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. 37, No. 4, May

A Free Journalist
A Free Journalist Give Me A Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media... By John Stossel (HarperCollins, 294 pages, $24.95)WHEN I THINK OF JOHN STOSSEL, I confess to an ignoble feeling: jealousy....
All Fall Down
All Fall Down The Fall of the Berlin Wall By William F. Buckley, Jr. (John Wiley & Sons, 212 pages, $19.95)RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER as you make your way through the front door of the Spectator's Arlington offices is a brown particleboard bookcase....
All in the Family
All in the Family The Pecking Order: Which Siblings Succeed and Why by Dalton Conley (Pantheon, 320 pages, $24)NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SOCIOLOGIST Dalton Conley, author of The Pecking Order, seems like my kinda guy-a sympathetic humanist with a broad geeky,...
American Salute
TUESDAYHAVE SAID IT BEFORE AND I WILL SAY IT AGAIN. YOU Will simply never guess where I am. Go ahead and try. see, you can't. I am in Walla Walla, Washington, in the southeastern part ofthat beautiful state. I am about to give a speech at Whitman College,...
Are We Alone?
Our recent success on Mars leaves us no reason to think otherwise-and reason to ponder what makes the Earth unique.AMERICAN TAXPAYERS RECENTLY FOOTED THE BILL FOR A RISKY $800 MILLION NASA MISSION. The good news? It worked. In January, two NASA landers...
Binge College
WASHINGTONTHE OTHER DAY, while happily contemplating the corruption that is turning up at the United Nations, my plans to contemplate what it all means were disrupted by a telephone call from a college student in tears. No, it was not a young man in...
Correspondence
Eyes of MarchThe March issue was simply great. Keep up the good work.DICK McDONALDChatsworth, CaliforniaMy immediate thought upon viewing the March cover photo of President Bush's obviously jovial laughter at the signing of the Medicare Prescription...
Country Club Christianity
Cricket is a game invented by the English who, not being a spiritual people, needed something to give them the concept of eternity.THIS BON MOT, which I first heard from the lips of the late lamented Peter Ustinov, has been on my mind this month during...
Foreign Matter
BEFORE HIS POLITICAL ANTENNAE WENT UP, John F. Kerry would brag that foreign leaders were celebrating his candidacy. Unnamed foreign politicians told him privately, "You've got to win this. You've got to beat this guy. We need a new policy," Kerry said.Perhaps...
Here Comes the Sun
AMERICANS HAVE THROUGHOUT THEIR HISTORYbeen instructed on the benefits of starting the day early. That foremost American sage Benjamin Franklin advised, "early to bed, early to rise," wisdom that somehow rings true long after his mainly agrarian society-for...
Heresy and History
The war on terror will be won only when Islam's Wahabi heresy is defeated-by orthodox Islam. Europe's own religious history shows why.HAZILY, AMERICAN ELITES PERCEIVE THAT MODERN TERRORISM has Something to do with the Wahabi sect of the Arabian Peninsula....
Jobfull Recovery
FINALLY WE CAN SAY SAYONARA to the "Jobless Recovery." The payroll employment data is telling us what all of the other economic data has been saying for months-the U.S. economy is strong and getting stronger. March 2004 payrolls increased by 308,000,...
Laissez Faire Pope
THE NEW OXFORD REVIEW, edited by Dale Vree in Berkeley, may be the most interesting journal of Catholic opinion today. Once a communist, Vree saw that the student radicals of the mid-1960s were more dedicated to sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll than they...
Mad about Us
I RECENTLY HOSTED BIANCA JAGGER FOR A DEBATE in Berlin. (More about her in a moment.) We convened in a back room at Max Moritz, a smoky pub in Kreutzberg, a neighborhood in Berlin known mostly for Turkish guest workers and left-wing anarchists. Crossing...
Mob Rule: The Beauty of Direct Democracy
EVER SINCE HIS CALIFORNIA NEIGHBORHOOD Settled into the rut of a "safe" Republican district, Matt McLaughlin has felt isolated from the political process. It's happening to Democrats in solid liberal districts as well, he said. Assemblymen and senators,...
Rat Heads in Virginia Coke Bottles
Republican tax hikers are being neutralized by assertive GOP state parties.ON JANUARY 14 VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR MARK WARNER released a two-year state budget calling for $1 billion in new taxes, including higher sales and income taxes. Republican...
Resisting the Zealots
TALK RADIO HAS BECOME the bete noir of the American left. Overwhelmingly conservative and popular, it threatens to undo much of what mainstream media types have in mind for us, all because it's a tribune of otherwise unreported news to millions of Americans.Not...
Rush to Prosecute
First Barry Krischer said Rush Limbaugh wasn't a target. Then the Florida prosecutor turned him into his marlin.ON OCTOBER 10, ROY BLACK RECEIVED AN ASSURANCE. It was early in the afternoon, and the white-collar criminal defense attorney and an aide...
Sixties to the Finish
WASHINGTONI DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT when you heard that Senator John Francois Kerry was overheard in a scrum of Chicago blue-collar workers referring to unnamed politicians as "crooked" and "lying." I thought he was referring to the Clintons. What...
Switch and Bait
Switch and Bait Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon-The case Against Celebrity by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner (John Wiley & Sons, 394 pages, $27.95)TITILLATION GOES DOWN BETTER when you can claim you're actually bettering yourself...
The Continuing Crisis
March ended as it always does with April Fools' Day, the feast day of so many American pop figures, from Mr. Michael Jackson, to Miss Britney Spears, and on to Senator John Francois Kerry, who is to politics what vichyssoise is to minestrone, namely...
The French Connection
DEMOCRATS ARE CERTAINLY TOUCHY about their presidential candidate's foreign connections. Not so long ago, John Kerry reveled in the continental sophistication that he began burnishing early on as the son of a State Department diplomat. As a senator,...
The White Queens of Whitehall
THE ELECTION OF A SPANISH GOVERNMENT Committed to pulling the country's troops out of Iraq has exposed how little faith the U.S. can place in its continental European allies. It also reinforces the importance of Britain to the United States.America wants...
Virgin Flight
THE PRESS MATERIALS for The Girl Next Door, which opened in April, tell us that when its 18-year-old hero falls for the girl of the title only to discover that she is an ex-porn star, "his sheltered existence begins to spin out of control. Ultimately,...