Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Daily Digest

The New York Times recently published an op-ed by a spokesman of Hamas, which the United States government classifies as a terrorist organization for its oft-repeated commitment to annihilate "every inch" of Israel. The paper's op-ed editor defends the publication as newsworthy, and its public editor recites the sunlight-as-disinfectant argument, but as I observed a couple years ago about a similar situation, the bigger issue is the use of "scarce and prominent" resources. "A commitment to free speech—even an absolute one—does not require" a newspaper to publish the work of terrorists, whether they're domestic, as in the case of the Unabomber's manifesto, or foreign, as in the case of Hamas.

Why should you believe that Rudy will implement his "12 commitments to the American people" if elected? Because "[h]e already has," observes Deroy Murdock. "As mayor of New York, Giuliani used similar reforms to reverse the city’s decline and rejuvenate its finances."

Jim Geraghty cuts to the essence of the rhubarb about Rudy and the right: "[F]or certain Republicans, Rudy will always be untouchable—be it his stands on abortion, gay marriage, or gun control, or his messy marriages, or his in-your-face abrasive leadership style, etc. But... when Rudy gets going on an issue you agree with him on... he’s really, really good. Maybe unequaled."

A new book argues that something I've long known to be true from firsthand experience: napping enhances productivity, especially in the midafternoon.