Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Watching the solons play political games with war, combined with the approach of a presidential election never fails to make me reflect on the virtues of a monarchy, or at least, to lament what the modern media age has meant to republican government. Relentless pandering to the lowest common denominator; the inability of government to function because of the need to respond to the political handlers; the reduction of everything to spin. Politics is just war by other means.Monarchy can easily be debunked, but watch the faces, mark well the debunkers. These are the men whose taproot in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire mere equality they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
In 2005, Mr. Berger was convicted (on a guilty plea) of removing documents from the National Archives, while preparing to testify before the 9/11 Commission. As far as we know, five documents were involved -- five classified copies of a report covering Clinton administration handling of the unsuccessful 2000 millennium attack plot. Mr. Burger destroyed three copies of this document with scissors -- two were recovered. Mr. Burger was fined $50,000 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service – and ordered to undergo a polygraph examination if the Justice Department asked him to – which it didn’t.
Mr. Burger made at least two earlier visits to the Archives in 2002 and 2003, but the Justice Department, according to Republican congressman Thomas M. Davis, III was “incurious” about these trips, during which Mr. Berger may have had access to uninventoried documents. Apparently, Mr. Berger's little visits seriously disturbed the Archive curators. Glad they bothered somebody.
Why isn’t anybody – the Justice Department, the Media, the Congress --- a little more curious ? Can you imagine the firestorm if Berger had served in a Republican administration ?
And now, he's walking away from the bar license: throwing away the product of probably three-plus years of law school (that's Harvard Law School, in this case) without a fight. “I have decided to voluntarily relinquish my license” the Times quotes Mr. Berger as saying. . .”I am very sorry for what I did, and I deeply apologize.” Fine, but what's going on here ? I have some knowledge of what it takes to get a bar license, and I cannot imagine willingly agreeing to surrender it. . .unless cruel necessity absolutely compelled it.
Why is Sandy Burglar rolling over for this ? What on Earth could make Mr. Berger, of his own accord, surrender that piece of paper? Here's one answer: according to the Washington Times: “In giving up his license, Mr. Burger avoids being cross-examined by the Board on Bar Counsel, where he risked further disclosure of specific details of his theft.”
What is Mr. Berger hiding ? Who, or what, is he protecting ?
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Meanwhile, the good Mons. Chirac’s immunity from prosecution expires in a month. I have always thought this immunity while in office was an intelligent feature of French law, if only because it prevents the trial by scandal so beloved of the American press and opposition politicians here: the better to transact the public's business. But when time in office is concluded: so is the immunity, and Mons. Chirac has some problems left over from his time as mayor of Paris from 1977-1995. Given President Sarkozy’s raft of problems, Mons. Chirac's retirement might possibly be more interesting than he thinks. Bon voyage Jacques.
Closer to home, Jerry Falwell has died. Undoubtedly, Reverend Falwell did much good work, including the founding of Liberty University. I never listened much to his public pronouncements: no more than I would much listen to the pontifications of a politician on God or religion. But I certainly don’t think Reverend Falwell, nor his family, deserved the venom projected in his direction -- nobody does. I confess that, if anything, I thought better of the Reverend Falwell because of some who declared themselves his enemies. But the final verdict on Falwell, as on all of us, will be rendered elsewhere, by He who disposes of all things properly. R.I.P.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
. . .In a just war, you have to remind people why the cause is just, why the sacrifices are worth it. You can’t focus, myopically, on Iraqi “democracy” — something Americans simply don’t care that much about — while your not-so-loyal opposition, day after withering day, delegitimizes the casus belli. . .
If we leave now, we lose. It’s that simple. We make a prophet of bin Laden, who has been saying all along that we’d quit once things got tough. We embolden the enemy, swell its recruitment, inflate its funding, and guarantee that suppressing it, after the inevitable next wave of attacks against us, will cost many, many more American lives.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
They have tied the world in a tether,
They have bought over God with a fee;
While three men hold together,
The kingdoms are less by three. . .
Let our flag run out straight in the wind!
The old red shall be floated again
When the ranks that are thin shall be thinned,
When the names that were twenty are ten. . .Algernon Swinburne, "A Song in Time of Order. 1852." Poems and Ballads, First Series. The Poems of Algernon Charles Swinburne. 6 vols. London: Chatto, 1904. 1: xxxi-296, (available via the internet at The Swinburne Project).