Today's Washington Post carries an op-ed by Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski. They've written the same article maybe a hundred times? What is it about? Well, it's their usual wrap about bringing everything back to square one in Palestine with Israel surrendering its right of self-defense to NATO. At least, the duo realizes that there would be a continuing problem of defending Israel even after Palestine is established. But this is not peace. Is it? How would this come about? Yes, a special envoy, of course. Why didn't I think of this? Who might that be? The Duke of Edinburgh? Bono?
The ultra-orthodox had taken over Jerusalem's City Hall in the person of Uri Lupolianski acting for a cadre of rabbis who gave him permission to do "this" or denied him permission to do "that." This was 2003. Formally, it was a democratically elected government. And it's true that there were lots of matters about which the holy men did not care a fig. Lupolianski succeeded Ehud Olmert, a man who dealt with the religious as any mayor of a demographically intricate modern city has to deal with a big and dug-in minority. Most Arabs don't vote in Jerusalem municipal elections because they don
Weird nugget buried in today's long WashPost story about Ohio: Viars said she and another evangelical Christian have distributed to fellow church members 5,000 copies of a "voter issues guide" that describes Obama as supporting human cloning and opposing "protecting the lives of children who are born alive and survive a botched abortion," both misstatements of his record. We've heard the infanticide stuff before but the cloning thing is new to me. --Michael Crowley
Das Kapital is on the best seller list in Germany. Yes, Marx's Das Kapital. Even the cover is like the original. Oh, I almost forgot: the writer is not Karl Marx but Renihard Marx, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Munich. The story is told by Bertrand Benoit in the weekend FT, with accompanying photo of the bearded cleric with threatening eyes and gesticulating hands. Sales of Das Kapital by the old mole Karl Marx is also rising, likely a result of the world economic crisis.
In Ghostbusters 2, Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd discover a river of slime coursing through subterranean New York. This sticky, pink bile turns out to be a physical manifestation of New Yorkers' accumulated rage, hatreds, and resentments--a substance potent enough that the film's villain tries to harness its power to take over the city. With GOP mega-donors out of commission, one independent ad group--the National Republican Trust PAC--is tapping a similar source to sustain itself.
"The Castro exiles that brought Bush victory in 2000 are beginning to waiver," reads an article by Daniel Dombey in Thursday's FT. Actually, I believe what brought Bush victory in 2000 was judicial larceny. But certainly the Cuban exilarchs and their followers went overwhelmingly for Bush and for whoever was the Republican nominee beforehand. Still, part of the immigrant journey in the second and third generation is to leave the beliefs and prejudices of the first. This is what has been happening to the Cuban Americans. Their lives are not about Castro any longer.
I was walking up Park Avenue today and, as I usually do when I'm close to St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, crossed over to the east side of the street to be in its shadows. Situated just north of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, it is a sumptuous church, so also the site of many society weddings. I don't know but I assume that it is on the "correct" side of the theological dispute that is splitting the Anglican communion apart. The correct side being latitudinarian. Laissez-faire, one might say. More liberal on sexual matters and rather left-wing on economic and foreign policy matters.
I realize that at this point it's ridiculous to treat Bill Kristol as anything other than an intellectually dishonest apologist for his pal John McCain. Still, he is a prominent pundit who is presumably still taken seriously by someone somewhere, and so I feel compelled to take issue with his remarks in Mo Dowd's column today. Asked about his increasingly lonely cheerleading of Sarah Palin, Kristol snipped: Conservative eggheads are my friends, but politically they're a contrarian indicator.
Some people fear for their livelihoods. Other people fear for their lives.Of course, sometimes livelihood is life.The world has a terrible record in salvaging either one if the threat to them is a mass phenomenon.
I always enjoy the missives I receive from GOPUSA, where the nuttiest of wingnuts go for affirmation. Today's featured piece is a broadside by freelance columnist Doug Patton against Timesman David Brooks' Friday column on how Sarah Palin is but the latest front in Republicians' burgeoning war against ideas.