Because of the viciousness of the confirmation process, we are left reading tea leaves about John Roberts. But blogger and constitutional law professor Hugh Hewitt's verdict on Roberts is encouraging: "[With Roberts] You're trading O'Connor for Rehnquist. And you're getting thirty years. And you're getting guy who, the president mentioned a letter that's been signed onto by everybody who knows John Roberts."

P.S. The New York Times seems to find it worthy of note that people don't talk about politics at church. I know it's weird, but we tend to focus on the Mass.

Big Goof

The USA Today story to which I have already linked contains this unfortunate phraseology:

"The couple tried to have children of their own. But after some time they were, 'as they will say, blessed to be able to adopt a couple of adorable young kids,' Shannen Coffin, a former deputy assistant attorney general in Bush's first term and a Roberts friend, told reporters Wednesday."

Little Jack and Josie Roberts are the couple's "own children."

Don't Be So Understanding

We don't yet know who is responsible for today's London bombings. But, if it turns out that young jihadists did it, please spare me the what-happened-to-make-these-youths-do-this efforts to "understand" that came in the wake of the July 7 bombing. From some news outlets, you'd have thought that something strange had happened to the nice boy down the block.

With the caveat that the latest bombing, which wreaked even less havoc than the previous one, could be the work of somebody who had no religious or political motive, here's what happened to the young men involved in the previous London bombing: Radical Islam happened to them. It is at war with us, and we'd best acknowledge this fact before it is too late.

Washington Times columnist Diana West is very good on our society's refusal to look at radical Islam ("Burnt Offerings on the Altar of Multiculturalism") because of political correctness:

"Without it -- without its fanatics who believe all civilizations are the same -- the engine that projects Islam into the unprotected heart of Western civilization would stall and fail. It's as simple as that. To live among the believers -- the multiculturalists -- is to watch the assault, the jihad, take place un-repulsed by our suicidal societies. These societies are not doomed to submit; rather, they are eager to do so in the name of a masochistic brand of tolerance that, short of drastic measures, is surely terminal.

"I'm not talking about our soldiers, policemen, rescue workers and, now, even train conductors, who bravely and steadfastly risk their lives for civilization abroad and at home. Instead, I'm thinking about who we are as a society at this somewhat advanced stage of war. It is a strange, tentative civilization we have become, with leaders who strut their promises of 'no surrender' even as they flinch at identifying the foe.

"Four years past 9/11, we continue to shadow-box 'terror,' even as we go on about 'an ideology of hate.' It's a script that smacks of sci-fi fantasy more than realpolitik. But our grim reality is no summer blockbuster, and there's no special-effects-enhanced plot twist that is going to thwart 'terror' or 'hate' in the London Underground anymore than it did on the roof of the World Trade Center. Or in the Bali nightclub. Or on the first day of school in Beslan. Or in any disco, city bus or shopping mall in Israel."

Should Terrorists Set Our Foreign Policy?

A reporter asked Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who was in London when word of the latest bombings came, if Iraq is the reason. Powerline has Howard's excellent reply:

"Can I just say very directly, Paul, on the issue of the policies of my government and indeed the policies of the British and American governments on Iraq, that the first point of reference is that once a country allows its foreign policy to be determined by terrorism, it's given the game away, to use the vernacular. And no Australian government that I lead will ever have policies determined by terrorism or terrorist threats, and no self-respecting government of any political stripe in Australia would allow that to happen.