It’s 1973 All Over Again

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"[I]t is true that, as far as capacity to govern in concerned, that to be under a constant barrage 12 to 15 minutes a night on each of the three major networks for four months tends to raise some questions in the people’s mind with regard to the President and it may raise some questions with regard to the capacity … Read More

One Freaky-Looking Dinosaur

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It’s called the Caulkicephalus trimicrodon, remains of which were discovered three years ago on a beach on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England. The reptile’s name was chosen by University of Portsmouth palaeobiologists in southern England, as Caulkhead is the informal name for natives of the Isle of Wight. This is an artist’s impression.  It’s kind … Read More

Vivian Malone Jones – R.I.P

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Classy lady.  A real looker, too. Vivian Malone Jones, one of two black students whose effort to enroll at the University of Alabama led to George Wallace’s infamous "stand in the schoolhouse door" in 1963, died Thursday. She was 63. Jones, who went on to become the first black to graduate from the school, died at Atlanta Medical Center, where … Read More

Jonah Goldberg Rewrites History

Ken AshfordHistory, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Conservative NRO writer Jonah Goldberg doesn’t like Miers, but he’s resigned to it for the time being: When the nomination was first announced, I hurled myself onto my computer keyboard like the Phantom of the Opera to bang out an evil melody about the president’s folly, Miers’s lack of qualifications, and my abiding love for constitutional niceties and nuance. Even … Read More

White House Purges?

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It seems that some of the press gaggles archived on the White House website have, um, gone missing.  For example, you can no longer access the press gaggle where Ari Fleischer says: But there’s a bigger picture here, and this is what’s fundamental—the case for war against Iraq was based on the threat that Saddam Hussein posed because of his … Read More

Bush’s Speech

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From the speech: And the larger purpose of our involvement has always been to help the nations of The Middle East become independent and stand alone, self-sustaining, as members of a great world community – at peace with themselves, and at peace with all others. With such an Iraq, our country-and the world will be far more secure than it … Read More

Congressman Questions War And White House Secrecy

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"The administration should clarify its intent in [this war]… People lack confidence in the credibility of our government… It’s a difficult thing today to be informed about our government even without all the secrecy. With the secrecy, it’s impossible. The American people will do what’s right when they have the information they need… Who said it? Representative Donald Rumsfeld (R-IL), … Read More

Jesse’s Deathbed Conversion

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In his new book, Jesse Helms admits he was wrong about AIDS back when he thought it was just a gay thing.  He came to see the light thanks to his “friends”, who (he says) include Bono.  Now, there’s a pairing I didn’t expect to see, like, ever. But Jesse can’t quite erase his racist past, try as he might: … Read More

Questions Answered

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How did Bob Woodward know Mark Felt?  How did they arrange their meetings?  Watergate buffs and/or students of history need to read this article by Bob Woodward in today’s Washington Post.  It sheds light on some of the mysteries surrounding “Deep Throat” (and leaves a few questions still unanswered).

A Tale Of Two Headlines

Ken AshfordHistory, Iraq1 Comment

Veterans Dismiss Comparisons with Iraq – MSNBC, June 2, 2004; 7:48 a.m. E.T. . . . Yet, as a handful of U.S. veterans from the Normandy invasion explained, there are few parallels between the two undertakings. As far as they are concerned, World War II represented a unique era because of the very real, palpable, and all-encompassing threat posed by … Read More