a voice for the administration.

Now, America is at war and that puts even more stress on people. Tommy never had a crisis like this as governor. The closest he came was the occasional deadly tornado or flood, but those awful events never required the reassuring touch the anthrax scare requires.

Tommy's just not comfortable in D.C., and it shows as John Podhoretz points out. He loved being governor, but was loyal to Bush. So he went to Washington when the call came. Maybe he's in the wrong department. Labor Secretary might have been a better fit.

Look to see Thompson leaving HHS in 2004, and don't be surprised if he makes another run for Wisconsin governor (especially if McCallum loses next year).

"Thompson: Failing Before Our Eyes" [via Reductio]

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Space.com holds Stephen Hawking to

Space.com holds Stephen Hawking to task for his prediction that Man won't survive the millenium (only 999 years to go) unless we head off to the stars. Echoing my thoughts, Benny Peiser says Hawking "manifest[s] a certain arbitrariness in his choice of end-time scenarios."

"Stephen Hawking's Doomsday Prediction Called 'Regrettable Hype'"

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Alright, I'll follow the crowd

Alright, I'll follow the crowd (see Harris, Jason, and jh3k). Here are my 5 songs I never get tired of listening to:


  1. "Over My Head" King's X
  2. "Rock and Roll" Led Zeppelin
  3. "We are Connected" Jondi and Spesh
  4. "Pride (In the Name of Love)" U2
  5. "We are the Normal" Goo Goo Dolls

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Wow, the Packers are really

Wow, the Packers are really tough on players who just don't cut it. This is from a 10.17 press release:


The Green Bay Packers have re-signed free agent wide receiver Mike Horacek to the team's practice squad, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced today.

To make room for Horacek (the name is pronounced hur-AH-check), offensive tackle Mark Bristol was terminated from the practice squad.

Is Mr. Bristol swimming with the fishes in the Fox River? How was he offed? Bullet, rope, anthrax? Should Ahman Green worry if he loses the ball a few more times this season?

"Packers Re-sign Wide Receiver Mike Horacek, Drop Tackle Mark Bristol"

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Just when it looks like

Just when it looks like some progress can be made in the Israel-Palestine situation, a member of the Israeli cabinet is assassinated. Arafat must act decisively and hand over Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi's killers or he will face the rath of Israel's military. This will only further complicate the U.S.'s war on terrorism.

"Israel Gives Ultimatum to Arafat After Slaying"

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October 17, 2001

A Palestinian state is acceptable

A Palestinian state is acceptable to Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, provided, there are conditions for Israel's security. Can Yasser Arafat stop the violence on the Palestinian side when it seems like many there don't want peace?

"Sharon Says `Yes, with Conditions' to a Palestinian State"

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Ideas have consequences. So it's

Ideas have consequences. So it's no surprise that cultural relativism has negative effects when some confront the horrors of 9.11. John Leo writes:


A large number of our cultural and moral leaders are unable to say plainly that evil exists in the world and that it must be confronted. Instead they are content to babble about "cycles of violence" and how "an eye for an eye makes the world blind," as if the cop who stops the violent criminal is somehow guilty of crime, too.

"Cultural Relativism Leaves Some Blind to Evil"

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October 16, 2001

No matter how esoteric or

No matter how esoteric or obscure our reading material is, we're connecting it to the 9.11 attacks. In Walter Berns' Making Patriots, he worries that our nation isn't inculcating patriotic feeling into our citizens. But the outpouring of sorrow for victims, the love of country, the displaying of flags, and the anger towards our enemies shows us that patriotism did lie underneath the surface. The massive show of patriotism doesn't discredit the book, because Berns still tells us it's important to teach a love for America and its ideals.

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At first, it may seem

At first, it may seem surprising that a libertarian like David Boaz has some ideas on what government activities should be done in the war on terrorism, but Boaz understands that one of the proper roles of government is to protect its citizens. Most of his suggestions are pretty basic: go after al Qaeda and the Taliban, improve domestic defense, and boost the economy. Boaz also suggests designing a new long-range bomber in case the U.S. comes upon a situation where it can't use airfields in neighboring countries.

"Responding to the Attack on America" [via zeropolitcs]

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United Airlines may not exist

United Airlines may not exist next year. CEO James Goodwin blames part of the financial bleeding on the 9.11 attacks, but wrote in a company memo that "Before September 11 we were not in a comfortable financial state, with costs exceeding our revenue on a daily basis." The $15 billion federal bailout may not do a lot of good in this instance.

United and other weak airlines should be allowed to fail. Bankruptcy is one way assets can be reallocated to more productive uses.

