Every so often, the invaluable intellectual gadfly William Bennett issues what he calls the Index of Leading Cultural Indicators, a compilation of statistics on such topics as out-of-wedlock births, students' performance on standardized tests, church attendance, charitable giving, and much, much more.
A British television producer called me this week asking if I could discuss the Timothy McVeigh controversy for a live morning news program. I agreed, which was dumb because British "morning" news programs are on at 1:30 a.m. here.
Instead of asking Supreme Court nominees whether they will uphold (BEGIN ITALS)Roe v. Wade(END ITALS), henceforth members of the Senate Judiciary Committee can ask prospective nominees to guess the number of calories consumed by walking a golf course.
Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-N.C., the new chairman of the House International Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, says that "the best way to find out what's going on is to go see for yourself." He's been doing that for years.
Squeezing the Christianity out of "Christian culture" leads to -- well, absurdities like the one that was front-page in the New York Times: this matter of HarperCollins playing with the notion of marketing C. S. Lewis' Narnia chronicles as something other than Christian, so as not to turn off the Harry Potter crowd, whose m-o-n-e-y we want.
Now that President George W. Bush and California Governor Gray Davis have had their meeting over the electricity crisis in the golden state, how much closer are they to producing a solution? Not one millimeter closer.
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