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Achenblog: June 4, 2006 - June 10, 2006

Who is Hugh Hewitt and Why Doth He Fuss So?

I don't know anything about Hugh Hewitt, and am reluctant to criticize him, since he may be a wonderful chap, and his ridiculous distortion of my blog item may be an anomaly and not part of a self-serving effort to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 9, 2006; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (222)
 
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Weepfest Graduation, and World Cup Begins

My youngest child graduates this morning from elementary school. Saw the kids just now, they're all dressed like grown-ups. They're hurtling toward adulthood. Not long ago their feet didn't come anywhere near touching the floor when they sat in...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 9, 2006; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Next Zarqawi

The military briefing this morning featured footage of the bombing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's hideout. We've become familiar with this kind of image, the jet-fighter's view of the terrain, the target in the middle of the screen, the flash...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 8, 2006; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (306)
 
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Climate Change, Al Gore and Hurricane Hugo

Climate Change Tuesday has been changed to Climate Change Wednesday due to a decrease in the North Atlantic Thermohaline Circulation and the associated longitudinal drift. Before you do anything else, read Jack Shafer on David Von Drehle (with an...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 6, 2006; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Children and Self-Esteem

As children go through the rituals of final exams, term papers, graduation ceremonies, piano recitals, talent shows, tryouts for the swim team and so on, parents must keep in mind the importance of nurturing self-esteem. Because you can't feel...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 6, 2006; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fly Like a Fly

[Here's a little thing I wrote for the June issue of National Geographic.] A fly can do one thing extremely well: fly. Recently a team of British scientists declared that the common housefly is the most talented aerodynamicist on the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 5, 2006; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Corrections on the Hillary Column

Sen. Clinton favors federal legislation to outlaw flag burning in certain instances, but not, as my column incorrectly stated, a Constitutional amendment. You can read her position on her web site. Also, I misspelled the last name of her...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 5, 2006; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Blog Forces Change In Hillary's Official Bio

[This is my column in the Sunday magazine.] As you know, we live in a hereditary aristocracy. It used to be that any child in America, even one born in a log cabin, could one day grow up to be...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 4, 2006; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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