Blog

My running commentary on events: local, national, and international. Areas of special interest include Israel, Iraq, and dissidents in the Muslim world.

McCain in Manhattan This Morning: Defeatism Will Not Buy Peace in Our Time

September 27, 2007

Just returned from a Hudson Institute briefing at The Four Seasons restaurant this morning given by John McCain. He seems a little tired, and who can blame him? The man is 71, has survived torture at the hands of the Viet Cong and, worse...

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Bollinger: No Badass, but not Bad as, He Might Have Been

September 24, 2007

It’s never wise to debate a nut job, especially a vicious one. The very act of debate implies there is something to be discussed, some shred of basis to the attacker’s position which, if in fact there is none, gives that unreasonable and...

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A Smart Cop

September 24, 2007

You gotta love New Yorkers. Tonight on the corner of 46th and Second Avenue, I saw a bunch of roadbloacks and cops. Knowing I was near the UN, I asked one young cop, “So officer, what’s going on tonight? You guys getting ready for that...

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Go Steelers: One for the polydactyl thumb in 2008!

September 23, 2007

Go Steelers! The Steelers just beat the San Francisco 49ers by 37 to 16. They are now 3-0.

“They and the New England Patriots seem to be the class of the AFC, and the Steelers haven’t been accused of cheating,” according to James...

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Go Steelers!

September 23, 2007

Go Steelers! So far the Steelers are 2 and 0. They haven’t played the best teams, but they “totally blew out” Cleveland and Buffalo, according to James Taranto. “I just hope they win by less than 9, because I have the 49ers in the...

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Ahmadinejad, Man of Mystery?

September 23, 2007

According to an interview on FOX News, Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, who is hosting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tomorrow, says he would have hosted Hitler, too. This man seems to be of the school of...

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Ahmadinejad: Defender of Gay Rights?

September 23, 2007

On Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will speak and participate in a question and answer session with students and faculty at Columbia University. Pundits, students, and New Yorkers of all stripes are in an uproar that Ahmadinejad is...

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Rudy Gets a Discount

September 14, 2007

You gotta love Rudy Giuliani’s healthy chutzpah. Irked that The New York Times not only published Moveon.org’s full-page ad smearing Gen. David Petraeus, but gave them a steep discount, Rudy’s campaign placed an ad in...

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Fred Thompson: the Gen-X Republican

September 7, 2007

Fred Thompson, formerly Watergate prosecutor, lobbyist, actor, and U.S. Senator from Tennessee, announced his candidacy for President of the United States Wednesday evening on Jay Leno’s show. This guy reminds me of my friends and me....

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The Truth About Iraq: We Say Karate, Iran Says Crowbar

September 5, 2007

Over a year and a half ago, Mithal al-Alusi, a courageous Iraqi politician about whom I have written for The Wall Street Journal, who has lost more than his life in the struggle to build a democratic Iraq, told me that Iran had...

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