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Zigging and zagging on the sniper’s trail (10/21/02) new
By Mark Steyn in The National Post
“When the expert commentators get so much of the easily verifiable stuff wrong, it’s hard to see why their airier fancies should command respect. Is the sniper linked to al-Qaeda? ‘Most unlikely,’ said Elliott Leyton, a St. John’s professor of anthropology, in The Globe And Mail. ‘Such groups (religious or political) generally find their murderous pleasures in bombs, airplanes and gas, not rifles.’ In fairness to the Islamofascists, when it comes to their ‘murderous pleasures’ variety is the spice of death. They disdain a consistent M.O. Much of what they do is unprecedented: September 11th, the shoe bomber, the Afghan resistance leader they assassinated by posing as interviewers and killing him with a disguised camera. Before I rule out the Islamists, I’d want a better reason than Professor Leyton’s.”

We angry white males were right about the sniper (10/27/02) new
By Mark Steyn in The London Telegraph
“You get the picture: sure, Muslim fundamentalists can be pretty extreme, but what about all our Christian fundamentalists? Unfortunately, for the old moral equivalence to hold up, the Christians really need to get off their fundamentalist butts and start killing more people. At the moment, the brilliantly versatile Muslim fundamentalists are gunning down Maryland schoolkids and bus drivers, hijacking Moscow theatres, self-detonating in Israeli pizza parlours, blowing up French oil tankers in Yemen, and slaughtering nightclubbers in Bali, while Christian fundamentalists are, er, sounding extremely strident in their calls for the return of prayer in school.”

Coloring the sniper news (10/11/02) new
By Michelle Malkin in Jewish World Review
“The media immediately embraced the Angry White Male theory by sensationalizing the cops’ questioning over the weekend of one Robert Gene Baker. Newspaper reports described him as ‘heavily tattooed’ and ‘linked’ to ‘militia and white supremacist’ groups. The headlines screamed: ‘Supremacist Sought in Sniping Spree’ and ‘Neo Nazi Named as Sniper Murders Suspect.’ But in fact, Baker was never a suspect and had no weapons on him at the time he was taken into custody for an outstanding auto-theft warrant. The AWM theory remains a plausible one, of course. But it isn’t the only one. You won’t hear Katie Couric or Peter Jennings talking about it with their conventional-thinking experts, but there is a significant possibility that the sniper and the sniper’s support system could be non-white Muslim extremists with ties to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network.”

Who let Lee Malvo loose? (10/25/02) new
By Michelle Malkin at TownHall
“The mainstream media informed us this week that Lee Malvo, the reportedly ‘17-year-old’ youth charged as a material witness in the sniper investigation along with John Mohammed, is a ‘Jamaican national.’ As of this writing (Oct. 24), the Immigration and Naturalization Service refused to comment publicly on the exact nature of Malvo’s immigration status. Here are the facts the INS doesn’t want you to know: Lee Malvo is an illegal alien from Jamaica who jumped ship in Miami in June 2001. He was apprehended by the Border Patrol in Bellingham, Wash., in December 2001, but was then let go by the INS district in Seattle in clear violation of federal law and contrary to what the arresting Border Patrol officers intended, according to my law enforcement sources. ”

With the Sniper, TV Profilers Missed Their Mark (10/25/02) new
By Paul Farhi and Linton Weeks in The Washington Post
“Almost everything the sniper ‘profilers’ and pundits told the media over the past three weeks turns out to have been off the mark, considering the very real profiles of the two people arrested early yesterday. The men and women who had been described on the air and in print as ‘forensic psychologists’ and ‘former FBI investigators’ took many swings at the who and why of the sniper case — and mostly missed.... The important question is, was the orgy of speculation harmless — or was there a very dangerous undercurrent to it? By saturating the public’s consciousness with phantom images of thirtyish white men, did the media profilers distract attention from a more general and possibly open-minded search for the perpetrators?”

Arm-Twisting: A historian’s book makes the case for gun control. Other scholars hotly dispute his claims. (04/05/01) new
By Kimberley A. Strassel at OpinionJournal
“Released by highbrow publisher Knopf last year, Arming America was a historical and political bombshell, a rare piece of work that purported not only to overturn long-held historical beliefs, but to alter modern politics profoundly in the process. Few colonial Americans owned guns, Mr. Bellesiles argues. He bases this on his study of probate and military records, travel narratives and other primary sources.... Unsurprisingly, left-leaning journalists, academics and politicians went weak at the knees.... But there’s a problem. A growing number of respected scholars, from across the political spectrum, are saying that Mr. Bellesiles’s research and conclusions are wrong.”

Guns and Poses: Michael Bellesiles’s work is charming and disarming — but sloppy and maybe fraudulent. (02/22/02) new
By Kimberley A. Strassel at OpinionJournal
Arming America came out in September 2000. About that time, James Lindgren, a professor of law at Northwestern, wanted to reanalyze Mr. Bellesiles’s probate information for his own research. He sent Mr. Bellesiles a routine e-mail in August 2000 asking the Emory historian for details about which records he had used and where to find them. Mr. Bellesiles wrote back that he’d read them on microfilm in the federal archives in East Point, Ga. But when Mr. Lindgren and others made calls, they were told the facility had no such records. Mr. Bellesiles then sent an e-mail saying he’d read them in some 30 different places across the country. He also told Mr. Lindgren he couldn’t immediately send detailed information on which records he’d used because his counts — made on legal pads — had been damaged by a flood.”

