Aaron Hanscom

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Terror on Campus

It was the "Intifada" T-shirt a young Muslim student was wearing on my recent trip to UC Irvine that frightened me more than anything. My latest FrontPage article deals with the recent FBI revelation that it is studying suspicious Muslim students at UCI.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Too late indeed

Naomi Riley in the Wall Street Journal:

According to a report in Jewish Week, some rabbis are encouraging their congregants to see "Keeping Up With the Steins" because they approve of its last reel. Benjamin's father plans to hold his bar mitzvah at Los Angeles's Dodger Stadium -- from which guests would take home their own major-league uniforms as party favors. Benjamin, in the end, rejects the idea and invites everyone over to his house to listen to a Klezmer band and eat his grandmother's brisket. It's all very touching, but it's also too little, too late.

My younger brother recently attended the bar mitzvah of a certain celebrity's son. It was held at...Dodger Stadium.

Monday, May 22, 2006

UC Irvine

What I saw on my latest trip back to college.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

United 93

My latest FrontPage article can be read as an answer to Charlie.

Sunday, May 07, 2006


Not all Americans think the passengers on United 93 were heroes. My friend Charlie writes in an email to me:

I don't agree with the Flight 93 people being "heroes." I am not sure what a hero is, but even if you believe as I do that we are all equally selfish, at least heroism should be something extraordinary, going far out of your way to help somebody with no obvious benefit to yourself (the benefit being mostly an obscure psychological one). I'm thinking of a person jumping into a fast river to save a kid they don't even know, or something like that.

Attacking the terrorists who are trying to kill you seems like pretty basic self-preservation to me, but maybe that is not patriotic of me to say that? Also, the same people seem to reject any notion of the hijackers being labeled "brave." But they killed themselves in support of their ideas. We just don't like their ideas. If they were American troops, we would call them brave. What do you think about that?

I still want to see Flight 93, though