- The Washington Times - Friday, January 24, 2003

Waiting for MoDo
Yep, I was flim-flammed too. Last week, I ran a brief item on my Web site linking to a Time article that appeared to say that the Bush administration had reinstituted the custom of laying a wreath at the Confederate Monument at Arlington Cemetery. I asked why they would do this in the wake of the Trent Lott affair. I wasn't the only one upset. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada used the incident to kick off a Senate speech assailing the Bush administration on civil rights. Maureen Dowd also jumped into the fray. Here's what she wrote:
"And, as Time notes this week, he quietly reinstituted the practice which lapsed under his father in 1990 of sending a floral wreath on Memorial Day from the White House to the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, where those nostalgic for the Old South celebrate Jefferson Davis. Why on earth would the president of the U.S. in the year 2003 take the trouble to do that?"
Well, we now know, thanks in part to The Washington Times, that the story is a non-story. There's no evidence for it. The laying of the wreath has been continued uninterrupted for a while, through past administrations and this one. I was dumb to link to the Time piece. Now when will Maureen Dowd correct her error?

No man is an island
The European Union has been busy at work. Doing everything it can to keep Saddam in power, so he can keep doing deals with French and German oil and arms dealers. For good measure, President Jacques Chirac of the Axis of See-No-Evil just invited Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, one of Africa's leading thugs, to a Paris summit. Germany's Gerhard Schroder chimed in by stabbing Britain's Tony Blair in the back by agreeing with France to keep the absurdly high European agricultural subsidies. But the really important work is done behind the scenes. The European Union has recently ruled on what exactly an island is. An island, according to the European Union, cannot have fewer than 50 residents, cannot be less than 30 miles from the mainland, cannot have a fixed link to a continent, and cannot have a capital city in it. What Hitler couldn't accomplish, the EU bureaucrats have. Britain is no longer an island. Easy, wasn't it?

Pinter's new low
I thought he couldn't get more depraved, but he has. Here is the anti-American id, in all its hateful, poisonous resentment. Miffed at Andrew Motion's anti-war poem, the rightly famed British playwright, Harold Pinter, has unloaded a new one. Here it is specially for the Guardian. Don't worry. He'd never write such bile about his old friend Slobodan Milosevic or his new friend, Saddam. Sorry to ruin your morning coffee.

Here they go again,
The Yanks in their
armored parade
Chanting their ballads of joy
As they gallop across the big world
Praising America's God.

The gutters are clogged with the dead
The ones who couldn't join in
The others refusing to sing
The ones who are losing their voice
The ones who've forgotten the tune.

The riders have whips which cut.
Your head rolls onto the sand
Your head is a pool in the dirt
Your head is a stain in the dust
Your eyes have gone out and your nose
Sniffs only the pong of the dead
And all the dead air is alive
With the smell of America's God.

Notice particularly the contempt for anyone with religious faith. The poison of anti-Americanism is spreading far and wide. I wonder one thing: Do they understand that America actually has self-respect? And that America's power can actually fight back against its enemies?

Race and the newsroom
A Boston Globe columnist blurted out the truth a few days ago:
"The editor of a sizable newspaper told me recently that he decided the racial makeup of four new hires two minorities, a white woman, and a white male before reviewing a single applicant."
Isn't that illegal? And if a leading editor is enforcing illegal racist hiring policies, shouldn't a journalist tell us who he or she is? Or are editors above the law?

Derbyshire award nominee
"Eminem may be the 'people's choice,' but he is as harmful to America as any al Qaeda fanatic." Bill O'Reilly.

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