"United Warns Airline May Perish"

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The greatest living physicist, Stephen

The greatest living physicist, Stephen Hawking is pumping up a little publicity for his new book The Universe in a Nutshell (and no, it's not published by O'Reilly). How else can you explain why he said, "I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space"? 999 years is long time. Anything can happen. We could be visited (and destroyed) by space aliens. Earth could get sucked up in a black hole or space anomaly and be removed from existence. I can say anything as vague as Hawking, but I don't have the prestige so no one will listen to me. He's survived ALS longer than anyone expected, but even he won't see if his prediction will pan out.

"Colonies in Space May be only Hope, says Hawking" [via Drudge]

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TAM is now listed in

TAM is now listed in TownHall.com's RightPages.

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October 15, 2001

Milwaukee Art Museum spokeman, Pam

Milwaukee Art Museum spokeman, Pam Kassner put it well when she said, "People are looking for an uplifting moment; there's so much anxiety now." Yesterday, people's hearts were lifted with the wings of the Burke Brise Soleil at the grand opening of the museum's expansion. 32,000 people gave up watching a great Packers game to see a beautiful example of Milwaukee modernism.

"Public Flocks for a View"

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Brett Favre shreds the vaunted

Brett Favre shreds the vaunted Baltimore Ravens defense to lead the Packers to a 31-23 victory. There's something special about a team that can score 31 points on one of the greatest defenses of ALL TIME. The Pack will really have to fall apart to meet the average standards I set for them at the beginning of the season. Sometimes I don't mind if I'm wrong.

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To those who think poverty

To those who think poverty created terrorism, consider blaming someone other than the U.S. Consider looking at the corrupt, illiberal governments that keep their people from achieving economic success.

"Not So Blameless" [via instapundit]

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October 14, 2001

Can an art museum fly?

Can an art museum fly? Well, the beautiful Burke Brise Soleil--part of the Milwaukee Art Museum's $100 million expansion--will certainly take off in the minds of the public as well as the architectural world.

Santiago Calatrava wanted to impress the U.S. with his first project here, but the kinetic centerpiece was close to being an engineering flop.

"Art Museum to Untuck its Wings for Public this Weekend"

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October 13, 2001

The Travel America Now Act

The Travel America Now Act is not much of an economic stimulus. It's just a sop to the travel industry. TANA is a great example of why politicians should be very careful when putting together industry bailouts. Everybody saw that the airlines got oodles of cash and now want to line up at the trough.

I'm all for lowering peoples' taxes (less money for the government), but getting it just for going on vacation? Give me a break.

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A Ukranian missile shot down

A Ukranian missile shot down the Russian plane that crashed last week. Instead of another terrorist attack, this was just a horrible accident.

"Ukraine Admits Russian Airliner Hit by an Anti-Aircraft Missile"

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Andrew Solomon's The Noonday Demon

Andrew Solomon's The Noonday Demon gets a deserved National Book Award nomination.

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David Brooks (by way of

David Brooks (by way of V.S. Naipaul) notices that bin Laden and his Islamic fundamentalist ilk live in a static world where there is only one history.


They believe in only one history, and it was defined and perfected long ago. Everything since is decline. In bin Laden's crackpot version of history, everything since the decline of the Ottoman empire and its alleged greatness is an additional outrage and insult to God.

In this worldview the future is not especially important (so why not go blow yourself up in a plane?). In fact, the concept of an unknown and desirable future is something of an insult. America stands for the future. It's the land of promise. More than anywhere else, it is a country with a multiplicity of histories intertwining. It's the place where the different pasts of the world come together to bring human freedom to fruition. In Lincoln's words, it's the "last best hope of earth." The emphasis in that phrase is on "last." It's hard to imagine a time when America settles back into the realm of unimportant middle rank nations, because America is about chasing the future fastest, whatever that future is. That's what the phrase, "the pursuit of happiness" means, a phrase Naipaul dissects in his speech.

So America's conception of history is the antithesis of bin Laden's. He recognizes an enemy when he sees one.

"The Closing of the Islamic Mind"

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The Holy Qur'an

The Holy Qur'an

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Based on this picture, it

Based on this picture, it must be Usama bin Laden, but the caption calls him Osama. I'm about ready to just call him "The Director."

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October 12, 2001

Rush has AIED. His own

Rush has AIED. His own immune system is attacking his ears causing his deafness.

"It's Called AIED"

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John O'Sullivan correctly associates radical

John O'Sullivan correctly associates radical Islamic fundamentalism with Nazism and Communism. All three ideologies must be "defeated not only intellectually and spiritually, but also on the battlefield."

