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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week in keeping with The Waterglass philosophy of “it’s all in how you see it,” a quote which again reminds us that different people can look at the same situation in very different ways. I, for one, find this to be true. When I expect the best out of people, I usually get it. [...]

Book Review: A World Transformed (1998)

Former President George H. W. Bush and former National Security Advisor Brent Scocroft wrote a book called “A World Transformed,” published in 1998 by Alfred A. Knopf Publishers. This is a review of that work.

What alerted me to this book was an article from FOX NEWS on-line:

“Bush 41 Foresaw Iraq Occupation Problems in [...]

Elections in Iraq, or, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”

Recently, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said this about holding January elections in Iraq:

“Let’s say you tried to have an election and you could have it in three-quarters or four-fifths of the country. But in some places you couldn’t because the violence was too great,” Rumsfeld said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. “Well, [...]

Who Wouldn’t?

Val expresses a sentiment that I think many of us have felt to some degree or other over the years. Except for Jimmy Carter. Oh, and Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, and most of the far left.

For my part, I think a nice, hard drive into the solar plexus with the business end of [...]

Photo of the Week

US Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry helps himself at the buffet in Steve’s Soul Food Restaturant in Detroit, Michigan. Kerry was trailing behind President George W. Bush in the latest polls, raising the stakes for their first debate two days before that face-to-face confrontation(AFP/File/Luke Frazza)

You can just tell that he’s thinking, “Oh God, [...]

UN out of NY!

Victor Davis Hanson describes some of the biggest problems with the UN in the context of President Bush’s recent speech addressing it:

First, the United Nations is not the idealistic postwar organization of our collective UNICEF and UNESCSO nostalgia, the old perpetual force for good that we once associated with hunger relief and peacekeeping. Its [...]

Book Review

It’s time for another book review, and this time I’m tackling a weighty tome from Stephen King titled, The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower. Yea, verily, it is the conclusion of the Dark Tower series, a set of novels that started out great and began to peter out right around the time the author [...]

Yom Kippur 2004 in Romania

My wife and I spent Yom Kippur in Romania. We went to services in the Choral Temple, near Piata Unirii. The scene is worth noting:

There are only two synagogues left in Bucharest, and only one is known to still be operating (the one near Piata Amzei may hold some services, but we’re not sure). [...]

Reflections of a Trip to Eastern Europe

For much of September, my wife and I were in Eastern Europe (which explains my long silence!). We were in Warsaw, Poland, and Bucharest, Romania, and some other places within those countries. A few observations:

1. International CNN sucks. One thing I appreciate is wide coverage of the news, plus in-depth stuff. International CNN is [...]

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.”

–Jerome K. Jerome

The Chickenhawk Meme, Deflated

Erik at ?No Pasar?n! ruthlessly punctures the “If you think the war in Iraq was right, you go fight it” meme, turning it against those who use it:

If only a soldier can speak for the war, then how can somebody who is not a soldier speak against the war?

If it so happened that [...]

Kurtz on a Media Split

National Review’s Stanley Kurtz talks about brokering a kind of truce between conservative and liberal media by splitting up the spheres of influence equally (liberals get half of talk radio, conservatives get half of national newspapers and one of the three major TV networks). It’s silly, of course (the left has far more to lose), [...]

Photo of the Week

Two-year-old Basset ‘Jack’ is posed for a photographer in a public park in Fulda near Frankfurt September 9, 2004. The Basset hound living in Fulda has made it into the Guinness book of records for having the longest ears in the world, measuring 33.2 centimeters. REUTERS/Alex Grimm

It’s been a while since we’ve had [...]

More on Parlock

Seems like it wasn’t a hoax after all:

Just received a call from the IUPAT, which has now identified the union member who grabbed the Bush/Cheney sign from Phil Parlock’s daughter and threw the pieces at the family as they left the event. “We are taking steps to deal with the individual,” the union told [...]

“Now you have people who love death just like you love life.”

The rest of the quote goes thus:

“Killing for the sake of God is their best wish, getting to your soldiers and allies are their happiest moments, and cutting the heads of the criminal infidels is implementing the orders of our Lord.”

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said this, upon gruesomely murdering American contractor Eugene Armstrong. Note [...]