Saturday, 9 February 2008


What has happened to MSNBC? Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, and David Shuster act like thugs rather than journalists. Shuster has been suspended by MSNBC for making a disparaging comment about Chelsea Clinton. What outraged him, apparently, is Chelsea’s unwillingness to be interviewed. If you won’t talk to Shuster, you get smeared.

How to Make an F-16

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Michelle Malkin reprints a speech by former Colorado governor Richard Lamm.

Addendum: Anyone who believes in the rule of law should be heartened by recent court rulings. See here.

John Stuart Mill’s Autobiography, Paragraph 36

During this first period of my life, the habitual frequenters of my father’s house were limited to a very few persons, most of them little known to the world, but whom personal worth, and more or less of congeniality with at least his political opinions (not so frequently to be met with then as since) inclined him to cultivate; and his conversations with them I listened to with interest and instruction. My being an habitual inmate of my father’s study made me acquainted with the dearest of his friends, David Ricardo, who by his benevolent countenance, and kindliness of manner, was very attractive to young persons, and who after I became a student of political economy, invited me to his house and to walk with him in order to converse on the subject. I was a more frequent visitor (from about 1817 or 1818) to Mr. Hume, who, born in the same part of Scotland as my father, and having been, I rather think, a younger schoolfellow or college companion of his, had on returning from India renewed their youthful acquaintance, and who coming like many others greatly under the influence of my father’s intellect and energy of character, was induced partly by that influence to go into Parliament, and there adopt the line of conduct which has given him an honourable place in the history of his country. Of Mr. Bentham I saw much more, owing to the close intimacy which existed between him and my father. I do not know how soon after my father’s first arrival in England they became acquainted. But my father was the earliest Englishman of any great mark, who thoroughly understood, and in the main adopted, Bentham’s general views of ethics, government and law: and this was a natural foundation for sympathy between them, and made them familiar companions in a period of Bentham’s life during which he admitted much fewer visitors than was the case subsequently. At this time Mr. Bentham passed some part of every year at Barrow Green House, in a beautiful part of the Surrey hills, a few miles from Godstone, and there I each summer accompanied my father in a long visit. In 1813 Mr. Bentham, my father, and I made an excursion, which included Oxford, Bath and Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, and Portsmouth. In this journey I saw many things which were instructive to me, and acquired my first taste for natural scenery, in the elementary form of fondness for a “view.” In the succeeding winter we moved into a house very near Mr. Bentham’s, which my father rented from him, in Queen Square, Westminster. From 1814 to 1817 Mr. Bentham lived during half of each year at Ford Abbey in Somersetshire (or rather in a part of Devonshire surrounded by Somersetshire), which intervals I had the advantage of passing at that place. This sojourn was, I think, an important circumstance in my education. Nothing contributes more to nourish elevation of sentiments in a people, than the large and free character of their habitations. The middle-age architecture, the baronial hall, and the spacious and lofty rooms, of this fine old place, so unlike the mean and cramped externals of English middle class life, gave the sentiment of a larger and freer existence, and were to me a sort of poetic cultivation, aided also by the character of the grounds in which the Abbey stood; which were riant and secluded, umbrageous, and full of the sound of falling waters.

Note from KBJ: Don’t you wish you were a fly on the wall during some of the conversations in James Mill’s house?

From Today’s New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “A New Chapter in Ethnic Cleansing” (editorial, Feb. 2):

The continued use of the term “ethnic cleansing” to describer [sic] murder and widespread violence against targeted ethnic groups around the world is offensive. Both “ethnic” and “cleansing” are positive words. Why do we persist in using “cleansing” when we mean genocide?

Let’s call it what it is. Or use a negative word like “ethnocide,” but please stop calling a profound and horrifying sin by a spiritually and scientifically positive word like “cleansing.”

Dorothy Stoneman
Belmont, Mass., Feb. 2, 2008

Note from KBJ: I have the same reaction to “suicide bomber.” It should be “mass murderer.”

A Year Ago