Political Animal


IS THE BLOGOSPHERE GROWING UP?….Here’s something I didn’t notice until today: we had two plane crashes yesterday (one in North Carolina and one in Turkey) and the blogosphere was entirely quiet. No instant speculation that they might be terrorist attacks, no insinuations that the authorites were covering something up, no nothing. Even Glenn didn’t mention them.

We’re making progress here, folks!

(Or else I’m reading the wrong blogs….)


NORAH VINCENT DOES ABORTION….To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Norah Vincent decided to write about abortion today in her LA Times column. Nearly 400 words into her piece here’s what she’s come up with so far:

Despite what the activists want you to think, the real question on abortion is….Is the fetus human?

Didn’t we all know this already? Here’s her conclusion:

So maybe a good way to mark this 30th anniversary would be to move the debate from all or nothing — conception to birth — to a compromise in which lifers concede the first trimester, choicers concede the third and the rest of us have an intellectual discussion about the middle.

There’s nothing wrong with this, really, except that the whole thing is written at about the level of a 9th grade writing assignment. She simply regurgitates obvious material that’s been the center of attention for several decades now, and leavens it with some juvenile pseudo-legal arguments of the kind beloved by bright but naive teenagers.

I don’t get it. The LA Times is a big newspaper with a big budget and could afford pretty much any columnists they wanted. So why do they pay Norah Vincent to write this puerile stuff every week?

AIRPLANE STORIES….Martin Devon says:Last year

AIRPLANE STORIES….Martin Devon says:

Last year I was a 1K flier on United. That meant that in theory I got treated as well as they could possibly treat anyone. In practice all it meant was that I wondered how much they must mistreat everyone else if they treated me so shabbily.

Well, I guess that’s why they’re bankrupt.

Martin highly recommends JetBlue. I was planning to try them a few months ago based on a friend’s recommendation, but the trip got cancelled and I haven’t been called to New York since. Sounds like they’re worth a try, especially since I don’t like airplane food anyway.


FUNNY CONSERVATIVES….To give him his due, John Derbyshire can be funny at times:

I get lost in this TV talk because I hardly watch TV. How do you guys find the time? I have a book review due for Roger Kimball tomorrow, and I haven’t even read the friggin book yet. I did, though, accidentally catch part of an episode of that reality TV show about the bachelor who’s posing as a millionaire in a French chateau. Oy oy oy. Things are bad. Modest proposal: If the Romans had had this technology, they’d have kitted out the girls in leather bikinis, given them swords, nets, and tridents, and let ’em fight it out. Now that would be worth watching.