Academic Accountability: An antigun scholar defends his shoddy work by calling critics names. (06/06/02) new
By Kimberley A. Strassel at OpinionJournal
“Several weeks ago, in a bold and impressive move, the NEH became the first institution to treat the accusations against Mr. Bellesiles with the gravity they deserve. It came in response to a $30,000 NEH-funded fellowship that the Newberry Library, a Chicago research institution, awarded Mr. Bellesiles in February 2001. Last month NEH deputy chairman Lynne Munson wrote to the library that in light of the ‘serious question concerning academic integrity,’ that have been raised about Mr. Bellesiles, the NEH wanted its name removed from the fellowship. The Newberry Library’s defense is that the criticism of Mr. Bellesiles’s book didn’t take on a ‘scholarly character’ until after it had granted the fellowship. But whatever the timing, the fact remains that Newberry never did anything about revoking or suspending the fellowship — even when serious questions about Mr. Bellesiles’s academic integrity came to the fore.”

Michael Bellesiles Resigns from Emory Faculty (10/25/02) new
By Robert A. Paul in a Press Release from Emory University
“I have accepted the resignation of Michael Bellesiles from his position as Professor of History at Emory University, effective December 31, 2002. Although we would not normally release any of the materials connected with a case involving the investigation of faculty misconduct in research, in light of the intense scholarly interest in the matter I have decided, with the assent of Professor Bellesiles as well as of the members of the Investigative Committee, to make public the report of the Investigative Committee appointed by me to evaluate the allegations made against Professor Bellesiles (none of the supporting documents, however, are being made public).”

Voices in the Wilderness: Versus the age-old sirens of appeasement. (10/18/02)
By Victor Davis Hanson at The National Review Online
“Every day a Marine is killed, a French tanker blown up, Christians butchered in Pakistan, tourists incinerated in Bali, terrorist cells broken up from Oregon to New York — and our pundits demand proof that we are at war. Why do the presidents’ critics press their attacks, the more principled playing down the chances of future danger, the more disingenuous engaging in character assassination and cheap psychoanalysis? In a word, human nature. It is our way always to put aside distant threats of the future to enjoy the tangible, but temporary, lull of the present.”

False Alarm: Why Liberals Should Support the War (10/10/02)
By Jonathan Chait at The New Republic Online
“It is perhaps telling that the case for war with Iraq was most clearly made not by Republican President George W. Bush but by Democratic President Bill Clinton. ‘Predators of the twenty-first century,’ Clinton warned, speaking four and a half years ago, ‘will be all the more lethal if we allow them to build arsenals of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them.... There is no more clear example of this threat than Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.’ And if the world were to allow Saddam to continue to construct his terrible weapons? ‘Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will,’ Clinton declared. ‘He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some day, some way, I guarantee you, he’ll use the arsenal.’”

Air War: How Saddam Manipulates the U.S. Media (10/17/02)
By Franklin Foer at The New Republic Online
“Like their Soviet-bloc predecessors, the Iraqis have become masters of the Orwellian pantomime — the state-orchestrated anti-American rally, the state-led tours of alleged chemical weapons sites that turn out to be baby milk factories — that promotes their distorted reality. And the Iraqi regime has found an audience for these displays in an unlikely place: the U.S. media. It’s not because American reporters have an ideological sympathy for Saddam Hussein; broadcasting his propaganda is simply the only way they can continue to work in Iraq. ‘There’s a quid pro quo for being there,’ says Peter Arnett, who worked the Iraq beat for CNN for a decade. ‘You go in and they control what you do.... So you have no option other than to report the opinion of the government of Iraq.’ In other words, the Western media’s presence in the Ministry of Information describes more than just a physical reality.”

Say “No” to War on Iraq (10/17/02)
By Josh Feit in The Stranger
“There’s a much more logical and honest (and urgent) way to proceed against terrorism. Let’s promote democratic reforms in the real linchpins of the region: Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. And I’m not talking about Radio Free Europe broadcasts — an imprecise, hit or miss Cold War tactic waged against our enemies. I’m talking about a direct American campaign for democracy (and women’s rights!) in the Middle East aimed at our suspect allies. In short, we have more than radio waves to influence the likes of Cairo and Riyadh. We’ve got dollars, business investments, and political relationships. Let’s get tough, and demand changes from our friends; demands backed with the threat of pulling our support.”

Say “Yes” to War on Iraq (10/17/02)
By Dan Savage in The Stranger
“You see, lefties, there are times when saying ‘no’ to war means saying ‘yes’ to oppression. Don’t believe me? Go ask a Czech or a European Jew about the British and French saying ‘no’ to war with Germany in 1938. War may be bad for children and other living things, but there are times when peace is worse for children and other living things, and this is one of those times. Saying no to war in Iraq means saying yes to the continued oppression of the Iraqi people. It amazes me when I hear lefties argue that we should assassinate Saddam in order to avoid war. If Saddam is assassinated, he will be replaced by another Baathist dictator — and what then for the people of Iraq? More ‘peace’ — i.e., more oppression, more executions, more gassings, more terror, more fear.”

