July 2005


25 Jul 2005 07:00 am

This Huffington’s Toast post is delish!

24 Jul 2005 03:10 am

I’m not a fast-food type reader. I like to take my time while reading and stop to contemplate what I have read. (I also don’t have a whole lot of free time even during the summer) That is the manner with which I read J.K. Rowling’s latest book, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince.

DO NOT READ THIS POST IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK SIX!

Both my daughters devoured the book as soon as it came out last weekend, so after they finished and I had begun to read I had to leave the room often so I wouldn’t hear their discussion. Both liked the book but it is not their favorite because according to one daughter it lagged some in the middle and didn’t focus on some of the most favorite characters like Luna Lovegood.

I think Half-blood Prince is the best yet for so many reasons. It is the coming of age story of Harry and his realization that he has a mission to complete that may take his entire life. Up to this point Harry always had Professor Albus Dumbledore as his protector, adviser and advocate. In book number seven Harry will be on his own.

The book is a much more serious read of course and I won’t attempt to write a review. One of the best analysis of book six I have read is here and not too much more needs to be said. I just found book six an exquisite read full of spiritual allusions and reverence.

22 Jul 2005 09:20 am


I thought they were cute back in the seventies when I was dating my husband. Now the always snotty Robin Givhan makes fun of the Roberts children because they were dressed appropriately and other sad sacks accuse Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts of being gay because he wore plaid pants in the same era. Here is Charmaine Yoest’s take…

20 Jul 2005 08:32 am

I always got a lump in my throat when I walked up those marble steps to argue a case before the court and I don’t think it was just from the nerves.

– John Roberts, President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee

20 Jul 2005 07:16 am

John Jr. is certainly not boring.
What is wrong with John Podhoretz? Good grief! He calls President Bush’s choice of John Roberts for the Supreme Court boring. Then he says it was an interesting pick. Yes, well he’s just practicing creative writing but the article has faint praise for Justice Roberts. Consider this statement……

“Roberts is a white guy, 50 years old, and you might say he’s spent his life trying to get exactly where he is now. He’s a conservative Republican version of a Stephen Breyer — the guy with the golden resume, who seems to have decided he wanted a seat on the high court when he was seven years old and methodically sought to make his way there.”

I’ve read better Podhoretz columns. I link to him a lot and this one must have been dashed out fast or something. I really think Judge Roberts deserves better.

20 Jul 2005 06:20 am

For once, Elizabeth Bumiller of the New York Times writes a straightforward article about President Bush’s Supreme Court selection process.

Except for this zinger…….”Both Republicans and Democrats said that the speeded-up timing - administration officials had at one point told reporters to expect an announcement in the last week of July - would have the effect of pushing news of Karl Rove and the federal investigation into who leaked the name of a C.I.A. officer off the front pages, at least for a time.

But in a briefing to reporters shortly before Mr. Bush’s announcement, Mr. Bartlett insisted that the president’s timing had nothing to do with Mr. Rove and everything to do with giving the Senate adequate time before its recess next week to meet Judge Roberts and deal with the enormous amount of paperwork and logistics such a nomination requires.”

The Chuck Schumers of the world are now going to be digging like a dog who’s lost his last bone to find an angle with which to oppose Judge Roberts. I have no doubt that the Karl Rove inquisition will continue.

19 Jul 2005 04:48 pm


I think he resembles Tom Hanks, or Tom Hanks resembles John Roberts. Good. I’m glad President Bush selected a man of great accomplishment who is a serious thinker instead of settling for “gender diversity.”

19 Jul 2005 03:22 pm

Captain the Wonder Cat

Of course, no matter who the pick is the left goes nuts.

Maybe Michael Luttig. Maybe Gonzales. Maybe Janice Rogers Brown. Maybe Captain the Wonder Cat!

17 Jul 2005 03:57 pm

A very serious offering from Mark Steyn on the Karl Rove/Plame controversy. (or Nadagate)

And Mark Levin on Matt Cooper………

“Get a load of this line from Matt Cooper’s Time piece: “As for Wilson’s wife, I told the grand jury I was certain that Rove never used her name and that, indeed, I did not learn her name until the following week, when I either saw it in Robert Novak’s column or Googled her, I can’t recall which. …” If he got it from Google, that would mean it was on the Internet for the entire world to see. Isn’t this worth pressing Cooper about a little harder?”

Matt Cooper Googled Valerie Plame? Why is that? And where did he find her plain as day? Joseph Wilson’s website.

My husband served on the staff of a general whose wife worked for the CIA. All of us knew she worked for the CIA although we were not supposed to mention it in person to her or to the general. But all of us knew. I doubt that she was undercover at the time my husband worked for the general but she at one time had been. I googled her name and that of her husband just for the fun of it and nothing turned up. Nada. Of course, they were much more serious people.

Now, on to reading Harry Potter.

17 Jul 2005 09:29 am

My daughters have already finished the new Harry Potter and I am going to start reading it later this afternoon after I have finished cooking a bunch so people can help themselves around here.

Both my daughters are very sad. They loved the book but they are upset. I don’t know why and have forbidden them from telling me.

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