Wednesday, February 18, 2004

I seem to recall that years ago William F. Buckley started an informal Committee
to Horsewhip Drew Pearson.

Now, I have no recollection of who Pearson was, or what he did to get Buckley that
worked up. But I always liked the name of that committee.

I think it's time some conscientious conservatives started a Committee to Horsewhip Anne Coulter.

I don't read her. Never did. But Mark Steyn I have enjoyed--until now. I'd like to think he'd retract Coulter's nonsense reported by Dan Kennedy if someone could reach him.

Jim Likeks:

—You want to know why we invaded Iraq in 2003? Go back and read the papers in 1992. And you’ll find this quote:

"If they’re such whizzes at foreign policy, why is Saddam Hussein thumbing his nose at the rest of the world?"

Albert. Gore. Junior.—

Thursday, February 12, 2004

I would love to know how these copies of my first novel ended up here—at almost twice the original cost.....
AWOL. Bush from the National Guard 32 years ago? Er, no. The media's ability to get their facts straight.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Anthony Lane on Joe Eszterhas's "shy and blushing" Hollywood memoir:

He sold his first screenplay, "F.I.S.T.," in 1974, and since then the Eszterhas style has bestrewn the world with gems: "Flashdance," "Jagged Edge," "Basic Instinct," "Sliver," "Showgirls," and "Jade." If that list makes you want to hide in the attic, you should hear some of his ideas that never came to fruition: a script entitled "Foreplay"; a remake of "The Red Shoes," based on the story of Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola; and a film about Jesus Christ, to be developed with Paul Verhoeven. Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

Monday, February 02, 2004

William Safire recalls a time when U.S. Intelligence made James Bond look like a banker:

The technology topping the Soviets' wish list was for computer control systems to automate the operation of the new trans-Siberian gas pipeline. When we turned down their overt purchase order, the K.G.B. sent a covert agent into a Canadian company to steal the software; tipped off by Farewell, we added what geeks call a "Trojan Horse" to the pirated product.

"The pipeline software that was to run the pumps, turbines and valves was programmed to go haywire," writes Reed, "to reset pump speeds and valve settings to produce pressures far beyond those acceptable to the pipeline joints and welds. The result was the most monumental non-nuclear explosion and fire ever seen from space."