They want to kill us all (10/19/02)
By Mark Steyn in The Spectator
“An appeaser, said Churchill, feeds the crocodile in the hope that it will eat him last. But sometimes the croc eats him first anyway. For months, the US, Britain and Canada had warned the Indonesian government about terrorists operating within its borders. So had Singapore and Malaysia. President Megawati’s administration responded by calling Washington anti-Muslim. The American ambassador was publicly denounced by her vice-president. Hassan Wirayuda, the foreign minister, said in February that the outside world’s fears of Islamic terrorism in Indonesia were overblown and that in Jakarta ‘we laugh at it’. Ha-ha. From government contacts to police indifference, the administration’s strategy was to deny the crocodile existed and then quietly slip him the à la carte menu. Now, Indonesian stocks are down, the rupiah’s in the toilet, the national carrier’s flying empty, and the official tourism websites have switched to continuously updated info on dead tourists, safe in the knowledge that they’re unlikely to be getting any new bookings from live ones.”

Don’t blame the west (10/16/02)
By Clive James in The Guardian
“But let us allow, for the moment, that the mass outcry against American hegemony is the voice of the true, the eternal and the compassionate left. Allowing that, we can put the best possible construction on its pervasiveness. Not just the majority of the intellectuals, academics and schoolteachers, but most of the face-workers in the media, share the view that international terrorism is to be explained by the vices of the liberal democracies. Or, at any rate, they shared it until a few days ago. It will be interesting, in the shattering light of an explosive event, to see if that easy view continues now to be quite so widespread, and how much room is made for the more awkward view that the true instigation for terrorism might not be the vices of the liberal democracies, but their virtues.”

So Long, Fellow Travelers: Is That All That’s Left? (10/20/02)
By Christopher Hitchens in The Washington Post
“As someone who has done a good deal of marching and public speaking about Vietnam, Chile, South Africa, Palestine and East Timor in his time (and would do it all again), I can only hint at how much I despise a Left that thinks of Osama bin Laden as a slightly misguided anti-imperialist. (He actually says he wants to restore the old imperial caliphate and has condemned the Australian-led international rescue of East Timor as a Christian plot against Muslim Indonesia). Or a Left that can think of Milosevic and Saddam as victims.”

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter wins Nobel Peace Prize (10/11/02)
In The San Francisco Chronicle by Doug Mellgren of The Associated Press
“Former President Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday ‘for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights.’ .... ‘It should be interpreted as a criticism of the line that the current administration has taken,’ Gunnar Berge, chairman of the Nobel committee, said. ‘It’s a kick in the leg to all that follow the same line as the United States.’”

There He Goes Again: Jimmy Carter, our “model ex-president.” (05/02/02)
By Jay Nordlinger in The National Review
“Carter is immensely proud of his rendezvous with Middle East history, and he trades on it constantly. No one should assume, however, that he’s an honest broker — at least anymore. For the past many years, he has been passionately anti-Israel, more or less embracing the PLO line. He has repeatedly been at the service of Yasser Arafat. After the Gulf War, the PLO chief was on the outs with Saudi Arabia, because he had backed Saddam Hussein. So he asked Carter to fly to Riyadh to smooth things over and restore Saudi funding to him — which he did. Arabs are also robust funders of the Carter Center, the ex-president’s redoubt and vehicle in Atlanta.”

Carterpalooza! Jimmy Carter, our “model ex-president.” (10/11/02)
By Jay Nordlinger in The National Review
“The ex-president is known as Joe Human Rights, but he’s mighty selective about whose human rights to champion. If you live in Marcos’s Philippines, Pinochet’s Chile, or apartheid South Africa, he’s liable to care about you. If you live in Communist China, Communist Cuba, Communist Ethiopia, Communist Nicaragua, Communist North Korea, Communist...: screw you.”

Harry Belafonte Slams Colin Powell as Race Sellout (10/08/02)
At The Drudge Report by Matt Drudge
“Singer Harry Belafonte took to the AM radiowaves on Tuesday morning to slam Secretary of State Colin Powell as a sellout to the black race! Belafonte, appearing on San Diego’s 760 KFMB, told host Ted Leitner that Powell was like a plantation slave who moves into the slave owner’s house and only says what his master wants him to say.”

Harry Belafonte’s Havana Farewell (07/18/00)
By Ronald Radosh at FrontPage Magazine
“Most American admirers of Harry Belafonte probably don’t realize that the popular singer and actor is an unreconstructed Stalinist.... In an interview he gave in 1995, Belafonte claimed that ‘racism has sucked up my entire life,’ and that as a result, he decided never to accept ‘an indignity where I might find one.’ Some might view genuflecting before Castro in the year 2000 as an ultimate indignity — but to Harry Belafonte, the illusion dies hard. What will be left, I wonder, when the Cuban people finally are free of the longest surviving dictator in the world and his grotesque socialist prison? The banana boat is coming, Harry, and it won’t be long.”

C.I.A. Letter to Senate on Baghdad’s Intentions (10/07/02)
In The New York Times
“¶Since Operation Enduring Freedom, we have solid evidence of the presence in Iraq of Al Qaeda members, including some that have been in Baghdad. ¶We have credible reporting that Al Qaeda leaders sought contacts in Iraq who could help them acquire W.M.D. capabilities. The reporting also stated that Iraq has provided training to Al Qaeda members in the areas of poisons and gases and making conventional bombs. ¶Iraq’s increasing support to extremist Palestinians coupled with growing indications of relationship with Al Qaeda. suggest that Baghdad’s links to terrorists will increase, even absent U.S. military action.”