"Mosque Mission"

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It seems the only way

It seems the only way gun-haters can make their case is by lying. Too bad for Michael Bellesiles. He got caught.

"Disarming America"

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October 11, 2001

White House Press Secretary Ari

White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer needs to lighten up:


With his name much in the news, we ran White House press secretary Ari Fleischer through the anagram engine at www.wordsmith.org yesterday. When the letters of his name are rearranged, the resulting combinations include: "I relish farce" (for a typical day in the briefing room), "Fresh Ice Liar" (an especially cold insult) and (for the White House regulars who really annoy him) "Reach IRS file." When informed of our investigation, Fleischer told us, "People who invent anagram Web pages or surf them have too much time on their hands."

C.J. Craig he isn't.

"What's in a Name?"

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Tonight during his press conference,

Tonight during his press conference, President Bush mentioned 17 times that he wanted to bring terrorists to justice. Not one single reporter asked him what that meant. What does "bringing them to justice" mean? Is the goal of Operation: Enduring Freedom (AKA Infinite Justice) to bomb the hell out of Afghanistan just so some special forces can waltz in and capture Osama (Usama?) bin Laden? What then if he is captured? Will bin Laden then be taken to New York City to stand trial?

Douglas Kmiec thinks that the terrorists should be tried in a military tribunal. Should it even be allowed to go that far? Hilter took the easy way out by killing himself before he was captured at the end of World War II, so Humanity never had to witness his trial. How about a quick shot to the head or a firery end via a "bunker buster"?

Then James Robbins brings up a horrible scenerio: bin Laden is tried, but gets off on a technicality. If you wanted to imagine a way for the vast majority of the public to lose any faith in the courts, then there might not be a better scenerio.

Robbins does realize that any serious notion of a trial for bin Laden should be tossed overboard. He writes:


Bin Laden and his men have relinquished any possible claim to the rights and guarantees erected by states to moderate international behavior--to say nothing of the legal rights of the American citizens he has sworn to kill. Al Qaeda stands in opposition to the naked sovereignty of the United States and its allies. This is a case above criminal law--it is a matter only for Rules of Engagement.

The primary purpose of government is to protect its citizens. The 9.11 massacres were acts of war, not mere criminal acts. Bin Laden's rights are meaningless compared to the continued liberty and security of Americans. Bin Laden's existence is a threat to American security. His destruction must be the goal so anyone else who is comtemplating attacking the U.S. knows what will happen. But since death in a holy war is the path to paradise for these terrorists, then governments who allow terrorists to run free must learn that they are on the same moral plane as the thugs they harbor and will be treated likewise.

So again I ask, what does it mean to bring the terrorists to justice? The purpose of Operation: Enduring Freedom must be the destruction of Osama bin Ladan, al Qaeda, and the Taliban. Forget bringing bin Laden and his terrorist thugs to justice. Take justice to them down the barrel of a gun!

President Holds Prime Time News Conference

"Infinite Justice"

"Bring on the Dream Team!"

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October 10, 2001

Is it Osama or Usama?

Is it Osama or Usama? Or is it Ernie?

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Kevin ran into some guy

Kevin ran into some guy from Iron Maiden.

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Did you have any idea

Did you have any idea what bin Laden was talking about in his video message when he mentioned "Andalusia" and "80 years"? Chris Suellentrop sorts out the references.

"What's Osama Talking About?" [via Kausfiles]

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Since Bert is evil, it's

Since Bert is evil, it's not a surprise he's helping Osama bin Laden.

Dino Ignacio, who created the doctored picture, is "freaked out" and said, "Reality is imitating the Web!"

"Osama Has a New Friend"

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Tucked away in geekdom's corner

Tucked away in geekdom's corner of society lies amateur military strategists who cut their teeth on wargames.

"Wargames" [via genehack]

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October 09, 2001

Who's next? Iraq? Today we

Who's next? Iraq?

Today we focus on Afghanistan, but the battle is broader. Every nation has a choice to make. In this conflict, there is no neutral ground. If any government sponsors the outlaws and killers of innocents, they have become outlaws and murderers, themselves. And they will take that lonely path at their own peril.

Presidential Address to the Nation

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Christopher Hitchens no longer calls

Christopher Hitchens no longer calls himself a socialist. That's just one interesting bit from his interview with Reason. Here's is thoughts on the current state of socialism:


There is no longer a general socialist critique of capitalism -- certainly not the sort of critique that proposes an alternative or a replacement. There just is not and one has to face the fact, and it seems to me further that itís very unlikely, though not impossible, that it will again be the case in the future. Though I donít think that the contradictions, as we used to say, of the system, are by any means all resolved.

