Talking the Talk Of the Town

Ferk, nerk, es-em-dee. Pooka, purpa, ar-tee-o. No, I am not writing code, or gibberish, or avant-garde poetry. On the contrary, I am writing a list of terms that you, too, will need to know if you want to keep up with the big hitters in Washington this fall. Here’s a hint: It’s to do with that big blackout last month. Here’s another hint: Think acronyms. Continue reading “Talking the Talk Of the Town”

The Mouths that Roared

  • Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism
    by Ann Coulter, Three Rivers PR, 2005, 355pp.
  • The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values
    by Tammy Bruce, Forum, 2003, 341pp.

To anyone who ever tried to understand why the political left has played such a large role in American intellectual life, or why the term “anti-communist” ever became an insult, or why so many allegedly clear-thinking people feared Joe McCarthy more than Josef Stalin, Ann Coulter’s new book will certainly prove thought-provoking. Continue reading “The Mouths that Roared”

Parallel Universes

Late last week Tony Blair made a speech in Washington. Afterward various British journals of record summed up their prime minister’s performance. The Daily Mirror found “something quite nauseating” about the speech, in which Blair once again “backed America in what many now view as a war based on lies.” Continue reading “Parallel Universes”

The Worst of the Terror

  • Stalin's Last Crime: The Plot Against the Jewish Doctors, 1948-1953,
    Jonathan Brent and Vladimir P. Naumov, HarperCollins, 399 pp.

On August 7, 1948, Yuri Zhdanov wrote a letter to Pravda, the Communist Party newspaper. Yuri Zhdanov was not only the son of A.A. Zhdanov, a Politburo member and one of Stalin’s “favorites,” he was also Stalin’s son-in-law, and a Central Committee member in his own right. Nevertheless, the letter was an admission of grave error. Continue reading “The Worst of the Terror”