Sunday, September 30, 2012

Maintaining one's individuality is hard.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The DiploMad:

[I]n my 34 years at State dealing with the press, the public, NGOs, the Congress, and other governments, not once was I instructed to lie--until, that is, the arrival of this misadministration when, for example, we were told to go forth and lie about U.S. guns to Mexico. Yes, we had tried to spin things to our advantage; there were things we hoped we would not be asked so we didn't volunteer them; there were times when we were wrong; and there were things that were genuinely secret and we could not discuss. We, however, did not make things up; we did not lie. This President and his minions do not hesitate to lie. This is a very troubling development, and the press does not take them to task for it. If it were not for a handful of media outlets, talk radio, and the blogosphere, the Obama "folks" completely would get away with this "Chicago/Alinsky" way of politics.

What is "self evident" is that this misadministration will say and do anything to keep power.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

From David Warren's farewell column:

The terrible, hidden cost of "mass communications" is overlooked in the race to make them bigger and faster. The debilitating effect of mere information has ceased to be an issue in our "information age."

Jonathan Swift - himself an ingenious hack - conveyed this in the metaphor of Lemuel Gulliver, shipwrecked in the land of Lilliput, tied down by a thousand tiny threads. His works have the character of prophecy.

We live in a media-saturated environment, wherein prophecy has been replaced by prediction. I have tried, in this paper, through a number of years, to resist this temptation; and even though cast as a political pundit, to turn attention whenever possible to the larger view. Who knows if I have accomplished anything?

With this last Sunday number of the Ottawa Citizen, I am taking my leave. The editors of the paper have been good to me over the years, and have stood behind me stalwartly through heat. I leave without recriminations.

I may well write for the paper in future, but not three times a week on staff. So far as I have any gifts at all, I will apply them in what remains of my life to argue for the Catholic religion, and defend nobility in every humane form, according to my faith and conscience. But I may no longer belong in "mainstream media;" may never have belonged, and must be on my way.

From 2007, a nice interview of Stephen Fry about his old friend Hugh Laurie and House.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Hell yes. If only we had an administration that thought this way. But not since Reagan's. And I fear Romney's won't be much sterner than his predecessor's.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I didn't watch Bill Clinton's speech at the DNC. I've read short quotes from it, and some commentary, almost all of it disconnected from reality. The man is a rapist. Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick. What does it matter what he said or how well he said it? Why is he still welcome in public life? How can people discuss him as though he's just a prominent political figure? He's a rapist, a loathsome, despicable man. That fact should overwhelm all other assessment.

Two lessons, neither new, about the Democrats:

They're amoral. They should've shunned Bill Clinton after his presidency. Instead he's their elder statesman, God help them and the rest of us.

Their bench is thin. Who besides Clinton has the stature within the party to have served persuasively as keynote? I can't think of anyone except Hillary, who evidently wanted to be, or was kept, about as far from the event as physically possible. It's almost no wonder that they gave Bill Clinton 45 minutes in the spotlight. Forty-five minutes. In prime time. To a rapist.