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Time for the UNICEF Halloween Shakedown; Security Scan Scam; Ramadan Rumsfeld

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Against UNICEF I wonder how many of the kids who ring my doorbell this Halloween are going to come shaking boxes for the United Nations Children’s Fund. Probably a shockingly large number. I had friends who did such box-shaking decades ago, but I always assumed that UNICEF was part of a 1970s fad-cluster (including macrame [&hellip
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Hitchens Takes a False Step; What Kind of Nazis Are the Al Qaeda?; Thievin’ Heroes

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Christopher Hitchens has taken his first false step in the terrorist war–or, better put, he’s been proved wrong by events for the first time. Up till now Hitchens, astonishingly enough, has been as reliable a guide to the war against terrorism as we have. His characterization of the terrorists as "death squads" and the movement [&hellip
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Advance, Australia Unfair: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Helen Clark Shows Integrity and Courage

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

One of the great international dramas of the new millennium unfolded in the Indian Ocean over the last several days. It involved at least a half-dozen countries, but because the United States wasn’t one of them, the story barely scraped onto page C-28 of a couple of American newspapers. I’m referring to the Tampa incident. [&hellip
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Rocky Start: Bush Takes Some Side Trips on His Summer Vacation

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

President Bush–whose 43-beats-per-minute heart rate will be the envy of anyone who stays up until 3 a.m. writing columns half the nights of the week–spent the last few days in the Rockies and Southwest. He communed with the spirit of the mountains, bucked up struggling schoolchildren and raked in $2 million for Gov. Bill Owens [&hellip
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I’m Not Impotent, I Just Like Willie Dixon!

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Last week’s announcement that in the coming months Bayer and Eli Lilly are going to enter the impotence-pill market that has heretofore been monopolized by Pfizer’s Viagra brought to mind a problem I have. I’m developing a reputation for impotence by accident. n I’m not generally a big fan of the blues. But there’s one [&hellip
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McCain, Again; , W’s Immigration Proposal Is a Human-Rights Imperative

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Something strange is happening to John McCain. After a solid 18 months during which he had been invisible except on Democratic issues, he suddenly reemerged last week as a hard-line, even hyper-partisan, conservative. He sounds like Phil Gramm. n In fact, he was working with Phil Gramm–to block a labor-sponsored measure to keep Mexican trucks [&hellip
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Joleen McKay Confirms a Lot We Already Knew in the Condit Affair

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Joleen Argentini McKay is the woman who gave Gary Condit a Tag Heuer watch, in a box that he was seen surreptitiously jamming into an Alexandria, VA, garbage can a few weeks ago. Her entry into the Condit case has done more than give us the Condit equivalent of O.J. Simpson’s Bruno Magli shoes. It [&hellip
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