Who’s killing the children of Iraq? (10/08/02)
By Margaret Wente in The Globe and Mail
“Of all the reasons to oppose a war against Iraq, one of the most compelling is the image of innocent civilian victims. Children will die — if only because Saddam Hussein won’t hesitate to build orphanages atop his weapons labs. And of all the accusations hurled against the West in its treatment of Iraq, the most damning is the human cost of sanctions. According to many peace groups, humanitarian organizations and politicians, sanctions have killed 500,000 Iraqi children. The total death toll from sanctions amounts to a million and a half innocent people. Are these figures credible? Only if you believe Saddam Hussein.”

Text: Iraq Resolution (10/10/02)
In The Washington Times by The Associated Press
“The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to – (1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and (2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq. ”

A just war? (10/06/02)
By Jean Bethke Elshtain in The Boston Globe
“Several weeks ago, 100 teachers of Christian ethics, both pacifists and those working within the just war tradition, signed a petition declaring, in its entirety: ‘As Christian ethicists, we share a common moral presumption against a pre-emptive war on Iraq by the United States.’ Although I am an ethicist and a Christian, I was not among the signatories, for two reasons. First, the statement is vague and, therefore, evasive. Within the just war tradition, there is a common moral presumption for justice as well as a recognition that all war is terrible. But there are times when justice demands the use of force as a response to violence, hatred, and injustice.”

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The Role of Government in Education (1955)
By Milton Friedman in Economics and the Public Interest
“This re-examination of the role of government in education suggests that the growth of governmental responsibility in this area has been unbalanced. Government has appropriately financed general education for citizenship, but in the process it has been led also to administer most of the schools that provide such education. Yet, as we have seen, the administration of schools is neither required by the financing of education, nor justifiable in its own right in a predominantly free enterprise society. Government has appropriately been concerned with widening the opportunity of young men and women to get professional and technical training, but it has sought to further this objective by the inappropriate means of subsidizing such education, largely in the form of making it available free or at a low price at governmentally operated schools. The lack of balance in governmental activity reflects primarily the failure to separate sharply the question what activities it is appropriate for government to finance from the question what activities it is appropriate for government to administer — a distinction that is important in other areas of government activity as well. Because the financing of general education by government is widely accepted, the provision of general education directly by govern mental bodies has also been accepted. But institutions that provide general education are especially well suited also to provide some kinds of vocational and professional education, so the acceptance of direct government provision of general education has led to the direct provision of vocational education. To complete the circle, the provision of vocational education has, in turn, meant that it too was financed by government, since financing has been predominantly of educational institutions not of particular kinds of educational services.”

Advice to Graduates About Advice (06/06/1971)
By Edward C. Banfield at Claremont McKenna College
“Figures of speech, especially metaphors, are peculiarly serviceable to people who give advice about social problems. The use of them tends to create an emotional response in the listener that enhances the urgency of the ‘problem’ thus raising the value of the putative ‘solution’ that the advice-giver offers. I sometimes wonder if we could have an ‘urban crisis’ without a good supply of metaphors. Suppose that a writer could not speak of ‘decaying neighborhoods’ but instead had to say what he meant straight out — say that the well-off have moved away from aging unfashionable neighborhoods, that this has given the less well-off opportunities to move into housing better than they formerly had, and that they, for obvious reasons, are in most instances disposed to spend less on the repair and maintenance of houses than the former occupiers were. Or suppose that a United States Senator instead of saying, as one recently did, that ‘the cities are mortally sick and getting sicker’ and that the ‘states are in a state of chronic crisis’ had to speak plainly — in this instance, perhaps, to say that although in the last decade the cities and states have increased their revenues by a factor of three, there are nevertheless many voters who would like to have more spent, provided of course that the taxes are paid mainly by others.”

The End of History? (Summer 1989)
By Francis Fukuyama in The National Interest
“The triumph of the West, of the Western idea, is evident first of all in the total exhaustion of viable systematic alternatives to Western liberalism. In the past decade, there have been unmistakable changes in the intellectual climate of the world’s two largest communist countries, and the beginnings of significant reform movements in both. But this phenomenon extends beyond high politics and it can be seen also in the ineluctable spread of consumerist Western culture in such diverse contexts as the peasants’ markets and color television sets now omnipresent throughout China, the cooperative restaurants and clothing stores opened in the past year in Moscow, the Beethoven piped into Japanese department stores, and the rock music enjoyed alike in Prague, Rangoon, and Tehran. What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government. This is not to say that there will no longer be events to fill the pages of Foreign Affairs’s yearly summaries of international relations, for the victory of liberalism has occurred primarily in the realm of ideas or consciousness and is as yet incomplete in the real or material world. But there are powerful reasons for believing that it is the ideal that will govern the material world in the long run.”