Hitchens also calls anti-globalization protesters "archaic."

"Free Radical"

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October 08, 2001

On today's radio show, Rush

On today's radio show, Rush Limbaugh announced that he's deaf. He's been steadily losing his hearing for the past few months. How will America's most listened to talk radio host continue (and let Limbaugh fulfill the big new contract he signed)? He's doesn't know yet, but he's going do his best to figure it out.

"Rush Limbaugh: I am a Lucky Man"

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The Washington Times points out

The Washington Times points out that the U.S. has its own nasty brand of domestic terrorists. These people don't fight for Allah, they fight for Mother Earth. But if left alone, they could be as destructive.

"War Against Eco-Terrorists"

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October 07, 2001

Newsweek pieces together the tale

Newsweek pieces together the tale of the heroes of United Flight 93.

"The Final Moments of United Flight 93"

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Here's a bit of advice

Here's a bit of advice to all the female TAM readers: when traveling through Reagan National Airport ditch the underwire bra. That's from FAA spokesman Rebecca Trexler. I wonder if Ms. Trexler ever feels the need for added support?

"At National, Workers Take a More Personal Look at Travelers, Bags"

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We, Americans, have to try

We, Americans, have to try to live normal lives, but I expect a retaliatory terrorist attack because of today's air strikes on Afghanistan.

"America Steps Up Security"

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The Powell Doctrine: R.I.P.? "A

The Powell Doctrine: R.I.P.?

"A New Kind of War Plan"

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Muhammad Ali Farahat writes: The

Muhammad Ali Farahat writes:

The destruction of America is the destruction of the human dream across the world; the destruction of America is the cultural suffocation of man, freezing him in his place and in his heritage.

Special Dispatch No. 282: Terror in America

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Here's some good news that's

Here's some good news that's a week old: the poverty rate is down to it's lowest level since 1974. The poverty explosion that was suppose to happen because of welfare reform never appeared.

"U.S. Poverty Rate Declines to Lowest Level Since 1974"

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October 06, 2001

Jon Podhoretz on Politically Incorrect:

Jon Podhoretz on Politically Incorrect:


There is little room for a program whose major theme is that the news is nonsense and that you don?t need to know anything about a subject to express your opinion of it on national television.

"Politically Unforgivable"

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We need great works of

We need great works of art to truly honor those men who gave the ultimate sacrifice in order to save thousands. Great sculpture showing the power and bravery of the policemen and firemen would be a start. We also need great poems and symphonies and songs and movies. President Bush's speech to Congress was a start, but more is needed. Last week's West Wing was a history lesson mixed with some liberal psychobabble. Those men deserve epic works of art that last beyond their children's children. I want cultural items that will define the present so anyone in the future can know what it means to be brave, loving, and American.

From the outpouring of sorrow and anger, we know the present generation has the patriotism needed to support this war, but do our artists, musicians, writers, and actors have the talent, ability, desire, and intellectual capacity to create beautiful monuments to capture these moments?

"Courage Under Fire" [via Reductio]

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It only took Barry Bonds

It only took Barry Bonds three swings to go from 70 to 72. Congradulations on a tremendous accomplishment.

"Bonds Smashes No. 71 and Keeps on Going"

"72: Barry Breaks Record, and then Some"

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October 05, 2001

If we seriously want to

If we seriously want to talk about causes for such rage that breeds suicide bombers, then look at this exhibit in a Palestinian museum glorifying a recent attack on an Israeli resturant.

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AlGore did the right thing

AlGore did the right thing by standing behind President Bush. He also did the politcally smart thing. Continuing to hint that Bush was an illegitimate President in a time to national crisis doesn't smooth the path to a possible rematch in 2004.

"Legitimate at Last"

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This speech by Tony Blair

This speech by Tony Blair is Churchillian at times. Speaking to the U.S., Blair says, "We were with you at the first. We will stay with you to the last." Then there is this touching part:


And then a middle-aged mother looks you in the eyes and tells you her only son has died, and asks you: why?

I tell you: you do not feel like the most powerful person in the country at times like that.

Because there is no answer. There is no justification for their pain. Their son did nothing wrong. The woman, seven months pregnant, whose child will never know its father, did nothing wrong.

Blair also goes after those intellectuals who think America had it coming saying, "America has its faults, but it is a free country, it is our ally and some of the reaction to September 11 betrays a hatred of America that shames those that feel it."

