Comments: Reclaiming Sept. 11

"Those who call themselves intellectuals habitually climb onto the corpses of true heroes and cynically exploit them to advance ideas that have little to do with those things that motivate heroes."

Well said. And these are the same people who put on a red flower once a year and then go look for a microphone.

Posted by John Crittenden at June 8, 2005 10:22 PM

That just cannot happen. To do that would be to create another atrocity. I hope you all are successful in turning this around, REAL fast.

Please keep us posted.

Posted by Candace at June 9, 2005 03:14 AM

I can picture the plaque now: "We Deserved This".

Posted by Jay at June 9, 2005 10:53 AM

Anointiata Delenda Est said...

Another deep, deep post, W.

If you believe in the perfectibility of human behaviour, you'll go for UN, EU, prescriptive constitutions, communism, indeed - even Islam. Positive discrimination, multiculturism, diversity training, the rot in academia are additional manifestations of this belief in perfectibility, and worse - perfectibility NOW. Its slogan is "They should do something about it." Its method is coercion.

If you believe in human fraility as an element of the human condition, you will go for pragmatism, individual action, separation and balancing of powers. In a word, it's freedom. In two words, Original Sin. Its slogan is "We'll trust you for a while, and then review it". Its method is democracy.

The West is rolling across the world. Of all the empires the world has seen, the American empire must be the only one where the subjects could not buy it fast enough - just check out the baseball caps on the Iraqi kids.

But when you buy the West, you buy its great dilemma - you are free, but free to do the right thing.

When free people see clowns such as Annan, Chirac, Schroeder attempting a King Canute on the tide of freedom, they will assign them to very cramped enclaves patching up collapsing dikes.



Posted by maz2 at June 11, 2005 01:17 PM

Rice takes to stage to aid ailing soprano
Posted by anniegetyourgun
On 06/11/2005 5:50:27 PM PDT · 25 replies · 461+ views

Seattle Times ^ | 6/11/05 | BARRY SCHWEID
WASHINGTON — A musician long before she became an academic and then a world-famous diplomat, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took to the Kennedy Center concert stage Saturday to accompany a young soprano battling an often-fatal disease. Rice's rare and unpublicized appearance at the piano marked a striking departure from her routine as America's No. 1 diplomat. A pianist from the age of 3 she played a half-dozen selections to accompany Charity Sunshine, a 21-year-old singer who was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension a little more than a year ago. The soprano is a granddaughter of Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., and..

Rice, a pianist from the age of three.

A great lady.

Posted by maz2 at June 11, 2005 09:34 PM