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The rhetorical clarity of moral clarity
  26 May 2011     12:33 pm

If you haven’t listened to Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, you must. And I mean listen. I’m usually a speech reader, because I read quickly, and seldom have the time or the patience to sit down and listen to someone give a 45 minute speech.
In addition, some speakers have so many rhetorical tics and twitches that I find myself unable to focus on the speech’s content. For example, Obama, when speaking on teleprompter, has a wooden delivery; is artificially rhythmic, as his head swings back and forth from …

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Andrew Breitbart: a true happy warrior who wants to inspire an Army of Davids
  18 May 2011     11:16 am

Last night, after Andrew Breitbart had already left to catch his plane, a few of us hung around to chat and to try to answer one question: what was the takeaway from Breitbart’s talk? Eat their eyeballs? Women’s dominance in the Tea Party means that men are eunuchs? The fact that the Tea Party needs to sex up a bit (Breitbart suggested cleavage) to attract younger people? Our responsibility to buy tickets to conservative movies even if we don’t attend, because brave Hollywood conservatives need …

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Is Herman Cain the “star personality” candidate Republicans have been waiting for? And which GOPer do you like? *UPDATED*
  12 May 2011     11:38 am

Since I’m in California, which has always been a late primary state, and since California is now switching to open primaries anyway, it’s always hard for me to get very excited about primaries. The fact is that I never feel I really have any say in them, since the front runners are already decided by the time the primaries get here. I may like or dislike potential candidates, but I observe them rather passively, at least until the race’s outlines start to tighten up.
The current crop of candidates …

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In the mad, mad, mad world of PC, silly little jokes about Islamist terrorists have only a one minute shelf life
  10 May 2011     12:22 pm

This morning, my friend Kim Priestap sent a group of us an email telling about the Yemeni man arrested for trying to yank open the cockpit door while hollering the standard “Allahu Akbar!” Lee DeCovnik thinks we might have been seeing a dry run. The man apparently raced from one end of the plane (the bathroom in the rear) all the way up to the front (the cockpit), and then tried to open the door:
There were a couple of disturbing items in this dry run. First, this was …

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President Obama’s 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft
  9 May 2011     9:36 am

My husband insisted last night that we watch BHO’s 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft — and then promptly fell asleep because, as he later said, “that was really dull.” My husband was right. I managed to stay awake, but it was an effort. This was my takeaway from the great orator’s talk:
We, uh, I, uh, me, uh, my, uh, our guys,uh, the guys, uh, sending guys, uh, that guy, uh, no guys, uh, my guys, uh, we have “denigrated” the Taliban.
It was that last that woke …

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Talking with Jesse Kornbluth again, this time about whether Harvard grads get a free pass
  8 May 2011     10:56 pm

Jesse Kornbluth was again good enough to visit my post commenting upon his article lauding Andrew Sullivan as a blogger amongst bloggers. If I was a guy, and he and I had met in person, I would have slapped up on the back with a cheery “Hey, Jesse man, great to see you again.” I’ve discovered that I disagree with Jesse on a whole lot of things, but I certainly appreciate his willingness to come back here and take his stand on the things in which he believes. …

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Men’s auto-emasculation — or, is feminism really entirely to blame?
  8 May 2011     2:27 am

Several people, knowing my fondness for the Navy (think Navy League), sent me links to a Wall Street Journal article that Lt. Cmdr. Greitens, a Navy SEAL, wrote about what goes into making a Navy SEAL. Of course, it’s not just the training; it’s the man behind the training. No man who is afraid of ultimate responsibility, extreme hard work, painfully uncomfortable physical conditions, and pushing his own limits to their furthest boundaries will even think of becoming a SEAL. When one considers the demands of being …

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The Obama Administration’s cloud of confusion explained *UPDATED*
  4 May 2011     4:56 pm

Usually when governments use misinformation, they use it to make themselves look good. The Obama Administration gets points for originality, insofar as it’s been using disinformation and misinformation to make itself look arbitrary, unlawful, helpless and stupid. Here’s jj’s great summary:
Okay, what do we have here:
1) There was a firefight.
2) There was no firefight.
3) Bin Laden was “resisting.”
4) Bin Laden wasn’t armed. (Makes the concept of “resisting” interesting.)
[4.a) And the newest one: the SEALS thought bin Laden was reaching for a weapon.]
5) He used his …

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Rebutting Jesse Kornbluth’s rebuttal re his original Andrew Sullivan article
  4 May 2011     12:45 am

Jesse Kornbluth, whom I took to task for his Sullivan hagiography, has responded to my rebuttal to his defense of that same hagiography. True to my lawyer’s credo, I’m trying here to have the last word, although I certainly don’t mean to preempt Kornbluth from doing the same, if he is so inclined. As I did before, I’ll put Kornbluth’s entire response here (indented) along with my comments:
3,467 words. Whew! (Okay, that includes generous quotations from my article and message board post.) If length mattered, Bookworm, you …

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A rebuttal to Jesse Kornbluth on the subject of Andrew Sullivan
  1 May 2011     9:22 pm

I wrote a post taking Harvard grad Jesse Kornbluth (class of ’68) to task for his carelessly flattering portrayal of “journalist” and blogger Andrew Sullivan. It’s fine to like Sullivan, although I would question a person’s judgment in doing so. What bothered me was that Kornbluth failed to discover that Sullivan has taken a fair amount of deserved flack for (a) obsessing about Trig Palin’s putative maternity and (b) launching a frothing, entirely ill-informed tirade against the Tea Party and Sarah Palin in the wake of the Tucson …