While being completely tied to his Labour Party's socialism, I have faith in Tony Blair to stand by the U.S.'s side in this war on terrorism.

Edited Version of Tony Blair's Conference Speech

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October 04, 2001

Buckley is right in stating

Buckley is right in stating that peace-loving Muslims have a responsibility to protect their religion from being used as a tool for murderous thugs. For them, it must be a holy war of a different sort. Peaceful Muslims must find a way to reconcile modernity with their faith. They have a choice: civilization or destruction, both internally and externally.

It's similar to pro-life activists who must reject, excommunicate, and stamp out those zealots who advocate, condemn, and carry out violence against abortion doctors and clinics. If the zealots aren't contained, the movement as a whole is severely damaged.

"So You Want a Holy War?"

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Reagan National is open! It's

Reagan National is open! It's about time!

Not surprisingly, the first plane to head to New York went south away from Washington, D.C. before heading northeast.

"Party Atmosphere As Reagan National Reopens"

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Rich Galen has some experience

Rich Galen has some experience with the stringent security of El Al, Israel's national airline.

"Be Careful What You Wish For"

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Emily Yoffe rejects poverty as

Emily Yoffe rejects poverty as the "root cause" of the 9.11 attacks. Some of the terrorists were highly educated and not from poor families. The terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden is a millionaire. Knee-jerk Left-wing wealth redistributionists (and a certain writer for The West Wing) should heed Yoffe's words:


But the biographies of the hijackers and their commanders lead to another conclusion about the economic forces behind their actions. That is, terrorism is caused by money, education, and opportunity.

"Poor Excuse" [via Fredrik]

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October 03, 2001

While Jerry Falwell and Pat

While Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson both made asses of themselves a few days after the 9.11 attacks to equate them with a terrorist leader like Osama bin Laden takes moral relativism to a truly tasteless level. Bin Laden organized the killing of thousands of people. When have Falwell and Robertson planned the death of any person? When have Falwell and Robertson called for the destruction of a nation? They haven't. Even with their faults, those men of God should not be thoughlessly tossed into the same basket as a murderous thug.

The Falwell/Robertson/Bin Laden Quiz [via blogdex]

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Any bloggers in the Southeastern

Any bloggers in the Southeastern Wisconsin area in gathering together in physical space? E-mail me. We'll have coffee. We'll talk.

The Weblogger User Group [via Blogger]

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Stick a fork in Salon,

Stick a fork in Salon, it's done.

"News Coverage Worth the Price" [NOT!]

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I don't support Bill Maher,

I don't support Bill Maher, won't sign the petition backing him, and hope Politically Incorrect gets axed. It's not because he said lobbing cruise missiles from 2000 miles away was cowardly. He's right. Bill Clinton's reliance on cruise missiles was only a bit of style to appear tough while drawing attention away from his own scandals.

I don't support Maher because his show isn't funny. Celebrities talking intelligently about politics doesn't happen on that show. The comedians crack a joke as soon as there's an opening. The supermodels act as dumb as the stereotype suggests. Then there's perrenial guest Arianna Huffington who got tired of being a sensible Gingrich-conservative and hopped on board the populist, big-government train.

There's little humor, a lot of stupidity, and really little that is politically incorrect. If and when Maher gets canceled I won't be shedding a tear.

Support Bill Maher

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October 02, 2001

From GreyDay.org: "What if the

From GreyDay.org:


"What if the whole world wide web was like this?"

It was like that way back in 1994 with Mosaic, but it sure beat Gopher.

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Thomas Sowell doesn't see the

Thomas Sowell doesn't see the 9.11 attacks as a jihad or religious war. He's see them based on simple envy.

Is the conflict ideological or not? If it isn't, then it may be smothered through concerted military strikes and covert operations that destroy terrorist networks and deal with a limited number of people. But if it is ideological, then it becomes not only a military battle, but a battle of ideas. It becomes a battle of competing worldviews. In short, it becomes a new Cold War where populations must be convinced that one side is correct.

"Islam and the West"

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October 01, 2001

Bob Novak has an answer

Bob Novak has an answer to why President Bush still has faith in the CIA and the intelligence community. Novak reports that the FBI has some inkling of terroists using planes as weapons but didn't act on that information. With Robert Mueller in as new FBI Director, Bush must feel that the new leadership shouldn't be blamed for past incompetence. What must happen is to question ex-Director Louis Freeh about what went wrong for the attacks to happen as a complete surprise to law enforcement.

"Tom Ridge's Challenge"

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