Ah, there's the smell of horsehide in the air. A few notable stories and posts at the end of a busy Sunday.
- Label this one 'hope springs eternal', though the wait is a lot shorter than it once was. The Boston Red Sox, along with the other teams, are getting things going in Florida and Arizona in preparation for the 2006 baseball season. Curt Schilling is feeling good, and is taking newcomer Josh Beckett under his wing early. Keith Foulke is looking to bounce back, and Manny is still in Boston. Go figure.
The Baseball Crank has a quick look at the respective Yankee and Red Sox pitching staffs, and thinks the Pinstripes may be thin. We'll see. As with many teams the Sox have some 'ifs' to answer, with Schilling, Foulke, Beckett, Papelbon, Wells, Hanson all on that list. They also don't have as much offense as the last couple of years. I think that by acquiring Coco Crisp they came out of the loss of Johnny Damon as sweetly as possible.
- Ed Morrissey discusses Jeff Jacoby's Boston Globe column today. Both find the press cowardly in the face of Islamic extremism. From Jacoby:
It's about fear. Editors and publishers are afraid the thugs will target them as they targeted Danny Pearl and Theo van Gogh; afraid the mob will firebomb their newsrooms as it has firebombed Danish embassies...
Journalists can be incredibly brave, but when it comes to covering the Arab and Muslim world, too many news organizations have knuckled under to threats.
From Captain Ed:
The media attacks those who they know will not spend much energy fighting back. Gregory could act like a rude, spoiled child denied his choice of birthday gift because he knew the White House would not dare to even expel him from the room. However, their supposed calling to keep the people informed suddenly takes a powder when the remote threat of violence appears. This only acts to encourage such threats in the future, as the nutcases take a lesson from the pusillanimity of the mainstream American media, especially in contrast with their European counterparts that have taken a stand against extortion and published the cartoons in defense of the Danish press.
- Harvard University may be easing President Larry Summers out the door, in the final act of the drama that started with Mr. Summers' comments on gender and mathematical ability.
The governing board of Harvard University is considering removing President Lawrence H. Summers from office to end the escalating strife between faculty members and Summers, according to two Harvard professors and one senior official who have spoken with members of the board recently...
The senior official said the people sharing their views with the board are not all in agreement. One key consideration is what the removal of Summers would signal about Harvard -- whether anyone can lead the university and whether it would result in an overly empowered faculty.
''It's this dichotomy between people worried that if Harvard ran a president out, it would become ungovernable, and the view, gaining ground, that actually if we lived through another no-confidence vote and its aftermath, that will make Harvard truly ungovernable."
Unfortunately, that about sums it up. Harvard is ungovernable, but it is ungovernable because in an institution of higher learning, dedicated to exploring the vast breadth of human knowledge without prejudice, political correctness has made some of that exploration suicidal. Harvard is Harvard, and if Mr. Summers is forced out they will not lack for candidates to replace him. But it will be clear to outside observers that the new leader will have to toe a politically correct line. To get along, you go along.
Here's a Summers timeline, courtesy of the Globe.
Rick Moran discusses brilliantly the left in a post-9/11 world. To paraphrase: "They haven't learned a damn thing." He discusses a Simon Jenkins column on Times Online.
Every liberal canard about the War on Terror is contained in those two paragraphs [from Jenkins column]. Despite the rest of Mr. Jenkins’ article which accurately sums up many of the problems engendered by our response to 9/11 (sans his statements about “latent authoritarianism” in democratic leaders), his only alternatives – “restraint” and “policing” – precisely proves my point: That the left has learned nothing from 9/11 and that following the lead of Jenkins and others of his ideological ilk would be extraordinarily dangerous.
This is the argument that John Kerry made unsuccessfully in 2004, that terrorism is best treated as a matter of law enforcement. In the absence of WMD and attacks on our own soil that may be workable, though it still ducks the issue of "acts of war" and state sponsorship, but with the possibility of WMD used on Americans it is a non-starter, and will continue to lose elections for those who embrace it.