An Explosion of Green (Apr. 1995)
By Bill McKibben in The Atlantic
“In the early nineteenth century the cleric Timothy Dwight reported that the 240-mile journey from Boston to New York City passed through no more than twenty miles of forest. Surveying the changes wrought by farmers and loggers in New Hampshire, he wrote, ‘The forests are not only cut down, but there appears little reason to hope that they will ever grow again.’ Less than two centuries later, despite great increases in the state’s population, 90 percent of New Hampshire is covered by forest. Vermont was 35 percent woods in 1850 and is 80 percent today, and even Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have seen woodlands rebound to the point where they cover nearly three fifths of southern New England. This process, which began as farmers abandoned the cold and rocky pastures of the East for the fertile fields of the Midwest, has not yet run its course.... This unintentional and mostly unnoticed renewal of the rural and mountainous East — not the spotted owl, not the salvation of Alaska’s pristine ranges — represents the great environmental story of the United States, and in some ways of the whole world. Here, where ‘suburb’ and ‘megalopolis’ were added to the world’s vocabulary, an explosion of green is under way, one that could offer hope to much of the rest of the planet.”

The Doomslayer (Feb. 1997)
By Ed Regis in Wired
“The world is getting progressively poorer, and it’s all because of population, or more precisely, overpopulation. There’s a finite store of resources on our pale blue dot, spaceship Earth, our small and fragile tiny planet, and we’re fast approaching its ultimate carrying capacity. The limits to growth are finally upon us, and we’re living on borrowed time. The laws of population growth are inexorable. Unless we act decisively, the final result is written in stone: mass poverty, famine, starvation, and death. Time is short, and we have to act now. That’s the standard and canonical litany.... There’s just one problem with The Litany, just one slight little wee imperfection: every item in that dim and dreary recitation, each and every last claim, is false.... Thus saith The Doomslayer, one Julian L. Simon, a neither shy nor retiring nor particularly mild-mannered professor of business administration at a middling eastern-seaboard state university. Simon paints a somewhat different picture of the human condition circa 1997. ‘Our species is better off in just about every measurable material way,’ he says. ‘Just about every important long-run measure of human material welfare shows improvement over the decades and centuries, in the United States and the rest of the world. Raw materials — all of them — have become less scarce rather than more. The air in the US and in other rich countries is irrefutably safer to breathe. Water cleanliness has improved. The environment is increasingly healthy, with every prospect that this trend will continue.’”

A brilliant parody:

Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity (Spring/Summer 1996)
By Alan Sokal in Social Text
“There are many natural scientists, and especially physicists, who continue to reject the notion that the disciplines concerned with social and cultural criticism can have anything to contribute, except perhaps peripherally, to their research. Still less are they receptive to the idea that the very foundations of their worldview must be revised or rebuilt in the light of such criticism. Rather, they cling to the dogma imposed by the long post-Enlightenment hegemony over the Western intellectual outlook, which can be summarized briefly as follows: that there exists an external world, whose properties are independent of any individual human being and indeed of humanity as a whole; that these properties are encoded in ‘eternal’ physical laws; and that human beings can obtain reliable, albeit imperfect and tentative, knowledge of these laws by hewing to the ‘objective’ procedures and epistemological strictures prescribed by the (so-called) scientific method.”

... and, in explanation, ...

A Physicist Experiments with Cultural Studies (May/June 1996)
By Alan Sokal in Lingua Franca
“For some years I’ve been troubled by an apparent decline in the standards of rigor in certain precincts of the academic humanities. But I’m a mere physicist: If I find myself unable to make heads or tails of jouissance and differance, perhaps that just reflects my own inadequacy. So, to test the prevailing intellectual standards, I decided to try a modest (though admittedly uncontrolled) experiment: Would a leading North American journal of cultural studies — whose editorial collective includes such luminaries as Fredric Jameson and Andrew Ross — publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it sounded good and (b) it flattered the editors’ ideological preconceptions? The answer, unfortunately, is yes.... What’s going on here? Could the editors really not have realized that my article was written as a parody?”

Networks Need a Reality Check: A firsthand account of liberal bias at CBS News. (02/13/1996)
By Bernard Goldbert in The Wall Street Journal
“There are lots of reasons fewer people are watching network news, and one of them, I’m more convinced than ever, is that our viewers simply don’t trust us. And for good reason. The old argument that the networks and other ‘media elites’ have a liberal bias is so blatantly true that it’s hardly worth discussing anymore. No, we don’t sit around in dark corners and plan strategies on how we’re going to slant the news. We don’t have to. It comes naturally to most reporters.”

There is No Time, There Will Be Time (11/18/1998)
By Peggy Noonan in Forbes ASAP
“When you consider who is gifted and crazed with rage... when you think of the terrorist places and the terrorist countries... who do they hate most? The Great Satan, the United States. What is its most important place? Some would say Washington. I would say the great city of the United States is the great city of the world, the dense 10-mile-long island called Manhattan, where the economic and media power of the nation resides, the city that is the psychological center of our modernity, our hedonism, our creativity, our hard-shouldered hipness, our unthinking arrogance.”

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Special Wayback Collections at The Internet Archive:

The September 11 Web Archive
“This collection of archived documents was commissioned by the Library of Congress to preserve digital materials covering the events of September 11, 2001.”

US Election 2000
“This collection was commissioned by the Library of Congress to archive digital materials covering the Election of 2000. It contains 800 gigabytes of data gathered from 8/1/2000 to 1/21/2001.”

Web Pioneers: The Early Years
“A special Wayback collection of websites that began the Internet revolution.”

