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July 31, 2005

Judges Gone Wild . . .

. . .  This time in Wisconsin, where the local Supreme Court ruled that legislated caps on "pain and suffering" damages in medical malpractice were unconstitutional. Why, pray tell? Because the judges found no "rational basis" for the law; in other words, there was no logical link between the damage limits and lowering medical costs or insurance premiums.

Unbelievable. The bastards also carefully justified their decision only by reference to the state constitution, thereby preempting any appeal to the Federal courts. Sheesh. (Via Instapundit.)

July 31, 2005 at 06:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Quote of the Day

If the jihad has its war aims, maybe we should start thinking about ours. What would victory look like? As fascism and communism were in their day, Islamism is now the ideology of choice for the world's grievance-mongers. That means we have to destroy the ideology, or at least its potency -- not Islam per se, but at the very minimum the malign strain of Wahhabism, which thanks to Saudi oil money has been transformed from a fetish of isolated desert derelicts into the most influential radicalizing force in contemporary Islam, from Indonesia to Yorkshire to Virginia. Europeans who aren't prepared to roll back Wahhabism had better be prepared to live with it, or under it.

-  Mark Steyn, in his syndicated column

July 31, 2005 at 02:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 30, 2005

Escalate or Lose in Iraq?

Mohammed, from Iraq The Model, doesn't think that "democracy in one country" can work in the mideast. (Like "socialism in one country" during the early days of the late USSR.) He suggests that unless we are willing to "up the ante" for the regimes in Syria and Iran that are actively undermining Iraq's attempts at democratic self-governance, we will fail.

I hope he's wrong, because thanks to our friends in the Democratic party, the US no longer has the stomach to consider a wider campaign for democracy in the mideast. Of course, this may be subject to change if and when a dirty bomb or crude fission or chemical weapon were to explode in mid-town Manhattan.

July 30, 2005 at 10:11 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Marines Helping Marines

Have I ever told you that I love the Marine Corps? Ever since I read Thomas E. Ricks' Making The Corps, I've known there was something special about the Marines. (Ricks is also the WaPo's pentagon correspondent and an excellent reporter.)

Anyway, today's LAT has an outstanding feature article by David Zucchino describing how a severely wounded senior Marine officer, Lt. Col. Tim Maxwell, has organized a group of wounded Marines to help other wounded Marines recover. It is an amazing story and another example of why the Marines are a breed apart.

July 30, 2005 at 04:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Following the French Example?!

Sometimes France can do the right thing, particularly when it is in its interests to do so. Witness, for example, their leadership in rounding up a dozen Islamist preachers and giving them until the end of the month to leave France forever. Even French citizenship is no defense, as the government plans to have their citizenship revoked for hostile actions against the nation.

One can only hope that the governments of their former homelands will greet them with open manacles upon their return.

July 30, 2005 at 08:36 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 29, 2005

Arch Quote of the Day

From Susan Lydon's obit in the UK Telegraph (Lydon wrote the famous 1970 feminist essay "The Politics of Orgasm"):

Susan Lydon's depiction of the matrimonial bed as a sexual and political minefield into which the ideologically unsophisticated trespass at their peril was not, perhaps, the most promising basis for a long-term relationship, and she never found lasting happiness with a man. Instead, after a series of failed love affairs and a period of drug addiction, she found salvation in knitting and, with characteristic missionary zeal, sought to turn this humble craft into a Cause.

For more on the colorful life of Ms. Lydon, read her obituaries by Stacy Finz in the SF Chronicle or by Julie Bindel in the UK Guardian.

(For extra bonus points, read more about Qiviut, the under wool of the artic Musk Ox here.)

July 29, 2005 at 08:43 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Some interesting stuff

For your browsing pleasure:

  • Today's WSJ has an interesting piece on a new port security system developed by SAIC that is being tested in Hong Kong. (Link for WSJ subscribers here, temporary public link here.) The system uses scanners to inspect 100% of the cargo containers shipped, rather than only a targeted sample (as is currently done in the US). Sounds like a good idea to me. Also, check out this superb graphic demonstrating that a picture can be worth 1,000 words.

  • Bizarre Croatian music video by Belinda. (Via popbitch.)

  • Some people should not be allowed behind a camera. (Also from popbitch.)

July 29, 2005 at 08:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

July 28, 2005

Happy Fifth Birthday!

I highly recommed yesterday's Best of the Web by the WSJ's James Taranto. It is a look back over the five year history of the column, and a curiously moving reflection on all that happened during those eventful years.

Thank you, James, for all your good work over the last five years. And best wishes for the next five.

July 28, 2005 at 09:46 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 27, 2005

Tee Hee

Air America swindled money from programs for inner city youth in the Bronx?! (via Viking Pundit.)

July 27, 2005 at 02:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Quote of the Day: Applebaum's advice to Karen Hughes on US Public Diplomacy

The always thoughtful Anne Applebaum has an OpEd in today's WaPo with excellent advice for Karen Hughes, the nominee for US undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. Her point is simple: the US needs to find new tactics to bring to the war of ideas against radical Islam and its well-funded, Saudi-led international outreach effort.

The United States has engaged in a project like this once before. In the 1950s and '60s, the West European left was also bitterly divided, with social democrats on one side and pro-Soviet communists on the other. We backed the social democrats. CIA money was used, for example, to found Encounter, a small but influential magazine whose editors promoted not just pro-Americanism but also the principles of democracy and capitalism, largely through allowing both sides to argue their cases.

Ms. Hughes would be well advised to take some of Applebaum's advice.

July 27, 2005 at 10:22 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack