… you can see it fading fast:
P. J. O'Rourke spends 72 hours in
Afghanistan. Sample (with a local angle):
As all good reporters do, I prepared for my assignment with extensive research. I went to an Afghan restaurant in Prague. Getting a foretaste--as it were--of my subject, I asked the restaurant's owner (an actual Afghan), "So what's up with Afghanistan?"
He said, "Americans must understand that Afghanistan is a country of honor. The honor of an Afghan is in his gun, his land, and his women. You take a man's honor if you take his gun, his land or his women."
And the same goes for where I live in New Hampshire. I inquired whether exceptions could be made, on the third point of honor, for ex-wives.
"Oh yes," he said.
Afghanistan--so foreign and yet so familiar and, like home, with such wonderful lamb chops. I asked the restaurateur about other similarities between New Hampshire and Afghanistan. "I don't know," he said. "Most of my family lives in L.A."
Amity Shlaes' headline is a grabber: "Obama
Misreads Message of `Live Free or Die'". Did our President
explicitly disrespect our state motto? I wouldn't be too surprised if
Instead, Shlaes notes that we've run the experiment Obama wants to impose on the nation before, specifically between Maine and New Hampshire.
It's wrong for the president to ask for patience. The results of the government experiment are in, courtesy of the states. Double dips are more likely with policies like his. And most Americans would prefer a future that looks like New Hampshire to one that looks like Maine.Pun Salad Manor is a mere few minutes' walk from Maine. It's a lovely state, but a bad example to follow.
National Review maintains its 53-year tradition of
not being that into Ayn Rand.
One of the features of working at the University Near Here
is exposure to, um, interesting ideas that one might not otherwise
encounter. One is locavorism, a
preference for "locally" produced food. Adherents are evangelical.
True overheard conversation from last April: "What are you doing for Earth Day?" "I'm resolving to think more about what 'local' means to me."
I personally have resolved to only eat food produced within 25 miles of the Earth's surface. That's what local means to me.
Should you be buttonholed by a locavore, you could do worse than pointing him or her (and not to be sexist but my guess is it would probably be "her") to Steven Landsburg's thoughts on the issue.