A chronicle of high-level USA government actions in September 2001, at two websites:

Ten Days in September (WP)
“This series is based on interviews with President Bush, Vice President Cheney and many other key officials inside the administration and out. The interviews were supplemented by notes of National Security Council meetings made available to The Washington Post, along with notes taken by several participants.”

Response to Terror (Austin American Stateman)
“This is an eight-part series by The Washington Post describing the response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the highest levels of government.”

Coverage of September 11 and the aftermath:

Fighting Terrorism: America Retaliates (BG)
“Archive stories from the Boston Globe: Tuesday Sept. 11 – Sunday Sept. 16”

Attack on America (Guardian Unlimited)
Special Report with continuing coverage

9-11 A Year Later (USA Today)
Special Investigations, etc.

9/11: One year later (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The Attack on America

NRO 911 Archive (National Review Online)
Collected writings from the early aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001

Complete coverage of 9/11/02 (New York Daily News)
The Daily News’ coverage of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks

9-11: One Year Later (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
Coverage of the first anniversary of the Sep. 11 attacks

September 11th One Year Later (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Coverage of events marking September 11, 2002

Miscellaneous Collections:

Historic Documents (CNSNews)
“ is pleased to present this library of important documents as a public service”

Jonathan & Reginald Carr on Trial (Wichita Eagle)
Local newspaper coverage of the trial of two brothers who went on a robbery/murder rampage, December 2000, in Kansas

Bali Blasts (Sydney Morning Herald)
Special coverage of the terrorist bombings in Bali

new Sniper Shootings (The Washington Post)
Full Coverage of the Beltway Sniper

new Sniper shootings coverage (The Baltimore Sun)
Full Coverage of the Beltway Sniper

Abortion Bias Seeps Into the News (Los Angeles Times)
“A four-part 1990 study of major newspaper, television and newsmagazine coverage over 18 months, including more than 100 interviews with journalists and with activists on both sides of the abortion debate, confirms that this bias often exists.”

“All Nine Alive!” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The story of the Quecreek Mine rescue

“I was a Negro in the South for 30 days” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
“Fifty years ago [1948], Ray Sprigle of the Post-Gazette posed as a black man to experience firsthand what life was like for 10 million people living under the system of legal segregation known as Jim Crow.”

Catholic Poets (ELCore.Net)
Joyce Kilmer, Alice Meynell, Joseph Mary Plunkett

Verse (
Public-domain Anthologies and Individual Volumes

HTI American Verse Project
“The American Verse Project is a collaborative project between the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative (HTI) and the University of Michigan Press. The project is assembling an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920.”

Newman Reader (ed. Bob Elder)
Life and Works of Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman

What We Think of America (Granta)
“In this issue twenty-four writers drawn from many countries describe the part America has played in their lives — for better or worse — and deliver their estimate of the good and the bad it has done as the world’s supreme political, military, economic and cultural power.”

Hot Issues: Persecution (Christianity Today)
Reports of contemporary persecution of Christians world-wide

Gay Activism in Schools (Teachers in Focus)
“A single-themed issue on homosexual activism in the schools”

Skepticism Toward The Skeptical Environmentalist (Scientific American)
The Great Debate between Lomborg and Anti-Lomborgs

Document Archive in English (ZENIT)
The World Seen from Rome

Archives: Fallout of September 11 (ZENIT)
The World Seen from Rome

STATS Spotlight (Statistical Assessment Service)
“Here are pieces of more extensive unpublished STATS research.”

Legacy of Shame (New Times LA)
News and opinion about Roger Cardinal Mahony

A Trust Betrayed:
Sexual Abuse by Teachers (Education Week)

“This three-part series on child sex abuse by school employees is the result of a six-month project by Education Week involving scores of interviews with state and local education and law-enforcement officials, other experts, teachers, principals, parents, and victims, as well as an extensive review of court documents, journal articles, and public-policy records.”

Catholic Church Abuse Scandal (Yahoo! News)
U.S. Full Coverage

The Crusades (Catholic Dossier)
“It is difficult for one who lives in an increasingly secularized society not to be influenced by its prejudices. One of the great misunderstandings in the West, even among Catholics, has to do with the Crusades. This issue of Catholic Dossier provides fundamental and irrefutable historical information about what actually happened and why.”

Pope Pius XII (Catholic Dossier)
“The accomplishments of the Vatican diplomatic corps in the various countries occupied by the Germans, over which the sinister Eichmann preyed, had received the plaudits of all free men, not least those in the new country of Israel. There groves were planted in honor of the Pope and of many of his nuncios, not least Cardinal Roncalli who, as nuncio in Istanbul, had been the good right arm of Pius in rescuing Jews. Pius XII escaped martyrdom during his lifetime, but he has been subjected to the martyrdom of vilification, defamation and incredible falsification after his death.”

The New Rise of Islam (Catholic World Report)
“Late in the 20th century, the renewed vigor of Islam has become one of the most important developments on the world scene. By dint of their energetic proselytism, their migration to new lands, and their high birth rate, Muslims are rapidly gaining attention and influence in many countries where their faith has heretofore been virtually unknown. CWR aims to make readers better acquainted with Islam, with a primer on the religious principles, and public practices of that faith.”

