The Left is in a tizzy over Izzy. More precisely, they are in a tizzy over the latest revelations exposing the late I.F. "Izzy" Stone as worse than a god with feet of clay. Documents from the KGB archives show that instead of being the sainted, fiercely independent crusading journalist he pretended to be, Stone was, in fact, a Soviet agent, a toady for Stalin, one of the most vile, murderous tyrants ever to have stalked the planet.
There may soon be more “penumbras formed by emanations” in the invisible, unpredictable “living Constitution” if President Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, should play a significant role in shaping the evolution of legal doctrine on the nation’s highest court.
In his weekly Internet and radio address on Saturday, President Barack Obama said that Memorial Day is “a time to reflect on what this holiday is all about; to pay tribute to our fallen heroes; and to remember the servicemen and women who cannot be with us this year because they are standing post far from home — in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world.” The president also said that “we have a responsibility to serve all of them as well as they serve all of us,” but that “all too often in recent years and decades, we, as a nation, have failed to live up to that responsibility.”
Left-wing MSNBC pundit Rachel Maddow has aired a surprisingly penetrating critique of President Barack Obama’s new prolonged detention, or preventive detention, policy, a policy announced in Obama’s May 21 speech at the National Archives. Under this policy, suspected terrorists may be held indefinitely by the executive branch without trial, based on the presumption that they may commit a crime in the future.
Chicago radio “shock jock” Erich “Mancow” Muller took his listeners’ advice and voluntarily underwent waterboarding on May 22 and reluctantly concluded it was “torture.” Mancow had earlier pooh-poohed the conclusion that waterboarding was torture (though the U.S. government prosecuted as war criminals some Japanese soldiers who had conducted waterboarding against U.S. soldiers, and even court-martialed a U.S. soldier who had engaged in it in Vietnam). Vanity Fair journalist Christopher Hitchens also volunteered to be waterboarded last year after being challenged to do so.