Posts from August 30, 2004

McGreevey, the sequel

McGreevey, the sequel

: The attorney for Golan Cipel said he would not file suit against almost-ex-Gov. McGreevey. This could still turn into criminal investigations into (a) whether Cipel did or did not try to blackmail McGreevey and (b) whether McGreevey violated the law hiring Cipel. It’ ain’t over until the skinny guy sings.

When blogs help… and hurt

When blogs help… and hurt

: You won’t be surprised to hear that I agree with half of this John Podhoretz column and disagree with the other half. John praises blogs for opening up media — that’s the half with which I disagree — and he uses as evidence of bloggie goodness the Swift Vets story. Of course, I disagree with that. I would hate to think that mudslinging — whether the mud is the Swifties’ snipes or Moore’s or those who went after Bush’s military record — is our proudest moment in this new medium. It’s not. In any case, John as interesting things to say, so I quote:

I’ve been listening to mainstream-media types talk about the terrible threat posed to the news business by one new phenomenon or other since I began my career 22 years ago. The complaint is invariably, and drearily, the same: Whatever is new is bad because it supposedly lowers the historically high standards of the mainstream media.

The last two years in particular have seen the explosion of a new medium

Of French hostages and headscarves

Of French hostages and headscarves

: The irony is downright tragic: The French refuse to support the war in Iraq and yet Iraqi terrorists kidnap two French journalists anyway because the country bans Muslim headscarves. Both French decisions were wrong, in my book, but, of course, that’s no reason to offer anything other than support to the hostages and their nation.

And I also offer this hope: That the French learn a lesson from this: There is no sense in cozying up to terrorists and in forgetting who your allies should be. To

the terrorists, all of civilization is an enemy… and that includes you, France.

: UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan said it better than I could (of course):

One can only hope that Paris gets the message. There is no escaping this fight. It is civilization or Jihadism. We can and should debate tactics; but the sides are clear enough.

Float like a butterfly, flack like a bee

Float like a butterfly, flack like a bee

: Here’s the absurd political moment du jour: Don King being interviewed on FoxNews about why he loves George Bush — and why Bush did not get much of the black vote last time around. Says Shouts Don: “The African-American does not understand the man.”

I’ll drink to that

I’ll drink to that

: WebMD reports that 90 percent of heart attacks can be attributed directly to behavioral causes:

Heart researchers say nine risk factors