The American Spectator

American Spectator is a monthly trade magazine published by the American Spectator Foundation. Founded in 1967, the magazine covers politics, culture and current events.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 7, September

Alive in London
London, July 7, 2005-BOY, ARE AMSPEC READERS LOYAL! Half a dozen have already e-mailed to me knowing I am in London for the Spectator of London's annual party. They want to be sure I am all right. I am. Moreover British spirits are undaunted. An Islamofascist...
An Army of One
An Army of One The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life by Fred Siegel (ENCOUNTER BOOKS, 320 PAGES, $26.95)A FEW YEARS AGO my son played football at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. On orientation night they...
Better Than a White House Pass
Want to know a secret? Well, my friend, then today is your lucky day. Because today I'm going to share with you a little-known, but vital source of the world's most valuable commodity-useful information.I'm going to tell you where true insiders turn...
Cheat Sheets
No Child Left Behind has taught our nation's schools one thing: how to lie.THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S signature domestic program is continuing the familiar pattern of so-called "education reform": loudly pretend to demand high standards, but quitely accept...
Come on Down
I CAN FIX A CAR. RATHER, I KNOW WHAT NEEDS FIXING.Back in the '90s, my cars (note plural) and I became the very best of friends-we had no choice, spending lots of time together stranded alongside Interstates in Alabama, California, and New Jersey. I...
Current Wisdom
The Morning Call(Allentown, Pennsylvania)Another gossipy tidbit reported in the cosmopolitan Morning Call:On June 17, 2005, in the state of Florida, the devil went to Tallahassee and spoke through the mouth of Gov. Jeb Bush.(July 3, 2005)Entry courtesy...
Double Bigots
I believe that a group of young Muslims-we have already seen this in Brixton-based Richard Reid and Zaccarious Moussaoui-being fed a daily dose of invective about Jews, Israelis and evil Americans will eventually commit acts to express their outrage.-Carol...
Gen. William Westmoreland, RIP
WASHINGTONWHEN GENERAL William Westmoreland died on July 18 in Charleston, South Carolina, the press erupted with reminiscences, mostly about him and the Vietnam War, mostly permeated with the myths of the Kultursmog, the politically polluted culture...
Gold Block, ICE Man, and Mom: Welcome to Guantanamo Bay
Guantanamo Bay, CubaBUT FOR THE LONG BEARDS and hair, the 520 terrorists held at Gitmo would probably not arouse suspicion in most big cities. Most could, as they have in the past, fit in all too well in polite society. About 10 percent of them are medical...
Good as Gould
Good as Gould Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend by Mitchell Zuckoff (RANDOM HOUSE, 416 PAGES, $25.95)Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons by Edward J. Renehan, Jr. (BASIC BOOKS,...
Intelligent Science
Dan Peterson's June 2005 article arguing for "Intelligent Design" ("The Little Engine That Could... Undo Darwinism") as an alternative to Darwinian evolution in our school science classes poses the usual items now expected from such aggressive advocates....
Into the Bin of Berlin
BERLIN IS A CITY HAUNTED BY ITS PAST. The Nazis left an indelible stain on it during their 12 years of terror. Then the Communists moved in, built the Berlin Wall, and kept the city divided and families separated for three decades.Now Berlin's city government...
Meet the Monster
Meet the Monster Rogue Regime: Kirn Jong-II and the Looming Threat of North Korea by Jasper Becker (OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 300 PAGES, $28)THIS BOOK CONVINCINGLY DESCRIBES the "roots of madness" in North Korea. It is the history of how this monstrous...
Merkel Time
I WAS IN LONDON THIS SUMMER after the terrorist attacks that killed 57 people. July 7 had changed things, and you could feel it. I was standing one evening in front of Annabel's, one of the elegant clubs owned by the stepson of the late, eccentric billionaire...
More Nukes!
THE FIRST COMMERCIAL NUCLEAR-POWER reactor, in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, was built 50 years ago. A coal-powered plant had been planned, but the prospect of more air pollution was not welcome-the Pittsburgh area had had enough of that. So the utility,...
¡Muy Peligroso!
Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez is a Fidel Castro on steroids. So why isn't the U.S. paying more attention to this oily creature?OIL IS THE GREAT CORRUPTER OF NATIONS. Those whose misfortune it is to live on top of the great oil reserves are destined...
Reaganism and Roberts
AS THE SENATE GRINDS toward the confirmation of the next justice of the Supreme Court, Democrats hope that the President made a mistake, or may even be disappointed, in his choice of an apparent conservative. They know there is a long history of presidents...
Saddam Removal
Why the U.S. had no alternative.INTRODUCTION BY R. EMMETT TYRRELL, JR.WHAT FOLLOWS ARE THREE EXCERPTS from William Shawcross's updated postscript to the new edition of his very important book on the liberation of Iraq, Allies (reviewed by Al Regnery...
Sunday in London
London, July 10,2005- IT IS A RESPLENDIDLY sunny Sunday in London and I did not have to wait long before finding companions who share my thesis: the hyenas bombing London's commuters Thursday are cruel, evil, and stupid. They picked the Thursday right...
Talking Dirty
Talking DirtyLADIES AND CHILDREN NOT ADMITTED."Readers of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn will remember that that was the final line, in the biggest type, on the handbill for a performance of The King's Camelopard or The Royal Nonesuch in the town of Brickville,...
The Chinese Brezhnev
The Chinese Brezhnev The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin by Robert Lawrence Kuhn (CROWN, 709 PAGES, $35)THREE MEN OF PROGRESSIVELY diminishing clout and length of rule have led the 56-year-old People's Republic of China (PRC)....
The College That Time Forgot
I READ WITH WONDER AND ALARM Stories such as John Zmirak's "V-Day, Indeed!" in February's American Spectator about the degradation of the academy. I am aware that feminist studies, trans-gender consciousness, victimization narratives, literary criticism,...
The Continuing Crisis
July 2005 joins a long list of Julys passing into history unlamented by sophisticates who loathe air conditioning and summertime exhibitionists wearing shorts and flip flops. Yet there was some good news. Dr. Howard Dean has fallen silent and former...
The Good Book
WELCOME TO THE MILITARY industrial evangelical bookselling complex" was the greeting I received from the well-known Christian author Philip Yancey. We were settling down for signing sessions at our respective publishers' stands in the Denver Convention...
What's Playing?
WEDNESDAYGUESS WHERE I AM. Wait, you'll never guess, so I'll tell you. I am in the Best Western Motel in Corvallis, Oregon. Corvallis is about an hour and a half south of Portland on the way to Eugene. It's home to Oregon State University, and it's also...
White Collar Witch Hunt
Why do Republicans so easily accept Neobolshevism as a cost of doing business? BY STEPHEN MOOREIt's BECOME ALMOST ACCEPTED WISDOM that the Sarbanes-Dxley law, passed in the wake of the corporate iccounting scandals of the late 1990s, is one of the nest...