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Milt's File

A file of links relating to Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg, a talk show on Chicago's WGN Radio.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

PIPES, AJAMI AND ZAKARIA AS SEEN FROM BEIRUT. These three (more-or-less "hard-line") scholars of middle eastern affairs get a surprisingly positive evaluation in this recent article from the major English-language newspaper of Lebanon.

WHAT SAM HUNTINGTON REALLY SAID. His "clash of civilizations" thesis is often invoked to explain the inevitability of the Jihadist assault upon the West. Here is the original article as published ten years ago in Foreign Affairs.

WHAT WAS GRAY DAVIS THINKING?...when he signed the bill that allows illegals to get legal drivers licenses--and, among other things, access to firearms and possibly to the voting booth. Perhaps he was thinking that the "hispanic vote" might save him from recall. This strongly stated article is from Front Page magazine.

DAVE BARRY AND WAITING FOR ISABEL. As the hurricane approaches Barry has trotted out a column of a few years ago explaining how to handle hurricanes. It is as useful now as it was when it was originally published in the Miami Herald.

WHO WILL BE WATCHING? A new technology that may replace bar codes may also intrude still further upon our privacy. It is gathering momentum and we had better be aware of it. A good introduction is available in this story from Wired magazine.

THE POOR EDUCATION OF BLACK AND HISPANIC PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS. A major study of considerable methodological sophistication has just been reported from the Manhattan Institute. The key conclusion is given in the last sentence: "Reform of the K-12 education system is the key to improving college access for these groups." This summary of the study is, though long, eminently readable and IMPORTANT!

WE ARE NOT ALONE. When it comes to disruption and educational failure in the secondary schools, the Brits now do as well (i.e. as badly) as we do. If, that is, this account from Prospect magazine is to be believed--as of course it is.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN AMERICAN JEWISH LIFE? How far off was Alan Dershowitz when he said: "They used to want to kill us; now they want to marry us?" Intermarriage rates are high but have, apparently, been somewhat exaggerated. This, and much else about the American way of being Jewish, is illuminated in the new Jewish population survey just reported in Forward.

WHO WAS LEO STRAUSS, WHAT WAS HE THAT ALL THE LEFT (AND SOME PALEOCONSERVATIVES) CONDEMN HIM? Neoconservatism, the Iraq war and the secret peristence of "Trotskyism" have all been blamed on a once obscure--and long dead--professor at the University of Chicago. From Public Interest magazine, this new article clarifies what Strauss was up to and what the modern "Straussians" have drawn from him.

THE INNOCENCE AND ORDEAL OF MARTHA STEWART. She gets full exoneration and sympathy from the contrarian libertarians at Reason magazine. The article is from the new and just published October issue.

A GREAT CHOPIN CONCERT. From the Argerich Festival in Lugano, Switzerland, here are live performances of both of Chopin's piano concertos (concerti, if you prefer). And, as well, some other major works for solo piano. The performances are excellent!

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