Bill the Warthog: In Trek terms, is Joe Wilson a Romulan, Klingon or Ferengi?
Jackflash: I'm curious to know your natural inclination with regard to laws that enforce private morality. E.g., homosexual sex, marijuana smoking, pornography. That is, do you tend to approach such issues with libertarian suspicion of state power or conservative concern for social moral welfare?
Jonah Goldberg: I think the comparison to Clinton is flawed on numerous counts, but maybe we can get into all that later.
TyrantLimaBean: Why did the Justice Department, under President Bush, so ardently pursue the (non)leak that was the Plame fiasco, which had no actual effect on national security, yet it virtually ignored pursuing investigations of leaks actually affecting national security (like SWIFT and NSA terrorist eavesdropping)? I can understand why the media might focus on one over the other, but why the DoJ?
Sundarc: Mr. Goldberg. It is a pleasure to have a chance to talk to you. My question to you is this: "I read your ad-hoc review of Dinesh D'Souza's book. Although I think D'Souza goes overboard in some parts, I think he has a valid point. Since 9/11, there seems to be a cottage industry in dedicated to bashing all muslims. Robert Spencer, Ann Coulter and others pick the worst parts of Islamic culture and actions and hold them up as the standard. Mr. D'souza charts a path in his book that will isolate these radicals and find common ground with the majority of muslims. What do you say about this?
Joel: the Brits still support the "16 words"
Jonah Goldberg: I'm against such laws generally speaking. But I am a staunch federalist and I don't think they're unconstitutional (we're speaking in generalities of course). I'm against pretty much ALL such laws at the federal level. But I'm for the laboratories of democracy at the local level.
daryll: Jonah- if most people are conservatives or at least right of center, why is so much of the media and hollywood dominated by very liberal people?
Zumasocal: Hi Jonah. If Mr. Fizgerald was truly investigating a leak of Ms. Plame/WIlson, why is there no record that he ever asked Joe Wilson or Valerie if they ever discussed her job status with anyone not authorized to know i.e David Corn.
Sallyh: Mr. Goldberg, I read your column today.
Benny Ace: What SPECIFICALLY did Wilson lie about?
Jonah Goldberg: Sundarc - That's a major point of my forthcoming reviw in the Claremont Review of Books. I think it's very unproductive the way some conservatives want to blame Islam root and branch. Even if that were true -- and I doubt it is -- there's no tolerable foreign policy on which such views can be built.
Sallyh: I think your attacking the Wilson child was very out of line.
JPeterson: True or false: William Shatner's finest hour as Capt Kirk comes in "This Side of Paradise" when he finds he can't leave the Enterprise and then taunts Spock into attacking him ("I . . . can't . . . LEAVE!" and "Had enough?" being the crucial lines).
Moderator1: False. The finest hour is when he tells Spock he belongs in the circus RIGHT NEXT TO THE DOG-FACED BOY!
Jonah Goldberg: Sallyh, Okay. I'm sorry you feel that way. I thought it represented in a small way how the Wilson's aren't victims and even in their own family they're having a blast. Anyone who watches wilson on TV can tell he's having the time of his life.
acx: Libby is now a convicted felon. The jury system has worked. Why not focus on felonious conduct in the White House - serious business, indeed.
Jonah Goldberg: Golly, this is harder than I thought it would be to keep up. Kirk's best line.... his best line....hmmm. I do like Y Plebnista.....