Peggy Noonan: Turning Coats Softly With Her Song

Peggy Noonan is a great ally and a doubtful foe. She turned, mildly, on Reagan. She has turned on Bush. So what. Her human insights are wonderful, her writing , usually, excellent. She is setting up her pick for 2008 awkwardly. Bush supporters and detractors, alike, have made much of Ms. Noonan’s Friday Opinion Journal…

The Perfect Casual Jacket

The right casual jacket sets a mood, an image, and an expectation that can make an entire year somehow better. It’s about this time of year when I get weary of summer. I start looking ahead to cooler days of the fall, the start of football training camp and regular season. Hockey in the future.…

Bin Laden Is Dead

Maybe. Maybe not. But the new al-Qaeda video featuring a haggard Osama bin Laden has folks speculating about his health and even his life. Gateway Pundit compares the most recent video (in which bin Laden appears for less than a minute) with a video from 2002. The background and bin Laden's attire are identical. And…

Fred Bars: A Proposal

Remember "Rush Rooms?" These were restaurants in cities around the country where people gathered to eat lunch and listen to Rush Limbaugh. To promote the social side of politics, I'd like to see a nationwide chain of "Fred Bars" where Thompson supporters get together for an adult beverage, laughs, and encouragement. No Kumbaya singing, though…

Thompson – Guiliani: Dead Heat

A Rasmussen poll released on Friday shows Fred Thompson, not yet declared candidate, in a virtual tie with Rudy Guiliani as McCain continues his free-fall. I know a lot of his supporters want Fred to declare soon, but I think his strategy is working. As the left and the right throw all the negatives they…

Cold War II?

For the past 4 years, Russian dictator Putin has moved his country closer and closer to its pre-Yeltsin isolation. Today, he announced suspension of NATO inspections of nuclear missile sites. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree freezing participation in the treaty that cited “extraordinary circumstances … that affect the security of the Russian Federation…

The Archives Are Back

At least most of them, beginning with August 2000. The load process replaced a lot of single and double quotes with some annoying ASCII character, but I’m not in the mood to clean it up right now, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me. In the second…

Have a Laugh

Go see Beth’s great wedding announcements, then answer the following question . . . How’s your wang holding up?

Why Fred Thompson Can Win

This won’t take long, but go get a beer. I’ll wait. Okay, here’s why Thompson will probably be the next POTUS. Personality. We like to think we vote for intellectual reason, but we don’t. Ask any sales professional how people buy, and the answer will be, “people buy on emotion and justify on reason.” Voting…

Democrats are Ready

The Democrat Party released its official agendum for the 2008 party convention today. Mark Noonan, journalist extraordinaire, obtained an advance copy. From the opening flag-burning to the end-of-evening driving arrangements, the party of defeat has thought of everything. Mark has formatted the schedule for convenient printing and laminating. Be sure to share it with your…