Just finished Bernard Lewis’s What Went Wrong. A great read, and I would recommend it. Andrew Sullivan’s book review club seems to have taken off, and this sparked an idea for me. I would much rather just have a book exchange. If anyone has a book they would like to swap (I usually buy several every month), I would be glad to ship you my copy of What Went Wrong in exchange for another tome on relevant issues, both historical and political. The deal is, you send me the book, I send you the book, we are both responsible for the shipping, and then you send it on to someone else in exchange for another book in the future- a book swap club, if you will. E-mail me if you are interested.
Much ado has been made about a possible realignment of Jewish voters into the Republican party, and most of it is cynical in nature and makes no attempt to understand that some things are simply not politically motivated. I am a registered Republican who has a tendency to vote libertarian, but to me, there has never been an issue regarding the defense of Israel. My support for Israel and Israelis has nothing to do with the fact that Jews may vote one way or another. The reason I support Israelis and the state of Israel is simply because it is the right thing to do. I see through the equivocation, relativism, anti-Semitism, and the other bullshit, and I simply have put my foot down on the issue in a way that previously have been hard to predict. Republicans are in support of Israel in spite of the traditionally Democrat Jewish vote, not because they are trying to swing a few votes here and there.
I am supporting Israel because it is the right thing to do. Period.
If you are as depressed as I am about Layne, Welch, and everything else, just remember that we are still blessed with William Quick and Stephen Green and Megan McCardle and Martin Devon and so many others who do great work.
There are so many others- LGF, Daimnation, etc. I am here to tell you that the status of blogging is good.
NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE MOBILIZED AS OF JUNE 26
This week the Army announces an increase of reservists on active duty in support of the partial mobilization, while the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force each announce decreases of reservists. The net collective result is 177 more reservists than last week.
At any given time, Services may mobilize some units and individuals while demobilizing others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. Total number currently on active duty in support of the partial mobilization for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve is 34,478; Naval Reserve, 8,760; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, 36,773; Marine Corps Reserve, 4,096; and the Coast Guard Reserve 1,485. This brings the total Reserve and National Guard on active duty to 85,592 including both units and individual augmentees.
This mobilization appears routine and mundane enough to not be a sign that Iraq will be hit soon. The mobilization to look for will be a large increase in sea and airlift capacity and reserve support component activation.
Another meme that will never die: George Bush is stupid, Democrats say.
If you hadn’t read in this newspaper, Rep. Diane E. Watson, California Democrat, proclaimed President Bush has a low IQ – “of 88.”
“That tells you something,” she said, insisting that a “shadow government” consisting of Mr. Bush’s “father and the guy who calls himself the vice president” was actually making the decisions in this country.
“The ’88’ certainly isn’t making the decisions,” she said.
Yawn. The same old tired assertions. I will, however, give Rep. Watson for a nice two-fer. Bush is stupid, and there is a shadow government. Double Yawn.