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In a brief statement, the company said Jobs died Wednesday. He had been battling pancreatic cancer.
Bemoaning decline in a different time, George Orwell once said we "have sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." Happily for readers interested in the state of the nation, Mark Steyn has reported for duty.
T he United Kingdom, whose history is most closely associated with our own, naturally also provides a harbinger of our dystopian future if our regulatory pathologies continue unchecked. From the country that gave us George Orwell's "1984," a cautionary tale about the dangers of rampant statism, and the National Health Service, whose rapacious rationing of medical treatment foretells the folly of recently passed Obamacare, now comes the News of the World scandal, an allegory about the unintended consequences of ham-fisted campaign finance regulation.
With the last edition of Britain's News of the World tabloid in hand, Rupert Murdoch descended on the United Kingdom on Sunday to face the growing phone-hacking scandal that prompted the paper's closure.
President Obama has crossed the Rubicon. He now believes - and acts - as if he is above the law; the Constitution no longer applies to him. This is the real meaning behind the U.S. military intervention in Libya. Mr. Obama is abrogating the linchpin of our democracy: the rule of law.
Look closely at the 1970s-era jacket photograph selected for Alexandra Styron's memoir. Seated in what appears to be the den of her family home, a girl of about 7, tangle-haired and pretty, gazes with a loving smile at her daddy, novelist William Styron (1925-2006).
Angela Merkel's Germany is losing its edge politically as her party suffers setbacks in local elections and is sidetracked by France's assertion of leadership toward the Arab Spring. Culturally and intellectually, however, Berlin is still the European capital pushing the envelope. Berlin drives the engine for thinking and rethinking Germany's past.
Barack Obama and all the president's men have made a few lame attempts to portray the O Force and Ronald Reagan as soul brothers. It's hard to find anything in common between the socialist-leaning Democrat and the late Republican who remains one of the most heroic anti-government crusaders of all time, but reality rarely gets in the way of political sloganeering. As George Orwell, who became more skeptical of bureaucratic power the longer he lived, wrote, "Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful, and murder respectable and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind." Chalk up a few Big Brother points for the current White House.
Wisconsin union rallies are about to get a lot noisier. MoveOn.org has joined the fray and is in the mood for melodrama.