Christianity and Islam, Terrorism and War (Catholic World Report)
“Why have thousands of Muslims joined in anti-American protests in Pakistan, Kenya, and Indonesia since the start of the US air strikes on terrorist bases in Afghanistan? These demonstrators are not all supporters of al-Qaeda, thirsting for American blood; they are not Arabs, caught up in the political turmoil of the Middle East. They are united only by the Muslim faith. Is it Islam, then, that prods them toward violence?”

The Cross and the Crescent (Catholic World Report)
“To a remarkable degree, America has united behind President Bush in the war on terrorism. For the first time since World War II there is an overwhelming consensus that we are fighting a necessary battle, for a just cause. That national unity is a clear sign of strength, and a clear warning to our enemies. Nevertheless, beneath the surface of that consensus the careful observer can still detect signs of the fault lines within American society. We are united against terrorists, but divided among ourselves.”

A Call for “Holy War” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Pittsburgh-area connections to radical Islamists

Other columnists (alphabetical)

Diane Alden

Ann Coulter
Town Hall

Bill Dunn
Faith and Funnies

Victor Davis Hanson
National Review Online

Charles Krauthammer
Washington Post

Michael Kelly
Washington Post

Jonah Goldberg
National Review Online

Jonah Goldberg
Town Hall

Nat Hentoff
The Village Voice

John Mallon

new Michelle Malkin
Jewish World Review

Steve Milloy
Fox News

Peggy Noonan
Opinion Journal

Fred Reed
Commentary with Moxie

Mark Steyn
National Post

Deb Weiss
A View from Here

George F. Will
Washington Post

Series and multi-part articles of news or opinion (new at top)

“America in the Dock”: a five-part series by David Frum in the London Daily Telegraph:

new Myth I: America is totally in hock to the Jewish lobby (10/21/02)
“There’s a joke from the 1960s about the social worker who witnesses a brutal mugging. The victim crumples to the ground, the mugger administers a final kick and then runs away with the victim’s wallet. The social worker rushes over, checks the victim’s pulse, and murmurs: ‘That poor man! Imagine how much he must have suffered to want to beat you like that!’ Americans had little sympathy with that social worker; they have less sympathy for her foreign policy equivalents today. And it is for that reason, and not because of some kosher conspiracy, that America stands by Israel and confronts Iraq.”

new Myth II: America wants war with Saddam because of oil (10/22/02)
“Those who mistrust America’s good faith in the Middle East can accurately point to the country’s long willingness to tolerate local despots, so long as they kept quiet and kept pumping. Shah Reza Pahlavi of Iran was by no means the worst, although he was bad enough. Perhaps America was wrong then; perhaps it was making the best of a difficult situation not originally of its own making. Either way, the despots of today are much more dangerous than those of 30 years ago. Who seriously believes that Saddam and the mullahs of Iran will keep quiet and keep pumping once they have the nuclear weapons they seek?... It is the weapons and ambitions of the regimes and terror groups which make up the axis of evil that fuel American policy in the Middle East today. Not the price of petrol.”

new Myth III: Bush wants war with Iraq because of a family vendetta (10/23/02)
“Here, for example, is Senator Joseph Lieberman, Al Gore’s running-mate in the 2000 election, in a speech delivered last year: America, he said, must be ‘unflinching in our determination to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq before he, emboldened by September 11, strikes at us with weapons of mass destruction’. And here is Bush’s one-time rival, Senator John McCain, after the Iraq resolution debate earlier this month: ‘Saddam Hussein’s regime cannot be contained, deterred or accommodated.’ At bottom, the idea that Bush’s Iraq policy is inspired by personal psychological issues is based on a failure to understand how American foreign policy is made. The American government is a gigantic, messy organisation. The line between where the government stops and where the rest of society begins is never entirely clear.”

new Myth IV: America couldn’t care less what the rest of the world thinks (10/24/02)
“Before I came to Britain, I had supposed it was the Tories who hated Tony Blair. I stand corrected: it’s the core of his own party that most detests him. Over my eight days in Britain, I talked to three or four Old Labourites. They all wanted to know the same thing: ‘George Bush doesn’t pay the slightest attention to Blair, does he?’ I hate being the bearer of bad news, but there was no denying the facts: ‘I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but Blair’s opinion is hugely important in America — in fact, Blair’s voice was a decisive one in persuading Bush to take America’s case against Iraq to the United Nations. Bush’s UN speech has clearly swayed British public opinion. And when your closest ally tells you that he needs something, you give it to him.’ This news disheartened them horribly, but we all have to bear the truth as best we can.”

new The truth: America is indeed subverting the Middle East (10/25/02)
“The full cost of maintaining the old order in the Middle East did not, however, become apparent until September 11. The Middle East is now a region of overpopulation and underemployment, where tens of millions of young men waste their lives in economic and sexual frustration. The region’s oppressive regimes stifle their people’s complaints about every local grievance, and direct their rage outward instead: to Israel, to America, to the infidel West, until one day that rage devoured 3,000 lives in New York in a single morning. And on that morning, the old order became unsustainable.”

“Rookie Priest”: a 12-part series in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette chronicling the first year of Rev. James Farnan in the priesthood:

Ordination culminates the answer to a long call (06/25/00)
“Farnan felt compelled to consider whether God was calling him. The idea frightened him. But he also believed that the greatest gift he could ever give someone was to offer them Christ in the Eucharist. He called the diocesan vocations office and joined its ‘affiliate’ program, which allowed him to spend time at the seminary without declaring himself a candidate.”

