The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Monday, October 13, 2003  

Together With Miscellany

Iraqis cooperating with U.S. authorities are prime targets for assassination and terror: “What did we do to deserve this?” one asks. Guess the notion of “collaborators” and all of the negative connotations of that term were something else not considered before the war . . . Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) take on the roles of lead critics of no-bid contracts for repairing the damage done in Iraq . . . Saudi Arabia announces plans for the country’s first elections. Just municipal councils, mind you . . . Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei considers resigning. Gee whiz, these guys make Italy’s governments look like the rock of Gibraltar . . . Meanwhile, Israeli forces raze a Gaza Strip refugee camp leaving 1,240 homeless . . . Veteran journalist Daniel Schorr offers some thoughts on the Plame Game . . . At least William Safire admits there’s still a war going on in Iraq. Of course, he doesn’t say so until the last sentence of today’s column . . . Republican pollster and consultant Frank Lutz -- last quoted at Rittenhouse with this apparently unsubstantiated notion, “Americans don’t want to hear about the Holocaust anymore, and they particularly don’t want to hear it from the Jewish community.” -- has some words of caution for the Bush administration in light of the California gubernatorial recall . . . And people say unions employ rough tactics? California supermarkets are engaged in a bitter -- vicious, even -- show of corporate solidarity, affecting 70,000 of the major chains’ employees . . . Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s memoir Madame Secretary, earns a largely favorable review in the New York Times from reporter Elaine Sciolino . . . Separated after birth: The conjoined Egyptian twins who endured 26 hours of separation surgery in Austin, Texas, are said to be recovering and in stable condition . . . How does a not-so-cool city become “cooler”? (The focus of the article is Cincinnati, ranked 39 out of 40 on Forbes magazine’s list of America’s coolest cities. Philadelphia, by the way, was ranked 14th. Below Raleigh-Durham, N.C.? Below San Diego? See sidebar to linked article.) . . . On the continuing de-Christianization and secularization of Europe . . . Frances Shand Kydd, mother of the late Diana Spencer, joins the chorus of those who view the House of Windsor as a pack of insensitive clods . . . You know what? The 4-H is still around. Even in Massachusetts. I have to admit I’ve always found it strange that the 4-H’s national headquarters is located on a prime piece of real estate in tony Chevy Chase, Md.

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