- The Washington Times - Monday, November 13, 2006

Extinct type

“[T]he electronic typewriter I have used almost daily for odd jobs for 15 years, sighed, ran its ribbon-and-striking element over to the right-hand side of its tracks and refused to budge. I looked in the Yellow Pages for ‘Typewriter Repair’ and found no listing of any kind for typewriters in the city where I now live. …

“How quickly times change. In the Washington office where I spent the last several years, a majority of the 150 people there have never used a typewriter. They are members of the Computer Generation. …

“It was only 134 years ago when Remington … manufactured the first typewriters. … Millions of typewriters had been sold by 1990 when desktop computers began to come into wide use. …

“What’s next? If I were a fax machine — in general use since only the mid-1970s — I wouldn’t be taking any bets on longevity.”

— Peter Hannaford , writing on “Not Long for This World,” Friday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

At last, truth

“In a way they never tell the truth until the concession speech. That’s when nothing they say can hurt them anymore. They’re worn to the bone and they’ve been in a struggle and it’s over, and suddenly some basic, rock-solid, dumb knowledge of what they’ve been involved in — a great nation’s life — comes loose and declares itself.

“Rep. Harold Ford of Tennessee, who lost his Senate race, said he’d wanted to be in government since he was 4 years old, that people had taken a risk on him, that he was grateful. ‘I love my country,’ he said. ‘Don’t lose faith in this great thing called America.’ …

“From Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a demonstration of patriotic civility. He praised his opponent as a human being — ‘a fine man, he’ll do a fine job for the state.’

“Sen. George Allen, gentleman of Virginia, said, ‘We are placed here on Earth to do something well.’ He vowed to do all he could to help Jim Webb come in and serve in the U.S. Capitol.

“Oh, that the new ones would carry in what the old ones have finally learned, or finally meant, or said.”

— Peggy Noonan, writing on “Concession Stands,” Friday in OpinionJournal at www.opinionjournal.com


“You know the issues of betrayal that have angered conservative activists the most: amnesty plans for illegal aliens, massive federal spending, multiple corruption scandals, the prescription drug plan, Harriet Miers, etc.

“Even when it came to the war against terrorism there were too many times when cut-and-run voices managed to neuter the Bush administration from taking the fight to the terrorists and aggressively selling the case for war to the public. …

“Sadly, the Bush White House has taken exactly the wrong message from this election. Mr. Bush has decided he will appease his critics by firing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, a true warrior who tried to fight the established bureaucracy at the Pentagon. …

“It’s time to take the gloves off and fight for the cause we believe in, even if that means fighting members from within our own family from time to time.”

— Melanie Morgan, writing on “The gloves are off,” Friday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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