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Totalitarian revolutions always end up eating their own
  29 Apr 2011     10:40 am

One of the hallmarks of the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the Nazi Revolution (because, although the ballot was used in 1932, it was a revolution), the Hussein Iraq takeover (which was also a form of revolution), and other totalitarian takeovers is that the paranoid leadership style inherent in totalitarianism invariably means that the revolution starts to eat its own. At a certain point, the person or cabal that scrabbles to power starts fearing the people who created that leadership position, and sets out to destroy them.
Sadie alerted me …

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Free speech, in all its glorious ugliness
  27 Apr 2011     4:23 pm

Barry Rubin sounds a tocsin at Pajamas Media about the way in which political correctness is slowly but steadily eroding free speech in America, leaving us to speech norms more commonly seen in repressive Middle Eastern countries. As he explains, there’s a reason “the authors of the American Constitution forbade limits on freedom of speech: because once you start creating off-limit areas the worst thing that happens is the empowerment of people who have a self-interest in setting and misusing these limits. They can administer …

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Harvard Magazine and the Left’s Andrew Sullivan love affair
  26 Apr 2011     8:42 pm

Speaking of Harvard, I just got a gander at Harvard Magazine, which has a smugly grinning Andrew Sullivan on the cover, as the exemplar of “The New Media.” I thought the article would be about bloggers generally, but the table of contents tells me I’m wrong: “World’s Best Blogger?” it asks. It then explains that the article is about “Andrew Sullivan, fiscal conservative [huh?] and social liberal, navigates the changing media landscape.” Turn to the article itself, and the caption says: “World’s Best Blogger? …

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Attending Harvard Law doesn’t make Obama a genius
  26 Apr 2011     7:20 pm

Regular readers know that I have fussed for years about Obama’s much vaunted intelligence. I’ve agreed that he has a feral, manipulative intelligence, but I’ve challenged the whole brilliant scholar thing.
It’s not just the missing grades (which one assumes are missing because they’re embarrassing). It’s also the horrible way he expresses himself when he’s off of the teleprompter, the wooden writing when he doesn’t have Bill Ayers at his back, and the repeated gaffes when he reveals that he does not have a well-furnished mind. Who can …

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Yes, a 3 inch lizard can collapse the Texas oil industry.
  25 Apr 2011     5:30 pm

There’s a new bad guy in town in West Texas. He’s called the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard. He’s actually kind of cute, as lizards go. He’s about three inches long, a nice tan color, and has a vaguely Winston Churchill-esque expression. He seems harmless enough, but he comes packing a huge, powerful weapon: the federal government.
It turns out that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is contemplating putting this little lizard on the endangered species list, not because he’s being hunted, but because his habitat might …

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What happens when government (state or federal) is pathologically hostile to business
  23 Apr 2011     1:05 am

This post tells the story of a case on which I worked. It’s a true story.
Picture this: It’s 2001. You live in California and you own a small business that consists of you and maybe three to five at-will employees. Your profits are decent.
One morning, Jane, one of your employees, announces that she’s quitting, effective immediately, and stalks out. You know — or think you know — your California law, which requires that, when an employee quits, you have her payment ready within three days of …

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Obama embraces scattershot lie tactic
  22 Apr 2011     3:48 pm

I’ve been a practicing lawyer for more than twenty years. My legal briefs are pretty much like my blog writing: I develop an argument, and support it with facts (or, in the case of a legal brief, legal cites) that are directly on point. Often, to show my honesty to the court, I’ll make a summary factual or legal assertion, and then follow that with a quote from the original source confirming the truth of my summary. In a long brief, the court learns that it …

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Obama’s nastiness comes to the fore
  21 Apr 2011     11:08 am

I’m sure you’ve all seen the interview Obama had with the Texas reporter. Obama was asked mildly hard questions, got defensive and, when he thought he was off mike, chastised the reporting for daring to do anything but grovel before him. Daniel Henninger, in today’s Wall Street Journal, looks as this episode and a few others and concludes that the charming pre-election Obama is gone, with a new Obama having taken his place. I agree completely with Henninger that there is nothing charming about President Obama. …

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Morality requires constant exercise — and Big Government leaves us morally flabby
  20 Apr 2011     5:57 pm

Don Quixote and I got together for lunch today, and the conversation drifted to innate human goodness. Neither of us believes in it. We both noted that, if people are rich and powerful enough to do so, significant numbers of them readily abandon ordinary morality, with sexual debauchery usually heading the list of their moral collapses.
Monogamy (or even four wife polygamy) is good for the “little people,” but if you’re a president or a movie star or a ridiculously rich person, why limit yourself? Unless you’re as …

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“Social mobilism,” or the anti-Americanism of modern American art
  19 Apr 2011     9:34 pm

Back in December, I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (“LACMA”) to see an exhibit entitled “Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915.” Historic European and American fashion has always been something of a hobby of mine, so I was excited when I first heard about the exhibit. I wasn’t disappointed. The exhibit contained a very large, beautifully displayed, well-explained collection of European fashions from 1700-1915. It was a lovely reminder of a time when clothes, at least clothes for the …

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