Double Standards Watch
November 13, 2007

Reading Andrew's last post, which purports to talk about "double standards," I'm trying to imagine the conniption he'd be experiencing were, say, the dreaded Hillary Clinton to associate with the likes of "ex-gay" gospel singer Donnie "the gays are 'trying to kill our children" McClurkin. This, of course, is what Barack Obama did, and it merited little reaction from Andrew.

September 12, 2007

Andrew writes about the typically overwrought response of Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, to comedienne Kathy Griffin's saying "Suck it, Jesus," at an award ceremony. Donohue intoned: "It is a sure bet that if Griffin had said, 'Suck it, Muhammad,' there would have been a very different reaction," Catholic league president Bill Donohue said in a statement posted on the group's Web site.

The Fixer
April 23, 2007

BEFORE THERE WAS Walter Reed—before the revelations in The Washington Post, before the congressional hearings and presidential commissions and resigning generals—there was Joshua Murphy and his bad dream. In November 2005, Murphy returned home to Wichita Falls, Texas, after service that included a year patrolling the treacherous Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City as a specialist in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Prior to the war, he had been outgoing, social, well-liked—“just your basic eighteen-year-old kid,” in the words of his mother, Monica.

All In The Family
March 05, 2007

Picking up where Mike left off yesterday, what will conservative voters think about Rudy once they hear from his semi-estranged son Andrew--who's in the midst of what appears to be a media blitz? On Saturday, The New York Times quoted the 21-year-old Andrew explaining that, until recently, he hadn't even been on speaking terms with his father--and that he didn't plan to campaign for him. "There's obviously a little problem that exists between me and his wife," Andrew told the Times--referring to Rudy's third wife, Judith Nathan.

Warming Up
November 08, 1999

Gregg Easterbrook: The real way we know the earth is warming.

Benjamin Banneker: Unschooled Wizard
February 02, 1948

One of the uncommon Americans of the eighteenth century is a man so neglected today that the Dictionary of American Biography, which lists the great and the not-so-great of the past, does not bother to include him. Yet he is a far worthier and more interesting figure than many of the second-rate politicians who clutter the pages of official biography. Many of the Founding Fathers knew and respected his work. Jefferson admired him and helped to make his reputation. Washington's Administration appointed him to a federal post.