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...includes political matter.

The intifada comes to France by Olivier Guitta

The Weekly Standard

Paris When It Sizzles
The intifada comes to France.
by Olivier Guitta
11/14/2005, Volume 011, Issue 09

THE FRENCH USE THE EUPHEMISM "quartiers sensibles"--sensitive neighborhoods--for the troubled, predominantly Arab and African working-class suburbs of Paris and other cities that increasingly resemble a ticking bomb at the heart of their society.

One such sensitive neighborhood is Clichy-sous-Bois, nine miles northeast of Paris, where last week's string of nightly riots began. Two Muslim youths--one black, one Arab--were electrocuted at a power relay station on October 27. The circumstances are sketchy: Were the youths being chased by the police because they were suspects in a break-in? Were they being chased for no reason? Or were they--as Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy claims, and the preliminary report of the prosecutor has now confirmed--never pursued by the police at all?

A Year of Living Dangerously By Francis Fukuyama

The Wall Street Journal

A Year of Living Dangerously
November 2, 2005; Page A14

One year ago today, the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh had his throat ritually slit by Mohamed Bouyeri, a Muslim born in Holland who spoke fluent Dutch. This event has totally transformed Dutch politics, leading to stepped-up police controls that have now virtually shut off new immigration there. Together with the July 7 bombings in London (also perpetrated by second generation Muslims who were British citizens), this event should also change dramatically our view of the nature of the threat from radical Islamism.

What Goes Around Comes Around By Christopher Hitchens

The Wall Street Journal


What Goes Around Comes Around

By Christopher Hitchens
October 31, 2005; Page A16

The Republicans who drafted and proposed the Intelligence Identities
Protection Act in the early days of the Reagan administration, in a vain
attempt to end the career of CIA defector Philip Agee, could not have
known that their hasty legislation would one day paralyze the workings of
a conservative wartime administration. Nor could the eager
internationalist Wilsonians who rammed through the 1917 Espionage Act --
the most repressive legislation since the Alien and Sedition laws -- have
expected it to be used against government officials making the case for an
overseas military intervention.

But then, who would have thought that liberals and civil libertarians --
the New York Times called for the repeal of the IIPA as soon as it was
passed, or else for it to be struck down by the courts -- would find these
same catch-all statutes coming in handy for the embarrassment of Team
Bush? The outrage of the left at any infringement of CIA prerogatives is
only the least of the ironies in the indictment of Lewis Libby for
discussing matters the disclosure of which, in and of itself, appears to
have violated no known law.

Snippets From "The Corner" at National Review Online

There's been an interesting exchange re the Libby indictment on NRO's blog "The Corner." First a couple of items from Andy McCarthy, and then responses from Clifford May and Michael Ledeen:

Friday 10/28/20005

[Andy McCarthy]

The indictment does not allege an offense of the espionage act (18 USC 793), but it does indicate there may well have been one.

There are several crimes laid out in the espionage act, but the one that applies most closely on these facts requires the government to prove that a person (a) obtained classified information lawfully (e.g., in his official capacity), communicated it to someone not entitled to receive it, and (c) did so willfully.

The indictment charges the mere fact that Plame worked at the CIA was classified information. (“At all relevant times … Valerie Wilson was employed by the CIA, and her employment status was classified.”)

'They Are All So Wrong'

'They Are All So Wrong'

September 9, 2005 The Wall Street Journal

September 11 was not so much a discrete event as part of a
continuum. It was the result of broad strategic failures that,
preceding it by decades, continue to this day and are likely to
continue on. It is as if the country has lost, as exemplified by the
Left now out of power, a great deal of the will to self-preservation,
and, as exemplified by the Right now in charge, not a little of its
capacity for self-defense. Our politics and policies have somehow been
parceled out to opportunists like Michael Moore -- purveyor of
conspiracy theories and hatreds, whose presentation, unclean in every
respect, is honored nonetheless by the controlling rump of Democrats
-- and to Bushmen like "Kip" Hawley of Homeland Security, father of
the proposal to allow carry-on ice-picks, bows and arrows, and knives
with blades up to five-inches long.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil by Stephen F. Hayes

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

What the 9/11 Commission narrative left out: Iraqis.
by Stephen F. Hayes

09/05/2005, Volume 010, Issue 47 The Weekly Standard

AHMED HIKMAT SHAKIR IS A shadowy figure who provided logistical assistance
to one, maybe two, of the 9/11 hijackers. Years before, he had received a
phone call from the Jersey City, New Jersey, safehouse of the plotters who
would soon, in February 1993, park a truck bomb in the basement of the World
Trade Center. The safehouse was the apartment of Musab Yasin, brother of
Abdul Rahman Yasin, who scorched his own leg while mixing the chemicals for
the 1993 bomb.

When Shakir was arrested shortly after the 9/11 attacks, his "pocket
litter," in the parlance of the investigators, included contact information
for Musab Yasin and another 1993 plotter, a Kuwaiti native named Ibrahim

These facts alone, linking the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade
Center, would seem to cry out for additional scrutiny, no?

My take on Schiavo

Earlier today I made a post to a email list I frequent. It is in the list's archive here:

The little note to the New York Post editors sums up my thinking, and perhaps more importantly, my feelings, about the matter. You'll see in the archive of the subsequent thread that I am quickly accused of countenancing attempted murder, and doing so "comfortably." I anticipated this level of retort. It saddens me greatly.

WFB gets it exactly right.


Tue Mar 22, 8:41 PM ET

By William F. Buckley Jr.

What was good was that the resources of the entire nation, so it
seemed, could be aroused with only the end in mind of sparing -- more
accurately, prolonging -- a single life. It was left only to mobilize
the Seventh Fleet to level a thousand guns on the doctors engaged in
removing the tubes from Terri Schiavo. Not since 6-year-old Elian
Gonzalez was ordered by the courts to return to Cuba, there to submit
to a lifetime of servitude under Fidel Castro (news - web sites) Inc.,
had there been such a mobilization of public sentiment.

The Townes article....

Ok, ok. I'm going to try to be a gentleman about this. I posted the Townes article because he has been in the news this week what with his winning that prize and all. And, I know the subject matter, science and/or/versus religion, is one the greater extended SHCS family mulls on a regular basis.

Mull \Mull\, v. i.
To work (over) mentally; to cogitate; to ruminate; -- usually
with over; as, to mull over a thought or a problem.

However, "just for the record" (and there's a sneaky weasel expression if there ever was one), may I say that I think the guy's a lightweight, that he dumbs down science, his chosen field of professional endeavour, even more than religion, where at least he can point to his amateur status as an excuse. That dumbing down is the price of forcing the two to be "friends,"

Intro remarks

See? I knew there'd be a "bloggish mode" in Drupal!

Let's see what it looks like. Don't try this at home kids?

Void where prohibited.

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