How a priest learns he’s not alone (07/04/00)
“He was ordained a priest on June 24 after six years of seminary and four years of wrestling with whether to enter seminary. Raised as the sixth of seven children by two parents who adored each other, he had feared the isolation of living without a wife and children. But witnessing his father draw strength and courage from the Eucharist before his death from cancer in 1988 had led Farnan down a 12-year path to priesthood and this Mass.”

Priest forges bonds of unity (07/23/00)
“Farnan doesn’t blame people for misperceptions. He learned things in seminary that he figured he should have known from Catholic high school. And now he is learning what they didn’t teach him in seminary. Especially about all the rules, protocols and paperwork involved in a Catholic wedding.”

On-the-job training tests a new priest’s resolve (09/04/00)
“Death is a constant presence in the lives of priests, who tend to the dying and bury the dead. In fact, a good part of their ministry prepares people for this final passage of life.”

Priest, parish tee off for God (10/22/00)
“Farnan’s father taught him to play golf when he was 10. He played against his brothers as he grew up, and with customers when he was a manufacturer's representative for restaurant and janitorial supplies. His time on the greens plummeted when he entered seminary and could no longer claim games as a tax write-off. Some of his clubs were gifts from friends who know that, with a monthly salary of $1,250, he won't be buying many on his own.”

Work day for hustling green cleric is 18 hours (11/26/00)
“He also has a poster of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, who worked for nine years as a parish priest in 19th-century Pittsburgh, then died tending the sick during an epidemic in New Orleans. Farnan was struck by how Seelos’ saintly character was honed and revealed by the everyday, often anonymous, tasks of priestly ministry.”

Day of sorrow touched by God (12/31/00)
“As he drove to the hospital, Farnan reflected on what he had learned from his constant acquaintance with death. People’s faith, and their need for that faith, is starkly revealed when they confront death, he said. Those with faith have hope. Their grief is a sign of love, not of despair. Those without faith are more distraught and confused.”

Rookies find priests hit the ground running, don’t stop all day (01/29/01)
“As Farnan reflected on what to tell them, memories of a half-dozen teen-agers whom he or his siblings had known in high school floated to the surface. Some had been killed or paralyzed in alcohol-related crashes. Adolescent foolishness had led to lifelong consequences for them or for someone else.”

Study in Eternal City affirms priesthood’s eternity (03/11/01)
“Tension tends to run strongest between young priests and those who were ordained in the heyday of Vatican II renewal. Older priests look warily at youngsters who talk enthusiastically of restoring traditions their parents rejected. The suspicion can be palpable when priests ordained a generation ago arrive at the college for a sabbatical.”

Rookie priest at home in Rome (04/29/01)
“Another kind of inspiration comes from Masses he offers in St. Peter’s Basilica for family and friends who visit Rome. It is not only an architectural treasure but the burial site of the Apostle Peter and other early martyrs. Farnan was ordained a deacon there in 1999. For a priest, he conceded, it’s ‘like playing Carnegie Hall.’”

Two Italian burial sites offer lessons in sacrifice (05/27/01)
“Farnan might have chosen work in a hospital or soup kitchen, but he wanted to lead pilgrims to Peter’s grave because his own decision to give up his sales career for the priesthood was inspired by Peter’s decision to leave his fishing boat to follow Jesus. To qualify as a guide, he spent a year studying the history and archaeology of Vatican Hill.”

Rookie year behind him, a priest visits home as past and future converge (07/08/01)
“He watched Jim this year for signs of change. He saw the same guy who had always worked hard, played hard and treated others with a magnetic mix of quick wit and kindness. But an intangible force now seemed to be at work as his brother drew grace from his rhythm of prayer, the Mass and from countless actions whose purpose was to draw others to Christ.”

A five-day series in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “This week, the focus is on how the family structure is breaking down to the point of becoming not just a critical public policy issue, but a threat to the community’s future.”

Community’s fate tied to strength of families: Weak homes, economics hurt children’s chances (06/30/02)
“A war is on, across the metropolitan area, but especially in impoverished neighborhoods, to improve the lives of children and to strengthen families.”

Stopping cycle of kids having kids: Culture of acceptance may be boosting city’s teen pregnancy rate (07/01/02)
“More and more people wonder if the accepting attitude toward teen pregnancy that evolved in the last quarter century is actually contributing to the phenomenon.”

Remembering forgotten fathers: Year-old program drives home lessons that teen dads need to help their children (07/02/02)
“A small number of programs are targeting the side of teen pregnancy people don't usually pay any attention to: the guys. And why do some of those guys feel obligated to become fathers?”

Kids may pay for city’s high rate of single moms: Where 60% of mothers are single, children are left with a murky future (07/03/02)
“Few factors have more influence on a child’s healthy development than a strong, loving, two-parent family. So says a recent report by a nationally known organization devoted to children’s issues. And yet fewer and fewer children grow up in such a family.”

In fight for families, small wins add up: Though not a substitute for solid homes, city programs try to fill in parenting gaps (07/04/02)
“David beat Goliath in the Bible story, but all the would-be Davids, armed with their good programs, have seemed to make only some dents in the Goliath of a tattered social fabric in large sections of Milwaukee. Still, there are victories, and they should be celebrated.”

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