Thursday, February 22, 2007

Karl's Weekend Reading

Oliver North explains, at, the Russian-Iranian cooperation against the US in Lions, Bears and Birds.

James Taranto at WSJ's Best of the Web must have upgraded to Venti Mocha Frapuccinos, because he is firing on all cylinders this week. Here is a taste:

Tuesday - Regarding a NYT story on Hillary:

Does Mrs. Clinton sincerely think that voting for the war was the right thing to do? Whether or not apologizing makes political sense, is she sincerely sorry for her vote?

The Times story gives us no clue. It treats Mrs. Clinton's deliberations over whether to apologize with complete cynicism: She decided not to apologize not because she thought no apology was due, but because she, "backed by another faction," thought apologizing "would be a gimmick." When she defied antiwar sentiment in Dover, it wasn't, according to the Times, because she was sticking to an unpopular position on principle; it was just "a new response" that she was "rolling out."

The Times seems to view Mrs. Clinton as a soulless calculatrix, her public persona as pure artifice. And this is a paper that is generally friendly to the Democrats and their front-runner.

Wednesday - Regarding a LA Times Outing of Real CIA Agents:

Remember all the outrage when Robert Novak "outed" Valerie Plame, who apparently worked a desk job at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.? Here the L.A. Times is publishing extensive personal details on three men who have actually done dangerous work defending the country. Where's the outrage?

Thursday - Regarding a new phone plan:

A Wireless Plan for Your Family
Working Assets, "a progressive phone company," offers "The Right Choice That Supports Choice":

"Planned Parenthood Wireless is a new choice for your cell phone service. By signing up for this service, you will help preserve reproductive rights, and ensure access to comprehensive family planning and medically accurate sex education for women and families around the world. You'll do something you do every day--talk on your cell phone--and you'll be helping Planned Parenthood as 10% of all monthly charges goes to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, at no extra cost to you."

Just make sure you're prepared to stick with it for the duration of the contract. We hear those early-termination fees can be murder.

You just can't make this stuff up! But James can.

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